Mina Stampede: Iranian Toll Reaches 464

TEHRAN: Iran has announced the number of its citizens who died in the Hajj stampede is now 464, nearly double the previous figure. Iranian authorities have said there is no longer any hope of finding any of the country’s missing pilgrims alive. The announcement is likely to place more pressure on Saudi Arabia, after Iran […]

UK Helped Saudis Get UN HR Role

David Cameron meets with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal inside 10 Downing Street in London, on March 22, 2011. LONDON: Britain allegedly helped Saudi Arabia’s controversial election to the UN human rights council (UNHRC) through a secret vote-trading deal, leaked diplomatic cables have reportedly shown. Saudi foreign ministry files, among 61,000 documents released […]

Afghan forces retake control of Kunduz

KABUL: Afghan forces retook control of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday after a three-day Taliban occupation that dealt a stinging blow to the country’s NATO-trained military.  The fall of the provincial capital, even temporarily, highlights the stubborn insurgency’s potential to expand beyond its rural strongholds in the south of the country.  Afghan […]

Don’t work against Govt., minister warns NGOs

NEW DELHI: Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju has accused Greenpeace of inciting protests against industrial projects and has warned global activists and aid organizations not to work against the government. The warning from Rijiju follows a crackdown by the government on foreign-funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Greenpeace and the Ford Foundation. “Punitive […]

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