|Japan-ASEAN draft report calls China's new air defence zone 'security threat'
12/6/2013 3:55:00 PM
Tokyo, Dec. 06 (ANI): Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will reportedly express their concern on abuse of power in international civil aviation, which could pose a security threat, and the draft report implicitly refers to the new Chinese air defence zone, a diplomatic source said.
A draft of the statement shows Japan and ASEAN are giving consideration to underscoring the importance of freedom of overflight over the high seas after China declared the controversial
|Sri Lankan PM's office hit by heroin scam
12/5/2013 2:57:00 PM
London, Dec. 05 (ANI): Sri Lankan Prime Minister DM Jayaratne's office has been hit by a huge drugs scam, after drug traffickers obtained a letter written by his co-ordinating secretary to authorize a heroin shipment.
A letter dated 23 August was obtained from the prime minister's office duly signed by a secretary, who said he would be thankful on behalf of the Hon Prime Minister, if action was taken to waive import charges from the shipment.
Jayaratne has ordered his staff
|Resolving Mumbai attack case would be in Pak's interest: Hina
12/5/2013 2:57:00 PM
Islamabad, Dec. 05 (ANI): Former Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said it would be in Islamabad's interest to solve the Mumbai attacks case, saying that she also disagrees with banned outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who masterminded the attacks.
Rabbani said India and Pakistan should shed their 'old baggage' of historical mistakes for resumption of Indo-Pak peace dialogue process, the Nation reports.
Hafiz Saeed has been put in detention twice
|Pak high court dismisses Musharaf's petition challenging special court for high treason
12/5/2013 2:57:00 PM
Islamabad, Dec. 05 (ANI): Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed a petition challenging the special court for treason trial of former President General Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.
Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi rejected the petition claiming that the judges selected for Musharraf's trial in the special court could be biased as they were amongst those who were suspended in 2007 emergency, the Express Stribune reports.
The petitioner claimed that Justice
|Biden tells Chinese students to challenge country's authority
12/5/2013 1:09:00 PM
Tokyo, Dec. 5 (ANI): U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has urged young Chinese students to challenge their government, teachers and religious leaders.
The comments from Biden came as he opened a two-day visit to China on Wednesday.
According to the Japan Times, Biden paid a visit to the U.S. Embassy, where he surprised Chinese citizens waiting to get visitor visas processed.
Biden said that children in America are rewarded, not punished, for challenging the status quo, adding that
|CNN features 16 December gang-rape case in' World Untold Stories' series
12/5/2013 1:09:00 PM
New Delhi, December 5 (ANI): An upcoming documentary on the 16-December fatal gang-rape case titled 'The Fearless One' is being presented under CNN's series 'World Untold Stories'.
The documentary is an in-depth report which explores the tragic event that has been a watershed moment for India and led to a mass awakening, and recounts the victim's courageous struggle for life before succumbing to injuries that her attendant doctor described as the most atrocious, unbelievable
|India says food security is non-negotiable at Bali WTO Ministerial Meet
12/4/2013 4:28:00 PM
Bali (Indonesia), Dec. 4 (ANI): Commerce and Industry Ministry Anand Sharma said on Wednesday that as far as India is concerned, compromises on food security are non-negotiable.
Addressing the plenary session of the Ninth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) here, Sharma said: Agriculture sustains millions of farmers and their interests must be secured. There is need for public stock-holding of foodgrains to ensure food security. The Bali package must be substantive.
|India approves 39 projects for Bhutan
12/4/2013 4:01:00 PM
Thimphu/New Delhi, Dec.4 (ANI): Bhutan's foreign ministry has confirmed that India has given its approval to 39 new projects during the second round of talks on the 11th plan held in New Delhi.
Talks were held last week on the Project Tied Assistance (PTA) under which India has committed 28 billion rupees.
As per the agreement between the two countries, another 42 projects are to be considered after submitting more information.
It was agreed that projects above 500 million
|US army halts 'risky' shipments from Afghanistan after Pak protests over drone strikes
12/4/2013 11:22:00 AM
London, Dec. 04 (ANI): The United States military has halted its ground cargo shipments from Afghanistan via Pakistan after protests over drone strikes posed risks to its drivers.
Pakistanis have blocked the US main supply route to Afghanistan in north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and protestors have been harassing truck drivers and turning back vehicles carrying Nato provisions, the BBC reports.
Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said that this would affect outgoing shipments
|China daily criticises Cameron, says Britain not 'big power' anymore
12/4/2013 11:22:00 AM
Sydney, Dec. 04 (ANI): A China daily has criticised British Prime Minister David Cameron for colluding with France and Germany to provoke Beijing over the Dalai Lama.
A state-run newspaper said Britain was no longer seen as a big power among Chinese, but as just an old European country apt for travel and study, News.com.au reports.
The Global Times also criticised Cameron for comments backing expanded democracy in former British colony Hong Kong.
