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  • Zardari plans to launch daughter into politics

    31 March, 2015 6:52 PM 65

    Islamabad: Pakistan's former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is planning to launch his daughter into politics, a move indicative of strained ties with his son Bilawal. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari formally stepped into politics last year, but soon developed differences with his father over handling of party affairs. According to party sources

  • Muhammadu Buhari: Nigerian autocrat who embraced democracy

    31 March, 2015 6:52 PM 122

    Lagos: Muhammadu Buhari, who has claimed victory in Nigeria`s most closely fought presidential election, is not a man who is easily put off. He tried three times previously to become head of state since the return to civilian rule in 1999 -- and failed on each occasion. But the tough retired major general who overthrew elected president Shehu Shagari

  • Germanwings crash triggers debate on confidentiality taboo

    31 March, 2015 6:52 PM 33

    Berlin: Calls to relax Germany`s strict doctor-patient confidentiality law after a Germanwings plane crash last week have touched a nerve in a country obsessed about privacy because of its authoritarian past. A debate on the law began after reports that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot suspected of flying the Airbus A320 into a French mountain and killing

  • Fortune runs out for Nigeria`s Goodluck Jonathan

    31 March, 2015 6:52 PM 66

    Lagos: Goodluck Jonathan`s rise to the top of the pile in Nigeria`s ruthless political world has been described as accidental -- a matter of good luck. But the amazing run of coincidence and chance that brought the son of a canoe-maker to the presidential villa in the capital Abuja, seems to have come to an end. The 57-year-old southern Christian -- the first

  • Putin offers to extend gas deal with Ukraine for 3 months

    31 March, 2015 6:52 PM 60

    Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on today said Russia would extend the current gas deal with Ukraine by another three months, hours before it was due to expire. In a meeting with Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Kiev has asked to extend the deal signed in October which expires at midnight. "Let's do it," Putin responded. He said the deal "would

  • Defense wraps up case in Boston bombing trial

    31 March, 2015 6:52 PM 22

    Lawyers for alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quickly wrapped up their defense case on Tuesday as the four-week old trial entered its final stages. Attorneys for Tsarnaev, who faces the death penalty if convicted of the April 2013 Boston Marathon attack that killed three people and wounded 264, called only four witnesses after prosecutors wrapped

  • Former Putin allies question his political course

    31 March, 2015 6:36 PM 40

    Moscow: As Russian President Vladimir Putin marks 15 years in office, his former long-term allies are questioning his political course and warning of the economic consequences of his aggressive foreign policy. Putin's approval ratings peaked last year as the Kremlin annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and have stayed at record high levels as many Russians

  • UN envoy for Yemen moves to Jordan

    31 March, 2015 6:36 PM 16

    United Nations: The United Nations has relocated its peace envoy for Yemen to Jordan and pulled its last 13 foreign employees from the conflict-torn country, a spokesman said Tuesday. Envoy Jamal Benomar left Yemen at the weekend along with some 200 UN staff as a Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes to block an advance against Shiite rebels known

  • AP govt seeks help of Indian embassies in Chile, Argentina to trace missing climber

    31 March, 2015 6:36 PM 5

    Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Government is seeking the help of Indian embassies in Chile and Argentina to trace the whereabouts of ace climber Malli Mastan Babu who has gone missing from Andes Mountains in South America. The government has also demanded support of the External Affairs ministry, said IT and NRI Affairs Minister P Raghunath Reddy

  • Yogendra Yadav removed as AAP chief spokesperson, 20-member new panel appointed

    31 March, 2015 6:12 PM 32

    Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday night removed Yogendra Yadav from from the post of chief spokesperson. After founding member of AAP, Prashant Bhushan was removed as party's national disciplinary committee chief yesterday, speculation was rife that Yadav may be next to face the axe as the party's chief spokesperson. "We will soon come out with a fresh