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Nov 21, 2014

Russia: North Korea ready for renewed nuclear talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday North Korea was ready to resume stalled international talks on its nuclear arms program. North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations told Reuters in Geneva last month that it was prepared to resume the six-party talks ...

Nov 20, 2014

Nine convicted in Manila disco fire that killed 162

A Philippine court convicted nine people for graft Thursday over a 1996 nightclub fire that killed 162 people, mostly students celebrating the end of the school year. The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court convicted seven former city engineering officials of suburban Quezon City and two operators ...

Nov 19, 2014

India police say 4 bodies of women found in ashram

The bodies of four women were found inside an Indian guru’s heavily fortified ashram, police said Wednesday, a day after security forces tried to storm the sprawling complex and arrest the spiritual leader. Sant Rampal, 63, is believed to be holed up inside the ...

Nov 19, 2014

Would-be witness in Philippine massacre murdered

A potential witness in the trial over the Philippines’ worst political massacre has been killed, police said Wednesday as the government struggled to secure justice for the 2009 murder of 58 people. Tuesday’s attack brings to four the number of would-be witnesses in the ...

Nov 19, 2014

Pakistani family sentenced to death over 'honor killing'

Four relatives of a pregnant woman who bludgeoned her to death outside one of Pakistan’s top courts were sentenced to death on Wednesday for the crime, their defense lawyer said. The 25-year-old’s family attacked her because they objected to her marriage. Farzana Iqbal’s murder ...

Nov 19, 2014

South Korea puts cost of economic unification at $500 billion

South Korea’s top financial regulator said Wednesday that developing North Korea’s moribund economy in the wake of eventual reunification would cost around $500 billion. Financial Services Commission (FSC) Chairman Shin Je-Yoon told a seminar in Seoul that the estimate covered a period of 20 ...