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Category: World News

PAKISTAN PM ARRIVES IN INDIA TO ‘OPEN ARM’ WELCOME

JAIPUR, India: Pakistan’s premier Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived in India Saturday for a pilgrimage to a revered Muslim shrine, with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid welcoming him with “open arms”. Khurshid’s warm words for Ashraf — making his first visit to India as prime minister — come despite strained relations between the nuclear-armed rivals over recent border clashes. “It’s in our culture to welcome our guests with open arms,” said Khurshid ahead of a lunch he will host for Ashraf at the Rambagh Palace, a luxury heritage hotel in the tourist city of Jaipur in northern India. An Indian foreign ministry official told AFP however there would be no “substantive talks” at the meeting. “India is happy to host a lunch for the Pakistani prime minister. We are just extending our hospitality,” a senior Indian foreign ministry official told AFP. Ashraf is the most senior Pakistani to visit India since last April when President Asif Ali Zardari made a similar pilgrimage and had lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Ashraf and his family planned a day-long private trip to the 13-century shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Gharib Nawaz in Ajmer, 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Jaipur. Tensions spiked between New Delhi and Islamabad in January and February as a total of six soldiers were killed in exchanges along the de facto border in Kashmir, a region claimed by...

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CHAVEZ POLITICAL HEIR TAKES OVER AFTER ROUSING FUNERAL

CARACAS: Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro took over as acting president late Friday in a ceremony rejected by the opposition after a tearful farewell to Hugo Chavez during a rousing state funeral for the firebrand leftist. More than 30 heads of state paid tribute to Chavez as his body lay in state in a flag-covered coffin at a military academy, bringing the curtain down on a 14-year reign that divided his oil-rich nation. “There you are, undefeated, pure, transparent, unique, true, alive forever,” Maduro said as his voice rose and cracked in a eulogy that both praised his mentor and railed against his opponents. “Mission accomplished comandante! The struggle goes on,” he exclaimed as the guests, ranging from Cuban leader Raul Castro to Hollywood star Sean Penn, applauded in a raucous ceremony filled with music, cheers and chants for Chavez. Maduro was later sworn in as acting president at the National Assembly and named Chavez’s son-in-law Jorge Arreaza vice president before urging election authorities to “immediately” convene elections. Maduro donned the presidential sash, his voice breaking as he declared: “Sorry for these tears but this presidency belongs to our comandante.”The assembly burst into chants of “Chavez I swear, my vote is for Maduro!” The main opposition coalition boycotted the inauguration, saying that it was unconstitutional. The ceremony set the stage for a bitter election campaign that must be called within 30...

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SUICIDE BOMB IN KABUL DURING HAGEL VISIT

KABUL: A large suicide bomb exploded outside the defence ministry in central Kabul during a visit to the Afghan capital on Saturday by new US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. A spokesman for the Afghan defence ministry said that there were civilian casualties but he did not give any further details. “A suicide attacker has detonated himself within 30 metres (100 feet) of the defence ministry gate, there have been casualties among civilians, but defence ministry personnel have not suffered any casualties,” Zahir Azimi told AFP. One soldier covered in blood at the scene said he had helped carry five people from the attack site. Gunfire erupted after the loud explosion was heard across the city, and reporters travelling with Hagel were informed that he was not under any threat as streets around the blast were closed off by security forces. “The secretary was in a briefing when the incident occurred. The briefing continued as planned without interruption,” a spokesman for the Pentagon chief said.An official at the location told reporters that the bomber had arrived on a bicycle. “We can confirm a suicide improvised explosive device attack, followed by small arms fire, near the Afghan ministry of defence compound in central Kabul this morning,” a statement sent from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force coalition said.”No ISAF troops were directly involved.” The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.”This...

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N. KOREA SAYS SANCTIONS WILL BOOST ITS NUCLEAR DETERRENT

SEOUL: North Korea said Saturday that UN sanctions would only make its nuclear and missile programmes stronger, with the foreign ministry hinting at further nuclear tests to come. In a statement carried by state media, the ministry said the latest sanctions, which Pyongyang “totally rejects”, would only lead the country to reinforce its status “as a nuclear weapons state and satellite launcher”. Even before Thursday’s Security Council vote imposing tougher sanctions on Pyongyang over its nuclear test last month, the North Korean leadership had said it would conduct more atomic and long-range missile tests in the future. The North’s nuclear test in February was its largest yet in terms of apparent yield, but outside monitors have been unable to confirm the North’s claim that it had successfully detonated a miniaturised device. Experts are split on whether North Korea has the ability to fit a warhead on a rocket, although there is general agreement that it is years from developing a genuine inter-continental ballistic missile. The foreign ministry statement said that the latest UN sanctions, instead of weakening North Korea’s nuclear deterrent, would only increase its capability “a thousand times”, according to the Korean Central News Agency. Pointing to a series of sanctions “cooked up” by the UN over the past eight years, the ministry said they had only resulted in North Korea “bolstering its nuclear deterrent qualitatively and quantitatively”.But...

