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Nay Pi Taw (Myanmar), Dec 14 (IANS) India Friday announced assistance of $1 million towards relief in Myanmar's Rakhine state which was rocked by widespread ethnic clashes leaving thousands displaced. The aid was announced by Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid who is visiting Myanmar on his first bilateral trip abroad.
Nusajaya (Malaysia), Dec 4 (IANS) More international stars were announced Tuesday for the Asian Tour season-ending Iskandar Johor Open at Horizon Hills Dec 13-16. Daniel Chopra, John Daly, and Kevin Na will join the 120 player field in a bid to capture the winner's cheque from the $2 million prize purse and claim the final trophy on the Asian Tour calendar. Choprs, the 2011 runner-up, is looking to go one better this time around
Islamaabad, Nov 20 (IANS) The Islamabad High Court Tuesday dismissed a blasphemy case against 14-year-old Christian girl Rimsha Masih, a media report said. Announcing to the verdict, Chief Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman said it is a 'highly sensitive matter and one must be extremely careful while levelling such charges'. In the 15-page judgment, the court observed no one has seen Rimsha burning pages of Quran
Gwangju (South Korea), Nov 12 (IANS) The Indian side for the World University Badminton Championships failed to make an impact in the tournament with none of the players getting past the second round. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) squad was controversially finalised, a day before the event began
Davao City (Philippines), Nov 11 (IANS) Two miners have been believed killed when a gold tunnel collapsed in southern Philippines, officials Sunday said. Days of continuous rains caused a mine shaft to collapse in Mount Magdiwata, San Francisco town, in Mindanao's Agusan del Sur province late Saturday, according to Mayor Jenny de Asis, Xinhua reported. But the bodies of Ronnie Lawangon, 36, and Glenn Casher, 27, both of San Francisco township, have yet to be found over a day after the 4 p.m.
Vientiane (Laos), Nov 6 (IANS) India Tuesday said the future destinies of Europe and Asia are connected and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) grouping needs to orient itself 'definitely' towards giving a push to such cooperation. Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, addressing the 9th ASEM Summit Plenary Session here on 'Future Direction of ASEM', said: 'We also believe that ASEM is today at a significant crossroads. We need to come together to address these issues.' He said the grouping, which comprises 49 countries and three institutions, 'needs to orient itself definitively in a direction that facilitates, accelerates and makes possible such cooperation'.
Yobe (Nigeria), Oct 22 (IANS) Dozens of people were feared killed in Nigeria when an improvised bomb exploded in a crowded market in a restive town, officials said. Spokesperson of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) Lt. Eli Lazarus confirmed the explosion Sunday night in Potiskum town in the northeastren Yobe state but did not give further details on the incident, Xinhua reported.
Tel-Aviv, Oct 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Israel's parliament has voted to dissolve itself ahead of schedule and set Jan 22 as the date for the next elections, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday.
Ramalllah, Sep 4 (IANS) A Swiss scientific lab has agreed to exhume the body of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for additional tests for possible polonium poisoning, a Palestinian official announced Tuesday. The Lausanne-based Institute of Radiation Physics responded positively to a request from the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), which invited the institution to send experts to the West Bank to take samples from Arafat's body, said Tawfiq Al Tirawi, head of the Palestinian committee investigating Arafat's death in 2004, reported Xinhua. However, the lab said in its letter that it also needs an approval from Arafat's widow to begin the practical steps, Al Tirawi added. Arafat's widow, Suha, said earlier that she wants the truth about her husband's death to be unveiled to everybody. Arafat died at a French hospital near Paris from an undiagnosed illness. Israel kept him locked inside his West Bank compound for about two years and allowed him to leave for France only when he fell ill. In July, pan-Arab satellite television channel al-Jazeera aired an investigative report suggesting that Arafat died of radioactive poisoning. The Qatar-based channel used the Swiss lab to test Arafat's personal belongings purchased from his wife. The institute said it had found significant traces of polonium-210 on Arafat's clothes and toothbrush.