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China Tells US To Drop "Cold War" Mindset On Military PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 March 2009

China on Thursday slammed a Pentagon report on its growing military might, saying criticism of China's lack of transparency betrayed Washington's "Cold War" mindset and risked damaging ties.

China had complained to Washington about the annual report, which was released on Wednesday, because it distorted the truth and amounted to meddling in China's affairs, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a scheduled news conference.

Jharkhand's Poor Pray To Obama For "Honest" Poll Candidates PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 March 2009

Villagers in Jharkhand chanted sacred hymns and offered prayers to Barack Obama on Wednesday, while appealing to political parties to field candidates like the U.S. President in the upcoming general election.

The main battle in the April/May electoral exercise will be between the Congress Party-led ruling coalition and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Congress Manifesto Pushes For Rural Help, Jobs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 March 2009

The ruling Congress party said on Tuesday in its election manifesto that it would introduce measures to ensure that economic growth was maintained and protect farmers from the impact of a global slowdown.

The party said it would extend interest relief to farmers and build on the national job guarantee scheme, both seen as potential vote winners in the April/May general election.

Pakistan's Zardari Says Needs Help With Terrorism PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari called on Britain and the United States on Monday to do more to help his government fight terrorism and insisted he would not allow Islamic militancy to take over in Pakistan.

Zardari said his Pakistan Peoples Party had brought democracy to the country after eight years under the military rule of General Pervez Musharraf, and the international community should now play its part.

South Africa Bars Dalai Lama From Peace Meet: Media PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 March 2009

South Africa has barred Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama from entering the country to take part in a peace conference, media reports and a lobby group said on Sunday.

The Dalai Lama was to join fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Desmond Tutu, Martti Ahtisaari and FW de Klerk, as well as Norway's Nobel Peace Committee, at the conference scheduled for March 27, the Sunday Independent reported.

Iran Sees No Change In US Policy: Khamenei PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 March 2009

Iran's supreme leader said on Saturday he saw no change in US policy towards the Islamic Republic, a day after US President Barack Obama issued an unprecedented videotaped appeal to the country.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sharply criticised US behaviour towards Iran since its 1979 Islamic revolution and said the United States was "hated in the world" and should stop interfering in other countries' internal affairs.

Indians, Pakistanis Trade Fire In Kashmir: Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 March 2009

Indian forces resorted to "unprovoked firing" on Pakistani positions in the disputed Kashmir region but there were no casualties in the rare clash between the rivals, the Pakistani military said on Saturday.

Relations between the nuclear-armed rivals have been tense since militants attacked the Indian city of Mumbai in November, killing nearly 170 people. India said the militants were Pakistanis and must have had support from Pakistan.

Obama Offers New Start, Iran Seeks Amends PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 March 2009

US President Barack Obama sent Iran an unprecedented videotaped message on Friday offering a "new beginning" of diplomatic engagement after decades of US hostility to the Islamic Republic.

Obama went further than he has since taking office on January 20 in extending an olive branch to Tehran, which has been locked in bitter disputes with Washington over Iranian nuclear ambitions and support for militant Islamic groups.

Hundreds Of Thousands March In French Protests PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 March 2009

Hundreds of thousands of people across France on Thursday began protests expected to draw at least a million demonstrators to the streets to denounce President Nicolas Sarkozy's handling of the economic crisis.

The protests, which polls show are backed by three quarters of the French public, reflect growing disillusionment with Sarkozy's pledges of reform.

UN Rights Boss Urges Release Of Pakistan Activists PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 March 2009

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan's decision to reinstate the chief justice and called for the release of activists rounded up in recent protests.

The Pakistani government announced on Monday that Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, dismissed in 2007 by then-President and army chief General Pervez Musharraf during emergency rule, would be reinstated on Saturday.

Iran's Khatami Withdraws From June Presidential Vote PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Iran's moderate former president Mohammad Khatami on Monday withdrew his candidacy from the country's June presidential election, a close ally told Reuters.

