Tuesday, 27 Sep, 2022

International

Obama warns Turkish PM over stance on Israel, Iran: report

LONDON: President Barack Obama has warned the Turkish prime minister that Ankara`s position on Israel and Iran could lessen its chances of obtaining US weapons, a report said Monday.The Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wants to buy American drone aircraft to attack separatist Kurdish

Petraeus hedges bets on Afghan withdrawal

WASHINGTON: General David Petraeus has refused to be bound by a July 2011 deadline to begin withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan, reserving the right to seek a delay if conditions are not right.The Afghan war commander said President Barack Obama`s date for the start of a limited US

Progress in efforts to launch direct talks: Palestinians

RAMALLAH: The Palestinians have made further progress towards relaunching direct talks with Israel following a meeting with US officials, a Palestinian spokesman said Sunday."There has been progress up to this point," Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP late

Thailand ends emergency rule in three provinces, not Bangkok

BANGKOK: The Thai government said Monday it was lifting a state of emergency in three more provinces, but not Bangkok, almost three months after the end of deadly opposition protests in the capital.Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva revoked the decree in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Ubon

S.Korea, US launch massive joint war games

SEOUL: South Korea and the United States launched a new round of war games on Monday involving tens of thousands of troops, despite threats of retaliation from North Korea.The 10-day computerised military exercise is one of a series being staged by by the South -- either alone or jointly

N. Korea warns of `severest punishment` over war games

SEOUL: North Korea`s military threatened Sunday to launch the "severest punishment" against South Korea for staging massive joint war games with the United States this week.The North`s army and people will "deal a merciless counterblow" to the allies "as it had already resolved and

Tibetans protest China `propaganda` in Taiwan exhibition

TAIPEI: Dozens of Tibetans and their Taiwanese supporters protested against China Sunday, accusing Beijing of using an exhibition of "looted" Tibetan artifacts as political propaganda.More than 130 Tibetan cultural relics from monasteries and museums on loan from China have been on

Thousands of Australians protest climate change

SYDNEY: Australians protested against inaction on climate change on Sunday, converging on major cities to voice their discontent ahead of this week`s national polls.Thousands gathered in Sydney`s business district for the annual "Walk Against Warming" rally and similar events were held in

Nine killed in Iraq attacks: officials

BAGHDAD: A series of roadside bombs and shootings killed nine people, including two policemen and three worshippers, in and around Baghdad on Sunday, security officials said.Twenty people were also wounded in the violence, the latest in a surge of killings in August and as Muslims observe

Indigenous group calls general strike in Nepal

KATHMANDU: A group representing Nepal`s indigenous communities brought much of the country to a standstill on Sunday to protest against the parliament`s failure to draft a new national constitution.Shops and offices closed and most vehicles remained off the roads across Nepal, where

Protests in Kashmir on India`s independence day

SRINAGAR: Thousands of Muslims Sunday held protests against Indian rule in Kashmir after security forces shot dead six protesters in two days and beefed up security for India`s independence day. Indian Kashmir`s summer capital Srinagar and other parts of the Muslim-majority Kashmir

Summer breather in Greece ahead of new austerity push

ATHENS: On the heels of a debt crisis that pushed their country close to bankruptcy this year, Greeks are savouring a badly-needed summer breather ahead of a new austerity drive expected next month.Hundreds of thousands, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou included, have flocked to

Croatian river boat saved from oblivion by race

METKOVIC:  For centuries the Ladja boat was the only means of transport on Croatia`s Neretva river delta but in modern times it fell into disuse. Now an annual race has breathed new life into the vessel."We are so proud of it. If you look at it, you might think it`s an ugly little

India PM calls for end to Kashmir unrest, Maoist violence

NEW DELHI: India`s prime minister appealed on Sunday for an end to raging street protests in Kashmir and urged outlawed Maoist rebels elsewhere in the country to respond to his appeal for talks. Manmohan Singh`s appeal came a day after two more protesters died in clashes with security

India PM says Pakistan must act to move peace talks forward

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh marked India`s independence day Sunday with a warning to Pakistan that a recent resumption of dialogue would go nowhere unless Islamabad cracks down on militancy.   "As far as Pakistan is concerned, we expect from them that they would not let

Fear and voting in Sydney`s sprawling west

SYDNEY:  When he was just one year old, Tony`s young parents packed up their scant belongings and moved from Sydney`s world-famous beaches to build their own home on the city`s then-wild outskirts.It was the 1980s and his teenage parents, fresh out of senior school and wildly in love,

6.6 magnitude quake strikes off Mariana Islands: USGS

SAIPAN:  An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 hit the Mariana Islands region Sunday, continuing a series of strong aftershocks 24 hours after a 7.2 tremor, US geologists said.There have been 10 quakes of magnitude 5.0 or stronger since the powerful quake on Saturday morning but all were

UN chief to tour Pakistan floods

ISLAMABAD: UN chief Ban Ki-moon was Sunday to visit flood-ravaged Pakistan and discuss relief efforts for the 20 million people affected by the worst floods in the country`s history. Ban was expected to "see for himself the flood-affected areas (and) demonstrate the support of the UN and

Indian PM pushes Pakistan to crack down on militants

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh marked India`s independence day Sunday with a warning to Pakistan that a recent resumption of dialogue would go nowhere unless Islamabad cracks down on militancy. In a wide-ranging speech that addressed domestic issues of high inflation and

Myanmar`s military dons civilian mask before vote

BANGKOK: Two decades after the Myanmar opposition`s stolen poll victory, the junta is again gearing up for elections, but experts say years of planning mean the cards this time are stacked in its favour.The vote is widely seen as a way for the military to put a civilian face on its