International News

Israeli PM heads to US for first Obama meeting

  Updated at: 0840 PST, Sunday, May 17, 2009   -the News
  TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington on Sunday for his first meeting with President Barack Obama amid divisions on Middle East peacemaking and Iran's nuclear bid.

ElBaradei urges Iran to engage with US

Sunday, May 17, 2009-BERLIN: Iran should engage with the United States and negotiate over its nuclear programme, Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a magazine interview released on Saturday.

US President Barack Obama is actively seeking to engage Iran on a series of issues, from its nuclear programme to Afghanistan.

“I advise my Iranian negotiating partners: grasp the hand that Obama is extending to you,” ElBaradei told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.

‘Sending US soldiers to war a painful task’

The News Sunday, May 17, 2009
WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Robert Gates describes his job sending young soldiers off to war as a “painful thing” in a television interview to be broadcast on Sunday.

“The truth of the matter is, being secretary of war in a time of war is a very painful thing,” Gates told the CBS network’s “60 Minutes” programme, which released excerpts of the interview.

Kuwaiti women win first ever seats in parliament

  The News, Sunday, May 17, 2009  
  KUWAIT CITY: Kuwaiti women achieved another historical milestone by winning their first ever seats in the oil-rich Gulf state's parliament, according to official results released on Sunday

‘Mass graves in Kashmir need urgent investigation’

Brussels, May 16: The Kashmir Centre, EU, in the latest issue of its periodical “Kashmir report” said that the Kashmir dispute was now the longest territorial dispute in the world.

According to Kashmir Media Service, hundreds of mass graves, which, as Amnesty International has recognised, are believed to contain victims of unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other abuses need urgent investigation.  

India to witness total solar eclipse on July 22

New Delhi, May 15: India will witness a major celestial event, a total solar eclipse, on July 22.

Many important cities are lined up along the Moon's shadow path. The totality begins soon after the sunrise in Surat and its duration increases as one moves along this roughly 200-km wide belt from West to East, Nehru Planetarium Director Piyush Pandey said in Mumbai today.

At Surat the totality lasts for 3 minutes 17 seconds and it increases to 4 minutes 20 seconds North of Dibrugarh, Pandey said using Eclipse Predictions of Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFC.

MIG-27 fighter aircraft crashes, 7 injured

Jodhpur, May 15: In India, a MIG-27 fighter was crashed in a village in Jodhpur district on Friday, injuring seven persons on the ground.

Indian court orders charges dropped against Varun Gandhi

 New Delhi, May 14: India's top court Thursday ordered charges dropped against Varun Gandhi, an estranged member of the Nehru-Gandhi political clan, for inciting religious hatred while election campaigning.
Gandhi, 29, had been on parole for a month following his arrest under the stringent National Security Act by the Uttar Pradesh state government in March. He was taken into custody after being filmed telling supporters at an election rally that he would "cut the heads of Muslims".