CONFLICT

  • More than 3,500 killed in Ukraine conflict: UN September 24, 2014

    Berlin: The UN human rights office says the death toll from the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached at least 3,543 if the 298 victims of the downing of Malaysian airlines flight 17 are included. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Right Ivan Simonovic says the actual figure "is likely to...
  • Lionel Messi's Facebook post on IsraelGaza conflict stirs controversy August 23, 2014

    Jerusalem: Soccer star Lionel Messi has been dragged into the ongoing IsraelGaza conflict, two weeks after the Argentinian wrote in a Facebook post that he was "deeply saddened" by the loss of young lives with a photo of an injured Palestinian boy. Israeli social media users have exhorted Messi to acknowledge...
  • AssamNagaland border conflict: Chettiya residents flee home, await rehabilitation August 23, 2014

    Chettiya in Assam presents a sad spectacle after nine villages were burnt to the ground and nine people shot dead by Nagas. Hundreds have fled the area and are now living in relief camps waiting for violence to abate. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered a CBI probe into...
  • Home Ministry questions Gogoi's role in AssamNagaland turmoil, blames Congress August 21, 2014

    Guwahati: As the situation along the AssamNagaland border continues to be tense, the MHA report on the conflict has thrown light on certain newly surfaced facts. Sources have said that the report questions detractors of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, saying that Congress workers could be the ones creating trouble. Concerned...
  • UN to adopt measure aimed at conflict prevention August 21, 2014

    United Nations: Security Council members have agreed on a resolution aimed at intensifying efforts to prevent conflicts at a time of growing unrest around the world, Britain's UN envoy said on Wednesday. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the council will vote on the resolution today at the start of an...
  • Israel withdraws troops, 72hour Gaza truce begins August 5, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and began a 72hour truce with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the monthold war. Minutes before the ceasefire started at 8 am (0500 GMT), Hamas launched...
  • Israel, Hamas accept 72hour Gaza ceasefire plan August 5, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israel and Hamas on Monday accepted an Egyptian ceasefire proposal meant to halt a bruising monthlong war that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives, raising hopes that the bloodiest round of fighting between the bitter enemies could finally be coming to an end. Still, both sides signaled a rough road...
  • Censured over shelter deaths, Israel declares 7hour Gaza truce August 4, 2014

    Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel said it would unilaterally hold fire in most of the Gaza Strip on Monday to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid and allow some of the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians displaced by an almost fourweekold war to go back to home. The announcement, made first to Palestinian...
  • Gaza conflict: Premature babies born due to stress of the conflict August 2, 2014

    Even as war continues new life is finding its way through. More and more babies are being born prematurely, due to the stress of the conflict. "We hope that his birth is a sign of good things, and the start of a new dawn," said a mother. ...
  • India to provide $1 million for aid to Gaza victims August 1, 2014

    New Delhi: As the Gaza conflict shows no immediate signs of letup and the number of deaths, including of scores of children, mount to over 1,400, a concerned India is planning to send $1 million to a UN fund to provide aid to the suffering Palestinians fleeing the battle zone. The...
  • News 360: 189 Dutch, 44 Malaysians killed on MH17 flight July 18, 2014

    There were 189 Dutch passengers among the 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in Ukraine on Thursday, the airline said in its latest update on Friday evening. Among the people of other nationalities on board were 44 Malaysians (including 15 crew members), 27 Australians, 12...
  • News 360: Centre strongly disapproves of Vaidik's meeting with Hafiz Saeed July 15, 2014

    With the increasing pressure from the opposition, the government has been forced to clarify its stand on yoga teacher Ramdev's close aide Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Lahore. The government has fielded its senior ministers in both the Houses of Parliament as the issue disrupted...
  • PDP raises Gaza siege issue in Lok Sabha, asks members to condemn the airstrikes July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti raised the issue of the siege on Gaza in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. She appealed to the House to condemn the airstrikes in Gaza. She also appealed to international leaders at the BRICS summit to call for a ceasefire. After the Israeli Cabinet accepted...
  • Each sound reminds us of gunshots, nurses back from Iraq recall horror July 6, 2014

    Kochi: After about 25 nights of sleeplessness, distress and fear of not making it alive out of wartorn Iraq, 46 Indian nurses returned home on Saturday. Smiles, joy filled tears and hugs filled the Cochin International airport as they reunited with their families. While they are back in the safe confines...
  • Watch: Indian nurses on board the flight on their way back from Iraq July 5, 2014

    46 Indian nurses who were abducted by ISIS militants in Iraq returned to their homes safely in Kochi on Saturday. Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy welcomed the nurses at the airport and thanked the Narendra Modi government for their cooperation in bring the nurses back from the wartorn country. ...
  • Indian nurses freed from Iraq return to Kochi, welcomed by Kerala CM July 5, 2014

