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UN Security Council to meet on North Korea rights record UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council will meet this month on North Korea's rights record following calls to refer Pyongyang to face crimes against humanity charges, a spokesman said Friday.Ten of the council's 15 members had asked for the meeting in a letter sent to Chadian Ambassador Cherif Mahamat Zene, whose country holds the council's presidency for December.North Korea's sole major ally China and Russia did not sign the letter. Chad agreed to the request and will schedule a meeting, although no date has been set, spokesman Boukar Doungous of the Chadian mission told AFP. Australia, Britain, Chile, France, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, South Korea, Rwanda and the United States said they were "deeply concerned" by the situation in communist North Korea. The 10 ambassadors pointed to the "scale and gravity of human rights violations" outlined in a UN commission of inquiry report released in February. "These violations threaten to have ...

Third night of US protests against police killings NEW YORK: Thousands of demonstrators marched in major cities across the United States on Friday in a fresh wave of protests against a spate of killings of unarmed black men by white police officers. The signs of growing discontent took place as a New York prosecutor said that a grand jury would consider charges in one of the cases that has again brought to the fore the distrust felt by many African Americans towards the ...
US Navy engineer 'tried to pass details to Egypt' WASHINGTON: A US Navy civilian engineer was arrested Friday on charges of trying to steal schematics of a new nuclear aircraft carrier and have them sent to Egypt, the Justice Department said. An undercover FBI agent posed as an Egyptian intelligence officer to snare Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, from the state of Virginia, who is charged with two counts of attempting to export defense articles and technical data. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of ...
Canada bird flu virus identified as 'highly pathogenic' strain WINNIPEG: The bird flu virus that has killed thousands of birds on two Canadian farms in British Columbia is the "highly pathogenic" H5N2 strain, Canada's chief veterinary officer Harpreet Kochhar said on Thursday. The strain was last detected in Canada in the province of Manitoba in 2010, he said. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
New NASA spaceship's test flight reset for Friday ISLAMABAD: The launch of NASA's deep-space Orion capsule for a test flight around Earth was delayed on Thursday after a last-minute technical problem with its rocket, NASA said.United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing that builds and flies the Delta 4 rocket, plans to try again at 7:05 a.m. EST (1205 GMT) on Friday, Today's Zaman reported.Gusty winds at the seaside spaceport initially postponed the launch for more than an hour Thursday ...
CIA torture report out next week: US senator WASHINGTON: The US Senate Intelligence Committee will release a long-delayed, damning report next week on Bush-era "enhanced interrogation" practices by the CIA that President Barack Obama and others have described as torture.On Thursday the panel's chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein, confirmed to AFP that a declassified version of the controversial study would be released "next week" after her committee and the White House ironed out differences.Feinstein and the administration sparred for months over disputes about proposed ...
Congressman seeks probe into China-US college ties WASHINGTON: A senior member of Congress called Thursday for an investigation into deals that US universities are striking with China, amid fears that such tie-ups are compromising academic freedom.Christopher Smith, who sits on the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee, voiced concern that Beijing-backed "Confucius Institutes" are muting criticism of China's Communist authorities."Is American higher education for sale?" said the Republican from New Jersey who also co-chairs the Congressional-Executive Committee on China."And if so, are ...


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