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Balochistan: The Next Pro-Israel ‘Humanitarian’ Project?

With the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations beginning a hearing on human rights abuses in Balochistan, could Pakistan’s resource-rich largest province be the next target of “humanitarian intervention”?

From Shafik to El-Ganzouri

Three governments in less than a year: Reem Leila looks back at 12 months in which forming a cabinet seemed like a frenetic version of the children’s game musical chairs

Government concessions for essential transport services, private buses to strike against fuel price hike

Feb 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has announced that concessions will be given to essential transport services in the country to maintain the services without any interruption due to the fuel price hike that goes into effect from midnight Saturday.

Diageo boss warns bonus bashing is repelling business away from UK

Diageo’s chief executive, Paul Walsh, has weighed into the row over the growing “anti-business” sentiment in Britain, warning the Coalition it has to be “very mindful” about the mixed …

Harper Courts China for Canadian Companies

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who irked business leaders with his criticism of China when he took power six years ago, is now winning plaudits for seeking deeper ties with Asia’s biggest economy.

Asia stocks slip as Greek bailout remains in limbo

Asian stock markets dropped Friday after Europe’s finance ministers demanded more spending cuts from Greece before clearing a euro130 billion ($170 billion) bailout to stave off the country’s bankruptcy.Benchmark …

The Lede Blog: In Morocco and Saudi Arabia, Limits Seen to Speech on Social Media

Morocco and Saudi Arabia responded with a heavy hand this week to messages posted by citizens on Facebook and Twitter that the kings deemed insulting to their values.

Etihad interested in talks on Aer Lingus-newspaper

DUBLIN, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Abu Dhabi’s Etihad isinterested in holding talks with the Irish government over thesale of its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus, the MiddleEast airline’s Chief Executive James …

This Is Africa's Chance To Leapfrog The Declining West

You’ve heard about the African Renaissance, right? The Aid Bosses, once the unquestioned successors in Africa to the joint heirloom of Mother Teresa and Lord Clive of Chennai , are finding it harder and harder to get face time with the political grandees in our wheeling and dealing capitals.

China: South Africa's latest role model?

JOHANNESBURG — South African politicians push to model its economic plan after that of its biggest trading partner in 2011, China. read more

Two Sudans Edge Closer to Brink in Oil Dispute

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan and the breakaway nation of South Sudan are locked in an exceedingly dangerous game of brinkmanship over billions of gallons of oil, seizing tankers, shutting down wells and imperiling the tenuous, American-backed peace that has held — just barely — between the two countries …

We are proud of you but you hve to honour commitment: Supreme Court to Army chief V K Singh

“Commitment must be honoured even if it is not your actual date of birth,” the SC said and made it clear that his plea on date of birth is “bonafide”.

‘A wake-up, but not a recovery’

The 25 January Revolution has undoubtedly brought changes to Al-Azhar, but in the absence of further steps these are likely to remain cosmetic, writes Gihan Shahine

Liquor and hash oil found in Former President Nasheed’s residence

Liquor and hash oil found in Former President Nasheed’s residence

The Police have said that the belongings of former President Nasheed who resigned yesterday include, large amounts liquor bottles and evidence of the use of hash oil (a product of cannabis or ganja). The Police did not …

Sri Lanka, Pakistan to expand bilateral trade to US$2 billion

Feb 10, Islamabad: Sri Lanka and Pakistan aim to expand the bilateral trade between the two countries to reach US$ 2 billion from the current US$ 375 million in the next three years.

Sri Lanka appoints cabinet sub-committee to monitor implementation of Human Rights Action Plan proposals

Feb 10, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has decided to appoint a Cabinet Sub-Committee to monitor the process of speedy implementation of the proposals in the country’s Human Rights Action Plan.

Serbia to Insist on U.N. Probe Into Organ Harvesting in Kosovo …

Several dozen Serbs were allegedly murdered for their organs that were sold on the international black market, according to the report that also implicated Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, a guerilla leader at the

Boyle: Appointing alleged war-criminals to UN posts, a violation of …

While Ban Ki Moon’s spokesman Martin Nesirky insisted that Ban is powerless to stop the proposed appointment of alleged war-criminal Shavendra Silva to an UN .

