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Baby Prince George lands in New Zealand for first tour

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th April 2014

Baby Prince George lands in New Zealand for first tour WELLINGTON: Britain’s baby Prince George arrived in New Zealand with parents Prince William and Catherine on Monday for the eight-month-old’s first ever official tour, an AFP reporter said. Strong winds, rain and poor visibility greeted the royals in Wellington at the start of a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. It will be one...


Cameron visits UK soldiers on unannounced Afghanistan trip

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 16th December 2013

Cameron visits UK soldiers on unannounced Afghanistan trip LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron paid a pre-Christmas visit to British troops in Afghanistan on Monday and said the drawdown of British forces was well under way ahead of the end of combat operations in 2014. Cameron spent the unannounced visit at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan, accompanied by former Liverpool and England footballer Michael...


France sends 1,000 troops to Central African Rep.

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 26th November 2013

France sends 1,000 troops to Central African Rep. PARIS: France will send 1,000 troops to Central African Republic under an expected U.N.-backed mission to keep growing chaos at bay, the defense minister said Tuesday — boosting the French military presence in Africa for the second time this year. Jean-Yves Le Drian made the announcement a day after a top U.N.official warned of mass atrocities and possible civil war in...


World powers, Iran clinch ’historic’ nuclear deal

By: AFP, Uploaded: 24th November 2013

World powers, Iran clinch ’historic’ nuclear deal Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in a breakthrough deal Sunday that world powers claimed was the biggest step in decade-long efforts to deny Tehran an atomic bomb. Tehran boasted that the agreement, which offers Iran limited sanctions relief, recognised its right to enrich uranium, but Washington denied it made any such reference as...


France ’will not tolerate’ nuclear proliferation: Hollande

By: AFP, Uploaded: 17th November 2013

France ’will not tolerate’ nuclear proliferation: Hollande France will not accept the proliferation of nuclear arms, President Francois Hollande said on Sunday after arriving in Israel for a visit expected to focus on Iran’s controversial nuclear drive. “France will not tolerate nuclear proliferation,” he said in a speech on the red carpet shortly after landing at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv....


Nawaz, Karzai reaffirm commitment for regional peace

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 29th October 2013

Nawaz, Karzai reaffirm commitment for regional peace LONDON: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday reaffirmed their continuing commitment for the Afghan peace process. The three leaders during their trilateral meeting held at the Downing Street discussed economic co-operation and the Afghan-led peace process to which they all reaffirmed their continuing commitment.  They...


Islamic nations have much to offer to world in socio-economic contribution: Nawaz

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 29th October 2013

Islamic nations have much to offer to world in socio-economic contribution: Nawaz LONDON: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said that with more than 1.5 billion people, over 835 million youth and a combined GDP of $ 6.6 trillion, the Islamic nations have much to offer the world, both in economic contribution as well as socio-political philosophies. Islamic world is spread over a landmass- which is one-third...


Shock in France as baby found living in car boot

By: APP, Uploaded: 29th October 2013

Shock in France as baby found living in car boot TERRASSON, France: France was shocked Monday after the discovery of an underfed and dehydrated baby girl who had been forced to live hidden in a car boot, possibly since birth. The little girl, aged between 15 and 23 months, was found by mechanics on Friday when her mother brought the car to a garage in...


SPD back coalition talks with Merkel

By: Reuters, Uploaded: 20th October 2013

SPD back coalition talks with Merkel BERLIN: Leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) won a green light from their party to start coalition talks with Angela Merkel on Sunday. After promising to wring concessions from the chancellor on a minimum wage, equal pay and transaction tax. Discussions between Merkel and the centre-left SPD on forming a new German government can now...


France charges Al-Qaeda suspect deported from Pakistan

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 12th October 2013

France charges Al-Qaeda suspect deported from Pakistan PARIS: A French-Algerian man suspected of Al-Qaeda ties and deported from Pakistan this week has been charged with terror offences, French judicial officials said on Saturday. Intelligence officials believe Naamen Meziche was once connected to Al-Qaeda’s so-called “Hamburg cell”, which planned the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Deported on Tuesday, he was charged and...


Bookshops in Europe take stand against Internet rivalry

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 12th October 2013

Bookshops in Europe take stand against Internet rivalry FRANKFURT: European bookshops are taking a stand against competition from the Internet, boosted by a renaissance in independent stores and their enhanced know-how despite still facing a difficult climate, industry players say. “The findings are the same everywhere: it’s difficult,” Matthieu de Montchalin, president of the national trade union of French bookshops, said. “France is...


Cameron says Britain has won allies on EU reform

By: Sheraz Nasir, Uploaded: 2nd October 2013

Cameron says Britain has won allies on EU reform MANCHESTER: Britain has won allies in Europe in its battle to win back powers from Brussels by taking a strong stance on the issue, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday. In his keynote speech to his Conservative Party’s annual conference, Cameron dismissed criticisms that he had isolated Britain from its partners in the European...


Tony Blair’s daughter held at gunpoint by robbers

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 19th September 2013

Tony Blair’s daughter held at gunpoint by robbers LONDON: The daughter of British former Prime Minister Tony Blair was held at gunpoint in a failed robbery attempt as she walked her dog with her boyfriend, according to police. Two armed men, one holding a gun, demanded jewelry and cash from Kathryn Blair, 25, at around 8:30 p.m. local time on Monday near her...


