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South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea

Updated: Jul 17, 2017 11:54 IST      
South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea

Seoul [South Korea], July 17 (ANI): South Korea on Monday offered military and Red Cross talks with North Korea to ease military tensions along the border and resume humanitarian exchange between peoples of the two sides.

According to a report by Xinhua, South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk proposed to Pyongyang holding talks of the military authorities on Friday at Tongilgak, a building in the North side of the truce village of Panmunjom.

The dialogue was aimed at stopping all hostile acts that escalate military tensions near the military demarcation line (MDL) dividing the two Koreas, the vice minister said in a statement.

Suh called on Pyongyang to restore the military communications line in the western region to send a reply to South Korea's dialogue overture, expressing anticipation of the DPRK's positive response.

This comes as earlier on July 6 in Germany, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced his administration's peace initiatives for the Korean Peninsula.

The President pointed to denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, guaranteeing security, and a more fundamental approach to uprooting North Korean weapons issues, starting with dialogue.

The president emphasised that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the October 4 Declaration in which the two Koreas agreed, in 2007, to expand family reunions between families and relatives separated by the border. Noting that Chuseok, one of Korea's biggest holidays, falls on Oct. 4 this year, the president said that since the two anniversaries overlap, it would be meaningful to hold family reunions on that day as a first step in addressing this humanitarian issue. (ANI)

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Nepal amendment bill fails in lack of two-third majority

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 23:40 IST      By: Binod Prasad Adhikari

Kathmandu [Nepal], August 21 (ANI): The parliamentary voting over the amendment bill presented long ago in the Nepal parliament has failed to garner two-third majority to get it endorsed.

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Suspected Barcelona attack driver shot dead

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 22:48 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], August 21 (ANI): Spanish police has confirmed that the suspected driver behind the Barcelona terror attack, Younes Abouyaaqoub has been shot dead, putting an end to the international manhunt for Europe's most-wanted man.

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Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal to visit Netherlands

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 21:40 IST     

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Moscow [Russia], August 21 (ANI): The United States will temporarily suspend all nonimmigrant visa operations across its Russia embassy in Moscow.

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Nepal to hold Federal and Provincial Elections in November

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 17:17 IST     

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France: One dead after car rams into crowd

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 16:57 IST     

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Nepal Parliament divided over amendment bill

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 15:41 IST      By: Binod Prasad Adhikari

Kathmandu [Nepal, August 21 (ANI): The deliberation over the amendment being presented on Monday for voting has divided the Nepal Parliament into two factions with opposition alliance in against the long ago presented bill.

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ISIS-K gains foothold in Pakistan

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 15:08 IST     

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Protests in Hong Kong over jailing of pro-democracy leaders

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 12:42 IST     

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