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Syria condemned at toxic arms watchdog over sarin attacks

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:40 PM

Only Russia, China, and Iran vote against the decision at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' executive council accusing Syria of breaching the Chemical Weapons Convention

OPCW. This picture taken on April 20, 2017 shows the logo of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at the headquarters in The Hague. File photo by John Thys/AFP

North Korea discusses new policies for increasing 'nuclear war deterrence' – KCNA

May 24, 2020 - 9:15 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un discusses with the Central Military Commission 'crucial measures... for considerably increasing the firepower strike ability' of the military

IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP  IN HONOR. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung on April 15, 2020. Photo by KIM Won Jin/AFP

Watchdog blames Syria for chemical weapons attacks

Apr 08, 2020 - 11:13 PM

(UPDATED) The findings come in the first report from a new investigative team set up by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to identify the perpetrators of attacks in Syria's ongoing nine-year-long civil war

2017 ATTACK. Syrian gather on July 12, 2017 at a destroyed building in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, 100 days following a suspected toxic gas attack that was reported to have killed 88 people, including 31 children. File photo by Omar haj kadour/AFP

North Korea weapons test was 'long-range artillery' – KCNA

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:55 AM

Kim Jong Un told the troops to keep in mind 'the iron will and ardent patriotism to defend as strong as an iron wall the socialist homeland dearer than their own lives,' KCNA reports

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In Hiroshima, Pope Francis assails 'crime' of nuclear weapons

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'A true peace can only be an unarmed peace,' says the pontiff

POPE IN HIROSHIMA. Pope Francis speaks by the cenotaph in memory of those killed in the 1945 atomic bombing during an event held at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on November 24, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Japan to preach anti-nuclear message

Nov 23, 2019 - 5:29 PM

In a video message before his visit, Pope Francis says he prays 'that the destructive power of nuclear weapons will never be unleashed again in human history'

Israel ‘tries to hide’ arms sales to the Philippines – report

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:25 PM

While the Philippines is increasingly becoming a lucrative market for Israeli equipment, Israeli human rights advocates say they do not want Israel-made weapons to be used in 'mass executions of civilians living in slums'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after they deliver their joint statements following the signing of agreements between both countries at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan urged to sign United Nations nuke ban on Hiroshima anniversary

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Hiroshima's mayor urges Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city marks 74 years since being targeted in the world's first atomic attack

MEMORIAL. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since previous year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, during the 74th anniversary of memorial service for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

IAEA to hold special meeting on Iran

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Tehran breaches the limit of 300kg for stockpiles or enriched uranium

Abbas Araghchi (C-R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Helga Schmid (C-L), Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS), take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on June 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)

Iran: Exiting nuclear pact one of 'many options' after U.S. sanctions

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The country's officials are deliberating different options and measures, including pulling out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, says Iran's foreign minister

IRAN FM. In this file photo, Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari attends a meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

North Korea's Kim oversees test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:37 AM

State media says the 'advantages' of the weapon were 'the peculiar mode of guiding flight and the load of a powerful warhead'

KIM JONG UN. This file photo shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea. Photo from AFP/KCNA via KNS

(OPINION) What Nagasaki taught me: Nuclear weapons must be banned

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have long called for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

Trump looks forward to new meeting with North Korea's Kim

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Kim Jong Un earlier says that North Korea could take a different approach to nuclear talks if US economic sanctions remain in place

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

Big powers set to clash at chemical weapons watchdog

Nov 19, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague is the first since member states agreed in June to let it point the finger over attacks

OPCW. This picture taken on April 20, 2017 shows the logo of OPCW (The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) at the headquarters in The Hague.  File photo by John Thys/AFP

North Korea tests new 'ultramodern tactical weapon' – KCNA

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Korean Central News Agency says the test is successful but does not specify the type of device involved

TEST. North Korea's Kim Jong-un has supervised the testing of a 'high-tech' new weapon, according to recent reports. File photo by KCNA/AFP

[OPINYON] Ang social media bilang assault weapon

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Madaling ireklamo ang account mo dahil sa isang trumped-up community standards violation. Sa dami ng magrereklamo, masususpinde ang account o tuluyang ipasasara.

