Saturday, June 7, 2008


Arrests cripple another of New York's five Mafia families

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 6:37am

US federal prosecutors said they arrested nine members of the Colombo clan, one of the powerful alleged organized crime families of New York city, including the group's acting boss. Full Story

Report: Iran, Turkey coordinate Iraq strikes

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 6:38am

A Turkish TV station is quoting a senior military commander as saying that Turkey and Iran have carried out coordinated strikes against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. Full Story

Philippine Maoist rebels raid port, burn trucks

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 6:38am

About 50 heavily armed communist rebels, some wearing ski masks, raided a port in the central Philippines and burned trucks and robbed workers of money and jewellery, police said on Thursday. Full Story

Power plant in Slovenia shut down after water leak

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 7:02am

A reactor at Slovenia's only nuclear power plant was shut down Wednesday after a water leak, but there was no danger to people or the environment, the country's nuclear watchdog said. Full Story

Brown makes pledge on forces' pay

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:07am

The prime minister says the government will do "everything in our power" to help members of the armed forces, after criticism of how much they get paid. Mr Brown said a White Paper would set out the help available to troops in areas such as healthcare and education. Full Story

China quake zone gets 184 aftershocks in 24 hours

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:13am

In the 24 hours ending Wednesday noon, 184 aftershocks were monitored in southwest China's quake zone, according to the China Seismological Bureau. Full Story

Fresh fighting in Sri Lanka kills dozens -military

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:13am

Sri Lankan troops killed 39 Tamil Tiger rebels during clashes in the island's far north, the military said on Thursday. Full Story

Nepal Maoists give up claim to presidency

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:14am

Nepal's Maoist former rebels gave up their claim to the post of the first president of a new republic on Thursday and said they would back a non-political candidate for the ceremonial post. Full Story

Danes working with Pakistanis investigating blast

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:14am

A Danish team has arrived in Pakistan to work with agents investigating a suicide car-bomb attack on Denmark's embassy which al Qaeda said it carried out in revenge for the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Full Story

Police in Tibet arrest 16 monks as bombing suspects

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:14am

Police in Tibet said they have arrested 16 Buddhist monks and are seeking another three who were allegedly involved in three separatist bomb attacks and plots. Full Story

Manila to buy 10 military helicopters from Singapore

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:15am

The Philippines is negotiating to buy 10 second-hand combat helicopters from Singapore to beef up the military's efforts to defeat Muslim and communist rebels, a senior general said on Wednesday. Full Story

Robinson is new NI first minister

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:53am

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness have been appointed first and deputy first ministers of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Mr Robinson was nominated by former DUP leader Ian Paisley and Mr McGuinness by Sinn Fiin president Gerry Adams. Full Story

Blair says Brown 'not to blame'

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 11:56am

Gordon Brown is not to blame for Britain's economic woes, former prime minister Tony Blair has said. Mr Blair said all world leaders were facing "tough times" as a result of things - the credit crunch and high oil prices - which were not their fault. Full Story

Man targets Dundonians for attack

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 12:10pm\A man knocked a stranger unconscious in the street - because he thought he was from Dundee, a court has heard. Peter Cameron, 36, had been hunting for Dundonians in the minutes leading up to the attack on Alexander Duncan in Pitlochry on Valentine's Day. Full Story

Spanish judge charges 11 with plotting suicide attack in Barcelona

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 12:29pm

A Spanish judge charged 11 suspected Islamic extremists Thursday with plotting suicide attacks against the public transport network in Barcelona. The indictment says the cell had planned to carry out several bombings in Spain's second-largest city in January of this year. Full Story

British bird flu scare hits Netherlands

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 12:42pm

Following an outbreak of bird flu at a British farm on Tuesday, the Dutch agriculture minister is calling for extra vigilance among the local poultry sector. Dutch Agriculture Minister Gerda Verburg has ordered all vehicles used for the transport of British poultry or eggs to be disinfected. She has called on the Dutch poultry sector to be extra vigilant and for private poultry keepers to vaccinate their birds. Full Story

Bomb on Pakistani rail track kills two children

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 1:00pm

Militants blew up a railway track in an attack that killed two children in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan on Thursday, police said. Full Story

