Foreign media arrive in North Korea, suggesting nuclear shutdown on track

By Martin Quin Pollard BEIJING, May 22 : About two dozen journalists from Western and Chinese news organisations arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to witness the closure of its nuclear test site, an indication that the shutdown will go ahead amid renewed diplomatic uncertainty. North Korea invited a handful of media to witness the […]

US reinforces East Asia ballistic missile defence as Trump-Kim summit nears

By Tim Kelly YOKOSUKA, Japan, May 22 : The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defences against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia. The warship’s arrival at Yokosuka Naval Base comes three weeks before an […]

Spurned advances provoked Texas school shooting, victim’s mother says

By Liz Hampton SANTA FE, Texas, May 20 : A teenage boy who shot and killed eight students and two teachers during a gun rampage at a Houston-area high school had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother told a newspaper. Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, […]

Maduro set for victory amid tepid turnout in condemned Venezuela vote

By Andrew Cawthorne and Corina Pons CARACAS/BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela, May 20 : V enezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was seeking a six-year term on Sunday in an apparently poorly attended vote condemned by foes as the “coronation” of a dictator and likely to bring fresh foreign sanctions. With the mainstream opposition boycotting the election, two of his […]

Palestinian President Abbas hospitalised – officials

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, May 20 : Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalised in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said on Sunday, giving conflicting accounts on the leader’s condition. It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalised in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was hospitalised again briefly […]

Spurned advances provoked Texas school shooting, victim’s mother says

By Erwin Seba SANTA FE, Texas, May 20 : A teenaged boy who shot and killed eight students and two teachers in Texas had been spurned by one of his victims after making aggressive advances, her mother told the Los Angeles Times. Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, 16, told the newspaper that her […]