North Korea warns of ‘more gift packages’ for United States

North Korea is ready to send “more gift packages” to the United States, one of its top diplomats said on Tuesday, dismissing the international uproar over his country’s latest and biggest nuclear weapons test. Han Tae Song, ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations in Geneva, was addressing the […]

Iran says hajj success opens way for talks with Saudi Arabia

Iran thanked Saudi Arabia today for its handling of the annual hajj pilgrimage, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. “We thank Saudi Arabia… for adopting a new approach in dealing with Iranian pilgrims,” said Ali Ghazi-Askar, the head of the hajj organisation in Tehran, according to the state broadcaster. Some […]

Russia urges against ‘giving in to emotions’ over North Korea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today spoke out against “giving in to emotions” amid tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme, in phone talks with his US counterpart, Moscow said. Lavrov “noted that a choice should be made in favour of political and diplomatic efforts to look for a peaceful settlement,” Russia’s foreign ministry said after […]

Hurricane Harvey relief fund started by J.J. Watt hits $20 million

J.J. Watt’s relief fund for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston has reached $20 million — 100 times more than the NFL star’s original goal. More than 180,000 donations have been made, mostly for less than $100 each, since Watt started the fund Aug. 28 with a donation of $100,000 and a goal of raising $200,000, according to […]

US Supreme Court partly rejects Donald Trump on travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday a bid by President Donald Trump to block a judge’s ruling that prevented his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries from being applied to grandparents of U.S. citizens. But in a partial win for Trump, the court put on hold part of the judge’s ruling that […]

USA lists Pakistan amongst nations providing ‘safe havens’ to terrorists

The US listed Pakistan among the nations and regions providing “safe havens” to terrorists, saying terror groups like the LeT and JeM continue to operate, train, organise and fund raise inside the country in 2016. In its annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism’, as mandated by the Congress, the State Department said that Pakistani military and […]

Addiction, intrigue and all about the Saudi palace coup

On Tuesday June 20, Mohammed bin Nayef, a powerful figure in Saudi Arabia’s security apparatus for the past two decades and the next in line to the throne, was summoned to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the fourth floor of the royal palace in Mecca. There, according to a source close to MbN, as […]

Isner, Karlovic advance, Mannarino out at Newport

WASHINGTON: US top seed John Isner and second-seeded defending champion Ivo Karlovic advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Hall of Fame Championships with straight-set triumphs Wednesday at Newport, Rhode Island. Isner, the 2011 and 2012 winner at the grass-court event, fired 13 aces in defeating Australian qualifier Sam Groth 6-2, 6-4. The hard-serving American improved to 3-0 all-time against Groth, who dropped […]