Philippines to send 100 more peacekeepers to Sudan

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 1:00pm

The Philippines is sending 100 more peacekeepers to Sudans war-ravaged Darfur, where about 200,000 people have died from the combined effects of war and famine, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations said Thursday. Full Story

'Situation critical at quake-lake'

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 1:00pm

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday said the situation in the swollen Tangjiashan 'quake-lake' in south west China was at a "critical juncture" even as a fresh tremor complicated efforts to empty it. Full Story

Afghan borders concern NATO force leader

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 1:00pm

As the new commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan expressed fresh concern over rising activity by militants in Pakistan's tribal areas, two powerful suicide bombs killed two people and wounded several others near the Pakistani border on Wednesday. Full Story

Nearly 12,000 are arrested in roundup in Bangladesh

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 1:01pm

The army-backed caretaker government in Bangladesh that has netted hundreds of politicians and businesspeople in a yearlong anticorruption drive has now rounded up nearly 12,000 people in what it calls a crusade against crime. Full Story

New trafficking law for Thailand

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 1:01pm

The law, which strengthens protection for victims of trafficking, will be accompanied by a day of campaigning to raise public awareness of the problem. Full Story

More than 10 Taliban killed in Afghanistan

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 4:03pm

Attacks by coalition and Afghan forces have killed more than 10 Taliban in Afghanistan. Faridullah Khan, deputy provincial police chief of the southern province of Zabul, says nine Taliban were killed in airstrikes after militants launched an early morning attack on an army convoy. Full Story

Canadians scare off pirate attack near Somalia

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 6:24am

Canadian troops conducting anti-terrorism operations in the waters near Somalia appear to have scared off a pirate attack on a

commercial vessel. Full Story

Video shop bombing kills 3 in Pakistan

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 6:25am

A bomb explosion ripped through a video shop in a business center of northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing three people and wounding three, police said. Full Story

Sri Lanka commuters hit by bomb

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 6:31am

A packed commuter train in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, has been hit by a bomb, the military says. At least 17 people were injured. The bomb exploded seconds after the last carriage of the train had passed by, according to the army website. Full Story

Japan suspends imports of British poultry due to bird flu

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 6:35am

Japan said Wednesday that it was suspending imports of poultry from Britain after a bird flu outbreak on a farm there. Full Story

French, Italian fishermen take fuel protest to EU

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 6:35am

Police sealed off parts of the European Union district of Brussels on Wednesday as hundreds of fishermen demonstrated against the soaring price of fuel. Full Story

Detentions over Indonesia clashes

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 6:36am

Indonesian have detained 57 members of a hard-line Muslim group following violence at a rally for religious tolerance, officials say. Police rounded up members of the Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI) at the group's headquarters in Jakarta. Full Story

China warning to Olympic visitors

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 6:39am

Organisers of the Beijing Olympics have warned foreign visitors against political activism during the Games. The official website advises them not to shout or display political or religious slogans at the event. Full Story

Parts of Indonesian capital swamped by tidal wave

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 7:51am

A tidal wave of over 2 metres flooded parts of Jakarta overnight as the city government and citizens raced to hold the water back with emergency embankments, a government official said on Wednesday. The height of the water was far greater than earlier predicted. Full Story

Militants blow up video shops in north-west Pakistan

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 8:03am

At least three people were injured Wednesday when suspected Islamic militants blew up about two dozen music and video shops in two blasts in north-western Pakistan, officials and witnesses said. The injuries occurred when a bomb planted inside a music shop in the Kohat district of North-West Frontier Province exploded, damaging the building. Full Story

Four killed in Thai south, police

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 8:10am

Four people have been killed in attacks by suspected separatists across Thailand's far south, police say, including one woman who died when a bomb ripped through a fair. Last night's bomb hit an annual event organised by the Thai Red Cross in Yala province. A 24-year-old Buddhist women was killed, while four people were seriously injured, Yala police said. Full Story

Bangladesh police detain over 10,000

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 8:25am

Authorities say police have detained more than 10,000 people in a nationwide anti-crime drive over the past week in Bangladesh. Full Story

