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North Korea party to meet before rocket launch

SEOUL: North Korea said Monday its ruling party would hold a special conference on April 11, cementing the power of its young leader just before a major anniversary and the planned launch of a long-range rocket. The meeting is expected to wrap up the power transfer to Kim Jong-Un before the 100th anniversary on April 15 of the birth of founding president Kim Il-Sung -- the present leader's grandfather. The rocket launch, purportedly to put a satellite into orbit, is set for sometime between April 12-16 to commemorate the anniversary. The United States, South Korea and many other nations see...
Published On: 2012-04-02

Thousands gather at Miami rally for Trayvon Martin

MIAMI: Political leaders, sport stars and entertainers were among several thousand people who gathered Sunday at a Miami rally to call for an arrest in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer. The rally in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's hometown was one of the largest yet and drew basketball stars Alonzo Mourning and Isaiah Thomas, singers Chaka Khan and Betty Wright, politicians and civil rights leaders. Martin's father, speaking briefly, promised the crowd he would not stop fighting "for my Trayvon and for your Trayvon." "Each and e...
Published On: 2012-04-02

Cruise ship in Malaysia after blaze

SANDAKAN: A stricken luxury cruise ship with over a thousand people on board arrived at a Malaysian port in Borneo island late on Sunday after spending more than a day in waters prowled by pirates. Escorted by two Malaysian patrol vessels, the brightly lit Azamara Quest made its way into Sandakan port in Malaysia’s Sabah state after 1230 GMT with passengers seen standing on the decks, witnesses said. The 11-deck cruise ship, carrying 600 passengers, who are mostly westerners, and 411 crew, suffered an engine-room fire on Friday that disabled the engines and left the liner temporarily s...
Published On: 2012-04-01

Car bombs kill 14 in southern Thailand

YALA: A series of car bombs killed 14 people and injured more than 500 in the deadliest attacks to hit the insurgency-torn far south of Thailand in recent years, officials said today. In an apparent escalation of their tactics, suspected militants yesterday attacked a hotel in Hat Yai, the largest city in southern Thailand and a popular destination for tourists from neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore. A car bomb in the basement triggered a fire which spread to a shopping mall within the Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel and killed three people, including a Malaysian tourist, according to the police. ...
Published On: 2012-04-01

Ultras attack Yemen troops

ADEN: Militants killed seven Yemeni soldiers in an attack on their outpost in southern Yemen early today, the defence ministry said, a day after at least 20 troops were killed in a similar raid by Islamist fighters linked to Al-Qaeda. The Yemeni defence minister was due to brief parliament today on a series of attacks that have killed nearly 200 Yemeni soldiers since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February under a Gulf Arab deal with US backing. Officials have blamed an Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group that controls swathes of territory in southern Yemen for the attacks. The ...
Published On: 2012-04-01

34 killed in Syria: Monitors

BERUIT: Violence in Syria killed at least 34 people today, among them 15 members of the security forces who died in firefights across the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The violence came a day after the regime of President Bashar al-Assad declared that those seeking its ouster had been defeated and that it was now focused on stabilising the security situation nationwide. The latest deaths come as dozens of representatives from Western and Arab countries met in Istanbul for talks aimed at pressuring Damascus to implement a peace plan by UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Ann...
Published On: 2012-04-01

ASEAN to discuss NKorea rocket launch

PHNOM PENH: Southeast Asian nations will discuss North Korea’s planned rocket launch at a summit this week, ASEAN chief Surin Pitsuwan said today, after the Philippines lodged diplomatic protests over the matter. “The foreign ministers are taking up that issue tomorrow and the day after tomorrow,” he told reporters in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, where officials are preparing for a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “I think we are all very concerned that any instability in the peninsula will lead to further possibility potential for an...
Published On: 2012-04-01

Mali rebels seize key north town

BAMAKO: Tuareg and Islamist fighters tightened their grip on northern Mali following the country’s coup, seizing control of a key city today and encircling the historic desert town of Timbuktu. “The two military camps of Gao have fallen into the hands of the different rebel groups,” an aide to the regional governor told AFP by telephone, referring to the city that served as army headquarters for the entire northern region. “Gao is in their hands,” the aide said. Tuareg rebels confirmed they had taken control of Gao and said they had encircled Timbuktu, the last...
Published On: 2012-04-01

South Sudan accuses North of attacks along disputed border

ADDIS ABABA: South Sudan accused Sudan today of launching fresh attacks along their disputed border, stalling peace talks in Addis Ababa, a senior South Sudanese official said. “We are here ... to attempt to make peace; the Government of Sudan is waging war on South Sudan,” Juba’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum told journalists. “The government of Sudan is bombing us as we speak,” said Amum, who reported fresh battles in the towns of Manga and Panakuach in Unity State, where fighting broke out last Monday. He said talks were stalled after the North accused the S...
Published On: 2012-04-01

675 Russian fishermen rescued

MOSCOW: Russia’s emergency services rescued 675 fishermen on Sunday from an ice floe that was drifting out to sea in the far east of the country. None of the rescued ice fishermen required medical treatment, the emergency services on Sakhalin Island said. About half of the 675 fishermen were picked up by helicopters and the others by boat. The emergency services said it received a report at midday the floe was drifting into the Sea of Okhotsk with fishermen on it. ...
Published On: 2012-04-01