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U.N. members divided over response to Mali crisis

UNITED NATIONS: U.N. members appeared deeply divided on Wednesday as they sought to resolve the crisis in Mali, with France and some of Mali's neighbours backing possible military intervention, while the United States said the West African nation must first have an elected government. A special U.N. session on Mali, held on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly, was intended to devise a plan for a nation that descended into chaos in March after a military coup toppled the president, leaving a power vacuum that enabled local Tuareg rebels to seize nearly two-thirds of the country. Isla...
Published On: 2012-09-27

Earthquake rocks island in Alaska's Aleutian chain

ANCHORAGE: A powerful earthquake rocked one of the few inhabited islands in Alaska's Aleutian chain on Wednesday, but no damage has been found, federal and local officials said. The magnitude 6.9 quake, centered 80 miles (129 km) southwest of Adak, struck at 3:40 p.m. local time (2340 GMT), the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said. No tsunami warning was issued, but scientists will monitor the area for any possible earthquake-related waves, center Director Paul Whitmore said. In Adak, a community of about 330, "We definitely felt it," City Manager Layton Lockett said. ...
Published On: 2012-09-27

Libya's congress gives new PM ultimatum to name govt

TRIPOLI: Libya's ruling congress on Wednesday said it threatened to dismiss the new prime minister if he fails to name his new Cabinet by October 8. A spokesman for the congress told reporters the ultimatum was given after Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abushagur asked to extend the period in which he can form a government by 10 days. Abushagur, elected by the congress on September 12, was due to present his government list to the national assembly for approval by September 28. "If he fails to submit his proposed Cabinet by the deadline, we would consider his position as resigned, and th...
Published On: 2012-09-27

Ahmadinejad denounces 'uncivilized Zionists‚' urges new order

UNITED NATIONS: Iran's president said on Wednesday his country was under constant threat of military action from "uncivilized Zionists" and called for a new world order not dominated by Western powers in the service of "the devil." In his eighth and likely final address to the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad painted a gloomy picture of a world driven by greed rather than morality. "The current abysmal situation of the world and the bitter incidents of history are due mainly to the wrong management of the world and the se...
Published On: 2012-09-27

Heart of Assad power bombed

DAMASCUS: Two suicide car bombers struck Syria’s army command headquarters today, killing four guards and engulfing a key symbol of President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime in flames, state-run media and witnesses said. The twin blasts were followed by several hours of gun battles between rebel fighters and regime forces in downtown Damascus. A reporter for an Iranian TV channel also was killed by gunfire near the clashes, and a correspondent for another Iranian station was wounded. Syria’s unrest began in March 2011 when protests calling for political change met a violent...
Published On: 2012-09-26

Bus-fall claims 17

NEW DELHI: Police said 17 people died when the bus they were travelling in plunged into a river in western India. The bus was crossing the Purna river in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra state on Wednesday morning when the accident took place. Head Constable Surendra Mahaske said that at least 10 were injured in the accident. Ship crash kills eight JAKARTA: A passenger ferry collided with a ship believed to be carrying liquefied natural gas and sank west of Indonesia’s main island early on Wednesday morning, killing at least eight people, officials said. More than 210 passengers an...
Published On: 2012-09-26

Clashes erupt in Greece

ATHENS: Greek police clashed with hooded rioters hurling petrol bombs as tens of thousands took to the streets of Athens today in Greece’s biggest anti-austerity protest in more than a year. Violence erupted after nearly 70,000 people marched to parliament chanting “We won’t submit to the troika (of lenders)” and “EU, IMF Out!” on the day of a general strike against a new round of cuts demanded by foreign lenders. As the rally ended, dozens of black-clad youths threw stones, petrol bombs and bottles at riot police, who responded with several rounds of tear...
Published On: 2012-09-26

China‚ Japan isles talks to continue

BEIJING/TOKYO: China claimed islands at the core of a row with Japan as its “sacred territory” in talks between the two countries’ foreign ministers, Chinese state media said today, as neither side showed any sign of backing down in a long-festering feud. Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba urged China to exercise restraint over the dispute during what he called a tense hourlong meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported. The spat has triggered violent anti-Japanese protests in China and hurt trade ties betw...
Published On: 2012-09-26

Kremlin critic faces five-yr jail

MOSCOW: Billionaire Kremlin critic Alexander Lebedev was charged on Wednesday with “hooliganism” over a televised punch-up and faces up to five years in jail in a case which he says is a vendetta by President Vladimir Putin. The 52-year-old backer of British newspapers The Independent and London’s Evening Standard, whose net worth was put at $1.1 billion by Forbes magazine in March, was also ordered by Russia’s Investigative Committee not to leave the country. Lebedev, who also owns a Russian bank and a campaigning Russian newspaper, says he is being punished for cri...
Published On: 2012-09-26

Pakistan Taliban: 'Amnesty' for bounty minister

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban announced Wednesday that they were giving a Cabinet minister an "amnesty," taking him off their hit list, because he offered a $100,000 bounty for the killing of an anti-Islam filmmaker. Separately, a breakaway faction of the Afghan Taliban announced its own bounty for those behind "Innocence of Muslims," the film that has sparked deadly protests across the Islamic world. The group is offering almost $500,000 in gold. Muslims have been angered by the crude, amateurish film's portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a c...
Published On: 2012-09-26