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Sunday, 26 April 2009

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2009-04-26 3 suicide bombers kill 5 Afghan cops KANDAHAR: Three suicide bombers struck the governor's compound of Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province yesterday, killing at least five policemen, officials said. Provincial council head Ahmad Wali Karzai,...

World powers call for end in Sri Lanka fighting

2009-04-26 FOREIGN ministers of the Group of Eight wealthy nations called on both sides in the Sri Lankan conflict yesterday to take every step to avoid more civilian casualties, saying the fighting should stop.The ministers of Britain, Canada, France, Germany...

Probe calls into Bangladesh mutineers' deaths

2009-04-26 HUMAN Rights Watch asked Bangladesh yesterday to stop the deaths in custody of suspected mutineers, as reports that 16 soldiers died in detention since a bloody uprising at the Dhaka headquarters of Bangladesh's border guards. "The Bangladesh...

Australia seizes new refugee boat

2009-04-26 A BOAT carrying more than 50 refugees was intercepted yesterday off Australia's coast, little more than a week after an explosion on another vessel killed five people, the government said.The boat carrying 54 passengers and two crew was stopped in...

Soldiers sought in Thai protest leader attack

2009-04-26 THAI police want to question five soldiers over a possible connection to the assassination attempt on "yellow shirt" protest leader Sondhi Limthongkul, media reports said yesterday.A senior police official denied the reports, which...

Vietnam names 'president' of disputed islands

2009-04-26 VIETNAM yesterday named a "president" for the government body overseeing the disputed Paracel islands, which are occupied by China, an official and press reports said."It's a matter of the sacred earth of the homeland... and we are...

Najib orders: Ease KL's congestion

2009-04-26 THREE weeks after Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak went down to the ground to visit three localities in the heart of the city, the prime minister yesterday sprung another surprise when he had a walkabout at the bustling Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan...

German vessel guards released Philippine tanker

2009-04-26 THE released Philippine-flagged chemical tanker MT Stolt Strength, with 23 Filipino sailors on board, is being assisted and guarded to sail toward safe areas by a German naval vessel, China's Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. The chemical...

Myanmar arrests praying Suu Kyi supporters

2009-04-26 MYANMAR authorities charged two supporters of pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi with insulting religion after they prayed at a pagoda for her release, a party spokesman said yesterday.Chit Pe and Aung Saw Wai, members of the National League for...

N Korea 'making plutonium'

2009-04-26 NORTH KOREA said yesterday it has started reprocessing spent fuel rods to make weapons-grade plutonium, in an apparent response to international punishment against its controversial rocket launch.The statement came hours after the United Nations...

New protest in Bangkok

2009-04-26 The 'Red Shirts' vow to stage another rally on May 2 AROUND 2,000 anti-government protesters gathered for a rally in Bangkok yesterday, a day after the prime minister lifted a state of emergency imposed amid violent demonstrations earlier this...

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Pakistan Taliban quit stronghold

2009-04-25 A PAKISTANI Taliban commander withdrew his fighters from a key northwestern valley yesterday, amid growing alarm in the United States that the Taliban were creeping closer to the capital of nuclear-armed Pakistan.Fears for Pakistan's stability have...

Thai leader lifts emergency; new 'Red Shirt' rally today

2009-04-25 THAI Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday lifted a state of emergency imposed in Bangkok amid violent protests, but said troops would stay on the streets to boost international confidence in the country.Abhisit said he had ended 12 days of emergency...

Singapore doctors give pastor new heart and liver

2009-04-25 A 58-year-old Singaporean pastor is recovering well after undergoing Asia's first simultaneous heart and liver transplant, his medical team said yesterday. The 13-hour surgery, which took place two weeks ago at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH),...

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2009-04-25 Mumbai suspect claims being juvenile MUMBAI: An Indian court ruled yesterday that the Pakistani national on trial over the Mumbai attacks should have medical tests to determine whether he is a minor who should be tried in a juvenile court. "A...

Journalists to be tried in N Korea

2009-04-25 NORTH KOREA will put two US journalists arrested last month on its border with China on trial to face criminal charge, further ratcheting up tensions since its rocket launch on April 5.The announcement comes as Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei...

'Fugitive' Thaksin scouts business in Liberia

2009-04-25 FORMER Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, living in self-imposed exile and facing two years jail at home on conflict of interest charges, was in Liberia this week scouting for business opportunities in Africa. Thaksin, also briefly owner of...

Philippine ship freed by pirates stranded: skipper

2009-04-25 THE Filipino crew of a tanker released by pirates fear another attack because their ship is stranded near Somalia's eastern coast without fuel, the skipper said yesterday.Capt Abelardo Pacheco of the Philippine-flagged MT Stolt Strength said by...

Friday, 24 April 2009

Indonesia's VP to contest the presidency

2009-04-24 INDONESIA'S Golkar Party yesterday named its chairman, Vice President Jusuf Kalla (picture), as its presidential candidate, breaking away from the ruling coalition of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Golkar announced Tuesday that coalition talks...

Reward offered for Red Cross hostage

2009-04-24 SECURITY forces are searching for a sick Italian Red Cross worker in the southern Philippines after receiving reports his captors had handed him over to a second Islamic militant group, the police chief said on Thursday.The government has offered a...

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