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Afghan forces retake district in southern province of Helmand

Afghan forces retake district in southern province of Helmand

The loss dealt a blow to hard-pressed Afghan National Army forces and raised questions about whether they would be able to maintain control of any part of Helmand. The fighting in the Naway district was fierce, with more than 50 Taliban killed, according to Waziri, who said just five security forces were wounded.


United States to Impose New Sanctions on Chinese Banks Over North Korea Ties

United States to Impose New Sanctions on Chinese Banks Over North Korea Ties

Last week U.S. President Donald Trump denounced China's trade with North Korea, saying it had grown nearly 40 percent in the first quarter, and cast doubt on whether Beijing was helping to counter the threat from North Korea. The country even suspended imports of coal back in February. "UN Security Council sanctions are not a total ban on shipments". While China's imports from North Korea dropped 13.2 percent to $880 million in the period from January to June, exports to North Korea rose ...


Greens senator Larissa Waters resigns after second citizenship bungle

Greens senator Larissa Waters resigns after second citizenship bungle

Waters has been an Australian Senator since 2011 representing Queensland and was the deputy leader of the Greens. Ms Waters was born in Canada and did not renounce her dual citizenship when running for office. Party leader Richard Di Natale said he was "gutted" and said Ms Waters had "unfinished business". "I apologise wholeheartedly to all those who have supported me and helped me to become a representative for the wonderful people of Queensland over the last six years".



Korean bishops' conference backs South Korean leader's peace goal with North

The headline on the story, "Trump meets with Asian allies, seeking counter to the North Korea 'menace, ' " (July 9) calls attention to the fact that the United States is short of allies. "He's just trying to protect himself by reinforcing his country's military power", said analyst Cheong Seong-Chang at South Korea's Sejong Institute.


South Korea preparing to request military talks with North Korea

South Korea preparing to request military talks with North Korea

Moon, who took power in May, has advocated dialogue with the nuclear-armed North as a means of bringing it to the negotiating table and vowed to play a more active role in global efforts to tame the South's unpredictable neighbour. Also, there are concerns that Seoul will be seen as undermining worldwide sanctions against North Korea if it gives too much away at the talks. But he has achieved little progress, with North Korea test-firing a series of newly developed missiles.



Meetings on eve of Monsoon Session in Parliament

Bills like the Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017 the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 have been listed for passage by both the Houses . While Modi was seen talking to Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj engaged Sonia in a long chat. He also met Samajwadi party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and others.