According to official reports, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday condemned the Taliban's "despicable" murder of 10 medical aid workers, including two Americans, in Afghanistan.
Noting the Taliban has claimed responsibility for "this despicable act of wanton violence," Clinton said, "We are heartbroken by the loss of these heroic, generous people and we condemn in the strongest possible terms these vicious murders."
New Delhi, Nov 28 : Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor on Saturday said that India''s stand on Iran has remained consistent and the decision on Iran has been taken keeping in mind that they are a signatory of the non-proliferation treaty.
Washington, Nov 23 : The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) has welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his State Visit to the US.
Washington - A Republican has resigned as the party's fourth-ranking member of the Senate after admitting to an extra- marital affair with an aide, US media reported Wednesday.
Senator John Ensign, who represents the state of Nevada, quit as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, which coordinates legislative policy in the Senate, according to the Congressional Quarterly.
Ensign on Tuesday admitted having an affair last year with a campaign staff member who was married to one of his Senate aides.
London - The British government Wednesday outlined plans for a reform of the discredited expenses system for parliamentarians at the centre of a scandal that has engulfed all the main political parties.
The tougher rules, agreed by party leaders, would introduce a system of external regulation for expenses claims in order to "put the reputation of parliament above reproach," deputy Labour Party leader Harriet Harman said.
Yangon - Myanmar authorities allowed officials from the US embassy in Yangon to meet with American swimmer John William Yethaw who was arrested after he secretly entered opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house last week, government radio announced Wednesday.
"The US Embassy requested Myanmar authority to allow to meet with Mr. John William Yeattaw in a letter dated 11 May," said the state media.
London, May 10 : British parliamentarians have voted themselves an extra 16 million pounds in expenses this year, despite mounting public anger over their money-grabbing claims.
The increase, worth an average 25,000 pounds to each MP, takes the total expenses bill to 109 million pounds, up from last year’s 93 million pounds.
The revelation came, as details of embarrassing claims by dozens of MPs, including Prime Minister Gordon Brown, were made public, the Daily Express reported.
Stockholm - Sweden on Wednesday welcomed the Czech senate's approval of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty.
"The Treaty will provide the European Union with a modern set of rules and greater possibilities to take up important challenges, such as cross-border crime," Swedish Minister for European Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom said.
Malmstrom added that the treaty "reinforces the EU's decision- making capacity" while making the bloc "more open and democratic."
Washington - The number of terrorist attacks in Iraq dropped sharply in 2008, making up the largest chunk of the overall global decline last year, the US government said in its annual report released Thursday.
There were 3,258 terrorist attacks in Iraq, down from 6,210 in 2007 as the US troop buildup along with more capable Iraqi forces brought more security and stability than the country had seen since the March 2003 invasion.
Washington - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress on Thursday to quickly sign off on more than 80 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including money to support Pakistan's fight against Taliban insurgents.
Gates warned that money for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan could begin to dry up in July, and that by the end of May the Pentagon will have to begin figuring out ways to shift money from other parts of the budget.
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's official news agency on Thursday denied that Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah shook Israel President Shimon Peres' hand last November.
"On the margins of an interfaith dialogue sessions last fall, the king spoke with Israeli President Peres, the first such exchange between Saudi and Israeli leaders," US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns said at a Monday conference on Saudi-US relations in Washington.
Washington - The United States urged North Korea to stop issuing threats and instead to return to negotiations following a warning from Pyongyang that it would test a nuclear device and ballistic missiles.
North Korea said it wanted an immediate apology from the UN Security Council in return for standing down on the plans to conduct the tests.
State Department acting spokesman Robert Wood said North Korea's threats would only result in further isolation, and said Pyongyang should come back to the six-nation disarmament negotiations it abandoned after the Security Council statement.
Bern - Switzerland sent a letter of complaint to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, posted on a government Website Wednesday, saying the think-tank did not receive its permission to publish a grey list of so called tax havens.
The OECD, which is supported a group of developed economies of which the Alpine nation is a member, placed Switzerland and several other countries on a grey list around the G20 meeting held in London at the beginning of this month.
Berlin - A group of ten former African presidents agreed Wednesday to a communique calling for land reform, at an event in Berlin marking 125 years since Europe's colonial powers set off the "scramble for Africa".
Former presidents of Tanzania, Ghana, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Benin and Botswana signed the statement at the end of a two-day conference at Berlin's Humboldt University, more than a century after Africa had been carved up at a meeting convened by then-chancellor Otto von Bismarck in 1884.
Prague - Czech President Vaclav Klaus, whose country chairs the European Union until June 30, Wednesday backed Turkey's aspirations to join the 27-member bloc.
"I would like to repeat and resolutely and loudly say that the Czech Republic is on the side of those who support Turkey's entry to the EU," Klaus said after meeting his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul in Prague.
Riyadh - Dennis Ross, US President Barack Obama's special envoy to the Gulf and Southwestern Asia, on Wednesday arrived in Saudi Arabia at the start of his first tour of the region since taking office, the Saudi official news agency reported.
The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said that Ross met with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, and that the two discussed "bilateral relations and regional issues of mutual concern."
Madrid - Colombian President Alvaro Uribe on Tuesday defended Cuba's reintegration into the Inter-American Community from which the island was excluded in 1962 because of its communist regime. "The process of Cuba's integration into the entire Inter-American Community must begin," Uribe said at an economic forum in Madrid.
The Colombian president arrived in Spain on Tuesday for a two-day working visit, during which he was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, King Juan Carlos and entrepreneurs.
Beirut - Lebanon must go on high alert in anticipation of Israel's biggest-ever military manoeuvres on May 31, Hezbollah parliamentary bloc head Mohammed Raad said Tuesday. "The country must be fully prepared for such an emergency," Raad was quoted as saying during a national dialogue session at which he distributed an extensive study on the details of targets, scenarios and steps to counter a possible threat.
Amman- Jordan's King Abdullah II is to visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for talks on efforts to relaunch "serious talks" between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of the two-state solution, the royal court announced Tuesday. The Jordanian head of state plans to brief Saudi King Abdullah on "the outcome of his talks last week with US President Barack Obama on the mechanism for the required immediate moves to relaunch the negotiations in accordance with the approved references, particularly the Arab peace initiative", the royal court said in a statement.
Islamabad - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his Pakistani counterpart on Monday put aside diplomatic tensions over the planned expulsion of 11 Pakistani students arrested in a suspected bomb plot, as they held talks on fight against terrorism. British authorities arrested 12 men, 11 of them Pakistanis, all of which were later released without charge, but the Pakistani nationals, including 10 with student visas, were now facing possible deportation.
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