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Twin suicide bombers attack church in Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight

Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said. The gunmen wearing explosives-filled vests stormed the church in Quetta city when Sunday services had just opened, exploding a suicide vest and shooting at the Christian wors...


U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn
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U.N. council mulls call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn

The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would insist any decisions on the status of Jerusalem have no legal effect and must be rescinded after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israels capital. The one-page Egyptian-drafted text, which was circulated to the 15-member council on Saturday and seen by Reuters, does not specifically mention the U...


While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup

While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday. Chinese activity has involved work on facilities covering 72 acres (29 hectares) of the Spratly and Para...


Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks

No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillersons offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions. Given North Koreas most recent missile test, clearly right now is not the time, a White House official told Reuters. Tillerson said on Tues...


Warnings intensify as Trump readies Jerusalem declaration
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Warnings intensify as Trump readies Jerusalem declaration

Americas friends and foes unleashed fierce criticism on Wednesday ahead of President Donald Trumps announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israels capital. While Israel welcomed the news, Palestinian officials declared the Mideast peace process finished and Turkey announced it would host a meeting of Islamic nations next week to give Muslim countries leaders an opportunity to coordinate a respons...


China rebukes Australians over influence debate 'hysteria'
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China rebukes Australians over influence debate 'hysteria'

Chinas embassy in Canberra has sharply criticised Australian politicians and media outlets, saying they have damaged trust between the two nations. The embassy accused some officials of irresponsible remarks and local media of fabricating anti-China hysteria. China denied that it had engaged in such behaviour and urged Australia to act in a fair and rational manner. China has no intention...


U.S. B-1B bombers to fly over Korean peninsula
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U.S. B-1B bombers to fly over Korean peninsula

U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers will fly over the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as part of a large-scale joint aerial drill being staged with South Korea this week, the Souths Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified military source. The bombers will take part in the drills at a time of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and as United Nations political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman...


NC unveils five-year road map for development

he Nepali Congress ( NC) has unveiled a five-year roadmap for the countrys socio-economic development. The roadmap presented on the eve of the second phase of the elections to the House of Representatives and Province Assemblies has set the target of completing the under-construction projects of national pride and those in the implementation phase within the next five years. The plan focus...


Activists smuggling films and music on USB sticks in the secret information war for the minds of North Koreans
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Activists smuggling films and music on USB sticks in the secret information war for the minds of North Koreans

On a dirt path along the Chinese border, a man slips under a barbed wire fence with a package he hopes can bring down the North Korean regime from within. He scrambles down to the rocky shoreline before casting it into the waters, bound for the North Korean soldiers on the other bank. His weapon is not a bomb or a covert spying device, but a bundle of USB sticks strapped to a tyre tube and l...


Trump: China's North Korea diplomacy appears to have 'no impact on Little Rocket Man'

U.S. President Donald Trump dismissed a Chinese diplomatic effort to rein in North Koreas weapons program as a failure on Thursday, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Beijing was doing a lot, but could do more to limit oil supplies to Pyongyang. In a tweet, Trump delivered another insulting barb against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who he called Little Rocket Man and a sick puppy a...


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