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The US court of appeals has ruled that the bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful, in a landmark decision that clears the way for a full legal challenge against the National Security Agency. A panel of three federal judges for the second circuit overturned an earlier ruling that the...
LAHORE: Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh was released Thursday from Kot Lakhpat jail after serving his lifeterm for 27 years, Geo News reported. He, along with 311 fishermen were handed over to Indian authorities at Wagha border.   In his brief talk after release, Surjeet Singh said that he had pleasant time...
The four political parties in Parliament have reached a compromise to add an article in the new constitution that will allow women to wear headscarves in positions of public service. The parliamentary Constitutional Reconciliation Commission convened on Thursday to carry on its efforts to draft a new, civilian constitution. Discussing...
Hosni Mubarak was on life support in hospital on Wednesday, Egyptian military officials said, denying a report that the ousted president was clinically dead.   Earlier Egypt's state news agency MENA, amid high tension over the election of a new president, quoted medical sources as saying the former head of state,...
The director of Saudi Arabia's powerful religious police says his forces are losing some of their key powers, including arrests, investigations and raiding houses. Abdul-Latif al-Sheikh was quoted Wednesday by the Saudi pan-Arab online newspaper Al-Hayat as saying some powers will be reassigned to regular police or to judicial authorities....
TOKYO — The U.S. ambassador to South Korea was slashed in the face early Thursday while speaking at a breakfast forum in Seoul, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening, U.S. and Korean officials said. Ambassador Mark Lippert, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, was cut on the right cheek by...
Amid outrage over a spate of rape incidents in Haryana, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met the family of a Dalit teenaged girl, who immolated herself after being allegedly gang-raped in this district and said perpetrators of such "barbaric" crimes must be given severe punishment. She said those guilty of...
The city of San Francisco plans to convert former Naval base 'Treasure Island' into a residential neighborhood, but new reports by the US Navy and public health officials suggest the island may be more radioactive than previously believed. Construction is set to begin on a planned 20,000-person high-rise community in...
Hungry, cold and tired, the two prisoners protesting against conditions at Auckland's toughest jail have given themselves up without incident. Aaron Forden, dubbed `Houdini' for his multiple escapes, came down from a disused watchtower in the exercise yard at Paremoremo maximum security prison about 7.30pm. The other inmate, reported by TVNZ...
Pakistan's Foreign Office has rejected President Hamid Karzai's claim that the assassination attempt on Afghan spy chief Asadullah Khalid was planned in Quetta. The Foreign Office said that instead of blaming Pakistan, Afghanistan should investigate the security failure which gave the bomber a chance to infiltrate the high security zone...
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday appeared before an anti-terrorism court for the first time over the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The ATC has directed Pervez Musharraf to be part of murder investigation and adjourned the hearing till May 3. When the hearing will...
Pakistani Taliban executed twenty one of the 23 Levies personnel kidnapped earlier this week, police sources told in wee hours of Sunday. The political administration of Frontier Region (FR) Peshawar have confirmed that 21 Levies officials were shot dead by the militant group in a cricket ground near Peshawar’s Jan-e-Khawarr...
US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of "deception" and "destabilisation" in Ukraine and hinted at imposing more sanctions. Speaking at the State Department in Washington, Mr Kerry warned Moscow time was running out for it to change course. "Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia face a choice," he said...
DHAKA: Thirteen more people were killed Sunday and overnight Saturday in Bangladesh in continuing protests sparked by the execution of a top Islamist leader, and the prime minister warned of a crackdown. Police said they opened fire after Islamist supporters torched houses and fought street battles with them during a...
The cabinet on Tuesday decided to send the US space agency's request for use of U-tapao naval airbase in Rayong for a climate study to a joint sitting of parliament in August for debate, a decision likely to result in the cancellation of the project.Deputy government spokesman Chalitrat Chandrubeksa...
