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Nawaz removes moratorium on death penalty

Nawaz removes moratorium on death penalty

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday approved the removal of moratorium on death penalty after the carnage in Peshawar killed 141 people. Addressing an All Parties Conference (APC) in Peshawar, the premier announced that the moratorium on death penalty, which was imposed under international pressure, has been lifted. “The prime minister has abolished the moratorium...

Indian states asked to strengthen security

Indian states asked to strengthen security

In the wake of the terror attack on a school in Peshawar, the Centre yesterday asked all states to beef up security particularly in educational institutions. “An advisory has been issued to the State Governments,” India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters outside Parliament House. He was responding to queries about steps taken by the government to ensure security of schools in the wake of terror strike on a Peshawar school. Though the Minister did not elaborate, officials in the Home Ministry had said that the guidelines for schools will include asking them to prepare an escape plan for children in case of a terror attack, how to prevent hostage situation, how...

Myanmar plans to overhaul court system

Myanmar yesterday announced plans to reform its graft-plagued judicial system, a move met with scepticism by lawyers and activists long used to red tape and poor access to justice during the junta era. Courts across the country, which have long been viewed as a corruption-riddled arm of the army-dominated government, are to be modernised and committed to "integrity", independence and the rule of law, according to the new three-year plan unveiled by the Supreme Court. In the report, Supreme Court chief...

Australia orders siege probe

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday ordered an urgent enquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege. Iranian-born Man Haron Monis, 50, had a history of extremism and violence and was on bail for a string of charges, including sexual offences and abetting the murder of his ex-wife. Last month he posted a message in Arabic on his website pledging allegiance to "the...

Iran sees more steps ahead in nuke talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said yesterday nuclear talks with major powers were being conducted in a good atmosphere, "good steps" had been taken and more would follow. US and Iranian diplomats began a two-day meeting in Geneva on Monday to pave the way for resuming broader negotiations involving Iran and six world powers there yesterday. The discussions were proceeding "in a good atmosphere," Zarif said on state television. "Good steps have been taken and more will be taken. I...

Rwandan genocide court shuts after 20 years

After two decades of work and 61 convictions at a cost of nearly $2 billion, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda shuts up shop amid criticism but at least with some justice served. The Tanzanian-based and United Nations-backed ICTR, set up in late 1994 to try the alleged masterminds behind Rwanda's genocide, is ending its work, with only its appeals chamber staying open for one final trial after December 31. In the end, the court "did its job," admits Bonaventure Higaniro,...

I may be the last

I may be the last

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said he realises that he may be the last to hold the title. But he told the BBC it would be better that the centuries-old tradition ceased "at the time of a popular Dalai Lama". The Dalai Lama suggested the UK had taken a soft line with...

News in Brief

Taliban suicide attack on Afghan bank kills 10 Afp, Kandahar Taliban militants detonated a suicide bomb and stormed a bank in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing five police and five civilians as the country endures a rise in violence as US-led Nato troops pull out. The attackers forced their way inside after a bomb exploded at the entrance of the Kabul Bank branch in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the insurgency-racked province of Helmand.   15 schoolgirls killed in Yemen car bomb Afp, Sanaa Fifteen schoolgirls were...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
Australia wakes to pay tribute

Australia wakes to pay tribute

Tearful Sydney office workers and Muslim women in hijabs laid flowers yesterday at the scene of a deadly siege, as an outpouring of grief and shock gripped the usually easy-going harbour city. Nearby florist kiosks struggled to keep up with demand as well-wishers created a sea of bouquets in an impromptu memorial at Martin...

Published Date: December 17, 2014
QUOTES REACTING TO PAKISTAN ATTACKS

"I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us…," Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai "The government together with the army has started Zarb-e-Azb and it will continue until the terrorism is rooted out from our land... No one should have any doubt about it." PM Nawaz Sharif speaking from Peshawar. "The United States strongly condemns senseless and inhumane attacks on innocent students and educators…," US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson "The killing of innocent...

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