PNG police enter Manus asylum centre, Australia confirms

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Police in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have entered a former Australian-run detention centre in a bid to get asylum seekers who remain there to leave, the Australian government has confirmed. Hundreds of men have refused to leave the Manus Island centre since it was shut down on 31 October, citing fears for their safety. On Thursday, multiple men inside the centre said that PNG police had given them a one-hour deadline to leave. Australia said it was a PNG operation. Under a controversial policy, Australia has detained asylum seekers...

laces To See Attractions in Nepal GOKYO VALLEY

GOKYO VALLEY Gokyo valley lies towards the west of the Khumbu region. In this serene valley, there are abundant pastures for yaks to graze during summer and the pristine turquoise lakes are breathtaking. Gokyo can be visited after trekking up to Everest Base Camp by adding another five days to the itinerary. If Gokyo is the main destination, then the trek goes up the Everest trail only as far as the teahouses at Kenjoma (where the trail from Khumjung joins the main trail). From this point, the trail leads up towards Mong La pass before dropping steeply back down to the banks of the Dudh Koshi River....

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सुरुङ्गा (झापा), १२ साउन । आफ्नै साथीलाई फुपूको छोरा भन्दै परपुरुषसँग जिम्मा लगाउने एक किशोरीसहित दुई जनालाई बिर्तामोड इलाका प्रहरी कार्यालयले पक्राउ गरेको छ । सो घटनामा सुरुङ्गा (झापा), १२ साउन । आफ्नै साथीलाई फुपूको छोरा भन्दै...

North Korea tourism: US ‘to ban Americans from visiting’

The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later. The US has not confirmed the news. Young Pioneer Tours was the agency that took US student Otto Warmbier to North Korea. He was later arrested and sentenced to 15 years in prison, but was returned to the US in a coma in June. He died a week later. The China-based company later announced it would no longer take visitors from the US to the country. It issued a statement on...

Trump ends CIA arms support for anti-Assad Syria rebels

The Trump administration has decided to halt the CIA’s covert programme to equip and train certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two US officials said, a move sought by Assad ally Russia. The US decision, said one of the officials, is part of an effort by the administration to improve relations with Russia, which along with Iranian-supported groups has largely succeeded in preserving Assad’s government in the six-year-civil war. The CIA programme began in 2013 as part of efforts by the administration of then-President Barack Obama to overthrow...

Trump and Putin met twice at G20 in Germany

US President Donald Trump met his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at a second, previously undisclosed meeting at the G20 in Germany earlier this month, the White House says. They held talks after a formal sit down but details of what they discussed have not been revealed. A White House official described it as a “brief conversation”. Their relationship is under intense scrutiny amid allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. US intelligence believe Russia helped Mr Trump in last year’s presidential election, something denied by Russia. Mr Trump has rejected...

Trump keeps Iran deal, but threatens more sanctions: US officials

WASHINGTON, July 18: (AFP) – Donald Trump backed away from a campaign promise to scrap a major nuclear security deal with Iran Tuesday, with officials announcing the agreement and related sanctions relief will stay in place for now.Under the terms of the two-year-old agreement, Tehran scaled back production of nuke-making material in return for massive sanctions relief. The Trump administration faced a new congressional deadline Monday to say whether Iran has curbed its nuclear weapons program in line with the accord. “The conditions,” according to one official who the White...

Turkish police kill 5 suspected IS jihadists, detain 233

ANKARA, July 13, 2017 (AFP) – Turkish police on Wednesday killed five suspected Islamic State jihadists in the central province of Konya, officials said, as officers detained 233 suspected extremists across Turkey. “During the operation, the five terrorists were neutralised after they resisted armed force, and four security forces were lightly injured,” the local governor’s office said in a statement. Police also seized weapons during the raid including five Kalashnikovs, a gun and ammunition. Officers launched raids against IS across 29 different provinces, detaining...

US and Qatar sign deal on fighting terrorism

Qatar and the United States have signed an agreement to help combat “terrorism financing” during a visit to Doha by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani and Tillerson made the announcement on Tuesday during a joint news conference in the Qatari capital. Tillerson is in Doha pushing for dialogue to resolve a dispute between Qatar and its neighbouring Gulf countries. Sheikh Mohammed said the signing was “not related to the recent crisis and the blockade imposed against Qatar”. ANALYSIS: Qatar-Gulf...

Battle for Mosul: Iraq PM Abadi formally declares victory

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has formally declared victory over so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul. Mr Abadi waved a national flag with troops after announcing the “collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood”. Earlier, clashes were reported in a small part of Old City where a few dozen IS militants were holding out. The battle for Mosul has taken almost nine months, left large areas in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced more than 920,000 others. Commanders from the US-led coalition that has provided air and ground support to Iraqi forces said the urban...

