|After China, Russia bans Bitcoin
2/8/2014 12:26:00 AM
Washington, Feb. 08 (ANI): Russia has reportedly banned virtual currency, Bitcoin, and has made it illegal for individuals and legal entities to use them.
The Central Bank of Russia has announced that the official currency of the country is Ruble and Bitcoin is a money substitute, which is why it has been banned.
According to Tech Crunch, the reason for the decision is the alleged use of Bitcoin for money laundering and other criminal activities.
The Russian institution also
|Mubarak to now stand trial for embezzlement
2/7/2014 2:42:00 PM
Cairo, Feb. 7 (ANI): Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is set to stand trial on embezzlement charges.
Mubarak is already standing trial for alleged incitement to kill protesters and corruption.
According to news24, the latest charges brought against Mubarak and his two sons Alaa and Gamal involve their alleged embezzlement of 18 million dollars earmarked for presidential palaces, a prosecution official said.
That trial will start on 19 February, he said.(ANI)
|US adds banned Pak militant group LJ's chief to most wanted global terrorist list
2/7/2014 2:42:00 PM
Islamabad, Feb. 7 (ANI): The United States has designated Malik Ishaq, the chief of proscribed banned militant group of Pakistan, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ), in its list of most wanted international terrorists.
A statement issued by the US State Department said they have designated Ishaq as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.
According to Dawn News, the US government also decided to keep his outfit on the international terrorist organisation list.
|Afghan Taliban holding British military dog 'hostage'!
2/7/2014 1:50:00 PM
London, Feb. 7 (ANI): The Afghan Taliban has released a video showing a captured allied soldier - a British military service pup.
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) officials in Afghanistan confirmed a military dog went missing during a mission last year in December.
The Taliban said the dog, apparently called Colonel, was wearing a GPS tracking device, a torch and small camera.
According to the BBC, the video showed that a long-haired Taliban fighter holding the
|US calls on China to change stance on South China Sea dispute per international law
2/7/2014 1:22:00 PM
London, Feb. 7 (ANI): A senior US diplomat has called on China to clarify its territorial claims in the South China Sea in accordance with international law.
Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asia, criticised China's so-called 'nine-dash line' that outlines its claims.
He added that there were growing concerns over Beijing's pattern of behaviour.
China, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan all have claims in the region.
|Biden says NY airport like 'Third World Country' in comparison to Hong Kong
2/7/2014 12:32:00 AM
Washington, Feb. 7 (ANI): US Vice President Joe Biden has reportedly said that New York's LaGuardia Airport is in need of major improvements, while comparing it with the airport in Hong Kong.
Biden said that if he were to blindfold a person and take him to the LaGuardia, the person would think that he was in some 'Third World country'.
Drawing comparisons with the Hong Kong airport, during an event Thursday in Philadelphia, Biden commented that Hong Kong had the type of
|North, South Korea agree to hold reunion for displaced families during Korean War
2/6/2014 2:49:00 PM
Washington, Feb. 6 (ANI): North and South Koreas have agreed to hold a reunion for families separated by the Korean War later this month.
The move is the first of its kind since 2010, announced Wednesday.
Officials from both sides decided the reunion would be held from 20 to 25 February at the North's Mount Kumgang resort.
The South's Unification Ministry said that they hoped the latest agreement would be smoothly carried out to ease the suffering and pain of separated
|Ancient Buddha statues smashed by Taliban restored by Kabul Museum (Re-issue)
2/6/2014 12:26:00 AM
Kabul, Feb.6 (ANI): Archaelogists and restoration experts have reassembled and restored several statues, including the magnificiant and ancient Buddha statues, smashed by the Taliban in 2001 during their rule.
The painstakingly reassembled objects include the cross-legged, 2nd or 3rd century A.D. Bodhisatva Sidhartha, which has now been restablished at a place of pride at the top of the Kabul Museum's staircase. The larger than life-size beautiful statue had been reduced to shards
|Pak ex- president Musharraf challenges arrest warrant in SC
2/5/2014 4:54:00 PM
Islamabad, Feb. 5 (ANI): Pakistan's former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf has reportedly challenged the special court's decision of issuing bailable arrest warrant against him, in the Supreme Court.
Advocate Chaudhry Faisal Hussain, a member of his legal team said that Musharraf had filed two petitions challenging the Jan 31 special court order of issuing bailable warrants of arrest and the Jan 10 order in which the trial court decided to make provisions of the Criminal
|N Korea calls Japanese PM 'Asian Hitler'
2/5/2014 2:55:00 PM
Sydney, Feb. 5 (ANI): North Korea has called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an 'Asian Hitler'.
The North said Abe intended on amassing military power under the guise of ensuring regional stability.
According to news.com.au, Abe was slammed in an editorial carried by the North's official KCNA news agency.
The attack followed commentary by the ruling party's newspaper Rodong Sinmun last month that described Abe as a 'militarist maniac' for trying to amend
|U.S miffed over Karzai holding clandestine meetings with Afghan Taliban
2/5/2014 1:26:00 PM
Washington, Feb. 5(ANI): Afghani president Hamid Karzai has reportedly been holding secret meetings with the Taliban to reach a peace agreement sans the intervention of U.S and other western allies, jeopardizing his relationship with the U.S.
