|10 killed, 14 injured in Taliban-coordinated attack in Kabul
5/25/2013 2:35:00 PM
Beijing, May 25 (Xinhua-ANI): Ten people, including six attackers, were killed and 14 others wounded in Taliban coordinated attack on a UN-affiliated organization on Friday evening, authorities said Saturday.
The Kabul police investigation indicates four people including one policeman, two security guards and a six-year-old child were killed and 14 others including five foreign nationals wounded in the complex suicide bombing in Kabul on Friday, the Kabul police said in a statement issued
|Legacy of cruelty by Islamists should end: Bangladesh educationist
5/24/2013 7:24:00 PM
Dhaka, May 24 (ANI): Bangladesh educationist Azad Chowdhury called for the banning of the country's biggest Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and blamed the organisation for misusing Islam and committing the wartime atrocities during the 1971 liberation war.
In an interview, Chowdhury blamed the Jamaat for butchering intellectuals in huge numbers.
Jamaat is an organized party, they had a legacy of this sort of cruelty which they have shown in recent times and months. These are
|Suicide blast leaves 4 killed, several injured in NW Pakistan
5/24/2013 4:28:00 PM
Beijing, May 24 (Xinhua-ANI): At least four people were killed and several others injured when a suicide bomber hit a mosque in Pakistan's northwest Peshawar city Friday afternoon, local media reported.
Urdu TV channel Dunya said that the blast happened at about 2: 00 p.m. (local time) when an unknown suicide bomber blew himself up at the main gate of the mosque located in a seminary in Hafiz Abad area of Peshawar, capital of the country's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
|Afghanistan's neighbours trying to split country: Karzai
5/24/2013 4:28:00 PM
Kabul, May 24 (ANI): In a meeting with Afghan Interior Ministry officials, President Hamid Karzai has reportedly warned that neighbouring countries are trying to split the country.
He claimed that these countries have taken undue advantage of the situation in Afghanistan, and added that they always did things to meet their own goals.
Some countries don't want Afghanistan to have a proper system; many don't want Afghanistan to have a government and are trying to divide us into
|Emergency landing forces closure of Heathrow, passengers safely evacuated
5/24/2013 3:59:00 PM
Beijing, May 24 (Xinhua-ANI): London's Heathrow airport closed both of its runways on Friday morning after an emergency landing, SkyTV reported, saying all passengers and crew have been safely evacuated.
British Airways flight BA 762, heading for Oslo from Heathrow, was forced to turn back and land in London due to a technical fault at about 9:00 a.m. (GMT 0800), the airline said in a statement.
The Airbus A319 plane, carrying 75 passengers, had landed safely at Heathrow, it said.
|NATO driver killed in Khyber Agency
5/24/2013 3:59:00 PM
Islamabad, May 24 (ANI): One driver and his helper were killed, while another was injured, when gunmen opened fire on a convoy of NATO containers in a Khyber Agency.
The attack took place in tehsil Jamrud of Khyber Agency, reports The News.
Armed men opened fire from the mountains on the convoy, carrying NATO military vehicles after it entered Pakistan from Afghanistan.
A police source said two vehicles in the convoy were also damaged in the attack.
|Pak releases 45 Indian fishermen as goodwill gesture
5/24/2013 3:59:00 PM
Karachi, May 24 (ANI): Pakistan has freed 45 Indian fishermen on humanitarian grounds as a goodwill gesture, officials have said.
Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso decided last week to release the Indian fishermen who have already served their sentences, reports The News.
The authorities released a group of 45 prisoners from Karachi, Malir prison who later boarded a bus that will take them to the eastern city of Lahore where they will be handed over to Indian authorities
|Japanese man becomes oldest person to climb Everest at 80
5/24/2013 10:04:00 AM
London, May 24 (ANI): A former extreme skier became the oldest person to climb Mount Everest on Thursday at the age of 80.
Japanese Yuichiro Miura also conquered the 29,028ft peak at 70 and 75, the Mirror reported.
But his record may not last, his old rival Min Bahadur Sherchan, 81, is hot on his heels.
Miura said that he never imagined he could make it to the top of Mount Everest at age 80.
He first broke the record in 2003 at age 70. (ANI)
|Australia, India strengthen agriculture skills ties
5/23/2013 5:26:00 PM
New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): Australia and India today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and strengthen cooperation in skills training in the agriculture sector.
The MoU results from the joint commitment of the Australian and Indian Prime Ministers in October 2012 to build bilateral partnerships between skills councils in key industry areas, including telecommunications, retail, mining, media/entertainment and agriculture.
Welcoming the initiative, the Australian
|12 killed, 17 injured as bomb hits security vehicle in SW Pakistan
5/23/2013 3:55:00 PM
Islamabad, May 23 (Xinhua-ANI): At least 12 people including 10 security men were killed and 17 others injured when a bomb hit security forces' vehicle in Pakistan's southwest Quetta city on Thursday morning, local officials said.
