Romney takes narrow lead over Obama: Poll
WASHINGTON: Mitt Romney,the presumptive Republican presidential nominee,has taken a narrow three per cent lead over US President Barack Obama. A CBS News-The New York Times opinion poll on Tuesday said that 46 per cent of voters would back Romney and 43 per cent
voters would back Obama. Meanwhile,Texas Rep. Ron Paul became the last Romney rival to step aside,saying he would stop spending money to compete in primaries.
John Allen may be shifted to Europe
WASHINGTON: The top US commander in Afghanistan,Marine Gen John Allen,is likely to leave to become the chief allied commander in Europe early next year,a senior US defence official said Tuesday.
Man sets self on fire outside Breivik trial
OSLO: An unidentified man was seriously injured in a self-immolation Tuesday outside the courthouse where extremist Anders Behring Breivik is being tried on terror charges. Police said the man didnt have any connection to the case.
42 killed in offensive on Yemen militants
ADEN: At least 42 people including 30 Islamist militants were killed in Yemen on Monday night and Tuesday,officials said,in an offensive which for the first time is being directly guided by US troops.
Lady Gaga denied permit in Indonesia
JAKARTA: Pop star Lady Gaga was refused a permit to perform here next month,police said Tuesday,after Islamic groups objected to her tour.
DSK countersues NY hotel maid for $1 m
NEW YORK: Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo who accused him of sexual assault last year.
Controversy over Musharraf China trip
BEIJING: Former Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf,a proclaimed offender,was extended courtesies by the Pakistani Embassy here stirring controversy. The embassy said only normal courtesies where extended last week.
NATO invites Pak to Chicago meet
ISLAMABAD: NATO on Tuesday invited Pakistans president to the upcoming Chicago summit on Afghanistan,the strongest sign yet that Islamabad is ready to reopen its western border to US and NATO military supplies heading to the war in the neighbouring country.
Pakistan blocked the routes in November after US airstrikes killed 24 of its troops on the Afghan border. The US expressed regret for the airstrikes and has been quietly pressing Pakistan to reopen the routes over the last two weeks. Washington and NATO stepped up those efforts in recent days.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen phoned President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday to invite him to the meeting,according to a statement from the Pakistan government and NATO.