• UN chief urges resumption of Israel, Palestine talks

    UN chief urges resumption of Israel, Palestine talks

    UNITED NATIONS: UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called on the Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiation table. Ban made the appeal Monday while meeting Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon here, Xinhua quoted the UN spokesperson’s office as saying. While stressing the vital importance of the Israelis and Palestinians returning to dialogue to […]

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  • Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter, gives tearful speech about falling ‘in love’ with Clinton and cyberbullying

    Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter, gives tearful speech about falling ‘in love’ with Clinton and cyberbullying

    PHILADELPHIA: Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton led to his impeachment, returned to public life on Monday, giving her first speech in 13 years and joining Twitter. In an emotional address at Forbes’ inaugural Under 30 summit in Philadelphia that recalled the 1998 sex scandal with Clinton, the 41-year-old […]

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  • Amnesty deplores abuses in Ukraine

    Amnesty deplores abuses in Ukraine

    DONETSK: Human rights group Amnesty International says there is evidence of atrocities committed by both warring sides in eastern Ukraine, but not on the scale reported by Russia. It said “strong evidence” implicated government forces in the killing of four men near rebel-held Donetsk. When the bodies were discovered Russian media spoke of “mass graves” […]

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Deepening Beijing-Kabul engagement lauded

Posted by: Khan on October 21st, 2014

Deepening Beijing-Kabul engagement lauded

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has cautioned the international community against attempts by external players to fill any ‘security vacuum’ in Afghanistan following the drawdown of US forces. While addressing the Pak-Afghan-China trilateral dialogue, Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz urged the international community to resist any external attempt to meddle in Afghanistan […]

Russian Artist Cuts Off His Ear

Posted by: Khan on October 21st, 2014

Russian Artist Cuts Off His Ear

MOSCOW: A Russian artist who nailed his private parts to the cobblestones of Red Square in the Russian capital of Moscow, sewed up his lips and then wrapped himself in barbed wire has now cut off part of his ear with a kitchen knife. Petr Pavlenskiy, 29, said his earlier self-mutilation stunts were “a metaphor […]

UN sanctions ‘to target high-profile Yemenis’

Posted by: Khan on October 21st, 2014

UN sanctions ‘to target high-profile Yemenis’

SANAA: There is a move to impose sanctions on ex-president Saleh, his son and three Houthi leaders, sources tell Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera has learned that the UN is preparing to impose sanctions on five high-profile Yemenis including the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. A UN panel of experts found that the individuals had been […]

Saudi Arabia steps up beheadings, some see political message

Posted by: Khan on October 21st, 2014

Saudi Arabia steps up beheadings, some see political message

RIYADH: Immediately after his sword falls, the Saudi Arabian executioner steps backwards to avoid soiling his clothes with the blood of the condemned man, whose headless body can be seen slumping over backwards in the shaky online film. After perfunctorily checking the white folds of his robe for flecks of red, the executioner wipes his […]

Turkey helping Kurdish fighters cross into Kobani

Posted by: Mir on October 21st, 2014

Turkey helping Kurdish fighters cross into Kobani

SURUC: In a significant shift, Turkey’s top diplomat announced on Monday that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support” to fellow Kurds defending the border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. The remarks by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a press conference in Ankara, followed the announcement […]

Australia lifts parliament ban on face coverings

Posted by: Mir on October 21st, 2014

Australia lifts parliament ban on face coverings

CANBERRA: The Australian government today reversed a decision which would have restricted access to parliament in Canberra for women wearing full-face Islamic veils. Earlier this month, parliament said anyone visiting the building with their face covered would have to sit in a separate area of the public gallery. The move was widely seen as being […]

Nazis who left US still paid social security

Posted by: Mir on October 21st, 2014

Nazis who left US still paid social security

WASHINGTON: The US government has paid dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in social security after forcing them to leave the US. The payments were paid through a legal loophole, an Associated Press investigation uncovered. The suspects were reportedly told by the US justice department they could keep benefits if they left […]

Indian boss gives workers cars, home deposits, jewellery for Diwali

SURAT: A generous boss in western India has given 1,200 of his workers new cars, deposits for flats and thousands of dollars’ worth of diamond jewellery as rewards for loyalty. The diamond merchant from the city of Surat presented the lavish gifts to the employees in a ceremony on Sunday before the major Hindu festival […]

Ukraine says agreed interim gas price with Russia

Posted by: Khan on October 20th, 2014

Ukraine says agreed interim gas price with Russia

KIEV: Ukraine’s and Russia’s leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday. Poroshenko met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Milan on Friday to discuss the conflict in Ukraine’s eastern regions, where pro-Russian separatists are […]

US: Doctor says no overtime; pregnant worker’s boss says no job

QUEENS: Angelica Valencia put the doctor’s note in her pocketbook and stepped out of her apartment in the early morning darkness. Then she started praying. She prayed on the crowded buses and on the subway train that carried her from Queens into the Bronx to the potato-packing plant where she worked. “Please let me keep […]