|Afghanistan blames ISI for 'sophisticated and complex' Kabul restaurant attack
1/20/2014 10:57:00 AM
London, Jan. 20 (ANI): Afghanistan's National Security Council has blamed 'foreign intelligence services' of being behind deadly attack on a restaurant in Kabul on Friday.
The council said that ordinary Taliban could not have carried out such sophisticated and complex attacks.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide attack in central Kabul, which killed 21 people, including the local IMF chief and citizens of at least nine nationalities.
According to the
|Ex-Taiwanese President says Japan owns disputed Senkaku islands
1/18/2014 3:04:00 PM
Tokyo, Jan. 18 (ANI): Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui has reiterated that the disputed Senkaku Islands are Japanese territory based on international law.
Lee said that he was hopeful that ongoing fisheries talks progress between Japan and Taiwan, which would allow fishermen use the fishing grounds near the disputed islets, the Japan Times reports.
A pact that took effect between Japan and Taiwan last year allows Taiwanese fishing boats to operate in certain areas near the
|Ex-Fukushima engineer warns Taiwan of unstable nature of nuke plants
1/17/2014 2:43:00 PM
Tokyo, Jan. 17 (ANI): A Japanese engineer, who helped build crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor No. 4, has warned Taiwan of the inherently unstable nature of nuclear power.
Mitsuhiko Tanaka said that the 1986 Chernobyl disaster changed his views on nuclear power, and agreed that nuclear accidents are bound to happen someday or the other, without anybody knowing when its going to occur, the Japan Times reports.
He urged Taiwan's government to make information publicly accessible,
|Taliban 'confident of victory' over Nato forces in Afghanistan
1/17/2014 11:29:00 AM
London, Jan. 17 (ANI): Afghan Taliban is reportedly confident of victory over Nato-led foreign combat forces and claimed that the outfit is already in control of large areas of the nation.
Deeming the presidential elections as fake, Zabiullah Mujahed, the spokesperson for the Afghan Taliban denied any ties with candidates.
Mujahed confirmed the group's presence in remote areas and claimed that foreign troops were scared to step out of their bases, the BBC reported.
|China allays US fears new missile warheads aimed at country
1/16/2014 4:11:00 PM
Beijing, Jan. 16 (ANI): China has denied reports of recent ultrahigh-speed missile test flight aimed at delivering warheads through the missile defenses of the United States.
The Ministry of National Defense clarified the tests were neither aimed at any nation nor any specific target, and that they were conducting the scientific experiments within its borders as a normal routine, the China Daily reports.
Earlier, The Washington Free Beacon news website quoted an anonymous Pentagon
|Pak says Indian army chief's statement on LoC could destabilize ties
1/16/2014 3:20:00 PM
Islamabad, Jan. 16 (ANI): Pakistan has criticized the recent statement issued by Indian army chief General Bikram Singh as unfortunate and provocative, which could lead to deterioration of ties between the two countries.
Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said that Pakistan was doing its utmost to establish peace along the Line of Control (LoC) in disputed Kashmir region, Dawn News reports.
The reaction came to General Singh's statement warning Pakistan against ceasefire
|Indian woman claiming rape in Dubai fails to file case
1/15/2014 4:33:00 PM
Dubai, Jan. 15 (ANI): The 27-year-old Indian woman, who claimed of being locked-up and raped for 25 days, has reportedly not filed any case with Dubai Police.
The woman was approached by a fellow Indian woman in Mumbai, offering her a job at her boutique in Dubai as assistant manager.
However, once the woman reached Dubai, her visa was taken and she was led to an apartment by the boutique owner, where she was raped incessantly by some 13 men over the 25 days she was in the country,
|Bangladesh: Elections Part-II-The Outcome
1/13/2014 4:03:00 PM
Dhaka, Jan.13 (ANI): The election outcome was a foregone conclusion once the main opposition party the Khaleda Zia-led BNP boycotted the elections.
In fact, even before the first vote was cast the AL had won 127 of the 153 seats that were uncontested. Of the 147 contested seats on January 05, the AL bagged 104 while re-poll would be held in 540 booths in 8 constituencies.
In the total 300 seats, AL seats are 229 seats, the HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party 33, the Workers Party of Bangladesh
|Washington 'more dangerous' than North Korea, claim US rappers
1/13/2014 11:04:00 AM
London, Jan. 13 (ANI): The United States is more dangerous than North Korea, two Americans rappers have said.
The two rappers who visited North Korea told Sky News their home city of Washington DC is a more dangerous place.
Anthony Bobb and Dontray Ennis, known as Pacman and Peso, also said North Koreans should not be seen as 'bad' just because of their leader Kim Jong-Un's actions.
It is almost universally accepted that North Korea has the worst human rights record
|Kenya mall attackers believed to be dead: FBI
1/12/2014 4:04:00 PM
Johannesburg, Jan. 12 (ANI): The gunmen who attacked an upscale mall in Nairobi, killing at least 67 people, died in the attack, officials have said.
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for the 21 September attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall.
According to news24, Al-Shabaab said that the attack was in retaliation of Kenya sending its troops to Somalia to fight the militants.
