• Catalans rally for independence vote after setback

    Catalans rally for independence vote after setback

    BARCELONA: Thousands of Catalans have joined protests against Spain’s Constitutional Court after it suspended a proposed regional independence referendum. About 5,000 people took to the streets of the regional capital Barcelona to demand their right to vote on Tuesday. Earlier, the Catalan government said it was halting its publicity campaign for the referendum while it […]

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  • Can’t match Modi’s ‘rock star reception’ in New York: John Kerry

    Can’t match Modi’s ‘rock star reception’ in New York: John Kerry

    WASHINGTON: Hosting visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over lunch at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the state department here, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, acknowledged that whatever he might do, he can’t match the “rock star” reception that Modi received from the Indian-American community in New York over the weekend. “Mr Prime Minister, I’m […]

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  • Norway best country for older people

    Norway best country for older people

    Norway is the best place to grow old, according to an index of the quality of later life in 96 countries. HelpAge International’s Global AgeWatch Index measures the social and economic welfare of those over 60. Published on the UN International Day of Older Persons, it ranks Australia, Western Europe and North America highly, and […]

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  • Seven killed as twin suicide attack hits army buses in Kabul

    Seven killed as twin suicide attack hits army buses in Kabul

    KABUL: Two Taliban suicide bombers hit army buses in Kabul Wednesday, killing at least seven people in a coordinated attack, officials said, a day after the new Afghan government signed a deal for US troops to stay in the country. The Taliban, who strongly opposed the agreement with the US, claimed responsibility for the early-morning […]

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Madonna, queen of pop, opens school in Karachi

Posted by: Khan on October 1st, 2014

Madonna, queen of pop, opens school in Karachi

KARACHI: Queen of Pop Madonna’s school in Karachi has opened its gates to students. The 56-year-old “Material Girl” singer took to Twitter to announce that the Dream Model Street School has so far admitted 1,200 kids. Madonna tweeted: “The revolution of love continues in Pakistan! The Dream School is finally finished. 1200 kids attending. Knowledge…” […]

British European Union exit ‘wouldn’t break my heart’, PM Cameron says

BIRMINGHAM: Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday it would not break his heart if Britain left the European Union, but said his preference was for his country to stay in a reformed EU after a new settlement with Brussels. Cameron, who has promised to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership before offering voters an in-out referendum […]

Pakistan: Opposition leader favors midterm polls

Posted by: Mir on October 1st, 2014

Pakistan: Opposition leader favors midterm polls

ISLAMABAD: Opposition leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah today favored a call for midterm elections. “We are in favor of midterm elections without the use of force,” Shah said while talking to journalists outside the Parliament House. He said that he did not support the demand of prime minister’s resignation. “We want protection […]

Iran rejects Israel PM accusations on nuclear threat

Posted by: Mir on October 1st, 2014

Iran rejects Israel PM accusations on nuclear threat

TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday rejected as baseless accusations levelled by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it poses a greater threat to the world than the Islamic State jihadist group. Speaking on Monday at the UN General Assembly, Netanyahu said that “to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear state power is to […]

Hong Kong democracy protesters seek National Day boost

Posted by: Mir on October 1st, 2014

Hong Kong democracy protesters seek National Day boost

HONG KONG: Thousands more people have been joining pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, ahead of what organisers hope will be the largest day of protests so far. Tens of thousands of people have been blocking parts of the city for days. They are demanding that China withdraw plans to vet candidates for the next leadership […]

EU to keep Russia sanctions in place over Ukraine

Posted by: Mir on October 1st, 2014

EU to keep Russia sanctions in place over Ukraine

BRUSSELS: The EU is to keep sanctions against Russia in place, judging that Ukraine’s peace deal is not fully effective. EU ambassadors who met on Tuesday had noted some “encouraging developments” since the 5 September ceasefire was agreed, an EU spokeswoman said. But other parts of the peace deal “will need to be properly implemented”, […]

US underestimated Islamic State: Obama

Posted by: Mir on October 1st, 2014

US underestimated Islamic State: Obama

NEW YORK: President Barack Obama has said that the United States underestimated the strength of the Islamic State before it took over large parts of Syria and Iraq, and overestimated the Iraqi army’s ability to fight the militants. The Islamic State took advantage of the chaotic civil war in Syria to become “ground zero for […]

Apple’s Irish tax deal may be state aid, says Europe

Posted by: Mir on October 1st, 2014

Apple’s Irish tax deal may be state aid, says Europe

BRUSSELS: The European Commission (EC) has told Ireland it believes it gave illegal state aid to Apple. It has published a letter, originally sent to the country in June, accusing it of helping the computer giant through special tax arrangements. The EC is looking at whether some countries, including Luxembourg and the Netherlands, unfairly favour […]

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact

Posted by: Mir on October 1st, 2014

Afghanistan, US sign long-awaited security pact

KABUL: Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani. National security adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador James Cunningham signed the bilateral security agreement in […]

Netanyahu’s UN speech ‘blatant manipulation of facts’: PLO

JERUSALEM: The Palestine Liberation Organisation said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blatantly manipulated the facts when he compared Hamas with the Islamic State group in a UN speech on Monday. “Netanyahu’s speech at the UN was a blatant manipulation of facts and attempted at misleading the audience through a combination of hate language, slander and […]