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230 civilians killed in Syrian, Russian airstrikes in past week: U.N.

Syria and Russian airstrikes in rebel-held areas have killed 230 civilians in the past week in some of the conflicts worst violence that may also constitute war crimes, the top United Nations human rights official said on Saturday. Zeid Raad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said his office had received reports including video footage of possible use of toxic agents on Feb. 4...


Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit: South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years. Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North and has pushed for a diplomatic solut...


Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, North Korea: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India as a way to balance Chinas assertive posture...


Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits
Source: Reuters

Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits

The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration. The Department of Homeland Security has drafted rules seen by Reuters that would allow immigration officers to scrutinize a pote...


Syrian government warplanes kill 21, injure 125 in Eastern Ghouta: monitor

Syrian government warplanes conducted air strikes against rebel-held eastern Ghouta on Thursday, killing 21 people and injuring 125 more, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitoring group, reported. It said the warplanes pounded various parts of eastern Ghouta, a besieged pocket of satellite towns and farms located near the Syrian capital Damascus. There was no im...


Woman alleges husband stole her kidney to cover 'unpaid' dowry

An Indian womans husband and brother-in-law have been arrested after she told police they stole one of her kidneys in lieu of a dowry. Local media report that the West Bengal womans husband arranged an appendicitis surgery when she was suffering stomach pain two year ago. Late in 2017, two separate medical examinations revealed she was in fact missing one of her kidneys. She alleges that ...


North Korea's cheer squad, sports officials arrive in South Korea

A group of 280 North Koreans arrived in South Korea on Wednesday, one of the largest peacetime crossings of the inter-Korean border, to spur on athletes from the two Koreas at the Winter Olympics starting Friday. The delegation, made up mostly of a 229-member cheer squad, reached a border checkpoint by bus at around 0030 GMT, Seouls Unification Ministry said. In addition to the cheering squa...


At least four killed, 145 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 145 people missing after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight. At least four people were killed and 225 injured in the quake that hit near the coastal city just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, officials said. T...


U.S. warns on growing nuclear arsenals of China, Russia, North Korea

North Korea may be only months away from being able to strike the United States with a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile and its atomic weapons program must be shut down, a senior U.S. disarmament official said on Tuesday. U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood, addressing the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, also warned that arsenals in China and Russia were expanding. Ru...


Air strikes pound Syria's last rebel strongholds, gas chokes civilians

Warplanes launched heavy attacks on the two last major rebel-held areas in Syria, killing at least 29 people in the Ghouta suburb near the capital and choking people with gas in Idlib in the northwest, rescue workers and a war monitor said on Monday. President Bashar al-Assads government has vowed to retake all of Syria from rebels who have lost large swaths of the territory they have held in a...


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