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UKIP launches European election campaign LONDON: British anti-EU party UKIP launched its campaign for next month's European elections on Tuesday and fended off accusations that its posters were racist and its anti-immigration rhetoric hypocritical.With polls showing the UK Independence Party will come second in the May 22 election, ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives but behind the opposition Labour Party, UKIP hopes to attract enough extra votes to win the ballot outright.Party leader Nigel Farage has said such a victory would trigger a "political earthquake", putting UKIP in a position to win its first seats in the British parliament in 2015 and piling pressure on the three main parties to sever Britain's ties with the European Union.UKIP wants Britain to leave the EU and an end to "open door" immigration, particularly from inside the 28-nation bloc. Polls show immigration to be one of voters' top three concerns and Cameron is under pressure to make ...

Russian opposition leader Navalny convicted of slander MOSCOW: Top opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday was found guilty of slandering a municipal lawmaker and ordered to pay a hefty fine, the Twitter account of President Vladimir Putin's leading critic said.Navalny was found guilty of calling municipal deputy Alexei Lisovenko "a lawmaker-drug addict." The Kremlin critic is also facing embezzlement charges in a separate case opening Thursday, for which he is being held under house arrest and banned from using the Internet. Copyright ...
Russia bans Tatar leader from Crimea: Tatar assembly KIEV: Russia on Tuesday banned the leader of Crimea's pro-Kiev Tatar community from entering the Black Sea peninsula for five years, the Tatar assembly said in a statement.Community leader Mustafa Dzhemilev was handed an official order barring him from returning to Crimea as he crossed to mainland Ukraine from the territory that Moscow controversially annexed last month, the statement said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Britons should learn from Asians about caring for elderly: Minister ISLAMABAD: British families should follow the example of Asian and African immigrants and take greater responsibility for their elderly relations instead of 'forcing' them into care homes, a minister has said.Too many elderly people were being 'neglected' by their families and endure a 'much less happy ending' to their lives than they should, Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat Justice Minister told The Telegraph, a leading newspaper.He said that people in Britain had lost a sense ...
US releases photo 'evidence' of Russian troops in Ukraine WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday released images -- provided by Ukraine -- which it says proves armed separatists in eastern Ukraine are actually Russian military or intelligence officers.It is the latest attempt by the United States to disprove Moscow's claims that it has nothing to do with pro-Russian separatists.State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said as well as those from the Ukrainian authorities, images widely available in the international press or on Twitter indicate ...
Nightmares, nostalgia 40 years after Portugal revolt SANTA COMBA DAO: In the Cova Funda restaurant, a yellowed portrait hangs over the bar: Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, the dictator who gripped Portugal in his fist for half a century.Forty years after the April 25 revolution that swept away the remainder of his regime, "Salazar salt cod" is on the menu here in his home town of Santa Comba Dao.Many still nurse the wounds of torture by his regime -- but the locals at ...
Russia to create gambling zone in Crimea MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted a bill to parliament that would turn Crimea into a legal gambling zone as Russia seeks ways to lift the Black Sea peninsula out of poverty.Russia has only four official government zones where gambling is legal. Crimea, which was annexed by Russia last month amid international condemnation, would be the fifth such zone.The precise borders of new gambling zone will be determined by regional authorities in "the Republic ...


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