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US ‘ignored Iraq torture’

London: Wikileaks has released almost 400,000 secret US military records, which suggest US commanders ignored evidence of torture by the Iraqi authorities. The documents also suggest “hundreds” of civilians were killed at US military checkpoints after the invasion in 2003. And the files show the US kept records of civilian deaths, despite previously denying it. The death toll was put at 109,000, of whom... Read More


Revamp defence doctrine to combat terror: Indian PM

NEW DELHI - India’s prime minister called for an upgrade of the country’s defence doctrine, warning of the growing threat posed by militant groups with access to the latest technology. “Non-state actors are becoming increasingly fused and employing the best technologies to target open and democratic societies like ours,” Manmohan Singh told a seminar on the ‘Role of Force in Strategic Affairs.’ Read More


Israeli presence ‘irreversible’

NEW YORK: A UN human rights rapporteur has said continued settlement construction will probably make Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land irreversible. Richard Falk said the peace process aimed at creating an independent, sovereign Palestinian state therefore appeared to be based on an illusion. He said the UN, the US and Israel had failed to uphold Palestinians’ rights.Israeli officials said Falk’s report on the Palestinian territories was biased and served a political agenda. Read More


French Senate passes pension bill

PARIS: The French Senate has passed a controversial pension reform bill, which has caused a series of strikes and protests around France. The senators approved President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, and it could become law as early as this week. Sarkozy says the measure is necessary to reduce the deficit.But hundreds of thousands have protested against what they see as an attack... Read More


 

Analysis
Delhi’s new industrial push

With the economy expected to expand by nine percent in the current fiscal year to March 2011 - the fastest growth since 2008 - India is working on plans to attract foreign and domestic investment to set up large-scale... Read More

US strategies fuelling arms races

By Thanapathi
This week the US announced billions of dollars worth of arms sales to some of its most strategic allies opening up possibilities for multiple arms races across the globe. The Pentagon this week announced a US $60 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia... Read More

 
 

Suu Kyi wants to tweet after release

Myanmar’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants to start using Twitter when she is released from house arrest to communicate with people around the world, her lawyer said. Suu Kyi, whose current term of house arrest is due to end next month, has been locked up in her lakeside home with no Internet access since 2003, long before the popular micro-blogging website was launched. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has... Read More