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  • Drug gangs battle in west Mexico
    MORELIA, Mexico, May 27 (AP): A gunbattle between rival drug gangs in western Mexico left 29 bodies in fake military uniforms heaped across a roadway and inside bullet-riddled vehicles in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit, the army said Thursday.The bodies, all male, were found Wednesday scattered around 14 shot-up pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, two of which had bulletproofing. Television images of the scene near the town of Ruiz showed what appeared to have been a convoy o
  • Violent storms sweep central US
    EL RENO, OKHLAHOMA, May 25 (AP): Violent storms that swept through a chunk of the central US killed at least nine people in three states, toppling trees, crushing cars and tearing through a rural Arkansas fire station.The high-powered storms arrived as forecast Tuesday night and early Wednesday, just days after a massive tornado tore through the southwest Missouri town of Joplin and killed 122 people. After killing two people in Kansas and five in Oklahoma, they continued their trek ea
  • Terror fury hits Pakistan again; nine killed
    Peshawar, May 25 (AP): A Taliban suicide bomber today rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a police building near the US consulate here killing at least nine policemen as terror fury continued to hit Pakistan since the US raid that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.The bomber, said by police to be carrying more than 300 kg of high-grade explosives, hit the three-storey police building on University Road, which houses the office of the Criminal Investigation Department, flatteni
  • ‘Pakistani officers get anti-US lessons’
    ISLAMABAD, May 25 (AP): Instructors at a prestigious Pakistani defense institution are giving anti-American lessons to senior officers attending courses, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable, a revelation that suggests a deep bias against Washington at the highest levels of the military. The dispatch, dated 2008, shows the challenges for the United States as it tries to overcome deep suspicions in a country that is a vital, if difficult, partner in the fight against al-Qaida and
  • High-flying bugs cause bad weather?
    London, May 25 (Agencies): High-flying bacteria in the atmosphere may be playing a leading role in causing bad weather, scientists say. Researchers from Montana State University in the US found numerous airborne microbes in the centre of hailstones, which suggests that the bugs are not only responsible for hail storms, but also for other weather events.All precipitation -- rain, hail, snow or sleet -- begins with ice crystals forming around cloud particles, and it's believed that dust
  • Obama, Cameron say no let-up in Libya
    LONDON, May 25 (AP): President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday promised a relentless and punishing pummeling of Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya, pressing for his ouster. Obama ruled out a deadline for ending NATO's military assault and said it would be over "in a timely fashion.""There will not be a let-up in the pressure we are applying" on Gadhafi, the visiting president said Wednesday at a joint news conference with Cameron, a
  • NATO airstrikes hit Tripoli, heaviest bombing yet
    Sky over Tripoli, Libya, is illuminated by explosions during an airstrike, early on Tuesday, May 24. (AP Photo) TRIPOLI, May 24 (AP): NATO warplanes bombarded targets in Tripoli with more than 20 airstrikes early on Tuesday, striking around Muammar Qadhafi’s residential compound in what appeared to be the heaviest night of bombing of the Libyan capital since the Western alliance launched its air campaign against his forces. The rapid string of strikes, all within less than h
  • Gaddafi’s departure from Libya inevitable: Obama
    WASHINGTON/TRIPOLI, May 20 (Reuters): Muammar Gaddafi will inevitably leave power, U.S. President Barack Obama said, as NATO intensified its weeks-long bombing of government targets and said on Friday it had sunk eight Libyan warships. Obama was speaking in an address on the Middle East where a series of uprisings this year governments in Tunisia and Egypt, and inspired a three-month-old revolt in Libya that aims to overthrow Gaddafi."Time is working against Gaddafi. He does not h
  • Earthquake hits western Turkey; three dead
    ANKARA, May 20 (AP): A 5.9-magnitude earthquake partly collapsed some buildings and one mosque in western Turkey, killing at least three people and injuring nearly 100 people, authorities said on Friday.The quake that struck at 11.15 p.m. on Thursday (1.45 a.m. Friday, IST), sent terrified residents running from their homes before midnight. It was centred in the town of Simav, the Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory said. Two people, including one who jumped out of a window in panic, w
  • A British woman who can’t use electricity
    Nottinghamshire, May 20 (Agencies): A 55-year-old British woman is so sensitive to electricity that she cannot watch television, listen to the radio or talk on a mobile phone. Janice Tunnicliffe, a resident of Nottinghamshire, claims to suffer from an extremely rare condition called "electro sensitivity".She was struck with the illness after she received chemotherapy for bowel cancer three years ago. Tunnicliffe cannot use an electric kettle, and keeps her washing machine in
