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North Korea preps nuclear site demolition despite US summit doubts

SEOUL: Invited foreign journalists began a long journey up North Korea's east coast Wednesday to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime's nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now says might not happen. In a surprise announcement Pyongyang said earlier this month that it planned to "completely" destroy the Punggye-ri facility in the country's northeast, a move welcomed by Washington and Seoul. Punggye-ri has been the staging ground for all six of…

North Korea details plans to dismantle nuclear test site

SEOUL/WASHINGTON: North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for sometime between May 23 and 25, depending on weather conditions, in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, the country’s state media reported on Saturday. The official Korean Central New Agency said dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances, and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.…

Seeking to avert US response, Russia proposes inspection of Syria attack site

BEIRUT/MOSCOW: Russia said on Tuesday it will propose to the United Nations that international inspectors visit the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma, a move which follows US President Donald Trump’s warning of quick, forceful action in response to the incident. At least 60 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured at several sites in the alleged attack on Douma, then still occupied by rebel forces, on Saturday, according to a Syrian relief group. President Bashar al-Assad’s…

Croatia leader visits site of wartime massacre of Muslims

SARAJEVO: Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic made an unexpected visit Thursday to the site of a massacre of Muslim civilians by Bosnian Croats during the country's 1990s war, an atrocity that led to several war crimes convictions. Grabar-Kitarovic, on an official visit to Bosnia, paid her respects to 116 Muslim civilians, among whom 33 children and women, killed by Bosnian Croats in the village Ahmici in central Bosnia in April 1993. Such gestures are still rare among leaders in the former Yugoslavia, torn…

3.5-magnitude quake rattles N Korea near nuclear test site

PYONGYONG: A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site on Saturday, US seismologists said, in what Chinese experts said was a “suspected explosion”, but Seoul deemed a “natural earthquake”. It came after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, as international alarm mounts over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 20 kilometres (12…

Five injured as factory catches fire in Karachi’s SITE area

KARACHI: Five people including three firefighters suffered injuries as a factory caught fire in SITE area of Karachi, ARY News reported. The shoe factory located near the Habib Bank roundabout caught fire on Thursday evening. As a result, five people including three firemen received burns and were taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. A section of the factory collapsed after the fire. Despite the intermittent rainfall in the city, firefighters were unable to difuse the fire. Two fire tenders from Pakistan Navy were…

Norway ‘anti-troll’ site makes you read before commenting

OSLO: Victims of online "trolling", rejoice. A Norwegian site may have found the key to muzzling malicious commenters on the internet: requiring people to read an article before discussing it. As an experiment, NRKbeta, a media and technology subsidiary of public broadcaster NRK, has since mid-February required viewers to correctly answer three questions about articles before being able to comment on them. "Generally, we see that many read only the headline and a few lines before rushing into the comments section to…