• Sunday, November 23, 2014

World

Ukraine Crisis

West seeking regime Change in Russia

Russia yesterday accused the West of seeking regime change in Moscow, raising tensions over the conflict in Ukraine in the worst crisis in relations since the end of the Cold War. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke out against Western sanctions on Russia after US Vice President Joe Biden hinted Friday at possible further measures over its "unacceptable" role in the former Soviet state. Kiev's defence minister charged yesterday that there were 7,500 Russian troops in eastern Ukraine, although Russia denies claims...

Iran Nuke Deal
2 Days to Go

'Big gap' remains as frantic talks enters endgame

Six world powers and Iran yesterday groped for ways to bridge wide gaps in marathon nuclear negotiations two days ahead of a deadline. At stake in the Austrian capital Vienna is a historic deal in which Iran would curb its nuclear activities in exchange for broad relief from years of heavy international economic sanctions. It could end a 12-year standoff with the West that has even raised the threat of Israeli military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. US Secretary of State John...

Ebola outbreak can be ended in 2015: UN

Ebola outbreak can be ended in 2015: UN

The deadly Ebola outbreak can be ended "by the middle of next year" if the world speeds up its response, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. But he warned that although the rate of new cases was slowing in parts of West Africa, Mali - where six people have died - was now of deep concern. And the head of the UN Ebola mission, Anthony Banbury, said the world was "far away" from beating the virus. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been worst hit by the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,400 people have died in those three countries, along with a handful of others in Nigeria, Mali, Spain and the...

India to offer online visas to 45 countries

India will offer online visa facilities for 45 countries including US, Australia, Germany, Israel, Japan, UAE, Palestine, Jordan, Thailand, Singapore and Russia. The facility will be announced on November 27 by the ministries of home affairs and tourism. Countries that already have visa on arrival and will be able to apply under the electronic travel authorization scheme include Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Phillippines, Laos and South Korea. Once implemented ETA will allow foreign travelers to...

Obama defends US immigration plan

Obama defends US immigration plan

President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul US immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration...

Amnesty launches tool to detect govt snooping

Amnesty launches tool to detect govt snooping

  A high-profile human rights organisation has released a tool to help journalists and activists avoid government internet snooping. Amnesty International said the progam, called Detekt, would help expose spyware programs, some of which are used by governments to monitor journalists and activists. The program was developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri and is being...

Saradha Scam, CBI Probe

Mamata's woes deepen

Mamata's woes deepen

Mamata Banerjee couldn't have expected her anti-Centre rhetoric in New Delhi to fizzle out so fast. The arrest of Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose on Friday for the massive Saradha chit fund scandal has sowed panic in her ranks. The trust deficit is spreading among the ranks fast. The question is how will Mamata tide over the rising no-confidence on her administration? Trinamool leaders would love to rubbish this as a media construct, far removed from ground reality. If that was so, BJP wouldn't have bagged 17% votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, leaving Trinamool lagging in many city wards. No wonder, Mamata sensed the public mood and...

Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar

An outbreak of plague has killed 40 people in Madagascar, the World Health Organization said, warning that the disease could spread rapidly in the country's densely populated capital Antananarivo. The first victim was identified on August 31 in a district to the west of the capital, and died three days later, the UN health agency said in a statement Friday. By mid-November, some 119 plague cases had been confirmed, with two percent of them of the pneumonic strain -- one of...

News in Brief

  Shebab executes 28 in Kenya bus attack Afp, Garissa Somalia's Shebab Islamists yesterday ambushed a bus in Kenya, killing 28 non-Muslim passengers in what they said was a revenge attack for police raids on mosques in the troubled port city of Mombasa. Some 60 passengers on board were ordered off the vehicle, and the gunmen only killed the non-Muslims. HRW says Israeli house demolitions a war crime Afp, Jerusalem Human Rights Watch yesterday called on Israel to stop razing the homes of Palestinians...

Published Date: November 22, 2014
We won't deport you

We won't deport you

Pledging to fix America's "broken" immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated his Republican critics and drew unspecified pledges to counter it, Obama said nearly all undocumented people living in the...