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Ukraine in civil war: ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) yesterday said that it considered Ukraine to be in a state of civil war, urging both sides to respect the laws of conflict as civilians bear the brunt. The formal classification means participants in the fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in the east could eventually be prosecuted for war crimes in international courts. "Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to take its toll on civilians, and we urge all sides to comply...

Revival of Peace Talks

India, Pak FMs to meet in August

Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad on August 25 in a bid to revive peace talks between the two nuclear-weapon countries which have remained stalled for nearly two years. The decision to resume the talks at the level of Foreign Secretaries was taken by Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry through a telephonic conversation. An understanding that the foreign secretaries of the two countries will be in touch to see how...

Uproar as Shiv Sena MP 'force-feeds' fasting worker in india

Uproar as Shiv Sena MP 'force-feeds' fasting worker in india

India's parliament erupted in anger yesterday after television footage showed a hardline Hindu nationalist lawmaker apparently trying to force-feed a Muslim man during the fasting month of Ramadan. Opposition Congress MPs launched raucous protests in the parliament, saying the lawmaker had violated the man's religious beliefs by aggressively trying to shove a chapati or...

'Devil encouraged Jazeera journos'

'Devil encouraged Jazeera journos'

The judge who sent three al-Jazeera English journalists to jail in Egypt has accused them of being in league with the devil in a 57-page explanation of his verdict. Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata sentenced Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed last month to between seven and 10 years in jail on charges of...

Sisi defends Egypt peace efforts for Gaza

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi yesterday defended Egypt's role in trying to broker a Gaza truce between Israel and Hamas, which accuses him of proposing a ceasefire favourable to Israel. Unlike his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi whom he toppled and detained last year, ex-army chief Sisi has sought to isolate the militant Palestinian movement in the neighbouring Gaza Strip. The Cairo government worked to contain the crisis even before it escalated into a full-blown conflict on July 8 that has killed more...

Xi ends LatAm tour in Cuba

Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday ended his Latin American tour with a symbolic visit to the barracks from which Fidel Castro launched the first armed assault of his communist revolution in 1953. As part of his regional charm offensive, Xi extended a hand to his Cuban communist ally with the signing of 29 bilateral agreements ranging from a credit line to modernise the port of Santiago de Cuba to the development of golf courses on the Caribbean island. He also...

News in Brief

India's Encephalitis toll passes 150 Afp, New Delhi Recent outbreaks of encephalitis in India have killed more than 150 people, with health officials on alert fearing the death toll could rise further, state government directors said. Many of the deaths have occurred since the onset of the monsoon season in June when mosquitoes breed in large numbers. Iraqi lawmakers stall presidential vote Afp, Baghdad Iraqi lawmakers yesterday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions...

Blasts kill 82 in northern Nigeria

Two bomb blasts in the north Nigerian city of Kaduna killed at least 82 people yesterday, officials said, in attacks that bore the hallmarks of violent Islamist group Boko Haram. A suicide bomber targeting a moderate Muslim cleric killed at least 32 of the cleric's congregation on a busy commercial road. Shortly after, a second bomb blast killed 50 people in the crowded Kawo market, a local Red Cross worker on the scene, who declined to be named, told Reuters. Thousands...

Published Date: July 23, 2014
No truce before meeting goal

No truce before meeting goal

Israel will not halt its fire in Gaza until it finishes an operation aimed at destroying tunnels used by militants for cross-border attacks, a senior minister said yesterday. As world efforts to broker a ceasefire in war-torn Gaza gathered pace, Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni also ruled out any acceptance of the "unacceptable" demands...

  

Published Date: July 23, 2014
Girl Summit: FGM ban sought

Girl Summit: FGM ban sought

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday called for a worldwide ban on female genital mutilation and child marriage as he launched the first UN-backed "Girl Summit" on issues that affect millions around the globe. Cameron announced that parents in Britain would face prosecution for failing to prevent their daughters from being subjected to FGM, while setting out steps to tackle both practices in developing nations. "Our aim is to outlaw FGM and child marriage everywhere for everyone," Cameron told the summit in London, to applause from an audience of experts and campaigners from around the world. FGM, which affects tens of millions of women, particularly in the Horn of Africa, ranges from...