    Kochi: Bringing an end to the ordeal, 46 Indian nurses have returned to Kochi after being held in captivity by ISIS militants in the war torn Iraq. Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy was present at the airport to receive the Indians returning from Iraq. Relieved to have the nurses back in...
  • Special flight with 46 Indian nurses freed from Iraq takes off from Mumbai, to land in Kochi July 5, 2014

    Mumbai: The special Air India flight carrying 46 Indian nurses freed from Iraq has taken off for Kochi after making a halt in Mumbai for refueling and catering supplies. From Kochi the flight will go to Hyderabad and then to Delhi. 46 Indians nurses and 130 other Indians are on...
  • At least 162,000 killed in Syria conflict: Monitoring group May 19, 2014

    Beirut: At least 162,000 people have been killed in Syria's threeyearold conflict, a monitoring group said on Monday, and thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar alAssad's forces and rebels trying to overthrow him. The proopposition, Britishbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that losses among fighters on...
  • BJP demands strong action by the Election Commission against SP April 9, 2014

    BJP on Wednesday demanded strong action by the Election Commission against Samajwadi Party accusing it of trying to divide security forces on communal lines during the elections. In a controversial statement, UP minister Azam Khan has dragged the Kargil conflict into the ongoing Lok Sabha campaign, saying it was 'Muslim soldiers'...
  • NATO urges Russia not to escalate tensions in Ukraine February 28, 2014

    Bruseels: NATO on Thursday urged Russia not to take any action which could escalate tension or create misunderstanding in Ukraine. "NATO has a long-standing partnership with Ukraine. Today we made clear that NATO stands ready to support democratic development, defence reforms, military cooperation and democratic control over the security sector," Xinhua...
  • UNSC unanimously approves Syria aid access resolution February 23, 2014

    The UN Security Council achieved rare unity to act on Syria's civil war on Saturday when Russia and China supported adoption of a resolution to boost aid access in Syria that threatens to take "further steps" in the case of non-compliance. Russia, supported by China, has shielded its ally Syria on...
  • US moves to revive stalled Afghan peace talks: Officials February 19, 2014

    The Obama administration is taking steps it hopes could lead to a resumption of peace talks to end the Afghan conflict, including reviving a proposed swap of Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay in return for a US prisoner of war. According to Western officials familiar with the matter, President Barack...
  • Turkey spends over $700 million for Syrian refugees August 30, 2013

    Turkey has spent about $736 million to shelter Syrian refugees, whose number has exceeded 200,000, the government statistics have revealed. According to the data released by the Prime Ministry 's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate, Turkey has spent the money on medical services, food and other types of humanitarian aid for...
  • Gunmen kill, burn soldiers in Northern Iraq, say military sources August 26, 2013

    At least 22 people were killed across Iraq on Sunday, including five soldiers who were shot dead by gunmen who then burned their bodies, police and military sources said. Increased attacks in Iraq in recent weeks have raised fears of a return to full-blown sectarian conflict. More than 1,000 Iraqis were...
  • No conflict of interest between Advani and Modi: Naidu August 16, 2013

    Denying any conflict of interest between L K Advani and Narendra Modi, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on Friday supported the Gujarat Chief Minister's challenge to the Prime Minister, saying that everybody has the right to question his performance as he was accountable to the nation. "There is no conflict of interest...
  • Talks resume as Israel frees Palestinians, pursues settlements August 14, 2013

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday to keep USsponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy remained dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Negotiators are due to convene in the afternoon in Jerusalem, the city...
  • UN says chemical weapons inspectors to visit three Syrian sites August 1, 2013

    United Nations: UN inspectors will travel to Syria "as soon as possible" to investigate claims of chemical weapons use during the country's civil war after President Bashar alAssad's government granted access to three sites, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The head of a UN chemical weapons investigation team, Ake Sellstrom,...
  • Heavily pregnant woman among 100 Syrians rescued off Italy July 5, 2013

    Rome: The Italian coastguard has intercepted a boat off the island of Sicily with 100 Syrian migrants on board, including 10 women, one whom was heavily pregnant. A police vessel accompanied the migrant boat into the port at Syracuse on Sicily's eastern coast, where medical checks were carried out on...
  • Assad's forces battle to tighten control of central Syria July 1, 2013

    Amman: President Bashar alAssad's forces pounded Sunni Muslim rebels in the city of Homs with artillery and from the air on Sunday, the second day of an offensive to expand loyalist control over Syria's strategic centre, activists said. They said rebels defending the old centre of Homs and five adjacent Sunni...
  • Dhoni owning stakes in Rhiti Sports points at conflict of interest June 4, 2013

    Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in the eye of a fresh storm after a newspaper report claimed he held shares in a player management company. Despite a clarification, questions remain on whether Dhoni is in fact partowner of a business that manages Indian cricketers and also looks after Chennai...