THE STANS
Pakistan minister brings India message of ‘peace and love’
New Delhi Dec 14, 2012 – Pakistan’s interior minister arrived in India on Friday with a message of “peace and love” that he said would help the nuclear-armed rivals give a fresh impetus to their fragile ties. Rehman Malik flew into New Delhi for a three-day visit that will see him formalise a new visa accord and hold security talks with his Indian counterpart Sushilkumar Shinde. “I have brought the message of pe … more

WAR REPORT
Philippine military calls holiday truce
Manila (AFP) Dec 16, 2012 – The Philippine military on Sunday began a holiday season truce against communist insurgents after the rebels called their own limited ceasefire in typhoon-hit regions, a spokesman said. The military ceasefire will last from Sunday till January 2, giving soldiers more time to spend with their families and to help victims of Typhoon Bopha which hit the southern Philippines earlier this month, …more

NUKEWARS
Defiant N. Korea stages rally amid nuclear fears
Seoul Dec 14, 2012 – Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans rallied Friday in the freezing cold to revel in the country’s rocket launch as South Korea voiced concern that its rival could follow up with a third nuclear test. The enormous rally in central Pyongyang came two days after the launch of the rocket and just ahead of Monday’s anniversary of the death of new leader Kim Jong-Un’s father. The West fears … more