First group of immigrants recently deported from U.S. arrive in Guatemala

A flight carrying 131 Guatemalans arrived on Wednesday (January 6) in Guatemala City with the first group of migrants from the Central American country to be deported from the United States this year. This was the first of six flights planned for the upcoming days, carrying Guatemalans who were taken into custody by U.S. authorities over the past two weeks. The deportations are part of a U.S. plan to tackle a surge in arrivals of […]

Saudi Arabia-Iran crisis pressures regional stability – analysts

Political analysts in the Middle East have voiced fears this week that the severing of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran could threaten the stability of the region. Following Saudi Arabia’s lead, more Gulf nations have either severed diplomatic relations with Iran or recalled ambassadors as the dispute spreads across the Middle East. “Saudi Arabia and Iran have a great impact on regional affairs, especially on issues with Yemen in the last two years. […]

Florida woman died after hospital thought she was faking: lawyers

A Florida woman who collapsed and later died after being arrested for refusing to leave a rural hospital emergency room may have lived if medical staff and police had not assumed she was faking illness, her lawyers said on Wednesday (January 6). Barbara Dawson, 57, complained of abdominal pains at Calhoun Liberty Hospital in the Florida Panhandle town of Blountsville five days before Christmas, but medical staff examined and released her. When she refused to […]

South Koreans worried by North Korea nuclear test

South Koreans expressed concerns on Wednesday (January 6) after North Korea’s nuclear test. North Korea’s state TV on Wednesday announced the reclusive country had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device. One Seoul resident said he was worried about North Korea’s claim that it had used a hydrogen bomb for its fourth nuclear test. “I hear this is the first time it has ever used a hydrogen bomb for its nuclear test […]

South Korea’s president vows decisive action against any new N.Korea provocation

South Korean President Park Geun-hye headed a National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Wednesday (January 6) in Seoul, after North Korea said it had successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear device. “So now, our government has to take decisive measures against any additional provocations by North Korea and work with the international community to make sure the isolated country pays the price for its latest nuclear test,” Park said during the meeting. “This nuclear test is […]

Quakes caused by DPRK hydrogen bomb test affect northeast China

Jolts caused by the hydrogen bomb test of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Wednesday morning were strongly felt in northeast China areas that border the DPRK. The quakes cracked the playground at a high school in Yanji City of northeast China’s Jilin Province. Residents and students in relevant areas were evacuated after the quakes were felt. Monitoring cameras placed at expressway sections in Jilin also recorded quakes caused by the hydrogen bomb test. The […]

South Korea vows to take measures over the North’s latest nuclear test

South Korea said on Wednesday (January 6) it would take all possible measures, including possible United Nations sanctions, to ensure Pyongyang pays the price after its fourth nuclear test. “Our government strongly condemns North Korea ignoring repeated warnings from us and the international community and pushing ahead with the fourth nuclear test, which clearly violated the U.N. resolutions,” Cho Tae-yong, a senior security official at the South Korean presidential office said. “We will take all […]

South Korean foreign ministry holds emergency meeting on the North’s nuclear test

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry held an emergency meeting on Wednesday (January 6) in Seoul, after North Korea announced it had conducted a fourth nuclear test. South Korea’s First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lim Sung-nam, presided over the meeting and strongly condemned North Korea. “As we all know, North Korea’s provocation is a complete violation of Security Council resolutions and a serious challenge to world peace and security,” he said. “South Korean foreign ministry will […]

Japanese PM condemns North Korean nuclear test

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday (January 6) that Japan “cannot tolerate” North Korea’s latest nuclear test, and that firm action would be taken at the international level. “North Korea’s nuclear test is a serious threat to our nation’s security and absolutely cannot be tolerated. We strongly denounce it,” he told parliament. North Korea said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturised hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday morning, which would mark […]

Seismic waves from N.Korea look similar to previous nuclear tests – Japan weather agency

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on Wednesday (January 6) that seismic waves emanating from North Korea looked similar to those detected after Pyongyang’s previous nuclear tests. “Looking at the results, and of course I’m talking about the seismic data, I don’t think there’s a big difference between the past three shakes,” JMA’s Yohei Hasegawa said during a news conference. North Korea’s state TV on Wednesday announced the reclusive country had successfully conducted a test of […]

NOKOR successfully conducts nuclear test

(REUTERS) North Korea said it had successfully conducted a test of a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday morning, marking a significant advance in the isolated state’s strike capabilities and raising alarm bells in Japan and South Korea. The test, the fourth time North Korea has exploded a nuclear device, was ordered by young leader Kim Jong Un, state media said. “The first H-bomb test was successfully conducted at 10:00 (2030 ET) on Wednesday,” North […]

Dutch couple found dead in Costa Rica

A Dutch couple and a Nicaraguan worker have been found dead on an estate in Sardinal Puntarenas, near Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, on Monday (January 5). Local media reported the bodies of Dutch pensioner couple Johan and Zita Snelderth Taver and Nicaraguan worker, Rivar Avenec, were found on 400 hectare- (988 acre-) estate known as Ganadera La Flecha. Police believe the couple and worker could have been killed up to eight days ago, because […]