Showing posts from June, 2010

U.S. wary of Beijing's nuclear sale to Pakistan

The Obama administration wants China to obtain an exemption from an international nonproliferation group before lifting its opposition to Beijing's proposed sale of nuclear power reactors to Pakistan.

Bangladeshi official: Country eschews Muslim militancy

A senior Bangladeshi official says his country's mostly Muslim population does not sympathize with the radical brand of Islam pursued by militant groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Report: Failing U.S.-Pakistan relations hamper Afghan war

A deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan could precipitate a loss in the war in Afghanistan, according to a new think tank report.

U.S. wary of Pakistan as power broker in Kabul

U.S. officials and a former Afghan foreign minister are expressing skepticism over Pakistan-brokered talks between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and al Qaeda-affiliated groups, saying Islamabad appears to be trying to install its proxies in a future government in Kabul.

US has reset ties with Russia: Obama

US President Barack Obama on Thursday declared he had succeeded in "resetting" the US-Russia relationship, which he said had reached its lowest point since the Cold War at the end of George W. Bush's term in office.

Obama: Shakeup won't rattle Afghanistan plan

President Obama on Thursday said the U.S. will “not miss a beat” because of the recent firing of the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Obama encourages Russia's entry into WTO

President Obama on Thursday declared he had succeeded in "resetting" the U.S.-Russia relationship and reiterated his support for Russia's entry into the World Trade Organization.

Pakistani province funds terrorism-linked charity

The government of Pakistan's Punjab province has given more than $1 million to institutions run by an Islamic charity that is on a U.N. terrorism blacklist and affiliated with a group the U.S. considers a foreign terrorist organization.

Haley wins Republican nomination

Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley Growing up in Bamberg, South Carolina, in the early 70s, Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley belonged to the only Indian-American family in the small town with a population of approximately 3,000.

Shut-out activists in Burma seek Obama's help

Pro-democracy activists in Burma want the Obama administration to reject the military junta's plans to hold elections from which they have been shut out this year.

The man who wants to play God

Maverick is a word often associated with J. Craig Venter. The scientist who last month claimed to have created ‘artificial life in the lab’ is a high school dropout but is possibly the richest scientist in the world. The Vietnam War veteran, who tried to commit suicide when he was barely 21, returned home in the United States of America to blaze through University and was soon hailed as a brilliant biologist.

Israel could lose a major Muslim ally in Turkey

Israel stands to lose its main Muslim ally in the Middle East — Turkey — over a recent raid on a flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed by Israeli forces, according to two senior Turkish officials.

Bookmark: The Prof Who Keeps His Shirt On

From maths to history, the world logs on to YouTube for lessons from Salman Khan

Al Qaeda recruits in Africa

The Horn of Africa is becoming a major recruiting ground for al Qaeda and other terrorists as a result of oppressive governments and regional civil strife, a panel of experts told Congress on Thursday.

Anderson was assured a safe exit: Ex-US top diplomat

Gordon Streeb, Charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi at the time of the Bhopal tragedy, told The Tribune in an e-mail interview that the Government of India had welcomed Union Carbide chairman Warren Anderson’s plan to visit Bhopal in 1984 and had given the assurance that he would get access to the site and would be allowed to return to the United States safely.

U.N. agency defers awarding of Obiang prize

A United Nations organization on Tuesday delayed awarding a controversial "life sciences" prize named for Equatorial Guinea's strongman, Teodoro Obiang.

UNESCO urged to kill award named for African dictator

A U.N. organization is under fire from human rights groups over its decision to create a prize for "life sciences" named after Teodoro Obiang, the leader of Equatorial Guinea, whose regime is widely viewed as one of the most corrupt and oppressive dictatorships in the world.

Government's reconciliation plan wins little Thai support

Thailand's government recently proposed a reconciliation plan aimed at settling the country's largest and bloodiest protests in decades, but the plan has few backers.

