Putin to miss G8
MOSCOW: Russias President Vladimir Putin will skip the Group of Eight industrial nations meeting in US this month,the Kremlin confirmed on Thursday,as he faced pressure from protests and opposition criticism at home.
Coulson at UK probe
LONDON: UK Prime Minister David Camerons former communications chief Andy Coulson denied that he got the job because he could boost ties between the Murdoch papers and the Conservatives,before the Leveson inquiry on Thursday .
Chen family restricted
BEIJING: Authorities have placed blind activist Chen Guangchengs brother and sister-in-law under house arrest and his nephew in police detention,and restricted other relatives,Chen and a rights group said.
Pak tests n-missile
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday successfully test fired nuclear-capable Hatf-III ballistic missile with a range of 290 km that could hit targets in India. The military did not say where the test was conducted.