15 killed, 12 injured in car bomb attack
least 15 people have been killed and 12 others injured in
Syria’s central city of Homs after a car bomb attack rocked
explosion took place on Thursday in the Armenian district that
is home to Christians and the Alawite sect.
official SANA news agency said it was a “ attack,” by Free
Syrian Army, fighting in Syria against the government of
President Bashar al-Assad.
Thursday, a bomb blast killed five people and wounded 20 others
in the city of Hama.
the car bomb went off at the southern entrance of Hama, also
causing material damage to nearby buildings.
Published on 7th
Terms Crimea referendum violation of Ukraine's Constitution,
upcoming referendum in Crimea would violate Ukraine's
Constitution and the international law, and any discussion on
the future of Crimea should include the Ukrainian government,
U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday.
the Ukraine crisis at the White House, Obama said the U.S. has
been mobilizing the international community to " condemn"
Russia's "violation of international law" and support the people
and government of Ukraine since Russia's "intervention" of
decided Thursday to hold a referendum on March 16 on whether to
join Russia or remain part of Ukraine as the parliament of
Crimea, a Ukrainian autonomous republic, voted to join Russia.
President noted that, in order to impose costs on Russia for its
actions, he signed an executive order earlier Thursday to
authorize sanctions on "the individuals and entities responsible
for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of
Ukraine or for stealing the assets of the Ukrainian people."
order, the U.S. is putting in place visa restrictions and moving
to freeze U.S. assets of those involved in Russia's move on
Ukraine, the White House said earlier Thursday.
decisions continue our efforts to impose a cost on Russia and
those responsible for the situation in Crimea," Obama said,
adding that the U.S. took the steps in coordination with its
called for allowing international monitors into all of Ukraine,
including Crimea, to ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians
are respected, including those of the Ukrainian Russians.
He urged the
governments of Ukraine and Russia to begin consultations on
resolving the crisis with the participation of the international
community, adding Russia would maintain its basing rights in
Crimea if it abides by its agreements with Ukraine and respect
the Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.
world should support the people of Ukraine as they move to
elections in May," the U.S. president said.
if the Russian "violation" of international law continues, the
resolve of the U.S. and its allies would remain firm as
Washington has taken steps to reaffirm its commitment to
security and democracy of its eastern European allies and to
the meantime, accused the United States of applying double
standards to Moscow's assertions about the developments in
State Department is trying to play on a shamelessly one-sided
interpretation of events as though there wasn't abundant
evidence of outrages perpetrated by radical nationalists (in
Ukraine)," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander
Lukashevich said Thursday in a statement, referring to a
statement released by U.S. government criticizing Russian
President Vladimir Putin.
States neither had nor could have the right to moralize about
compliance with international law and respect for the
sovereignty of other countries, said the spokesman.
Russian-speaking Crimea, home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet, has
become the epicenter of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine since
President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by the parliament on Feb.
Published on 7th
killed, 97 wounded in attacks in Iraq
At least 22
people were killed and 97 others wounded in separate attacks
across Iraq on Thursday, including a deadly bombing attack at a
cafe in the eastern city of Baquba, police said.
were killed and eight others wounded when a bomb exploded in a
cafe in Kanan area near Baquba, 60 km northeast of Baghdad.
capital Baghdad, two people were killed and 10 others wounded
when a car bomb exploded in a popular market in the southwestern
district of Amil, the police source said.
were killed and 12 others injured when a roadside bomb went off
inside a popular cafe in Baghdad's eastern district of Sadr
City, the source said, adding that a car bomb exploded near a
garage in Nahda area of eastern Baghdad, leaving two people
killed and 13 others wounded.
the day, police said ten people were killed and 54 others
wounded in violent attacks, including car bombings, in central
province of Babil, two car bombs exploded in two areas in the
provincial capital city of Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad,
leaving two people killed and 12 others wounded, a provincial
police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
car bomb ripped through the town of Iskandriyah, some 50 km
south of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, wounding eight people,
the source said.
