Race to get 270 electoral votes getting tougher: McCain

Race to get 270 electoral votes getting tougher: McCainWashington, Oct 27 : Republican presidential nominee John McCain has acknowledged that the race to get to the magic number of 270 electoral votes is tough, but said polls are “all over the map” and he is doing better than the numbers would suggest.

“We’re doing fine, we have closed in the last week, we’ll continue to close in the next week and you’ll be up very, very late on election night,” McCain told "Meet the Press" anchor Tom Brokaw in an interview taped in Iowa.

After Pak govt’s complaints against ground strikes, White House decides to focus on air-strikes

Washington, Oct 27: Following furious complaints from the Pakistan government for further ground raids into its tribal areas, the White House has reportedly begun relying on an intensifying campaign of air-strikes by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) against militants in the Pakistani mountains.

The decision followed after Pakistani officials made clear in public that they regard the Predator attacks as “a less objectionable violation of Pakistani sovereignty”.

Quoting American and Pakistani officials, the New York Times reported that attacks by remotely piloted Predator aircraft had increased sharply in frequency and scope during the past three months.

Removal of ‘useless’ coach Lawson draws flak from within Pak cricket

akistan cricket coach Geoff LawsonLahore, Oct 27 : The unceremonious removal of erstwhile Pakistan cricket coach Geoff Lawson, of Australia, has drawn flak from within the country’s cricketing world, even as former cricketers have said that the decision had invited international ire towards Pakistan and that, henceforth, no foreign coach would show interest in accepting coaching assignment here.

Taiwan stocks plunge nearly 5 per cent

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Tokyo stocks plunge to record lows

Tokyo stocks plunge to record lowsTokyo - Tokyo stocks nosedived Monday, sending the benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average to its lowest level in 26 years.

The Nikkei tumbled 486.18 points, or 6.36 per cent, to 7,162.9. The index has lost half its value this year.

The broader Topix index of all first-section issues also lost 59.65 points, or 7.4 per cent, to 746.46.

The Bank of Japan injected 600 billion yen (6.37 billion dollars) into the money markets Monday to ease a credit crunch as stocks prices plunged.

Nawaz claims K-issue would have been resolved if Musharraf had not toppled his govt in 1999

PML-N chief and former Pakistani premier Nawaz SharifLahore, Oct 27: PML-N chief and former Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif has said that the Kashmir issue would have been resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people “if the PML-N government had not been toppled by the former army chief Pervez Musharraf on October 12, 1999”.

The former premier said his government was dislodged under a planned conspiracy at a time when the resolution of the Kashmir dispute was near, reported the Daily Times.