• EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

    EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia but narrows scope

    The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behavior in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector. The sanctions on access to capital markets, arms and hi-tech goods are also likely to apply only to FUTURE CONTRACTS, leaving […]

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Bollywood Hamlet set in Kashmir likely to cause controversy in India

Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider, which will be released in the autumn, includes graphic scenes of torture in Indian ARMY camps Ophelia is a young journalist, Polonius a sinister policeman and Laertes works for a multinational. The climactic duel is a firefight in a snowy graveyard, and the famous “play within a play” features rows of synchronised […]

Obama calls Afghan candidates as vote recount drags on

Posted by: Latief on July 26th, 2014

Obama calls Afghan candidates as vote recount drags on

President Barack Obama on Friday called Afghanistan’s presidential candidates who are fighting over who won a June 14 election and urged them to maintain national unity during a vote recount and transition, the White House said. Preliminary results from the runoff election put Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official, well ahead. But his rival, […]

Iraq’s top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki: step aside

Iraq’s most influential Shi’ite cleric urged political leaders on Friday to refrain from clinging to their posts – an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside. Speaking through an aide who delivered a sermon after Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani […]

Tragedy of Kashmir Freedom Struggle  ! ‘TRUTH FEARS NO QUESTIONS’ by Hashim Qureshi

On 22 October 1947 tribesmen launched attack on Kashmir. Indian forces entered Kashmir on 27 October to resist them. Ever since Kashmir become a region of tragedies. In the meanwhile, people continued their struggle against foreign forces and their local supporters. The struggle consumed lives of thousands of Kashmiris. Two contesting countries fought many wars […]

Iraq parliament elects senior Kurdish politician president

Posted by: Latief on July 25th, 2014

Iraq parliament elects senior Kurdish politician president

Iraq’s parliament elected senior Kurdish lawmaker Fouad Masoum as president on Thursday, a long-awaited step in creating a new government capable of countering a Sunni Muslim insurgency. Iraq’s politicians have been in deadlock over forming a new government since an election in April. The NEXT step, choosing a prime minister, may prove far more difficult. […]

At least 15 dead in Israeli shelling of Gaza school: Health Ministry

Israeli forces shelled a U.N.-run school sheltering Palestinians in the northern Gaza strip, the Gaza health MINISTRY said on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and raising the conflict’s death toll to nearly 750. Israel Radio said, without citing a source, that most of those killed at the United Nations school were children. The Israeli […]

Ukrainian prime minister quits, parties force new election

Posted by: Latief on July 25th, 2014

Ukrainian prime minister quits, parties force new election

Ukraine’s prime minister tendered his resignation on Thursday, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over an increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase ARMY financing. Earlier on Thursday, two parties quit the government coalition, forcing new elections to a parliament whose MAKE-UP has not changed since before the toppling of pro-Russian […]

Missing Air Algerie plane from Burkina Faso has crashed: Algerian official

An Air Algerie FLIGHT crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said. There were few clear indications of what might have happened to the aircraft, or whether there were casualties, but Burkina Faso Transport MINISTER Jean Bertin Ouedrago said it asked […]

Google Under Fire From Regulators On EU Privacy Ruling

Posted by: Latief on July 25th, 2014

Google Under Fire From Regulators On EU Privacy Ruling

Brussels: Google’s handling of “right to be forgotten” requests from European citizens came under fire by regulators after the search engine firm restricted the removal of Internet links to European sites only, a person familiar with the matter said. The European Union’s top court in May ruled that people have a right to request that […]

Russian Court Jails Vladimir Putin Foes on Charges of Inciting Mass Riots

Moscow: A Russian court sentenced two protest leaders to 4.5 years each in jail on Thursday on charges of inciting mass riots against President Vladimir Putin, in a case the opposition sees as part of a clampdown on his foes while all eyes are on Ukraine. Sergei Udaltsov, who shouted ‘Freedom!” as he was led […]