Washington Diary

The light sentences handed down by an Indian court almost 26 years after deadly methyl isocyanate leaked from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal have reopened the painful wounds of survivors of one of the worst industrial disasters of our lifetime.

Indian officials question terror suspect in Chicago

U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer has described as "historic" the cooperation between the U.S. and India in the interrogation of David Coleman Headley, a U.S. citizen who has admitted to helping terrorists plan the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Obama asked to name envoy to secretive Myanmar

President Obama has yet to appoint a special envoy for Myanmar, whose military-ruled regime reportedly is trying to build a nuclear weapon and plans to hold what U.S. lawmakers see as a flawed election this year.

India mulls extradition of ex-chief of Union Carbide

Indian authorities who want the extradition of former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson, the primary accused and declared absconder in the Bhopal gas leak case, wouldn't have to search too hard for him: He reportedly has been living in the Hamptons in the years since the world's worst industrial accident killed 15,000 and injured 500,000.

China gambles backing North Korea

China's reluctance to support international efforts to censure its communist ally North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship is taking a toll on its reputation on the world stage, according to former U.S. officials and analysts.

Report: Myanmar trying for nuke

Myanmar's military rulers are attempting to build a nuclear weapon, according to a report based on information provided by a former major in Myanmar's army. But analysts say the program is primitive and poorly planned.

Life Is What The Lab Makes Of It

Man’s quest to play God seems to have become irrepressible. What better way of sublimating this instinct, then, than to harness breathtaking scientific breakthroughs to create life itself in the laboratory.

Washington Diary

A South Carolina lawmaker this week dug deep into a bag of racial epithets and hurled a particularly nasty one at Nikki Haley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate whose parents moved to the US from Amritsar.

Obama administration to Gaza activists: Avoid trouble

The Obama administration on Friday urged pro-Palestinian activists attempting to break an Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip to avoid another confrontation in the region, but those on board the Irish ship said they had no intention of abandoning their plans.

Obama to keep his November date

US President Barack Obama ended all speculation about his travel plans on Thursday by confirming that he and his family will visit India in early November.

Irish aid ship heads to Gaza; Israel says it will stop it

An Irish ship laden with purported humanitarian supplies is set to arrive off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Saturday morning, setting up another showdown with Israel, which has warned pro-Palestinian activists against trying to break its blockade of the territory.

India reassured of U.S. commitment to ties

India's foreign minister S.M. Krishna says he is convinced of the Obama administration's commitment to its relationship with India.

Obama plans to visit India with family in November

President Obama on Thursday announced that he and the first family will visit India early in November.

Will put in place nuke pact with US: India

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Wednesday assured members of the US business community that India is committed to implementing a 2008 civilian nuclear deal with Washington.

Krishna pitches for access to Headley

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday made a strong pitch for access for Indian investigators to David Coleman Headley, a Pakistani-American who has admitted to helping Lashkar-e-Toiba plan the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. A team of Indian investigators is currently in the US awaiting such access to Headley, who is locked up in a Chicago prison.

India assures U.S. on 2008 nuclear deal

India's foreign minister on Wednesday said his government is committed to implementing a 2008 civilian nuclear deal with the U.S., even as U.S. and Indian firms grow increasingly frustrated at the slow pace of progress in India.

‘US committed to strong partnership with India’

A top US official on Tuesday said the Obama administration is deeply committed to supporting India's rise and to building the strongest possible partnership between the two countries.

U.N. panel condemns Israelis' ship raid

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday condemned a deadly Israeli raid on a so-called aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip even as pro-Palestinian activists planned to send another ship in an attempt to break the Israeli blockade.

Obama administration says it is committed to India

The Obama administration is deeply committed to its relationship with India despite concerns to the contrary, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.

Indians to query American on Mumbai attacks

A team of investigators from India is in Chicago to interrogate a Pakistani-American who helped plan the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people, including six Americans.