Politics

Analysts doubt whether rebels can run Libyan govt. in absence of Gaddafi

Analysts doubt whether rebels can run Libyan govt. in absence of GaddafiWashington, Aug 22 : Western officials in Libya have expressed doubts whether the rebel movement is actually ready to run the country after toppling the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Although they claim that they are prepared to take charge of the country under the leadership of Mustafa Abdul Jalil, a judge who resigned as justice minister after the uprising began, some observers fear their capabilities could be overpowered by the Herculean task ahead.

Terming their plan as "hogwash", a diplomat said: "For four or five months all we have had is words. They are not ready," The Telegraph reports.


Texan Republican McCaul leads ‘50 Richest Members of Congress’ list

Texan Republican McCaul leads ‘50 Richest Members of Congress’ listWashington, Aug 20: A new list of the 50 richest members of Congress has shown Texas Republican Representative Michael McCaul leading with a wealth of at least 294 million dollars.

The list also revealed that the top three wealthy people have wealth over 700 million dollars, Fox News reports.

McCaul, whose worth was pegged at about 74 million dollars last year, has climbed up from fifth position to the top of the list this year.


US court to hear Kamal Nath's claim to diplomatic immunity

US court to hear Kamal Nath's claim to diplomatic immunityNew York, Aug 20 : A New York court is set to hear arguments Sep 21 over Indian Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath's claim for diplomatic immunity in a case over his alleged role in the November 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Judge Robert W. Sweet of the US Federal Court for the Southern District of New York will hold an in-person hearing to record legal arguments and examine the evidence, according to Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a US based human rights advocacy group, which had filed the case against Nath.


Pakistan continued to be used as base for terrorist groups in 2010: US report

Pakistan continued to be used as base for terrorist groups in 2010: US reportWashington, August 20: Pakistan continued to be used as a base for terrorist organisations operating in the country and neighbouring Afghanistan last year, a new US report has said.

"In 2010, Pakistan continued to experience high levels of terrorism and Pakistan-based terrorist organizations continued to threaten internal, regional, and global security. Violence resulted from both political and sectarian conflicts throughout the country, with terrorist incidents occurring in every province," the State Department said in its annual report on global terrorism.


Obama leads diplomatic push for Syrian Prez Assad’s departure

 Obama leads diplomatic push for Syrian Prez Assad’s departureWashington, Aug 19: The international calls demanding embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's departure is being lead by US President Barack Obama, who issued a statement accusing Assad of `imprisoning, torturing and slaughtering his own people.'

As Obama signed executive orders significantly extending sanctions against the ruling regime in Syria, Germany, France and Britain issued a joint statement of their own.


Darwin’s evolution has gaps in it: US presidential candidate Perry

Darwin’s evolution has gaps in it: US presidential candidate PerryWashington, Aug 19 : Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry has said that the theory of evolution has `some gaps in it.'

Addressing people during a campaign trail in New Hampshire, told a little boy that creationism is taught alongside evolution in Texas schools because Darwin''s theory `has gaps'.

"Here your mom was asking about evolution, and you know it''s a theory that''s out there, and it''s got some gap in it," the Telegraph quoted Perry, as saying.

"In Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools," Perry said.


Gaddafi making plans to flee Libya: Report

Gaddafi making plans to flee Libya: ReportWashington, Aug 19 : Embattled Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is reportedly preparing to flee the nation over the next few days.

US officials told NBC that intelligence reports have suggested that Gaddafi is considering moving with his family possibly to Tunisia.

The reports come a day after Pentagon officials described Libyan rebel gains as `significant developments' in the civil war that has engulfed the country, Fox News reports.

Pentagon Spokesman George Little recently said "the future doesn''t look particularly bright for Gaddafi, but we''ll have to see where things go."


US-Pak dispute over American diplomats'' travel restrictions resolved

US-Pak dispute over American diplomats'' travel restrictions resolvedWashington, August 19: Washington and Islamabad have successfully resolved the bilateral dispute over travel restrictions placed on American diplomats in Pakistan, the US State Department has said.

