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Musharraf launches comeback bid with new Pakistan party

LONDON - Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf vowed Friday to return to politics as he launched a new party in London, where he has spent the past two years in self-imposed exile.At a packed press conference which at times resembled a rally, the retired general unveiled the All Pakistan Muslim

Bangladesh discovers gas field with huge reserves

Dhaka : A new gas field with a possibility of a two to three trillion cubic feet (tcf) reserve has been found in Bangladesh, an official said.The gas structure in the Sunamganj-Netrakona districts of the northeastern region has been discovered by the state-run Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Compan

UN experts: Israel flotilla raid broke international law

GENEVA: A report by three UN-appointed human rights experts Wednesday said that Israeli forces violated international law when they raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla killing nine activists earlier this year.The UN Human Rights Council's fact-finding mission concluded that Israel's naval blockade of t

Israeli police storm Al-Aqsa Mosque

JERUSALEM: An Israeli security guard killed a Palestinian in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem on Wednesday, triggering clashes between police and rioters, including in the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.Israeli police stormed the holy site to stop Palestinians from throwing stones at Jewish worship

Manmohan Singh gets World Statesman Award

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been honoured with the 2010 World Statesman Award by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an interfaith coalition which promotes mutual understanding, tolerance and peace.India's ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar, accepted the award on behalf of the prim

Bill Gates still richest American, Forbes says

Things are on the up for US billionaires with more than half of them adding to their net worth in a year which once again saw Bill Gates as the richest of them all, Forbes magazine said on Wednesday.Gates, founder of Microsoft, was the richest person in the United States for the 17th year in a row w

Kalam to be honoured by Canadian university

Toronto - A top Canadian university will confer an honorary doctorate degree on former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam next week.The University of Waterloo, in the city of BlackBerry, will host the renowned space scientist and honour him with an honorary degree in the humanities. The world famou

India third most powerful nation: US report

WASHINGTON: India is listed as the third most powerful country in the world after the US and China and the fourth most powerful bloc after the US, China and the European Union in a new official US report.The new global power line-up for 2010 also predicted that New Delhi's clout in the world will fu

Earthquake rocks Pakistan

Islamabad - A powerful earthquake measuring 6.3 on Richter scale rocked many parts of Pakistan early on Friday, meteorological officials said.The tremor jolted Islamabad, central Punjab province, north-western Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, Pakistan-occupied Kash

UN scientists say ozone layer depletion has stopped

GENEVA - The protective ozone layer in the earth's upper atmosphere has stopped thinning and should largely be restored by mid century thanks to a ban on harmful chemicals, UN scientists said on Thursday.The "Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2010" report said a 1987 treaty that phased out ch

President Obama Bangalored again

Washington - US President Barack Obama has counselled American children to aim high as the country's success in the 21st century depends on them in the face of increasing competition from ''Bangalore, India'' and ''Beijing, China'' where students are ''working harder than ever''."You've got an oblig

Chinese to be introduced in CBSE, says Kapil Sibal

BEIJING: Indian school students will soon begin learning Chinese in large numbers as it will soon be introduced in the CBSE curriculum, Human Resources Minister, Kapil Sibal said Wednesday after discussing with China's Education Minister Yuan Guiren the modalities of training Indian teachers for the

French parliament adopts ban on full-face veil

A ban will come into force early next year if latest law passed by French parliament is not overturned by senior judgesParis: The French parliament passed a law on Tuesday prohibiting wearing a full-face veil in public, meaning a ban will come into force early next year if it is not overturned by se

UAE crackdown on handwritten passports will affect few Pakistanis

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has stopped issuing visas to Pakistanis holding handwritten passports, a senior official told Gulf News on Tuesday.The decision will affect Pakistanis who plan to travel to the UAE and Pakistani expatriates already in the country who plan to apply for a new visa after cancelling t



Obama condemns pastor's "stunt"

WASHINGTON - Joining the widespread condemnation of Florida pastor Terry Jones, for his extreme views against Islam, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that Mr. Jones' plans to attack the religion would be a "recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda".In an interview with ABC News, Mr. Obama said, ther

Quran-burning plan draws worldwide condemnation

KABUL - Afghan police went on alert on Wednesday to guard against demonstrations triggered by a US church's plan to burn a copy of the Holy Quran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks which has drawn global condemnation.Tension has risen with the approach of the ninth anniversary on Saturday of

Islam will sooner or later dominate Europe: Italian priest

LONDON: Christians in Europe must have more children or else the continent would become Islamised, said a Vatican official who predicted that Islam would "sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe".Italian Father Piero Gheddo said the poor birth rate among Europeans coupled with waves