Monday, 20 Sep, 2021


Thaksin aide seeks US role in Thailand

WASHINGTON: A close aide to Thailand`s ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is seeking US help to resolve the kingdom`s turmoil as he tries to soften the image of the "Red Shirt" protest movement.Noppadon Pattama, a former foreign minister, is on a mission to Washington that

Petraeus tries to reassure anxious Congress on Afghan war

WASHINGTON: General David Petraeus, named as the new commander in Afghanistan, tried to reassure an anxious US Congress Tuesday that NATO-led troops are making headway in the country, amid fraying public support for the war.Petraeus, the United States` most revered military officer, told

Google awaits China decision on business licence

BEIJING: Google faced a nervous wait Wednesday to see if a last-ditch attempt to renew its Chinese business licence would pay off as the Internet giant vies to circumvent official censorship. The US search leader said Tuesday it would stop automatically redirecting Chinese users to an

New Zealand lifts emergency in quake-hit Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH: A state of emergency was lifted in Christchurch Thursday, almost two weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquak struck the New Zealand city, officials said."The state of emergency has been lifted as planned" a civil defence spokesman said. "This does not mean the end of welfare,

Storm Karl hits Mexico, threatens Gulf oil installations

CANCUN: Tropical storm Karl soaked parts of Mexico`s Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday and headed toward Gulf oil installations, as a rare duo of powerful hurricanes roiled waters in the Atlantic.Karl, the 11th named storm of the season which forecasters have predicted could be one of the worst

US, Russian defense chiefs promote deeper ties

WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday hosted his Russian counterpart Anatoly Serdyukov in a high-profile visit symbolizing a "reset" in US-Russia ties. Both men vowed to expand military cooperation as they marked the first visit to the Pentagon by a Russian defense

Ahmadinejad says more sanctions won`t hurt Iran

WASHINGTON: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told US television Wednesday that more sanctions will not hurt the Islamic republic, as Western nations urged tougher action over Tehran`s nuclear program. "Our nation does not need the United States whatsoever," Ahmadinejad told NBC news

All eyes on Sarkozy as Roma storm hijacks EU summit

BRUSSELS: All eyes are on President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday as Europe kicks off an explosive summit overshadowed by a slanging match over France`s expulsion of Roma Gypsies.While leaders are also wrestling with troublesome cross-border sanctions for budget bingers, favours for

Chile miners could be free in early November: rescue chief

COPIAPO: Rescuers could reach 33 trapped miners by early November, well before the initially projected date of Christmas, the chief engineer said Wednesday as drills edged closer to the men`s dank shelter.The two drills currently digging rescue shafts both surpassed the 300-meter

Eight outlaws die in clash with military in northern Mexico

MONTERREY: Eight suspected gang members died in a clash with soldiers near the US border Thursday, an official said, as Mexico began celebrating 200 years of the start of its independence from Spain.The clash took place on a road in a rural area of northern Nuevo Leon state, said an

Japan PM pledges decisive forex steps when `necessary`

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Thursday that Japan would take decisive steps in currency markets "if it`s necessary in the future," a day after intervening to stem the strength of the yen."We are determined not to allow the drastic fluctuation of the yen," Kan told a

No Koran burning, but activists gather outside US church International Desk

GAINESVILLE: Police sent reinforcements Saturday to separate angry activists gathered outside the US church where Korans were to be burned, even though the church`s controversial pastor called off the event. Signs in red letters stating that "Islam is of the Devil" are still posted

Man throws shoe at Greek PM

Athens: A man threw a shoe at Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou Saturday in protest against the socialist government`s austerity measures. The shoe missed its intended target and the man was arrested along with two accomplices, radio reports said. The incident took place in the

Up to 10 killed in Iran gas pipeline blast: Report

Tehran:  Up to 10 people are feared dead from a gas pipeline blast near Iran`s northeastern city of Mashhad and another 16 sustained burns of various degrees, the Fars news agency reported on Sunday, the day after the accident, reports NDTV."Around nine or 10 people have been reported

Four militants killed in drone attack in Pakistan

Islamabad: A US missile strike Sunday killed four militants in northwest Pakistan`s Waziristan tribal region, officials said.The attack early Sunday hit a village in the Datta Khel area near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal district, Geo TV reported. "A US drone fired two

Fireworks blast kills six in China

Beijing: Six people were killed and four injured in an explosion triggered by fireworks in north China`s Hebei province, authorities said Sunday. The accident occurred Saturday in a village in Dongwang township of Dingzhou city, Xinhua quoted an official as saying. Preliminary

Teenage protester shot dead in Indian Kashmir

SRINAGAR: A teenager was killed and several others injured when security forces opened fire Friday on an anti-India protest in Indian Kashmir, police and witnesses said.The killing came a day after the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and took the death toll from two months of

Youth Unemployment Hits Record High

WASHINGTON: Global youth unemployment has hit a record high following the financial crisis and is likely to get worse later this year, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said Thursday. CNBC repots that the report from the ILO says 81 million out of 630 million 15-24 year olds

Obama family taking solidarity vacation to Gulf Coast

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is to travel to Florida`s Gulf Coast this weekend for a family trip intended to show solidarity with a region struggling in the wake of a massive oil spill. Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters are to leave Washington Saturday for Panama

Canadian forces take over ship of Sri Lanka refugees

VANCOUVER: Canadian authorities late Thursday seized control of a cargo ship carrying hundreds of Tamil refugees fleeing Sri Lanka, military officials told Canadian media. Canada Border Services Agency staff and military forces boarded the ship, carrying some 490 passengers, officials