Tuesday, 20 Oct, 2020

International

Iran has enough uranium for `two weapons`: CIA chief

WASHINGTON - CIA chief Leon Panetta said Sunday he thinks Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make two weapons, and that it would take at least two years to prepare the bombs and a delivery system. "We think they have enough low-enriched uranium for two weapons," Panetta told the ABC

Vote counting to begin in Somaliland

HARGEISA: Authorities were expected to begin counting votes Sunday in the breakaway state of Somaliland, a day after a peaceful presidential election, the electoral board said. "Some of the ballot boxes were brought early this morning to the headquarters of the National Election

Pakistan starts resettling war-hit South Waziristan tribes

PESHAWAR: Pakistan on Sunday launched a process of resettling tens of thousands of tribesmen displaced in a major offensive in the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan last year, officials said. Pakistan`s military launched a sweeping offensive into South Waziristan last October aimed

North Korea open to talks with Seoul over sunken ship

SEOUL: North Korea said on Sunday it was open to inter-Korean military talks to address the sinking of a South Korean warship but urged the United States to cease its involvement in the case. The North, however, renewed a demand that the South first allow Pyongyang to carry out its own

Indian Kashmir orders probe into latest killings

SRINAGAR: Authorities in restive Indian Kashmir ordered a judicial probe on Sunday into the killing of two young men by security forces in a bid to stem protests over their deaths. Police said the two men died on Friday in Sopore, 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Kashmir`s summer

Indian Kashmir orders probe into latest killings

SRINAGAR: Authorities in restive Indian Kashmir ordered a judicial probe on Sunday into the killing of two young men by security forces in a bid to stem protests over their deaths. Police said the two men died on Friday in Sopore, 50 kilometres (31 miles) north of Kashmir`s summer

Guinea votes in first democratic election since independence

CONAKRY, June 27, 2010 (AFP) - Guineans headed to the polls Sunday in the west African nation`s first democratic election since independence in 1958, hoping to end half a century of military and civilian dictatorships. Long queues of patient voters built up around the country to take

Captive Israeli soldier`s family begins trek to Jerusalem

MITZPE HILA: Thousands of people joined Gilad Shalit`s family for a mass march from northern Israel to Jerusalem on Sunday to mark four years since the young soldier was captured on the Gaza border. Wearing white T-shirts and baseball caps emblazoned with the slogan "Gilad is still

Blood test gives pointer to early menopause

ROME: A simple blood test can give an accurate pointer of when a woman will hit the menopause, according to research to be presented at a fertility conference here on Monday. If confirmed by other scientists, the test devised by Iranian doctors would be a boon for women seeking to plan

11 dead in China as funeral-bound bus falls into ravine

BEIJING - An overloaded bus taking mourners to a funeral veered off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine in northern China, killing 11 people and injuring 31, state media reported Sunday. Forty-two people were on the private 19-seat bus heading to the funeral when it careened off

Sodden China battles to repair flood defenses

BEIJING - China scrambled Sunday to repair water defences shattered by relentless rain, state media said, after flood-related disasters claimed the lives of 235 people this month. Jiangxi province flood control officials said a major dyke that broke last week as the river running through

Iran threat, peace process key in Saudi-US summit

RIYADH - Saudi doubts over US-driven sanctions on Iran, the flagging Middle East peace process and Afghanistan will be the focus of King Abdullah`s talks at the White House this week, analysts say. Tuesday`s meeting between President Barack Obama and the 86-year-old sovereign of the

Kyrgyzstan holds referendum despite warnings

OSH - Kyrgyzstan on Sunday voted on a new constitution aimed at establishing a parliamentary democracy, ignoring warnings that the referendum risked inflaming ethnic tensions after deadly clashes. The interim authorities have defiantly pressed ahead with the referendum despite horrific

US military chief in Israel for top-level talks

TEL AVIV - The top US military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, arrived in Tel Aviv on Sunday for talks with Israeli military and defence officials, both sides said. "This is a very short visit -- he will meet with Defence Minister (Ehud) Barak and with (Chief of Staff) Gaby Ashkenazi and a

World leaders meet to thrash out recovery plans

TORONTO - The leaders of the world`s most powerful countries were to pursue talks Sunday on settling their differences over how to nurse the fragile world economy back to health. The G20 nations convened in the eastern Canadian city of Toronto on the heels of a tough-talking G8 summit,

Strip on Australia`s Uluru angers Aborigines

SYDNEY - A woman who performed a striptease on top of Australia`s giant red rock Uluru on Sunday prompted renewed calls for people to be banned from climbing the important indigenous site, a report said.Alizee Sery, 25, stripped down to a white bikini after climbing the central Australian

Nine killed at Mexican drug addiction center

MEXICO CITY - Nine people have been killed and other nine have been wounded when gunmen attacked a drug rehabilitation center in Northern Mexico, authorities said.The officials said the attack occurred late Saturday in the city of Gomez Palacio, in Durango state.All the victims, which

In signal to Pyongyang, US, SKorea beef up ties

TORONTO - In a display of unshakeable unity against nuclear-armed North Korea, US President Barack Obama agreed Saturday to wrap up a long delayed free trade deal with South Korea and extend Washington`s wartime command of South Korean forces.As tensions surged on the Korean peninsula

RugbyU: Australia and Ireland have work to do

BRISBANE : Australia and Ireland showed they were both still very much works in progress during the Wallabies` scrappy 22-15 win in their one-off rugby union Test in Brisbane. But while Ireland can now take a well-earned break until the November internationals, the Wallabies have a far

Kyrgyzstan votes on new constitution

OSH, June 27, 2010 (AFP) - Polling stations opened in Kyrgyzstan Sunday in a referendum on a new constitution amid fears the poll could spark a resurgence of deadly inter-ethnic violence. BDST: 0853 HRS , June 27, 2010 SIS