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Top Pakistani, Indian Diplomats to Meet this Month PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 September 2009

Pakistan and India agreed on Friday that their top diplomats would hold talks before their foreign ministers meet on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York this month, Pakistan said.

The two countries 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, blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

Blast after Afghan Air Strike, Scores Feared Killed PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 September 2009

Scores of people were feared killed on Friday in a big fuel-tanker blast in northern Afghanistan that followed a NATO air strike in the area, Afghan officials said.

NATO forces confirmed that they had carried out an air strike, and said their target was insurgents. They had no immediate information about the report of the explosion and casualties.

Andhra Pradesh CM killed in helicopter crash PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 September 2009

Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, one of India's leading political kingmakers, was killed in a helicopter crash, an official said on Thursday, potentially weakening the ruling Congress party in Andhra Pradesh.

Reddy, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, helped engineer the Congress party-led coalition's victory in a general election in May. His state is home to many IT firms and outsourcing businesses, important elements of India's growing and globalising economy.

Indonesia Quake Death Toll at 46, Likely to Rise PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 September 2009

Indonesian villagers searched frantically on Thursday for people buried under collapsed buildings, after a powerful quake killed at least 46 and damaged thousands of homes in the hills of West Java.

Wednesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake sent terrified residents rushing out onto the streets of the capital, Jakarta, and in towns and villages closer to the epicenter in West Java.

Russia Says Kills Al Qaeda Agent in North Caucasus PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 August 2009

Russian security forces said on Monday they had killed an al Qaeda agent and a second rebel fighter in its troubled North Caucasus region of Dagestan.

Russian officials say cash from foreign-based radical Islamic organizations is funding the recent surge of violence in Dagestan and the other two North Caucasus regions of Chechnya and Ingushetia in which dozens of people have died.

Two Killed, 21 Wounded in Afghan Suicide Strike PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 August 2009

A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest attacked a patrol of Western and Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing at least two civilians and wounding 21, district officials said.

Abdul Qayum, governor of Sha Joy district in Zabul province, told Reuters the attacker struck as troops were patrolling a market in the district.

Bombs in Northern Iraq, at Least 15 Killed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 August 2009

Two bomb attacks in volatile parts of northern Iraq killed at least 15 people on Saturday and wounded more than 30, police said, interrupting a relatively peaceful start to the Ramadan fast.

In one attack, a suicide car bomber killed at least nine people and wounded 11 others at a police station in the town of Shirqat, 300 km (190 miles) north of Baghdad, in Salahuddin province. Four of those killed in the attack were police.

67,980 People Removed From UK In 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 August 2009

The UK government have released annual immigration statistics for 2008 and quarterly immigration figures to June 2009, covering migration from Eastern Europe, asylum applications and removals and voluntary departures.

The figures released by the Home Office on Thursday show that work applications from the eight accession countries have continued to fall in 2009. In the second quarter of this year there were 26,150 applications from workers in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia and the Czech Republic--down from 46,070 in the same period in 2008.

Having Baby Full Of Risks In Pakistani Conflict Zone PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 August 2009

Insecurity, curfews and a lack of female medics are hindering proper care for thousands of pregnant women caught up in Pakistan's war against the Taliban, according to the head of a leading health aid agency.

Around 2.3 million people have been forced from their homes, mostly since government forces launched an offensive against militants in the country's northwest in April.

Karzai Leads in Afghan poll, Run-off Likely PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2009

Partial results from last week's election put Afghan President Hamid Karzai ahead of main rival Abdullah Abdullah, but not by enough to avoid a second round run-off in October, figures released on Wednesday showed.

With 17 percent of votes tallied, Karzai held a lead of 43 percent to 34 percent over former foreign minister Abdullah. The results have been trickling in over the past week, leaving the country in political limbo. To avoid a run-off, a candidate must secure more than 50 percent of the vote.

Malaysia State Says Woman to Be Caned After Ramadan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2009

A Malaysian state will cane a Muslim woman who drank alcohol once the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is over, a state governmemt official said on Monday.