Israel closes Gaza fuel crossing

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 8:27am

The Israeli army says it has closed the Gaza fuel crossing after an errant rocket fired by militants wounded a Palestinian worker at the terminal. Full Story

Irish farmers support EU treaty

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 8:32am

The influential Irish Farmers' Association (IFA) has thrown its support behind the EU's Lisbon Treaty ahead of a key referendum on 12 June. Ireland is the only one of the 27 EU member countries to try to ratify the treaty through a referendum rather than a parliamentary vote. Full Story

Air plot accused 'expects prison'

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 8:41am

The alleged leader of a terrorist plot to blow up passenger planes has told a jury he does not expect to return home at the end of his trial. Abdullah Ahmed Ali's comments follow his admission that he planned an explosion at Heathrow's Terminal Three. Full Story

Brown attacked over road tax plan

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 9:08am

David Cameron has told Gordon Brown he will be ousted if he does not drop his "deeply unpopular" plans for higher road tax on more polluting cars. In angry question time exchanges, he challenged Mr Brown: "Don't you understand that if you don't get rid of it, they will get rid of you?" Full Story

Islambad: emboldened militants' head-on attack on the West

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 10:40am

Yesterdays car bomb outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad should not be dismissed as just another attack, of a kind that still remains rare in Pakistans cities. It is a sign that Islamic militants have been encouraged by the Governments turmoil and are turning it to their advantage. Full Story

European fishermen protest outside EU building

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 10:42am

Fishermen from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal gathered outside the European Union's headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday to demand cheaper petrol. About 200 protesters were being kept at a safe distance from the European Commission's building by anti-riot police, ready to fire water cannons should temper flare. Full Story

Poland aims for high-speed rail service by 2020

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 10:45am

Poland, where rail travel is notoriously sluggish, is hoping to have its first high-speed train service up and running by 2020, Infrastructure Minister Cezary Grabarczyk announced on Tuesday. Laying a new line capable of handling high-speed trains between Warsaw and the western cities of Poznan and Wroclaw could in theory slash journey times by more than half. Full Story

Bomb scare at French finance ministry

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 10:48am

Several thousand people were evacuated from the French finance ministry in Paris on Tuesday following a bomb scare, ministry officials and police said. The ministry said it received an anonymous telephone call warning that an explosion would occur at 10:00 am. Full Story

Belgian police clash with fishermen protesting fuel prices

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 12:23pm

Riot police armed with shields and batons charged hundreds of protesting fishermen outside European Union headquarters Wednesday after a demonstration over high fuel prices turned violent. Protesters hurled flares, firecrackers and rocks at police beyond razor-wire barricades. They also fired flare guns at the EU headquarters building.

As they retreated down the main boulevard through Brussels' European Union district, protesters broke into some EU buildings, smashing windows and dragging out flags and other material to light bonfires in the street. Full Story

Impact of earthquake on the Chinese economy is seen as minimal

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:29pm

The powerful earthquake that hit southwestern China three weeks ago has been devastating for people in the affected region but seems to have had a limited effect on China's economy. Only 1 percent of China's population lived in the quake-affected area, in northern Sichuan Province. They produced an even smaller share of China's economic output because many of them were impoverished farmers. Full Story

Gorbachev calls for purge museum

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:30pm

The Soviet Union's last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, has signed a petition for a museum to commemorate the millions of victims of communist repression. Mr Gorbachev said the special museum should be set up inside what was one of the most notorious Soviet detention centres, the Butyrka prison in Moscow. Full Story

Medvedev replaces chief of Russia's armed forces

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:33pm

President Dmitri Medvedev dismissed the chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces Tuesday, moving to tighten the Kremlin's grip on the massive military and its purse strings. Medvedev announced the removal of General Yuri Baluyevsky, who was loyal to the Kremlin but had become an obstacle to a campaign launched by former President Vladimir Putin to tighten control over military spending. >
Monitors in Macedonia insist on partial revotePosted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:36pmMacedonia's election breached international standards and a decision on the legitimacy of the vote can be made only after voting is repeated in Albanian areas where violence occurred, a leading election monitoring group said Monday.The conservative prime minister, Nikola Gruevski, overwhelmingly won the election Sunday in a vote seen as a test of the country's preparedness for joining the European Union and NATO. But rather than proving its Western credentials, the elections were overshadowed by infighting between rival ethnic Albanian parties in which one person was killed and several were wounded. Full Story

