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North Korea Says Jailed American Attempted Suicide PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 July 2010

North Korea said Friday that an American serving eight years' hard labour for an illegal border crossing has tried to commit suicide and is being treated in hospital.

Aijalon Gomes was "driven by his strong guilty conscience, disappointment and despair at the US government that has not taken any measure for his freedom", the communist state's official news agency said.

Foreign-Afghan Forces Kill 63 Insurgents: Interior Ministry PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 July 2010

Afghan police, backed by US-led troops, have killed dozens of insurgents and seized several tons of illegal drugs in an operation in southern Helmand province, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

The two-day operation took place in the Desho district of Helmand, the key drug-producing region of Afghanistan, which is the world's leading supplier of heroin. The province is a bastion of Taliban insurgents being targeted by US-led forces.

US Congress Approves New Iran Sanctions PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 June 2010

The US Congress on Thursday sent President Barack Obama a sweeping package of tough new energy and financial sanctions on Iran, aiming to force Tehran to halt its suspected nuclear weapons program.

The US Senate and House of Representatives approved the legislation -- which backers described as the toughest ever unilateral US sanctions against the Islamic republic -- by crushing 99-0 and 408-8 margins, respectively.

Report Slams Pakistan for Meddling in Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 June 2010

Pakistani military intelligence not only funds and trains Taliban fighters in Afghanistan but is officially represented on the movement's leadership council, giving in significant influence over operations, a report said.

The report, published by the London School of Economics on Sunday, said research strongly suggested support for the Taliban was the "official policy" of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI).

South Korea, Japan United against North Korea PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 30 May 2010

South Korea and Japan on Saturday vowed to stand united against North Korea ahead of a regional summit likely to press China over its reluctance to taken on Pyongyang over the sinking of a South Korean ship.

Leaders of the three big northeast Asian powers are meeting in Seogwipo, a honeymoon resort on the South Korean island of Jeju, with the original intention of boosting plans for greater regional cooperation and economic integration.

North Korea Threatens to Cut Last Link with South PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010

North Korea threatened to close the last road link with the South if Seoul goes ahead with propaganda broadcasts across the militarized border, as Washington pressured China to help persuade the North to change its ways.

The mounting antagonism between the two Koreas has shaken investors, uncertain how far they are ready to take their bitter rivalry after the South accused the North of torpedoing one of its warships.

Investigators Scour Air India Plane Crash Site PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 May 2010

Investigators on Sunday sifted through the charred wreckage of an Indian passenger plane that overshot the runway and plunged into a ravine, killing 158 people on board.

The Air India Express Boeing 737-800, carrying 160 passengers and six crew on a flight from Dubai, careered off the "table-top" runway at Bajpe airport on Saturday and ploughed into a forested gorge, bursting into flames.

Fighting Spreads in Thai Capital, 17 Dead PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 May 2010

Thai troops fired at protesters on Saturday in a third day of fighting that has killed 17 people on Bangkok's streets as soldiers struggle to isolate a sprawling encampment of demonstrators seeking to topple the government.

Soldiers, many crouched behind sandbags, fired live rounds at hundreds of protesters who fought back with petrol bombs, rocks and crude homemade rockets in clashes on Bangkok's usually congested Rama IV road near the business district.

Sudan Starts Historic Vote Amid Confusion PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 April 2010

Confusion, delays and charges of fraud marked the start of Sudan's first multi-party elections in a quarter-century, a vote that will test the fragile unity of Africa's biggest country.

The three-day election could also show whether Sudan can avoid more conflict and humanitarian crises as it heads toward a 2011 referendum on independence for the oil-producing south.

Iraq Executes Saddam Henchman 'Chemical Ali' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Iraq on Monday executed Ali Hassan al-Majeed, the Saddam Hussein henchman widely known as "Chemical Ali", for crimes against humanity, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said. "The death sentence against Ali Hassan al-Majeed has been carried out," Dabbagh said.

Majeed, a cousin of Saddam's who earned his nickname because of his use of poison gas, was executed by hanging, the government said in a statement.

