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Turkey has said the Netherlands will be forced to apologise for barring its ministers from speaking in Rotterdam, the latest twist in a spat between the two NATO allies. Talking in a business meeting, the Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said the government will give "the necessary response", but...
BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right. The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) stunned the establishment...
Arundhati Roy, the Booker prize winning author, has accused Mahatma Gandhi of discrimination and called for institutions bearing his name to be renamed. Speaking at Kerala University in the southern Indian city of Thiruvananthapuram, Roy, 52, described the generally accepted image of Gandhi as a lie. "It is time to unveil a few...
NEW DELHI: Parliament erupted in chaos on Thursday over a bill to create Telangana, with angry MPs coming to blows, pulling out a microphone and pepper spraying the chamber. Waving banners and shouting slogans, lawmakers disrupted the lower house of Parliament as the Congress-led government introduced the contentious bill to create the new state called Telangana from an...
Author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter on Sunday to slam Rupert Murdoch for saying all Muslims "must be held responsible" for extremist violence such as last week's deadly attack on the headquarters of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. On Friday, the News Corp boss said via Twitter that even peaceful Muslims...
CHINESE President Hu Jintao arrived in the Mexican resort city of Los Cabos yesterday for a G20 summit, which will focus on global growth and stability. At the seventh G20 summit, Hu, who participated in all the previous six meetings, is expected to expound China's views on the issues to...
Three female members of Pussy Riot, the Russian punk band which staged a protest against president Vladimir Putin in a church, have been jailed for two years each after being found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. A judge delivered her verdict on Friday afternoon after the case had...
MARSEILLE // A French-Algerian businessman nicknamed "Zorro of the niqab" for his support of French Muslim women fined for covering their faces in public has renounced French nationality to stand for the Algerian presidency. Rachid Nekkaz, a self-made millionaire, hopes to replace the country's longest-serving president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in elections...
ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday reached Kabul to meet the top Afghan military and political leadership. The army chief is expected to discuss with the Afghan military leadership the possibility of a joint military operation by the Pakistani and Afghan armies against handlers of...
www.alrasub.com-Pakistan The Supreme Court observed on Monday that what lay behind the Saturday’s Badami Bagh arson attack in which over 178 houses belonging to the Christian community were burnt appeared to be more than what met the eye. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and...
MOSCOW, Russia — As President Barack Obama seeks further international support for US-led airstrikes in Syria against Islamist militants, there’s one place he probably shouldn’t bother looking. Despite Russia’s loudly public condemnation of international terrorism, the Kremlin has refused to back military intervention there, standing firm on a position it’s...
A new poll gives President Obama an overall approval rating of 44%, with 48% of respondents disapproving of his performance. In late May, the Quinnipiac University national poll gave Obama similar ratings -- 45% approval, 49% disapproval. "President Barack Obama is in a slump, under water for the last two surveys,"...
The favorability rating of George W. Bush has skyrocketed, with 49 percent of Americans expressing positive feelings toward the former US president and only 46 percent expressing dislike. A Gallup poll found that for the first time since April 2005, Bush’s favorability rating is higher than his unfavorability rating. And...
With Italy's general election just days away, Silvio Berlusconi is using his unrivalled media reach to focus the political debate on a single issue: his promise to repeal an unpopular property tax introduced by Mario Monti's technocratic government. After a 13-month spell under the technocratic government of Prime Minister Mario...
The Turkish prime minister has suggested that Israel is behind the military intervention in Egypt that removed President Mohammed Morsi. “Israel is behind the coup in Egypt, we have evidence,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told members of his party meeting in Ankara on Tuesday. He cited a French intellectual, without mentioning...
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has served notices to mayor Sunil Prabhu and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut to remove the make-shift memorial of Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, from Shivaji Park in Dadar. The notices were served to the duo last night, civic officials said on Tuesday. "The purpose for which the...
LONDON (REUTERS) - Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak defended a court ruling banning a Christian newspaper from using the word "Allah" to refer to God, saying on Thursday it would help ensure stability. The court decision this month fanned religious tensions and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly...
WASHINGTON — More than 2 million people across the world, led by hundreds of thousands who overwhelmed the nation's capital, protested the first full day of President Trump's tenure Saturday. What began as a Facebook post by a Hawaii grandmother the day after Hillary Clinton's loss in November's election ...
The news: These 10 foreign governments are spending the most money to make themselves influential among members of the U.S. congress, according to an analysis from the Sunlight Foundation that examined foreign lobbying disclosures. The fantastically oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the lead, spending $14.2 million. But Germany...
The US has said it is "profoundly troubled" by video allegedly showing an American teenager being beaten by Israeli security forces. The mother of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khadair told Sky News she is in "a complete state of shock" and Israel's justice ministry has started an investigation. He is said to...
Russia issued a blunt warning Wednesday it would respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as pro-Kremlin rebels in the restive east of the country braced for a new military offensive by Kiev. The threat by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, recalling the 2008 war with Georgia over South...
In a step toward restoring ties, former allies Turkey and Israel agreed Monday on the "methods and principles" of working out compensation payments for the victims of a deadly 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, Turkey's deputy prime minister said. Compensation for the killing of eight Turks and...
The mother of the Boston bombing suspects says she doesn't believe her sons carried out the marathon attacks. Speaking at a press conference, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, said that she regretted moving to the US and that "America took my kids away from me." Emotional and tearful, Mrs Tsarnaeva said that American authorities...
Arab countries pushed ahead on Wednesday with a symbolic U.N. General Assembly resolution that tells Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign and turn over power to a transitional government. It also demands that the Syrian Army stop its shelling and helicopter attacks and withdraw to its barracks. A vote...
BANGKOK: Myanmar has waged “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims, a top rights watchdog said Monday, citing evidence of mass graves and forced displacement affecting tens of thousands. The Rohingya, who are denied citizenship by the country also known as Burma, have faced crimes against humanity including murder,...
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry gestures during a news conference in Istanbul
(Reuters) - The United States asked Turkey's leader to delay a Gaza Strip visit so as not to upset U.S. efforts to revive Ankara's ties with Israel and Middle East peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has for years spoken...
French police searched the office of former Interior Minister Claude Gueant on Wednesday, as part of the investigation into whether former President Nicolas Sarkozy accepted a campaign contribution from deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. French police searched the office of former Interior Minister Claude Gueant on Wednesday, as part of...
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan conducted a successful test launch of the medium-range Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, according to a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The missile is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 km. The ISPR statement added that the test flight was aimed at validating...
AFP - A second 'Prisoner X' was being held in top-secret conditions in the same jail where an Israeli-Australian spy took his his own life in 2010, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Court documents cited by Haaretz newspaper said the prisoner was being held in another wing of Ayalon prison at...
Malaysia's chief of police has revealed that his officers have discovered 139 graves in 28 human trafficking camps along Malaysia's northern border with Thailand. Khalid Abu Bakar said that some of the graves contained the remains of more than one victim, all thought to be migrants from Burma and Bangladesh. "The...
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