  • Saif al-Adel chosen to head al-Qaida
    WASHINGTON, May 18 (Agencies): A former Egyptian military officer turned al-Qaeda militant has been chosen to head Osama bin Laden's terror network temporarily until the slain leader's successor is officially named. Saif al-Adel, a former Egyptian special forces officer, has been chosen as the interim head of al-Qaeda, a fortnight after its chief was killed by US forces in Pakistan, CNN reported.Al-Adel is believed to have served as a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, the group res
  • Anti-crisis protests shake up Spanish elections
    MADRID, May 18 (AFP): Protesters fuming over Spain's economic crisis and sky-high jobless rate camped in Madrid and across the country Wednesday to vent their anger ahead of weekend local elections.More than 1,000 demonstrators turned out in Madrid's central Puerta de Sol square on Tuesday night and knots of protesters remained the following morning, some vowing to stay until the vote. Others rallied in scores of cities including Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza and Palma de Mallorca, res
  • Tanks shell Syrian town, West piles on pressure
    AMMAN, May 18 (Reuters): Tanks bombarded a Syrian border town for the fourth day on Wednesday in a military campaign to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad, under mounting Western pressure to stop his violent repression of demonstrators. Troops went into Tel Kelakh on Saturday, a day after a demonstration there demanded "the overthrow of the regime," the slogan of revolutions that toppled Arab leaders in Egypt and Tunisia and challenged others across the Middle E
  • ‘Taliban using child bombers’
    KABUL, May 15 (AP): The orders from their religious teacher were clear: Go to Afghanistan, strap on a suicide vest and kill foreign forces. With that, 9-year-old Ghulam Farooq left his home in Pakistan with three other would-be boy bombers and headed into eastern Afghanistan.They were told there would be two members of the Taliban waiting for them at the Torkham border crossing in Nangarhar province. Instead, members of the Afghan intelligence service who had been tipped to the boys' p
  • U.S. should not have violated Pakistan’s sovereignty: Gilani
    Islamabad, May 8 (PTI): Amid a diplomatic row between Pakistan and the U.S. over the secret operation that killed al— Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Washington should not have violated his country’s sovereignty to carry out the raid in Abbottabad. “There was no need to (take) a shortcut or to bypass Pakistan,” Mr. Gilani told reporters who accompanied him on an official visit to France.In view of the long—standing
  • Singapore’s ruling party triumphs again
    SINGAPORE, May 8 (Agencies): Singapore’s long-governing People’s Action Party (PAP) won an absolute parliamentary majority in the early hours of Sunday following Saturday’s general election.Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong were among the winners. By 2.30 a.m. on Sunday, the PAP secured more than a two-thirds majority in the 87-member new Parliament. Singapore’s elder statesman and first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was earlie
  • ‘Osama wasn’t shot dead, but blew himself up to avoid capture by US forces’
    Lahore, May 8(ANI): Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was not shot dead by US Special Forces (SEALs) in 'Operation Geronimo', but blew himself up to avoid capture soon after they launched the raid at his Abbotabad compound on May 2, according to a report. The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshaw
  • Ten dead in Egypt clash, premier calls talks
    Egyptians gather next to a building belonging to Christians that was set on fire  during clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Imbaba neighborhood of Cairo on Sunday, May 8. (AP Photo) CAIRO, May 8 (Reuters): Egypt's prime minister called an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday after 10 people died in bloody clashes in a Cairo suburb over the conversion of a Christian woman to Islam. The sectarian conflict on Saturday was Egypt's worst since 13 people died in violence
  • ASEAN summit fails to resolve Thai-Cambodia conflict
    JAKARTA, May 8 (Reuters): Southeast Asian leaders failed to achieve any breakthrough Sunday to end deadly border skirmishes between Thailand and Cambodia that overshadowed a regional summit in Jakarta supposed to showcase progress toward economic integration.The clashes around crumbling Hindu temples in disputed areas have starkly illustrated the tensions between countries in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) that could derail plans to create a single economic communi
  • US to tap Gadhafi billions to aid Libya rebels
    Mahmoud Jibril, executive bureau chairman of the transitional national council in Libya meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome on  Thursday, May 5, during the Second Contact Group Meeting on Libya. (AP Photo) ROME, May 5 (AFP): An international meeting on Libya agreed on Thursday to set up a new fund to aid Libyan rebels, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promising Washington would tap frozen assets of Moammar