Avalanche in Indian Himalayas kills 1, leaves 5 missing

Heavy snow has caused avalanches in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. (File/AP)
Updated 21 February 2019

Avalanche in Indian Himalayas kills 1, leaves 5 missing

  • The soldiers were sent to repair a faulty water supply line when the avalanche struck
  • Avalanches and landslides are common in the region and have killed at least 21 people in the Indian portion of Kashmir in January and February this year

NEW DELHI: Indian rescuers have found the body of an army soldier and are searching for five others after an avalanche struck a Himalayan post in northern India.
Police officer Sakshi Verma says another five paramilitary soldiers were rescued from the area in Himachal Pradesh state bordering China.
The Press Trust of India news agency says the soldiers went to the 4,500-meter (14,760-foot) -high Shipki La border post to repair a faulty water supply line when the avalanche struck on Wednesday, burying six of them.
Avalanches and landslides are common in the region and have killed at least 21 people in the Indian portion of Kashmir in January and February this year. In 2017, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in three avalanches in the region.


Morocco, Spain to hold talks about overlapping territorial waters

Updated 25 January 2020

Morocco, Spain to hold talks about overlapping territorial waters

  • The territorial waters Morocco has claimed include the coast off Western Sahar
  • The territory has been contested between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front since the Spanish colonial period ended in 1975

RABAT: The Moroccan and Spanish foreign ministers said on Friday their countries would hold talks about overlapping areas of ocean that they both claim rights to in the North Atlantic.
The territorial waters Morocco has claimed include the coast off Western Sahara, a territory that has been contested between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front since the Spanish colonial period ended in 1975.
Morocco’s parliament passed two bills this week to give domestic legal cover to a coastal area the North African country already controls, causing concern in Spain’s Canary Islands, where the government warned of overlaps with Spanish territorial waters.
Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita said that defining territorial waters was a “sovereign right” and that his country aimed to upgrade domestic law in compliance with the UN law of the sea convention.
“In case of overlaps, international law requires states to negotiate,” said Bourita following talks with his Spanish peer, Arancha Gonzalez Laya.
“Morocco rejects unilateral acts and fait accompli,” he said, adding that Spain was a “strategic partner” and Morocco’s largest trading partner.
Gonzalez Laya said Morocco’s willingness to negotiate “reassures the Canary Islands.”
“Morocco is a source of stability for Spain,” she said, citing “close cooperation” in the fight against jihadists and illegal migration.