Pak-India dialogue: A step forward or stalemate?

Posted by on Mar 06, 2015 | Comments Off on Pak-India dialogue: A step forward or stalemate?

ISLAMABAD: Mixed statements have emerged from the government’s defence and foreign office divisions in the aftermath of the closely watched meeting of Pakistan and India’s foreign secretaries this week. A day after the meeting between foreign secretaries Aizaz Chaudhry and S Jaishankar, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told BBC in an interview that in his assessment, it was India’s intention to create border... 

Phelps Wins Record 21st Medal

Posted by on Aug 05, 2012 | Comments Off on Phelps Wins Record 21st Medal

  American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, won his 21st medal Friday at the London Games, as the United States ruled the pool and excitement built toward a weekend of fierce track and field competition. Ethiopia’s seven-time world champion Tirunesh Dibaba destroyed the field in the women’s 10,000-meters, finishing nearly six seconds ahead of Kenyan Sally Kipyego and a... 

Clinton’s Next African Tour Stop, Malawi

Posted by on Aug 05, 2012 | Comments Off on Clinton’s Next African Tour Stop, Malawi

  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Malawi Sunday – the latest stop on her 11-day tour of Africa. She met with President Mwai Kibaki, who is barred by law from seeking a third term, and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who leads in opinion polls in the race to replace him. The two men were the main rivals in the disputed 2007 election, in which opposition leader Odinga said he was the victim of vote fraud. On... 

Obama Celebrates Summer Olympics, Paralympics

Posted by on Aug 05, 2012 | Comments Off on Obama Celebrates Summer Olympics, Paralympics

  U.S. President Barack Obama took a break from the politics of his presidential campaign in his weekly address Saturday.  He talked, instead, about the Summer Olympics. Obama mentioned the names of several athletes and said he was “filled with pride” watching Gabby Douglas win the gymnastics all-around gold with “incredible poise and grace.” He thanked the U.S. athletes in both the Olympics... 

Human rights challenge Burma – says UN

Posted by on Aug 05, 2012 | Comments Off on Human rights challenge Burma – says UN

  A UN special envoy says human rights remains the greatest challenge facing the Burmese administration. Quintana completed a six-day investigation into sectarian violence in the western Rakhine state and more than a year of heavy fighting between troops and insurgents from an ethnic minority in the northern Kachin state. The UN rapporteur called on the Burma government to review its 1982 Citizens Act, which barred... 

Oil deal no quick fix for Sudan crisis: Analysts

Posted by on Aug 05, 2012 | Comments Off on Oil deal no quick fix for Sudan crisis: Analysts

  A last-minute oil deal reached yesterday between Sudan and South Sudan offers no quick fix for Khartoum’s economic crisis and remains tied to progress on security issues, analysts say. Both sides agreed Juba would pay Khartoum a package amounting to about $3 billion, as well as a per-barrel fee for sending its oil through the north’s infrastructure for export via Port Sudan. Juba said the fee is $9.48... 

US Economy Gains Jobs, but Unemployment Rises

Posted by on Aug 05, 2012 | Comments Off on US Economy Gains Jobs, but Unemployment Rises

  WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy had a net gain of 163,000 jobs in July – better than the previous month – but at the same time the unemployment rate edged up slightly, to 8.3 percent. While efforts to improve unemployment seem stalled, experts from firms that connect companies with job seekers say big companies are looking for highly educated workers to fill key positions. When the economy slowed,... 

President Obama Turns 51

Posted by on Aug 04, 2012 | Comments Off on President Obama Turns 51

  The president’s birthday celebrations continue into next weekend, when he will hold several birthday-themed campaign fundraisers in Chicago. U.S. President Barack Obama turned 51 years old Saturday. The president celebrated his birthday by playing a round of golf at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington. He is leaving later Saturday for a quiet weekend at Camp David, the presidential retreat. One of the... 

US builds case against bankers over Libor

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 | Comments Off on US builds case against bankers over Libor

The US justice department is preparing a criminal case against major banks and individuals over international interest rate manipulation, But public and political pressure is also building across the Atlantic. Saturday’s report of a likely US criminal actions comes as private US investors prepare suits and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission carries out a far-reaching regulatory inquiry. The “Libor”... 

US approves first-ever pill to help fight HIV

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 | Comments Off on US approves first-ever pill to help fight HIV

  The first-ever daily pill to help prevent the spread of HIV has been approved by US regulators – a milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus believed to cause AIDS. An estimated 1.2m Americans have HIV, which scientists believe develops into AIDS unless treated with antiviral drugs. With an estimated 240,000 HIV carriers unaware of their status, doctors and patients say new methods are needed to... 
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