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Pak investigators give clean chit to Musharraf in Bhutto murder case

Islamabad -Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by Taliban, a chargesheet filed by Pakistani investigators to an anti-terrorism court has said, while giving clean chit to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf of any involvement in the case.The chargesheet filed by a joint investiga

Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi released

Yangon: Myanmar's military government freed its archrival, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday after her latest term of detention expired. Several thousand jubilant supporters streamed to her residence. A smiling Suu Kyi, wearing a traditional jacket and a flower in her hair, appeared at

Obama arrives on three-day visit to India

MUMBAI: US President Barack Obama arrived here on Saturday on the first leg of his three-day visit that will seek to focus on opening up of Indian markets for American businesses and deal with wide range of political issues, including strategy on counter-terrorism. The Air Force One carrying Obam

Plane carrying 68 crashes in Cuba

HAVANA: A Cuban airliner flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital has crashed with 68 people aboard, including 28 foreigners, state media reported. There was no immediate word on whether any survived. The AeroCaribbean plane went down near the village of Guasimal in Santi Sp

ISLAMABAD - 21 killed in air crash near Karachi airport

Twenty-one people, including at least one foreign national, were killed when a small aircraft belonging to a private charter service crashed immediately after taking off from the airport in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi today. The Beechcraft 1900C aircraft of JS Air, which had been ch

Qantas grounds A380 fleet, Emirates flights on schedule

Dubai: Qantas Airways suspended flights of its Airbus A380 fleet yesterday after engine failure triggered an emergency landing in Singapore, one of the most serious incidents for the world's largest passenger plane in three years of commercial flight. One of the Airbus A380's four engines failed mi

More eruptions at deadly Indonesian volcano

Mount Merapi: A deadly surge of blistering gases cascaded down the slopes of Indonesia's most volatile volcano Friday, incinerating houses in one mountainside village and more than doubling the number of people killed in just over a week to 92. Forty-eight bodies were brought to a morgue at a nearb

Woman sentenced for attacking Muslim veil-wearer

Paris: A French court Thursday slapped a one-month suspended jail sentence on a retired female teacher who attacked a woman in a shop for wearing a face-covering Islamic veil. The Paris court heard that the defendant, who had worked in several Arab countries, set upon a 26-year-old Emirati woman in

Sonia Gandhi, Tata in Forbes' most powerful people list

BOSTON - Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata are among the five Indians named among the most powerful people in the world by Forbes in its this year's list of 68 people "who matter". India's business tycoons Reliance Industries Chairman M

Parcel bombs target German, Italian leaders, embassies

ATHENS - Greece halted foreign mail deliveries on Wednesday after nearly a dozen small parcel bombs were discovered addressed to the leaders of France, Germany and Italy and foreign embassies in Athens. A package addressed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached her Berlin offices on Tuesday, wh

Parcel bomb seized at Merkel office

BERLIN - A parcel containing an explosive device was on Tuesday intercepted at German Chancellor Angela Merkel's offices, hours after parcel bombs exploded at the Russian and Swiss embassies in Athens. The parcel bomb, purportedly sent by the Greek Economic Ministry, was addressed to Ms. Merkel per

White House looking to take Indo-U.S. relation to new level

WASHINGTON - With less than 100 hours left for Barack Obama to leave for his historic trip to India, the White House has said that the U.S. President is looking to elevate the Indo-U.S. relationship to a whole new level, far away from the misunderstanding and differences of the Cold War. "We are lo

Endorse India for permanent UNSC seat: USIBC asks Obama

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-India business community wants President Barack Obama to endorse India for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, and address issues of concern for New Delhi like the H-1B visa fee hike and fears about outsourcing of U.S. jobs to India. Ahead of Mr. Obama's India visit th

Mohammed is most popular boys' name in England

London -Mohammed was the most popular name for newborn baby boys in England and Wales in 2009, according to official data released today.But 12 different spellings of the name, each listed separately, meant that Oliver officially topped poll. The name, given to 7,364 children, ended Jack's 14-year

An air of anticipation in India: Burns

WASHINGTON - There is an air of anticipation in India and people are looking forward to the presidential visit, said a top American diplomat, who returned from New Delhi a few days ago giving final shape to the next week visit of United States President Barack Obama to India. "The mood I found was

Indonesia tsunami toll hits 311, with 379 missing

The death toll from a tsunami which struck western Indonesia rose to 311 with another 379 still listed as missing more than two days after the disaster, an official said. "Three hundred and eleven people were killed and 379 are still missing," West Sumatra disaster management official Agus Prayitno

Iran begins loading fuel into core of its first nuclear plant

Iran has begun loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear energy plant in the southern city of Bushehr, state media reported Tuesday. "Iran's peaceful nuclear programs and activities are going on as scheduled," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters. "The Bushehr

Iraq court sentences Tareq Aziz to death

Iraq's high tribunal on Tuesday passed a death sentence on Tareq Aziz, once the international face of dictator Saddam Hussein's regime, over the persecution of religious parties, the court's media office said. The death sentence was the first to be handed down to Aziz, who was well known in foreig