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Obama to visit Asia as domestic issues smolder PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Barack Obama this week makes his first trip to Asia as president, leaving behind a host of domestic problems with a visit that recognizes the region's economic and diplomatic importance to the United States.

The trip, which starts on Thursday, will take Obama to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Singapore.

Bicycle and bus bombs kill 8 in Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 November 2009

A bicycle loaded with explosives killed five people and wounded 37 at a market in Mussayab, south of Baghdad, on Sunday and a bomb on a bus killed at least three more further south in Kerbala, police and health officials said.

The explosives in the first attack were stored in a water cooler attached to the bicycle, and women and children were among the dead and wounded, police said.

Car bomb kills 90 in Pakistan as Clinton visits PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 October 2009

A car bomb ripped through a crowded market killing 87 people in Pakistan's city of Peshawar on Wednesday, just hours after Washington's top diplomat arrived pledging a fresh start in sometimes strained relations.

Wednesday's bomb, the latest urban attack since the army launched a major assault on rural Taliban strongholds two weeks ago, was the deadliest since 2007 when around 140 died at a procession to welcome home former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated just weeks later.

Japan to craft new US base plan by year-end: media PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2009

Japan will inform US President Barack Obama during his visit to Tokyo next month that it will come up with a new plan by the end of the year to relocate a US air base within the southern island of Okinawa, the Sankei newspaper reported on Friday.

The report comes days after the US defense secretary bluntly called for a planned realignment of US troops in Japan to be implemented, sparking concern about worsening ties between Washington and Japan's new government.

UN suggests 2020 climate goals for poor PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2009

A top UN official suggested a 2020 greenhouse gas goal for developing nations on Thursday as part of a new UN climate pact as China and the United States sought common ground to fight global warming.

Many nations expressed worries about a lack of urgency in the negotiations, less than two months before 190 nations are meant to agree a new UN pact in Copenhagen to succeed the existing Kyoto Protocol.

Obama unveils new Sudan strategy PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2009

US President Barack Obama on Monday unveiled a new strategy toward Sudan, offering incentives if the Khartoum government worked toward peace, but said it faced tougher steps if it failed to act.

Warning that Sudan was "poised to fall further into chaos if swift action is not taken,", he also said he would renew sanctions on Sudan this week.

Russia flexes muscles with Central Asian war games PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 October 2009

Russia and four former Soviet republics staged war games on Friday to showcase a a new NATO-style rapid reaction force designed to cement Moscow's hold over allies in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Dressed in combat fatigues, the leaders of Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan looked on as the force carried out a mock attack to destroy "insurgents" who had taken control of a chemical plant.

Pakistan police targeted as attacks kill 24 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2009

Militants launched a string of attacks on police in Lahore in the Pakistani heartland and in the troubled northwest on Thursday, killing 24 people after a week of violence in which more than 100 people died.

An exchange of gunfire was continuing at an elite police academy in Lahore, capital of Punjab province, where two policemen were killed.

Pakistan Commandos Rescue 25 Hostages, Three Killed PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2009

Pakistani commandos stormed a building near army headquarters on Sunday and freed 25 hostages being held there by suspected Taliban militants, a military spokesman said. Three hostages and four of the gunmen were killed, said the spokesman, Major General Athar Abbas.

Saturday's brazen attack on the tightly guarded headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi came as the military prepared a major offensive against the militants in their northwestern stronghold of South Waziristan on the Afghan border.

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 10 October 2009

Obama Wins Nobel Peace PrizeUS President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world "hope for a better future" and striving for nuclear disarmament.

The decision to award one of the world's top accolades to a president less than nine months into his first term, who has yet to score a major foreign policy success, came as a major surprise.

East Asia group needs China cooperation : Japan FM PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 October 2009

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada on Wednesday shrugged off the idea that Tokyo's plans to form an East Asian Community could spark rivalry with Beijing over who would take the leading role.

