Sunday, 22 May, 2022


Celebrations as Dalai Lama turns 75

DHARAMSHALA - The Dalai Lama marks his 75th birthday on Tuesday, with thousands set to celebrate the occasion in his hometown-in-exile and events planned across the globe from Europe to Australia. The Nobel laureate will address a crowd of 5,000 fans and followers at his temple in McLeod

Ahmadinejad to meet Muslim leaders at D8 after new sanctions

ABUJA - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to meet fellow Muslim leaders at a summit in Nigeria on Thursday after Western nations recently piled fresh sanctions on his country over its nuclear programme. Turkish President Abdullah Gul will also attend the Developing Eight (D8)

Iran discovers two new gas fields: minister

TEHRAN - Iran, OPEC`s second largest oil exporter, has discovered two new natural gas fields, Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazemi announced on Monday.The combined gas reserves of the two fields amount to around 800 billion cubic metres (28 trillion cubic feet), he told reporters."Forouz gas

Liberals hold the reins after Polish victory

WARSAW - Poland`s liberals held all the reins of power Monday after their candidate Bronislaw Komorowski foiled conservative Jaroslaw Kaczynski`s audacious bid to replace his late twin in a presidential election.Komorowski`s victory means the Civic Platform controls both the government

Britain, Germany, UAE aiports `refuse fuel to Iran jets`

TEHRAN - Airports in Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates have refused to offer fuel to Iranian passenger jets flying through their airspace, Iranian media reported on Monday.The action was the result of unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran over its

Israel`s Defence Minister holds talks with Palestinian PM

JERUSALEM - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak was on Monday holding a face-to-face meeting with Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad at a hotel in Jerusalem, officials on both sides said.The two were meeting at the King David hotel on the eve of talks between Israeli Prime Minister

Vietnam breaks ground on 1.2-billion-dollar coal power plant

HANOI - Vietnam has broken ground on a 1.2 billion dollar coal-fired power plant, state media reported Monday, as the fast-growing economy seeks to stem power shortages.The Nghi Son 1 project, to be fully operational by 2014, will have a capacity of 600 megawatts, the Vietnam News

Turkish airspace closed to Israeli military flights: Turkish minister

ANKARA - Turkish airspace closed to Israeli military flights: Turkish ministerBDST: 12:27 HRS, July 5, 2010

New Australia PM casts doubt on `Asia-Pacific community`

SYDNEY: Australia`s new Prime Minister Julia Gillard has cast serious doubt over a new 18-nation Asian forum proposed by her sacked predecessor, a report said on Monday.Gillard told the Sydney Morning Herald that former leader Kevin Rudd`s Asia-Pacific community, a hallmark of his plans

At least 52 missing since 2008 Syria prison riot

LONDON: More than 50 prisoners are still missing since riots at Syria`s Saydnaya prison two years ago led to the deaths of at least 17 prisoners and five military police, Amnesty International said on Monday.In a report marking the second anniversary of the July 5, 2008 riots at the

Suicide quartet hit Pakistan troops: officials

PESHAWAR - Four suicide attackers armed with car bombs and rockets targeted a fort in Pakistan, killing a soldier and wounding at least seven in an area troubled by Taliban, officials said Monday.The squad targeted the post manned by paramilitary in the northwestern town of Timargarah in

Louisiana resumes oil skimming after Hurricane Alex

NEW ORLEANS:  Efforts to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill ramped back up Sunday after Hurricane Alex prompted a five-day shutdown, amid new questions over how BP would pay for the mounting costs.Cleanup workers arrived back on Grand Isle, Louisiana by the hundreds, spilling off

Turkey to sever ties unless Israel apologises for Gaza flotilla raid: minister

ANKARA- Turkey will sever diplomatic ties with Israel unless it apologises over the commando raid on an aid convoy to Gaza in which nine Turks died, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying Monday.BDST: 12:26 HRS, July 5, 2010

We have a `wiener`: American eats the most hot dogs

NEW YORK: American Joey "Jaws" Chestnut has wolfed down 54 hot dogs in 10 minutes to claim his fourth consecutive world title in one of the planet`s most bizarre sports: competitive eating. But the New York event was marred Sunday by the arrest of Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi, Chestnut`s

Six killed in accident at Russian firing range

MOSCOW: Six people were killed in an accidental explosion at a Russian military firing range in Siberia, reports said Monday.Two military engineers -- a major and a lieutenant colonel -- and four employees of a local munitions firm were killed in the explosion in the Altai region of south

Runaway horses kill one, hurt 23 in Iowa

WASHINGTON: A Fourth of July parade turned into a tragedy in the Midwestern state of Iowa when two horses pulling a carriage went out of control and trampled 24 people, many of them children, US media reported.One person was killed, and some of the other injuries were severe, the reports

Years of prison, but no justice for Haiti`s women inmates

PORT-AU-PRINCE: The inmates at Haiti`s only women`s prison cry out in desperation as warden Marie-Yolaine Mathieu makes her rounds, hoping that she will hear their case and perhaps, help secure their release."Director, director, I need to speak to you," calls out one woman with matted

Strike over fuel prices disrupts cities across India

NEW DELHI: Police came out in force in cities across India on Monday for an opposition-led national strike over fuel price rises that disrupted flights and train services, and closed schools and businesses.The strike was called by the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and

Oil prices higher in Asian trade on profit hunting

SINGAPORE: Oil was up in Asian trade on Monday as traders cashed in on cheap crude following a slump in prices last week, analysts said.New York`s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in August, gained 38 cents to 72.52 dollars a barrel.Brent North Sea crude for August delivery

24 dead in China shuttle bus fire: govt

BEIJING: Twenty-four people were killed and 19 others injured in a fire aboard a steel company`s shuttle bus in eastern China at the weekend, a local official said Monday.The accident happened Sunday in the city of Wuxi, in Jiangsu province, a city government spokesman told AFP."The