Briefly World: Ashraf proposes names for caretaker PM ahead of polls

Pakistan PM Raja Pervez Ashraf Thursday proposed the name of former minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and banker Ishrat Hussain

Published:March 15, 2013 1:51 am

Ashraf proposes names for caretaker PM ahead of polls

Islamabad: Pakistan PM Raja Pervez Ashraf Thursday proposed the name of former minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and banker Ishrat Hussain besides a retired judge for heading an interim administration and sought early response from opposition to set the stage for elections. PTI

At least 24 killed in Iraq Justice Ministry attack

BAGHDAD: Twenty-four people were killed and 67 wounded Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Ministry of Justice compound,which he and other armed attackers had managed to infiltrate after a series of car bomb blasts nearby,the police said. NYT

US Senate panel backs assault weapons ban

Washington: A US Senate panel Thursday approved a Democratic bill that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines,in a party line vote three months since the Newtown school massacre. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 for the bill. PTI

British talks on press regulation break down

LONDON: PM David Cameron announced Thursday cross-party talks with other political leaders on regulating UK’s rambunctious press had broken down and he would pursue his own proposal for a system of self-regulation after months of inquiries into phone hacking scandal. NYT

Indian historian named US Congress library chief

Washington: Eminent Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam has been appointed as the chairperson at the John W Kluge Centre of the prestigious US Library of Congress. Subrahmanyam will spend four months at the library researching two themes connected to South Asia. PTI

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