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MOSCOW : Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a “CIA project” and warned Russians against making Google searches.Putin assured a group of young journalists that the Internet was controlled from the start by the CIA and its surveillance continues today. “That’s life. That’s how it’s organised by Americans. You know all of this started during the dawn of the Internet as a special ...

RIYADH : King Abdullah was in the Saudi commercial hub of Jeddah on Thursday in a bid to reassure a worried public as the death toll from the MERS virus hit 85.The Red Sea city has seen a spate of cases among health staff in recent weeks that have sparked fears that the virus has mutated to make it more transmissible from person to person.The World Health Organisation announced on Wednesday that it had offered to send international experts to ...

JERUSALEM : Israel’s security cabinet met on Thursday to weigh its retaliation to a unity deal struck between the Palestinian leadership and the Hamas rulers of Gaza.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted angrily to Wednesday’s agreement between the rival factions accusing Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas of choosing “Hamas, not peace”.Public radio said ministers were likely to announce fresh retaliatory measures on ...

Douglas Busvine and Fayaz Bukhari - Mohammad Amin Pandith, a ...

LONDON : British police reached out to Muslim women on Thursday in an ...

KATHMANDU : Three major mountaineering companies joined others in ...

YEREVAN : Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday accused ...

SEOUL : Angry parents of victims of South Korea’s ferry ...

VATICAN CITY : Pope Francis’s habit of picking up the phone and ...

Missy Ryan - Some of them have been locked up for a dozen years. Some are suspected fighters from Yemen, Russia or Pakistan, arrested by US forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere. Several have been ...

JOHANNESBURG - Time magazine named South Africa’s hard-hitting ombudsman as one of the world’s 100 most influential people Thursday, providing high-profile recognition of her work ...

KABUL - The Afghanistan presidential vote is poised to go to a run-off, the election chief said on Thursday, after the latest tally of ballots showed neither Abdullah Abdullah nor Ashraf Ghani ...

WASHINGTON  - The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive US nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed countries on Thursday, ...

TOKYO  - US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its ...

Patna, iNDIA - The latest stage of India’s massive five-week election was marred by bloody violence Thursday, with a landmine triggered by Maoist insurgents killing at least five policemen in ...

SHANGHAI  - China on Thursday released a seized Japanese ship after its owner paid $28 million in compensation, a court said, in a business dispute dating to the 1930s which underlines tensions ...

NEW YORK: Mark Shand, the brother-in-law of Britain’s Prince Charles, died in a New York hospital late Wednesday after suffering a serious head injury in a fall outside a club following a ...

JERUSALEM- Israel's security cabinet today decided to suspend peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a unity deal with the Islamist Hamas group, Israeli media reported. Asked about the ...

TOKYO - US President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” US foreign policy towards a dynamic Asia.Obama ...

NEW YORK : For the first time in decades, middle-income Americans are no longer the richest middle class in the world, according to a new report.Once the juggernaut of the American economy, the ...

KABUL/TEHRAN : Afghanistan’s preliminary presidential election result has been delayed by two days due to fraud investigations and will now be released on Saturday, officials said Wednesday as ...

WASHINTON : The Pentagon’s research agency tasked with developing breakthrough technologies for national security has come up with a plan to replace flight crews with “full-time” ...

ANKARA : Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences to the descendants of the victims of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman troops during World War ...

Shaukat Mehmood Hashmi works as the station master in an ‘isolated’ part of north-western Pakistan. He says they get by with ancient technology - and hope for a bright future as a tourist ...

GAZA CITY - Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip agreed on Wednesday to form a unity government soon, bringing thousands of people on to the streets in celebration.Amid the ...

LONDON : Western leaders should set aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the growing threat of ‘Islamic extremism’, former British prime minister Tony Blair said ...

BEIJING  : China’s military faces a “severe and complex” task in maintaining secrecy, especially given the widespread use of the internet and mobile communications, and needs ...

UNITED NATIONS  : Iran on Tuesday made a strong case before a UN committee  against US’ move not to grant an entry visa to the Iranian ambassador-designate to the UN, but the ...

FORT MEADE, US : The US government must turn over information on secret CIA interrogation centres connected to the trial of the alleged mastermind of the 2000 USS Cole bombing, a military judge said ...

SUDIPTA SARANGI ANDCHANDAN K JHA - Political parties and voters are equally to blame for the low representation of women in Parliament. Throughout history, women have fought all kinds of odds to ...

CAIRO  - A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car in Egypt’s capital on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Cairo ...

VARANASI, India  - Firebrand anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal accused his rivals in India’s elections on Wednesday of selling out to big business by accepting hundreds of millions ...

DHAKA  - A top Bangladesh court ruled Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s trial over embezzlement charges should go ahead in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor ...

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