Nuclear button is on my desk

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has said he has a nuclear launch button on his desk at all times so the US “will never be able to start a war”. In a televised new year speech, he said the entire US was within range of North Korean nuclear weapons, adding: […]

Syrian, Iranian backed forces advance in border area near Israel

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian army forces backed by Iranian-backed militias pushed deeper into the last rebel-held enclave near a strategic border area with Israel and Lebanon in a new expansion of Tehran’s influence in the war-torn country. The army and the Shi’ite forces helped by Druze militias […]

China explosion: Ningbo port city rocked by major blast

At least two people have been killed and dozens more injured in an explosion in the eastern Chinese port city of Ningbo, local officials say. The blast is said to have occurred at a factory at about 09:00 (01:00 GMT) in the city’s Jiangbei District, causing some nearby buildings to […]

Hong Kong officials to visit Beijing for talks over bookseller

A senior Hong Kong delegation will head to Beijing for talks following explosive revelations by a bookseller who said he was detained for eight months on the mainland, the city’s leader said Monday. Lam Wing-kee, 61, has said he was seized after crossing the border into the southern Chinese city […]


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Saudi-funded mosque opens in Nice after long struggle

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi received on April 25, 2016 the authorisation from the Municipal Council to sue Alpes-Maritimes Prefect Adolphe Colrat, in an arm wrestling with the French State to avoid the opening of the mosque financed by Saudi Arabia (AFP Photo/Valery Hache) Nice (France) (AFP) – A Saudi-funded mosque […]

Most of the world’s millionaires live in Asia

Last year the Asia-Pacific region overtook North America for the first time as home of the largest number of super-rich, according to the World Wealth Report from consulting group Capgemini. There are 5.1 million people in the Asia-Pacific region worth more than a million dollars, and they now control more […]



North Korea test-fires Musudan ballistic missiles

North Korea has conducted back-to-back tests of a mid-range ballistic missile from its eastern coast, South Korean officials say. One test of the powerful Musudan intermediate-range missile made considerable improvements in flight distance and altitude over previous failed launches, but still fell well short of the missile’s projected range. Wednesday’s […]