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US govt employees awake to shutdown, Senate vote looms

US govt employees awake to shutdown, Senate vote looms

world January 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm 0 comments

Washington, January 22 Hundreds of thousands of federal workers will wake up on Monday with the US government still shut down and the Senate expected to try again to restore federal funding, if only temporarily, and work on resolving a dispute over immigration. Amid uncertainty about whether federal employees shouldRead More

Iraqi parliament sets May 12 as date for national elections

world January 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm 0 comments

Baghdad, January 22 Iraq’s parliament has approved May 12 as the date for holding national elections despite calls from the country’s Sunni community to delay the vote until the return of nearly 3 million people displaced by the fight against the Islamic State group. Shiite lawmaker, Abbas al-Bayati, says theRead More

Taliban militants ‘searched for foreigners’ in Kabul hotel attack

world January 22, 2018 at 3:22 pm 0 comments

Kabul, January 22 Taliban militants who killed at least 22 people at a luxury Kabul hotel went from room to room searching for foreigners, survivors said on Monday as more details of the victims emerged. Insurgents armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide vests attacked the landmark Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the AfghanRead More

Fake news’ crutch used by SE Asian leaders to control media, critics charge

world January 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm 0 comments

Manila/Bangkok, January 22 Governments across Southeast Asia have a history of using laws and the judiciary to curb press freedoms — now, they have found a handy crutch to lean on as they intensify clampdowns: US President Donald Trump’s “fake news” mantra. Most worrying to media rights advocates is thatRead More

South Koreans burn Kim’s photo as North Korean band leader passes

South Koreans burn Kim’s photo as North Korean band leader passes

world January 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm 0 comments

Seoul, January 22 Conservative South Korean activists burned a large photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the head of the North’s extremely popular girl band passed them on Monday during a visit to Seoul amid a flurry of cooperation agreements between the rivals ahead of next month’sRead More

Trial in Kim Jong Nam’s murder resumes in Malaysia

world January 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm 0 comments

Shah Alam, January 22 Malaysia’s high-profile trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader resumed on after a seven-week recess, with witnesses taking the stand to verify the authenticity of security camera footages capturing the attack. Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnam’s DoanRead More

China donates over 32,000 solar power generators to Nepal

world January 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm 0 comments

Beijing, January 22 China has donated over 32,000 solar power generating systems to Nepal to enhance its domestic capacity and to provide electricity to communities that have been without power since the 2015 earthquake. The donated items included 32,000 sets of household solar power generation systems and 325 sets ofRead More

Barrier Reef funding boost to tackle predatory starfish

world January 22, 2018 at 3:20 pm 0 comments

Sydney, January 22 A multimillion-dollar campaign to stop the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish devouring the Great Barrier Reef was announced by the Australian Government on Monday in a push to preserve the World Heritage-listed ecosystem. The coral-eating starfish are naturally occurring but have proliferated due to pollution and agricultural run-off atRead More

Maldives ex-leader says Chinese projects akin to land grab

world January 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm 0 comments

Colombo, January 22 The exiled former leader of the Maldives says this year’s presidential election could be the last chance to extricate his country from increasing Chinese influence, which he claims amounts to a land grab in the guise of investments in island development. Mohamed Nasheed told reporters in SriRead More

US forcing China to accelerate S China Sea deployments: Paper

world January 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm 0 comments

Beijing, January 22 China’s top newspaper, decrying Washington as a “trouble-maker”, said on Monday US moves in the South China Sea like last week’s freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway. China’s foreign ministry said the USS Hopper, a destroyer, cameRead More