Fayyaz Sumbal, the deputy inspector general police, said that some unknown militants targeted a vehicle jointly used by Balochistan Constabulary, a local paramilitary force, and police with a remote controlled device at northern Bypass area of Quetta, the
|North Korea sends envoy to China
5/23/2013 1:46:00 PM
London, May 23 (ANI): North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a special envoy to Beijing, the state media has announced.
A top military official, Choe Ryong-hae, flew to the Chinese capital on Wednesday.
The visit comes amid an apparent toughening of Beijing's stance in the wake of Pyongyang's third nuclear test, reports BBC News.
The visit - the duration of which remains unknown - follows weeks of high tension on the Korean peninsula.
Chinese media said Choe met
|Pakistan: Blasphemy conundrum
5/23/2013 1:22:00 PM
New Delhi, May 23 (ANI): This is a heady cocktail.
The cast- an unlikely villain- Iron brother Chinese,
The locale- Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK),
The narrative- the blasphemy laws with their death penalty,
The timing- just days prior to the visit of big bother Li Keqiang.
Every now and then Pakistan erupts with reports of someone having been lynched by a mob or hundreds of house burned to ashes for desecrating the Koran.
Retribution is swift as it
|YouTube ban in Pakistan not lifted
5/22/2013 4:22:00 PM
Karachi, May 22 (ANI): The reports of YouTube restoration in Pakistan turned out to be a rumour, as it was not restored even after a section of the media had announced the lifting of the ban, on Tuesday.
The announcement had spurred a glint of happiness amongst internet users, but when thousands of them tried to open the site it was found to be blocked, reports the Daily Times.
Concerned authorities, however, had not made any official announcement regarding the unblocking of the
|15 killed, 90 wounded in fresh attacks in Iraq
5/22/2013 4:13:00 PM
Beijing, May 21 (Xinhua-ANI): At least 15 people were killed and 90 others wounded in violent attacks across Iraq on Tuesday, said the police.
A car bomb went off near the Abu Ghraib Grand Mosque, a Sunni mosque in Abu Ghraib area, 25 km west of the capital Baghdad, on Tuesday evening, killing eight people and injuring 15 others, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The explosion also caused damage to a number of civilian cars and buildings nearby, he added.
|Japanese PM to visit Myanmar for first time in 36 years
5/22/2013 4:03:00 PM
Beijing, May 22 (Xinhua-ANI): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Myanmar from May 24 to 26 to boost bilateral economic ties, becoming the first prime minister to visit the Southeast Asian country in 36 years, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.
During his visit, Abe, who will be accompanied by a group of Japanese business leaders, is expected to hold talks with Myanmar' s leaders and senior officials to discuss bilateral economic cooperation, said
|10 soldiers wounded in Australian army base vehicles collision
5/22/2013 4:03:00 PM
Beijing, May 22 (Xinhua-ANI); At least 10 Australian soldiers were wounded Wednesday in a crash between military vehicles at an army base in Australia's southeastern Victoria state, local media reported.
Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training exercise in the morning and four men were sent to the Melbourne hospitals, the report quoted an Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman as saying.
The remaining six people received treatments at the Puckapunyal base.
|NATO troops begin withdrawal of equipment from Afghanistan
5/22/2013 1:41:00 PM
Quetta, May 22 (ANI): The NATO and US troops have started withdrawal of their equipment from Afghanistan after more than ten years of war.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan to oust Taliban government in the aftermath of tragic incident of September 11, 2001. They are set to withdraw all their forces by the end of 2014, reports The Express Tribune.
Pakistan is a key transit route for the NATO mission in landlocked Afghanistan, from where it is driven to the border from the
|Azad meets US Health Secretary Sebelius
5/22/2013 1:04:00 PM
Geneva, May 22 (ANI): Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad met US Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius here yesterday to discuss matters relating to bilateral cooperation covered under the Indo-US Health Initiative launched in 2010.
Both the leaders expressed great satisfaction at the unfolding of collaboration and cooperation in different segments of healthcare.
Azad noted with appreciation that 35 meetings of the Working Groups and Task Groups under Indo-US
|Indo-China bilateral meet on healthcare sector held at Geneva
5/22/2013 11:17:00 AM
Geneva, May 22 (ANI): Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Dr Li Bin, Minister of Health and Population, People's Republic of China met here yesterday on the sidelines of World Health Assembly to discuss the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in healthcare sector.
Congratulating Dr Li Bin for taking over as Health Minister of China, Azad stated that in view of her keen interest in the matters relating to health and population, bilateral cooperation
|4 killed, 68 wounded in bomb attacks in Iraq
5/21/2013 4:54:00 PM
Beijing, May 21 (Xinhua-ANI): At least four people were killed and 68 others wounded in deadly bomb attacks in war-torn Iraq on Tuesday, police said.
At least three people were killed and more than 43 others wounded when two car bombs exploded in the Hussein district in Tuz Khormato, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The blasts caused considerable damage to a number of houses and civilian cars nearby, the source said.