N. Korea nuclear test seen during Obama Asia visit

April 22, 2014 8:44 pm

SEOUL: North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said on Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama. … Read more »

Thailand election talks bog down

April 22, 2014 8:44 pm

BANGKOK: Negotiations on a roadmap to elections in Thailand following months of political turmoil suffered a major setback on Tuesday, as the opposition pulled out of rare multi-party talks at the last minute. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is pushing for … Read more »


April 22, 2014 8:43 pm

JINDO, South Korea: The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster crossed 100 on Tuesday, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. Improved weather … Read more »

Search for missing Malaysian plane stopped anew

April 22, 2014 8:43 pm

SYDNEY: The aerial search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was suspended on Tuesday because of a tropical cyclone, but not before several aircraft had departed on the mission, officials said. Up to 10 military aircraft had been scheduled to … Read more »

Syria suspected of using chemicals in war

April 22, 2014 8:42 pm

BEIRUT: New claims have emerged that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month, despite an international agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical arsenal. The latest evidence, cited by US and French authorities, comes … Read more »

Three killed in India poll violence

April 22, 2014 8:42 pm

SRINAGAR, India: Militants killed two local officials and another man in Indian Kashmir before issuing a warning to Kashmiris against voting this week in the country’s mammoth election, police and residents said on Tuesday. The militants targeted two village council … Read more »

Biden assures support for Ukraine

April 22, 2014 8:41 pm

KIEV: Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said the United States stood by Ukraine’s new pro-Western leaders in the face of “humiliating threats,” as Washington and Moscow traded blame over the crisis in the ex-Soviet country. “You face very daunting … Read more »

South Sudan marred by fighting, massacre

April 22, 2014 8:41 pm

JUBA: South Sudan’s army said on Tuesday it was battling rebels in three key states, as insurgents blamed for massacring hundreds of civilians in attacks last week continued an offensive targeting oil fields. The rebels seized the town of Bentiu … Read more »

Trans-Pacific Partnership seen harming US economy

April 22, 2014 8:41 pm

Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Barack Obama’s bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the US can sort … Read more »

Pistorius denies taking ‘acting lessons’ for trial

April 22, 2014 8:40 pm

PRETORIA: A spokeswoman for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday said suggestions that the Paralympian had taken acting lessons ahead of his emotional murder trial testimony were “totally devoid of any truth.” We “deny that our client has undergone any ‘acting lessons’ … Read more »