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Russian businessman shot 16 times, but survives

A businessman in the Russian city of Volgograd survived a gun attack on his car despite being riddled with 16 bullets from an assault rifle, regional investigators said. The man was attacked by an unidentified gunman armed with a Kalashnikov rifle as he drove his Toyota car in the city’s Dzerzhinsk district Thursday evening, Investigative Committee spokeswoman Natalya Kunitskaya said. “The victim was hit by sixteen bullets, mostly in the left side of his body,” she said. “His friends took him to hospital.” The man had been relaxing in a sauna with his friends immediately prior to the attack. A criminal investigation has been launched into the...

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Death of woman in lion cage was accident

 Relatives of a 24-year-old intern killed by a lion at a California animal park said Friday they believe the facility followed safety protocols and the death was a tragic accident. Investigators believe the 5-year-old male lion lifted the door of a partially closed feeding cage with its paw and killed Dianna Hansonas she cleaned a bigger enclosure area, Fresno County Coroner David Hadden has said. Family members said they’re relieved the young woman was killed instantly when the lion swiped or lunged at her. “We’re thankful to know she didn’t suffer,” Hanson’s brother, Paul R. Hanson, told The Associated Press. Dianna Hanson died immediately from a broken neck, according to the coroner’s autopsy report. Other injuries were sustained after her death, the report states. Family members said they don’t believe it was a mauling, but rather a lion’s rough play that turned tragic. “It sounds like it was an accident, maybe the latch had not been completely closed. … You know, house cats are smart, they can open doors,” Paul Hanson said. “It wasn’t a vicious attack … because you would expect severe lacerations and biting on the neck and that was not the case.” Paul Hanson and his wife Tiffany Windle-Hanson, who was the victim’s college roommate, don’t believe any rules were broken at Cat Haven, the animal park run by the nonprofit group Project Survival. “It was just a tragic accident,” Windle-Hanson said. Investigators were focusing...

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Berlusconi sentenced to year in jail

Milan: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to a year in jail over the felonious wiretap case when he was guilty by the court on weekday, in step with a number one news organization. Berlusconi was defendant of sound the phone calls in 2005 banking scandal case and creating them public. Prosecutors within the wiretap case had asked for a annual jail term for the media man of affairs. Berlusconi, UN agency has denied any wrongdoing, will request to possess the choice turned before a court of charm. Under Italian law, he’s not expected to serve any...

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Alcohol is ban in Venezuela for Chavez mourning period

Mexico: The Interior Ministry of Venezuela has ordered a ban on sales and consumption of alcohol across the country for the seven-day period of mourning for late President Hugo Chavez. The ban, which will be in force until March 12, is aimed at providing normal conditions for holding a funeral ceremony for Chavez and will be monitored by law enforcers, the ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry also introduced a temporary ban until March 12 on carrying weapons in public for those individuals, who have permission. Police, military and special service officers are the exception to the ban. Chavez,...

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Ring found through facebook after 40 years

A Georgia man got the surprise of a lifespan once he found his beloved class ring he had lost out of a car window over 40 years past through Facebook. MyFoxAtlanta.com reports Richard Hale assumed he would ne’er see the ring once more when he lost it close to Georgia school in 1972 whereas driving. “We were riding around with friends and for a few reason, I tossed one thing out the window, and once I did, I thought, ‘Oh no my ring is gone,'” Hale tells MyFoxAtlanta.com. However, Hale got the surprise of a lifespan once, nearly forty...

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Washington: Former US Secretary of State Sir Edmund Hillary Clinton has joined the speaking circuit and can charge a whooping USD 2,000 per look, creating her one amongst the best paid public figures on such appearances. Her wage because the Secretary of State, she relinquished the post but a month past, was USD 186,000. “Now that she’s out as Secretary of State, Sir Edmund Hillary Clinton is not getting to be pain for cash, because of speaking fees of a lot of $200,000 per speaking look,” Buzzfeed reportable, quoting a supply. Hillary Clinton are going to be delineated by...

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