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Saudi Arabia to mark Eid al-Fitr on Sunday

RIYADH: The Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan is to start on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s religious authorities announced. In a statement carried by Saudi media, they said the crescent moon which marks the new lunar month was not sighted on Friday night and that […]

August 18, 2012 / No Comment / Read More

Russia convicts Pussy Riot protest punks

MOSCOW: A Moscow court on Friday found guilty three young members of a feminist punk band who infuriated the Kremlin and captured global attention by ridiculing President Vladimir Putin in a church. Judge Marina Syrova said the three Pussy Riot members had displayed a “clear disrespect toward society” by staging a “Punk Prayer” performance just […]

August 18, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

India may have lost billions of dollars in coal sales: auditor

NEW DELHI: India’s state auditor on Friday accused the government of allocating dozens of coal blocks at a fraction of their market price, costing the exchequer potential revenues of around $33.3 billion. The main opposition party leapt on the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to put fresh pressure on the beleaguered government […]

August 17, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

Far more could be done to stop the deadly bacteria C. diff

Just days after doctors successfully removed a tumor from Bailey Quishenberry’s brain, the 14-year-old was spiraling downhill, delirious and writhing in pain from an entirely new menace. Her abdomen swollen 10 times its normal size and her fever skyrocketing, Bailey began wishing she could die, just to escape the agony. Bailey had contracted a potentially […]

August 17, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

Israel’s Peres against any solo Iran attack, trusts Obama

JERUSALEM: Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday came out against any go-it-alone Israeli attack on Iran, saying he trusted US President Barack Obama’s pledge to prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons. His comments appeared to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who have both raised the prospect of a unilateral Israeli […]

August 17, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

Gold rises on hopes for central bank stimulus

NEW YORK: Gold rose nearly 1 per cent on Thursday as comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and disappointing US manufacturing and housing data fueled speculation that central banks may be set to launch more bullion-friendly stimulus measures. Platinum rose 3 per cent as supply worries in South Africa prompted investors to buy the metal. […]

August 17, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

US denies pressure on Britain in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON: The United States said Thursday it was not involved in an international row over WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange, denying charges it was pressuring Britain to seize him. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined comment on Ecuador’s offer of asylum to Assange and, asked whether the United States was pressuring Britain to extradite him, said […]

August 17, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

Syria rebel army claims Damascus bombing

BEIRUT: The rebel Free Syrian Army claimed a bomb attack in the heart of Damascus on Wednesday that it said targeted an operational meeting in a local military headquarters. “The FSA operation targeted a military command office with explosives designed to go off at a meeting of army officers and members of the shabiha (pro-government […]

August 16, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

Britain ‘determined’ to deport Assange: Foreign Office

LONDON: Britain on Wednesday said it was “determined” to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden to face sexual assault claims as Ecuador said it would reveal its decision over the WikiLeaks founder’s asylum claim on Thursday. “The UK has a legal obligation to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sexual offences […]

August 16, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

California wildfires force hundreds of evacuations

LOS ANGELES: Wildfires flared across southern California on Wednesday, destroying at least four buildings, wounding three people and forcing hundreds to evacuate, firefighters said. Some 400 people from Ranchita, 81 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of San Diego, were forced to leave their homes Tuesday night and remained at help centers after five fires were sparked […]

August 16, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

Operation completed at Kamra base, all 8 militants killed

ATTOCK: The valiant personnel of Pakistan Air Force and SSG Commandoes of Pak Army have completed the operation against the attackers at Kamra air base in which all eight militants have been killed while search for more miscreants is still underway in the surrounding area of the facility, sources said Thursday. According to PAF spokesman, […]

August 16, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

World Muslim body mulls suspending Syria

MAKKAH: An emergency summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) began late Tuesday with a proposal to suspend conflict-wracked Syria, a move strongly opposed by Iran. A draft final statement obtained said the summit “approves the suspension of Syria’s membership,” a measure recommended by a preparatory ministerial meeting held Monday in the western […]

August 15, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

Ecuador ‘will grant Assange asylum’: report

LONDON: Ecuador President Rafael Correa was set to grant asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Britain’s Guardian newspaper said on its website Tuesday, quoting an official in Quito. “We see Assange’s request as a humanitarian issue,” an unnamed official told the daily. “It is clear that when Julian entered the embassy there was already some […]

August 15, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

India’s Mars Mission announced by PM

NEW DELHI: An Indian spaceship will go to Mars and collect important scientific information, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on Wednesday. “This spaceship to Mars will be a huge step for us in the area of science and technology,” the Prime Minister said in his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort. Manmohan Singh also […]

August 15, 2012 | Filed under International News | Read More

No decision yet on Assange asylum, Ecuador says

QUITO: Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa on Tuesday denied a British media report that his country had granted asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “The rumor of asylum for Assange is false. No decision has yet been taken. Awaiting report from the foreign ministry,” Correa wrote on Twitter. Correa’s statement came after Britain’s Guardian newspaper said […]

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