Seoul: Use of VX in Kim killing 'blatant violation' of treaty24 February 2017 @ 8:06 PM
SEOUL: The use of the banned nerve agent VX in the killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother in Malaysia was a "blatant violation" of an international treaty, the South said Friday.
"We are shocked by the latest revelation by the Malaysian authorities that VX... was used in the death of Kim Jong-nam," Seoul's foreign ministry said in a statement.
It called it a "blatant violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and other international norms".
Incoming leader of India's Tamil Nadu state jailed14 February 2017 @ 2:24 PM
NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court handed down a four-year prison sentence Tuesday to the incoming chief minister of Tamil Nadu for corruption in a ruling that prevents her from taking up her post.
VK Sasikala was found guilty of possessing “disproportionate assets” in a long-running case that also involved her mentor Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the state’s former chief minister who died in December.
Sasikala was not present at the hearing in New Delhi but the court ordered that she immediately surrender to police to begin serving her sentence.
(Tennis) Sharapova handed Madrid Open wildcard9 February 2017 @ 2:00 PM
MADRID: Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard for the Madrid Open in May just weeks after completing a 15-month ban for doping, organisers confirmed on Wednesday.
The Russian who won the French Open for her fifth Grand Slam in 2014 - shortly after winning the Madrid Open that year - plans to make her return to the circuit in Stuttgart on April 26.
Rescuers battle to reach Afghan avalanche victims, death toll nears 1206 February 2017 @ 9:43 PM
KABUL: Rescuers are battling to reach survivors of avalanches in Afghanistan's remote and mountainous north, as the official nationwide death toll neared 120 and fears grew for dozens still believed trapped under the snow.
Aid is being delivered by helicopter to the worst-hit province of Nuristan, where at least 64 people have been killed including 53 in one devastated village, provincial governor Hafiz Abdul Qayyom told AFP.
Europe must have 'firm' response to Trump: Hollande28 January 2017 @ 10:45 PM
LISBON: French President Francois Hollande on Saturday urged Europe to be “firm” in its response to new US President Donald Trump, who a day earlier called Britain’s exit from the bloc a “wonderful thing.”
“When there are statements from the US president about Europe and when he talks about Brexit being a model for other countries, I think we must respond,” Hollande told reporters the sidelines of a summit of southern EU nations in Lisbon.
Dow passes 20,000 points for the first time26 January 2017 @ 1:50 AM
New York: The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most famous equity index benchmark on Wall Street, shot above 20,000 for the first time Wednesday.
The blue-chip stocks index quickly blew through the much-anticipated milestone in the opening seconds of trading and continued to gain as the morning progressed.
The new record culminates a US rally begun in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s election, in anticipation he will produce pro-growth policies, but which had stalled in the weeks leading up to the inauguration.
'Star Wars: Episode VIII' is titled 'The Last Jedi'24 January 2017 @ 1:22 AM
Los Angeles: The next chapter in the beloved blockbuster “Star Wars” saga has a title: Episode VIII will tell the tale of “The Last Jedi.”
Lucasfilm on Monday released the title without additional explanation. The film, directed by Rian Johnson, is due in theaters on December 15, 2017.
“We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: Star Wars – The Last Jedi,” the studio said in a statement.
US deploys 3,500 soldiers in Poland15 January 2017 @ 8:37 AM
Zagan, Poland: Polish authorities and ordinary Poles welcomed Saturday US troops who arrived this week as part of an unprecedented deployment to NATO’s eastern flank aimed at deterring Russia.
“Welcome to Poland,” Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told US troops in Zagan, the Polish town on the German border where the brigade will be headquartered, adding “we hope you feel at home.”
“The presence of American soldiers in Poland is another step in our strategy to ensure safety and security for Poland and the region,” she added.
Mayweather vs McGregor? UFC boss offers $25 million each to fight14 January 2017 @ 9:22 AM
Los Angeles: The possibility of a duel between boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor got another boost Friday as Ultimate Fighting Championship boss Dana White said he’d pay each $25 million to meet.
White, president of the popular UFC mixed martial arts brand in which Ireland’s McGregor stars, seemed to indicate in his comments on a Fox radio broadcast that the two would meet in a boxing ring, not the UFC octagon.
In addition to $25 million apiece, White said, each fighter would get a cut of pay-per-view proceeds.
(Football) Wijnaldum header gives Liverpool win over Man City1 January 2017 @ 8:58 AM
LIVERPOOL: Georginio Wijnaldum’s early header earned Liverpool a 1-0 New Year’s Eve victory over Manchester City that left Pep Guardiola’s men 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
The Dutch midfielder struck in the eighth minute, emphatically converting a cross from Adam Lallana, as second-place Liverpool trimmed Chelsea’s advantage back to six points.
It was a fourth consecutive league win for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who look best placed to hunt Chelsea down in the season’s second half, particularly in the absence of European distractions.