Browsing: World News

‘The North Korean foreign minister says Pyongyang has every right to take countermeasures against US aggression, including shooting down warplanes, even if they are not in North Korean airspace.

Speaking to reporters in New York on Monday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said that US President Donald Trump has effectively declared war on Pyongyang, meaning all options were on the table for his country’s leadership.

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

“Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”’

Read more: North Korea has right to shoot down strategic US bombers even not in our airspace – foreign minister

‘Russia’s foreign minister says the United States will not conduct a strike on North Korea because the Americans know for certain that Pyongyang is equipped with nuclear bombs.

“Americans won’t strike [North] Korea, because not only do they suspect, but know for sure that Pyongyang has nuclear weapons,” Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Russia’s NTV television channel aired on Sunday, as cited by TASS news agency.
The top Russian diplomat added that he was not defending the North by making such comments but “almost everyone agrees with such an analysis.”

An international uproar was created over Pyongyang’s sixth and the biggest nuclear test to date, which was conducted on September 3. The bomb, detonated underground, was reportedly about 16 times the size of America’s atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. The North also staged an intermediate-range missile test over Japan some two weeks later, drawing Tokyo’s strong condemnation.’

Read more: US will certainly not strike North Korea for Pyongyang is armed with nuclear weapons: Lavrov

‘A new extended travel ban announced by Donald Trump’s administration will restrict travel to the US from North Korea and Venezuela, as well as from Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia – countries included in previous bans – based on “security or safety threat.”

The new restrictions, which come as a result of a review of previous travel bans challenged in American courts, are set to take effect on October 18.

“North Korea does not cooperate with the United States government in any respect and fails to satisfy all information-sharing requirements,” the Sunday proclamation said, explaining the addition.

The document, titled “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats,” was published on the White House’s website.’

Read more: Trump adds North Korea & Venezuela to new travel ban, removes Sudan

‘Ecuador has decided to extend the political asylum granted to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange amid ongoing fears for his safety.

“Ecuador decided to provide political asylum to Assange because it thought that his life is in danger and Assange thought the same,” President Lenin Moreno said speaking to RT Español.

“There is no death penalty in Ecuador, so our country has the right to grant asylum to Assange. We will continue to give him patronage for as long as we assume that his life may be in danger.”

Assange has resided in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, after seeking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape charges.

Swedish authorities withdrew the allegations earlier this year, however, UK police said Assange would still be arrested if he left the embassy because he had broken the conditions of his bail and failed to surrender to authorities.’

Read more: Ecuador will extend Assange’s asylum over fears for his life – President Moreno

‘The head of the UN refugee agency says Bangladesh needs “massive international assistance” to feed and shelter over 430,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on Sunday that there were “immense” challenges at the overflowing Rohingya refugee camps around Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh.

“I was struck by the incredible magnitude of their needs. They need everything, they need food, they need clean water, they need shelter, they need proper health care,” Grandi said after visiting the camps.

The UN official said there had been an “incredible outpouring of local generosity” but that now needed to be “beefed up by massive international assistance, financial and material.” He said his office was providing “technical assistance” to help Bangladesh register the Rohingya. “That’s partly why I am here, to help… the government organize that response.”‘

Read more: UN official says Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh need ‘massive assistance’

‘Tunisia will finally ban forced anal examinations of men the authorities suspect of being homosexuals, the country’s minister for human rights said.

Homosexuality is illegal in the North African state, carrying a prison sentence of up to three years. Now, the practice of forcing men to undergo an anal examination is due to end, although homosexuality will remain illegal.

“These exams can no longer be imposed by force, physical or moral, or without the consent of the person concerned,” Mehdi Ben Gharbia told AFP.

Human rights groups have long called for an end to the examinations, labeling them as “cruel” and “inhuman.”

The invasive tests usually involve doctors “forcibly inserting their fingers, and sometimes other objects” into the anus of the accused, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).’

Read more: Tunisia bans ‘inhuman’ anal exams of ‘suspected’ homosexuals

‘A new poll carried out by Japan’s Kyodo news agency has shown that almost two-thirds of voters are against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling a snap election.

The results of the survey released Sunday showed that 27 percent of the respondents plan to vote for Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the October 22 elections.

The survey comes a day before Abe is expected to announce the elections for the lower house which is going to cover proportional representation districts.

The Kyodo poll said 8 percent of voters favor the struggling main opposition Democratic Party while 6.2 percent will vote for a new party, expected to be launched this week and aligned with popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike. It said 42.2 percent of the voters still remain undecided about the elections.’

Read more: Two in three Japanese to vote against Abe in planned snap elections

‘The Kenyan chief prosecutor’s office has ordered a police investigation into “irregularities and illegalities” allegedly conducted by the country’s election commission during the presidential poll last month, which has been annulled.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko on Sunday instructed Kenya’s criminal investigations department and anti-corruption commission to complete wide-ranging probes into the alleged offenses of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) within a 21-day period.

Tobiko ordered “thorough, comprehensive and expeditious investigations… with a view to establishing whether electoral and/or other criminal offenses… may have been committed by the IEBC officials.”

The chief prosecutor also said that he had designated a team of senior prosecutors to provide technical guidance and assistance to the investigation teams.’

Read more: Kenya police ordered to investigate alleged election offences

‘In the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial speech at the UN General Assembly, Cuba delivered a zinging takedown of US hypocrisy in a wide-ranging speech that targeted climate change, military invention, poverty and nuclear threats.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla used his UN speech on Friday to remind the General Assembly of the US’s own indiscretions around the world, and to slam Trump, whom he said, “ignores and distorts history.”

“We remind the United States of its violation of human rights,” Rodriguez said. “They do not have the slightest moral authority to judge my country.”

Rodriguez pointed to the US’s use of weapons and pressure to interfere in other nations’ affairs, and highlighted the hypocrisy in Trump’s speech that lauded the nation’s sovereignty while at the same time threatening the sovereignty of countries such as Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea.

“The US government has come here to tell us that, in addition to prosperity, the other two ‘beautiful pillars’ of international order are sovereignty and security,” he said.

Trump “manipulates the concepts of sovereignty and security to his exclusive benefit and to the detriment of all others,” Rodriguez said.’

Read more: Cuban Foreign Minister delivers stinging takedown of Trump in UN speech

‘North Korea’s foreign minister says it is inevitable that missiles from his country will hit the United States after the American military flew bombers further north of the demilitarised zone than any American military plane in the 21st century, and after a week in which Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un exchanged personal insults.

Mr Trump’s insults make “our rocket’s visit to the entire US mainland inevitable all the more,” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said during a visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Mr Ri said that recent economic sanctions placed on his country by the UN, and the United States, will do very little to deter his country’s plans to develop a nuclear force capable of hitting the US mainland.

“Through such a prolonged and arduous struggle, now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force,” Mr Ri said. “It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that [North Korea] would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces.”‘

Read more: ‘Inevitable’ that North Korean missiles will hit US mainland after Donald Trump’s insults, says Pyongyang foreign minister at UN