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Hollande supports keep ‘burqa ban’

Written by Agencies | Published: April 28, 2012 1:08:22 am

Hollande supports keep ‘burqa ban’

PARIS: France’s socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande said that,if elected,he won’t seek to overturn a law banning burqas and niqabs.

US minister questions aid to Pak farmers

Washington: A New York Congressman has questioned the decision of the Obama Administration to spend $ 30 million on Pakistan farmers to help them export mangoes to the US,terming it “egregious” and “wasteful” government spending. “This is ridiculous,” Congressman Tom Reed said.

Blasts near Baghdad kill nine Iraqis

BAGHDAD: Police and hospital officials say nine Iraqis have died in two explosions targeting a cafe northeast of Baghdad. An interior ministry official and a local police officer said a suicide car bomber set off the first explosion outside the cafe in Garma,in Diyala province. 21 people were injured.

Suicide bomber kills 10 in Damascus

DAMASCUS: A suicide bomber blew himself up across the street from a mosque in the Syrian capital Friday,killing at least 10 people and wounding nearly 30,state TV said. Three other smaller explosions also were reported in the capital,killing one person.

Romanian govt falls in no-confidence vote

BUCHAREST: Romania’s government fell Friday in a no-confidence vote,as opposition parties seized on widespread public anger over biting austerity measures,cronyism and corruption. The measures were taken after a Euro 20 billion bailout it took from the IMF,the EU and the World Bank in 2009.

Boko Haram warns of attacks on media

Abuja: Radical Islamic terror group Boko Haram has warned of more attacks on media after it claimed responsibility for the deadly bombings at offices of major Nigerian newspapers that claimed at least nine lives. Boko Haram claimed that the press was not reporting the group accurately.

Must oust PM,says Sharif

Lahore: A combative opposition chief Nawaz Sharif on Friday appealed to the Pakistani people to help him oust Yousuf Raza Gilani,saying the Prime Minister was “occupying his office illegally” following his conviction on contempt charges by the SC. The PML-N chief said Gilani needs to be sent home and he would use all options to achieve this.

Man held after armed siege in London

Police snipers and heavily armed officers put several blocks of central London’s shopping district into lockdown Friday after a man allegedly armed with gas canisters entered an office building and threatened to blow himself up.

Police said a 49-year-old man was arrested hours after a stand off with police at Advantage,a training company near London’s Tottenham Court Road. A shirtless man in green khaki pants was seen being led out with by two officers.

British media had claimed that the man was holding people captive,but police said they were “not aware of any hostages.’’ Police and security personnel said the incident was not terror-related and presented no risk to the upcoming 2012 summer Olympics.

An Advantage employee interviewed by The Huffington Post identified the suspect as a former customer and said he had come in “strapped up in gasoline cylinders.’’

“Basically he threatened to blow up the office,’’ Abby Baafi,27,told the news website. Police declined to say whether he had been armed in any way.

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