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Friday, 17 July 2009

UN commission opens Bhutto probe in Pakistan

2009-07-17 THE UN commission set up to investigate the assassination of Pakistani former prime minister Benazir Bhutto opened its first inquiries in Islamabad yesterday and held talks with her widower.Bhutto, the first woman to become prime minister of a...

India, Pakistan leaders agree to unite in fighting terrorism

2009-07-17 INDIA and Pakistan said yesterday they had agreed to continue dialogue and would not to link action on fighting terrorism to that process, after their prime ministers met in Egypt.Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and Indian Prime Minister...

Prisoners protest at US Afghan jail

2009-07-17 HUNDREDS of detainees at the biggest US-run jail in Afghanistan are refusing family telephone calls and protesting against what they fear is "indefinite detention", officials said yesterday.Since early July, inmates have refused to...

China asks Aussie film fest to drop Uighur documentary

2009-07-17 CHINA yesterday pressed Australia's largest film festival to drop a documentary about restive ethnic Uighurs as the two countries remained embroiled in a separate row about commercial spying.Chinese consular staff contacted organisers of the...

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Anwar fails to get delay in sodomy trial

2009-07-16 MALAYSIAN opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim failed yesterday to win a postponement in his sodomy trial after his chief lawyer was forced to withdraw due to illness.The High Court ordered Anwar's legal team to proceed with the case, starting with an...

Malaysia 'losing battle' to save tigers

2009-07-16 MALAYSIA is losing its battle to save its dwindling population of wild tigers, a conservation coalition warned yesterday after a series of raids that netted tiger carcasses and bones."It is clearly time to admit that we are fast losing the...

N Korean FM will not attend ARF meet

2009-07-16 NORTH KOREA will not send its foreign minister to attend ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) - Asia's main security gathering - hosted by Thailand next week, Thai Foreign Ministry officials confirmed yesterday. "All ARF participants will attend the...

Fresh violence erupts near Indonesia mine

2009-07-16 POLICE battled unidentified gunmen yesterday near a US-owned gold mine in Indonesia's Papua province, where a recent spate of deadly ambushes has claimed three lives.Five police officers were wounded in the firefight, which broke out as they...

Cambodia urged to end crackdown on critics

2009-07-16 A US-BASED human rights group yesterday demanded Cambodia's leaders end what it called a campaign of "harassment, threats, and unwarranted legal action" against government critics following a spate of court rulings apparently aimed at...

Singapore to host APEC women meet

2009-07-16 SINGAPORE will host the two-day, 14th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Women Leaders Network (WLN) meeting here on August 4, 2009.The WLN meeting is a premiere platform for women leaders in the Apec region to network and share with one...

Selangor state assembly suspends 5 BN MPs

2009-07-16 THE state assembly of Malaysian Selangor state yesterday suspended Opposition Leader Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo for one year while four other Barisan Nasional (BN) Assemblymen were suspended for six months.All their privileges as Assemblymen have also...

July deadliest month of Afghan war

2009-07-16 THE death toll for foreign troops in Afghanistan halfway through July equalled the highest for any month of the eight-year-old war, tallies showed yesterday, as a US escalation has met unprecedented violence.Authorities announced a US soldier had...

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2009-07-16 Taiwan air force grounds F-5 fleetTAIPEI: Taiwan's air force said yesterday that it had grounded its ageing F-5 fighter jet fleet for urgent safety checks after one plane crashed, killing two pilots. "All the flights of the F-5s have been...

Indian premier Singh to meet Pakistan PM

2009-07-16 INDIA'S prime minister said yesterday "the infrastructure of terrorism" must be dismantled, remarks clearly directed at rival Pakistan.Manmohan Singh is to meet Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani today on the sidelines of a summit...

China issues security alert after al-Qaeda threat

2009-07-16 CHINA issued a security alert yesterday to its citizens in Algeria after al-Qaeda reportedly vowed to avenge the deaths of Muslims killed during ethnic unrest in this northwestern Chinese city.The warning came as China raised the death toll from...

Powerful quake hits off N Zealand, no tsunami threat

2009-07-16 A POWERFUL 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the southwest coast of New Zealand yesterday, US seismologists said, prompting a brief tsunami warning but no casualties or major damage.The epicentre of the undersea quake was located about 160km west...

14 killed in Swat clashes

2009-07-16 DEADLY skirmishes in Pakistan's Swat valley triggered fresh concern yesterday about worsening security as the government returned thousands of civilians displaced by a military offensive.Pakistan said 13 militants and one soldier were killed in Swat...

UK army chief calls for more Afghan troops

2009-07-16 BRITAIN'S army chief said yesterday that more troops are needed in Afghanistan's volatile southern province of Helmand as soldiers pursue a bloody campaign to uproot Taliban fighters ahead of elections next month.Gen Richard Dannatt, outgoing head...

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

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2009-07-15 Malaysian man fined for cross-dressing KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court fined a man 25 ringgit ($10) after he pleaded guilty to cross-dressing, a news report said yesterday. The 26-year-old man was caught by police dressed like a woman in a back...

Data extracted in cyber attacks: S Korea

2009-07-15 HACKERS extracted lists of files from computers that they contaminated with the virus that triggered cyber attack last week in the United States and South Korea, police in Seoul said yesterday.The attacks, in which floods of computers tried to...

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