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Japan to file new research whaling plan 'this year' PORTOROZ: Japan said Wednesday it would file a plan by the end of the year for the resumption of its controversial Antarctic whaling programme, ruled invalid by the UN's highest court in March.Tokyo's representative to the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) 65th meeting, Joji Morishita, said his country would be "open and transparent" in its bid, and file a new plan by late 2014.The country's Antarctic hunt has dominated a disputed agenda for the commission's first meeting since the International Court of Justice found in March that Japan abused a scientific exemption to a commercial whaling ban to hunt the cetaceans for their meat.Japan cancelled its 2014-15 Antarctic hunt after the ruling, but has said it intends to resume "research whaling" in 2015-16.It killed more than 250 minke whales in the Antarctic in the 2013-14 season and 103 the previous year.It also conducts hunts in the name of science in the ...

ADB warns Pakistan's economy could suffer from political impasse ISLAMABAD: Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao warned Wednesday an ongoing political impasse could damage Pakistan's recently stabilised economy, as the country's finance minister said Islamabad would miss its growth target due to recent floods.Speaking at a joint press conference, Nakao and finance minister Ishaq Dar praised the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for improving the macro-economic outlook and pursuing a liberalisation agenda."Today we are seeing the growth rate is picking up, the inflation ...
Suicide attack kills 7, destroys bridge in Iraq's Ramadi RAMADI: A suicide car bomb attack killed seven people and destroyed a vital bridge Wednesday in Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar where government forces have been battling jihadists.Five other people were wounded in the afternoon blast, Mahmud al-Wazan, a colonel in the police force, told AFP. He said the victims appeared to be civilians.Doctor Ahmad al-Ani from Ramadi hospital confirmed the casualty toll.Wazan said the blast destroyed the Albu Faraj bridge ...
With support of 180mn, I won't resign on wishes of few: PM ATTOCK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Wednesday said the country's 180 million people had elected him as prime minister and he will not resign on the wishes of a few thousand.Prime Minister Sharif said the entire nation had a consolidated view on pursuing a democratic path, however a few people were pursuing negative politics that posed a serious threat to national development."Why should Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif resign on the demand of five thousand persons?," ...
Youth urged to become agents of positive change ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday reiterated government's support for education and termed innovation and research vital for defining the future of any nation.He was addressing the launching ceremony of the 2nd phase of HEC-USAID Merit and Needs based Scholarship Programme, held at HEC Secretariat.Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman HEC and Mr. Gregory C Gottlieb, Mission Director, USAID Pakistan were also present on the occasion, in addition to some ...
Iran's Rouhani to attend UN assembly, no Obama meet set TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will address the UN General Assembly in New York next week but is not scheduled to meet Barack Obama, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.Rouhani's first major foreign visit as president was to last year's General Assembly, where he held a historic telephone call with Obama on the sidelines, the highest level contact between the two countries since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.There had been speculation that the two might even ...


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