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Bin Laden Son Thought Killed In US Drone Strike: Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2009

Osama bin Laden's son Sa'ad was probably killed by a US missile strike in Pakistan earlier this year, US National Public Radio has reported, citing US intelligence officials.

Sa'ad bin Laden, a prominent figure in the murky relationship between Iran and al Qaeda, was believed to have gone to Pakistan after spending a number of years under house arrest in Iran, US intelligence officials said in January.

Iraq Slum Bombs Kill at least 7, Wound Dozens PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Two roadside bombs in Baghdad's crowded Shi'ite slum of Sadr City killed at least seven people and wounded dozens on Tuesday, security officials said.

The first bomb apparently targeting casual laborers killed four people and left 39 wounded, said Baghdad security spokesman Qassim al-Moussawi.

US Ready For Talks And Sanctions For North Korea PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 July 2009

The United States is ready to hold talks with North Korea if the conditions are right but will also press UN sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile tests, a senior envoy for Asia said on Saturday.

North Korea, which tested a nuclear device in May, has said it was boycotting often stalled six-country talks on ending its nuclear arms program and will expand its nuclear arsenal in order to defend itself against a "hostile" United States.

Congress Strike Shuts West Bengal PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 July 2009

Supporters of Congress party shut down West Bengal with a strike on Friday to protest deadly clashes after the general election with the state's biggest party, the Communists, police said.

The 12-hour strike paralysed railway services and forced airlines to cancel or reschedule flights, police said. After torching several buses on Thursday, Congress party supporters squatted on railway lines and blocked major roads on Friday.

India, Pakistan Agree More Dialogue, to Fight Terror PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2009

India and Pakistan said on Thursday they had agreed to continue dialogue and would not to link action on fighting terrorism to that process, after their prime ministers met in Egypt.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also ordered senior diplomats to meet as often as needed to improve relations.

Death Knell Tolls For G8, New Body Seen Forming PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 July 2009

World leaders signalled the demise of the Group of Eight wealthy nation club on Friday, saying only a forum that included the major developing economies could legitimately take important global decisions.

The G8 is made up of wealthy northern hemisphere countries, but problems such as global warming and the economic crisis have revealed its limitations.

Michael Jackson Gets More Bizarre After Death PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2009

Bizarre in life, Michael Jackson's complex personal affairs are taking even stranger twists in death, with reports on Tuesday questioning the parentage of his children and what caused his untimely demise.

After five days of television replays of Jackson's most famous hits and glowing emotional tributes to his musical genius, attention has turned to the murkier side of the "Thriller" singer.

Italy Gas Train Derails And Explodes, Killing 15 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2009

At least 15 people were killed and 50 injured overnight in Italy when a freight train hauling liquefied petroleum gas derailed and exploded as it passed their homes, officials said on Tuesday.

About 1,000 people were evacuated following the blast just before midnight on Monday, which shook people from their beds in the Tuscan seaside town of Viareggio, about 350 km (220 miles) north of Rome.

Iran Election Violence `Outrageous,' Says Obama PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 June 2009

President Barack Obama on Friday praised the bravery of Iranians who protested against a disputed election in the face of "outrageous" violence, while a hardline Iranian cleric called for the execution of leading "rioters."

Iran's top legislative body, which had said it found no major violations in the presidential election which set off the worst unrest since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, said 10 percent of ballot boxes would be recounted.

'No foul play' in Michael Jackson death PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 June 2009

There was no sign of foul play in the death of Michael Jackson, coroners who completed a post-mortem on the singer's body have said.

But toxicology and other tests have been ordered, and the cause of the 50-year-old's death could take several weeks to determine.

‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson dies at 50 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 June 2009

Pop star Michael Jackson has died in Los Angeles, aged 50. Paramedics were called to the singer's Beverly Hills home at about midday on Thursday after he stopped breathing.

He was pronounced dead two hours

UNHCR Says 28 Killed, 38 Missing Off Yemeni Coast PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 June 2009

Up to 66 people drowned in the Gulf of Yemen while trying to cross from Somalia to Yemen at the weekend, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.

Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said some passengers crowded into smugglers' boats were subjected to beatings, and many were forced overboard and into deep water off the Yemeni coast.

West Urges Iran To Allow Protests, Recount Votes PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2009

Iran must allow peaceful protests against its disputed presidential election and ensure a fair result, Western governments said on Sunday, rejecting charges they were interfering in Iranian affairs.

Foreign countries have played no part in supporting the violent street protests that erupted in Iran after its June 12 election, Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband said.

Sri Lanka Sends 2,000 War Refugees Home PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Sri Lanka sent more than 2,000 people back to their home villages in the island nation's northwest on Tuesday, two years after they were displaced by the war with the Tamil Tiger separatists.

Tuesday's resettlement is only the second to happen since Sri Lanka's military finished off the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and declared total victory in a 25-year war on May 18.

Bomb Kills 40 In Pakistan Mosque As Holbrooke Visits PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 June 2009

A bomb blast killed around 40 worshippers attending Friday prayers at a mosque in a remote area of northwest Pakistan, a senior official in the area told Reuters.

"The death toll is 40. We have no idea as yet how many have been wounded," said Atif-ur-Rehman, the senior-most government administrator in the Upper Dir district of North West Frontier Province.

French Plane Missing Over Atlantic After Storm PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 June 2009

An Air France plane with 228 people on board disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean on its way from Brazil to Paris on Monday after hitting strong turbulence and French officials said they feared a disaster.

The Brazilian force said the Airbus jet was well advanced over the sea when it went missing and military planes took off from both South America and Africa to hunt for the plane.

Myanmar Says Suu Kyi Trial An Internal Affair PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 May 2009

Myanmar said on Sunday that the trial of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was in line with its laws and was a domestic issue other countries should not interfere with.

"The legal action against Aung San Suu Kyi is merely the internal affairs of Myanmar, taking action through its legal system in accordance with domestic law," said Major General Aye Myint, Myanmar's Deputy Minister of Defence, at the Asia Security Conference in Singapore.

Iraq Ex-trade Minister Arrested PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 May 2009

Police on Saturday detained Iraq's former trade minister in connection with graft allegations involving food rations, ordering a plane in which he was flying to Dubai to turn back, witnesses and officials said.

An Iraqi judge issued an arrest warrant for former Trade Minister Abdul Falah al-Sudany on Saturday, but he had already boarded a plane to Dubai, parliament's anti-graft watchdog said.

Over 20,000 Died In Sri Lanka Rebels' Defeat: Report PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 May 2009

More than 20,000 Tamil civilians were killed in the final days of Sri Lanka's military operation to defeat Tamil Tigers rebels, The Times newspaper reported on Friday.

Sri Lanka's authorities say their forces stopped using heavy weapons on April 27 in a no-fire zone where an estimated 100,000 Tamil civilians were sheltered and blame civilian casualties on rebels hiding among the civilians, the paper said.

Global Leaders Support New Website For Suu Kyi Release PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2009

A high profile website calling for the release of Myanmar's democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and all of Myanmar's political prisoners, launched Wednesday with the backing of global leaders and celebrities along with a coalition of NGOs and trade unions.

The website will become the global hub of the international campaign to release Suu Kyi.

World Leaders Condemn N. Korea Test, Urge Action PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 May 2009

World leaders condemned North Korea for carrying out nuclear and missile tests and US President Barack Obama said Pyongyang's actions were a reckless challenge warranting action from the international community.

As nations prepared for emergency UN Security Council talks on Monday, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana branded the test a "flagrant violation" of a Council resolution which required "a firm response".

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