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  • Western Saharans protest EU-Morocco fishing accord

    December 10, 2013 11:42 PM 23

    Protesters calling for independence from Morocco were chased through the streets of the city, and some Spanish activists were arrested. By nightfall, the demonstrations had spread to other neighborhoods of the city and degenerated into stone throwing clashes between youths and police. Local hospitals said at least 90 protesters were injured, and the governor’s

  • No start date for Iran nuclear freeze expected from Vienna talks

    December 10, 2013 11:35 PM 28

    World powers and the UN atomic watchd­og discus­s how to implem­ent Novemb­er's nuclea­r deal. VIENNA: Experts from Iran, world powers and the UN atomic watchdog discussing how to implement November’s nuclear deal are set to fall short of agreeing a start date for Tehran’s six-month nuclear freeze, diplomats said. The meeting between Iran and the United

  • WHIPLASH: Biting the bullet after the ballot

    December 10, 2013 10:10 PM 173

    When the administration succeeds in not letting political brawn browbeat the voter and the aam aadmi ballots for change, the imminent fear of collusion between parties fails the public. While the voter sweats under the scalding sun or sustains the chill at booths hoping that the indelible ink will open the floodgates of change, collusion between parties

  • Afghanistan's Karzai rebuffs US pressure to sign security deal

    December 10, 2013 3:57 PM 30

    "Afghan­s will not submit, they have alread­y fought coloni­al master­s, they don't accept it," says Karzai. PARIS: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticized what he said was pressure from the United States to accept a security agreement, accusing Washington of behaving like a colonial power. Karzai has thrown the pact shaping the US military presence

  • Despite setbacks, UN ushered in 65 years of progress on human rights

    December 10, 2013 2:35 PM 40

    The UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted 65 years ago paved the way for decades of progress. The picture of human rights today is hardly as encouraging. But changing norms takes time and doesn't follow a linear path. From this view, 2013 brought some notable advances. Today marks the 65th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations

  • Kerry on return ’commute’ to Israel, West Bank

    December 10, 2013 12:36 PM 34

    WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry heads back to Israel this week just days after returning from the Jewish state, a US official said Monday, insisting he was working for a full, not an interim, Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Amid a flurry of diplomatic activity, Kerry will leave again for Israel on Wednesday -- his 70th birthday -- five days after

  • India stocks hit record high

    December 10, 2013 12:00 PM 35

    The Mumbai Sensex closed up 1.6% after gaining as much as 2.3% earlier in the day. Market enthusiasm also drove the Indian rupee to its highest level against the dollar in more than four months. Investors are optimistic after a strong performance from the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in state assembly elections. Much of the BJP's success came at the expense

  • Afghan police rescue woman from Taliban stoning | WORLD

    December 10, 2013 9:44 AM 32

    KUNDUZ: Police in a remote northern Afghan village rescued a woman from being stoned to death after she was condemned by the Taliban for allegedly cheating on her husband, officials said Tuesday. Taliban militants, who often run informal justice systems in rural Afghanistan, handed down the death penalty on the woman after her husband accused her of having

  • Arvind Kejriwal or Narendra Modi? A re-poll in Delhi could witness a whole new game

    December 10, 2013 8:48 AM 27

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  • Frustrated India investors cheer opposition gains

    December 10, 2013 7:37 AM 27

    MUMBAI, India (AP) — Sweeping wins for India's pro-business opposition party in state elections are being welcomed by investors as a sign that national polls next year will deliver a government capable of tackling the malaise in Asia's third-largest economy. India's benchmark Sensex stock index surged 1.6 percent Monday to a record high after official