Tokyo shares open higher

Tokyo, Jan 13 : Tokyo shares opened the trading Wednesday remarkably higher after a six-day decline, as sentiment here was boosted by gains on the overnight US stocks market. At 9.15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average surged 314.38 points, or 1.83 percent, from Tuesday to 17,533.34, Xinhua news agency reported. The broader Topix index […]

US House passes harsher sanctions against Pyongyang

Washington, Jan 13 : US House of Representatives on Tuesday easily passed legislation to impose harsher sanctions against North Korea in response to its nuclear test. The measure, passed by a vote of 418 to 2, would require the president to sanction those engaging in transactions with Pyongyang related to weapons of mass destruction, arms, […]

Clinton expands on plan to tax wealthy as Sanders gains in polls

By Alana Wise AMES, Iowa, Jan 13 : US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expanded her plan to tax the wealthiest Americans by saying she would close tax-avoidance “loopholes” that allow investments to be routed through low-tax countries and put in tax-deferred retirement accounts. “My plan is kind of simple: we go after the wealthy […]

Palestinian official expects ICC to investigate ‘Israeli crimes’

Algiers, Jan 13 : The International Criminal Court (ICC) is likely to investigate the “crimes” committed by Israel in the Palestinian territories, a visiting Palestinian official said on Tuesday. Saeb Erekat, the secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), told the national radio that “We have reported six files so […]

US deplores IS-claimed Istanbul attack

Washington, Jan 13 : The US on Tuesday strongly condemned the suicide bomb attack in Istanbul, Turkey, while pledging to strengthen cooperation with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) ally to fight terrorism. “The US condemns in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attack in Istanbul, Turkey,” Ned Price, spokesman for the White House national Security […]

Fearing third escape, prison guards watch Mexico drug boss Chapo 24/7

By Lizbeth Diaz and Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY, Jan 13 : Deeply concerned that the world’s most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, could escape for a third time, Mexico has beefed up security at his prison, reinforcing the floor of his cell and placing a guard on his door 24/7. Guzman, captured on Friday […]