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Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th December 2014

Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing SYDNEY: Eight children have been killed and a woman injured, police said on Friday, during what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing in Australia’stropical northern city of Cairns. Australia is already in a state of heightened alert after police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning to end a 16-hour hostage standoff...


Death threats to Sydney siege gunman’s lawyers, magistrate

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th December 2014

Death threats to Sydney siege gunman’s lawyers, magistrate SYDNEY, : – Lawyers who defended the Sydney siege gunman on a string of charges and the magistrate who bailed him have received deaths threats, officials said Friday, amid growing anger that he was on the streets. Iranian-born Man Haron Monis, a self-styled Islamic cleric, took 17 people hostage at a cafe in the heart...


Afghan saffron pickers offer alternative to opium crop

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 18th December 2014

Afghan saffron pickers offer alternative to opium crop HERAT, Afghanistan: – Saffron cultivation needs lots of land and a lot of labour, but the world’s most expensive spice might be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan with international financial support set to fall in the coming years. In the western province of Herat, elderly women and young girls make their way slowly through a...


Kashmiri Hurriyet leaders denounce Peshawar attack

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th December 2014

Kashmiri Hurriyet leaders denounce Peshawar attack ISLAMABAD: Hurriyet leaders in Indian Occupied Kashmir including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Gilani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Shabbir Ahmad Shah have expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives, mostly children, in a terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar. The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a...


Jordan, Saudi kings in talks as they battle IS

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th December 2014

Jordan, Saudi kings in talks as they battle IS Riyadh: Jordan’s King Abdullah II met his Saudi counterpart in Riyadh Sunday for talks as both nations participate in a US-led bombing campaign against Islamic State group extremists in Syria. The official Saudi Press Agency said King Abdullah received the Jordanian monarch at his palace. Since September both kingdoms, along with Bahrain, Qatar, and the...


Mexico minister denies scandal in purchase of luxury home

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th December 2014

Mexico minister denies scandal in purchase of luxury home MEXICO CITY, Mexico’s finance minister acknowledged Friday having purchased a luxury home from the same government contractor who controversially sold a mansion to the nation’s first lady, but insisted the transaction was entirely legal. The home purchase was carried out with “honesty and legality” as he has conducted himself “my entire life,” said Finance Minister...


Relatives of Bangladesh’s missing hundreds protest

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th December 2014

Relatives of Bangladesh’s missing hundreds protest DHAKA: – Hundreds of relatives of people who disappeared during a violent crackdown on the opposition ahead of this year’s elections in Bangladesh protested on Wednesday to demand justice. More than 200 people were killed in street clashes between the security forces and opposition supporters before and during the January 5 polls. Opposition parties say...


Polio vaccinator shot dead in Pakistan: officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th December 2014

Polio vaccinator shot dead in Pakistan: officials LAHORE: – Gunmen on Tuesday killed a member of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan, as Taliban insurgents claimed the killing of two policemen assigned to protect an immunisation team the day before. Tuesday’s attack — the latest of many on the teams — occurred in a residential area of Faisalabad district in Punjab province,...


US Defense Secretary Hagel lands in Kabul: AFP

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th December 2014

US Defense Secretary Hagel lands in Kabul: AFP KABUL:- US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Kabul on Saturday on an unannounced visit to Afghanistan in the final weeks of NATO’s US-led 13-year war against the Taliban, an AFP reporter said. Hagel told reporters before landing that Afghanistan had “come a long way” over the past decade and that a newly-elected Afghan government...


IOK polls aimed at deceiving world community: JKLF

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th December 2014

IOK polls aimed at deceiving world community: JKLF ISLAMABAD, Dec 6 (APP): The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has said that the sham elections in Indian Held territory are aimed at hoodwinking the international community about the Kashmir dispute and suppressing the ongoing liberation movement. According to KMS, the JKLF leaders addressing a peaceful anti-election sit-in and rally at Lal Chowk in...


Hurriyet Chairman stresses on resumption of Pak-India dialogue process

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th December 2014

Hurriyet Chairman stresses on resumption of Pak-India dialogue process ISLAMABAD:- Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, urged upon Pakistan and India to resume their dialogue process to settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris aspirations in Indian Held Kashmir. According to KMS,  Farooq in an interview in Srinagar said that the Kashmiris were the main sufferers of the tension...


Ali Gilani urges IOK people to observe shutdown on Dec 8

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th December 2014

Ali Gilani urges IOK people to observe shutdown on Dec 8 ISLAMABAD:- The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has urged the Kashmiri people to observe complete shut down on Monday to protest against the proposed visit of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to the territory. According to KMS, Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar also called for peaceful demonstrations on the day against...


US brushes aside assumptions linking Pakistan to Kashmir violence

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th December 2014

US brushes aside assumptions linking Pakistan to Kashmir violence WASHINGTON:-The United States has cautioned against making any assumptions linking Pakistan to the latest violence in the Indian occupied Kashmir, while also brushing aside the notion that last week’s meeting between Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Secretary of State John Kerry was somehow connected to the flare-up in Uri area. A State Department spokesperson,...