"The punishment has not been cancelled, it was postponed because of Ramadan," Pahang state Executive Councillor for Religion, Missionary Work and Unity, Mohamad Sahfri Abdul Aziz, told Reuters.

India Firms Add 14.4 mln Mobile Users In July PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 August 2009

Indian mobile telephone operators added 14.38 million users in July, the fastest pace in four months in the world's quickest-growing wireless market, data showed on Thursday.

India had 441.7 million cell phone users at the end of July, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said in a statement. It is the second-largest mobile market in the world after China.

Hiroshima Day: Bleak Prospects For Disarmament PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 August 2009

Yet another Hiroshima Day is being observed on Thursday with grave solemnity in Japan but few other parts of the world will mark the mushroom day of August 6, 1945 with the deep concern it ought to receive.

Sixty-four years after the apocalyptic destructive potential of the atomic bomb was recognized, it may be posited that the global community is less secure apropos the nuclear domain with every passing day.

China Says It Holds 718 In Xinjiang Over July Riots PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 August 2009

Chinese police have detained 718 people suspected of involvement in deadly ethnic rioting in northwestern Xinjiang region last month, the official Xinhua agency said on Tuesday.

It was not clear if this number represented the total number of people held after the riots because the report did not mention anybody being released. Officials had previously said that more than 1,500 had been detained.

Google's Schmidt Quits Apple Board PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2009

Google Inc Chief Executive Eric Schmidt is resigning from Apple Inc's board of directors, Apple said, citing increased competition between the two leading technology companies.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that with Google's recent unveiling of a computer operating system, "we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple's Board.

Israel Opens West Bank Road To Palestinian Traffic PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2009

Israel on Sunday eased travel restrictions on Palestinians in a major West Bank city, opening a road to Palestinian traffic for the first time in nine years, Israeli security officials said.

The officials said the route -- known to Palestinians as Jaber Road and to Israelis as Tsir Hebron --- would be open only to Palestinian motorists who live in the Hebron area. Hebron governor Hussein al-Araj said the measure was an attempt by Israel to cover up for its continued settlement activities, which its main ally, the United States, wants stopped. He called on Palestinians not to use the road.

Myanmar Court Delays Suu Kyi Verdict To August 11 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 July 2009

A Myanmar court on Friday postponed the verdict in the high-profile trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to Aug. 11, her lawyer said.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize winner who has spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention, is charged under Section 22 of a law protecting the state from "subversive elements". A guilty verdict had been widely expected on Friday.

Manmohan To Defend Pakistan Ties In Parliament PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will defend efforts to improve ties with Pakistan in a parliament debate on Wednesday after criticism by opposition groups that he had conceded ground to the neighbour.

Singh signed a joint statement with his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani during a meeting in Egypt this month agreeing to delink the issue of terrorism from the broader peace process.

India Launches Its First Nuclear-Powered Submarine PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 July 2009

India launched on Sunday its first nuclear-powered submarine capable of firing ballistic missiles, completing a nuclear triad encompassing land, air and sea, officials said.

The submarine, Arihant, the first of two similar submarines to be built indigenously with technical help from Russia, will undergo sea trials before its formal induction in 2015, defence officials said.

Plane Hits Wall At Iranian Airport, Killing 17 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 July 2009

At least 17 people were killed and 23 injured when a passenger aircraft veered off the runway and hit a wall while landing at Mashhad airport in northeastern Iran on Friday, media reports said.

The plane, an Ilyushin Il-62 leased by Iran's Aria Tour from Kazakhstan, left the runway and crashed into a boundary wall, state television said.

Afghans Slam Karzai For Pulling Out Of Poll Debate PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2009

Opponents of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and ordinary Afghans criticized the president for failing to take part in a televised election debate on Thursday, saying he was scared to confront them head-on.

Karzai, a clear front-runner for the August 20 poll, had been due to take on rivals Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, but withdrew on the eve of the first debate of the campaign, saying more opponents and media outlets should have been involved.

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