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North Korea says won’t hold talks with ‘incompetent’ South unless differences settled

SEOUL: North Korea’s chief negotiator called the South Korean government “ignorant and incompetent” on Thursday, denounced US-South Korean air combat drills and threatened to halt all talks with the South unless its demands are met. The comments by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the country, were the latest in a string of inflammatory statements marking a drastic change in tone after months of easing tension with plans for denuclearisation and a summit scheduled with the…

Saudi Arabia says most people detained in anti-corruption sweep have settled

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Tuesday most of the people detained in a sweeping anti-corruption campaign launched last month have agreed to settlements to avoid prosecution while the rest could be held for months. In a statement, the public prosecutor said a total of 320 people had been subpoenaed to provide information about alleged graft while 159 remain in detention and “a number” of them have been referred for judicial action. Saudi Arabian security forces have rounded up members of the political…

Dawn leaks’ story was baseless, speculative and wrong: Aizaz Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Ambassador in Washington Aizaz Chaudhry on Tuesday said that Dawn leaks story was baseless, speculative and wrong and the matter has now been settled after a long inquiry. “Pakistan is committed to eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Pakistan will never allow its soil to be used against any other country and expects that no other country will allow anyone to operate from there against Pakistan,” he said while addressing at Ambassador Series Program of World Affairs Council. He said…

Terrorists from world settled in Pakistani tribal areas: Altaf

KARACHI: Terrorists from across the world have been settled in tribal areas of Pakistan and inciting violence here, says MQM chief Altaf Hussain. Addressing the gathering to mark party’s 36th Youm-e-Tasees (Foundation Day), Hussain said terrorists were now moving towards urban areas and targeting people as well as key government installations to spread terror. The MQM chief said opponent forces were hell-bent to suppress party’s voice, however MQM will not bow down before such forces and continue its mission of peace, he…