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  • Iran on agenda in US-Israel talks
  • Dance programme held at Chhayanaut
  • Misbah wants to start afresh
  • Implementation of IP laws urged to protect individual creativity
  • Russia offers support for socioeconomic dev
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  • Global warming deniers at play
  • Dollar crisis hits atta, flour import
  • Magical Messi makes CL history

Deputy oil minister of Syria resigns, joins revolt

Syria’s deputy oil minister resigned Thursday to join an anti-regime revolt, as UN-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan urged a path of diplomacy rather than militarisation to end the crisis in Syria. Full story

Karzai under fire on Afghan women’s rights

President Hamid Karzai’s US-backed government is under fire this International Women’s Day, accused of selling out on Afghan women’s rights as it tries to woo the Taliban into peace talks. Full story

US offers Israel new arms to delay Iran attack: report

The United States offered Israel advanced weaponry in return for it committing to not attack Iran’s nuclear facilities this year, Israeli daily Maariv reported on Thursday. Citing unnamed Western diplomats and intelligence sources, the report said that during prime minister Benjamin... Full story

Nobel Foundation rejects Peace Prize picks criticism

The Nobel Foundation, which administrates the prestigious prizes in line with the will of Alfred Nobel, on Thursday rejected criticism of recent choices for the Peace Prize. ‘Despite that many lively discussions have been held on whether the chosen Peace Prize laureates fulfilled the prescribed... Full story

World powers want ‘serious dialogue’ with Iran

World powers said Thursday that mooted upcoming talks with Iran focused on its nuclear programme must be ‘serious’, without pre-conditions and produce ‘concrete results.’ ‘We call on Iran to enter, without pre-conditions, into a sustained process of serious dialogue, which will produce concrete results,’ said a statement on... Full story

Pakistani Taliban in talks to heal rift

Pakistani Taliban commanders are locked in talks, trying to heal a damaging rift that has inflamed tensions over whether to pursue peace efforts with the government, insiders say. After months of relative calm, bomb and suicide attacks are again hitting... Full story

Sarkozy vows to bow out of politics if not re-elected

The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, admitted publicly Thursday he will quit politics if he loses next month’s election, as his Socialist challenger pressed home his attacks on the incumbent’s record. Full story

81-year-old woman wins record lottery cash jackpot

An 81-year-old Rhode Island woman came forward on Tuesday to claim a $336.4 million PowerBall prize, the third biggest jackpot in the game’s history, lottery officials said. Full story

Palestinian rallies mark Women’s Day

Palestinian women rallied across Gaza and the West Bank on International Women’s Day on Thursday, calling for the release of a female prisoner on hunger strike in an Israeli jail. Full story

Lanka to resist US war crimes resolution

Sri Lanka on Thursday dismissed as ‘ill-timed and ill-conceived’ a US move at the UN Human Rights Council to censure Colombo over alleged crimes against humanity in the final phase of its separatist war. Full story

Nine Afghan cops killed

Nine Afghan police were killed in an insurgent attack that authorities said Thursday was believed to have been facilitated by a fellow officer and suspected Taliban infiltrator. The attack in the southern province of Uruzgan late Tuesday follows a wave of incidents in recent... Full story

Autonomy bid in Libya prompts fears of nation’s break-up

Tribesmen and politicians in Libya’s oil-rich east have polarised public opinion, raised fears that the country might break apart and prompted some of his sharpest statements yet from the interim leader. Full story

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