Avalanche in Kashmir Himalayas kills 1, leaves 9 missing

Last year, 11 people were killed after their vehicle was hit by an avalanche in the northwestern Kupwara area. (File/AP)
Updated 18 January 2019
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Avalanche in Kashmir Himalayas kills 1, leaves 9 missing

  • An official says one body has been recovered while rescue teams of police and army soldiers are searching for the missing
  • Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both in its entirety

SRINAGAR, India: An avalanche at a Himalayan mountain pass in Indian-controlled Kashmir has killed one person and left another none people missing.
Top civil administrator Baseer Khan says the avalanche hit Khardung La pass in the remote Ladakh region early Friday and trapped 10 people under snow.
Khan says one body has been recovered while rescue teams of police and army soldiers are searching for the missing.
Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed by both in its entirety.
Last year, 11 people were killed after their vehicle was hit by an avalanche in the northwestern Kupwara area.


Russia ready to discuss nuclear treaty with China, US

Updated 26 April 2019
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Russia ready to discuss nuclear treaty with China, US

  • An official said that Russia “would like to convince” the US to adopt a joint statement that would condemn any use of nuclear weapons
  • The comments come just months after the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a cornerstone of the post-Cold War security

MOSCOW: A top Russian diplomat says Russia is willing to negotiate a new nuclear weapons treaty with the United States and China.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Friday Moscow is closely following reports in the United States that the US would like to reach a nuclear weapons deal with both Russia and China, and is “willing” to negotiate. The story was reported by CNN earlier Friday.
Ryabkov also said that Russia “would like to convince” the US to adopt a joint statement that would condemn any use of nuclear weapons.
Ryabkov’s comments come just months after the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a cornerstone of the post-Cold War security, and Russia followed suit. Each claims breaches by the other.