• Tuesday, September 02, 2014

World

Ukraine Crisis

Russian FM calls for immediate ceasefire

Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said negotiations taking place in Minsk to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine should seek an immediate ceasefire. "They must leave positions from which they can harm the civilian population," Lavrov told students in Moscow yesterday. "I very much count on today's negotiations being devoted above all to the task of agreeing an immediate ceasefire, without conditions." Meanwhile, Ukraine's defence minister warned yesterday that a "great war" had broken out with Russia over his country's...

Merkel calls anti-euro party success a 'protest vote'

Merkel calls anti-euro party success a 'protest vote'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed yesterday an anti-euro party's success in a weekend state election as a "protest vote" but admitted her party must do more to address constituents' frustrations. Speaking at her conservative Christian Democratic Union's headquarters about the poll in the eastern state of Saxony on Sunday, Merkel said voters gave the...

'Don't mess with NATO's ex-Soviet members'

'Don't mess with NATO's ex-Soviet members'

Setting the stage for a NATO summit dominated by the worst East-West tensions in decades, President Barack Obama will go to Estonia this week with a simple message for Vladimir Putin -- don't mess with NATO's ex-Soviet members. With Europe and the United States accusing the Russian president of sending his troops to intervene...

UN considers IS 'war crimes' visit

The UN Human Rights Council yesterday debated whether to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate suspected "crimes against humanity" by the Islamic State, as Baghdad called the jihadists an "imminent threat" to the world. "This terrorist organisation must be criminalised and its acts must be criminalised because they are equivalent to genocide and crimes against humanity," Iraqi Human Rights Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani told the council. The special session was called at Baghdad's request, with support from the five...

India Coalgate

Cancel all licenses, go for auction: govt

The Indian government has asked the Supreme Court to decide quickly on what happens next to more than 200 licenses issued by different governments since 1993.  Last week, the top court said those allocations were illegal but stopped short of cancelling them. The government's top lawyer, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, proposed in court that about 46 of the 218 allocations declared illegal should not be taken back from the companies that operate them as they were either producing coal or...

India, Japan will shape 21st century: Modi

India, Japan will shape 21st century: Modi

Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe declared yesterday ties between India and Japan were moving to a "new level", during a summit pregnant with promise for a relationship they hope will offer a counterweight to China. Modi's first foreign visit outside the Indian sub-continent has been a relaxed display of personal chemistry between...

Voting Reforms

Beijing faces defiance in Hong Kong

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers disrupted a Beijing official's speech yesterday as he sought to explain a decision announced over the weekend to tightly limit voting reforms for the southern Chinese financial hub. The legislators chanted slogans and held up placards accusing China's central government of breaking its promise to let Hong Kong directly elect its leader. Some stood on chairs and pumped their fists, waving signs that said "Shameful" and "Loss of faith." The noisy demonstration at the start of the...

India extends Taslima Nasreen's visa by one year

India extends Taslima Nasreen's visa by one year

Controversial writer Taslima Nasreen, living in exile since 1994, has been given a one-year visa by Indian government and allowed to stay in this country till August 2015. Nasreen, 51, was last month given two months temporary visa after the Home Ministry decided to initiate a verification process of her visa application. "The writer's visa has been extended for one year, till August 2015," a Home Ministry official said yesterday. Naseen had met Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 2 after India's decision to grant her 2-month visa. At that time, the Home Minister had assured her to consider her plea for a longer-term visa. Nasreen had to leave Bangladesh in 1994...

News in Brief

Top US senator urges weapons for Ukraine Afgp, Washington The head of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for supplying Ukraine with weapons to fight what he called a "direct invasion" of the country by Russia. "We should provide the Ukrainians with the type of defensive weapons that will impose a cost upon (Russian President Vladimir) Putin for further aggression," Robert Menendez told CNN's "State of the Union" talk show. His comments came as Putin raised the stakes in...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Putin seeks 'statehood' talks for east Ukraine

Putin seeks 'statehood' talks for east Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday sharply raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be considered for the restive east of the former Soviet state. Putin's defiant remarks came just hours after the European Union gave Moscow -- which the bloc accuses of direct involvement in...