[OPINION] From Russia with love

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Philippines needs to think carefully how it intends to pursue its developing security relationship with Russia

Activists urge killer robot ban 'before it is too late'

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:08 AM

'Killer robots are no longer the stuff of science fiction,' says Rasha Abdul Rahim, Amnesty International's advisor on artificial intelligence and human rights

SOLDIER BOT. A group of men look at a exoskeleton robot at the 2018 World Robot Conference in Beijing on August 15, 2018. Photo for illustration purposes only. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Western trio warns Syria over chemical weapons use

Aug 22, 2018 - 4:20 PM

In a joint statement, the 3 powers say they are 'gravely concerned' over the military offensive in Idlib and the resulting humanitarian consequences

IDLIB. A Syrian fighter fires a rocket-propelled grenade as he attends a mock battle in anticipation of an attack by the regime on Idlib province and the surrounding countryside, during a graduation of new Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) members at a camp in the countryside of the northern Idlib province on August 14, 2018. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

North Korea urges Trump to be 'bold' on denuclearization

Aug 18, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The country's state media also urges US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to 'brush aside' speculation from opponents over the North's intentions

HISTORIC. US President Donald Trump speaks at a signing ceremony with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (not pictured) during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Tech leaders say killer robots would be 'dangerously destabilizing' force in the world

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:35 PM

As nations such as the US, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the UK develop automated weapons systems, tech leaders band together to pledge not to help in the development and use of these 'slaughterbots'

MUSK. Elon Musk is among the leaders of the 160 organizations that have signed the pledge against automated weapons. File photo by Hector Guerrero/AFP

Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Trump hails the summit in Singapore with Kim, in which the the North Korean leader agreed to work towards denuclearizing his country, although their agreement did not say how this would be done

TRUMP'S BACK. US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on June 13, 2018, as he returns from the US-North Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump, Abe: 'Imperative' to dismantle North Korea weapons

May 29, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The pair discuss 'recent developments in North Korea' and confirm 'they would meet again to continue close coordination in advance of the expected meeting between the United States and North Korea'

Protests as Syria takes chair of world disarmament body

May 29, 2018 - 8:10 AM

'The Damascus regime has neither the credibility nor moral authority to preside over the CD,' says US ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament Robert Wood

PROTESTS. US Permanent Representative to the Geneva conference, Robert Wood, during a plenary meeting of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, on August 30, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

China deploys new weapons systems to Paracel Islands

May 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Nearby, the Philippines begins 'long-delayed repairs' to its runway on the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, says the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe  NEW WEAPONS. China deploys new weapons systems to Woody Island, their base on the Paracel Islands. Photo from CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe

North Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons – top defector

May 14, 2018 - 12:55 PM

'In the end, North Korea will remain 'a nuclear power packaged as a non-nuclear state',' top defector Thae Yong-ho says

THAE YONG-HO. Former North Korean deputy ambassador to Britain Thae Yong-Ho talks to the media at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in Seoul on January 25, 2017. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of US summit

May 12, 2018 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) Reporters from different countries would be allowed to 'conduct on-the-spot coverage in order to show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground,' says the foreign ministry

Kim offers to close nuclear test site in May, invite U.S. experts

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:58 AM

The remarks are likely to be seen as a sweetener ahead of US President Donald Trump's own planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

SUMMIT. In this file photo, people watch a television news report showing pictures of US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul. AFP file photo

North Korea 'prepared' to 'help us achieve' denuclearization – Pompeo

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:04 AM

The US Secretary of State says he and North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'had an extensive conversation' during their secret meeting in Pyongyang

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Experts take samples from site of alleged Syria gas attack

Apr 22, 2018 - 12:35 AM

Analysts say that if toxic chemicals were used, OPCW inspectors would still be able to find important traces in clothes, walls, rocks and soil in Douma, although their potency decreases with time

OPCW. The logo of OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) at the headquarters in The Hague. File photo by John Thys/AFP

North Korea's Kim promises no more nuclear or missile tests

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:45 AM

(2nd UPDATE) World powers hail the announcement, but analysts caution that the declaration was promising but limited

KIM JONG UN. The North Korean leader says they will no longer carry out nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests. File photo shows Kim attending the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Photo from AFP/KCNA via KNS

UN in security talks with Syria after chemical probe put on hold

Apr 19, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security is trying to make arrangements for fact-finding experts to travel to Douma 'at the earliest possible time'

Britain accuses 'reckless Russia' of breaking chemical arms ban

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:38 AM

The accusations come as diplomats from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons meet behind closed-doors in The Hague to discuss the crisis

THE SKRIPALS' POISONING. British Military personnel wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Chemical inspectors await all-clear to begin work in Syria's Douma

Apr 18, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari tells a meeting of the UN Security Council that the team of experts will begin work on Wednesday, April 18, once they receive the all-clear from the security detail

DOUMA. The former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus is seen on April 17, 2018 after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two month offensive on the rebel enclave. AFP/STRINGER

Years after his hanging, Saddam Hussein mystery lives on

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:07 PM

US president George W. Bush personally authorized the immediate transfer of the dictator's body on an American military helicopter from Baghdad to the northern city of Tikrit, near Al-Awjah

DAMAGED. An Iraqi fighter from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) checks the severely damaged tomb of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the village of Al-Awja, on the outskirts of Tikrit on April 8, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Watchdog confirms UK findings on nerve agent used on Russian spy