AKP focuses on top court's final word on headscarf amendments

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:41pm

The top court's verdict on a constitutional amendment to allow the headscarf in universities will likely shape the ruling party's written defense in the closure case against it, party officials told the Turkish Daily News yesterday.The Justice and Development Party (AKP) will submit its written defense as early as possible but only after seeing the verdict, the officials said. Full Story

T\SIAD supports AK Party closure, says former ambassador

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:44pm

Former Swedish Ambassador to Turkey Ann Dismorr has stated that many members of the Turkish Industrialists and Business-men's Association (T\SIAD) support the closure of the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) by Turkey's top court. Full Story

Tajikistan: Plot Thickens Around Banker's Disappearance

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:53pm

A month after the suspicious disappearance of wealthy banker Hasan Sadulloev -- the brother-in-law of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon -- Tajik state television claims to have aired recent footage of the missing man.

During a report covering Rahmon's trip to the eastern town of Roghun over the weekend, the television channel broadcast a video of a man it identified as Sadulloev, the 40-year-old head of Orienbank, apparently listening to Rahmon's speech. Under normal circumstances, it would have been the usual footage of an important bank director accompanying the president on a domestic trip, as Sadulloev often did. Full Story

Turkey: Religious Officials Criticized For Stance On Women

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:56pm

"Women have to be more careful, since they possess stimulants," and they "have to be covered properly so as not to show their ornaments and figures to strangers." Those are two of the controversial "dos" and "don'ts" given to Turkish women in the "Sexual Life" article that appeared last week on the website of Turkey's Directorate on Religious Affairs, the Diyanet.

It added that if women have to communicate to the opposite sex they "should speak in a manner that will not arouse suspicion in one's heart and in such seriousness and dignity that they will not let the opposite party misunderstand them." Full Story

Alert issued over Slovenia nuclear plant incident

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 3:17pm

A reactor at Slovenia's only nuclear power plant was being shut down Wednesday after a water leak, but there was no danger to people or the environment, the country's nuclear watchdog said. A statement from the Nuclear Safety Administration said the reactor at the Krsko power plant was being shut down as a precaution so that technicians can inspect the cause of the problem. Full Story

Sri Lanka rebels blast rail track, 27 wounded

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 4:12pm

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels blew up a rail track near the Sri Lankan capital on Wednesday, wounding at least 27 people, the military said, the second attack on the rail network in just over a week. Full Story

Suicide attack on NATO kills 2 Afghan children

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 4:12pm

A suspected Taliban suicide car bomber rammed a convoy of NATO-led forces in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two Afghan children and wounding three alliance soldiers, police officers said. Full Story

Maoist rebels kill 3 soldiers in Philippines

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 4:13pm

Maoist-led guerrillas killed three soldiers in an ambush on Wednesday in the Philippines' central Bicol region, an army commander said. Full Story

Militants blow up video, music shops in Pakistan

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 4:13pm

Militants blew up two dozen video and music stalls on Wednesday in a Pakistani region on the Afghan border where supporters of al Qaeda and the Taliban have tried to enforce strict Muslim rule, witnesses said. Full Story

China Lists Dos and Donts for Olympics-Bound Foreigners

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 8:14am

Do not bring any printed materials critical of China. Do not plan on holding any rallies or demonstrations in China. Do not think that you are guaranteed an entry visa even if you hold tickets to an Olympic event. And do not even think about smuggling opium into China. Full Story

Myanmar Rulers Still Impeding Access

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 8:15am

One month after a powerful cyclone struck Myanmar and 10 days after the ruling juntas leader promised full access to the hardest-hit areas, relief agencies said Monday that they were still having difficulty reaching hundreds of thousands of survivors in urgent need of assistance. Full Story

Six civilians killed by mine in northern Sri Lanka

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 8:25am

Six civilians including two children were killed and four others were injured in a claymore mine explosion in a rebel- controlled area in northern Sri Lanka, local media said Tuesday.

