UK minister faces questions over ties with Murdoch
LONDON: The UK Culture,Media and Sport Secretary Jeremy Hunt,fighting to safeguard his career amid criticism of his ties to Rupert Murdochs News Corp.,on Thursday acknowledged his links to key executives,but denied showing bias in handling a take-over bid launched by the moguls media empire.
Asian immigrants blamed for rise in female foeticide in US
Washington: US lawmakers have introduced a new legislation in the House of Representatives to ban sex-selective abortions as they blamed Asian immigrants,especially from India and China,for the rise in female foeticide in the country. Asian Americans have alleged that such a move would encourage racial profiling in the US.
Bomb attacks in Iraq kill 18 people,wound 53
Baghdad: Bombs exploded at a crowded Baghdad restaurant and a near police patrol on Thursday,among attacks that killed at least 18 people and wounded 53 in Iraqs bloodiest day in more than a month,police and hospital medics said. Five blasts hit the capital,and the northern city of Mosul was the scene of a fatal shooting attack.
Clinton to assert US claim in Arctic scramble
OSLO: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will assert US interest in the Arctic,where prospects for abundant oil,gas and new trade routes has been likened to a modern-day gold rush,when she visits the region on Saturday.Clinton will visit Tromsoe,a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle,as part of an 8-day trip to Scandinavia,the Caucasus and Turkey.
Tibetan woman set herself on fire: Groups
Beijing: A Tibetan mother-of-three immolated herself to protest Chinese rule,reports said on Thursday. The woman,identified as Rechok (33),set herself on fire outside a Buddhist monastery on Wednesday afternoon in western Sichuan province,according to London-based Free Tibet and US government-backed broadcaster Radio Free Asia.
Irans Guard commander visits disputed islands
Tehran: The commander of Irans powerful Revolutionary Guard visited three disputed islands in the Gulf that are held by Iran but claimed by the United Arab Emirates,Iranian state TV said on Thursday.
Egypt bids adieu to emergency law
Cairo: Days after holding its first free and fair presidential elections,Egypt on Thursday did away with a three decade-old state of emergency,with the ruling military council stating that it would not be extended further.
German abducted in north Nigeria killed
KANO: A German engineer kidnapped in northern Nigeria about five months ago and presumed held by al-Qaida-aligned terrorists has been killed during a failed rescue attempt,officials said on Thursday.