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  • China urges restraint after N. Korea calls sanctions ‘war’

    25 December, 2017 10:48 AM 38

    The Chinese government has urged countries to act with restraint and work to ease tensions after North Korea called the latest UN sanctions to target the country “an act of war” that violates its sovereignty. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Monday that nations should “exercise restraint and make positive and constructive efforts to de-escalate

  • Guatemala to move its embassy to Jerusalem

    25 December, 2017 9:53 AM 38

    The president of Guatemala says the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted earlier this week with the United States when the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a non-binding resolution denouncing President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

  • Jadhav’s family to reach Islamabad today afternoon

    25 December, 2017 5:30 AM 38

    Pakistan has granted India consular access to Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said. The arrival of Jhadav’s wife and mother has been delayed for couple of hours. They will be reaching Pakistan at 12.15 p.m IST. The briefing for reporters is at 1400 hours IST. Pakistan has granted India consular access

  • Chinese firm to develop oil field near Iraqi capital

    24 December, 2017 6:58 PM 68

    A ministry spokesman told AFP the target was to produce 40,000 barrels per day from the southern sector of the East Baghdad field within five years of implementation of the accord. BAGHDAD: A Chinese state-run company, ZhenHua Oil, is to develop an oil field near Baghdad under an accord with Iraq, the oil ministry said on Sunday. A ministry spokesman

  • Firefighters douse blaze at London Zoo, one aardvark dead and four meerkats missing

    23 December, 2017 1:48 PM 32

    London Zoo officials say a fire Saturday morning left one aardvark dead and four meerkats missing. Staff members were treated for smoke inhalation and shock after the blaze broke out in the zoo cafe in the early morning hours. More than 70 firefighters helped control the fire near an animal petting area and the meerkat enclosure. Officials say it is not clear

  • Egypt road accidents leave 26 dead

    23 December, 2017 1:46 PM 71

    Accidents on Egypt's roads killed more than 5,000 people in 2016. CAIRO: Two accidents on Egypt's roads have killed at least 26 people in three days, authorities said. A collision today involving a minibus on a desert road 145 kilometres south of Cairo left 13 dead, the health ministry said. That came just days after a crash on the same road also claimed

  • Peru declares North Korea diplomats persona non grata

    23 December, 2017 1:46 PM 77

    "The Peruvian government has informed the North Korean embassy of its decision to declare First Secretary Pak Myong Chol and Third Secretary Ji Hyok persona non grata," the ministry said. LIMA: Peru has declared two North Korean diplomats persona non grata and ordered them to leave the country within 15 days, according to a foreign ministry statement

  • Wild truffle grows on Paris rooftop, in scientific mystery

    23 December, 2017 1:29 PM 28

    Urban scientists and Paris foodies are getting excited about a bizarre discovery atop a hotel near the Eiffel Tower- the first-ever wild truffle growing in the French capital. It’s just one 25-gram (0.9-ounce) winter truffle. But truffles normally sprout only in limited areas of southern Europe, and are so rare that the most prized versions can sell for thousands

  • Pakistani intruder shot dead along Indo-Pak border at Ajnala

    23 December, 2017 12:49 PM 37

    A Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel along the Indo- Pak border, while he was crossing over to the Indian territory at Ajnala here, an official said on Saturday. The 70th Battalion of the BSF shot dead the Pakistani intruder, aged around 65 years, when he ignored the warnings of the personnel and kept proceeding

  • Germany, France urge end to renewed fighting in east Ukraine

    23 December, 2017 12:49 PM 36

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are urging both sides in eastern Ukraine to live up to cease-fire agreements amid a recent upswing in clashes between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces. Ms. Merkel and Mr. Macron issued a joint statement on Saturday urging combatants to observe the Minsk agreements aimed