India PM tells Pakistan to stop ‘anti-India activity’
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 15, 2013 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned Pakistan Thursday against “anti-India activity” as tensions rise between the nuclear-armed rivals over a deadly attack on Indian soldiers. “India has always strived for friendship with its neighbouring countries,” Singh said in an annual address marking India’s 1947 independence from Britain delivered from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in New Delh … more

N. Korea agrees to hold family reunions with S. Korea
Seoul (AFP) Aug 18, 2013 – North Korea said Sunday it has agreed to South Korea’s proposal to resume reunions for families separated since the 1950-53 war, in another apparent sign of easing tensions. The North has agreed to hold the event during the traditional Chuseok holiday that falls on September 19 as suggested by the South, Pyongyang’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement on off … more

Ecuador-U.S. trade in the balance after Snowden row
Quito, Ecuador (UPI) Aug 16, 2013 – Ecuador’s trade with the United States is in the balance after a diplomatic row over the OPEC country’s offer to grant former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden asylum before he got permission to stay in Russia. Ecuador drew U.S. ire over its reported asylum offer to Snowden and made matters worse by renouncing benefits it has enjoyed since 1991 on about $5.7 billion a year of e … more

Taiwan’s military loses right to its court-martial system
Taipei, Taiwan (UPI) Aug 16, 2013 – The Taiwanese government has amended a military justice law, stripping the military of the right to prosecute its own personnel during peacetime. As a result of the change, 254 military prisoners were transferred Thursday from Tainan Military Prison – the military’s only prison – to civilian prisons. Among those transferred to civilian prisons were three two-star generals, two … more