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December 15, 2017 05:48 UTC
South Korean news media on Friday expressed anger and outrage after Chinese security guards beat and severely injured a South Korean photojournalist covering President Moon Jae-In’s visit to Beijing. Opposition parties and internet users joined in, saying the incident epitomised the Asian giant’s attitude towards its smaller neighbour. The English-language Korea Times called it “an appalling use of force by Chinese security.”“We are dumbfounded and enraged at such violence against visitors… We are outraged by the rude welcome”, it said. “China trampled upon Korea and the whole Korean people,” one said in a posting. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday that while the trade show had been organised by the South Korean side, “if someone is hurt, of course we are concerned about that.”
December 15, 2017 05:26 UTC
The traffic congestion started early on Friday after a loaded truck broke down at Tangail’s Elenga around 2am, Inspector SM Shahidur Rahman of Tangail’s traffic police. Traffic remains slow on the eight-kilometre stretch between Tangail’s Rasulpur and Elenga due to construction works for upgrading the highway to a four-lane one. More the rush on weekends causes the traffic to move slowly between Thursday and Saturday. Vehicles were found stranded at some place until 8:30am while at other places were moving at a snail’s pace. The broken truck has added to the woes.
December 15, 2017 04:52 UTC
European Union leaders on Thursday rejected US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, saying they stuck by their view that the city’s status should be settled by negotiation. Trump’s administration invited widespread criticism earlier this month when it officially recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, effectively ignoring Palestinian claims on the city. Also Read- Islamic State threatens US attacks over Jerusalem decision“EU leaders reiterate firm commitment to the two-state solution and, in this context, the EU position on Jerusalem remains unchanged,” EU President Donald Tusk tweeted after the leaders of the bloc’s 28 countries discussed the matter at a summit in Brussels. The EU has voiced alarm at the US decision, with foreign policy head Federica Mogherini warning last week that it could take the situation “backwards to even darker times”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earned a stern rebuff from Mogherini in Brussels on Monday when he suggested Europe would follow Washington’s lead on Jerusalem.
December 15, 2017 03:45 UTC
Japan said Friday it had added 19 more entities to its list of organizations and individuals targeted by asset-freeze sanctions on North Korea. The sanctions list now comprises 103 entities and 108 individuals in total, including seven Chinese entities, five Chinese individuals, one Singaporean entity and two Namibian entities, it said. They include organisations involved in financial services, coal and minerals trading, transportation and sending North Korean labourers abroad, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Japan has already imposed strict sanctions on North Korea, including a blanket ban on trade and port calls. Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said: “North Korea launched an ICBM ballistic missile that landed in our exclusive economic zone and continues to repeat provocative commentaries.”“In light of this, as we host a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on December 15, we have decided on the asset freeze in order to further increase pressure” on the reclusive state.
December 15, 2017 02:15 UTC
Former Chittagong City Corporation mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury died around 3am Friday at Max Hospital in Mehedibag area of the port city. Dr Md Liakat Ali Khan, managing director of Max Hospital, confirmed the death of the veteran Awami League leader. Mohiuddin, a three-time mayor of Chittagong and also the president of Awami League’s Chittagong city unit was suffering from kidney disease, diabetes and several other ailments for a long time. Despite the late hour, hundreds of Awami League activists and citizens flocked to the hospital and the Chashma Hill residence of Mohiuddin Chowdhury. City Awami League General Secretary and Chittagong City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin rushed to the hospital to pay his last respect.
December 15, 2017 02:15 UTC
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December 15, 2017 02:04 UTC
China’s naval chief has told his Australian counterpart that his country’s actions on the South China Sea run counter to the general trend of peace and stability in the disputed waterway. Australia, a close ally of the United States, has repeatedly expressed concern over the disputed South China Sea, where China has built manmade islands, some of which are equipped with runways, surface-to-air missiles and radars. Australia has previously drawn criticism from China for running surveillance flights over the South China Sea and supporting US freedom of navigation exercises there. China claims most of the South China Sea, a strategic waterway where $3 trillion worth of goods passes every year. China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a US think tank said on Thursday.
December 15, 2017 01:52 UTC
Prosecutors said that after travelling to Jordan to work with the Syrian American Medical Society, Shahnaz returned to the United States and applied for six credit cards, which she used to buy bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The resident of the hamlet of Brentwood in Islip on Long Island appeared before a federal judge late on Thursday and was ordered detained, prosecutors said. Some of that money came in the form of $63,000 in bitcoin and other crypto-currencies purchased with the credit cards, prosecutors said. She faces three charges of money laundering, including money laundering in support of a foreign terrorist organization, and is also charged with bank fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the money laundering charges and up to 30 years for the bank fraud charge.
December 15, 2017 00:22 UTC
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December 14, 2017 23:37 UTC