Baghdad, two soldiers were killed and two others wounded when a
roadside bomb went off near their checkpoint in Tarmiyah area,
some 40 km north of Baghdad, a local police source said.
separate incident, an explosives-laden car parked near a popular
market detonated in the town of Meshahda, some 30 km north of
Baghdad, leaving a civilian dead and 15 others wounded, the
member of a government-backed Sahwa paramilitary group was
killed and four wounded when gunmen attacked their checkpoint in
the city of Baiji, some 200 km north of Baghdad, a local police
Published on 7th
President Reaffirms Long-term Support for Afghanistan
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN –
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
President Takehiko Nakao has completed a visit to Afghanistan
during which he reassured the country of the Bank’s continued
support during and beyond the current period of transition.
emerging from decades of conflict, faces many challenges,
including the withdrawal of most U.S. and NATO forces. By 2015
Afghan forces will be largely responsible for security.
the political and security challenges and reaffirms its
long-term commitment to Afghanistan,” Mr. Nakao said. “But we
need the ongoing support of donors and the wider international
community in order to sustain ADB’s work in Afghanistan.”
Mr. Nakao met
First Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim during the visit to
Kabul, as well as Minister of Finance and ADB Governor, Omar
The President also
met donor representatives in Kabul. At the meeting, he
emphasized that the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF),
administered by ADB, will remain one of the key trust funds for
development partners to fulfill their commitments to Afghanistan
and to support infrastructure development.
The AITF, approved
in 2010, is funded by contributions from the governments of
Japan, United States and United Kingdom. At the end of 2013,
total cumulative AITF funding was $271.2 million. It is expected
that contributions to the AITF will grow to more than $800
million, on a cumulative basis, by 2015.
ADB is the largest
infrastructure investor in Afghanistan and is planning to scale
up operations in coming years. Future investments in the energy
sector will focus on the expansion of electricity transmission
networks. ADB will also concentrate on improving road
interconnectivity and the transport network. Modernizing parts
of the country’s irrigation infrastructure is another ADB
ADB operations in
Afghanistan, discontinued in 1980, were resumed in late 2001.
ADB has approved $3.9 billion in loans, grants, and technical
assistance for Afghanistan since 2002.
Published on 6th
Koreans are urged to follow peace steps
China, Beijing: Chinese govt. advised both Koreans to avoid
tensions and follow peace path.
DPRK's neighbor, we are concerned about the Korean Peninsula
situation and are delighted with the recent improvement of
inter-Korean relations," said Chinese foreign office's
He cited the
recent increase in interactions between the DPRK and the
Republic of Korea (ROK), including family reunions and
high-level talks last month.
made great efforts to promote talks and ease tensions on the
Peninsula as Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin has
visited the DPRK and ROK, Qin said.
parties concerned to be discreet in speech and action to prevent
the situation from escalating, the spokesman said.
series of missile launches, which started on Feb. 21, overlap
with ROK-U.S. annual military drills that began last week.
Tensions are on rise in Korean Peninsula after Seoul-Washington
military exercises and missile fires from North in open sea to
show North Korean reservations.
said on Wednesday the short-range missile launches were
"successful normal training within its own territory," the
official KCNA news agency reported.
Published on 6th
Suspend NATO-Russian Joint Mission
General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, announce several steps against
Russian military aggression toward Ukraine, at the Press
Conference following the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council at
NATO HQ, Brussels.
said "The situation in Ukraine presents serious implications
for the security and stability of the Euro-Atlantic area." and
Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and
territorial integrity, and its own international commitments.
So NATO decided today to take a number of following immediate
suspended the planning for our first NATO-Russia joint
mission. The maritime escort for the U.S. ship Cape Ray, which
will neutralise Syria’s chemical weapons. Let me stress, this
will not affect the destruction of chemical weapons, but
Russia will not be involved in the escort of the US vessel.
also decided that no staff-level civilian or military meetings
with Russia will take place for now.
put the entire range of NATO-Russia cooperation under review.
NATO Foreign Ministers will take decisions on this in early
steps send a clear message: Russia’s actions have
same time, we do want to keep the door open for political
dialogue. So we are ready to maintain meetings of ambassadors
in the NATO-Russia Council, as we have done today.
just chaired a frank and important meeting of the NATO-Russia
Council to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
NATO-Russia Council is a forum for discussions on all issues.
Where we agree, and where we disagree.
Chairman of the NATO-Russia Council, it is my duty to uphold
the principles on which our relationship is founded.
fundamental principles are now at stake. Our joint pledge to
observe in good faith our obligations under international law.
