LK Advani’s motives are obvious, but he did hit things on the head when he said that if the BJP wins the election, it will be due to the “UPA duo”. “I have been telling colleagues that we should be grateful to the UPA duo for working systematically and steadfastly to ensure that in 2014, once again a BJP-led government comes
MOSCOW, (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin is seeking to maintain influence in Ukraine by fomenting instability in its Russian-speaking eastern regions but will stop short of sending troops there in a Crimea-style swoop, analysts said.
Ever since the Kremlin took control of Ukraine’s Russian-speaking peninsula of Crimea last month and has massed tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine’s
AUCKLAND, (AFP) - Prince William and wife Catherine plan to test their sea legs Friday racing America’s Cup yachts against one another on Auckland Harbour on day five of their New Zealand tour.The royal couple will visit Team New Zealand’s harbourside headquarters then, weather permitting, take to the water on rival America’s Cup boats.William told Prime Minister John Key
JAKARTA, (AFP) - Indonesia’s Muslim parties enjoyed a surprise jump in support at legislative elections this week, but analysts put it more down to anger with a corrupt ruling party than the growing popularity of political Islam.
Surveys had predicted that the five Islamic parties running at the polls in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country would see their support slip
You can’t get to flaunt it, but they may be easier to use, as safe if not safer — and cool in a geeky way. Credit cards, long fancied as status symbols with their flashy looks in rich folks’ wallets, is distinctly acquiring a quiet new flavor in the digital era.And then, they are no longer about rich men and women for card
WASHINGTON, (AFP) - President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, paying the price for the chaotic initial rollout of his signature health care law, officials said Thursday.
Obama will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his current budget director, who has a reputation as an accomplished manager, to replace Sebelius on Friday, the officials said.
PESHAWAR, (AFP) - Gunmen in restive northwest Pakistan Thursday attacked container trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan, killing a driver, officials said.The attack took place around 25 kilometres (15 miles) west of Peshawar -- the main city of the northwest -- as a convoy of seven oil tankers was on its way to Afghanistan, according to security officials.
MUMBAI, (AFP) - Better known for its romantic escapism, Bollywood is releasing a series of political satires during India’s election season that poke fun at corrupt lawmakers and religious tensions.
Featuring a goat, a ghost and a disputed dead body, three upcoming releases are aimed at making voters think before they cast their ballots -- although none refers directly to real-life candidates.
DONETSK, (AFP) - US President Barack Obama threatened fresh sanctions against Moscow if it escalates the crisis over Ukraine, as pro-Russia separatists faced a Friday deadline from Kiev to lay down their arms.
The president stressed that the United States, the European Union and other global partners must “be prepared to meet further Russian escalation with additional sanctions,” the White
WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Several US lawmakers voiced concern Friday for the future of religious minorities in India in a hearing critics denounced as an attempt to influence upcoming elections.With polls starting Monday in the world’s largest democracy, several activists testifying before the US Congress’ human rights commission expressed fear for the treatment of Muslims and Christians if Hindu nationalist
At least 33 percent of Delhi’s Lok Sabha candidates are millionaires, says an analysis by the Association of Democratic Reforms.
Of the total 150 candidates contesting in Delhi’s seven parliamentary seats, 49 are millionaires.
The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) were expected to begin a three-day rally Saturday that is billed as a show of strength in light of moves by independent agencies which threaten to strip Yingluck Shinawatra of her caretaker prime ministerial post.But the rally will also pose a test of support for the red-shirt movement, as
Committing to bring back blackmoney stashed abroad, Narendra Modi on Thursday said if elected to power, he would take all the necessary steps, including framing a law or signing pacts, and vowed to take action against anyone who has “looted” the country.Addressing a rally in Haryana, the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate said that many people who had made money
Congress President Sonia Gandhi addressed a poorly-attended rally in Ramgarh town on Friday, and though she never addressed Narendra Modi by name, delivered a severe criticism of his Prime Ministerial ambitions.
During most of her 11-minute speech to request votes for the party’s Hazaribagh candidate Saurabh Narain Singh, Sonia listed the achievements during 10 years of the UPA rule.
ROME (AFP) - Silvio Berlusconi has been taken to hospital with knee pains, Italian media reported on Friday, ahead of a crucial week in which a court is due to rule whether he will go under house arrest or do community service. Berlusconi is suffering an inflammation of his left knee and could be let out soon to enjoy his last