Time right to move for constitutional democracy: Taiwan tells China

By Sirshendu Panth,

Taipei : Taiwan Friday voiced "strong support" for the Hong Kong people seeking universal suffrage and asked the Communist-ruled People's Republic of China (PRC) it is the most appropriate time to move towards constitutional democracy, saying the wish to enjoy greater democracy is the right of entire mankind.

Delivering his customary address on the National Day of Taiwan - officially called Republic of China - President Ma Ying-Jeou reminded PRC of its pledge 17 years ago to allow for 50 years the "rule of Hong Kong by the people of Hong Kong".


British man dies of suspected Ebola infection

Skppje: A British man with Ebola symptoms died Thursday at a health clinic in Macedonia.

It is not confirmed yet if the unnamed British man who was born in 1956 had been infected with the deadly Ebola virus or not, doctor Jovanka Kostovaks of Macedonia'a health ministry's commission of infectious diseases said at a press conference.

The symptoms of the deceased man included having a fever, vomiting and internal bleeding as well as rapid deterioration of the body, which raised suspicions, Xinhua reported.


Ban expresses concern over 'escalation of violence' in Kashmir

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern over the escalation of violence along the Line of Control in Kashmir and called for "dialogue" between India and Pakistan to resolve their differences, according to his spokesperson.

Ban's associate spokesperson Vannina Maestracci told reporters, "In a statement, the secretary-general said that he is concerned about the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. He deplores the loss of lives and the displacement of civilians on both sides."

Aamir, Nepal PM discuss malnutrition in South Asia

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Though some substantive achievement has been made in the region for overall development of children, compared with developed nations, South Asia needs to do more, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said here.

The prime minister made the observation during his meeting here Thursday with the newly appointed Unicef Ambassador for nutrition in South Asia and Bollywood superstar, producer and director, Aamir Khan.

China police arrest 30,000 suspects in cyber crime crackdown

Beijing : Police in China's capital city of Beijing have arrested some 30,000 suspects involved in cyber crimes in an online crackdown that began in 2011, a latest statistics report said Thursday.

According to Beijing's public security bureau, about 17 million illegal online messages were deleted in the three-year campaign, which also led to the detention of more than 50 suspects implicated in terrorism activities, Xinhua reported.

The clampdown targeted cyber crimes, hackers, online rumour-mongering as well as terrorism and violent content,the bureau said.


Obama promises more progress in war against IS

Washington : President Barack Obama has vowed that the US will continue making progress in its airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Obama made the comment Wednesday, two months after he authorised the first strikes on selective IS positions in Iraq and a few weeks after launching full scale attacks on the group in Syria, to analyse the results of the campaign.


Have you sent your name to Mars?

New York : Would you like to imprint your name on the surface of the Red Planet? NASA is giving you a chance to send your name to Mars via its Orion spacecraft, scheduled for a test flight Dec 4.

Nearly 95,000 people have already submitted their names.

To sign up, visit NASA's website on Orion's Mars visit, fill out some basic information and submit.

The site will then generate a digital "boarding pass".

You will get the message: "Success! Your name will fly on Orion's flight test".

All the collected names will be included on a microchip.

At UN, India cautions Pakistan its forces 'will respond to provocation'

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: In a series of back-and-forth exchanges at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), India cautioned Pakistan that its forces are ready and "will respond to provocations" and that firing on innocent civilians will only hamper normalisation of relations.

Responding to Pakistan raising Tuesday the recent exchange of fire along the Line of Control, Indian UN Mission's First Secretary Devesh Uttam said, "Let everyone be assured that our armed forces and paramilitary forces are fully ready and they will respond to provocation."

First Ebola patient diagnosed in US dies

Washington: The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the US died Wednesday at a hospital in Dallas, a city in the northern part of the US state of Texas, hospital authorities said.

"It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7.51 a.m," Xinhua quoted Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas as saying in a statement.


Kenyan president appears before ICC for crimes against humanity

The Hague: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday became the first serving head of state to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity committed during the 2007-2008 post-election riots in Kenya.

A crowd of supporters and sympathisers received the Kenyan president at the entrance to the ICC, where the prosecution has accused him of five counts of crimes against humanity.

Kenyatta has temporarily handed over power to his deputy, William Ruto, who too faces similar charges at the ICC.