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Koreas ready for fence-mending negotiations

SEOUL: North and South Korea announced today they were planning to hold talks for the first time since February 2011, signalling attempts to repair ties that have been ruptured for months. For months earlier this year, North Korea unleashed an almost daily stream of threats against the South and its ally, the United States, vowing to attack them with nuclear weapons. Tension on the Korean peninsula was at the highest in decades, but has waned since joint US-South Korean military drills ended in late April. North Korea’s state-owned KCNA news agency issued a statement today proposing ta...
Published On: 2013-06-06

Iraq blasts kill five

BAGHDAD: Three bombings in Baghdad, including a car bomb in a market, killed five people on Thursday, the latest in a surge in Iraq violence that has sparked fears of a revival of all-out sectarian war. Twin roadside bombs in southwest Baghdad killed three people, while a car bomb in a market in the capital’s southeast killed two others, security and medical officials said. Moscow attack plot MOSCOW: Russian police detained the alleged head of a disbanded Islamist cell that had planned a series of attacks in Moscow, Russia’s counterterrorism agency said on Thursday. Yulay Davla...
Published On: 2013-06-06

US soldier pleads guilty to slaying 16 Afghans

TACOMA: A US Army sergeant who killed 16 Afghan civilians in cold blood last year has pleaded guilty to premeditated murder and other charges under a deal with military prosecutors that spares him from the death penalty. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, admitted to leaving his Army post in the Afghan province of Kandahar last March to gun down and set fire to unarmed villagers, mostly women and children, in attacks on their family compounds. “As far as why, I’ve asked that question a million times since then,” Ba...
Published On: 2013-06-06

Suu Kyi says she wants to run for president

NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi today declared her intention to run for president, calling for all of the country’s people to share the fruits of its dramatic reforms. Addressing the World Economic Forum on East Asia in the capital Naypyidaw, the Nobel Peace laureate appealed for the amendment of the military-drafted constitution which prevents her from leading the country. “I want to run for president and I’m quite frank about it,” the veteran democracy activist told delegates, as she sets her sights on elections due to be held in 2015. “If ...
Published On: 2013-06-06

Gallows for five

DHAKA: Five people have been sentenced to death and three others handed down life term by a Bangladesh court for murdering a Hindu leader 13 years ago. District and sessions Judge of Bagerhat S M Solaiman handed down the sentences in absentia on Wednesday as seven of the convicts were still on the run, court officials said on Thursday. Nine people were acquitted in the case. Kalidas Baral, who was a lawyer by profession, was shot dead on August 20, 2000. Gunfire kills woman KARACHI: A Pakistani woman died on Thursday after being hit by stray bullets fired by supporters celebrating the appoi...
Published On: 2013-06-06

From factory to five-star hotel for B'desh survivor

DHAKA: A teenage seamstress who survived 17 days trapped under the rubble of a collapsed Bangladesh garment factory walked smiling out of a military hospital today and into a new job in a five-star hotel. “I never dreamed I would return again, I am grateful to everyone,” said 19-year-old Reshma Begum, wearing a bright green scarf and flanked by soldiers in fatigues at an event at the hospital where she was recovering from her ordeal. “I could not imagine, from where I was, to where I am now.” Like many other traumatised survivors, Begum vowed never to return to work ...
Published On: 2013-06-06

Three held over tourist gang-rape

SHIMLA: Indian police arrested three truckers, all from Nepal, today over the gang-rape of a US tourist who was attacked after she hitched a ride late at night, officers said. The 30-year-old American accepted a lift in a truck on Monday night in Manali, a tourist destination in the foothills of the Himalayas, after struggling to find a taxi to return to her hotel. The latest assault comes as India faces intense scrutiny over its efforts to curb violence against women, following the fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi last December which sparked violent protests. “Three ...
Published On: 2013-06-06

US defends collecting phone records of millions of Americans

WASHINGTON: The Obama administration on Thursday acknowledged that it is collecting a massive amount of telephone records from at least one carrier, reopening the debate over privacy even as it defended the practice as necessary to protect Americans against attack. The admission comes after the Guardian newspaper published a secret court order related to the records of millions of Verizon Communications customers on its website on Wednesday. A senior administration official did not specifically confirm the report, but noted the published court order pertains only to data such as a telephon...
Published On: 2013-06-06

Al Qaeda leader Zawahri urges Syrians to unite against Assad‚ U. ...

ABU DHABI: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged Syrians to unite to bring down President Bashar al-Assad and thwart what he said were U.S. plans to set up a client state in Syria to safeguard Israel's security. In a 22-minute recording, posted on Islamist websites on Thursday to mark 65 years since Israel's founding, Zawahri also said the only way to solve the Palestinian problem was through Jihad (Islamic holy war). "Lions of the Levant, unite around this honourable goal and rise above sectarian affiliations," Zawahri said. "America, its agents and allies want you to shed ...
Published On: 2013-06-06

Libya marks rise and fall of Rice

UNITED NATIONS: Libya brought Susan Rice her biggest success and, ultimately, caused her greatest professional disappointment. Rice, who was appointed national security adviser Wednesday by President Barack Obama, has been a bold and blunt U.S. ambassador at the United Nations, successfully pushing for tougher sanctions against Iran and North Korea and for international intervention in Libya. But her accomplishments were overshadowed by her role in the administration's bungled account of the terrorist attack in Libya that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. Rice became the...
Published On: 2013-06-06