Cameron's is presently on
|Afghan-U.S. bilateral security agreement rattles Pakistan
12/3/2013 8:19:00 PM
Kabul, Dec.3 (ANI): The decision of the Afghan Loya Jirga last week to approve the bilateral security agreement with the United States for continued presence of the U.S.-led western forces after the NATO trroops withdrawal has rattled Pakistan.
Both the Pakistan civilian government , the Pakistan Army and its spy agency ISI have been forced to rethink and modify their strategy and attitude towards Afghanistan.
They are now hoping for a drawn-out, phased withdrawal of Western troops
|New Pak Taliban chief returns to tribal areas after years long stay in Afghanistan
12/3/2013 4:18:00 PM
Islamabad, Dec. 03 (ANI): New Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah has returned to the country's tribal areas after spending years in Afghanistan, a spokesman of the banned outfit said.
A TTP spokesman said that Fazlullah was now commanding from Pakistan, but he did not reveal the exact place where he was based in the tribal areas, Dawn News reports.
Fazlullah was elected as leader of the TTP last month after his predecessor Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a
|Outrage in Pak over terror attack on Express Media Group office
12/3/2013 3:17:00 PM
Islamabad, Dec. 03 (ANI): Pakistan has condemned the recent terror attack on the Express Media Group offices and there is an outrage in the nation over lack of security for the journalist community.
The office of the Pakistani media group Express News in Karachi came under an attack on Monday when gunfire and two explosions injured three people, but guards prevented unidentified men from entering the building.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid slammed
|China dismisses Canadian naval spy allegations as 'baseless'
12/3/2013 3:09:00 PM
London, Dec. 03 (ANI): China has dismissed Canadian allegations as baseless that an Ontario engineer had passed on its national shipbuilding strategy to Beijing.
Qing Quentin Huang was arrested on Saturday and charged with attempting to provide secret information to a foreign entity, the BBC reports.
However, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) did not reveal whether Huang had been successful in the alleged spying.
He faces a life sentence, and is due in court on Wednesday,
|People with notable change in appearance asked to apply for new ID card
12/2/2013 2:26:00 PM
New Delhi, December 2 (ANI): People who have drastically lost weight have been ordered to apply for a new ID card in Jiangning district in Nanjing.
The police station in Jiangsu province said on its Sina micro blog that those who had made a notable change in their appearance due to major weight loss or plastic surgery, should apply for a new ID card, China Daily reported.
The order was passed after a woman asked the police station for help after she was kicked out of an exam because
|Bangladesh deadlocked as political battle over poll row intensifies
12/2/2013 2:26:00 PM
Dhaka/Narayanganj (Bangladesh), Dec.2 (ANI): Violence continues to dominate the Bangladesh landscape, as the battle between feuding political parties intensifies.
There are rumors that this could delay or even derail the polls due on January 5.
Opposition supporters in Bangladesh detonated scores of homemade bombs and removed railway tracks to disrupt train services last week as a planned nationwide protest against upcoming elections turned violent.
One man died and dozens
|Thailand opposition protest leader gives PM 'two-day ultimatum' for returning power to people
12/2/2013 1:43:00 PM
London, Dec. 02 (ANI): Thailand protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has said he has given two days time to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for returning power to the people.
However, Suthep did not reveal anything as to what action would he follow, if the ultimatum were not heeded, the BBC reports.
He said that his meeting with the prime minister had been held under the auspices of the military and there was no compromise from either side.
According to the report, five people
|Jailed 'Osama doc' Shakil Afridi demands better security in letter to lawyers
12/1/2013 11:08:00 AM
Peshawar, Dec. 1 (ANI): Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA track slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, has written a letter to his lawyers demanding better security.
In his letter, Dr Shakil demanded to meet his family members, and urging them to get his cell in prison changed.
According to the Express Tribune, Shakil claims being a BPS-19 officer he should be kept in a Class-B cell. He has been kept in inappropriate places inside the Peshawar Central Prison.
|Nawaz Sharif vows to facilitate Afghan-Taliban peace talks
12/1/2013 10:48:00 AM
London, Dec. 1 (ANI): Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed to help facilitate peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
The comments from Sharif came while speaking after meeting Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.
According to the BBC, Sharif said that meetings would be encouraged between Karzai's representatives and Mullah Baradar, a former Taliban commander released from detention in Pakistan last year.
Afghan officials believe Baradar's
|Top U.S. commander apologizes to Hamid Karzai for drone strike killing child
11/30/2013 12:19:00 AM
Washington, Nov. 30 (ANI): Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has apologized to President Hamid Karzai for a drone strike that killed a child, after the incident threatened efforts of getting the security pact signed before 2014 withdrawal.
Marine General Joseph Dunford called Karzai to express deep regrets for the incident and any civilian casualties, CBS News reports.
According to the report, the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF),