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Russia's ruling party heads to victory in Crimea polls MOSCOW: Russia's ruling party headed to a convincing victory in Crimea polls on Monday, with a preliminary count showing it won more than 70 percent in the first local elections since the peninsula's annexation from Ukraine in March.Crimea's residents joined Russians across the country in voting in local elections on Sunday which saw President Vladimir Putin cement his grip on power.While the vote will not add legitimacy to Crimea in the eyes of the West or Ukraine, Kremlin-friendly analysts said it shows that Crimea's residents conclusively backed joining Russia."Currently the Crimea regional branch of United Russia is leading with 71.04 percent," Crimea's electoral commission said on Monday morning after 50 percent of votes for Crimea's parliament had been counted.The ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), led by firebrand lawyer Vladimir Zhirinovsky who backs the Kremlin, was running second with just over eight percent of the vote.No other party appeared ...

41,115 flood-hit persons rescued by Army since Sept 5: ISPR RAWALPINDI: More than 41,115 persons have been rescued by army troops during their ongoing rescue and relief operation in flood affected areas including Uch Sharif, Muzaffargarh and Multan.The army troops have distributed 127.7 tons of ration among the flood victims people since September 5, a spokesman of ISPR said on Monday.As many as 4,286 patients have so far been treated in 18 medical camps established by the Army in flood affected area. Copyright APP (Associated ...

Oil hits 26-month low under $97 on weak China data LONDON: Brent crude oil slumped on Monday to its lowest in more than two years, below $97 per barrel as lacklustre economic data from China, the world's top energy consumer, cast a shadow over the outlook for oil demand at a time of abundant supply.China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August, while growth in other key sectors also cooled, raising fears the world's second-largest economy may be at ...

Israeli budget fight raises questions about defence spending JERUSALEM: Demands for billions of dollars of extra funding for Israel's military have set the scene for a bruising political battle over the budget, as the country tries to balance the needs of a weakening economy with security threats from Gaza to Iran.The defence ministry is seeking nearly 70 billion shekels ($20 billion) in the 2015 budget, an increase of $3 billion over 2014, as it settles the bills from its Gaza war and draws ...

UN nuclear chief suggests little headway in Iran probe VIENNA: The UN nuclear watchdog sought to put pressure on Iran on Monday to address suspicions it may have carried out atomic bomb research, three weeks after Tehran failed to meet a deadline for providing information about the issue.In line with the findings of a confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency earlier this month, Director General Yukiya Amano said Iran had not carried out two of the five transparency steps it had agreed ...

Google launches $105 Android One; eyes low-price smartphone boom NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Google Inc launched in India on Monday a $105 smartphone, the first device from its "Android One" initiative which is aimed at boosting sales in key emerging markets through cheaper prices and better quality software.The Mountain View-Based company tied up with Indian handset makers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles to launch the 6,399 rupees phone, which is powered by Google's operating system and targets the booming low-cost segment of the world's fastest growing ...


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