The civilians were traveling for a Hindu religious festival in Maangakulam area when their van was caught in the claymore blast in Poothur, 280 kilometres north of the capital on Monday night, the survivors said. Full Story

Tiananmen security tight for China massacre anniversary

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 8:31am

Security was tight in Beijing's central Tiananmen Square on Tuesday ahead of the 19th anniversary of the 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests that left hundreds, possibly thousands, dead. Police vans were circling on and around the square, the focus of major bloodshed nearly a generation ago, as tourists were arriving in numbers on a grey, rainy day. Full Story

Five killed in Thai south as death toll rises to 3,300: police

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 8:42am

Suspected separatists killed five people in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said Tuesday, as the death toll in the region soared to 3,300 in more than four years of violence. A spree of shootings hit the far south on Monday evening, with two Muslim men in their 50s and a teenager killed in separate attacks across Narathiwat province, local police said. Full Story
Denmark: Al-Qaida likely behind bomb in Pakistan

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 8:57am

Denmark's intelligence service cast blame on al-Qaida for an attack near its embassy in Pakistan, saying the terror network or one of its affiliates was likely behind the car bomb that killed six people.

No one had claimed responsibility by Tuesday, a day after the explosion, which came just weeks after the terrorist group threatened Denmark over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad reprinted earlier this year in newspapers in that country. Full Story

Fishermen hold fuel price protest outside ministry

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 9:00am

Hundreds of fishermen protested in London on Tuesday against high diesel prices which they say threatens to drive them out of business, in the latest of a series of European fuel protests. The fishermen, mainly from Cornwall and supported by some of their French counterparts, gathered outside the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to urge the government to provide an aid package to help them survive. Full Story

UN sets out food crisis measures

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 9:21am

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged nations to seize an "historic opportunity to revitalise agriculture" as a way of tackling the food crisis. Mr Ban told a UN-sponsored summit in Rome that food production would have to rise by 50% by 2030 to meet demand.Full Story

Deadly Pakistan embassy bomb raises security fears

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 9:23am

A day after a bomb attack outside the Danish embassy, Pakistani investigators questioned residents and tested the residue of the explosives used, while suspicion for the blast fell on al Qaeda or its allies.

Monday's suicide car bombing in the capital, Islamabad, followed a relative lull in militant attacks since a new government made up of parties opposed to President Pervez Musharraf came to power after February elections. Full Story

UK terror suspect says bombs were stunt

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 9:28am

A man accused of planning to bomb North America-bound airliners said Monday that he was planning a publicity stunt, not mass murder. Abdulla Ahmed Ali, one of eight British Muslims charged with plotting to detonate liquid explosives aboard passenger jets, denied ever thinking about blowing up an airplane.

He told Woolwich Crown Court he wanted to give Londoners a jolt  and attract attention for a movie he was making  by placing a small bomb at London's Houses of Parliament. Full Story

Technical problems plague Nordic markets

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 9:43am

Technical problems played havoc on Nasdaq OMX stock exchanges across the Nordic region Tuesday, postponing market openings in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and the Baltic countries for up to seven hours. "We're frantically working to solve the problem," Nasdaq OMX spokesman Carl Norell said. Full Story

Austria tightens border for Euros

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 9:50am

Austria has re-imposed border controls as part of a major security operation for the European football Championship, which starts on Saturday. Co-hosts Austria and Switzerland are expecting an invasion of five million fans for the tournament. Full Story

Norway court acquits 3 men in embassy bomb plots

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 10:07am

Three Norwegians were acquitted Tuesday of plotting attacks against Israeli and U.S. embassies in 2006, but one was convicted of a shooting at an Oslo synagogue. The Oslo District Court said there was insufficient evidence against Arfan Bhatti and two other suspects in Norway's first terrorism trial since anti-terror laws were strengthened after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Full Story

Air accused 'targeted Terminal 3'

