Category: World News

Trump denounces anti-Semitism on Israel Holocaust day

24 April, New York: President Donald Trump vowed to wipe out anti-Semitism in a message to mark Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day after his administration was criticised for past statements about the genocide. In a four-minute taped video played to the World Jewish Congress in New York, the US leader called the Holocaust “the darkest chapter of human history” and pledged “never again” would such horror occur. “Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear,” he...

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Australia, New Zealand hit back at North Korea threat

23 April, Sydney: Australia and New Zealand stiffened their rhetoric against North Korea Sunday after the isolated state threatened Canberra with a nuclear strike, urging it to think twice before “blindly and zealously toeing the US line”. The move comes as US Vice President Mike Pence wraps up an Asia tour, which has included visits to South Korea, Japan and Australia partly to reassure allies amid fears that Pyongyang may be readying for a sixth nuclear test. “If Australia persists in following the US’ moves to isolate and stifle North Korea… this will be a suicidal act,” a North...

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‘Rising anti-globalisation pose challenges to global growth’

23 April, Washington: China has said that political and policy uncertainties, the rising anti-globalisation and protectionism sentiment against international trade and investment pose challenges to global growth. Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China in his statement to the International Monetry Fund (IMF) said most member countries face common challenges of ageing population, declining productivity growth, and rising inequality. “In particular, political and policy uncertainties, and the rising anti-globalisation and protectionism sentiment against international trade and investment, pose challenges to global growth,” Zhou said yesterday, during the annual Spring meeting of the IMF and the World Bank....

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Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base: govt

22 April, Kabul: More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country’s defence ministry said Saturday. Two of the attackers blew themselves up and seven were killed in the assault near Mazar-i-Sharif city on Friday which lasted several hours and targeted soldiers at a mosque and dining facility. “The majority of our soldiers were offering Friday prayers” at the time of the assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding that “over 100 Afghan army forces were martyred and wounded”.The government toll of the attack...

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Turkey says close to S-400 missile purchase deal with Russia

22 April, Ankara: Turkey’s talks with Russia about the purchase of the S-400 air missile defense system have reached the “final stage,” Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday. “It is clear that Turkey needs a missile defense system but NATO member countries have not presented on offer which is financially effective,” Isik said during a news conference in Ankara, local broadcaster CNNTurk reported. “Work on the S-400 has reached a final point. But the final stage does not mean let’s sign a deal tomorrow morning,” he added. The minister also clarified that Turkey will use Russian S-400...

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Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

21 April, New York: Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBT advocates Thursday night that the progress they’ve achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting. “I know that the election hit a lot of us hard,” Clinton said of her bitter loss to Trump in November. “But I can tell you this: Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your head, please keep going.” The audience at the fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community group in New York, greeted Clinton with multiple...

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One police officer killed, two injured in Paris shooting

21 April, Paris: One police officer was killed, and two others severely injured in a shooting incident Thursday evening on the Champs Elysees shopping street in Paris, authorities said. Spokesperson of the French interior ministry Pierre-Henry Brandet told local broadcaster BFMTV that the police officers were “deliberately targeted”, and the assailant was shot dead. The gunman, armed with a machine gun, got out of a car and opened fire at the police in front of the store on the street, reports quoted a witness as saying. He then began running away and injured two other officers before got shot...

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China signs over 130 transport pacts with Belt and Road countries

21 April, Beijing: China has signed more than 130 bilateral and regional transport agreements with countries involved in the Belt and Road, the Ministry of Transport said Thursday. Spokesman Wu Chungeng said at a press conference the agreements signed over the past three years covered rail, road, sea and air transportation, as well as postal services. “Transportation connectivity is the founding priority of the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative,” Wu said. The country has opened 356 international road routes for both passengers and goods, while maritime transportation services now cover all countries along the Belt and Road,...

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Former senior Taiwan affairs official sentenced to 15 years for graft

21 April, Zhengzhou: Gong Qinggai, a former senior official with the Chinese mainland’s Taiwan affairs body, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for accepting bribes totaling nearly 53.53 million yuan (around 7.78 million U.S. dollars) on Thursday. Personal assets worth five million yuan held by Gong, former deputy head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, were confiscated, according to a statement from Anyang Intermediate People’s Court in Henan Province. His ill-gotten gains must be turned over to the state, the court...

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UK parliament votes on snap election in Brexit’s shadow

20 April, London: British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday she wanted a “mandate to complete Brexit”, as MPs looked set to approve her bombshell call for a snap general election in June. In fiery exchanges in the House of Commons, May repeated that the vote would strengthen her hand against domestic critics seeking to “frustrate the process” of leaving the European Union, which formally began last month. “I will be asking the British people for a mandate to complete Brexit and to make a success of it,” the Conservative leader said, to cheers from her lawmakers sitting behind...

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