The United States had recently demanded that the Pakistan Government lift the no-objection certificate (NOC) requirement on the movement of US diplomats in the country.

When asked whether the whole issue over travel restrictions had been resolved, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said: "My understanding is it has, yes."


US not trying to destabilise India through Hazare''s anti-corruption movement: State Department

US not trying to destabilise India through Hazare''s anti-corruption movement: State DepartmentWashington, Aug. 18 : The United States Government has rejected reports coming out of India that it has had a role to play in destabilizing that country during the anti-corruption campaign launched by socialist and civil activist Anna Hazare.

Interacting with media here, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland termed the reporting coming out of India as "extremely inaccurate".

She was replying to a question on a spokesman of the India's ruling Congress party accusing the United States of trying to destabilize India.


Romney trails Perry, Bachmann in Gallup poll

Romney trails Perry, Bachmann in Gallup pollWashington, Aug. 17 : A new Gallup Poll has shown Mitt Romney merging as a front-runner among Republicans vying for a White House bid insofar as inciting passion among GOP voters.

He is shown as being ahead of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry.

According to a new Gallup poll from the first half of August, Perry had a net "positive intensity" rating of 23 among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who recognize his name. That's three points ahead of Bachmann, who scored a big win in the Iowa Straw Poll this past weekend at Ames, Politico reports.


US projecting ‘smart power’ approach in Libya, Syria: Clinton

 US projecting ‘smart power’ approach in Libya, Syria: ClintonWashington, Aug 17 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her department's response to crackdown of protestors in Libya and Syria, saying that the nation is projecting a `smart power' approach to deal with issues in these regions.

She called Obama administration's policies an approach that emphasizes collective action and international consensus over unilateral solutions that rely disproportionately on US troops and treasure, the Washington Post reports.


Our politics is broken: Obama

Our politics is broken: ObamaWashington, Aug 16 : Embattled US President Barack Obama embarked on a three-day Midwestern bus tour to "connect with ordinary Americans", slamming the partisan politics of the country and calling on lawmakers to prioritise economic growth.

At a town hall meeting in Decorah, Iowa, Monday, the first day of his tour, Obama said he will release a detailed plan to boost the economy, create jobs and control the country's deficit when Congress returns to Washington in September.


Obama’s 2012 strongest rival Rick Perry wore undies made by mum

 Obama’s 2012 strongest rival Rick Perry wore undies made by mumWashington, Aug 15 : Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry, who doesn't shy away from admitting that he wore underwear made his mom during his college days, has emerged as the strongest challenger to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential poll.

Often described as an "evangelical Christian", Perry is also a fiscal conservative who turned down more than half-a-billion of Obama''s GFC stimulus money for his state''s unemployed, news. com. au reports.

Reports suggest that he considered becoming a commercial pilot in order to save his family''s farm in 1978, but the rains came at the last minute and he entered politics instead.


Texas Governor Rick Perry announces 2012 White House bid

Texas Governor Rick Perry announces 2012 White House bidWashington, Aug 11 : Texas Governor Rick Perry has declared that he will contest the 2012 presidential race.

His spokesman, Mark Miner, confirmed that Perry would travel to three key early states – South Carolina, New Hampshire and Iowa - this weekend.

Following his speech in Charleston, Perry will meet with South Carolina Republican officials before heading to a house party in Greenland, New Hampshire, where he meet with Granite State voters, ABC News reports.

Reports have suggested that on Sunday, he would address at the Black Hawk Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner Fundraiser in Waterloo, Iowa.


CIA claim of zero civilian deaths from drone strikes ‘bitterly disputed’: NYT

CIA claim of zero civilian deaths from drone strikes ‘bitterly disputed’: NYTWashington, August 12: The civilian casualties from the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone campaign, which is widely credited with disrupting Al Qaeda and its allies in Pakistan’s tribal region, has been in bitter dispute since the predator strikes were accelerated in 2008.

Accounts of strike after strike from official and unofficial sources are so at odds that they often seem to describe different events, The New York Times reports.


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