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Abbas, Hamas chief hold second day of talks in Qatar

Abbas, Hamas chief hold second day of talks in Qatar

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal held a second day of talks in Qatar yesterday, a Palestinian source told AFP, as fighting continued in Gaza. The meeting -- hosted by Qatar's emir -- was a "follow up" to Thursday's talks, which lasted nearly three hours, the source said on condition...

Mid East Crises

Israel air strikes kill 5 Palestinians in Gaza: medics Afp, Gaza City Israeli air strikes killed five Palestinians in the centre of the Gaza Strip yesterday, two in Deir al-Balah and three in Nusseirat, the local emergency services said. One strike in Nusseirat hit a house, killing two men aged 24 and 22, while in Deir al-Balah it landed in open farmland, Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP. A drone strike later targeted a 45-year-old man in Nusseirat who died of his injuries...

Ukraine Crisis

Kiev, West slam Russia's convoy 'invasion'

The West yesterday blasted Moscow for unilaterally sending a controversial aid convoy to east Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk in a move Kiev decried as an "invasion". The European Union said it "deplored" Russia's decision to order in the convoy, which local officials said had arrived in Lugansk, without consent and called on Moscow to withdraw the trucks Meanwhile, the UN Security Council was to hold snap consultations on the issue later yesterday and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen called Moscow's decision an...

Foley's family releases final email sent by IS

Foley's family releases final email sent by IS

An online news publication that employed the murdered US journalist James Foley has published the full text of the email to his family from his Islamist militant captors in which they said they would kill him in retaliation for US air strikes. Boston-based GlobalPost said on Thursday that the Foley family had agreed to...

Troops pull out of Ferguson

Protests unfolded peacefully Thursday in a Missouri town, and National Guard troops withdrew, 12 days after the fatal police shooting of a black teenager that led to racially-charged unrest. No serious incidents were reported as several hundred demonstrators defied stifling heat and humidity in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson to demand justice for 18-year-old, college-bound student Michael Brown. It was the second straight night of generally orderly protest, after previous marches descended into riots, looting and tense stand-offs with police...

Iran denies linking Iraq role to Western sanctions

Iran on Thursday denied linking any future cooperation with the international community against jihadists in Iraq to the lifting of crippling Western sanctions. Earlier, the official IRNA news agency quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as suggesting that Tehran could help the international community if it lifted the sanctions. "If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side of the negotiations should do something in return," IRNA had quoted Zarif as saying. Zarif, an English-language statement said, was talking about...

Microbial life found on Space Station

Microbial life found on Space Station

A new report claims that Russian scientists have discovered traces of marine life living on the exterior of the International Space Station. Vladimir Solovyev, the official in charge of Russia's ISS segment, told the news agency Itar-Tass that tiny plankton and microscopic organisms had been discovered on the spacecraft's exterior, describing the finds as...

UN rights chief slams Syria 'paralysis'

More than 191,000 people have died in Syria, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday, lashing out at "international paralysis" on the nearly three-and-a-half year conflict. After chiding the UN Security Council on Thursday for what she called a lack of resolve in ending crises, Pillay said in a statement the dwindling global interest in Syria was "scandalous". "I deeply regret that, given the onset of so many other armed conflicts in this period of global destabilisation, the fighting in Syria...

News In Brief

News In Brief

Jaitley sparks fury over gang-rape comment Afp, New Delhi The father of a student who died after being gang-raped on a moving bus in New Delhi spoke of his anger yesterday after Indian Minister Arun Jaitley referred to the infamous attack as a "small incident". Jaitley said at a tourism conference on Thursday that "one small incident of rape in Delhi, advertised the world over, is enough to cost us millions of dollars in terms of lower tourism".         Irom Sharmila re-arrested The Hindu Online Social activist Irom Sharmila was rearrested yesterday morning by about 30 women constables from the shed of the Save Sharmila Organisation where she has been undergoing fast along with other...

Indonesian Polls Crisis

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Court upholds Widodo's victory

Court upholds Widodo's victory

An Indonesian court yesterday upheld the victory of Joko Widodo at last month's presidential election, rejecting claims of widespread cheating from his opponent and ending weeks of political uncertainty in the world's third-biggest democracy. After two weeks of hearings, the Constitutional Court said it was rejecting ex-general Prabowo Subianto's challenge to the results of...