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  • Manus Island: New refugee sites not ready, says UN

    1 November 2017 12:49 PM 102

    Alternative accommodation for asylum seekers being held by Australia in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is not yet fit to live in, the UN refugee agency says. A senior official who visited the sites told Australia's ABC radio he found "major earthworks in progress". Australia has held asylum seekers who arrive by boat on both Manus Island (in PNG) and Nauru

  • South Korea will not develop nuclear weapons: president

    1 November 2017 12:46 PM 103

    Seoul - South Korea will not develop atomic weapons of its own despite the threat from the nuclear-armed North, President Moon Jae-In declared on Wednesday. "A push by North Korea to become a nuclear state cannot be accepted or tolerated," Moon said in an address to parliament. "We also will not develop or own nuclear" arms. In recent months Pyongyang

  • Belarus wins 15 medals at European Spochan Championship in Italy

    1 November 2017 12:25 PM 78

    MINSK, 1 November (BelTA) – The Belarusian spochan team won 15 medals at the 10th European Spochan Championship in Rome, Italy, BelTA learned from Chairman of the Belarusian Spochan Federation Andrei Kalistov. Dmitry Vasilchuk from Belarus' Vitebsk topped the individual standings. Seven silver medals were brought to Belarus by Maksim Rishko (Vitebsk)

  • Israel in top 8 tourism source markets for Belarus in H1 2017

    1 November 2017 11:28 AM 95

    MINSK, 1 November (BelTA) – Israel made it to the top 8 tourism source markets for Belarus in H1 2017, trailing only Russia, Austria, China, Germany, Poland, Turkey, and Switzerland, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Israel Vladimir Skvortsov said in an interview with the IsraGeo magazine, BelTA has learned. “Belarus maintains

  • Hope for Belarus' stronger stance in international trade after WTO accession

    1 November 2017 11:12 AM 68

    MINSK, 1 November (BelTA) – I hope that the accession to the World Trade Organization will strengthen Belarus' positions in the international trade, Belarusian Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said as he met with a WTO delegation on 1 November, BelTA has learned. “Belarus' membership in the WTO will help fortify our positions in the international trade

  • New York truck attack: What we know and don't know

    1 November 2017 10:04 AM 97

    On Tuesday afternoon local time, eight people were killed when a truck drove along a cycle path in Manhattan. It is the deadliest terror attack in the city since nearly 3,000 people were killed on 11 September 2001. A full picture is starting to emerge of what happened, and of everyone involved. This piece will be updated as we get more information

  • New Yorkers defiant after deadliest terror attack in the city since 9/11

    1 November 2017 7:36 AM 67

    Video shows horror of New York attack New York City police work in Manhattan after a rental truck drove down a busy bicycle path and struck people on Tuesday, October 31. At least eight people were killed and nearly a dozen were injured in the incident, which is being investigated as terrorism, according to multiple law enforcement sources. A suspect

  • Rule of law: EP will be asked to take a position on situation in Malta

    1 November 2017 6:38 AM 91

    The European Parliament will not only debate the rule of law in Malta, but is expected to include a motion for a resolution on the subject. Greens MEP Sven Giegold told The Malta Independent that the plenary debate will most likely take place in the next Strasbourg session, and is thus far scheduled for 14 November. “The Parliament will not only discuss

  • The Latest: Prosecutors say Manafort financial reports vary

    1 November 2017 6:29 AM 96

    Federal prosecutors have released new information about Paul Manafort’s financial holdings. The information comes one day after Manafort appeared in court on charges including money laundering and other financial crimes. In a court filing, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says the precise value of Manafort’s assets is hard to quantify

  • Deadly Halloween attack in New York branded 'terrorism' by authorities

    1 November 2017 6:27 AM 99

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people in New York City by driving a rental truck down a riverfront bike path on Tuesday appeared to have acted alone, but the Halloween Day attack had all the hallmarks of terrorism, authorities said. The suspect, who was shot by police and arrested moments after Tuesday’s rampage on the Lower