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Anti-government protesters clash with police in Maldives  COLOMBO: Police in the Maldives arrested at least 55 anti-government protesters Friday following violent clashes with security forces in the capital Male. Nine officers were injured in the violence, which police spokesman Hassan Haneef said was instigated by supporters of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) of former president Mohamed Nasheed. Speaking to AFP by telephone from Male, Haneef said the protesters had set fire to a police motorcycle, damaged a police car and smashed shop windows. The allegations were denied by MDP spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor who said the police had used "brutal force" to break up what had been a peaceful demonstration. There have been constant protests in Male since Nasheed stepped down in February. He later claimed that he was forced out in what amounted to a military coup. Nasheed was succeeded as head of the Indian Ocean archipelago of 330,000 Sunni Muslims by his former deputy, Mohamed Waheed, who has since rejected ...

US warns Syria amid chemical weapon fears  PHNOM PENH: The US said Friday that Syrian officials would be "held accountable" if they failed to safeguard the country's chemical weapons after a report suggested some were being moved out of storage. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that intelligence reports suggested some chemical weapons were on the move, but the reasons for the transfers were unclear. It said some US officials feared the weapons could be used against rebels or civilians, while others believed ...
US warns Syria amid chemical weapon fears  PHNOM PENH: The US said Friday that Syrian officials would be "held accountable" if they failed to safeguard the country's chemical weapons after a report suggested some were being moved out of storage. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that intelligence reports suggested some chemical weapons were on the move, but the reasons for the transfers were unclear. It said some US officials feared the weapons could be used against rebels or civilians, while others believed ...
Canada to open embassy in Myanmar  OTTAWA: Canada is to open an embassy in Myanmar for the first time, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Friday, citing recent reforms as a reason for engagement with the longtime army-run nation. "I am pleased to announce that Canada is planning to open an embassy in Burma," Baird told reporters in a teleconference from Bangkok, referring to Myanmar by its former name. "There's been an incredible amount of reform in the country in the past 18 ...
Clinton meets Myanmar leader after sanctions eased  SIEM REAP: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Myanmar President Thein Sein on Friday for landmark talks days after Washington eased its sanctions on the once-pariah state. The pair began talks in the Cambodian tourist town Siem Reap on the sidelines of a business conference, after the US on Wednesday gave the green light to firms to invest in Myanmar, including in oil and gas, in its greatest loosening of tough sanctions so far. Copyright AFP ...
China role important in Afghanistan reconstruction: Marc Grossman BEIJING: China is playing a very important role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, said Marc Grossman, US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. "China has given development assistance to Afghanistan to increase the capacity of the government and the people of the Afghanistan," the state media quoted the US envoy as saying. Grossman arrived in Beijing Wednesday evening "to continue the close consultation that China and the United States have on Afghanistan" after his trips to Tokyo ...
India has least eco impact but feels guilty: study  WASHINGTON: Indian consumers feel the most guilty about their environmental impact even though they have a smaller average footprint than consumers in wealthy countries, a survey said Thursday. The 17-nation study by the Washington-based National Geographic Society found a "major disconnect" as consumers in rich nations had the least sustainable lifestyles but also felt the least guilty about their impact. The "Greendex" found that Indians had the most sustainable behavior, followed by Chinese and Brazilians. Americans ranked ...

 



 
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