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Indo-US nuclear deal to have detrimental impact on deterrence stability in S.Asia: Aziz

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th January 2015

Indo-US nuclear deal to have detrimental impact on deterrence stability in S.Asia: Aziz ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday said that the ope-rationalization of Ind-US nuclear deal for political and economic expediencies would have a detrimental impact on deterrence stability in South Asia. Adviserto the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a statement said that Pakistan reserves the right to safeguard its national security interests....


Modi pledges ‘predictable, competitive’ tax regime

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th January 2015

Modi pledges ‘predictable, competitive’ tax regime NEW DELHI:Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised US executives Monday that he would forge a “predictable and competitive” tax regime as he sought to shake off his country’s reputation as hostile to business. Speaking alongside US President Barack Obama at a meeting of American and Indian CEOs, the right-wing premier said the business climate had...


Obama begins landmark visit to India

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th January 2015

Obama begins landmark visit to India NEW DELHI: Barack Obama on Sunday began an unprecedented second visit to India by a serving US president, aiming to consolidate what he has called one of the “defining partnerships of the 21st century”. Obama will be the first US president to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade, a colourful celebration of the...


Charlie Hebdo protests erupt across southern Asia

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Charlie Hebdo protests erupt across southern Asia ISLAMABAD: Tens of thousands across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir took to the streets on Friday for southern Asia’s biggest protests yet against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed. Up to 20,000 demonstrators in the western Afghan city of Herat and 15,000 in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, burned French flags and...


One dead, 37 injured in Philippines blast: mayor

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd January 2015

One dead, 37 injured in Philippines blast: mayor MANILA:One person was killed and 37 injured Friday when a suspected bomb exploded outside a bus depot in the southern Philippine port of Zamboanga, the city mayor said. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco told ABS-CBN television by telephone that local authorities suspected the al-Qaeda-linked armed group Abu Sayyaf was behind the attack. She said the explosion...


Nepal parliament chaos as constitution deadline passe

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd January 2015

Nepal parliament chaos as constitution deadline passe KATHMANDU: Protests by Nepal’s opposition lawmakers threw parliament into chaos Friday after emergency talks failed to secure agreement on a new national constitution before a midnight deadline expired. As parliament opened, opposition lawmakers led by former Maoist rebels shouted slogans and stormed into the well of the main chamber, refusing to allow ruling party politicians...


India’s Modi rolls out red carpet for new buddy Obama

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd January 2015

India’s Modi rolls out red carpet for new buddy Obama By Christian OTTON NEW DELHI: Barack Obama arrives in India this weekend for an unprecedented second visit by a serving US president, the honoured guest of his new friend Narendra Modi who was a Washington outcast only a year ago. As well as holding bilateral talks, the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies will...


Nepal-politics-constitution lead

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Nepal-politics-constitution lead KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Maoist chief apologised Wednesday for his party’s role in a parliament brawl that injured four security officers in the tense run-up to a deadline for a post-war constitution. Maoist lawmakers hurled chairs and scuffled with security staff early Tuesday as ruling party politicians tried to push proposals for a new charter through parliament...


Bangladesh arrests 7,015 opposition activists over unrest

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Bangladesh arrests 7,015 opposition activists over unrest DHAKA: Bangladesh security forces have arrested more than 7,000 opposition activists since the start of deadly protests a fortnight ago, the government said. Activists have firebombed buses, cars and lorries, killing 29 people, since the opposition called a nationwide transport blockade to protest the detention of their leader Khaleda Zia. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu...


Nine Myanmar nationals charged in gruesome Malaysia killings

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th January 2015

Nine Myanmar nationals charged in gruesome Malaysia killings KUALA LUMPUR: Nine Myanmar nationals have been charged with murder in Malaysia over the gruesome killings of six of their countrymen that are suspected to be revenge attacks related to ethnic strife back home, a media report said Thursday. The men, ranging in age from 20 to 44, were charged in the northern state of...


Huge crowds greet pope on Sri Lankan seafront

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th January 2015

Huge crowds greet pope on Sri Lankan seafront COLOMBO: Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans crowded the Colombo seafront Wednesday as Pope Francis canonized the island’s first saint in one of the biggest public gatherings the city has ever witnessed. As a choir sang welcoming hymns under a glaring sun, the pontiff greeted people in wheelchairs who had been pushed forward to the...


Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse denies post-election coup bid

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th January 2015

Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse denies post-election coup bid COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapakse Tuesday denied government allegations that he attempted a coup to remain in office after it became clear that he had lost last week’s election. “I deny in all possible terms reports of attempts to use the military to influence election results,” the former leader said on Twitter adding...


UN chief accuses India of intolerance with gay sex ban

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th January 2015

UN chief accuses India of intolerance with gay sex ban NEW DELHI: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has accused India of fomenting intolerance with its ban on gay sex amid uproar over a ruling party minister’s plans to make homosexuals “normal”. Speaking on a visit to the capital New Delhi, Ban said he “staunchly opposed the criminalization of homosexuality” referring to India’s colonial-era law that...


Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse concedes election defeat

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th January 2015

Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse concedes election defeat COLOMBO: Maithripala Sirisena will be sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president Friday after the strongman incumbent conceded defeat in a bitterly fought election, brought down by charges of corruption and growing authoritarianism. A top aide to Mahinda Rajapakse said the outgoing president accepted the decision of voters who turned out in force on Thursday,...


Peace in South Asia linked to Kashmir settlement: APHC

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st January 2015

Peace in South Asia linked to Kashmir settlement: APHC ISLAMABAD: All Parties Hurriyet Conference has reiterated that peace and stability will always elude South Asia unless the Indian Occupied Kashmir dispute is resolved on permanent basis as per Kashmiris’ aspirations. The APHC Executive and General Councils chaired by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in Srinagar stressed the need for initiation of dialogue between Pakistan, India and...


China offers help in search for missing Air Asia flight: FM

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th December 2014

China offers help in search for missing Air Asia flight: FM BEIJING: China offered Monday to send aircraft and ships to help in the international search for a missing Air Asia flight that disappeared off Indonesia over the weekend, the Foreign Ministry said. “China has already said to Indonesia that it is willing to urgently send planes and ships to participate in search and rescue,” foreign...


Taliban claim NATO ‘defeat’ in 13-year Afghan war

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th December 2014

Taliban claim NATO ‘defeat’ in 13-year Afghan war KABUL: The Taliban responded scornfully Monday to the formal end of NATO’s war in Afghanistan, describing the US-led mission as a “fire of barbarism and cruelty” that had drowned the country “in a pool of blood”. The insurgent group issued the statement in English a day after NATO marked the closure of its combat mission...


Bodo rebels in northeast India kill 62 people, many others injured

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th December 2014

Bodo rebels in northeast India kill 62 people, many others injured ISLAMABAD: The death toll from a series of attacks by armed militants in remote northeast India has risen to 56, police said on Wednesday. Witnesses said militants pulled villagers from their homes and shot them at point-blank range in a series of coordinated attacks in the restive state of Assam late on Tuesday, Hindustan Times...


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,...


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