Forgiveness of Charleston shooter prompts discussion

CHARLESTON, July 6 (AP): Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night’s revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church’s members, including the pastor. [google_ad_728_90_text] A churchgoer herself, Simmons […]

Thailand army chief says won’t release fourteen student critics

BANGKOK, July 6 (Reuters): Fourteen Thai students who were arrested after staging anti-coup rallies must face military court and will not be released beforehand, Thailand’s army chief said on Monday, despite growing calls for charges to be dropped. [google_ad_728_90_text] The students were arrested last month after holding peaceful demonstrations in Bangkok calling for an end […]

Greek finance minister quits after ‘No’ vote in referendum

Athens, July 6 (IANS) Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis announced his resignation on Monday after the country voted “No” to a bailout offer in a landmark referendum. [google_ad_728_90_text] In a posting on his website, Varoufakis said the decision was made in view of “a certain ‘preference’ by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my…’absence’ […]

Sharif to lead Pakistan at SCO summit

Islamabad, July 6 (IANS) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will lead the Pakistani delegation at the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Russia on July 9-10, officials said on Monday. [google_ad_728_90_text] The prime minister will also hold important bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the SCO summit at Ufa, the foreign ministry said. Pakistan […]

7/7 spurred “tough anti-terror” measures some say went too far

Jill Lawless Associated Press After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. “Let no one be in any doubt,” he said. “The rules of the game are changing.” [google_ad_728_90_text] Since the Sept. 11 attacks in the […]

On his native territory, Pope touches on cherished issues

QUITO, July 5 (AP): History’s first Latin American pope returns to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region’s poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home. [google_ad_728_90_text] “The pope of the poor” chose to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and […]

31 rebels killed in Syria blast

Damascus, July 4 (IANS) An explosion at a rebels’ meeting in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib killed 31 of them, a monitor group reported on Saturday.   The blast took place in a mosque in the city of Ariha in the southern countryside of Idlib on Friday, while rebels of the Al Qaida-linked Nusra Front […]

China unveils ‘Internet Plus’ plan to fuel growth

Beijing, July 4 (IANS) China on Saturday unveiled an “Internet Plus” action plan, aiming to integrate the internet with traditional industries and fuel economic growth, Xinhua reported.   The notion of “Internet Plus” was mentioned by Premier Li Keqiang in March when delivering the government work report.   China’s “Internet Plus” action plan will integrate […]

‘80s file shows plan for Hong Kong ‘plantation’ in Northern Ireland

LONDON, July 3 (AP): A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed. Britain’s National Archives on Friday released a 1983 government file called, which showed […]

Regional autonomy in Tibet fully guaranteed: Top Chinese official

Lhasa (Tibet), July 3 (IANS): Regional autonomy has been fully guaranteed in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), which has grown economically with the aspirations of the people of all the ethnic groups in the area, a top Chinese official has said. [google_ad_728_90_text] “Politically speaking, regional autonomy has been granted fully in the TAR,” Wu Yinggjie, […]

Root of tattered US-Russia ties date back decades

WASHINGTON, July 3 (AP): The stumbles, blunders and policy chaos that have sent increasingly frosty U.S.-Russia relations into what many now call a new Cold War might have been inevitable. [google_ad_728_90_text] The fundamental hopes and fears lurk, sometimes subconsciously, in the collective minds of the Russian and American nations despite the collapse of the Soviet […]

Russia’s parliament gives citizens ‘right to be forgotten’

Moscow, July 3 (IANS) The State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, passed a law on Friday, giving citizens the right to demand that internet search engines should erase all irrelevant information about themselves. [google_ad_728_90_text] The document, informally called the law on the “right to be forgotten”, caused heated debates in society and criticism […]