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Thailand extends state of emergency

BANGKOK:  Thailand on Tuesday extended by three months a state of emergency across about one quarter of the country, including Bangkok, due to lingering fears of unrest following deadly protests.The move comes despite warnings from human rights campaigners that the authorities` use of

Sri Lanka dismisses EU withdrawal of trade concessions

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Tuesday shrugged off a European Union decision to withdraw tariff concessions over the island`s failure to guarantee an improvement in its human rights record.Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said Colombo had already arranged relief to export businesses that would

Afghanistan calls on Pakistan to act against terror groups

KABUL: Afghanistan`s national security adviser has called on the Pakistani government to "take serious measures" against Islamist groups launching attacks on Afghan targets from secure havens inside Pakistan.Rangin Dadfar Spanta said Afghanistan had "tremendous evidence" that Pakistani

16 killed in Mogadishu clashes

MOGADISHU: At least 16 people were killed in fighting between rival factions in Mogadishu as chaos engulfed the Somali capital and spurred the war-torn country`s neighbours into action, officials said Tuesday.Most of the latest victims were combatants killed in several incidents on

New death in restive Indian Kashmir: police

SRINAGAR: A young man was killed Tuesday when security forces opened fire at stone-throwing protesters in Indian Kashmir, police said, the latest in a series of deaths that have stoked public anger.Indian police and paramilitary forces struggling to control protests in the Muslim-majority

Eleven dead in Romania military plane crash: official

BUCHAREST - An ageing Romanian military aircraft carrying paratroopers on a training mission crashed minutes after take-off, killing 11 people and injuring another three, local authorities said. Three paratroops managed to jump to safety from the ageing Soviet-designed biplane before

Air France plans to shed 4,100 jobs: union

PARIS - Air France will cut its workforce by some 4,100 people by March 2013 through voluntary departures, union sources said on Monday.Jose Rocamorra, of the CGT union, said there was no plan for lay-offs but over the next three years the airline, Europe`s biggest with partner KLM, will

Power outage plunges Toronto, visiting Queen, into darkness

OTTAWA - An explosion at a Toronto power facility on Monday plunged Canada`s largest metropolis into darkness, and disrupted a state dinner for Queen Elizabeth II, local media reported.BDST: 08.29 HRS, July 6, 2010

Australia ends freeze on Sri Lankan asylum claims

SYDNEY - Australia`s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard Tuesday ended a three-month freeze on processing Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, and said a bar on Afghan claims was under review."The government has decided to lift immediately the suspension on processing claims of Sri Lankans," Gillard

Israel has more to lose in case of Turkey break: analysts

JERUSALEM - Israel would be the big loser in case of a break in relations with former strategic ally Turkey because of its refusal to apologise to Ankara for a deadly naval raid, analysts warn. "In this tug of war, Israel has more to lose than Turkey," said Ofra Bengio, an Israeli

China`s Uighurs face web blocks one year after riots

URUMQI - For Ruzmammat, the Internet is a crucial way of keeping in touch with his Uighur friends in China`s Xinjiang region -- a lifeline that was denied to him for 10 months following deadly ethnic riots. Authorities cut off the web in Xinjiang in the aftermath of violence that erupted

Celebrations as Dalai Lama turns 75

DHARAMSHALA - The Dalai Lama marks his 75th birthday on Tuesday, with thousands set to celebrate the occasion in his hometown-in-exile and events planned across the globe from Europe to Australia. The Nobel laureate will address a crowd of 5,000 fans and followers at his temple in McLeod

Ahmadinejad to meet Muslim leaders at D8 after new sanctions

ABUJA - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to meet fellow Muslim leaders at a summit in Nigeria on Thursday after Western nations recently piled fresh sanctions on his country over its nuclear programme. Turkish President Abdullah Gul will also attend the Developing Eight (D8)

Iran discovers two new gas fields: minister

TEHRAN - Iran, OPEC`s second largest oil exporter, has discovered two new natural gas fields, Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi announced on Monday.The combined gas reserves of the two fields amount to around 800 billion cubic metres (28 trillion cubic feet), he told reporters."Forouz gas

Liberals hold the reins after Polish victory

WARSAW - Poland`s liberals held all the reins of power Monday after their candidate Bronislaw Komorowski foiled conservative Jaroslaw Kaczynski`s audacious bid to replace his late twin in a presidential election.Komorowski`s victory means the Civic Platform controls both the government

Britain, Germany, UAE aiports `refuse fuel to Iran jets`

TEHRAN - Airports in Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates have refused to offer fuel to Iranian passenger jets flying through their airspace, Iranian media reported on Monday.The action was the result of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran over its

Israel`s Defence Minister holds talks with Palestinian PM

JERUSALEM - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak was on Monday holding a face-to-face meeting with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad at a hotel in Jerusalem, officials on both sides said.The two were meeting at the King David hotel on the eve of talks between Israeli Prime Minister

Vietnam breaks ground on 1.2-billion-dollar coal power plant

HANOI - Vietnam has broken ground on a 1.2 billion dollar coal-fired power plant, state media reported Monday, as the fast-growing economy seeks to stem power shortages.The Nghi Son 1 project, to be fully operational by 2014, will have a capacity of 600 megawatts, the Vietnam News

Turkish airspace closed to Israeli military flights: Turkish minister

ANKARA - Turkish airspace closed to Israeli military flights: Turkish ministerBDST: 12:27 HRS, July 5, 2010

New Australia PM casts doubt on `Asia-Pacific community`

SYDNEY: Australia`s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard has cast serious doubt over a new 18-nation Asian forum proposed by her sacked predecessor, a report said on Monday.Gillard told the Sydney Morning Herald that former leader Kevin Rudd`s Asia-Pacific community, a hallmark of his plans