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  • Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

    January 20, 2018 5:00 AM

    Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day yesterday. Three civilians and two soldiers were killed on both sides in the latest clash, officials in the two countries said, as each blamed the other for initiating

  • Migrants shift to old, risky route to Spain and Europe

    January 19, 2018 5:00 AM 1

    The smugglers took Rodriguez Tankeu's savings and disappeared, leaving the 25-year-old bewildered near Tripoli, the Libyan capital. The former car mechanic headed to Algeria, where he saw, one by one, all the spots on engine-powered boats go to wealthier migrants. "Morocco was my last hope," he says. "It was either making it to Europe or giving up for once and for all." Algeria

  • German nationalist party rejected from intel panel

    January 19, 2018 5:00 AM

    German lawmakers have refused to let the nationalist, anti-migration Alternative for Germany party's candidate sit on a parliamentary committee that oversees the country's intelligence services. Alternative for Germany, or AfD, won seats for the first time in September's election and is now the third-biggest party in parliament. The party nominated Roman

  • US moves to bar Haiti and Belize nationals from agricultural, seasonal workers visa

    January 18, 2018 9:27 PM 1

    The Trump administration in the United States has banned Haitians from applying for temporary visas to work seasonally in the country. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given notice that Haitians, as well as nationals from Belize and the South Pacific nation of Samoa, are no longer eligible for the H2A and H2B visas. The visas allow US businesses

  • India test-fires nuclear-capable long-range missile

    January 18, 2018 3:06 PM

    The test, the fifth of the Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile, was made from a mobile launcher, and "further strengthens our credible deterrence," the Defense Ministry said in a statement. India has been developing its nuclear and missile systems in recent years amid increasing strategic competition with China. The test was "a major boost to country's

  • GOP senator denounces Trump attacks, recalls Stalin rhetoric

    January 18, 2018 5:03 AM 3

    President Donald Trump's use of the terms 'fake news' and 'enemy of the people' is "shameful" and reminiscent of words infamously used by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin to describe his enemies, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said yesterday. In a speech on the Senate floor, Flake, of Arizona, called Trump's repeated attacks on the media "repulsive" and said Trump

  • Japan public TV sends mistaken alert warning of North Korean missile launch

    January 16, 2018 4:32 PM 5

    NHK television issued the message on its Internet and mobile news sites as well as on Twitter, saying North Korea appeared to have fired a missile at Japan. It said the government was telling people to evacuate and take shelter. "North Korea appears to have fired a missile," NHK said, adding that a government warning had been issued. "The government

  • UK air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets

    January 16, 2018 4:53 AM 4

    Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near UK airspace yesterday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions. The RAF confirmed that it sent Typhoon aircraft from the Lossiemouth base in Scotland on a "quick reaction alert" as two Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers approached Britain. "The Russian

  • South Africa summons US diplomat to explain Trump comment

    January 16, 2018 4:53 AM 3

    South Africa summoned the United States' senior diplomat in Pretoria yesterday over President Donald Trump's recent disparaging comments about African nations and Haiti. Trump has been accused of describing African nations as "s...hole countries" during a meeting with US senators last week. He has denied making the statements, as well as the ensuing

  • 7 migrants found dead near Spanish island

    January 16, 2018 4:53 AM 3

    Spanish officials say the bodies of seven migrants have been found close to the Canary Islands. Civil Guard police said five dead migrants were found in a large rubber boat close to the coast of Lanzarote. Another two migrants retrieved from the sea by Civil Guard police died later. Police later found 18 migrants who had made it to shore. Two others