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Russia not isolated over Ukraine

Russia not isolated over Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself to become internationally isolated behind another 'Iron Curtain'. In an interview published by state news agency TASS yesterday, Putin also said Western sanctions against Moscow, combined with the slide in the rouble...

Blast in Afghan sports field kills around 50

Around 50 people were killed and 60 others injured when a suicide blast ripped through crowds gathered to watch a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan, as Afghan parliament yesterday overwhelmingly approved a security agreement allowing US and Nato troops to remain in the country. "The suicide attacker was on a motorcycle, he detonated himself in the middle of a volleyball match," Attaullah Fazli, deputy governor of Paktika province, told AFP "A lot of people including some provincial officials and the police...

Nuclear deal not in sight

Nuclear deal not in sight

The United States and Iran sought Sunday to bridge gaps in negotiations on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal, as Iran signalled it was open to extending the talks by up to a year. US Secretary of State John Kerry went into a fifth round of talks in Vienna with his...

Pope canonises two Indians

In a ceremony which was watched closely by thousands in Kerala, a Catholic priest and a nun from the state - Father Kuriakose Chavara and Sister Euphrasia - were conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican yesterday. Prayers and masses were offered at several churches in Kerala since early morning yesterday, and thousands of devotees thronged these churches. Father Kuriakose Chavara was ordained as a priest in 1829. Revered as a reformist priest and credited for initiating several measures, he was...

Free after 39 years in jail

Free after 39 years in jail

Two US men who faced the death penalty for a 1975 murder have walked free from prison when all the charges against them were dismissed after a witness said his testimony was 'all lies'. Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgeman, 57 and 60, were convicted of murdering Harry Franks, a businessman in Cleveland, Ohio -...

Israeli cabinet approves divisive nationality bill

Israel's Cabinet yesterday approved a contentious bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The bill still needs to be passed in parliament to become a law, but yesterday's  vote looks to further inflame tensions with Arab Israelis and Palestinians. It could also shake up Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government due to the fierce opposition of two of his more centrist partners. The bill calls for recognizing Israel's Jewish character, institutionalizing Jewish law as an inspiration for legislation,...

Jail me if you can

Jail me if you can

Cornered on the Saradha scam, Mamata Banerjee came out all guns blazing at BJP on Saturday. Just 72 hours after paying courtesy visits to senior BJP leaders in Delhi, the Trinamool chief sounded the war cry against PM Narendra Modi, accusing his government of pursuing "selective vendetta" against her party. Mamata dared the Modi government to impose president's rule in Bengal and arrest her. And in a sign of how things are in Trinamool, Mamata taunted the fence-sitters in her party to "go and join BJP". The arrest of Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Srinjoy Bose has proved to be a turning point in her political trajectory. "If we are hit, we...

Boko Haram kills 48 in Nigeria

Boko Haram gunmen killed 48 fish vendors in Nigeria's restive Borno State, near the border with Chad, the head of the fish traders association told AFP yesterday. "Scores of Boko Haram fighters blocked a route linking Nigeria with Chad near the fishing village of Doron Baga on the shores of Lake Chad on Thursday and killed a group of 48 fish traders on their way to Chad to buy fish," Abubakar Gamandi said. He said the insurgents set up a barricade...

News in Brief

Lanka opposition gets Buddhist backing Afp, Colombo Sri Lanka's main opposition candidate yesterday won important backing from a top Buddhist monk campaigning to scrap the executive presidency and return the country to a parliamentary democracy. Rajapakse called the election two years ahead of schedule in an apparent attempt to seek a fresh mandate before his party's popularity tumbles further, after dropping over 21 percent in September local elections. Thai cops charged with royal defamation Afp, Bangkok Two high-ranking Thai police officers have been arrested...

Ukraine Crisis

Published Date: November 23, 2014
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...