Japan PM: NKorea may be capable of sarin-loaded missiles

The system consists of the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system; the Korean Air and Missile Defence (KAMD); and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation Plan (KMPR), which involves eliminating the North Korean leadership and annihilating Pyongyang with a barrage of missiles. [Full Article...]

Modi gets rousing welcome in Odisha, terms it "memorable"

The two-day BJP national executive meet, which began on Saturday, is expected to underline strategy for a big saffron push in states like Odisha where the BJP has traditionally been weak. The state BJP also organised folk dance, songs and folk music at different places along the route taken by the prime minister. BJP workers are not afraid of violence, Shah said, adding, 'We will meet violence wit... [Full Article...]

Italian Emma Morano, last known survivor of 19th century, dies at 117

Morano, born on November 29 1899, died at her home in Verbania, in northern Italy, the reports said. "I worked in a factory until I was 65, then that was that", she said as she sat in an armchair by her window, a white shawl over her shoulders. [Full Article...]

Russia-US relations 'deteriorated' because of strikes - Putin

President Vladimir Putin said ties between Russian Federation and the United States appear to have deteriorated under Donald Trump in an interview released Wednesday as the countries' top diplomats met in Moscow . Asked whether Assad could be subject to war crimes charges, Tillerson said people were working to make such a case, though he cautioned doing so would require clearing a high legal hurd... [Full Article...]

Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100 percent fabrication'

Syria's Assad says chemical attack '100 percent fabrication' He maintained that his government handed over all its chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013 and could not have been behind last week's suspected sarin attack. "On April 4, the lifeless bodies of innocent victims, grotesquely contorted and twisted by the nerve agent sarin, tell the real story", Ward said. Using the incident as a pretext, USA warships in the Mediterranean launched a barrage of 59 To... [Full Article...]

Trump admin. declines to brand China a currency manipulator

What seems to have angered Trump and his inner circle is the bid for supremacy by "someone who came on board 72 days before the election", as one aide put it. That appears to have been the case when Trump threatened to upgrade relations with Taiwan as a way to get a better trade deal with Beijing. Trump has evolved on other China-related policies as well. [Full Article...]

Uzbekistan says told West that Stockholm attack suspect was IS recruit

Uzbekistan says told West that Stockholm attack suspect was IS recruit Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov said Akilov was radicalised after moving to Sweden in 2014 and the Central Asian nation's intelligence service had passed on information about him. Akilov has confessed to committing a terrorist crime, his lawyer said on Tuesday. He was detained by police hours later and arrested early on Saturday. [Full Article...]

Trump aides differ over Assad's future after Syria attack

Trump aides differ over Assad's future after Syria attack After the United States launched cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base alleged to have launched a deadly poison gas attack on Syrian civilians, Trump administration officials said they were prepared to take further actions if necessary. [Full Article...]

Carter Page: 'Something May Have Come Up' in Russia Sanctions

During the 2016 election, then-Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who is now attorney general, assembled the Trump foreign policy advisory team that included Carter Page, the Trump aide who, according to the Washington Post , was under Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance through a FISA warrant. [Full Article...]

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at 'all-time low'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, a State Department spokesman confirmed, bringing the two men face-to-face that comes amid still-sinking tensions between Washington and Moscow . Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday that Canada "deplored" Russia's veto of the resolution. "We're not going into Syria ", Trump told the New Y... [Full Article...]

N Ireland could face direct rule if powersharing talks fail, says Brokenshire

Mr Brokenshire said round-table talks would be suspended over Easter but bilateral meetings would continue. "I believe that the outstanding issues between the parties are surmountable, but if no executive is formed by early May, I will need to take further steps to ensure Northern Ireland has the political stability it needs". [Full Article...]

Kim Jong Un opens complex of North Korean high-rise buildings

At their Florida summit meeting last week, U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Xi to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear program. The executive director of the Nautilus Institute in Berkeley told North Korea may not have a deliverable warhead and may not have a reliable ballistic missile delivery system with a usable re-entry vehicle. [Full Article...]

China warns against force as North Korea prepares celebration

China warns against force as North Korea prepares celebration Voice of America's Washington bureau chief Steve Herman disputed notions that the U.S. was readying a possible preemptive strike , but said retaliation was "likely" if North Korea conducted another nuclear test. The threats on both sides appear to be ramping up, and officials are aware of the gravity of the situation. "It's high stakes", a senior intelligence official directly involved ... [Full Article...]

'Conflict could break out at any moment' over N. Korea: China

Already, the United States has sent an aircraft carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula and is conducting the largest-ever joint military exercises with South Korea. China has warned that a fully-fledged war could break out any moment in the Korean peninsula given the volatile situation existing in the region. Director of Jilin University's Institute of Northeast Asian Studies Guo Rui... [Full Article...]

British woman stabbed to death in Jerusalem

British woman stabbed to death in Jerusalem The Times of Israel said paramedics from Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's national ambulance service, tried to save the injured woman and carried out cardio-pulmonary resuscitation on her before taking her to Jerusalem's Haddash Hospital Mount Scopus. [Full Article...]

Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands of people begins

A total of 60 buses carrying around 2,350 rebels and their families evacuated the town of Madaya and nearby areas toward rebel-held areas in the province of Idlib, the source told Xinhu news agency. They arrived at a marshalling point in Rashidin, west of government-held second city Aleppo. The predominantly Sunni towns of Madaya and Zabadani, have been under attack since June of 2015. [Full Article...]

Quotes from North Korean official about tensions with US

Speaking through an interpreter provided by the foreign ministry, Han was calm and polite but forceful throughout the 40-minute interview. This year's joint war games between the USA and South Korean militaries are the biggest ever; the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier has been diverted back to the waters off Korea after heading for Australia; and US satellite imagery suggests the North could ... [Full Article...]

U.S., Russian Federation meet amid differences

Trump last week ordered the USA military to launch missiles at a Syrian air base believed to be the launching point of a deadly chemical weapons attack earlier this month, which US and Western officials have blamed on Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is facing armed opposition in the country's yearslong civil war. [Full Article...]

Kate Bush Had "No Discussions" About Playing Coachella

Kate Bush Had Her run of shows in the 2014 was, in and of itself, a minor miracle. "No discussions were ever had with Kate about playing any festival, including Coachella ", a spokesman told The Guardian . Earlier this year, just shortly after Coachella announced its 2017 lineup, resurfaced reports of its owner Philip Anschutz's past donations to anti-gay hate groups went viral. [Full Article...]

Kim Jong-nam: Body 'arrives in Pyongyang' in exchange deal

Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the North's leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered at Kuala Lumpur's airport on February 13 in a freaky assassination using toxic nerve agent, sparking a row between the two countries that had friendly relations before. [Full Article...]

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