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Typhoon Mangkhut rips through Hong Kong; toll in Philippines rises

AFP Hong Kong Typhoon Mangkhut rocked Hong Kong en route to mainland China on Sunday, injuring scores and sending skyscrapers swaying, after killing at least 30 people in the Philippines and ripping a swathe of destruction through its agricultural heartland. The world’s biggest storm this year left large expanses in the north of the main Philippine main island of Luzon ... Read More »

Samsung heir in South Korea’s delegation to North

AFP Seoul The heir to the Samsung empire and the leaders of several other South Korean conglomerates will go to Pyongyang this week for an inter-Korean summit, Seoul announced Sunday. Samsung’s Lee Jae-yong and the heads of the SK and LG groups will be part of President Moon Jae-in’s delegation as he heads for a meeting with the North’s leader ... Read More »

Theresa May ‘irritated’ by speculation over her future

PTI London Theresa May on Sunday revealed her irritation at the constant speculation over her future as British Prime Minister as her Conservative party MPs continue to be divided over the direction the Brexit negotiations should take. To mark the six-month to the March 2019 deadline for Britain’s formal exit from the European Union (EU), May said the debate should ... Read More »

Powerful typhoon lashes Philippines, killing at least 3

AP   Philippines Typhoon Mangkhut lashed the northern Philippines on Saturday, with its powerful winds and rain setting off landslides and destroying homes, leaving at least three people dead and six missing, as the storm barrelled toward southern China. The most powerful typhoon to hit the disaster-prone Philippines this year slammed ashore before dawn in Cagayan province on the northeastern ... Read More »

G-20 agree on need to reform World Trade Organisation

IANS   MAR DEL PLATA Senior officials of the G-20 nations reached a consensus here on Friday on an initiative to reform the World Trade Organisation (WTO). “It is clear that we all share the idea that it is extremely important to draft proposals so the WTO can be more responsive to the current challenges in trade,” Argentine Foreign Minister ... Read More »

World urged to step up climate action ahead of 2020

IANS SAN FRANCISCO A major global summit ended on Friday in this California city with delegates calling on national governments to join forces to step up climate action ahead of 2020, the year when global greenhouse gases need to peak and fall sharply thereafter to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The meeting of leaders from states and regions, ... Read More »

India attaches ‘highest importance’ to ties with Russia, says Swaraj

PTI   MOSCOW India attaches the “highest importance” to its relations with Russia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Friday, as she conducted a comprehensive review of bilateral ties ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s planned visit to New Delhi early next month. Swaraj, who is visiting Russia for the third time in 11 months, called on Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister ... Read More »

Abbas: Palestine committed to peace, negotiations with Israel

IANS   JERUSALEM Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday said that the state he represents remains committed to peace and a negotiated settlement with Israel so long as these could be guaranteed by international law. In an article to EFE news days after the US said it was closing the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, Abbas said that Palestine was ... Read More »

Turkey to support Pakistan on Kashmir, says Qureshi

IANS   ISLAMABAD Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said that Turkey has agreed to support Islamabad’s bid for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue at the UN. Qureshi’s comments came at a joint press conference at the Foreign Office with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is currently in Pakistan on a four-day visit. “Turkey stands ... Read More »

EU, African countries meet to discuss migration strategies

IANS VIENNA Several interior ministers of European Union countries, among them France, Spain and Italy, were meeting representatives from African countries on Friday with the aim of fomenting cooperation on migration. The European Commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopulous, told the press upon his arrival to the talks in the Austrian capital Vienna that the goal of the informal meeting was ... Read More »