And our commitment to refrain from the threat or use of force
against each other, or any other state.
So I asked
the Russian Ambassador to convey NATO’s firm message to
same time we have decided to intensify our partnership with
Ukraine, and strengthen our cooperation to support democratic
step up our engagement with the Ukrainian civilian and
strengthen our efforts to build the capacity of the Ukrainian
military, including with more joint training and exercises.
will do more to include Ukraine in our multinational projects
to develop capabilities.
complement the international efforts to support the people of
Ukraine as they shape their future. And tomorrow, I will meet
the Prime Minister of Ukraine to make clear NATO’s support.
Published on 6th
Taliban and Govt Peace talks entered important Stage:
The government and Taliban dialogue committees have agreed upon
the need for an effective and result-oriented strategy to take
the dialogue process forward.
The two committees met at the residence of Maulana Samiul Haq in
Akora Khattak and issued a joint statement in the presence of
The committees reviewed the situation in the backdrop of
ceasefire announced by Taliban and the decision of the security
agencies to stop retaliatory actions. They noted that the first
phase of the dialogue process has culminated into success and
entered into the second but decisive and crucial phase.
The government team presented its view point about the new
strategy and said point has also been discussed with Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif. The government team said we have limited
time at our disposal and a new line of action is needed to take
the process to the logical conclusion.
The taliban committee agreed that there was need for a strong
strategy to reach the goal of peace. It sought meeting with the
prime minister to have exchange of views on the new strategy.
Coordinator of the government team Irfan Siddiqui said the
members of the Taliban committee would be facilitated to have a
meeting with the prime minister.
He said today the two committees had discussions on how to make
the second phase of dialogue result-oriented. He expressed the
confidence that the strategy for the next phase would be evolved
through bilateral consultations.
Irfan Siddiqui said the second phase involved decision making
and it is to be sorted out as to who will take these decisions.
Replying to questions‚ he said Taliban should condemn openly and
clearly all acts of terrorism taking place after announcement of
Maulana Samiul Haq said it was made known to Taliban that they
will have to condemn all acts of terrorism after ceasefire and
that is what they have disassociated from the terror attacks in
Islamabad and Khyber agency.
Published on 6th March, 2014
announces 12.2% in defense Budget
Keqiang announced big increase 12.2% in its highly criticized
defense budget during annual meeting of ruling National Congress
Party. The latest military budget boost comes amid tensions
between china and many of its neighbors, including Japan and the
Philippines, over disputed territories. The increased budget
will see military spending rise to just over 131 billion dollars
growth target was set 7.5% . He said that economic development
was the central task of the government, but "painful structural
adjustments" were needed.
Li also pledged to "declare war" on pollution, fight corruption
"without mercy", and "crack down" on terrorism.
According to the speech, the government will aim to keep
inflation at about 3.5%, while boosting domestic growth and
carrying out "people-Centred urbanization".
The growth and inflation targets were widely expected. The
growth rate target in 2013 was also 7.5%.
Published on 6th
Sex crimes accused US General on Trial:
covering sex crimes by American army for years, at last a
military court in the state of North Carolina will start
proceedings this week against Jeffrey Sinclair, the former
deputy commander of American forces in southern Afghanistan
accused of an array of sexual assault charges.
Inclair has been charged with forcible sodomy and adultery
related to an extramarital relationship and inappropriate
conduct with several women.
He will pass his rest life behind bars, in case of he is
punished by court. There are strong chances that court will use
this trial to clear his past crimes and save the necks. In case
of punishment he will be labeled " sex offender".
Nevertheless, the start of proceedings this week is expected to
not just shine a light on those allegations and others against
Sinclair, but also offer a rare look at how sexual assault cases
are handled by a military ripe with accusations of misconduct.
the sex assaults within the military increased by 60 percent
during 2012 and 2013
been charged with forcible sodomy and adultery related to an
extramarital relationship and inappropriate conduct with several
women. Less than two weeks ago, however, his attorneys filed a
motion asking the military court to dismiss all charges over
claims that the soldier’s top accuser cannot be trusted. The
judge, Col. James Pohl, has previously denied two other attempts
from the defense to have charges dropped.
Published on 4th
Russia working for division of Ukraine?
