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Earthquake of magnitude 8.1 strikes off Mexico’s Pacific coast

MEXICO (Web Desk) An earthquake described by Mexico’s president as the country’s strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least five people.One person also died in neighbouring Guatemala, its president has said.The quake, measured at 8.1 by the US Geological Survey but higher by Mexico, …

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Trump hails Kuwait mediation on Qatar; Arab states react

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed efforts by the leader of Kuwait, a staunch American ally, to mediate a festering diplomatic crisis involving Qatar and its Arab neighbours that could have implications for the US military presence in the region.However, the quartet of Arab nations now boycotting …

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US adds launchers to THAAD as dozens hurt in S. Korea protests

SEOUL (Web Desk) Dozens of people were injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police on Thursday as the US military added more launchers to the high-tech missile-defence system it installed in a southern town to better cope with North Korean threats.Seoul has hardened its stance against Pyongyang after …

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SpaceX launches secret US military space plane ahead of Irma

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) SpaceX successfully launched a secret US Air Force space plane on Thursday ahead of the arrival in Florida of Hurricane Irma.Live images broadcast by the California aerospace company showed a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned X-37B drone lifting off at 10:00 am (1400 GMT) from NASA’s …

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Syrian opposition must accept defeat against Assad:UN envoy

NEW YORK (Web Desk) UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has called on the Syrian opposition to accept that they have failed to win their war against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.“For the opposition, the message is very clear: if they were planning to win the war, …

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Trump rejects North Korea talks but key nations split on strategy

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) In a flurry of phone calls with world leaders, President Donald Trump took a tough line against negotiating with North Korea as the communist country’s latest nuclear test exposed stark differences among international leaders for containing the threat.Meanwhile, Trump’s military,diplomacy and intelligence chiefs briefed Congress on his …

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7 dead as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

HURRICANE IRMA (Web Desk) sowed a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean on Wednesday,reducing to rubble the tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin and claiming at least seven lives.One of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, the dangerous Category Five hurricane was churning off the north coast …

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Pakistan must change its approach to terrorism,says US

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) While encouraging members of the BRICS alliance to continue playing a constructive role in stabilising the world,the United States reminded Pakistan on Wednesday that it“must change its approach” to terrorism.At a recent meeting leaders of members of the alliance Brazil, Russia, India,China and South Africa called for …

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