Apr 12, 2018 - 11:52 PM

Samples tested by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons 'confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical,' says a summary of the Hague-based group's report

CHEMICAL. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2018, members of the emergency services in protective coveralls and breathing equipment cover ambulances with tarpaulins at the Salisbury District Hospital in Salisbury, southern England, on March 10, 2018, in connection with the major incident sparked after a man and a woman were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Divided UN fails to agree on response to Syria chemical weapons use

Apr 11, 2018 - 8:50 AM

Russia vetoes a US-drafted resolution on setting up a panel to identify the perpetrators of toxic gas attacks after chemical weapons were allegedly used in the rebel-held town of Douma

ANOTHER VETO. This file photo shows a UN Security Council meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Russia, U.S. headed for clash at UN over Syria gas attacks probe

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) The US push for a new inquiry comes amid heightened tensions over possible US military action in Syria, with President Donald Trump saying 'major decisions' would be taken within 48 hours

UNITED NATIONS. A session of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, February 13, 2017. File photo by Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo

Kremlin furious as Britain blames Putin for ex-spy attack

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:28 AM

Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Britain Foreign Minister Boris Johnson's claims violated all rules of diplomatic protocol

ESPIONAGE. A police officer stand in front of a cordon in front of The Mill pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 11, 2018, as investigations continue in connection with the major incident sparked after a man and a woman were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack a week ago. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Russia ex-spy poisoning 'extremely worrying' – Chemical weapons watchdog

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:26 PM

'It is extremely worrying that chemical agents are still being used to harm people. Those found responsible for this use must be held accountable for their actions,' Ahmet Uzumcu director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, says.

AHMET UZUMCU. Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), holds a press conference in Rome on January 16, 2014. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Clinton warns of 'diplomatic danger' in North Korea talks

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:02 PM

'If you want to talk to Kim Jong Un about his nuclear weapons, you need experienced diplomats,' says Hillary Clinton

MEETING. South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has offered to meet US President Donald Trump. AFP file photos

Iran says no missile talks unless West gives up nuclear weapons

Mar 03, 2018 - 7:56 PM

Iran's armed forces spokesman says US criticism of Iran's missile program was driven by 'their failures and defeats in the region'

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

U.S. accuses Russia of breaching treaties with 'invincible' weapons

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:29 PM

The State Department expresses outrage at Russian President Vladimir Putin's presentation and his 'cheesy' animated video of warheads over US soil – and says the Russian leader had confirmed long-held allegations about his program

US STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses the media in a news briefing. Screengrab from state.gov

U.S. makes new push for UN Syria chemical weapons probe

Mar 02, 2018 - 10:28 AM

The US push to establish the new panel comes 3 months after Russia killed off a previous UN-led investigation by vetoing the renewal of its mandate, arguing that the probe was flawed

A session of the UN Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York, February 13, 2017. File photo by Eskinder Debebe/UN

U.S., Russia clash at UN over Syria chlorine attacks

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:43 AM

The United States and Russia clash at the UN Security Council over a push by Washington to condemn reported chlorine gas attacks in Syria that have left many injured in recent days

SURVIVORS. A Syrian boy holds an oxygen mask over the face of an infant at a make-shift hospital following a reported gas attack on the rebel-held besieged town of Douma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on January 22, 2018. Hasan Mohamed/AFP

Moscow denounces 'anti-Russian' U.S. nuclear policy

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:21 PM

The United States has plans to revamp its nuclear arsenal, largely in response to Russian actions in recent years

KREMLIN. A general view photo taken on July 31, 2017 shows the Kremlin, the History Museum and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

North Korea flouts sanctions, earning $200M from banned exports – UN

Feb 03, 2018 - 10:18 AM

A UN panel of experts also finds evidence of military cooperation by North Korea to develop Syria's chemical weapons programs and to provide Myanmar with ballistic missiles

GATEWAY. In a photo taken on November 21, 2017, a truck entering the Rason Special Economic Zone makes its way across a bridge over the Tumen river marking the border between North Korea (bottom) and China (top). Ed Jones/AFP

Japan, China talks end with friendship vows but no breakthrough

Jan 28, 2018 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) On a range of issues, visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono comes away with little more than vague promises

MEETING WITH CHINA. Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) speaks during a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (not pictured) at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on January 28, 2018. Andy Wong/Pool/AFP

Nuclear concerns push 'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:50 PM

The last time the clock was at two minutes to midnight was in 1953 when the United States and Soviet Union were testing hydrogen bombs

DOOMSDAY CLOCK. Members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists deliver remarks on the 2017 time for the "Doomsday Clock" in January 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., allies meet to find diplomatic way out of North Korea crisis

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

The two-day Vancouver meeting hosted by Canada and the United States comes amid signs of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP