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Dalai Lama slams killings in name of religion NEW DELHI: The Dalai Lama on Saturday condemned mindless violence in the name of religion, saying the concept of jihad was being misused and misinterpreted by Islamist extremists. The Nobel Peace prize winner was referring to bloodshed unleashed by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq where it has overrun swathes of territory."Killing in the name of faith is unacceptable," he told a meeting of India's religious leaders representing as many as nine different faiths including Islam.Jihad or holy war should be a fight "to combat our inner destructive emotions", the 79-year-old spiritual leader said. "It (jihad) does not mean harming other people." The hard-hitting statements by the Dalai Lama come after the Islamic State group released a video earlier this month showing the beheading of a second US hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff.Earlier this week, British photojournalist John Cantlie appeared in a propaganda video released by the militants."If we ...

'Ecstatic' New Zealand PM declares election victory WELLINGTON: New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said he was "ecstatic" on Saturday after a crushing election win, securing his third term as leader of the South Pacific nation."I'm ecstatic, it's a great night," the leader of the centre-right National Party said.Key confirmed his popularity with New Zealanders, increasing his vote despite a tumultuous campaign marked by allegations of dirty tricks and mass spying.The 53-year-old's party won 61 of 121 seats, making him the first ...

Scotland fears loss of new powers in referendum hangover EDINBURGH: Having rejected independence and lost First Minister Alex Salmond, Scotland woke up to an unsettled future Saturday as fears grew that new powers promised by London will prove a disappointment.Violent scenes in Glasgow's main square on Friday night may not been repeated elsewhere but many Scots see their nation as divided and are looking to the next few months with uncertainty.A key question is what fresh powers Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Britain's ...

Goldman Sachs reveals ties to Libya fund: report LONDON: Goldman Sachs has admitted in court documents to having used small gifts, occasional travel and an internship to cement its ties with Libya's sovereign wealth fund under Moamer Kadhafi, the Financial Times reported Saturday.The details were in the investment bank's defence to a lawsuit filed by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) in London in January, which accused Goldman Sachs of exploiting its position to make money on failed derivative trades.The fund accused the investment ...

Taiwanese tourist dies in Pakistan mountain accident ISLAMABAD: A Taiwanese tourist has plunged to her death in a popular mountaineering area in northern Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.The woman fell from a cliff in the scenic Hunza Valley on Friday as she and a male French climber were returning from a trek to a nearby glacier."Yu-Ching Chang, a female tourist from Taiwan has died after falling from a cliff while returning from Patundas peak on Friday," local police official Fakhruddin Ahmed told ...

Nigerian leader visits collapsed building as death toll hits 86 LAGOS: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday visited the collapsed guesthouse at a mega-church in Lagos, promising to investigate the cause of the tragedy as the death toll hit 86, rescuers said Saturday."The president came to the church this morning to see things for himself. He met with Prophet T.B. Joshua and expressed his condolences to the bereaved families," Ibrahim Farinloye of the National Emergency Management Agency told AFP.He said Jonathan promised to investigate the ...


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