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US admits Iran's 'role'

Fight Against IS

US admits Iran's 'role'

Washington's arch-foe Iran has a role to play in tackling Islamic State militants who have overrun large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said this week that his government had rejected a request from the United States for cooperation on...

Ukraine Crisis

Rivals agree buffer zone

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militias were due to pull back their troops from a demilitarised zone yesterday created under a new peace plan agreed in marathon overnight talks. A nine-point agreement thrashed out in the early hours of yesterday in the Belarussian capital Minsk also requires the withdrawal of all "mercenaries" from eastern Ukraine and an immediate end to hostilities. But Russia appeared ready to keep up the pressure on its westward-leaning neighbour by sending in a new convoy it claimed...

Scotland skeptical over promises

Having rejected independence and lost First Minister Alex Salmond, Scotland woke up to an unsettled future yesterday as fears grew that new powers promised by London will prove a disappointment. Despite a surge in nationalist support in the final two weeks of the Scottish campaign, the "No" camp secured 55.30 percent of the vote in Thursday's independence referendum against 44.70 percent for the "Yes" camp. Worried by the prospect of a nationalist victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron made last-ditch promises...

Climate Summit 2014

UN climate summit to rally global action

Some 125 world leaders are expected to commit to action on climate change at a UN summit tomorrow called to inject momentum in struggling efforts to tackle global warming. The gathering will be the largest ever of governments and heads of states on climate change and the first of its kind since the Copenhagen summit collapsed in disarray in 2009. US President Barack Obama is to outline his vision for limiting global warming, but key polluters China and India are sending...

Major Carbon Emitters

CHINA The No. 1 carbon polluter is pledging a big energy efficiency drive but has so far resisted setting an overall cap on its fast-rising emissions. It promises to reduce emissions per unit of GDP by 40-45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. This would bring the total to 14.3 GtCO2e -- pushed beyond levels of about 12 GtCO2e in 2010 by rapid economic growth. UNITED STATES The world's No 2 emitter in 2009 pledged to reduce its greenhouse gases by 17...

The Carbon Havoc

Action to tackle greenhouse gases falls way short of what is needed to meet the United Nations' global-warming target, according to a snapshot of pledges and policies ahead of next tomorrow's climate summit. In 2010, the latest year for which a comprehensive assessment is available, global emissions stood at about 50 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e). These must be slashed for a good chance -- of about 85 percent -- of pegging warming to two degrees Celsius...

I will take back entire Kashmir from India

I will take back entire Kashmir from India

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 'Gen Next' politician of Pakistan, has said that his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would get back entire Kashmir from India. Bilawal, in his 20s, was addressing the party workers in Multan region in Punjab on Friday. "I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan," said the scion of highly influential Bhutto family. When Bilawal made these remarks, he was flanked by former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Asharaf. Bilawal, who has announced plans to contest next general elections in 2018, heads the secular Pakistan People's Party...

Killing in the name of faith is unacceptable

Killing in the name of faith is unacceptable

The Dalai Lama yesterday condemned mindless violence in the name of religion, saying the concept of jihad was being misused and misinterpreted by Islamist extremists. The Nobel Peace prize winner was referring to bloodshed unleashed by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq where it has overrun swathes of territory. "Killing in the name...

'Happy' Iranians get jail, lashes

'Happy' Iranians get jail, lashes

Seven young Iranians featured dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" in a video that went viral on the Internet have been given suspended jail and lashing sentences, a lawyer said. Recorded on a smartphone and uploaded multiple times on YouTube, the clip shows three unveiled girls dancing and singing to the song in a...

Afghan polls result today

The result of Afghanistan's disputed election will be declared today, officials said yesterday, as last-minute talks between the two rival candidates continued on a proposed power-sharing deal. The stalemate between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah since the June 14 vote has plunged Afghanistan into a political crisis as US-led Nato troops end their 13-year war against the Taliban. Both men claim to have won the fraud-tainted election, and the United Nations and the United States have pushed hard for a "national...

News in Brief

News in Brief

New Zealand PM reelected Afp, Wellington New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said he was "ecstatic" yesterday after a crushing election win, securing his third term as leader of the South Pacific nation. Opposition leader David Cunliffe had quickly conceded defeat. The 53-year-old's party won 61 of 121 seats, making him the first New Zealand...