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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

Pakistan protest against film turns violent

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet clashed with police in the Pakistani capital Thursday, the most violent show of anger in a day that saw smaller demonstrations in Indonesia, Iran and Afghanistan. The vulgar depiction of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in an American-made movie has angered Muslims across the world, with many taking to the streets to rally against the film. In recent days, the decision by a French satirical magazine to release cartoons crudely depicting the prophet has added to the tension. In Pakistan, a crowd of mo...
Published On: 2012-09-20

Iranians protest prophet cartoons in French weekly

TEHRAN: Dozens of Iranian students and clerics have gathered outside the French embassy in Tehran to protest the publication of caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad by a French satirical weekly. Protesters chanted "Death to France" and "Down with the U.S." and burned the flags of both nations Thursday. It followed a week of protests and riots by Muslims in many countries who were angered by an anti-Islam film produced in the United States. The deaths of at least 30 people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, were linked to violence surrounding the video. The publi...
Published On: 2012-09-20

Catholic officials voice concern over Israel attacks

JERUSALEM: After a series of attacks by vandals on Christian holy sites in Israel, normally tight-lipped Roman Catholic officials are beginning to speak out, publicly appealing to authorities to take a stronger stand against the violence. The Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, one of the church's top officials in the Holy Land, said he is worried about relations between Jews and Christians in the Holy Land. He believes the blame can go all around. "I think the main atmosphere is ignorance," Pizzaballa told The Associated Press in an interview. Because the local Christian population is ...
Published On: 2012-09-20

In protests‚ Mao holds subtle messages for Beijing

BEIJING: Revolutionary leader Mao Zedong was the rallying icon of nationalism in the latest round of anti-Japanese protests in China. But he also provided a safe cover for criticism. Some protesters say the portraits of Mao they carried were intended to contrast with today's China. They say the government appears "spineless" in its dispute with Japan over some islands in East China Sea. A recent purchase by Tokyo of the islands has stirred up anti-Japanese sentiments among Chinese and set off protests across the country. Beneath the scenes of the protests ran an undercurrent of gr...
Published On: 2012-09-20