Rise of British anti-EU party threatens PM’s re-election – poll

By: Reuters, Uploaded: 16th September 2013

Rise of British anti-EU party threatens PM’s re-election – poll LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of being re-elected in 2015 suffered a setback on Sunday when a poll showed an anti-European Union party had split the centre-right vote in dozens of decisive constituencies. The poll focused on 40 of Britain’s 650 parliamentary seats where Cameron’s Conservative party won with the slimmest of margins...


Kerry to meet Abbas in London: US

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 6th September 2013

Kerry to meet Abbas in London: US WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in London on Monday to discuss the direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, US officials said Thursday. Kerry, who has met with Abbas numerous times over the past five months, will next see him at the end of a September 6-9...


London driver says skyscraper ‘melted’ his car

By: Reuters, Uploaded: 5th September 2013

London driver says skyscraper ‘melted’ his car LONDON: A cluster of new skyscrapers transforming the London skyline are often blamed for spoiling the view. Now one has been accused of “melting” a car. A motorist said intense sunlight reflected from the “Walkie Talkie” – one of several flashy towers under construction in The City, London’s historic financial district – warped his Jaguar...


France keen on Syria action despite US delay

By: Monitoring Desk, Uploaded: 1st September 2013

France keen on Syria action despite US delay French President Francois Hollande, who appears determined to launch imminent strikes on Syria, is hamstrung by the United States which has delayed taking action and growing domestic opposition to military intervention. Hollande, who unilaterally intervened in Mali to prevent Islamists from proceeding south towards the country’s capital, has repeatedly voiced his determination to “punish” President...


European leaders vow strong response to Egypt crisis

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 17th August 2013

European leaders vow strong response to Egypt crisis PARIS, France:European leaders vowed Friday to send a strong message on Egypt’s bloody crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, with Germany pledging to review ties with the country. British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande, who held telephone talks on the escalating crisis, called for a “strong European message”...


Being rude to French president no longer an offense

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 26th July 2013

Being rude to French president no longer an offense PARIS: Being rude to the French president is no longer an offense after parliament agreed on Thursday to amend legislation dating back to 1881 in favour of freedom of speech. Whereas before any rude remark risked an automatic fine for “offending the head of state”, the president is now reduced to the same category as...


EU puts Hezbollah ‘military wing’ on terror list

By: Aqsa Ishtiaque, Uploaded: 23rd July 2013

EU puts Hezbollah ‘military wing’ on terror list BRUSSELS: European Union foreign ministers on Monday put the military wing of Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah on the EU’s list of terrorist organizations despite Lebanon warning against the move. At the same time, analysts voiced doubts about the effectiveness of the measure, questioning whether Hezbollah can really be broken down into separate parts for punishment...


Ex-Italian PM’s associates guilty of procuring prostitutes for him

By: Aqsa Ishtiaque, Uploaded: 20th July 2013

Ex-Italian PM’s associates guilty of procuring prostitutes for him Three associates of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have been found guilty of procuring prostitutes for his controversial “bunga bunga” parties. Emilio Fede, Lele Mora and Nicole Minetti were given jail sentences of between five and seven years. The prosecution said they used to vet the young women and then introduce them to Mr...


No mechanical problem with crashed jet: Asiana

By: AFP, Uploaded: 7th July 2013

No mechanical problem with crashed jet: Asiana SEOUL: The South Korean Boeing 777 which crashed in San Francisco after landing short of the runway was only seven years old and had no known mechanical problems, the Asiana Airlines CEO said Sunday. “We purchased this airplane in March 2006… currently we understand that there are no engine or mechanical problems,” Yoon Young-Doo told...


Turkey police crack down on Syria aid workers after unrest

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 5th July 2013

Turkey police crack down on Syria aid workers after unrest ANKARA: The finger of blame which the Turkish government pointed at foreigners for orchestrating anti-government protests that rocked the country now appears to target foreign aid missions helping internally displaced Syrians. Last week Turkish police raided offices of two humanitarian aid missions operating in war-torn Syria and deported four foreigners, witnesses said. A Turkish official...


Government denies Mandela in ‘vegetative state’

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 5th July 2013

Government denies Mandela in ‘vegetative state’ JOHANNESBURG: The South African government on Thursday denied that former president Nelson Mandela is in a permanent vegetative state, as outlined in court documents filed on June 26. “We confirm our earlier statement released this afternoon after President Jacob Zuma visited Madiba in hospital that Madiba remains in a critical, but stable condition,” said the...


Belgium’s King Albert II announces abdication

By: Aqsa Ishtiaque, Uploaded: 4th July 2013

Belgium’s King Albert II announces abdication The King of the Belgians, Albert II, has announced his abdication. In a national televised address, the 79-year-old monarch said he would step down in favour of his son Crown Prince Philippe, 53, on 21 July, Belgium’s national day. He said his health was no longer good enough to fulfil his duties, and he would...


British TV channel to air Muslim call to prayer in Ramadan

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 3rd July 2013

British TV channel to air Muslim call to prayer in Ramadan LONDON: A British television station will broadcast the Muslim call to prayer every morning during Ramadan to give a voice to Britain’s Muslim minority, which has faced a backlash since the murder of a soldier on a London street. Channel 4 on Tuesday announced it would be the first mainstream national broadcaster to air the...


 
 
 



 
 
 



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