Conflict

  • 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 war-torn 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 war-torn 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 three-year-old conflict, a monitoring group said on Monday, and thousands more are missing after being captured by President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebels trying to overthrow him. The pro-opposition, British-based 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 US-sponsored 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 al-Assad'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 al-Assad'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 part-owner of a business that manages Indian cricketers and also looks after Chennai...
  • Obama urges Myanmar to stop violence against Muslims May 21, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama urged the president of Myanmar on Monday to take steps to halt violence against Muslims in his country and move ahead with economic and political reforms. Thein Sein became the first head of Myanmar to visit the White House in 47 years, and he and Obama sat...
  • Hezbollah steps up Syria battle, Israel threatens strikes May 20, 2013

    Amman: Lebanese Hezbollah militants attacked a Syrian rebel-held town alongside Syrian troops on Sunday and Israel threatened more attacks on Syria to rein the militia in, highlighting the risks of a wider regional conflict if planned peace talks fail. Activists said it was the fiercest fighting in Syria's two year-old civil...
  • Chinese provocation: Is India prepared? May 2, 2013

    The Chinese intrusion into Depsang Bulge in East Ladakh, approximately 19 km inside our perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on April 15, has raised temperatures both militarily and politically on either side. A series of border personnel meetings between the militaries of the two sides have not...
  • Embassies staying put in North Korea despite tension April 7, 2013

    Seoul: Staff at embassies in North Korea appeared to be remaining in place on Saturday despite an appeal by authorities in Pyongyang for diplomats to consider leaving because of heightened tension after weeks of bellicose exchanges. North Korean authorities told diplomatic missions they could not guarantee their safety from next Wednesday...
  • Angelina Jolie opens school in Afghanistan April 3, 2013

    Los Angeles: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has opened a school in Afghanistan through her foundation The Education Partnership for Children of Conflict. The 37-year-old actress has funded the girls only educational establishment, which caters to between 200 and 300 students, just outside of Kabul and hopes it will be the...
  • Top US diplomat Kerry asks Iraq to stop arms to Syria March 25, 2013

    Baghdad: US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Sunday and said he told Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki of his concern about Iranian flights over Iraq carrying arms to Syria. Kerry also urged Iraq's Sunni Muslim, Shi'ite and ethnic Kurdish factions to commit to the political...
  • PML-N party demands judicial probe in Kargil conflict February 3, 2013

    Lahore: Pakistan's main opposition PML-N has stepped up its demand for creation of an independent judicial commission to probe the Kargil conflict of 1999 following revelations by retired army officers that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had masterminded the operation. "A judicial commission on Kargil should be established without any further...
  • Kargil conflict a violation of Shimla Agreement: Pak Gen January 27, 2013

    Islamabad: The Kargil War was an unsound military operation based on invalid assumptions, a retired Pakistani general who served in the ISI, has said. In an article in Pakistan's 'The Nation' newspaper earlier this month, Lieutenant General Shahid Aziz, a former commander of the IV Corps in Lahore, debunked the...
  • Google, Amazon on collision course in 2013 December 24, 2012

    San Francisco: When Amazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos got word of a project at Google Inc to scan and digitise product catalogs a decade ago, the seeds of a burgeoning rivalry were planted. The news was a "wake-up" call to Bezos, an early investor in Google. He saw it as a...
  • Gaza shakes, Israelis killed as Hillary seeks truce November 21, 2012

    Gaza/Israel: Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Palestinian rockets struck across the border as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel's ground troops. Hamas, the Islamist movement controlling Gaza, and Egypt, whose...