• British Conservative lawmakers may push for EU exit: Report

    British Conservative lawmakers may push for EU exit: Report

    LONDON: Conservative lawmakers could pledge to support Britain leaving the European Union, irrespective of what powers are returned to London from Brussels, newspaper The Independent has reported. The report underlines the growing pressure facing Prime Minister David Cameron as he contends with the rise of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) ahead of a May […]

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  • Top US senator urges weapons for Ukraine to fight ‘invasion’

    Top US senator urges weapons for Ukraine to fight ‘invasion’

    WASHINGTON: The head of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee called on Monday for supplying Ukraine with weapons to fight what he called a “direct invasion” of the country by Russia. “We should provide the Ukrainians with the type of defensive weapons that will impose a cost upon (Russian President Vladimir) Putin for further aggression,” […]

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  • Islamabad stand-off: Army secures PTV office, protests continue

    Islamabad stand-off: Army secures PTV office, protests continue

    ISLAMABAD: The plan to oust the PML-N led government and topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from power is reaching critical mass. The last 48 hours saw the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) anti-government protests morph Islamabad’s Red Zone from a concert ground to a bloody battlefield, with at least three people killed […]

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Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

Posted by: Khan on September 1st, 2014

Israel calls on region to rebuild, disarm Gaza

JERUSALEM: Israel’s finance minister says his country and other regional powers should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip and disarm Hamas militants that rule the territory. Yair Lapid made the remarks Sunday, about a week after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after almost two months of fighting that devastated parts of Gaza. […]

Pakistan: Three tribal cops killed in Jamrud Bazaar checkpost attack

PESHAWAR: At least three tribal police force personnel were killed and another injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen on security checkposts in main Jamrud Bazaar of Khyber tribal region. Sources said that the attackers stormed main Jamrud Bazaar from the Shahkas and Ghundi areas and targeted the Khasadar force personnel deputed at check posts […]

Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy

BEIJING/HONG KONG: Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony’s next leader in 2017. The standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates […]

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert again

Posted by: Khan on September 1st, 2014

Iceland raises volcano aviation alert again

REYKJAVIK (ICELAND): Iceland’s authorities on Sunday raised the aviation warning code to red for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area. The country’s meteorological agency described the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about five kilometers (three miles) north of the Dyngjujoekull glacier, as a “very […]

Gilgit Baltistan: With protests in Islamabad, elections in G-B take a hit

GILGIT: Elections in Gilgit-Baltistan—earlier expected to be held by the end of this year—have apparently fallen victim to the ongoing protests of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in the federal capital. The beleaguered federal government has not been able to find enough time to address the issue of elections in G-B, giving […]

Pakistan: 12 suspected militants killed in Balochistan: FC

Posted by: Khan on September 1st, 2014

Pakistan: 12 suspected militants killed in Balochistan: FC

QUETTA: Security forces claim to have killed 12 suspected militants in Balochistan’s volatile Mekran belt on Saturday, an official said. Khan Wasey, the spokesman for Frontier Corps (FC), a paramilitary force, said security forces launched an operation against militants operating in the Gomazi area of Turbat. He said 12 suspected militants were killed in the […]

German security official warns of terror threat

Posted by: Khan on August 31st, 2014

German security official warns of terror threat

BERLIN: Germany’s domestic intelligence chief says he expects Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks. Hans-Georg Maassen told Deutschlandfunk radio on Sunday that there was an “increased abstract threat” of attacks in Germany. Unlike Britain, Germany hasn’t raised its national threat level for terrorism recently because of […]

Azad Kashmir?: AJK minister’s protest continues

Posted by: Khan on August 31st, 2014

Azad Kashmir?: AJK minister’s protest continues

MUZAFFARABAD: The protest of a member of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly against a ‘lent officer’ has been ongoing for almost a week as the government has failed the resolve the issue. AJK Transport Minister Tahir Khokhar, who has set up his camp office in the open at the civil secretariat, is […]

Kashmir: Pakistan concerned over India’s unprovoked border violations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday expressed concern that India continues to engage in unprovoked violations of the working boundary. According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, indiscriminate firing on Charwah, Harpal and Chatrar sectors on August 23 was the 20th violation by Indian forces this month alone. From June 1 to August 30, 140 […]

Battleground Islamabad: Clashes continue as Imran, Qadri seek ‘revolution’

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of people were injured in the federal capital as police battled throngs of protesters led by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. The protesters – demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif – were held back with tear gas, batons and rubber bullets […]