Hostile forces seek to westernise,split China: Hu
BEIJING: Chinese President Hu Jintao has told Communist Party members that hostile forces abroad are trying to westernise and divide the country with their cultural influence and that officials must remain vigilant against such efforts. The party magazine Seeking Truth this week published an excerpt of a speech by Hu to party leaders.
Egypt holds third round of elections
CAIRO: Egyptians lined up in front of polling centres in nine provinces to cast their ballots Tuesday in the third and final round of first parliamentary elections following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.
Syrian rebel head vows more attacks
BEIRUT: The commander of Syrian armed rebels,Colonel Riad al-Asaad,said Tuesday he was dissatisfied with Arab monitors progress in halting a military crackdown and threatened to wait only a few days before escalating operations with a new style of attack.
Soul singer Aretha Franklin engaged to friend
LOS ANGELES: Queen of Soul singer Aretha Franklin got engaged over the holidays. Franklin,69,and her friend William Willie Wilkerson hope to marry later this year,a spokesperson confirmed.
3 blasts in Kandahar,13 people killed
KABUL: Officials say three explosions in a day have killed 13 people in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. First,a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck Tuesday morning. In the evening,two more blasts went off within minutes of each other at a central Kandahar intersection.
Morocco gets new Islamist-led govt
RABAT: Moroccos ruling coalition formed a new government Tuesday that gives top positions to an Islamist party but also keeps close allies of the king in powerful positions. The Islamist Justice and Development Party,known as PJD,won the most seats in the November 25 parliamentary elections as part of the wave of election victories by Islamist political parties across North African.