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Trump threatened to pull troops if South Korea didn’t give $5 billion: Bolton memoir

Trump threatened to pull troops if South Korea didn’t give $5 billion: Bolton memoir

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull American troops from South Korea if Seoul did not pay US$5 billion under a defense cost-sharing deal, his former National Security Adviser John Bolton said in his memoir. In “The Room Where It Happened,” set to be published Tuesday, Bolton recalled an Afghanistan-related meeting that took place […]

North Korea blows up joint liaison office in Kaesong

North Korea blows up joint liaison office in Kaesong

SEOUL: North Korea blew up the inter-Korean joint liaison office in its border town of Kaesong on Tuesday, sharply escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula after near-daily threats to punish Seoul over anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets. The surprise explosion sparked concern that the communist nation could put other threats against the South into action, including taking […]

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

SEOUL: The martial law commander at the time of South Korea’s 1980 pro-democracy uprising warned the then-U.S. ambassador that the country could end up a communist nation like Vietnam unless the revolt was quelled, declassified U.S. documents showed Friday. The commander, Gen. Lee Hui-sung, also tried to justify the martial law’s expansion during the meeting […]

Iraq premier invites NATO secretary-general to visit Baghdad “at earliest opportunity”

Iraq premier invites NATO secretary-general to visit Baghdad “at earliest opportunity”

By Habib Toumi BAGHDAD: Iraq’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi has invited NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to visit Baghdad “as soon as possible” to discuss ways of increasing collaboration with the alliance’s mission in Iraq. Kadhimi stressed that the Iraqi government attaches great importance to the partnership with NATO and extended an invitation to […]

Kyrgyzstan marks 75th anniversary of World War II victory

Kyrgyzstan marks 75th anniversary of World War II victory

BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek has made a festive flower arrangement on the Victory Square of the city to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Bishkek Mayor’s Office reported that employees of the Bishkekzelenkhoz enterprise were behind the arrangement. Employees planted flowers in the form of a red star, figures […]

Multiple gunshots fired from North Korea hit South Korean DMZ guard post

Multiple gunshots fired from North Korea hit South Korean DMZ guard post

SEOUL: Multiple bullets from North Korea hit a South Korean guard post inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), prompting the South to broadcast a warning and fire back, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The gunshots hit the guard unit in the central border town of Cheorwon at around 7:41 a.m.. No casualties or damage […]

Military plays major role in Covid-19 prevention in Vietnam

Military plays major role in Covid-19 prevention in Vietnam

By Phong Lan Vietnam HANOI: While Vietnam has been praised by international friends for its first success in combating the coronavirus, not everyone is aware that the local military is making great contributions in preventing the spread of the deadly virus. With experiences earned from the SARS epidemic outbreak in 2003, the Southeast Asian country […]

Bahrain converts parking into 130-bed COVID-19 intensive care unit in seven days

Bahrain converts parking into 130-bed COVID-19 intensive care unit in seven days

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Bahrain has completed converting a parking lot into a large intensive care unit (ICU) accommodating beds equipped with respiratory and reanimation equipment in seven days. The third floor of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF) Hospital parking is now a field intensive care unit that contains 130 beds to treat cases infected […]

Military draft notice sent to disgraced K-pop star Seungri

Military draft notice sent to disgraced K-pop star Seungri

Seoul: Seungri, a former member of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, has been sent a notification of his mandatory military service, while he has been on trial on charges of gambling and arranging prostitution, the military manpower agency said Tuesday. Last month, the prosecution indicted the scandal-ridden celebrity without physical detention on charges of gambling overseas […]

Three planes to carry Indonesians home from Wuhan

Three planes to carry Indonesians home from Wuhan

Batam, Riau Islands: The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) is preparing three planes to carry Indonesians who have just arrived at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam Island from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where they will be flown to Raden Sadjad Airport in Natuna Islands where they will be quarantined. “In line with directives […]

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