Thirteen dead as militants attack Kashmir army camp

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th December 2014

Thirteen dead as militants attack Kashmir army camp SRINAGAR, India: A militant attack on an army camp in Indian Kashmir killed seven soldiers and three police on Friday, an official said, as the tense Muslim-majority state votes in local elections. Three of the assailants also died in a shoot-out at the army camp in Uri, near the Line of Control (LoC) that divides...


Oil prices up on lower US supplies

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th December 2014

Oil prices up on lower US supplies SINGAPORE:- Oil prices rose in Asia on Thursday after a dip in US crude stockpiles raised optimism about energy demand in the world’s top crude consumer during the winter season, analysts said. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January delivery rose 33 cents to $67.71, while Brent crude for January gained 41 cents to $70.33...


Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Corruption on rise in Turkey, China: Transparency by Frank ZELLER BERLIN:- Corruption is feared to be worsening in China, Turkey and other fast-growing economies, an anti-graft watchdog warned Wednesday, also urging the world’s banking centres to help combat sleaze and money-laundering. Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranked Sudan, North Korea and Somalia as the worst offenders and...


Transparency International corruption rankings

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd December 2014

Transparency International corruption rankings BERLIN:- The following is a list of the top- and bottom-ranked 10 nations — plus 10 big economies in the mid-range — on graft watchdog Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index, released Wednesday. The index score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by country analysts and business people, and ranges from...


Indian police arrests 280 youth in Kulgam, Kupwara

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

Indian police arrests 280 youth in Kulgam, Kupwara ISLAMABAD:-Indian police have arrested at least 280 youth  from Kupwara and Kulgam districts to make the ongoing drama in the areas a success. The police continuing its crackdown detained youth without any provocation. The action has also forced scores of youth to go into hiding, KMS reported.”We don’t understand why police have launched a massive...


HR bodies urged to stop poll drama in IOK

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd December 2014

HR bodies urged to stop poll drama in IOK ISLAMABAD:- The forum patronized by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani terming as horrifying the prevailing situation in the territory, has urged Amnesty International, Asia Watch, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and other world bodies and human rights organizations to help stop the exercise as it is aimed at diluting the real dispute over Jammu...


British reporter awaits verdict over Bangladesh war toll

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th November 2014

British reporter awaits verdict over Bangladesh war toll by Shafiqul ALAM DHAKA:- A Bangladesh court is expected to rule Monday on whether an award-winning British journalist is guilty of contempt after he questioned the assertion that three million people died in the 1971 independence war. In a case seen as a test of the country’s commitment to free speech, judges will decide if...


Nepal’s mass animal slaughter underway despite protests

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th November 2014

Nepal’s mass animal slaughter underway despite protests by Roberto SCHMIDT BARIYAPUR:  Hindu worshippers Friday started slaughtering thousands of animals in a remote corner of Nepal to honour their goddess of power, defying a growing chorus of protests from animal rights activists. Sword-wielding devotees were expected to turn the village of Bariyapur near the Indian border into the world’s largest abattoir during the...


Death sentences for Thai Muslim separatists condemned

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th November 2014

Death sentences for Thai Muslim separatists condemned BANGKOK:  Human rights groups Friday condemned the Thai authorities for sentencing five alleged Muslim separatists to death, saying the punishment would do little to promote peace in the violence-racked south. The men were convicted on Wednesday by the Pattani provincial court for shooting dead four soldiers in July 2013, Thai Rath, the country’s largest circulation...


Blast hits British embassy vehicle in Kabul: embassy

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th November 2014

Blast hits British embassy vehicle in Kabul: embassy KABUL, Afghanistan: A British embassy vehicle was hit by a blast in Kabul on Thursday, causing some injuries, an embassy spokesman told AFP. “A British embassy vehicle was attacked. There are some injuries. We are working with Afghan authorities,” the spokesman said. Afghan deputy interior minister Ayub Salangi said it was suicide motorbike bomb. AFP...


Ghani warns against ‘proxy war’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th November 2014

Ghani warns against ‘proxy war’ Afghanistan’s new president told the Indian and Pakistani leaders Wednesday he would not let his country become the battleground for a proxy war. The imminent departure of NATO combat troops from Afghanistan has raised fears that India-Pakistan rivalry could escalate, further destabilising the two countries’ troubled neighbour as it tries to rebuild after decades of...


Four children abused in Goa everyday: NGO

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st November 2014

Four children abused in Goa everyday: NGO ISLAMABAD: Nearly four children are abused everyday in Goa India and most of such offences remain unreported, as per an NGO working against child abuse. “On an average four children are abused in Goa daily. As per government statistics, the number of cases are on the rise,” said Ashwini Verenkar, project director of El-Shaddai Charitable...


Over 100 believed to have died in Sri Lanka landslide

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th October 2014

Over 100 believed to have died in Sri Lanka landslide COLOMBO: More than 100 people are believed to have been killed on Wednesday in a landslide in hilly south-central Sri Lanka, Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said, “More than 100 people are believed to have died,” the minister told that, from the disaster site in the village of Haldummulla, 190 km (120 miles) inland from...


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