Death toll from Philippines storm, landslides climbs to 126

Manila, January 6: The death toll from a storm that devastated the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 126, authorities said Sunday, adding landslides caused by torrential rain were the top cause. The storm hit central and eastern Philippine islands…

Nepal writes to RBI to declare new Indian currency legal in the country

KATHMANDU, January 6: Nepal has asked the RBI to declare newly circulated Indian currency notes of denominations higher than Rs. 100 legal tender in the country, according to media report on Sunday. The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), the country’s central…

Be ready for war, crisis: Chinese President Xi Jinping tells army

Beijing, January 5: China’s armed forces should be ready for combat and be prepared for unexpected crisis and war, President Xi Jinping said on Friday in his first meeting with the military top brass in Beijing in 2019. The massive…

Trump threatens to declare national emergency to get fund for border wall

Washington, January 5: President Donald Trump warned on Friday that he could keep the US government partly closed for “months or even years” and declare a national emergency if the Congress refused to provide USD 5.6 billion funding for a…

France’s ‘yellow vest’ protestors back on the streets

PARIS, January 5: France’s “yellow vest” protestors were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hardliners who wanted only to bring down the government. Several hundred protestors gathered on the Champs Elysees…

UNHCR seeks clarification from India over repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar

United Nations, January 5: The UN refugee agency has expressed regret over India’s decision to repatriate a group of Rohingya to Myanmar, saying it has sought clarification from India on the circumstances under which the asylum seekers were sent back,…

Sino-India ties a stabilising factor in an uncertain world: China

Beijing, January 4: China on Friday said its relations with India are riding a wave of “sound momentum”, practical cooperation is being fast-tracked and the bilateral ties could contribute to world peace. The impetus given to ties at the informal…

Global support lets Bangladesh PM withstand election worries

DHAKA, January 4: Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand the reverberating calls to investigate serious allegations of widespread irregularities in Sunday’s election that was dominated by her coalition. Hasina is set to…

Trump-Imran summit proposal being discussed: Pak official

ISLAMABAD, January 4: Pakistan and the US are discussing plans to hold a maiden meeting between Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Donald Trump but it hinges on the “positive outcome” of the Pakistan-brokered talks to strike a peace deal…

After US, China develops its own ‘Mother of All Bombs’: Report

Beijing, January 4: China has developed a massive bomb, said to be the country’s answer to the US-built ‘Mother of All Bombs’, the most powerful non-nuclear weapon, official media reported on Friday. China’s defence industry giant NORINCO for the first…