North Korea executes vice-premier: Seoul

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 13:05
Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of Vice Premier Kim Yong-jin for being an "anti-revolutionary element", South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Wednesday.The 63-year-old politician was allegedly executed by a firing squad in July, a ministry source…

Chinese dissidents urge Obama to press Xi on human rights

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 12:21
Washington: China's dissidents have urged US President Barack Obama to confront his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping over the latter's worst human rights crisis since the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, during his visit to the country for G20 economic summit in Hangzhou…

Nepal slaps 10-yr ban on Indian couple claiming to have scaled Everest

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 08:55
Kathmandu: Nepali authorities here on Tuesday slapped a 10-year ban against an Indian couple who claimed to have climbed the world's tallest peak Mount Everest.The photographs presented by the couple said to have been clicked at the Mt Everest summit…

UN under pressure to set up inquiry into Syria aid programme, says Guardian

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 08:50
London: The United Nations is under increasing pressure to set up an independent inquiry into its Syria aid programme after a Guardian newspaper investigation found "contracts worth tens of millions of dollars have been awarded to people closely associated with…

Flood alert in Pakistan as India may release river waters

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 17:46
Islamabad: The Pakistan Met Department has issued an alert on the chances of riverine flooding as India is likely to release rainwater upstream from its rivers after September 1."Currently, all water reservoirs in India have reached the maximum conservation level…

Imprisoned MQM leader takes oath as Karachi mayor

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 17:45
Karachi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Waseem Akhtar on Tuesday was brought from jail to take oath as Karachi mayor, and promised he will not let the 'City of Lights' suffer anymore.Waseem, a former Member of Provincial Assembly, who is…

Two Bangladeshis plead guilty to financing terrorism in Singapore

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 17:36
Singapore: Two Bangladeshi workers, who were detained here in April, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to financing terrorism in Singapore.Zaman Daulat and Mamum Liakot Ali, who had previously denied the charges against them under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act (TSOFA),…

China bans electric scooters, segways

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 17:35
Beijing: Beijing has announced a ban on small electric vehicles plying on its streets after it was found that many of the vehicles lacked proper brakes and lights, and users often flouted the speed limit fixed for them.According to China…

Why does Pakistan need NSG membership, asks daily

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 17:33
Islamabad: Pakistan needs to establish its credentials as a responsible nuclear state before seeking membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a Pakistani daily said on Tuesday.Pakistan has launched a fresh drive to gather support for its efforts to join…

North Korea executes two officials by anti-aircraft gun

Tuesday, 30 August 2016 17:30
Pyongyang: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has had two senior bureaucrats executed by anti-aircraft gun, media reports said.Ri Yong-Jin, a senior official at the education department, and Hwang Min, the country's agricultural minister, were executed, the South Korean newspaper JoongAng…