Dennis Brady, the FBI Legal Attache in Nairobi, said in an interview posted
|Bangladesh: Elections Part I- The Setting
1/12/2014 4:04:00 PM
Dhaka, Jan.12 (ANI): Bangladesh voted to elect its 10th Parliament on January 5, 2014 in what has been termed as its bloodiest election. The run up was marred by a series of hartals or shutdowns and violence launched by the Khaleda Zia-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies, notably the Jamaat and its student body the Islami Chhatir Shibir. The BNP even boycotted the elections leading to no contests in 153 out of the 300 seats.
The hartals and violence have gone through
|Major fire in China's 'Shangri-la' put out
1/12/2014 11:07:00 AM
Beijing, Jan. 12 (ANI): A major fire that broke out in Shangri-la, a resort county in southwest China's Yunnan Province, has been completely put out.
The local government said that the fire affected a total area of 40,000 square meters, with 335 households. Some 242 houses were destroyed.
According to China Daily, the economic loss from the fire that gutted a number of homes is huge.
The fire broke out at 1:37 a.m. at the Ruyi Inn in the Dukezong Ancient Town, where most
|China-Japan 'war of words' now stretches into Africa
1/11/2014 2:42:00 PM
London, Jan 11 (ANI): Japan has reportedly alleged that China is luring African leaders with expensive gifts and offerings, as the two pledge big money to the African nations.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is touring three nations in Africa, which has China accusing Japan of supporting Africa to secure a place in the United National Security Council.
In counter-attack, Japan has accused China of buying African leaders, while the latter has insisted that its aid and co-operation
|Afghan govt to release scores of Taliban prisoners in defiance of US wishes
1/10/2014 11:56:00 AM
London, Jan. 10 (ANI): Afghanistan is set to release scores of prisoners considered a security threat by the United States.
A statement from President Hamid Karzai's office said there was not much evidence against 72 out of 88 prisoners previously held by US forces.
According to the BBC, Washington expressed concern over the planned releases, saying it regarded the 72 as 'dangerous criminals'.
Hundreds of prisoners at Bagram jail have been freed since the Afghan government
|Japan to conduct fuel meltdown experiment to analyze Fukushima disaster
1/10/2014 11:56:00 AM
Tokyo, Jan. 10 (ANI): The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is planning to conduct a fuel meltdown experiment in March in a bid to analyze the Fukushima incident of 2011 that occurred due to a natural disaster.
The experiment would see melting of a 30-cm-long nuclear fuel test rod placed inside a stainless-steel capsule at the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor in Tokai of Ibaraki Prefecture, the Japan Times reports.
The nuclear fission reactions inside the research facility are expected
|Zardari not indicted in Polo ground, Cotecna references
1/9/2014 3:15:00 PM
Islamabad, Jan. 9 (ANI): Former Pak president Asif Ali Zardari has not been indicted in the Polo ground and Cotecna cases.
The verdict was announced during the hearing of five National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against him.
An accountability court in Islamabad heard the case and adjourned the hearing of the references to January 18.
According to the Express Tribune, Zardari's lawyer Farooq H Naek requested the court to end the cases, as there was no evidence
|Bangladeshi MPs take oaths to form new government
1/9/2014 3:15:00 PM
Washington, Jan. 9 (ANI): Bangladesh's newly elected lawmakers have taken the oath of office.
The swearing-in ceremony was held at the national parliament, with lawmakers from the ruling Awami League party and its main ally Jatiya Party taking their oaths.
According to ABC News, Independents and others from smaller parties were sworn in separately Thursday, according to the Parliament Secretariat.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League party won 232 of the 300 seats
|HRW urges Bangladesh govt. to end arbitrary arrests immediately
1/9/2014 3:15:00 PM
Dhaka, Jan. 09 (ANI): Bangladesh authorities should immediately end arbitrary arrests of opposition party members and others, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
Arrests have continued even after the ruling Awami League party and its allies won the largely uncontested elections held on January 5, 2014, HRW claimed.
The United States, European Union, and others refused to send observers to Bangladesh's divisive polls.
Hundreds of opposition leaders and members were taken into
|Pak Attorney General decides to quit
1/9/2014 3:15:00 PM
Islamabad, Jan. 09 (ANI): Pakistani Attorney General (AG) Muneer A. Malik has decided to quit the office on January 10, just seven months after accepting the constitutional post.
The AG, who has always been regarded as a bridge between the judiciary and the federal government, met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to inform him about his decision, Dawn News reports.
A known Supreme Court lawyer and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Malik spearheaded the lawyers'
|US drone strikes on Pak must end now, says Sartaj Aziz
1/9/2014 1:57:00 PM
Islamabad, Jan. 09 (ANI): Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has reportedly said that the US drone strikes inside Pakistan must end as the 'high-value targets' have been taken care of.
During the book launching ceremony of Akbar S. Ahmed's Thistle and drone: America's war on terror or war on tribal Islam, Aziz said that it was time for the US to end the drone attacks, which had proved to be counter-productive.
According to Dawn News, the adviser