Category: World News

7.0-magnitude quake hits SW China’s Sichuan Province: CENC

8 August, Beijing: A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Jiuzhaigou County in southwest China’s Sichuan Province at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). The epicenter was monitored at 33.2 degrees north latitude and 103.82 degrees east longitude. The quake struck at a depth of 20 km, the center said in a statement. Xinhua...

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Trump asks ‘tough questions’ on Afghan mission: Tillerson

7 August, Manila: President Donald Trump has asked his advisers “tough questions” about American strategy in Afghanistan and is not willing to continue on as before, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday. The White House has launched a review of the US plan for Afghanistan after 16 years of war, and reports suggest that Trump’s national security team is divided on whether to send more troops or to pull out. Speaking in Manila on the sidelines of a regional security forum, Tillerson did not reveal his own advice to the president — but said Trump would not be...

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N.Korea condemns UN sanctions, says no nuclear negotiations: KCNA

7 August, Seoul: North Korea on Monday condemned the latest round of United Nations sanctions imposed against it over its weapons programmes, saying it would not negotiate over its nuclear arms while it was threatened by the United States. The sanctions passed at the weekend were a “violent violation of our sovereignty”, Pyongyang said in a statement carried by its official Korea Central News Agency. “We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table” while it faced threats from Washington, it said, “and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”....

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Ronaldo ‘wants England return’ – reports

6 August, Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Saturday. The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax on his image rights via a complicated web of shell companies based in the British Virgin Islands and Ireland. However, Ronaldo has insisted he did not create a “special structure” to manage his image rights when he moved to Real in 2009 but simply maintained...

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UN to vote on tougher North Korea sanctions

6 August, United Nations: The UN Security Council will vote today on a US-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea, diplomats have said, a proposed ban on certain exports that could deprive Pyongyang of 1 billion in annual revenue. After a month of negotiations, the United States reached a deal with China, North Korea’s main trading partner and ally, on the measures aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Pyongyang to halt its missile and nuclear tests. The Security Council was scheduled to vote at 3 pm today on the new raft of sanctions, diplomats confirmed. The draft resolution calls...

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Trump on Russia: ‘We won. Move on’

5 August, Washington: “We won. Move on,” President Donald Trump declared tersely in an early morning tweet Friday. Trump, who has grown increasingly angry over the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of Russian interference in last year’s election, is using his Twitter account to argue that the probe is unwarranted and should be terminated. Mueller, a former FBI director, is looking into potential links between Russia and the Trump campaign in the presidential election. His Friday morning tweet followed a series of broadsides the president leveled against investigators at a rally Thursday evening in Huntington, West Virginia. At...

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China has over 700,000 social organizations

4 August, Beijing:China had about 702,000 social organizations as of the end of 2016, according to data released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs Thursday. The organizations include 336,000 social groups and associations, 5,559 foundations and 361,000 private non-enterprise organizations. As of the end of last year, social organizations nationwide had over 7.63 million employees, up by 3.9 percent from the previous year. In 2016 authorities investigated 2,363 cases of social organization-related violations, closing illegal organizations in 16 cases and handing down punishments in 2,347 cases, it said. In China, private non-enterprise organizations generally include schools, hospitals, elderly-care centers...

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Heat in S Asia could exceed survivable levels by 2100: study

4 August, Miami: South Asia, home to one-fifth of the world’s population, could see humid heat rise to unsurvivable levels by century’s end if nothing is done to halt global warming, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal Science Advances warned of “summer heat waves with levels of heat and humidity that exceed what humans can survive without protection.” The research is based on two climate models. One is a “business-as-usual” scenario in which little is done to contain climate change, and the second is aimed at limiting temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius, as pledged...

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China warns students against online games

3 August, Beijing: Middle and primary school students across China should avoid getting addicted to online and mobile games during the summer vacation, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in an announcement Wednesday. The announcement called on middle schools and primary schools across the country to urge self-discipline from students, who should stay away from inappropriate websites and better manage their time online. The MOE has also warned schools against extra courses during vacation, especially those that charge. Administrative education departments at all levels should take stronger action against such courses, while guiding students to reasonably arrange activities for...

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US sets September 1 date for start of N. Korea travel ban

3 August, Washington: The United States on Wednesday officially set a September 1 start date for a ban prohibiting its citizens from traveling to North Korea. “The Department of State has determined that the serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention represents imminent danger to the physical safety of United States nationals traveling to and within the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” read the restriction as it appeared Wednesday in the US government’s Federal Register. “All United States passports are declared invalid for travel to, in, or through the DPRK unless specially validated for...

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