NEWS OF THE DAYFormer Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda will meet with Chinese president Xi Jinping next week, a report said Friday, as Tokyo tries to set up premier-level talks amid tensions with its giant neighbour. The reported meeting on Wednesday is happening during Fukudaï¿½s three-day visit to Beijing as a board member of a China-based international forum, Japanï¿½s public broadcaster NHK reported.
UNITED NATIONS: India’s UN Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji has asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to enforce without exception its resolutions on countering terrorism in order to stave off “an ever-widening spiral of violence and destruction”. “The Council must seriously and transparently take measures available to it under the Charter to require member states of implement its resolutions on countering terrorism without exception,” he said Thursday. Therefore, the UNSC should incorporate a “mandatory time-bound reporting” to the wider UN membership of how the anti-terrorism resolutions are implemented. Mukerji suggested that for a start, UNSC give its assessment of implementation of the provisions for international cooperation in the resolution on countering terrorism it... more ›
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s democracy activists are planning a street vote to gauge protesters’ views on conciliatory offers from the government, as the city’s former leader on Friday called on them to clear the streets. The leaders of the mass demonstrations that have paralysed parts of the city for nearly a month said they will poll demonstrators at the main protest camp opposite government headquarters on Sunday evening. During face-to-face talks Tuesday with student leaders, government negotiators offered to write a report to Beijing detailing protester sentiments. They also suggested both sides could set up a joint committee to discuss further political reform beyond the next leadership elections in 2017. The student... more ›
NEW DELHI: Indian home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India wants peace with China but that cannot come at the cost of honour. ï¿½Humlog shanti chahte hai samman ki saath. Asamman ke saath shanti nahi ho sakti (We want peace with honour. Peace cannot come at the cost of honour,ï¿½ he said, referring to the recent border row with China. ï¿½Pride is the ultimate accomplishment of a human being, of mine and yours,ï¿½ he said, addressing the 53rd raising day function of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) here, which guards the Sino-Indian border. Singh said Prime... more ›
WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, US officials said Thursday. The move would mark the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan was brought to the US for trial, and it represents the Obama administration’s latest attempt to show that it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects. The prisoner, known by the nom de guerre Irek Hamidullan, is a Russian veteran of the Soviet war in Afghanistan who defected to the Taliban and stayed in the country, US officials said. He was captured in 2009 after an attack on Afghan border police and US soldiers in... more ›
WASHINGTON: Kim Jong-Un at least “on the surface” appears to be in control of North Korea, South Korea’s defense minister Han Min-Koo said Thursday after holding talks with US Defense chief Chuck Hagel. Han offered a carefully measured assessment when asked whether he believed Kim, who returned to the public eye earlier this month after dropping out of sight for nearly six weeks, was fully in command of the nuclear-armed, totalitarian state. “On the surface it seems that Kim Jong-Un is effectively exercising control” of North Korea, Han told reporters at the Pentagon. — AFP
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