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Massacre 'Pakistan's 9/11'

Massacre 'Pakistan's 9/11'

Pakistan's de facto foreign minister Sartaj Aziz yesterday told AFP the Taliban school massacre that killed 149 people is his country's own "mini 9/11" and a game changer in its fight against terror. Meanwhile, from a Twitter account purported to be of Pakistan Army chief, Gen Raheel Sharif "asked PM Nawaz Sharif to hang all terrorists. More than 3,000 terrorists should be hanged in next 48 hours," reports the TNN. Gen Sharif, who has frontally taken on the Taliban, is credited to have changed the army's approach towards extremist groups,...

26/11 'mastermind' to remain in jail

Pakistan has said that Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, the 54-year-old mastermind of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, will remain in jail for three months, while it challenges the bail granted to him yesterday by a court. India has expressed its outrage clearly to Pakistan over the bail order, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Parliament today. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the bail makes "a mockery of Pakistan's commitment to fight terror." Pakistan has said it will appeal to its Supreme Court against...

We've killed all, what next?

Haunting details have emerged from the final conversation the Peshawar gunmen had with their handler moments before the end of Tuesday's brutal school massacre in Pakistan. After slaughtering 132 school children and nine members of staff, militants contacted their commanders to say: “We have killed all the children in the auditorium. What do we do now?” Wounded children have spoken from hospital of how many of their classmates were killed when the gunmen, wearing explosives strapped to their bodies, started to...

Kurds 'break' ISIS siege of Mount Sinjar

Kurds 'break' ISIS siege of Mount Sinjar

Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far yesterday, buoyed by US reports that jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's top aide in Iraq has been killed. Kurdish peshmerga forces were securing the surroundings of Mount Sinjar after breaking a months-old jihadist siege of the northwestern region while fighting was...

Modi 2nd among top-performing world leaders

Modi 2nd among top-performing world leaders

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was placed No 2, behind Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a list of 30 top-performing world leaders by a Japanese market research firm. German chancellor Angela Merkel was on the third place in the list that also measured the confidence of citizens in their leaders. The survey of more than 26,000 respondents, conducted this fall by Tokyo-based GMO Research rated Xi, Modi, and Merkel the top-performing world leaders, with scores of 7.5, 7.3, and 7.2 respectively on a scale of one to 10. The survey results were published by Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Centre for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and were analysed by Anthony Saich, a China...

Comedy Film on Kim Jong-un

FBI accuses North Korea for Sony hack

FBI accuses North Korea for Sony hack

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday said North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures over a film about its leader Kim Jong-un. The agency said analysis of malware showed links to North Korea. Earlier the White House labelled the Sony breach a serious national security matter. Sony withdrew The Interview, a new...

Comedy Film on Kim Jong-un

Obama: We will respond

US President Barack Obama yesterday warned North Korea it would face retaliation over a cyber attack on Sony Pictures, as an envoy for Pyongyang denied involvement. Obama, addressing reporters after the FBI said Pyongyang was to blame, said Washington would never bow to "some dictator" but admitted he believed Sony had erred in pulling the film. "We will respond. We will respond proportionately and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose," Obama said. "I'm sympathetic to the...

Putin in love again

Putin in love again

Vladimir Putin on Thursday admitted he is in love, fuelling rumours over a relationship with Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva. Denying he had 'completely gone wild' in his romantic life, the divorced strongman revealed that he 'loves' and is loved in return, but refused to disclose the identity of his mystery partner. If true, it could...

US won't back Palestinian resolution

The United States will not support the current resolution put forward by the Palestinians setting the terms of a peace deal with Israel, a US official said Thursday. Washington has seen the text of a draft resolution circulating in the UN Security Council and "it is not something that we would support," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

US-Cuba Ties

White House open to Castro visit

A US visit by Cuban President Raul Castro is a possibility, the White House said Thursday, a day after he and US President Barack Obama announced a historic bilateral rapprochement. With developments proceeding apace, a high-level US diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, revealed she will travel to Havana in late January for the first direct talks to "begin the process of restoration of diplomatic relations." But amid celebrations on Havana's streets and plaudits ringing out from China to Chile...

News in Brief

Obama rules out new sanctions on Russia Afp, Washington US President Barack Obama said Thursday he was not about to impose new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but nevertheless signed a law giving him the authority to do so. Meanwhile, Kiev's military yesterday said five Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and seven wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours.   Turkey court releases anti-Erdogan editor Afp, Istanbul An Istanbul court yesterday ordered the release of an anti-government newspaper editor...

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