Eleven dead in wooden building fire in Russia

Moscow, A fire broke out in a single-storey wooden building in the village of Prichulymsky in Russia’s Tomsk region, killing at least 11 people, the regional department of the Emergencies Ministry said on Tuesday. Earlier in the morning, the confirmed number of deaths in the fire was six, b

Dozens injured as train collides with truck in Japan's Yokohama

Tokyo, Dozens of people were injured after a train collided with a truck in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on Thursday, causing the train to derail. Xinhua quoted rescue officials, as many as 33 people were injured in the collision that occurred on a crossing on the Keikyu Line between Kanagawa-Shimmachi

PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Putin

Vladivostok (Russia),  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and lauded the Russian leader's far-sighted vision and commitment for the development of Far East Russia. "I am convinced of your commitment and vision for the development of

Eastern Economic Forum official website hails India's economy

Vladivostok (Russia),  India will have its own pavilion called the 'India Lounge' with the support of the Roscongress Foundation at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum.  The lounge will serve as a platform to demonstrate investment opportunities in the Far East, promote Indian investments in the region

Iranian president rules out likelihood of 'direct' talks with US

Tehran,  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday ruled out possibility of direct talks with the United States over Iran's nuclear program. "We have never had any decision, at anytime, for direct talks with the United States," Rouhani said in an open session of the Iranian parliament on Tuesday.

At least 15 killed, 40 rescued as building collapses in Mali

Moscow,  At least 15 people were reported dead as a a three-storey building collapsed on Sunday in the Mali capital of Bamako, 41 people were rescued, the country's Ministry of Internal Security and Civil Protection said Monday. "As of 2000 hrs (GMT), during the collapse of the building in Banconi

US blacklists Iran tanker - Adrian Darya 1

Washington,  The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has blacklisted an Iranian tanker -- Adrian Darya 1 -- it claims is being used to ship oil to Syria. The Adrian Darya 1, previously known as Grace 1, was detained by British authorities in Gibraltar in July a

Venezuela migrant crisis begs a 'coherent, predictable and harmonised' response: UNHCR

United nations,  There is 'no end in sight' to the massive movement of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, now at around 4.3 million in number, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) shared on Thursday. The inflow of migrants to neighboring Latin American countries and the Caribbean is exacerbating social and

India pays in advance for S-400 missiles to Russia

Moscow,  Russia has received from India an advance payment for S-400 air defence missile systems, the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said on Thursday. "As for India's advance payment for the S-400s, this matter has been settled," the defence cooperation agency told Sputn

Maduro optimistic about dialogue process with opposition

Caracas,  Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that he will soon announce "good news about the dialogue process" with the opposition "in the next few days." In a recent interview with Chinese news agency Xinhua, Maduro said "we have established initial talks to get closer" to agreements. T