A shopkeeper in an Irish village faced a backlash from members of his community, after he said he would not serve “loud Americans”. Peter Fitzgerald of Waterville, County Kerry, posted a sign in Peter’s Place cafe which banned loud Americans, as well as travellers on coach and bus tours. Northern Irish...
With the continuing stand-off in Ladakh casting a shadow over the Sino-India talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday raised “serious concerns” over the repeated incidents along the border and sought an early settlement of the boundary question. Meeting visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping against the backdrop of Chinese army...
An Indian home ministry former officer has disclosed that a member of the secret service team had accused incumbent governments of 'orchestrating' the terror attack on Parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. The former Indian investigator Satish Verma has said that India itself was behind Parliament in Delhi and...
A report on Malaysian Airlines MH17 air disaster in Ukraine last year by a group of old-hand aviation security experts maintains that the Boeing might have been downed by an Israeli Python air-to-air missile. The report was leaked via the private LiveJournal account of Albert Naryshkin (aka albert_lex) late on...
German authorities have arrested a German man employed by the domestic intelligence agency (BND) on suspicion of spying for the United States, two politicians with knowledge of the affair told Reuters on Friday. The German Federal Prosecutor's office said in a statement that a 31-year-old man had been arrested on...
Dubai: Hot on the heels of the full leasing of Nakheel’s new Night Souq at Deira Islands, the developer has issued a tender for the construction works, a spokesperson said.The Night Souq at Deira Islands – home to 5,300 shops and nearly 100 restaurants – was fully leased last...
The Russian envoy to Turkey was wounded after a gunman stormed into a building where the official was attending a Russian photo exhibition, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed. “An unknown person opened fire during a public event in Ankara. As a result, the Russian ambassador to Turkey received a gunshot...
Alleged smearing, online trolling, assault and a possible infringement of election law are all being investigated by police after the bitter election battle between Respect's George Galloway and Labour's Naz Shah. Mr Galloway won a 2012 by-election by more than 10,000 votes, in the Bradford West seat Labour had held...
AFP - Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah will stay involved in the Syrian conflict, after having helped government forces recapture the key town of Qusayr from rebels, its leader Hassan Nasrallah said Friday. "Before Qusayr is the same as after Qusayr. Nothing has changed," he said in a televised speech. "Isn't the conspiracy...
Erdem Gündüz, a performance artist swiftly dubbed the "standing man" on social media in Turkey after he staged an eight-hour silent vigil in Taksim Square on Monday in support of the ongoing Gezi protests, allegedly also protested the headcarved ban at universities by entering a university wearing a headscarf...
Swiss radiation experts have found traces of polonium on clothing that belonged to Yasser Arafat, a finding that may “support the possibility” that the late Palestinian Authority leader was poisoned, according to a report released at the weekend. Arafat was 75 when he died in 2004 of unknown causes and no autopsy was conducted, in line with his...
Israel has approved an additional 560 housing units to be constructed as part of its illegal settlement-building initiative in occupied East Jerusalem. The announcement comes 48 hours after Donald Trump took office as the 45th US president. Israel Radio talked to the Chairman of Jerusalem city hall’s Planning and Building...
The Iranian diplomat picked to be the Islamic republic’s ambassador to the United Nations will not be allowed to enter the United States where the UN is headquartered, Reuters reported on Friday. White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed to the newswire that afternoon that Hamid Aboutalebi — Iran’s recent...
Israeli Defense Minister has ordered to halt cooperation with EU officials in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It came as a response to European Commission’s guidelines that banned funding of Israel’s controversial settlement program in occupied territories. Moshe Ya’alon’s move, which was reported by several media agencies citing unnamed...
The Russian Foreign Ministry has voiced concerns over the buildup of Ukrainian forces and US mercenaries in the southeastern part of the country, calling on Kiev to immediately cease military preparations which could lead to a civil war. As parts of Ukraine push for greater autonomy – with Donetsk and...