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Trump calls for tougher sanctions after North Korea missile

Trump calls for tougher sanctions after North Korea missile

Monitoring Desk President Donald Trump called for tougher sanctions against North Korea after it test-fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in an apparent attempt to test the South’s new liberal president and the US. “Let this latest provocation serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea,” the White […]

West Bank votes in polls underlining Palestinian split

West Bank votes in polls underlining Palestinian split

Agencies RAMALLAH, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES:  Palestinians in the occupied West Bank voted Saturday in municipal elections that underscored deep rifts between president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party and rival Hamas which runs the Gaza Strip. Their failure to reconcile is seen as a major obstacle to any settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The West Bank and Gaza […]

China calls for restraint after North Korea missile launch

China calls for restraint after North Korea missile launch

China called on Sunday for restraint and for no party to do anything to exacerbate tension after North Korea fired a ballistic missile in defiance of calls to rein in its weapons program. “Relevant Security Council resolutions have clear rules about North Korea using ballistic missile technology to carry out launches. China opposes relevant launch […]

The many reasons that people are having less sex

The many reasons that people are having less sex

  The average sex life appears to be dwindling – and it may reflect some troubling anxieties at the heart of modern society, says Simon Copland. By Simon Copland We live in one of the most sexually liberated times of human history. Access to new technologies over the past 40 years, whether it is the […]

On the frontline of ISIS’ last stand in Iraq

On the frontline of ISIS’ last stand in Iraq

International Desk Mosul, Iraq (CNN)Flies buzz around the drying rivulets of blood seeping from the heads of two corpses draped over the hood of a Humvee. One of the bodies, partially charred, lies face down; by his chest is webbing where he had kept magazines for an automatic rifle. The other, with long matted hair, […]

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

Desk Report WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s decision to invite Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington, saying his cooperation was needed to counter North Korea, even as the administration faced human rights criticism for its overture to Manila. Trump issued the invitation on Saturday night in what the […]

Police kill suspect in fatal San Diego pool party shooting

Police kill suspect in fatal San Diego pool party shooting

Agency SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police shot and killed a 49-year-old man suspected of shooting seven people Sunday at a birthday pool party in an apartment complex near the University of California, San Diego, authorities said. SAN DIEGO (AP) — Police shot and killed a 49-year-old man suspected of shooting seven people Sunday at a […]

UK lawmakers criticise social media over response to ‘extremist content’

UK lawmakers criticise social media over response to ‘extremist content’

Reuters LONDON:  Social media were heavily criticised by a committee of British lawmakers on Monday for failing to do enough to remove illegal and extremist material posted on their sites, and for not preventing it appearing in the first place. Platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook has been criticised over their moderation policies after […]

Raheel Sharif leaves for Saudi Arabia to head military alliance: reports

Raheel Sharif leaves for Saudi Arabia to head military alliance: reports

Monitoring Desk Retired army chief Gen Raheel Sharif has left for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to head a 41-nation military alliance, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday. The reports suggested that the former chief of army staff was granted approval to serve as head of the alliance for three years. Defence Minister Khawaja […]

Trump Unleashes the Generals. They Don’t Always See the Big Picture.

Trump Unleashes the Generals. They Don’t Always See the Big Picture.

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON — When Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the military’s top commander in the Pacific, ordered the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson “to sail north” from Singapore this month, he was oblivious to the larger — and incorrect — impression that he was rushing a naval strike force to confront an increasingly belligerent North […]

Egypt unearths 8 mummies in 3,500-year-old tombs

Egypt unearths 8 mummies in 3,500-year-old tombs

Cairo (CNN)Egyptian officials unearthed eight mummies, 10 colorful sarcophagi and numerous figurines in 3,500-year-old tombs, the Ministry of Antiquities announced Tuesday. An Egyptian archaeological mission found the tombs in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near Luxor in southern Egypt. The main T-shaped tomb belonged to a city judge named Userhat and is typical of New […]

Shah Rukh Khan might be in the next Rush Hour… but on one condition

Shah Rukh Khan might be in the next Rush Hour… but on one condition

Desk Report Remember when filmmaker Brett Ratner met Shah Rukh Khan? The X-Men: The Last Stand director met with SRK at the 60th San Francisco International Film Festival where they talked, laughed and even danced. Ratner turned out to be a Shah Rukh fan as he hoped to work on a Rush Hour sequel with […]