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White House Dismisses North Korea`s Claim Of 'Declaring War'

New Delhi: North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said that US President Donald Trump had declared war on North Korea, a claim strongly refuted by White House.

Ri Yong Ho said a Twitter message by Trump on Saturday in which the president warned that the minister and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" if they acted on their threats amounted to a declaration of war.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders denied the United States had declared war, calling the suggestion "absurd".

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UN Says Rohingya In Bangladesh Need 'Massive' Assistance

New Delhi: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)   has asserted that Bangladesh needs "massive international assistance" to feed and shelter the 436,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar in recent weeks.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said there were "immense" challenges after visiting the overflowing camps around Cox's Bazar in southern Bangladesh.

"I was struck by the incredible magnitude of their needs. They need everything -- they need food, they need clean water, they need shelter, they need proper health care," he said.

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Pak Anti-Graft Body Freezes Accounts And Seized Properties Of Sharif, Family

New Delhi:  Pakistan's anti-graft body has frozen the bank accounts and seized the properties of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members facing corruption and money laundering charges in the Panama Papers scandal.

Sharif, 67, stepped down after the Supreme Court disqualified him on July 28 from continuing in his office for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children.

The Accountability Court in Islamabad, which is hearing the corruption cases against the Sharif family has summoned Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law capt (retd) Safdar to appear before it on September 26.

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Musharraf Claims Zardari Killed Benazir

New Delhi: Pakistani ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf has accused Asif Ali Zardari, former president and husband of slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto, of murdering her, as well as her brother Murtaza Bhutto.

In a video message posted on his party's social media page, Musharraf claimed that Zardari was responsible for the Bhutto family's demise.

"He was involved in the assassinations of Benazir and Murtaza Bhutto," the country's former president and Army chief said, adding that that he wanted to directly address Bilawal, Bakhtawar and Asifa Bhutto, the three children slain PM, the people of Sindh province and people of Pakistan.

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China counters Donald Trump's remark over South China Sea in UN speech

New Delhi: China has hit back at US President Donald Trump's veiled criticism of its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, countering that the United States was a greater threat to sovereignty.

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Donald Trump decried "threats to sovereignty" in Ukraine and the resource-rich South China Sea, without explicitly mentioning Russia or China.

"We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow," Trump said.