Japan wants to firm up the concept of an Asian grouping at a trilateral summit with South Korea and China in Beijing this weekend, Okada told reporters after giving a speech in Tokyo.

Twin Bombs Kill 2, Wound 35 In Thai Muslim South PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 October 2009

Two bomb attacks killed two people and injured at least 35 in a busy border town in Thailand's restive Muslim south on Tuesday, police said.

Suspected insurgents on a motorcycle fired bullets and threw a home-made bomb at a group of people in a packed restaurant, killing a civilian and a policeman and wounding 12.

Floods Kill 200 in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 October 2009

Floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 200 people in the past five days in southern India, destroyed standing crops and left tens of thousands of people homeless, officials said on Sunday.

At least 167 people have been killed in Karnataka, where several rivers burst their mud embankments following heavy rains and swept away houses.

Huge Aid Push in Indonesia, Quake Levels Villages PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 October 2009

A huge aid effort for victims of a devastating earthquake in Indonesia was gaining momentum on Saturday, but three days after the disaster struck rescuers were only starting to reach some stricken communities.

Fresh aid supplies were due to arrive at Jakarta's main airport for transfer to the disaster area, 915 km (570 miles) northwest of the capital on the island of Sumatra. Aid was also being shipped from the port of Tanjung Priok in the capital.

Iran Test-Fires Missiles Amid Nuclear Tension PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 September 2009

Iran test-fired short-range missiles as its elite Revolutionary Guards began war games on Sunday aimed at boosting the Islamic Republic's deterrent capabilities, official media reported.

The missile maneuvers coincide with increased tension in Iran's nuclear dispute with the West, after last week's disclosure by Tehran that it is building a second uranium enrichment plant.

Bin Laden Demands Europe Withdraw Afghanistan Troops PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden demanded that European nations withdraw their troops from Afghanistan in a new audio tape aired on Friday, saying they were sacrificing men and money in an unjust US-led war.

"We are not demanding anything unjust. It is just for you to end injustice and withdraw your soldiers (from Afghanistan)," he said in the tape, released on the Internet with a background picture of bin Laden and with German and English subtitles.

US, UK, France Accuse Iran of Covert Nuclear Plant PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009

US President Barack Obama accused Iran on Friday of building a secret nuclear fuel plant for several years and demanded that Tehran comply with international rules on nuclear nonproliferation.

Obama went public with the charge in a joint appearance with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at a Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh, sharpening a standoff with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

'23m Muslims Spend Ramadan Amid Conflict' PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 September 2009

At least 23 million Muslims worldwide have been fasting this Ramadan amid conflicts and disasters, British charity Oxfam and Muslim Aid revealed this week.

They said it was one of their hardest periods with many fasting Muslims having little more to eat than bread and water during the 30 days of the holy month and others having nothing to eat at all after sunset.

Pakistan Foreign Min Does Not See Breakthrough with India PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 September 2009

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Wednesday he did not expect any breakthrough on improving relations with old rival India when he meets Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna in New York this month.

The nuclear-armed rivals have held three bilateral meetings on the sidelines of international gatherings since June but have yet to resume a formal peace process broken off by India following last November's attack on Mumbai that was blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

Karzai camp calls EU vote fraud claim irresponsible PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2009

KABUL, Sep 16, (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's camp dismissed as "irresponsible" on Wednesday a statement by EU observers that one in three votes Karzai received in last month's Afghan presidential election was suspect.

Phillippe Morillon, head of an European Union election monitoring mission, said earlier 1.1 million of about 3 million votes cast for Karzai were suspect and must be checked for fraud.

Britons Jailed for 9/11-scale Airline Bomb Plot PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Three Britons were jailed for life on Monday for plotting a "terrorist outrage" on the scale of the September 11 attacks by blowing up transatlantic airliners bound for North America using bombs made from liquid explosives.

The suspected al Qaeda plot, which British detectives said was just days from being put into operation, had huge worldwide ramifications leading to tight restrictions on the amount of liquids passengers could take on board aircraft.

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