Pakistan Govt Under Pressure After Deadly Attack PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 January 2010

Pakistan's government came under renewed pressure on Saturday to bring stability to the country after one of the bloodiest bombings in more than two years killed at least 89 people.

The attack at volleyball game on Friday suggested al Qaeda-linked Taliban insurgents were focusing more on bombing large crowds of civilians to inflict maximum casualties and spread terror, instead of attacking hard targets such as security forces.

Bomb at Shia Procession in Pakistan Kills 22 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 December 2009

A suicide bomber blew up a Shia Muslim procession in Pakistan's commercial capital Karachi on Monday, killing at least 22 people, the latest in a series of attacks across the country which have killed hundreds.

The assault on the religious march, the third in Pakistan's biggest city in as many days, underscored the multiple security challenges facing the country.

China Runs World's Fastest Train PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 December 2009

China pressed into operation the world's fastest passenger train on Saturday, which covered a 10 and half hours journey in three hours at 350-km per hour.

According to Xinhua news agency, the passenger trains – one rolled out from the Wuhan Railway Station and the other from Guangzhou North Railway Station at about 9 a.m. and reached each others' terminal at the speed.

UN Website Details Peacekeeper Sex Abuse Claims PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 December 2009

UN Website Details Peacekeeper Sex Abuse ClaimsThe United Nations unveiled a website on Thursday aimed at improving transparency about sexual misconduct allegations and other charges leveled against members of its missions.

The website ( tracks the number of alleged offenses by UN personnel over the last three years, collected from political and peacekeeping missions across the globe.

Woman Knocks Down Pope at Christmas Eve Mass PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 December 2009

Woman Knocks Down Pope at Christmas Eve MassA woman the Vatican described as unstable jumped over a barricade, lunged at Pope Benedict and knocked him to the floor at the start of his Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica.

The 82-year-old pope was apparently not harmed and went on to finish the two-hour service late on Thursday, but an elderly

Advani Steps Down PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 December 2009

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani stepped down on Friday months after he led the Hindu nationalists to heavy defeat in the general election, officals said.

Party stalwart Advani will move to a largely ceremonial role specially created for him and will be replaced by Sushma Swaraj, a former cabinet minister, as party leader in the Lok Sabha.

Blast Kills 20 Near Minister's Home In Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 December 2009

A car bomb near the home of a Pakistani provincial government minister killed 20 people on Tuesday, a police official said, in another sign authorities are struggling against Taliban militants bent on grabbing power.

Militants who want no Western influence in nuclear-armed Pakistan, which Washington sees as critical in the battle against Islamist hardliners in Afghanistan, have not let up attacks, despite security crackdowns in their strongholds.

Obama Receives Nobel Peace Prize Medal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 December 2009

President Barack Obama received the gold Nobel Peace Prize medal and diploma in a lavish ceremony in the Norwegian capital on Thursday.

He said the use of force was sometimes justified, especially on humanitarian grounds, and in the case of al Qaeda, negotiations would not cause them to lay down their arms.

China Mine Explosion Kills 31, Traps 78 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 November 2009

At least 31 miners were killed and 78 remain trapped 500 meters (yards) underground following a gas blast at a mine in China, state media said on Saturday.

The blast ripped through the mine around 2.30 on Saturday morning, when there were 528 people at work, but 419 got out safely, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Hu hails frank talks with Obama PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Tuesday that he had agreed with US President Barack Obama to increase international cooperation, after "frank, constructive and fruitful" talks in Beijing.

There are signs of revival, but still no firm recovery in the international financial situation, Hu said, adding that the two sides had reiterated commitments to increase dialogue on macroeconomic issues and resolve economic and trade frictions.

UK plans Afghan conference for handover talks PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Britain has offered to host an international conference early next year to set a timetable for transferring security responsibilities to Afghan forces from 2010, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday.

The bloodiest year for British troops in Afghanistan has fuelled public opposition to the campaign, creating another headache for Brown as he tries to close a big gap on the opposition Conservatives ahead of an election due by June.

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