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 10:10am

A man accused of leading a plot to blow up passenger planes has admitted planning to set off an explosive device at an airport. Abdullah Ahmed Ali, 27, told Woolwich Crown Court he had initially wanted to target Parliament, but abandoned the idea because security was too tight. Full Story

Runway at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport closed after World War II bomb unearthed

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 10:24am

Schiphol airport has closed one of its five runways after a World War II bomb was unearthed during excavations nearby. Army explosives experts say the 500-pound (226-kilogram) bomb must remain still for 54 hours because it was moved during its discovery. Full Story

Moderate quake hits Indonesia's Sumatra

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 11:13am

A moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake hit at 1015 GMT, 185 kilometres southwest of the city of Sibolga in North Sumatra province, the USGS said. Full Story

Coal mine flood leaves 13 missing in northeast China

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 11:13am

Thirteen miners remain missing after a coal mine flood last week in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, local authorities said Tuesday. Full Story

US Army Gen. David D. McKiernan takes over NATO command in Afghanistan

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 11:14am

The American general who led the ground invasion of Iraq took command of the 40-nation NATO-led campaign in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Full Story

Abducted Davao Oriental police chief found dead -- sources

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 11:15am

A provincial police chief was found dead Tuesday shortly after he and his aide were abducted by suspected communist guerrillas in the southern Philippines, police sources said. Full Story

UK's Brown defends terrorism plans, rebellion brews

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 6:23amBritish Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday he would stick to his principles over plans to detain terrorism suspects for longer prior to being charged despite the prospect of a humiliating defeat in parliament. Full Story

Blast kills four outside Danish embassy in Pakistan

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 6:26am

At least four people were killed and dozens injured today in a large bomb blast outside the Danish embassy in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Dawn News TV aired footage from the scene showing wrecked cars caught in the explosion and a large crater in the ground. Full Story

Taliban leader flaunts power inside Pakistan

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 6:27am

With great fanfare, the Pakistani Army flew journalists to a rugged corner of the nation's lawless tribal areas in May to show how decisively it had destroyed the lairs of the Taliban, including a school for suicide bombers, in fighting early this year. Full Story

Nuclear inspectors to visit Syria

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 6:51am

The UN nuclear agency has said that Syria is to allow inspectors to visit the country to investigate allegations that it was building a nuclear reactor. The International Atomic Energy Agency says its inspectors are due in Syria between the 22 and 24 June. Full Story

Missile fired at house in NW Pakistan-residents

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 7:57am

At least one missile was fired at a house next to a mosque in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, almost completely destroying the building but killing no one, a resident of the area said. Security officials said they had no information about any blasts in a village in the North Waziristan region, a militant hotbed on the Afghan border. Full Story

Dengue kills 114 in the Philippines since start of year

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 8:18am

At least 114 people have died from dengue fever in the Philippines since the start of the year, the health department said Monday. The death toll through May 3 was up 24 per cent from 90 fatalities during the same period in 2007. Full Story

Aviation boss criticises Heathrow

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 8:55am

Service levels at Heathrow Airport are "a national embarrassment", Giovanni Bisignani, head of International Air Transport Association (Iata) has said. He also criticized the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), saying it was allowing Heathrow to increase charges by 86% over the next five years. Full Story

Bomb hits Pakistan Danish embassy

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 8:56am

At least eight people have been killed in a car bomb attack near the Danish embassy in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, according to reports. About 30 people were wounded. An embassy worker was among the dead and three were hurt, but no Danish citizens died, Danish officials said. Full Story

Brown 'will stick to' terror plan

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 9:09am

Gordon Brown says he is determined to stick to his principles over plans to allow police to detain terror suspects for 42 days without charge. The prime minister says the extension from 28-days is needed because the security services are pursuing around 2,000 terrorists and 30 plots. Full Story

Bombing wounds 3 in Basque Country in Spain

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 9:36am

A bomb exploded early Sunday in the city of Zarautz in Spain's Basque country, slightly injuring three people, a government official said. Police, acting on an anonymous phone tip, were inspecting the area near the Amenabar company's offices east of the city when the bomb went off at about 2:30 a.m., a regional Interior Ministry spokesman said. Full Story

