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Tension mounts

Ukraine Crisis

Tension mounts

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held key talks yesterday on the brutal conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels after the Kremlin admitted for the first time its troops had entered Ukrainian territory. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shook hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, but there were few hopes of a breakthrough to...

UAE, Egypt behind Libya airstrikes: US

US officials have claimed the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were behind several air strikes on Islamist militias in Libya last week, in what would be an escalation of a regional power-play between Islamists and opposing governments across the Middle East. UAE pilots flying out of Egyptian airbases allegedly twice targeted Islamist fighters vying to take control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, last week, several US officials claimed to the New York Times, and later to the AFP news agency....

US readies for Syria action

US readies for Syria action

The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State jihadists whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighbouring Iraq. A US official confirmed the plans after Syria said on Monday it was willing to work with the international community, including Washington, to tackle extremist...

Pak PM meets army chief amid crisis

Pak PM meets army chief amid crisis

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country's powerful army chief yesterday agreed on the need to "expeditiously" end a political crisis triggered by protests aimed at unseating the government. A statement from Sharif's office said General Raheel Sharif called on the PM at his official residence in Islamabad's government district known as the red zone. Thousands of demonstrators led by opposition politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have camped out in the zone since August 15, demanding Sharif resign. Khan claims last year's general election which swept Sharif to power in a landslide was rigged, though international observers said it was largely fair. The crisis has rattled Sharif's government 15 months...

'South Koreans may go extinct by 2750'

South Koreans are on course to become extinct by the year 2750, making them potentially the first national population to disappear from the planet due to a critically low birth rate. According to a projection carried out as part of a parliamentary study, the last survivor in the capital Seoul will be born in 2505, while the last South Korean anywhere will enter the world in 2621, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported. In the shorter term, South Korea's current...

The rubble bucket challenge

The rubble bucket challenge

Launched as a frivolous way to raise awareness and funds for The ALS Association, everyone from Bill Gates to David Beckham has completed the Ice Bucket Challenge - and nominated famous friends to take a drenching too. Now residents of Gaza have launched their own version of the internet craze in order to raise...

Sherlock wins big at Emmy Awards

Sherlock wins big at Emmy Awards

BBC One drama Sherlock has won a hat-trick of awards at the US Primetime Emmys in Los Angeles. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman won best actor and best supporting actor in a mini-series, although neither was at the ceremony. Steven Moffat also won best writing in a mini-series for the final episode of Sherlock's third...

Michael Brown Funeral

There 'is something wrong' in America

Hundreds gathered to remember the life of teenager Michael Brown at his funeral service in St Louis, where the civil rights campaigner Rev Al Sharpton delivered an impassioned eulogy warning “there is something wrong” in America. Sharpton was heavily critical of the police as he addressed the crowd, telling mourners: “America, it is time to deal with policing. We are not the haters, we're the healers." His rousing speech continued: “Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for a...

Advani axed from BJP parliamentary board

Advani axed from BJP parliamentary board

Veteran leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were dropped yesterday from India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's parliamentary board, the highest decision-making body of the party, completing generational change in its leadership. In a token gesture, ailing Vajpayee, Advani and Joshi, for long the BJP's triumverate, have been included in a new five-member 'Margdarshak Mandal' (guiding group) after being associated with the party for nearly five decades. The 12-member Parliamentary Board chaired by BJP chief Amit Shah, the closest confidante of Modi, now has Modi, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Jagat Prakash Nadda and...

News In Brief

News In Brief

Abdullah threatens to pull out of Afghan polls Afp, Kabul Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah yesterday threatened to withdraw from the disputed election, a move that could wreck UN efforts to rescue the country's first democratic transfer of power. The June 14 vote has triggered a standoff between Abdullah and his poll rival Ashraf Ghani, with both candidates claiming victory amid allegations of massive fraud.         SRK's security beefed up after threat Pti, Mumbai Police security at the residence of actor Shah Rukh Khan has been beefed up after three unidentified men fired three rounds outside the residence of...