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LatAm comes out in force against Israel

LatAm comes out in force against Israel

Latin America's leaders are among the most vehement in condemning Israel's Gaza offensive -- labelling the Jewish state "terrorist", recalling ambassadors, and offering near-unanimous, unwavering support to Palestinians. "I can't remember another similar situation where (all the countries in the region) have reacted practically as a bloc," said political scientist Reginaldo Nasser, a professor...

Saudi king slams world's silence

Saudi king slams world's silence

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah criticised yesterday international inaction over Israel's offensive in Gaza, which he described as involving mass slaughter and "war crimes against humanity", in a speech read out on his behalf on state television. "This (international) community which has observed silently what is happening in the whole region, was indifferent to what is happening, as if what is happening is not its concern. Silence that has no justification," he said in his speech. He also slammed militants who he said were killing innocent people and mutilating their bodies in contravention of Islamic teachings and called on the region's leaders and religious scholars to prevent Islam from being hijacked by...

Ukraine Crisis

Standoff in no one's interest

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama agreed during a phone call on Friday the current standoff in Ukraine was not in the interest of their countries, the Kremlin said. "The presidents agreed that the current situation is not in the interests of either country," said a Kremlin statement. Obama also expressed his "deep concerns about Russia's increased support for the separatists in Ukraine," the White House said. Obama repeated his concern about Moscow's alleged breach of the 1987...

Us-Israel

Ties that bind them together

US politicians mired in Washington gridlock agree on virtually nothing these days. Nothing, it seems, apart from their unquestioned support for Israel. With the death toll soaring in Gaza, Israel has come in for harsh criticism in many parts of the world including Europe, where pro-Gaza demonstrations descended into anti-Semitic riots. Not so in Washington. The United States is Israel's chief backer at the United Nations, where it routinely blocks Security Council resolutions condemning the Jewish state. Washington has funnelled more than $100...

Nabarun Bhattacharya 'magic realist'

Nabarun Bhattacharya 'magic realist'

Nabarun Bhattacharya, the 66-year-old Bengali writer, who achieved a cult status in his lifetime in Bengal, passed away in a city hospital on Thursday evening. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer over the last few months and his condition deteriorated over the weekend. He was often described a 'magic realist' and compared with...

Patients have 'right to fun'

A hospital may seem like the most unlikely place to find a wine bar but “medically supervised” tipples will soon be allowed for patients in France. Fine wines, champagne and whisky will be among the choices at the unusual establishment being opened in September. The bar will be in the palliative care centre at Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital in Puy-de-Dôme, central France, which offers comfort for people with chronic and terminal illnesses. Dr Virginie Guastella, the centre's manager, said she was defending "the...

News In Brief

CIA apologises for spying on US Senate Afp, Washington Lawmakers slammed the CIA on Thursday after the US intelligence agency admitted its officers had "improperly" spied upon Senate investigators probing allegations of torture. The CIA Director John Brennan has apologised to the head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), Senator Dianne Feinstein, and admitted her staff's computers had been accessed. Previously, Brennan had dismissed the allegations, insisting that "nothing could be further from the truth."       Hope fades for India landslide...

Published Date: August 1, 2014
Israel defying int'l law: UN

Israel defying int'l law: UN

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay yesterday slammed what she said was Israel's "deliberate defiance" of international law during the Gaza conflict. Pillay lambasted the country's attacks on homes, schools, hospitals and United Nations facilities which are sheltering 250,000 civilians in Gaza. "There appears to be deliberate defiance of obligations that international law imposes on...

Published Date: August 1, 2014
US okays more ammo for Israel

The United States has allowed Israel, waging an offensive in the Gaza Strip, to tap a local US arms stockpile in the past week to resupply it with grenades and mortar rounds, a US defense official said yesterday. The munitions were located inside Israel as part of a program managed by the US military and called War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I), which stores munitions locally for US use that Israel can also access in emergency situations. Israel, however, did not cite...