• Wednesday, January 28, 2015


India, US can be 'best partners'

India, US can be 'best partners'

US President Barack Obama urged India to promote religious tolerance and do more to combat global warming yesterday as he wrapped up a visit aimed at forging a new friendship between the world's largest democracies. Speaking to an audience of mainly young people, Obama said the United States could be India's "best partner" but...

Battle for kobane

Kurds 'defeat' ISIS militants

Kurds 'defeat' ISIS militants

The Syrian border city of Kobani, the site of a totemic four-month battle between coalition-backed Kurdish and Iraqi forces and militant fighters from Isis appeared to be drawing towards a conclusion last night amid reports that the region was back in control of Kurdish forces. Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) backed...

AirAsia rescue ops suspended

The Indonesian military yesterday suspended the recovery operation for AirAsia flight QZ8501, which crashed into the Java Sea in December. Search teams failed to retrieve the fuselage after three days of attempts using a lifting bag. Officials initially thought bodies were inside, but now say recovering the wreckage is not a priority as they believe no victims remain. So far only 70 bodies of the 162 people who were on board have been found. AirAsia flight QZ8501 was flying from Surabaya in...

Libya Crisis

Tripoli hotel assault kills 9

Nine people including at least five foreigners were killed Tuesday in an assault on a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the security services said. The dead included three security guards killed in the initial attack on the Corinthia Hotel, five foreigners shot dead by gunmen and another person taken hostage by the attackers, Issam al-Naass said. The nationalities of the foreigners and the person taken hostage were not immediately known, but Naass said two of the...

Ukraine conflict

EU weighs more Russia sanctions

EU weighs more Russia sanctions

EU leaders have asked their foreign ministers to consider imposing further sanctions on Russia in response to the continued fighting in Ukraine. A statement said the ministers, who will meet tomorrow, should "consider any appropriate action, in particular on further restrictive measures". It urged Russia to observe last September's Minsk ceasefire deal, which has been...

Fund crunch halts Gaza rebuilding

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees yesterday said that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year's war with Israel because donors have failed to pay. "The agency has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies," the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a statement. "$5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo (aid) conference last October and virtually none of it has reached Gaza. This is distressing and unacceptable. "It is unclear why this...

I don't trust US

I don't trust US

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro appears to have given tacit approval to the recent decision by Cuba and the US to restore diplomatic relations. In a letter, he wrote: "I don't trust the policy of the US, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a peaceful...

Obama's India Tour: Major takeaways

Energy and Infrastructure: * The India-US nuclear deal, left in limbo for years, has finally been addressed and completed. * US president Barack Obama and Indian PM Narendra Modi have agreed that the two nations will work together to support India's ambitious climate and energy goals. * The United States Trade and Development Agency signed Memorandums of Understandings to support the development of three smart cities. Business and Bureaucracy: * US announced $4 billion of new initiatives, trade missions. * Obama announced the creation of...

News in Brief

At least five people were arrested during a anti-jihadist operation in southern France that was still ongoing early yesterday, a security source said. In Belgium, security forces arrested three suspected Islamist militants. Belgium has been on high alert after two suspected militants were shot dead on January 15.

Published Date: January 27, 2015
Obama joins Modi at Delhi Republic Day parade

US President Barack Obama has attended India's Republic Day parade in Delhi, the first US head of state to do so. Obama was chief guest at the annual military parade. He arrived on Sunday for a three-day visit seen as a sign of warming ties between the two countries. After talks on Sunday, both sides announced a breakthrough on a pact that will allow US companies to supply India with civilian nuclear technology. Indian PM Narendra Modi said it was a "new...