Kathmandu, Jul 23 (AP/UNB) — A mudslide has buried houses in two remote mountain villages in Nepal, killing eight people and leaving two others missing.
Government Administrator Yadhunath Poudyal said the mudslide at dawn Tuesday buried at least five houses while residents were still sleeping.
Villagers were able to pull out two people alive who were buried by the mudslide, while the search was continuing for two more who are still missing.
The villages in Gulmi district, 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu, are remote and it takes hours on foot to reach them. Continuing rainfall was making it difficult for rescuers to reach the area.
Monsoon rainfall has already killed some 90 people in Nepal.
New Delhi , Jul 23 (AP/UNB) — Opposition leaders on Tuesday angrily demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarify his position in Parliament about President Donald Trump mediating India's long-running dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said in a statement in the upper house of Parliament that Modi made no such request to Trump as the U.S. president had claimed.
It has been India's consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally, Jaishankar said. "Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross-border terrorism."
Members in both houses of Parliament demanded that Modi make a statement on the issue. Opposition leaders Anand Sharma and D. Raja said it was a serious matter.
Trump said Modi recently asked him whether he would like to be a mediator or arbitrator on Kashmir. Trump spoke to reporters in Washington before Monday's meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, the Himalayan territory they both claim and which is divided between them. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training insurgents who have been fighting since 1989 for Kashmir's independence from India or its merger with Pakistan. Islamabad denies the charge.
India snapped official dialogue with Pakistan on outstanding issues after Modi's government came to power in 2014 demanding that Pakistan first end cross-border terrorism.
Seoul, Jul 23 (AP/UNB) — North Korea leader Kim Jong Un has inspected a newly built submarine and ordered officials to further bolster the country's military capability, state media reported Tuesday, as the North is increasing its pressure on the United States ahead of the possible resumption of nuclear diplomacy.
Last week, North Korea said it may lift its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests to protest expected military drills between the United States and South Korea that North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal.
The Korean Central News Agency reported Kim expressed "great satisfaction" with the submarine after learning about its operational and tactical data and weapon systems.
Kim "stressed the need to steadily and reliably increase the national defense capability by directing big efforts to the development of the naval weapons and equipment such as submarine," according to KCNA.
KCNA didn't say exactly when and where Kim's inspection of the submarine occurred. It said the submarine's operational deployment "is near at hand."
The construction of a new submarine suggests North Korea has been boosting its military capability despite nuclear diplomacy with the U.S. that began early last year. North Korea has repeatedly said it's willing to abandon its nuclear program in return for political and economic benefits.
It wasn't immediately known exactly what kind of a submarine North Korea has built. But its efforts to develop submarine-launched missile systems are a serious concern for rivals and neighbors because missiles from submerged vessels are harder to detect in advance.
Before it entered talks with the United States, North Korea claimed to have successfully test-fired ballistic missiles from submarines, though many outside analysts say North Korea likely remains years away from having an operational system.
According to a South Korean defense report in 2018, North Korea has 70 submarines and submersibles.
The North's disclosure of a new submarine came after Kim and President Donald Trump held their third summit at the Korean border late last month and agreed to resume nuclear negotiations. The countries' nuclear diplomacy remained stalled since the second Kim-Trump summit in Vietnam in February fell apart due to squabbling over U.S.-led sanctions on North Korea.
Mumbai, Jul 22 (AP/UNB) — A fire broke out Monday in a nine-story building with offices of a state-run telephone company in Mumbai, India's financial capital, and dozens of people were feared trapped, an official said.
Sixteen fire engines at the site were trying to douse the fire and had so far evacuated 25 people using hydraulic platforms in the city's Bandra area, fire officer Rohan More said.
Another 25 to 30 people were feared trapped in the building, with the fire and smoke restricted to third and fourth floors, More said.
Television images showed people breaking window panes and waving to fire officers to evacuate them. No casualties were immediately reported.
A woman rescued by fire services told the New Delhi Television news channel that 30 to 40 people were waiting to be evacuated.
Fires are common in India, where building laws and safety norms are often flouted by builders and residents. In February, 17 people were killed by a fire in a six-story hotel in New Delhi that started in an unauthorized rooftop kitchen.