UN's Intergovernmental Solar panel on Global warming | Yearly Blog

Anything over 500ppm that the UN’s Intergovernmental Solar panel on Global warming has stated would be the minimum rise will result in the reef’s destruction. Coral beds will end up simply “rapidly eroding boulders banks”.

UK to press for global green accounting system

Britain will be pressing for governments everywhere to adopt “green accounting”, formally putting a value on environmental assets such as forests as much as on economic output, at a major

Judiciary will be free from government influence – President Dr. Waheed

Judiciary will be free from government influence – President Dr. Waheed

President Dr Mohamed Waheed has assured that the Judiciary will be free from government influence. He made this statement while speaking at a press conference held at the President’s Office yesterday afternoon. He said that his …

Tajikistan’s Limited Options

At home, the government confines appointments to circle of insiders, while abroad the country has few real friends. Programme:  Central Asia read more

IMF faults Pakistan's optimism on economy

KARACHI – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has criticized Pakistan’s economic projections, saying the country’s economic vulnerabilities will further increase in the remainder of the fiscal year ending June.

EU to strengthen its cybersecurity watchdog

IDG News Service – A push by European authorities to strengthen the European Union’s cybersecurity watchdog has been given the green light.

Canada inks China trade deals, hails investor pact

BEIJING (Reuters) – China and Canada on Wednesday signed a series of deals to boost modest levels of bilateral trade and finished negotiations on a foreign investment protection pact after 18 years of talks. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, keen to boost oil exports to China and thereby reduce reliance …

Indonesia confirms Malaysian fugitive arrested in Batam

Malaysian police have received confirmation that the man arrested in Batam for possession of fake identification documents was indeed fugitive Azmin Helmi. City CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Ku Chin Wah said they received word from their Indonesian counterparts that Azmin, 37,…

Indian ministers quit after watching porn video clip

Two senior Indian politicians were forced to resign after they were caught watching a pornographic film during a session of their state assembly.

Mexican army finds 15 tons of pure methamphetamine

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s army says its troops seized 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco. It says soldiers discovered the huge cache in the town of Tlajomulco …

Egypt’s PM says US threats to cut aid won’t work

Egypt’s military-backed prime minister said today his country will not halt its crackdown on foreign-funded nonprofit groups despite what he called threats by Western

Obama Gets an Update

The White House, presumably stung by criticism following its acknowledgment last week that the president hadn’t presided over a meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan in quite a while , today put out a press release trumpeting such a meeting.

Spain mourns death of Catalan painter, sculptor Antoni Tapies, top contemporary art figure

MADRID – Catalan painter and sculptor Antoni Tapies, one of the world’s top contemporary art figures, has died. He was 88.

Serbia: 5 Guards Jailed Over Failed Prison Break

Serbia: 5 guards suspected of helping attempted prison break by dangerous inmates

"Silent Majority in Russia Does Not Share the Aspirations of Noisy Minority" Claims Political Analyst

BUDAPEST, February 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –Gabor Stier, political columnist of the Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet, has said that despite protests in Moscow there is no doubt that Vladimir Putin will …

Germany: 2 men arrested for spying on Syrian opposition

The two suspects are accused of conducting systematic surveillance of members of the Syrian opposition living in Germany over several years. read more

Tour de France champ Alberto Contador vows to challenge doping verdict (+video)

Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador signaled today his intention to appeal the doping conviction handed down yesterday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after a grueling 18-month legal battle.

Wednesday newspaper round-up: Xstrata, BP, Yahoo,

Mick Davis has been put on notice to waive his £11m bonus for the completion of Xstrata’s $86bn (£54bn) merger with Glencore. A top five shareholder has told the company

2 dangerous inmates try to escape in Serbia

Police have detained five prison guards who were on duty when two convicted murderers escaped from their cells at a high-security lockup in Belgrade, including one who had taken

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