The president's move to reach a deal with the group independently is said to further strain Afghanistan's rapport with the U.S.
Western and Afghan officials on condition of anonymity said that the contact was initiated by the Taliban in
|Kabul Museum restores Taliban-smashed ancient Buddha statues
2/5/2014 12:27:00 AM
Kabul, Feb.5 (ANI): Archaelogists and restoration experts have reassembled and restored several statues, including the magnificiant and ancient (Bamiyan) Buddha statues, smashed by the Taliban in 2001 during their rule.
The painstakingly reassembled objects include the cross-legged, 2nd or 3rd century A.D. Bodhisatva Sidhartha, which has now been restablished at a place of pride at the top of the Kabul Museum's staircase. The larger than life-size beautiful statue had been reduced
|Pakistan's Shamshad Akhtar takes over as tenth UN-ESCAP Executive Secretary
2/3/2014 4:20:00 PM
New Delhi, Feb.3 (ANI): Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), officially took office on Monday in Bangkok.
A UN-ESCAP release said that under her leadership, ESCAP will place a greater emphasis on promoting higher, well-balanced and sustainable regional growth that helps eradicate poverty and generates jobs to improve prosperity in the region.
The Asia-Pacific region stands out for
|Pak Taliban vows to 'monitor and guide' negotiators' security during peace talks
2/3/2014 3:43:00 PM
Islamabad, Feb. 3 (ANI): The Pak Taliban will provide blanket security to peace negotiators in the areas under their control.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) central spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said they have formed a committee that could easily negotiate with the government's side and present their point of view before the people of Pakistan.
According to the Express Tribune, he added that the Taliban would 'monitor and guide' the five-member committee they have
|Sindh seeks return of Mohenjodaro's Dancing Girl statue from India
2/3/2014 2:51:00 PM
Karachi, Feb. 3 (ANI): The Sindh government has requested Islamabad for asking India to return the famous statue of the Dancing Girl, which is in possession of the Indian authorities since 1946.
The move from the provincial government comes as Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari's Sindh Festival has turned people's attention towards the culture and civilisation of Sindh.
According to Dawn News, a member of the Sindh cabinet said that they have written to the federal government to help repatriate
|Pakistani hackers claim defacing 2,000 Indian websites on 26th Jan
2/3/2014 2:51:00 PM
Karachi, Feb. 3 (ANI): Pakistani hackers have claimed responsibility for hacking over 2,000 Indian websites on 26 January, Indian media reported.
The Hindu reported on January 29 that hackers defaced more than 2,000 Indian websites on Republic Day in what is being termed as 'a major cyber attack'.
According to the Express Tribune, the report said that the attackers' Internet protocol (IP) address was traced to Pakistan.
The newspaper cited the Global Cyber Security
|Chinese military may launch attacks on Okinawa in wake of South China Sea conflicts
2/2/2014 10:03:00 AM
Tokyo, Feb.2 (ANI): According to a senior U.S. Air Force official, the Chinese military could reportedly target Okinawa Prefecture and the U.S. territory of Guam during contingencies in Taiwan or the South China Sea conflicts.
The People's Liberation Army Air Force and the Second Artillery Corps are planning on carrying strikes against the American forces and facilities in China in case of greater U.S intervention in its conflicts.
China had issued a written testimony before U.S.-China
|China dismisses US accusation on press freedom violations
2/1/2014 11:44:00 AM
Beijing, Feb. 01 (ANI): China's Foreign Ministry has reportedly refuted the statement issued by the US Department of State that expressed concern about the working environment of foreign journalists in China and accused the nation of press freedom violations.
Spokesperson Hong Lei said that the statement does not accord with facts and urged foreign journalists in China to observe Chinese laws.
According to ChinaDaily, the statement, issued on January 30, stated that New York Times
|Qualities essential to excel as leader revealed!
1/31/2014 6:18:00 PM
Melbourne, January 31 (ANI): There are no specific guidelines to be a great leader, but there are certain essential roles a successful leader must fulfill.
According to Dr. Jim Taylor, a leader must gain the respect, trust, and loyalty of his team and build a healthy and strong relationship with them, News.com.au reported.
A leader must possess the psychological, emotional, and interpersonal skills necessary to perform at a high level consistently, to be both a role model and educate
|Snowden documents reveal NSA targeted Al Qaeda with leaky apps
1/31/2014 4:35:00 PM
Washington, Jan. 31 (ANI): Latest claims to come out of the secret NSA documents reportedly state that the US spy agency's alleged programmes targeted Al Qaeda through their mobile phones.
It was recently revealed that the NSA and its UK counterpart, the GCHQ, snooped on 'leaky mobile apps' like Angry Birds, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to pull out user data from virtual profiles.
However, the latest claims have pointed that the alleged programme has been used to snoop-on terrorists