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Category: World News

China says it tested new missile in northeastern sea

9 May, Beijing: China has recently tested a new type of guided missile in a northeastern sea near the Korean peninsula, the defence ministry said Tuesday, hours after South Korean elections and amid regional tensions. The test in the Bohai Sea was conducted to “raise the operational capability of the armed forces and effectively respond to threats to national security,” the ministry said in a brief statement, which did not specify when the missile was launched. AFP...

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S Koreans vote for new president to succeed ousted Park

9 May, Seoul: Millions of South Koreans headed to polls today to elect a new president, a culmination of a two- month race a trailing conservative equated to an ideological war as his liberal rival appeared poised to overturn a decade of conservative rule after a massive scandal toppled the previous leader. Conservatives worry that a victory by Moon Jae-in might benefit North Korea and estrange South Korea and its most important ally, the United States. Moon was the clear favorite as conservative forces struggled to regroup after the huge corruption scandal ended Park Geun-hye’s presidency. “I gave all...

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UN official calls for more work with disabled in North Korea

9 May, Pyongyang, North Korea: A United Nations official visiting North Korea called Monday for more attention to disabled people in the socialist state. The U.N. special rapporteur on the rights of people with disabilities, Catalina Devandas Aguilar, talked to a small group of foreign and North Korean media at a news conference on the last full day of her eight-day trip to Pyongyang. She urged the U.N. and other international organizations to “make all of their projects inclusive of persons with disabilities and to mainstream disabilities in all of their humanitarian strategies and programs in the country.” She...

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Qatar Airways signs as FIFA sponsor through 2022 World Cup

8 May, MANAMA, Bahrain: FIFA has signed up Qatar Airways as a sponsor through 2022 when the World Cup is staged in the Gulf nation. The airline is filling the sponsorship category vacated by Dubai-based carrier Emirates after the 2014 World Cup. FIFA recently announced losses of $369 million in 2016 as the fallout from corruption scandals has scared off potential commercial backers. The Qatar Airways sponsorship of FIFA was announced Sunday as leaders of world soccer’s governing body arrived in Bahrain for their annual congress....

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Samsung Heavy resumes operations after deadly crane accident

7 May, GEOJE, South Korea : Samsung Heavy Industries Co. said it partially resumed operations Saturday, after being shut down for six days following a deadly crane accident at one of its shipyards earlier this week. The Ministry of Employment and Labor had ordered the South Korean shipbuilder to suspend operations at its shipyard in the southeastern port city of Geoje after two cranes collided at the dockyard Monday, causing a structure to fall from one of the cranes. Six workers at the site were killed and another 25 were injured. Samsung Heavy said the government gave permission to...

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249 quake-hit pagodas in Myanmar’s Bagan renovated so far

6 May, Yangon: A total of 249 out of the 389 earthquake-hit pagodas in Myanmar’s Bagan city have been renovated so far, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday. The remaining 140 damaged pagodas will also be renovated under a four-year project of restoration of the quake-affected pagodas.An earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale struck the ancient city of Bagan on Aug. 24 last year, which killed at least three people. After the powerful quake, the Myanmar government received international donations for renovating the damaged pagodas in Bagan, authorities said. The authorities are also cooperating...

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India successfully launches South Asia satellite

6 May, New Delhi: In its biggest space diplomacy push, Indian launched a South Asia communication satellite on Friday from the spaceport of Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. The State-owned Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) rocket, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), carrying the 2,230 kg satellite GSAT-9, lifted off from the launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota at 4:57 p.m. local time (1127 GMT). ISRO, which has built the satellite for use by countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region, said GSAT-9 has been launched with an objective to...

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4 killed, 8 injured after avalanche hits minibus in Indian-controlled Kashmir

5 May, SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir: At least four people were killed and eight others injured Thursday after a minibus carrying 12 people came under an avalanche in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said. The avalanche hit the minibus in Bhaderwah of Doda district, about 265 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. “Today an avalanche drifted near Chattar Gali pass on Bhaderwah-Basholi road and hit a minibus, killing four people and injuring eight others,” Brijesh Sharma, a police officer posted in Bhaderwah told Xinhua over telephone. “The minibus was pushed off the road into a deep gorge.”...

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Trump to sign executive order on political limits for churches

4 May, Washington: US President Donald Trump will sign a much-anticipated executive order on religious liberties that will make it easier for churches and religious groups to take part in politics without risk of losing their tax-exempt status. It is one of the election promises that Trump could not accomplish in the first 100 days of his administration. However, the executive order would not make any changes in the existing laws, but for a relaxed enforcement of it, a senior White House official told reporters in a late-night briefing. “All laws still apply. Anything that would currently be illegal...

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Powerful blast targets NATO convoy in Kabul

3 May, Kabul: A powerful blast targeting a foreign forces convoy near the US embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul killed at least eight people and wounded 25 Wednesday, officials said, the latest attack in the Afghan capital. Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed the toll, telling AFP most of the victims were civilians on the busy main road during the morning rush hour.”We are still checking the nature of the explosion, but I confirm a convoy of foreign forces was passing by when the explosion happened,” he said. The blast damaged two of the heavily armoured MRAP (Mine...

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