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Category archives: Politics

Obama urges 'calm reflection' after Zimmerman verdict

US President Barack Obama has called for “calm reflection” after Florida neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman was cleared of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin. Mr Obama said Trayvon’s death was a tragedy for America, but that it was “a nation of laws and a jury has spoken”. The case sparked a fierce debate in the US about racial profiling. The Department of Justice says it is investigating whether a civil case […]

Israel's Netanyahu says Iran closer to nuclear 'red line'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Iran was getting closer to the “red line” he set for its nuclear program and warned the international community not to be distracted by the crises in Syria and Egypt. Tehran was continuing enrichment activities and building inter-continental ballistic missiles, which could give it a military nuclear capability, he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” At the United […]

The Templers: German settlers who left their mark on Palestine

In the late 19th Century a group of German Christians called the Templers settled in the Holy Land on a religious mission. What began with success though ended three generations later, destroyed by the rise of Nazism and the war. Kurt Eppinger’s community of German Christians arrived in the Holy Land to carry out a messianic plan – but after less than a century its members were sent into exile, […]

Indian Supreme Court bars convicted lawmakers from office

Indian lawmakers convicted of serious crimes will be removed from office under a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Federal and state assembly members would be barred from elections if found guilty of offences carrying a jail term of at least two years, judges said. Campaigners called it a major step in cleaning up Indian politics, which has been beset by corruption scandals. More than 150 MPs in the 543-seat lower house […]

Iran: U.S. 'sabotaged' our nuke program:- Warns future 'attacks' considered 'act of war' against regime

Iran’s Foreign Ministry is preparing to take legal action against America over the Stuxnet computer virus, charging that the United States was behind the sabotage of its nuclear program. The media outlet Irannuc.ir, which often quotes regime insiders on the Iranian nuclear program, said Sunday that regime sources told the outlet that the Foreign Ministry has concluded there is sufficient documentation to take legal action against the U.S. The computer […]

Living the American dream in Jackson Hole, China

Jackson Hole, China (CNN) — Looking for a weekend escape from the city, Annie Liu and her husband fell in love at first sight with a log home in Jackson Hole and bought it for less than $300,000. Five years on, a weekly 90-minute drive from their downtown apartment to the house has long been the norm. They enjoy gardening, barbecuing or simply relaxing in their getaway surrounded by mountains […]

Koreas to hold talks on reopening Kaesong complex

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — Pyongyang has agreed to South Korea’s offer for working-level talks on reopening the suspended joint industrial complex at Kaesong, the South Korean Unification Ministry said. The talks are scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (9 p.m. Friday ET) at Tongilgak, an administrative building on the North Korean side of the neutral border village of Panmunjom. Kaesong, which is a bellwether of North-South ties, […]

Grassland as fodder for development

Karnataka’s cattle farmers protest the allotment of 12,000 acres of traditional grazing land for defence, nuclear and other projects. Imran Khan reports   Since the time of our forefathers, our cattle have been grazing in these grasslands. But now a high wall prevents us from going there,” laments Ranganna, a 58-year-old cattle farmer in south Karnataka. “Where do they expect us to go in search of fodder?” Ranganna belongs to […]

Canada closes Cairo embassy for security reasons

OTTAWA – The Canadian Embassy in Cairo is closed until further notice because of security concerns. Foreign Affairs made the announcement on Twitter this morning and posted a one-line notice on the embassy website. Cairo has seen throngs of protesters in recent days demanding the ouster of embattled Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The country’s military is demanding that Morsi meet the demands of the mass protest, with a 48-hour deadline […]

Hungary charges Nazi war crimes suspect

A 98-year-old top Nazi war crimes suspect, accused of overseeing thousands of Jewish deportations during World War II, has been charged with war crimes in Hungary, prosecutors said. Laszlo Csatary, who has been under house arrest since last year, is listed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center as its most-wanted alleged Nazi war criminal. The Nazi-hunting organisation says that Csatary was a senior Hungarian police officer in charge of the Kosice […]