August 5, 2019

North Korea fires unidentified projectiles, marking the 4th launch in the last 2 weeks

Oleksii Liskonih/iStock(SEOUL) -- For the fourth time in less than two weeks, North Korea has fired projectiles into the Sea of Japan, a U.S. official said. The two projectiles, fired on Tuesday morning local time, were assessed to be similar to the short-range ballistic missiles tested by North Korea last week, the official said. The South Korean Joint Chiefs told Yonhap news agency that the projectiles were fired from areas near the South Hwanghae Province. "We continue to monitor the situatio..
August 5, 2019

US urges Turkey to halt announced offensive into Syria that threatens US allies and ISIS jails

hansslegers/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. is urging Turkey not to undertake an offensive into northeastern Syria against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces that helped to defeat the Islamic State and now maintains prisons with thousands of the terror group's fighters. An American military delegation is in Turkey to meet with Turkish officials and negotiate an alternative to a military operation that could also threaten U.S. troops stationed in the area. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who ..
August 5, 2019

Hong Kong crippled by strike, protests

bingfengwu/iStock(HONG KONG) -- For the first time since its handover to China more than two decades ago, a city-wide strike brought much of Hong Kong to a standstill. In an unusual sight for a city that prides itself on its work ethic, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers went on strike on Monday to support protesters who have been pressuring the government for the past nine weeks to answer their five demands, including a complete withdraw of the now-suspended extradition bill and setting up an in..
August 5, 2019

India’s ruling revoking Kashmir’s autonomy ‘undoes seven decades’ of history, experts say

Muni Yogeshwaran/iStock(LONDON) — The Indian government moved to revoke the special status that granted autonomy to Muslim-majority Kashmir on Monday, with experts describing the move as “undoing seven decades” of constitutional relations. Amit Shah, the Home Minister for India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party, the BJP, announced that Article 370 of India’s constitution would be revoked in parliament Monday. Article 370, which has been part of the constitution since sovereignty of Kashmir was tr..