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3 killed in prophet protests in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Protests by tens of thousands of Pakistanis infuriated by an anti-Islam film descended into deadly violence on Friday, with police firing tear gas and live ammunition in an attempt to subdue rioters who hurled rocks and set fire to buildings in some cities. Three people were killed and dozens injured on a holiday declared by Pakistan's government so people could rally against the video. Thousands of Muslims protested in at least half a dozen other countries, some burning American flags and effigies of President Barack Obama. In the Pakistani city of Peshawar, police fired on rioter...
Published On: 2012-09-21

Syrian Prez confident of defeating rebels

BEIRUT: Syria's President Bashar Assad is adamant his regime will not fall and predicts the defeat of the armed opposition that has been fighting his troops. Assad says the rebels "will not succeed" and that a foreign military intervention such as the one that helped topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will "not be repeated" in Syria. The comments were published Friday in Egypt's Al-Ahram Al-Arabi weekly. The interview with Assad came a day after regime airstrikes hit a gas station in northern Syria, setting off a fiery explosion that killed at least 30 people and wound...
Published On: 2012-09-21

Trash-to-energy plan worries New Delhi ragpickers

NEW DELHI: Leaning on a battered set of scales while flies swarmed his piles of trash, Akbar said he wasn't demanding much: "All I want is continued access to waste." Akbar is one of an estimated quarter-million people in New Delhi who make their living in the informal world of garbage. While ragpickers go door-to-door collecting and sorting waste, Akbar, a 29-year-old who uses only one name, is a middleman who buys the most valuable trash and resells it to recyclers. Those whose survival depends on this gray market fear their lives are about to be upended. Where they see money in ...
Published On: 2012-09-21

US to reinstate New Zealand military ship visits

AUCKLAND: After a 25-year ban, America will begin allowing Royal New Zealand Navy ships to visit U.S. military and Coast Guard facilities around the world, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday. He said a policy change will allow the defense secretary to authorize individual visits. He said the U.S. also was removing restrictions to make it easier for the two militaries to engage in exercises and for leaders to hold security discussions as the U.S. refocuses attention on the Asia-Pacific region. "While we acknowledge that our countries continue to have differences of opinion i...
Published On: 2012-09-21

Highest civilian honour for Suu Kyi in America

WASHINGTON: US lawmakers presented Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi with Congress’ highest civilian honour in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda, prompting Suu Kyi to declare it ‘one of the most moving days of my life’. She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008 while under a 15-year house arrest for her peaceful struggle against military rule. Her long-awaited visit to America finally provided an opportunity for her to receive the honour in person in Congress’ most majestic setting, beneath the dome of the Capitol and ringed by marble statues of form...
Published On: 2012-09-20

Burns visits Libya

TRIPOLI: US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns arrived in Tripoli on Thursday, a week after a deadly attack on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Burns flew into the Libyan capital where he was due to meet new Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagour and Mohammed Magarief, head of the national congress, Libyan government officials said. He was also scheduled to attend a ceremony commemorating US ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, who died in last week's consulate attack in Benghazi, they said. Stevens and three other Americans died when gunmen attacked the US consula...
Published On: 2012-09-20

Allies use power of purse in bid to isolate regime of Syrian prez

SCHEVENINGEN: A coalition including the United States, the European Union and the Arab League met today to plot new ways of isolating the regime of Syria’s President Bashar Assad, as a Syrian opposition leader warned that sanctions alone won’t bring the regime down. The group called ‘Friends of the Syrian People’ was set up in February after the UN Security Council was unable to reach agreement on a resolution condemning Syria’s government, due to opposition from Russia and China. Today, financial experts joined representatives of the group at their meeting in T...
Published On: 2012-09-20

Chopper clips tail of passenger jet

BEIRUT: A Syrian military helicopter clipped the tail of a Syrian passenger jet with 200 people aboard in mid-air on Thursday, but the aircraft landed safely and no one aboard was hurt, Syria’s state TV said. The helicopter crashed near the capital of Damascus, though it was not clear if there were any casualties in that crash or what had led the two aircraft to touch in mid-air. In today’s incident, the helicopter’s rotor clipped the tail of a Syrian Arab Airlines jet, the state TV said. The passenger plane ‘landed safely at the airport and none of the 200 passengers w...
Published On: 2012-09-20

US warns against travel to Pak

WASHINGTON: The State Department is warning Americans to avoid non-essential travel to Pakistan as protests over an anti-Islam video made in the US grow and turn violent. The department issued an alert today. It’s stepping up existing advice for Americans to be aware of the risks of travel to Pakistan. It says protests and demonstrations, some targeting US interests, are likely to continue. The warning comes as hundreds of Pakistanis angry at the film clash with police in the capital, Islamabad. A crowd of more than 1,000 people tried to make their way to the US Embassy inside a guarde...
Published On: 2012-09-20

Unaware of pregnancy‚ UK soldier has baby

LONDON: A British soldier who did not realise she was pregnant has given birth to a baby boy at the Camp Bastion field hospital in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence in London said mother and baby were in stable condition and a specialist ‘Paediatric Retrieval Team’ would fly out from Britain to care for them during the long flight home. “It is not military policy to allow servicewomen to deploy on operations if they are pregnant. In this instance, the MOD was unaware of her pregnancy,” the ministry said. The Daily Mail newspaper, which first reported on the birth, ...
Published On: 2012-09-20