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African Union to set up emergency military force

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 27, 2013 (AFP) – The African Union said Monday it will set up an emergency military force to rapidly quell conflict on the continent, amid frustration that a planned peacekeeping force was still not operational after a decade. “Almost all countries have agreed that we will have rapid response capability in Africa,” AU chairman and Ethiopian …

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Kerry in Paris for talks with Russian FM over Syria

PARIS (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris Monday for private talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as the two men seek to bring together the warring sides in Syria to end the bloodshed. Kerry was to brief his Russian counterpart on a Friends of Syria meeting in Amman last week, at which the 11 ministers of …

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NA to meet on June 1, new PM to take office on June 5: Nizami

ISLAMABAD :  Talking to newsmen on the occasion of his visit to National Press Club on Monday, Caretaker Federal Minister for Information Arif Nizami said that the National Assembly will meet on June 1, while elections for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker would be held on June 3. He said that the President would administer oath to the next Prime …

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Saudi health workers sickened by SARS-like virus

NEW YORK (AP) – A deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS has apparently spread from patients to health care workers in eastern Saudi Arabia, health officials said Wednesday.   The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia told world health officials that two health care workers became ill this month after being exposed to patients with the virus. One is …

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Indian doctor arrested for allegedly raping patient

NEW DELHI :  A 51-year-old doctor at a government hospital in New Delhi was arrested for allegedly raping a 21-year-old patient in a clinic in east Delhi, Indian media reported on Thursday.   “Narendra Singh, the chief medical officer of Jag Pravesh Chandra hospital, advised her to undergo an ultrasound. He lured her to a clinic outside the hospital, where …

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Indian bowler Sreesanth, two others arrested for spot-fixing

IPL:  In a sensational development, Indian paceman S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by the Delhi police on the charges of spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League.   The special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth from his friend s place in Mumbai while the other two cricketers …

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Hollande vows plan to end Europe’s lethargy

PARIS (AFP) – French President Francois Hollande on Thursday vowed to launch an initiative to end Europe s “lethargy” and promised closer political union within the bloc in two years.   “If Europe does not advance it will fall or even be wiped out from the world map… My duty is to bring Europe out of its lethargy,” he said at …

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Obama, Erdogan meet as Syrian war rages

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama met Turkey s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday as world leaders scramble to find a way to ease Bashar al-Assad from power and end Syria s bloody civil war.   The talks came a day before another key player in the drama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, was to meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and after …

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Shahbaz, Fazl agree to work jointly for solving problems

ISLAMABAD :  Talking to media along with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, former Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif said although PML-N gained simple majority in the national assembly but it was seeking support of all other elected parties to work jointly for meeting the challenges. He said it was the vision of Mian Nawaz Sharif that PML-N should take along all political parties …

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UK Muslim extremists threaten Belgium in online video

Brussels: Belgian authorities are treating with the utmost seriousness a video from Muslim extremist movement Sharia4UK which appears to contain threats aimed at Belgium, De Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg report. In the video, Abu Abdullah Al-Britani and Anjem Choudary, the leaders of the movement, appear to threaten Belgium, referring to the arrest of Sharia4Belgium spokesman Fouad …

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