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Hillary's presidential dream threatened

Foreign Cash Donations

Hillary's presidential dream threatened

Revelations about millions of dollars donated by foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was serving as the US Secretary of State raised potentially perilous conflict-of-interest questions yesterday that risk dogging her if she decides to run for president later this year. New financial disclosures by the charitable foundation, which was created...

'Military threat from east to remain' despite truce

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said a "military threat from the east" will remain even if a ceasefire holds between government troops and pro-Russian rebels in the east. Poroshenko's warning is widely seen as an indirect reference to Russia. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of helping the rebels with weapons and soldiers - a claim denied by Moscow. Ukraine's military said on Friday that three soldiers had been killed in the past 24 hours despite the truce. That followed 48 hours during...

N Korea vows 'merciless' war against US

North Korea vowed to wage a "merciless, sacred war" against the United States on Thursday, days before the launch of annual joint South Korea-US military exercises that have incensed Pyongyang. "Nuclear weapons are not a monopoly of the US," the ruling party's official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, warned in an editorial carried by the state KCNA news agency. "The US is seriously mistaken if it thinks its mainland is safe," the editorial added. North Korea "will wage a merciless sacred war against the...

Palin drops Obama bomb

Palin drops Obama bomb

The rise of ISIS in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere was directly caused by the administration of Barack Obama, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said on Thursday. Palin spoke Thursday evening -- to rousing applause -- at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual meeting of right-wing activists and politicians. She criticised the president for not...

Syria Crisis

Opposition parties agree crisis roadmap

Syria's main domestic and exiled opposition groups yesterday said they had agreed a joint draft roadmap for the first time, calling for a transitional governing body and an end to the brutal conflict. The draft document comes after representatives from the exiled Syrian National Coalition and the domestic National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCCDC) met in Paris. "This is the first time that we have an agreement between both organisations, the Coalition and the NCCDC," said Khalaf Dahowd, a member...

Judge ends 'cover-up' case against Argentine leader

Judge ends 'cover-up' case against Argentine leader

An Argentinian judge has dismissed the accusation made by state prosecutors that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner conspired to cover up Iran's alleged role in a deadly bombing in 1994. Judge Daniel Rafecas ruled he would “discontinue” the case, which had been revived this month, after its initial prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was found shot...

How Hawking is still alive?

How Hawking is still alive?

On April 20, 2009, a moment arrived that doctors had foretold for decades. Stephen Hawking, a scientist who overcame debilitating disease to become the world's most renowned living physicist, was on the cusp of death. The University of Cambridge released grim prognoses. Hawking, diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of...

Musharraf asks Pak SC to dismiss govt

Musharraf asks Pak SC to dismiss govt

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the federal government, saying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is incapable of running the affairs of the country. "The Supreme Court of Pakistan should send this government home following the doctrine of necessity as the sitting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is not...

BJP, PDP seal J&K deal

Narendra Modi and Kashmir's incoming chief minister yesterday put the finishing touches on a deal that will see the premier's Hindu nationalists enter government in India's only Muslim-majority state for the first time. Modi and Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed held around 90 minutes' of talks to discuss the programme and make-up of their parties' coalition ahead of its expected swearing-in on Sunday. "This is a historic opportunity to unite hearts and minds of the people in the...

My govt's only religion is India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday denounced communalism and said that nobody has right to discriminate on basis of religion. "No one can take the law in their hands and discriminate on the grounds of community," the prime pinister said. "My government's only religion is 'India first'," Modi said.  "The only religious book is Indian Constitution, only prayer is welfare of all," the PM added The assertion came a day after India's upper house of parliament was briefly adjourned after opposition members denounced...

Gujarat Riots

Court clears 6 of killing Britons

A court in India yesterday cleared six men of murdering four people including three British nationals during 2002 religious riots in the prime minister's home state of Gujarat. At least 1,000 people, mainly Muslims, were killed in a frenzy of communal violence in 2002 in the western state where Narendra Modi was chief minister. The three British nationals were burned alive when a mob torched their car as they drove into Gujarat from the adjacent state of Rajasthan during the bloodshed,...

Capture him alive

Capture him alive

The widow of one of the Western hostages beheaded by Isis militant Jihadi John has called for him to be captured alive, saying he does not deserve an “honourable” death. British aid worker David Haines was the third hostage to be killed in a brutal video by the hooded fighter Jihadi John, who was yesterday unmasked in reports as Mohammed Emwazi. His wife Dragana told the BBC seeing the extremist caught by authorities would give the families of his victims a sense of "moral satisfaction". "That's the only moral satisfaction for the families of all the people that he murdered, because if he gets killed in the action, to put it that...

Nasheed's arrest sparks mass protest

Nasheed's arrest sparks mass protest

Supporters of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed yesterday streamed to the tiny capital island Male for a mass protest against his detention on terror charges, which has sparked international condemnation. Organisers said they expected a "big crowd" for the protest, held a day after a court gave the opposition leader just three days to...

News In Brief

ICC acquits Congo ex-militia boss Afp, The Hague The International Criminal Court yesterday upheld the acquittal of Congolese ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, freed more than two years ago on war crimes charges. Judges said at the time that prosecutors had failed to prove his commanding role in a 2003 attack in which more than 200 villagers were slaughtered.   Saudi reports 10 MERS deaths in a week Afp, Riyadh Ten more people in Saudi Arabia have died from MERS over the past week, health...

9 killed in US mass murder

Nine people are dead following a mass murder in rural Missouri in which the suspected gunman took his own life, police in the Midwestern state said yesterday. With an investigation still underway, it appeared that seven people were shot and killed in four different residences in the small Bible Belt town of Tyrone. An eighth person, described as an elderly woman, was found dead in a fifth house, apparently "from natural causes," the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. "The apparent suspect, a...

Star Trek legend Nimoy dies at 83

Star Trek legend Nimoy dies at 83

US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles, his family has said. His son, Adam, said he died of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Friday morning. Nimoy had a long career as both an actor and director. However he was best known for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan character in both the TV franchise and series of films. Last year, the actor revealed he was suffering chronic lung disease COPD, despite stopping smoking 30 years ago.