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  • What Kerry needs to explain at AIPAC

    February 27, 2014 3:47 AM 19

    The American-Israeli Political Affairs Committee has once again tripped over itself, inviting to speak Secretary of State John Kerry to speak at its annual conference. (Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, whose department has actually been diligent in enforcing sanctions, was an understandable choice. Kerry, of course, has bludgeoned Israel on settlements

  • Germany's top court scraps 3 percent vote threshold for EU poll

    February 26, 2014 7:40 PM 20

    KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's top court on Wednesday scrapped a rule that political parties need at least three percent of the vote to enter the European Parliament, opening the door to more fringe movements winning seats in a May 25 election. The government lowered the threshold to 3 percent last year from 5 percent, but the Constitutional

  • Egypt: 26 sentenced to death over Suez 'terror plot'

    February 26, 2014 12:15 PM 28

    An Egyptian court has sentenced 26 people to death for founding a "terror group" with the aim of attacking ships using the Suez Canal. Judges said the men were also accused of manufacturing missiles and explosives, local media report. The sentencing comes a day after the new Prime Minister designate, Ibrahim Mahlab, vowed he would "crush terrorism in all the corners

  • Indian media assess Third Front's impact on elections

    February 26, 2014 7:16 AM 31

    Newspapers are discussing the impact of a new political alliance on the upcoming general elections. Leaders of 11 regional parties gathered in Delhi on Tuesday to announce the formation of the Third Front that will contest against the ruling Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Regional leaders like former defence minister Mulayam

  • China Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti on separatism charges

    February 26, 2014 6:48 AM 28

    Chinese authorities have formally arrested a prominent scholar of China's Uighur Muslim ethnic group and charged him with separatism, his wife says. Ilham Tohti, an economics professor in Beijing, has been critical of China's ethnic policies. He has been detained by police since last month. The Muslim Uighur group mostly live in Xinjiang, in China's

  • withdraws trademark application for "candy"

    February 26, 2014 2:18 AM 22

    The creator of Candy Crush Saga has filed a request for abandonment with the US Patent and Trademark Office over its attempt to trademark the word "candy". If you want to make a game about sugary treats, you can breathe a deep sigh of relief that mobile developer won't be coming after you (at least in the US): a request for abandonment that has surfaced

  • Obama to Pentagon: Plan for full Afghan withdrawal if security pact not reached

    February 25, 2014 6:53 PM 26

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the Pentagon to plan for a full American withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year should the Afghan government refuse to sign a security agreement, the White House said Tuesday. However, in a call with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama also said the U.S. could still keep a limited troop

  • Ukraine crisis: Turchynov warns of 'separatism' risk

    February 25, 2014 3:00 PM 30

    Ukraine's interim President Olexander Turchynov has warned of the dangers of separatism following the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych. His comments came amid continuing opposition in Ukraine's Russian-speaking regions to the new administration in Kiev. Meanwhile there are reports that one of Mr Yanukovych's former aides, Andriy Kliuyev, has been shot and wounded

  • Ukraine crisis: Protesters seize 'ex-president's son's cars'

    February 25, 2014 11:53 AM 19

    24 February 2014 Last updated at 13:50 GMT Anti-government protesters in Ukraine have seized luxury cars which they believe belong to the son of ousted president Viktor Yanukovych. The 12 vehicles were apparently discovered on Friday at a private warehouse near Gostomel near Kiev. One of them, an armoured Knight XV luxury SUV, is reported to be worth

  • Ukraine calls for aid, says needs US$35b in next two years

    February 25, 2014 3:34 AM 24

    Newly-elected speaker of parliament Oleksander Turchinov speaks with opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk (L) during a parliament session in Kiev February 23, 2014. — Reuters picKIEV, Feb 24 — Ukraine said today it needed US$35 billion (RM114.91 billion) in foreign assistance over the next two years and appealed for urgent aid following the overthrow of its president