Friday, May 2, 2008


Officials: Iraq sends delegation to Iran

Iraqi officials say the government has dispatched a delegation to Iran to discuss concerns about the arming and training of Shiite militias in Iraq. Full Story

One killed, dozen wounded in Pakistan blast

A blast at an office of a radical Islamic group in northwestern Pakistan killed a man and wounded over a dozen people on Thursday, witnesses said. There were conflicting reports about the cause of the blast in the office of a religious group called "Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" in Bara town in the Khyber tribal region along the Afghan border. Full Story

Blasts in Afghanistan kill 1 NATO soldier, 8 civilians

Separate roadside bomb attacks hit a NATO patrol and two civilian vehicles in Afghanistan, leaving nine people dead and 10 others wounded, officials said Thursday. A blast targeting a NATO patrol south of Kabul killed a NATO soldier and wounded four others Wednesday, the military alliance said in a statement. Full Story

Hamas military leader killed in Gaza air strike: Israeli army

An air strike on Thursday killed a Hamas military leader in Gaza who took part in the 2006 capture of an Israeli soldier, the Israeli military said. The Israelis "targeted and identified hitting Nafiz Mansur, a Hamas terror operative who was involved in terror attacks against Israel," it said in a statement. Full Story

Thousands hit the streets to mark May Day in Indonesia

Thousands of workers marched through the streets of several Indonesian cities on Thursday to mark International Labour Day, demanding higher wages and opposing the so-called outsourcing practices in the country. In the capital Jakarta, more than 15,000 police officers were deployed, backed by water cannons, to monitor thousands of protestors from a number of labour organizations marching through the city's streets, said Jakarta city police spokesman I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana. Full Story

Israeli minister: Iran could have bomb technology this year

An Israel Cabinet minister says Iran could have nuclear bomb technology in 2008, at least a year earlier than previously believed. Shaul Mofaz, a former defense minister and military chief, said in a speech Wednesday at Yale University in the United States that Iran could have the knowhow to build nuclear arms within months, his spokeswoman Talia Somech said Thursday. Full Story

Water Crisis to End in Six Months: Minister

The water shortage in Makkah, Jeddah and Taif will be solved within six months when the third desal plant in Shuaiba will start pumping water to the three cities, according to Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen. He also announced the arrival of the first floating desalination plant in Jeddah, and said the plant with a daily capacity of 50,000 cubic meters would beef up the city's water network. Full Story

High diesel prices hurt Dubai's transport firms

Dubai's transport companies are feeling the heat of high diesel prices at the fuel stations in the emirate as they find it difficult to pass on the rising fuel cost to their customers. The price of diesel at the pumps operated by Dubai retailers Enoc and Emarat is 80 per cent higher than the price charged by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) service stations in Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates. Full Story

Pakistan's Sharif vows to reinstate sacked judges

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday he would not budge an inch from his demand for the reinstatement of judges removed by President Pervez Musharraf. "We cannot accept the November 3 action under any circumstances," Sharif told private Pakistani Geo television from Dubai, where leaders of Pakistan's ruling coalition were due to hold a second round of talks on Thursday. Full Story

Mine kills two police commandos in Sri Lanka

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday set off a roadside mine in Sri Lanka, killing two police commandos, as violence raged on across the north, the defence ministry said. The Claymore mine, packed with steel balls, exploded in Kebethigollewa as troops were clearing the road for mines, the military said, adding that troops fired at fleeing guerrillas and shot dead two rebels. Full Story

Philippine troops wound top al-Qaida-linked militant

A top al-Qaida-linked militant long hunted by U.S. and Filipino troops was wounded during a military attack on a rebel encampment in the southern Philippines, a military spokesman said Thursday. Philippine troops bombarded the Abu Sayyaf camp with artillery and mortar fire near Jolo island's Indanan township on Wednesday, killing at least one militant and wounding rebel commander Isnilon Hapilon in the hand, regional military spokesman Maj. Eugene Batara said. Full Story

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