G20: ‘Difficult’ talks ahead as protesters arrested

Leaders are entering the final day of talks at the G20 meeting in Hamburg as officials try to bridge the gap with the US on issues such as trade and climate change. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is hosting the summit in Hamburg, said the talks so far had been “very difficult”. Negotiators worked through the night in an attempt to reach a compromise on the wording of the final summit statement. It comes after a second night of violent protests on Hamburg’s streets. The G20 (Group of Twenty) is a summit for 19 countries, both developed and developing, plus the EU. Leaders...

Trump-Putin meeting to test bilateral ties

WASHINGTON, July 7 : (Xinhua) — U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, in a meeting that will be the first test of whether Trump can improve strained relations with Moscow, experts said. Trump campaigned last year on promises to mend relations with Russia, in a bid to team up with the Kremlin to defeat the terror group Islamic State, given Russia’s clout in the Middle East. “Trump’s meeting with Putin is a major test of the administration’s relationship with Russia,” Brookings Institution Senior Fellow...

Dozens killed in brutal Mexico prison fight

At least 28 inmates have been killed in a brutal prison fight in the Mexican Pacific resort of Acapulco, in one of the worst outbreaks of violence in the country’s troubled penal system in recent years. Rioting inmates beheaded and mutilated their rivals on Thursday and bodies were found strewn around the maximum-security wing, the kitchen, a prison yard and a conjugal visits area after the pre-dawn riot at the CERESO federal prison in Acapulco, said the security spokesman for the state of Guerrero, Roberto Alvarez. “The incident was triggered by a permanent feud between rival groups...

North Korea missile test was ICBM – US

The US has confirmed that North Korea on Tuesday tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called it a “new escalation of the threat” to the US and the world and warned that Washington “will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea”. Pyongyang earlier said it was its first successful intercontinental ballistic missile test. US officials believe the North may now be able to fire a missile to Alaska. However, experts say it cannot accurately hit a target. Just hours after the North’s test over the Sea of Japan, the US asked...

Boko Haram suspected in deadly Niger attack

Suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed at least nine people and abducted as many as 40 others in southeast Niger, according to local officials. The gunmen late on Sunday attacked a village in Kablewa town near the southeastern Niger city of Diffa, close to the Nigerian border, authorities said on Monday. They killed eight young people and an elderly man, Kablewa Mayor Abari Elh Daouda told the DPA news agency by telephone. READ MORE: Boko Haram refugees in Niger find safety, but lack aid In a separate interview with the AFP news agency, Daouda said between 30 to 40 people, including women and...

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a “terrorist attack”. Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. The police officer said to have piloted the stolen aircraft issued a statement denouncing the “criminal government”. His whereabouts are unknown. It comes after mass protests against the political and economic crisis. The Supreme Court is regularly criticised by the Venezuelan opposition for its rulings which bolster...

China accuses Indian troops of ‘crossing boundary’ in Sikkim section

Beijing, Jun 27 (PTI) China today accused Indian troops of “crossing the boundary” in the Sikkim section and demanded their immediate withdrawal, while asserting that it has shut down the Nathu La pass entry for Indian pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar because of the border standoff. China also said that it has lodged diplomatic protests with India, both in New Delhi and Beijing, alleging that the Indian troops trespassed into Chinese territory in the Sikkim sector. “We have lodged solemn representations in Beijing and New Delhi to elaborate on our solemn position,”...

16 dead, 8 injured as truck veers off road in N. Bangladesh

DHAKA, June 24 (Xinhua) — At least 16 people were killed and eight others injured as a cement-laden truck veered off a road in Rangpur district, some 304 km off capital Dhaka, on Saturday morning, a local police official said. “The accident left 16 people dead on the spot and eight others injured,” the Rangpur district police official told Xinhua. The official not to be named said the truck carrying dozens of Muslim Eid holiday makers went off the road and ended up in a ditch at about 5:00 a.m. (local time). According to the official, the victims are mostly day laborers who were...

Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russia meddling claim

President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of inaction over alleged Russian interference in the US election in 2016. Mr Trump said Mr Obama had learned well before the 8 November poll about the accusations and “did nothing”. His comments followed an article in the Washington Post which said that Mr Obama learned last August of President Vladimir Putin’s “direct involvement”. The alleged meddling is the subject of high-level investigations in the US. President Putin has repeatedly denied any Russian interference into the presidential election. The...

Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman is new crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s king has appointed his son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince – replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne. King Salman’s decree also means Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, will become deputy prime minister while continuing as defence minister. Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, has been removed from his role as head of domestic security, state media say. He has pledged allegiance to the new crown prince, his younger cousin. Why is this significant? Saudi Arabia has typically been ruled by kings in their 70s or 80s. Prince Mohammed bin...