Indian Americans to take key US posts
Washington: US President Barack Obama has announced the appointment of two Indian Americans to key administration posts. Paula Gangopadhyay has been nominated Member of the National Museum and Library Services Board,and Sonny Ramaswamy will be Director,National Institute of Food and Agriculture,the White House said.
Airstrikes kill 45 militants in Yemen
SANAA/ADEN: US drone attacks killed at least 25 al Qaeda-linked fighters,while a Yemeni air force raid killed 20 more in the south,sources said on Saturday,in the biggest airstrikes since Yemens new president took office.
Tanker ship runs aground off Sicily
ROME: The crew of Italian tanker Gelso M was evacuated by helicopter Saturday after the ship ran aground off Sicily in storm-tossed seas,and took on water in its engine room.
Egypts presidential race begins
CAIRO: Egypt on Saturday morning began registering candidates who will contest the historic May election to pick Hosni Mubaraks democratic successor,kicking off the countrys first free presidential race.
GITMO Taliban agree to transfer
KABUL: Five top Taliban leaders held by the US in the military prison at Guantanamo Bay,Cuba,told a visiting Afghan delegation they agree to a proposed transfer to the Gulf state of Qatar,Afghan officials said Saturday. The US has not yet agreed to the transfer,but is considering it as an incentive for the Taliban to participate in peace talks to end the decade-long war in Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai initially opposed sending the prisoners to Qatar instead of home to Afghanistan. However,their consent could pave the way for a deal if the Obama administration releases them over the opposition of some in Congress.
Zardari to address parliament on Mar 17
ISLAMABAD: Asif Ali Zardari will become the first Pakistani President to address a joint session of parliament for the fifth consecutive time on March 17. Zardari will outline the governments economic and foreign policies for the last year of its five-year term. The joint session of parliament is also expected to discuss new terms of engagement for the US and NATO.