Rescuers scour tilting buildings after Taiwan quake kills seven

open view web desk Rescue workers pulled survivors and bodies from buildings tilting precariously in the Taiwanese city of Hualien Wednesday after an overnight earthquake killed at least seven people, injured more than 250 and left dozens missing. Emergency responders were focusing on a 12-storey apartment block and […]

Maldives ex-president says top court judge ill-treated in prison

open view web desk MALE/COLOMBO – The exiled former president of the Maldives on Wednesday accused authorities of ill-treatment of a supreme court judge thrown into prison following the imposition of emergency in the Indian Ocean island nation. The Maldives has been in crisis since last week, when […]

Exclusive: U.N. chief plans major disarmament push but U.S. sceptical

open view web desk GENEVA – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is to launch a major push for disarmament talks covering everything from nuclear and cyber war to small arms, braving certain U.S. resistance to such bold initiatives, officials and experts told Reuters. Guterres aims to forestall a new […]

Confidence grows for deal on new Merkel government

open view web desk Talks between the top German parties on forming a new government for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s fourth term spilled into overtime Monday but confidence appeared to be growing they would strike a deal. More than four months after Germany’s general election, marathon weekend negotiations failed […]

Alibaba deepens India push with BigBasket investment

open view web desk MUMBAI – China’s Alibaba became the biggest shareholder in India’s leading online grocer BigBasket after a $300-million funding round, stepping up its rivalry with Amazon in the country. Alibaba invested $146 million in the grocer, subscribing to compulsorily convertible preference shares, BigBasket said in […]

China accuses U.S. of “Cold War mentality” with new nuclear policy

open view web desk BEIJING- China urged the United States to drop its “Cold War mentality” and not misread its military build-up, after Washington published a document on Friday outlining plans to expand its nuclear capabilities to deter others. “Peace and development are irreversible global trends. The United […]

It’s when, not if: Singapore worries, and prepares, for militant attack

open view web desk SINGAPORE- Armed officers patrol a train station where television screens and giant posters warn of the threat from militants. Nearby, fake gunmen storm a shopping mall in one of many recent terror attack simulations. But this is not some war-ravaged country. It is one […]

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