US will control its own destiny,says Obama
WASHINGTON: Stressing on the need for American-made energy,President Barack Obama Thursday asserted that US will control its own destiny as it cant allow itself to be held hostage to the events in other parts of the world,like the galloping energy demand of India and China and disturbances in the Middle East.
2 British journalists given to Libyan intel
TRIPOLI: A commander of a Libyan militia holding two British journalists says they have been handed over to state intelligence. Tripoli militia commander Faraj al-Swehli says the two journalists are suspected of espionage. He says they were found with classified documents and pictures.
Indian-American doc convicted for fraud
Washington: An Indian-American physician in Chicago has been convicted for health care fraud by a federal grand jury,the US Justice Department said. Dr Jaswinder Rai Chhibber,43,faces a maximum penalty of 70 years in prison,and a fine of $ 22,50,000.
2 French paratroopers shot dead on street
TOULOUSE: A gunman on a motorbike opened fire on three French paratroopers at a bank machine in southern France,killing two and critically wounding one of them Thursday,officials said. It was the second such attack in a week targeting French soldiers in a public place.
Tibetan immolates self in China
BEIJING: A Tibetan monk set himself on fire in China on Wednesday,the official Xinhua News Agency and London-based Free Tibet reported. Jamyang Palden burned himself in Tongren in Qinghai province,and survived after security forces put out the blaze.
Israel,Gaza trade strikes across border
JERUSALEM: Israeli aircraft and Gaza rocket squads traded strikes across the border on Thursday as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Iran for the violence from the Palestinian territory. Netanyahu hinted that Israel could attack Irans suspect nuclear program.
Egypt charges 75 in soccer riot
CAIRO: Egypts top prosecutor on Thursday charged 75 people in connection with a deadly soccer riot last month in Port Said. Scores of fans face murder charges,and nine police officers were accused of complicity in murder,in the February 1 riot that left at least 74 people dead. The officers allegedly participated in the riot by way of assistance to al-Masry fans.
Afghan in Panetta plane attack dead
WASHINGTON: An Afghan who drove a hijacked vehicle onto the runway ramp as US Defence Secretary Leon Panettas plane was landing at a military airfield in Afghanistan died on Thursday of burn injuries,the US military said. Panetta was not hurt,but Pentagon officials said that the Afghan civilian emerged from the vehicle in flames,and the attack was described by top US General Mike Scaparotti as an intent to harm.
Would rather face jail than death
ISLAMABAD: Virtually rejecting Pakistan SCs directive to reopen graft cases against the President,Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday said he would rather go to jail for committing contempt of court than violate the Constitution. If I write,then I violate the Constitution because Parliament has given the President immunity in Pakistan and abroad. The punishment for violating the Constitution is the death sentence, Gilani said.
NATO routes to open
Islamabad: Pakistan is inching towards a decision on reopening NATO supply routes,which were closed following a cross-border air strike in November,though it is expected to impose tough conditions like a hefty transit fee for the movement of trucks.
Taliban kill officer
Islamabad: A senior police officer,known for his anti-Taliban operations,was on Thursday assassinated by a suicide bomber in Peshawar. SP Kalam Khan was killed and four others injured when the bomber detonated his explosive vest near the officials car.
France: No arms for opposition
PARIS: Frances foreign minister Alain Juppe turned down requests for weapons by the Syrian rebel forces Thursday,saying arming the opposition could lead to catastrophic civil war.