Rebel Pro-Russian Crimean lawmaker claims on Monday that representatives
of three southern Ukrainian administrative capitals expressed
willingness to become a part of the autonomous republic if its
autonomy is broadened in a referendum.
of Crimea’s Supreme Council Serhiy Tsekov said Crimean
authorities had received calls from “representatives of local
administrative bodies” in Mykolaiv, Kherson and Odessa.
that they should be together with Crimea,” he claimed.
mainly ethnic Russian-populated region of Crimea is now at the
center of the ongoing crisis in the country as pro-Russia groups
move to distance themselves from a reformed national parliament
that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych a week ago.
Crimean parliament voted last week to hold a referendum on
greater autonomy on March 30. This is move which is staged by
Russian govt to divide Ukraine and capture maximum.
Published on 4th March, 2014
and Russian Foreign Minister discuss need to de-escalate
situation in Ukraine:
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Russian Foreign Minister
Sergey Lavrov discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine during a
meeting in Geneva today, while deputy United Nations chief Jan
Eliasson arrived in Kiev for consultations and the Security
Council met in New York to consider the latest developments.
Mr. Ban and
Mr. Lavrov discussed the importance of de-escalating the
situation by engaging in constructive and meaningful dialogue,
according to a readout provided by the Secretary-General’s
which took place on the margins of the opening session of the UN
Human Rights Council, comes amid growing tensions in Ukraine’s
Crimea region, where additional Russian troops and armoured
vehicles have reportedly been deployed.
follows an urgent meeting of the Security Council on Saturday
during which Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UN called on the
15-member body to do everything possible to prevent military
intervention by Russia. Yuriy Sergeyev stressed that recent
events posed a serious threat to his country’s integrity and to
peace and stability in the region.
following that meeting that Mr. Ban dispatched Deputy
Secretary-General Eliasson to Kiev to get an understanding of
the situation on the ground and meet with Ukrainian authorities.
repeatedly emphasized that it is critical to ensure full respect
for – and the preservation of – Ukraine’s independence, unity,
sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is now of utmost
importance to restore calm, to de-escalate tensions immediately
through a dialogue,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in Geneva.
Secretary-General recalled that, in a telephone call with
President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, he had urged the Russian
leader to address the situation by “engaging constructively”
with Ukraine’s authorities.
important, he added, that both sides should “lower the
temperature,” refrain from rhetoric and engage in dialogue.
Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco
reiterated the UN’s call for calm and dialogue as he briefed the
Security Council today, telling the 15-member body that the
situation in Ukraine has continued to evolve “rapidly” since
understand that there is a continuing build-up of Russian troops
in Crimea and that a number of Ukrainian military bases have
been surrounded by Russian troops. In addition, the situation in
eastern Ukraine remains fluid with reports of demonstrations in
certain cities as well as attempts by local groups to seize
control of some official buildings,” he stated.
Secretary-General has underscored in his calls to world leaders,
all of us share the urgent responsibility to assist in finding a
peaceful resolution in a collaborative effort.”
Published on 4th
attack: 12 killed, judge and 4 lawyers included:
Taliban movement condemned the attack, called it govt game of
agencies wanted war in Pakistan. TTP
Supreme Court took suo moto
Attackers style shows Talibans are not involve:
A group of unknown attackers, attacked today on district courts
buildings in Islamabad at F-8 sector, killing 12 people
including Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan as well as at
least three lawyers. Several injured are in critical condition.
Judges and lawyers were forced to confined in court rooms and
Islamabad high court building was evacuated
and court proceedings were stopped after attack.
Security force reached on the site and cordoned off the area,
search operation was launched.
Supreme court took suo moto notice of attack and fixed 4th
March for hearing.
Tehrih-e-Taliban Pakistan/ Movement of Pakistani Taliban (TTP)
condemned the attack and called anti- Pakistan and Anti-Islam
elements behind the attack. TTP spokesman also clearly said
that " Taliban are not involved in attack and it is dirty plan
and game of Pakistani and American intelligence
agencies, for operation in tribal areas of Pakistan.
Eyewitness told that two blast happened and then rain of
bullets started from every side The suicide attacks target
streets and this shows that attackers were wearing remote
controlled explosive jackets and attackers were unaware of
Attacker's style shows that they do not belong to Taliban.
Sources call attackers black water agents (US intelligence) as
black water have strong presence in Islamabad and support from
Published on 3rd March, 2014
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