• Tuesday, January 27, 2015

World

Obama joins Modi at Delhi Republic Day parade

US President Barack Obama has attended India's Republic Day parade in Delhi, the first US head of state to do so. Obama was chief guest at the annual military parade. He arrived on Sunday for a three-day visit seen as a sign of warming ties between the two countries. After talks on Sunday, both sides announced a breakthrough on a pact that will allow US companies to supply India with civilian nuclear technology. Indian PM Narendra Modi said it was a "new...

'Don't fall into US's trap'

China has offered to lift its strategic partnership with India to a “higher level,” and prompted New Delhi to avoid a “zero-sum trap” that was being set up by Washington and its allies. In a message, on the occasion of 65th Republic Day, to President Pranab Mukherjee, his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping expressed China's willingness “to make concerted efforts with India to lift their strategic cooperative partnership oriented to peace and prosperity to a higher level”. The felicitations coincided with the...

Tsipras sworn in as Greek PM

Tsipras sworn in as Greek PM

Alexis Tsipras was sworn in yesterday as Greek prime minister at the helm of an anti-austerity coalition after an election win that has sent shockwaves through Europe. Tsipras's radical leftwing Syriza party cruised to victory in Sunday's vote, setting the country on a collision course with international creditors over plans to renegotiate its massive...

Moscow to ease rebel-Kiev tensions

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday that Moscow is working to promote contacts between Kiev and the pro-Russian separatists in the next few days. "Certain contacts are planned within days as far as I know. We are trying as far as we have the powers and opportunities to facilitate these contacts," Lavrov told at a televised news conference in Moscow. Russia is "convinced that the peace process must be revived and for that we are making the necessary efforts, primarily...

Syria's Assad dismisses US plans to train rebels

Syria's Assad dismisses US plans to train rebels

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said US plans to train vetted rebels to fight the Islamic State group were "illusory" as they would eventually defect to the jihadists, in an interview published yesterday. The Syrian leader also questioned talks to be held in Moscow this week, telling Foreign Affairs magazine that his government would attend...

Hackers target Malaysia Airlines

Hackers target Malaysia Airlines

The website of Malaysia Airlines was commandeered for several hours yesterday by hackers who referenced the Islamic State jihadists and threatened to expose data taken from the carrier's servers. The attack, whose motivation remained unclear, was claimed by the "Lizard Squad", a group that has taken credit previously for denial-of-service attacks around the world. It...

Saudis seek greater US role in Mideast

New Saudi King Salman is expected to use President Barack Obama's stopover today to push for greater US involvement in resolving Middle East crises, analysts say. Obama, accompanied by his wife Michelle, is cutting short a visit to India to convey his condolences after the death of ailing King Abdullah last Friday. Following the death, Obama in a statement paid tribute to the late king as a bold leader who made an enduring contribution to Middle East peace. The American president praised...

Ukraine Crisis

NATO holds 'extraordinary' meeting

NATO said it would hold an "extraordinary" meeting of the alliance's Ukraine Commission yesterday, after an upsurge in fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Kiev left dozens of people dead. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg would separately meet with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini yesterday as the deepening crisis put pressure on Brussels to tighten sanctions against Russia. Over the weekend, NATO's Stoltenberg urged Russia to "stop destabilising Ukraine and respect its international commitments." "Fighting in eastern Ukraine has sharply escalated with indications...

Domestic Workers

Lebanon's migrants hope for union to end abuse

Subjected to beatings and rape, and often driven to suicide, migrant domestic workers in Lebanon are trying to form a labour union in what would be a first for the Arab world. More than 200 women from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries joined the founding conference of their hoped-for union in Beirut on Sunday. Their initiative is unprecedented in the Arab world, which the United Nations says is home to some 30 million migrant workers. Labour Minister Sejaane Azzi told...

News in Brief

Mubarak's sons released from prison Bbc Online Alaa and Gamal Mubarak walked free from Cairo's Torah Prison early yesterday and headed to their homes in the suburb of Heliopolis, security officials said. Last week, a court ordered that the two men be freed pending retrial along with their father for embezzlement. 40 plus Philippine cops killed in clash Afp, Manila A total of 43 commandos were killed Sunday in the remote town of Mamasapano, a known rebel stronghold, on Mindanao island in the south,...