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  • Saudi Arabia jails 13 for ‘terror’ offences

    March 21, 2014 10:13 AM 18

    RIYADH, March : A Saudi court Wednesday sentenced 13 people to up to 14 years in prison for backing “terrorist organisations”, training with Al-Qaeda and luring young people to fight abroad, media reported. The ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom recently toughened measures against Islamist groups, listing Al-Qaeda-linked organisations fighting in Syria

  • 'Nothing of particular significance' in search for MH370

    March 21, 2014 9:20 AM 19

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Search planes flying deep into the southern Indian Ocean have found nothing so far that could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Australia's acting prime minister said Friday. The planes are part of an international effort to solve the nearly 2-week-old mystery of what happened to Flight 370 with 239 people aboard. They are looking

  • Expert-level talks: US says talks under way on civil nuclear technology

    March 21, 2014 4:57 AM 17

    Deputy spokes­person says talks with Taliba­n an ‘intern­al matter’. Deputy spokesperson for the American embassy Sandeep K Paul has said that expert-level talks are in progress regarding the provision of civil nuclear technology by the United States to Pakistan. However, he did not specify a time frame for the outcome of the talks. Speaking with Express

  • ​US nixes Persian Gulf summit amid divisions among allies

    March 21, 2014 2:48 AM 1651

    The White House has canceled plans for a meeting later this month between President Barack Obama and Persian Gulf monarchs in Saudi Arabia based on tensions among US allies in the region, sources told The Wall Street Journal. The summit was to include leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates

  • Sri Lanka sees protests over war crime resolution in UNHRC

    March 20, 2014 7:13 PM 44

    A group of pro-government protesters in Sri Lanka on Thursday staged noisy demonstrations outside the U.N. office and the embassies of the U.S. and Britain here to protest a resolution against the country at the UNHRC over its alleged rights abuses during the ethnic war with Tamil Tiger rebels. In the eastern Trincomalee city, government offices, schools

  • Former Bangladesh premier Khaleda Zia indicted over graft

    March 20, 2014 6:07 AM 28

    Former Bangladeshi premier Khaleda Zia and her fugitive son were on Wednesday charged with corruption by a court in Dhaka for allegedly collecting nearly USD 1 million in donations for charities named after her late husband. Zia, 68, the chief of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), appeared before the court after skipping 41 hearings

  • Diplomat’s press briefing: Britain reiterates support for talks with TTP

    March 20, 2014 4:55 AM 17

    UK’s envoy to Kabul confid­ent future Afghan presid­ent will sign BSA. The British High Commissioner in Pakistan Philip Barton has said that the government of Pakistan has the right to hold peace negotiations with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Addressing a joint introductory video news conference with his British counterpart in Afghanistan, Sir Richard

  • Russia's expulsion from G8 must be discussed

    March 19, 2014 11:49 PM 20

    London — British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that G7 nations meeting next week must discuss the permanent expulsion of Russia from the wider G8 if it takes further action to destabilise Ukraine. US President Barack Obama has called for a G7 summit -- minus current G8 chairman Russia -- on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Hague

  • Classified 1962 war report revealed for first time

    March 19, 2014 7:47 PM 16

    For the first time, a large section of the still classified Henderson Brooks Report, which details a comprehensive operational review of India’s military debacle in 1962, has been made public. A more than 100-page section of the first volume of the report, which includes an exhaustive operational review of the India-China war over both western and eastern

  • U.S. funds meant to help Afghan police salaries may instead be going to 'ghost workers'

    March 19, 2014 7:00 PM 122

    Kabul- A government watchdog is raising fresh concerns that U.S. funds meant to help pay Afghan police salaries may instead be going to "ghost workers," according to a letter he sent to military commanders in Afghanistan. John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, said his staff has initiated an audit on the reliability