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Budget India hikes public spending

Budget India hikes public spending

NEW DELHI – Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday presented a please-all budget with a 30 percent hike in plan expenditure, lower deficit and a one-time tax on the rich, while focusing on three main constituencies that can vote his government back to power in the next general elections—women, youth and poor. You’ll have to […]

March 1, 2013 | By More
Fire at Indian city of Kolkata kills at least 19

Fire at Indian city of Kolkata kills at least 19

KOLKATA, India  — A fire broke out at an illegal six-story plastics market in the Indian city of Kolkata early Wednesday, killing at least 19 people, police said. The blaze, which started before 4 a.m., was likely caused by a short circuit, said West Bengal fire minister Javed Khan. The fire was under control by […]

February 27, 2013 | By More
US urges talks to end decade-old Darfur war

US urges talks to end decade-old Darfur war

WASHINGTON:The United States on Tuesday marked 10 years of war in Darfur, warning that without political talks the Sudan region may face another decade of the devastating conflict. “The United States is deeply concerned that, 10 years after the outbreak of war in Darfur, the Darfuri people continue to suffer from increased insecurity, human rights […]

February 27, 2013 | By More
Despite peace accord, eastern Congo still on edge

Despite peace accord, eastern Congo still on edge

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Despite the signing of a Congo peace accord on Sunday, this Central African country remains unsettled by signs of a return to war. The peace agreement, signed in Ethiopia by 11 neighboring countries and backed by the United Nations, elicited much praise from African and other world leaders who said it […]

February 26, 2013 | By More
India orders probe into Finmeccanica copter deal

India orders probe into Finmeccanica copter deal

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top investigative agency is looking into the role a former air force chief played in a $750 million helicopter contract marred by reports of bribery. Shashi Tyagi and three of his cousins are among 11 people and two companies at the center of a preliminary inquiry announced Monday by the […]

February 26, 2013 | By More
Hot air balloon crash in Egypt kills 18 foreigners

Hot air balloon crash in Egypt kills 18 foreigners

LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — A hot air balloon flying over Egypt’s ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 18 foreign tourists, a security official said. It was one of the worst accidents involving tourists in Egypt and likely to push the key tourism industry […]

February 26, 2013 | By More
Sworn In As the US President for Second Term

Sworn In As the US President for Second Term

The moment Barack Obama is declared the winner, Prime Minister of England David Cameron took to his personal Twitter account to send “warm congratulations to my friend I enjoy working with him, he’s a very successful American president and I look forward to working with him in the future.” Herman Van Rompuy, European Union President, […]

February 24, 2013 | By More
Indian police search for evidence in bomb attack

Indian police search for evidence in bomb attack

HYDERABAD, India — Indian police are investigating whether a shadowy Islamic militant group was responsible for a dual bomb attack that killed 16 people outside a movie theater and a bus station in the southern city of Hyderabad, a police official said Friday. The group, the Indian Mujahideen, is thought to have links with militants […]

February 24, 2013 | By More
John Kerry on his first tour, Syria to Europe, Mideast

John Kerry on his first tour, Syria to Europe, Mideast

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry embarked Sunday on his first official overseas voyage in a diplomatic mission to bring new ideas to capitals in Europe and the Middle East on how to end nearly two years of brutal violence in Syria. Kerry left Washington to start a grueling nine-nation, 10-day trip that will […]

February 24, 2013 | By More
Karzai orders US forces out of Afghan province

Karzai orders US forces out of Afghan province

Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded Sunday the withdrawal of US special forces from Wardak within two weeks, accusing them of fuelling “insecurity and instability” in the volatile province neighbouring the capital Kabul. “In today’s national security council meeting… President Karzai ordered the ministry of defence to kick out the US special forces from Wardak province […]

February 24, 2013 | By More