BEIJING - A senior North Korean envoy delivered a letter from his leader Kim Jong-un to Chinese President Xi Jinping and told him that Pyongyang was ready to take "positive action" to re-join stalled six-nation nuclear disarmament talks. The letter was handed over by envoy, Vice Marshal Choe Ryong-hae. Choe told Xi that North Korea is willing to take positive actions to solve problems ...
Richard Chichakli, who has been tied to convicted international arms dealer Viktor Bout, has been extradited from Australia to the US. The 53 year old alleged financial muscle behind the Bout gun-running organisation had been living in Melbourne under an alias before authorities arrested him in January. Syrian-born Chichakli had managed to evade police while working as a cleaner in the ...
A US court in Maricopa County, Arizona has found that high-profile sheriff Joe Arpaio violated the constitutional rights of Latino men and women in his attempt to stop illegal immigration. Judge Murray Snow ruled that Arpaio's office would have to stop using race or Latino ancestry as a factor in stopping vehicles carrying Latino occupants. Arpaio had been sued by several Hispanic drivers ...
At least 17 children have died in eastern Pakistan following an explosion on a school bus. Other children were also injured when a faulty gas cylinder on board the bus exploded. The incident occurred on the outskirts of the city of Gujrat, which is located about 200km southeast of the capital, Islamabad. Police have confirmed the children were on their way to school when the bus was ...
LONDON - The British government has defended its spy agencies for failing to prevent murder of a soldier in London despite signs and revelations that the two suspects were well known to MI5. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said it was impossible to control everyone all the time. "Peers and MPs will do a thorough investigation in terms of what the security forces knew but I've seen ...
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A court in Kiev has banned Ukraine's first gay pride event. The court ruled the march, would have attracted anti-gay activists into the centre of the city, where annual Kiev Day celebrations would also have been taking place. A group of opponents led by the Orthodox Church led the objections to the march. The Church, through its Archpriest Georgy Kovalenko, issued the grounds for ...
WASHINGTON - A handful of vehicles and some people plunged into a river after a more than half a century old bridge that links Seattle in the US with Canada collapsed, throwing the movement on the highway into disarray. Authorities said there were no deaths in the bridge collapse on the Skagit River in the US state of Washington. Three people were rescued and taken to hospitals, they ...
CANNES - A second suspected jewellery heist was reported at the Cannes Film Festival, with a single necklace by Swiss jeweller De Grisogono worth nearly $2.6 million reported missing. In the case of the first gem loot at the Cannes Film Festival, thieves literally tore out a safe filled with roughly $1 million-worth of jewels from a hotel room. The second time around the event took place ...
LONDON - Global rights body Amnesty International has said that the world is "increasingly" becoming "dangerous place" for refugees due to inaction on human rights. The London-based group in its annual report cited the increasing number of refugees around the world, and highlighted the lack of support for them, as the key human rights issue for the past year. It said that the number of ...
Prosecutors in Indonesia have asked a court for an eight-year prison sentence for alleged bomb-maker Muhammad Thoriq. The prosecutors accused Thoriq of violating the law on anti-terrorism, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. "We demand the court to sentence Muhammad Thoriq alias Alex to eight years in prison," prosecutor Rini Hartartie told the West Jakarta District ...
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We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us. Neither I, nor any President can promise the total defeat of terror. What we must do is dismantle networks that pose a direct danger.
The U.S. president was speaking on his administration's counter terrorism policy.
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Forbes has listed the world's most powerful woman for 2013 as Angela Merkel.
She has become Forbes' number one for the 8th time.
This year the list featured 8 heads of state, including the German Chancellor.
Other women listed were two new billionaires to the list, women's clothing designer Tory Burch and Spanx's Sara Blakely, who both own their own companies.
They were two of 24 corporate CEOs who control US$893 billion in revenues.
16% of the women listed had founded their own companies.
14 of them are billionaires.
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