"He has decided to withdraw ... but he will back another moderate candidate who will be announced shortly in a statement by Khatami," the ally, who declined to be named, said.

Pakistan's Sharif Decries `Police State' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 March 2009

Former Pakistani prime minister and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif defied government attempts to place him under `protective security' on Sunday and said protests against the government would go on.

Sharif has thrown his support behind a protest campaign by anti-government lawyers that threatens to bring turmoil to Pakistan as the government struggles to stem militancy and to revive a flagging economy.

Bin Laden Accuses Moderate Arab Leaders, Urges Jihad PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 March 2009

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden accused moderate Arab leaders of plotting with the West against Muslims and urged his followers to prepare for jihad (holy war), in a recording aired by Al Jazeera television.

"It is clear that some Arab leaders have plotted with the Zionist-crusader coalition against our (Muslim) people, these (Arab countries) the United States calls the moderate states," bin Laden said, without naming any of the leaders.

Pakistan Protest Begins, Government Looks For Way Out PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 March 2009

Hundreds of black-suited Pakistani lawyers and flag-waving opposition activists launched a cross-country protest on Thursday, as the year-old civilian coalition government scrambled for ways to avert a showdown.

The movement for an independent judiciary could destabilize President Asif Ali Zardari's government at a time when the nuclear-armed U.S. ally faces severe problems from Islamist militants and a sinking economy.

Helicopter Crashes Off Canada Coast, 17 Missing PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 March 2009

Seventeen people are missing in the frigid waters off Canada's Atlantic coast after a helicopter crashed while ferrying workers to an offshore oil platform, a search and rescue spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The helicopter was on its way to the platform when it went down about 47 nautical miles southeast of the Newfoundland and Labrador capital of St. John's, said Jeri Grychowski of the Rescue Co-ordination Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Teenage Gunman Attacks German School, Kills 15 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 March 2009

A 17-year old gunman went on a shooting spree at his former school in southwest Germany on Wednesday, killing up to 15 people before dying himself in a shootout with police, authorities said.

The former student, dressed in black combat gear, entered the school in Winnenden, a town of 27,000 near Stuttgart, at around 9.30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT) and began firing.

Suicide Attack In Western Baghdad Kills 28 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 March 2009

A suicide bomber killed at least 28 people and wounded 28 during a tour by tribal leaders and security officials of a crowded market in western Baghdad on Tuesday, officials said.

Major-General Qassim Moussawi said the bombing, the second major attack in the Iraqi capital in three days, took place in the Abu Ghraib district.

Obama To Lift Stem Cell Restrictions PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 March 2009

WASHINGTON. Mar 9( - President Barack Obama will lift controversial restrictions on human stem cell research on Monday and sign a pledge to take politics out of science, the White House says, a clear repudiation of the approach taken by his predecessor George W Bush.

The decision, which fulfills a campaign promise, pits Obama against many religious conservatives who oppose such research because they say it involves destroying life.

Iran Test-Fires New Long-Range Missile: State TV PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 March 2009

Iran has test-fired a new long-range missile, the country's state Press TV reported on Sunday.

Iran often stages war games or tests weapons to show its determination to counter any attack by foes including Israel and the United States, which accuse the Islamic Republic of seeking to develop nuclear bombs. Tehran denies the charge.

Car Bomb Kills Eight In Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 March 2009

At least eight people, mostly police and soldiers, have been killed by a car bomb in north-west Pakistan.

Police said they died after being lured to a booby-trapped car on the outskirts of Peshawar, capital of North-West Frontier Province.

Violence in Pakistan has surged in recent months amid a wave of attacks blamed on Islamist militants.

NASA Launches Telescope To Scout For Earths PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 March 2009

NASA launched a pioneering telescope on Friday to survey a corner of the galaxy in hopes of learning if other planets like Earth exist.

The telescope, named Kepler, rode into a starry night sky aboard an unmanned Delta rocket that blasted off at 10:49 p.m. EST (0349 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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