China next leader signals quicker reform
BEIJING: Chinas president-in-waiting,Xi Jinping,has said the ruling Communist Party must embrace reform with fresh vigour to stave off social and economic malaise,sources said,citing comments he made at a meeting with a party reformer.
Harry in Afghanistan to fly Apache copters
CAMP BASTION: Prince Harry,third in line to the British throne,began a four-month combat tour Friday in Afghanistan as a gunner on an Apache attack helicopter.
More cyber attacks linked to Google breach
BOSTON: The hacker group that attacked Google Inc in 2009 has launched hundreds of other cyber assaults since then,focusing on US defence firms,according to security software maker Symantec Corp. Google said in January 2010 that it had been a victim of a cyber attack from China-based hackers.
Fort Hood gunman to shave or be shaved
SAN ANTONIO: US military judge Colonel Gregory Gross on Thursday ordered the Fort Hood massacre suspect,Army Major Nidal Hasan,to shave or be forcibly shaved,ruling that his beard is not covered by federal laws protecting religious freedom.
Vietnamese journalist sentenced to 4 yrs in jail
HANOI: Vietnamese journalist Hoang Khuong,who bribed a police officer as part of an undercover investigation into corruption,was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday,while the officer who accepted the money got a five-year sentence,state-controlled media reported.
UK group denies Pak Osama bin Laden charge
LONDON: Strongly denying any link with the Pakistani doctor who reportedly helped the CIA trace Osama bin Laden,a London-based charity on Friday said it was seeking clarification from Islamabad for refusing visas to its staff working in the country. The organisation Save the Children said its international staff in Pakistan had been given two months to leave the country.
3 retd generals reinstated,to be court-martialled
ISLAMABAD: In an unusual move,Pakistans army has reinstated three Generals who retired several years ago so that they can be court-martialled for alleged involvement in a financial scam. The three allegedly obtained loans worth Rs 4.3 billion from armys National Logistics Cell and invested the amount in stocks during 2004-08.
Taliban conducted dry runs at Pak nuclear site
ISLAMABAD: Taliban based in Pakistans Punjab province conducted dry runs to target a nuclear site in Dera Ghazi Khan where authorities have beefed up security,according to a media report on Friday.
A faction of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was identified as the key culprit for a possible attack on the facility,The Express Tribune quoted an intelligence report as saying.
The Express Tribune reported most of the reconnaissance was carried out by a Punjabi Taliban group led by Asmatullah Moavia. Suicide bombers had been earmarked for the assault,the report said.