Bombing sparks evacuation of embassy in Pakistan

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 9:38am

Norway's embassy in Islamabad was evacuated on Monday after the nearby Danish embassy was hit by a massive car bomb. The foreign ministry also issued a warning against travel to Pakistan. "We're closing the embassy, and moving out all personnel," Aud Marit Wiig, Norway's ambassador to Pakistan, told Full Story

PM 'lacks Blair way with people'

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 9:53am

Gordon Brown does not have the ability to win people over that his predecessor had, former Labour fund-raiser Lord Levy has said. The prime minister cannot "sell and project himself" like Tony Blair, he said at the Hay Festival in Powys. Full Story

European bloc at standstill pending a vote in Ireland

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 9:54am

Never famous for speedy decision making, the European Union is working more slowly than ever  and it is all the fault of the Irish. Ireland, with a population of 4.2 million, votes June 12 in a referendum that will decide whether the European Union finally gets a full-time president and a single, more powerful, foreign policy chief. Full Story

China quake death toll rises to 69,019

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 10:37am

The death toll in China's major earthquake increased by three to 69,019 as of Monday noon, the Information Office of the State Council said. Full Story

China, Vietnam agree to further boost economic ties

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 10:37am

China and Vietnam vowed to expand trade and cooperation in various fields in a joint statement issued in Beijing on Sunday. Full Story

New round of climate talks opens in Germany

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 12:01pm

Some 2,000 delegates from 162 countries and dozens of specialist agencies opened a two-week conference Monday to start tackling the details of a new global warming agreement slated to take effect after 2012.

The meeting builds on a landmark accord reached last December on the Indonesian island of Bali. For the first time, the United States, China and India indicated they would join a coordinated effort to control the carbon emissions blamed for global warming. Full Story

Indian Maoist rebels destroy railway tracks, buildings

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 12:44pm

Maoist insurgents blew up railway tracks and three government buildings in eastern India on Monday, police said. Full Story

Indonesian Muslim hard-liner urges followers to prepare for war against minority

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 12:44pm

An Indonesian Muslim hardliner is urging his followers to "prepare for war" against a minority Islamic sect. Habib Rizhiq also says he would not surrender to police any of his followers involved in a violent attack on members of the Ahmadiyah sect and their supporters Sunday. Full Story

Arroyo orders energy, fuel conservation in govt

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 12:45pm

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has dangled rice and transportation subsidies for government workers to get the bureaucracy into energy conservation and efficient fuel use. Full Story

Bomb explodes outside Danish embassy in Pakistan

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 2:40pm

A huge car bomb exploded outside the Danish Embassy on Monday, killing at least six people just weeks after an al-Qaida leader urged attacks against Denmark for newspaper caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

The blast echoed through the Pakistani capital, wounded dozens of people and left a crater more than three feet deep in the road outside the embassy's main gate. People, some bloodied, ran away in a state of panic. Full Story

Girl, 15, stabbed to death in British knife crime epidemic

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 2:46pm

A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death in London on Monday, police said, becoming the 16th teenager to die violently in the capital this year. The teenager was discovered with multiple stab wounds in a lift inside a block of flats near Waterloo railway station, the Metropolitan Police said. Full Story

Chinese citizen killed in Thailand's restive south

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 2:56pm

A Chinese citizen who sold carpets in Thailand's restive deep south was killed on Sunday in the insurgent-violence-torn province Narathiwat, Chinese Consulate-general based in Thai south confirmed with Xinhua on Monday. Full Story

Afghanistan disbands 300 illegal armed groups in three years: officials

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 2:56pm

Afghanistan has disbanded 300 illegal armed groups over the past three years under an internationally backed scheme, but some 2,000 more are yet to be dissolved, officials said Monday. Full Story

Sri Lanka flash floods kill 16, displace thousands

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2008 at 3:00pm

Floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 16 and forced thousands of people from their homes in Sri Lanka, with some taking shelter in schools and temples, officials said today.

Heavy torrential rains struck the Indian Ocean nation's western districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara, the southern districts of Galle and Mathara, and the Gem mining district of Rathnapura. Full Story

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