Wednesday, March 20, 2013

World:3/20/2013 7:43:15 PM

Obama: US is Israel's strongest ally

President Barack Obama plunged into the turbulent Middle East on Wednesday, assuring Israel of the US commitment to its security while cautioning that the region's "winds of change bring both promise and peril."

Bangladesh president dies in Singapore

Bangladesh President Mohammad Zillur Rahman, a close aide of the country's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, died on Wednesday at a Singapore hospital where he was being treated for kidney and respiratory problems, officials said.

Pak to hold general elections on May 11

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari announced Wednesday that general elections would be held on May 11, in what will mark the first democratic transition of power in the country's history.

Chinese bowl, bought for $3, sells for $2.2 million

A rare Chinese bowl bought at a tag sale for $3 has sold at a New York City auction for more than $2.22 million.

Sri Lanka rejects US resolution

The Sri Lankan government decided to reject the final draft of a US resolution submitted at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and seek a vote among members, the external affairs ministry said Wednesday.

Obama sets off for Israel charm offensive

Obama was on his way to Israel for the first time as US president, hoping to ease past tensions with his hosts and under pressure to narrow differences over handling Iran's nuclear threat.

Syria regime, rebels trade chemical weapons charges

The US and UN are attempting to verify claims and counterclaims by Syrian troops and insurgents that chemical weapons were used for the first time in the two-year conflict.

Malala Yousafzai joins school in UK

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai returned to school on Tuesday for the first time since October when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education.

Egypt arrests Gaddafi's cousin Ahmed Gaddaf

Egyptian police arrested a cousin of late Libyan dictator Gaddafi, a former Libyan ambassador to Egypt and another ex-Libyan official on Tuesday, a security source told Reuters.

Egypt arrests three former Libyan officials

Egyptian police arrested a cousin of late Libyan dictator Gaddafi, a former Libyan ambassador to Egypt and another ex-Libyan official on Tuesday, a security source told Reuters.

Fukushima N-plant hit by power cut

Engineers at Fukushima on Tuesday partly succeeded in getting cooling systems back online after a power outage underlined the still-precarious state of the nuclear plant two years after the tsunami.

65 killed on Iraq war anniversary

A wave of bombings tore through Iraq on Tuesday , killing 65 people on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion, showing how unstable Iraq remains more than a year after the withdrawal of American troops .

After 10 years of war, Iraq is battered & bloodied

In the war in Iraq , which marked its tenth anniversary on Tuesday , 25 Iraqi civilians were killed for every soldier of the invading US-led coalition army who died in action .

Violence rages in Bangladesh on bandh day-II

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led opposition alliance stepped up its violence – even derailed a train – on the second day of the 48-hour nationwide strike after Dhaka residents took to the burning streets to thwart the shutdown on its opening day.

Reverend opens church doors for Muslims

As a school boy, Isaac Poobalan grew up in the southern Indian town of Vellore watching people of different faiths pray side by side in the chapel of the Christian Medical College hospital.

Xi admits border problem with India tough to solve

The statement comes days before Xi's meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, perhaps for the first time in years, during the BRICS summit in Durban.

Death toll in heavy Brazil rains rises to 17

Officials say the death toll in mudslides and floods in the mountain towns north of Rio de Janeiro has climbed to 17.

Skydiver survives 8,000ft fall after parachutes fail

In a miraculous escape, a seasoned California skydiver survived an 8,000-foot fall with minor injuries and bruises after his parachutes failed and he landed on a patch of soft soil at a vineyard.

US flies B-52 bombers over South Korea

United States said it was flying training missions of nuclear-capable B-52 bombers over South Korea, in a clear signal to North Korea at a time of escalating military tensions.

Syria accuses rebels of using chemical weapons

Syria's state news agency accused rebels on Tuesday of using chemical weapons in an attack in the northern province of Aleppo which it said killed 15 people.

Cooling stops at crippled Japan N-plant

Power supply at the stricken and dangerously radioactive Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in north-eastern Japan remained disrupted on Tuesday, 15 hours after a blackout on Monday evening.

50 killed on Iraq war anniversary

Car bombs and a suicide blast hit Shia districts of Baghdad and south of Iraq's capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people on the 10th anniversary of the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

Attacks across Baghdad kill at least 21: Officials

Iraqi officials say a wave of attacks in different Shiite areas of Baghdad has killed at least 21 people and wounded dozens.

China 5th largest international arms exporter: Report

China has become the fifth largest arms exporter in the world driven by large-scale arms acquisitions by Pakistan, an international military think-tank said in its report.

Crippled Japan N-plant hit by power cut

Engineers at Fukushima were scrambling Tuesday to restore power to cooling systems after an outage, in the latest incident to underline the precarious fix at the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant.

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