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Putin says no one can 'intimidate or isolate' Russia MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said Saturday no country can "intimidate" or "isolate" Russia, after a week in which the ruble has taken a battering."Of course, no one will be able to intimidate us, or contain and isolate Russia. No one has ever been able to and no one ever will," Putin said in a speech.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Pakistan will continue to target all terrorist organizations: PM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said that Pakistan will continue to target all terrorist organizations irrespective of their agenda and affiliation.He was talking to six-member Chinese delegation headed by Vice Minister of the International Department of the Committee of the Communist Party of China Chen Fengxiang here.He said Operation Zarb-e-Azb has produced very positive results and many terrorists have been killed or captured.Copyright PPI (Pakistan Press International), 2014 ...
UN's Ban urges end to discrimination against Ebola workers CONAKRY: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged countries affected by the Ebola virus to avoid discriminating against healthcare workers fighting to end the disease.Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic.According to the latest World Health Organization figures, 7,373 people have died of Ebola in the three worst-affected countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.Ban's tour ...
UN chief arrives in Guinea on final day of Ebola tour CONAKRY: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in the Guinean capital Conakry on Saturday on the last day of his tour of west African countries hit by the world's worst outbreak of Ebola.The UN chief was greeted at the airport by Guinea's foreign and health ministers Francois Louceny Fall and Remy Lamah.Several officials involved in the drive to end the epidemic in Guinea were also on hand at the airport.Ban, who did not speak to ...
North Korea says to boost nuclear power to counter US hostile policy SEOUL: North Korea vowed on Saturday to boost its "nuclear power" to counter Washington's hostile policy, saying it had become apparent the United States aimed to invade the North under the guise of human rights abuses.Member countries of the United Nations on Thursday urged the Security Council to consider referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity as alleged in a U.N. inquiry report released earlier this year."Now that the ...
Putin urges Russia's secret services to tackle 'modern challenges' MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Saturday for improvement of Moscow's secret services to tackle "modern challenges and threats" amid his country's standoff with the West over the Ukrainian crisis.The call came in a letter by Putin, himself a former KGB agent, to veterans and current operatives of Russia's security services on the day Moscow traditionally honours them."I stress that modern challenges and threats and emergence of new destabilising factors require an increase in ...


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