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Jindal criticises Obama, Hillary over views on gay marriage
WASHINGTON, June 29 (Agencies): Indian-American Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has lashed out at US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton for their views on same sex marriage, alleging that they evolved their views based on opinion polls. "Both the President and Hillary evolved their views because of opinion polls. They can read opinion polls just like the Supreme Court," said Jindal, the 13th Republican aspirant to aim for the White House in 2016 election. "My view of marriage is based on my Christian faith. No early court's decision is going to change that. I think marriage is between a man and a woman," Jindal, 44, told 'Meet the Press' of NBC News in an interview yesterday. Obama has said the ruling is a victory for America while Clinton also ...
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After USA, Mozambique scraps colonial-era homosexuality ban
MAPUTO, June 29 (Agencies): Mozambique decriminalised homosexuality today when a new penal code came into force that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws, in a victory for campaigners for gay rights in Africa. The old code, dating back to 1886, targeted anyone "who habitually engages in vices against nature" -- but no known prosecutions took place after Mozambique became independent in 1975. Breaking the law was theoretically punishable by up to three years of hard labour. "It's a symbolic victory, as social inclusion remains the main challenge," Frank, a student gay rights activist who declined to give his full name, told AFP. The new penal code, which was announced last December by then president Armando Guebuza, also decriminalises abortion after lobbying by civil rights organis...
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Russia pledges 'political, economic, military' support: Syria
MOSCOW, June 29 (Agencies): Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to support Syria's government "politically, economically and militarily," the war-torn country's Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in Moscow today. "I received a promise from President Putin to support Syria politically, economically and militarily," Muallem said at a press conference with his Russian counterpart after meeting Putin. Moscow has been a key backer of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad throughout the uprising against him that began in March 2011, providing diplomatic cover, as well as financial assistance to Damascus. It has also hosted talks between regime figures and members of the tolerated domestic Syrian opposition, though they reached no firm conclusions and did not include the main internatio...
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Scotland Yard officials in Pakistan to probe politician murder
ISLAMABAD, June 29 (Agencies): A two-member Scotland Yard team arrived here today to investigate the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq in London in 2010. Imran Farooq, 50, was stabbed to death outside his house and the British police has been trying to arrest the killers. Pakistan has arrested at least three people who allegedly have been involved in the killing and British authorities have been seeking access to them. Interior Ministry in a statement said that "a two-member team of Scotland Yard has arrived in Islamabad today" to probe the case. The team is expected to question the suspects arrested by Pakistan. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said in April that authorities arrested Moazzam Ali from Karachi who arranged funds and prepared travel documents...
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French 'Jihadist' attacker denies religious aim, motivations Murky
PARIS, June 29 (Agencies): A man who beheaded his boss in France has denied any religious motivation, investigative sources said today, muddying efforts to pin down the reasons for an attack which bore the hallmarks of a jihadist act. Yassin Salhi, 35, yesterday confessed to decapitating his employer and pinning his severed head to the fence of a gas factory in eastern France in a macabre display that included two Islamic flags. However according to a source close to the investigation, Salhi, who was known to security services for radicalisation, "denies any religious motivation to his act". Salhi drove his delivery van into the Air Products warehouse on Friday, causing an explosion and alerting firefighters who made the grisly discovery of the decapitated corpse of 54-year-old Herve C...
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Swaraj meets Chinese counterpart, raises Lakhvi issue
KATHMANDU, June 25 (Agencies): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today raised with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi China's blocking of India's move in the UN for action against Pakistan over 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi's release, saying it was at "variance" with progress in ties. In the meeting held on the sidelines of an international donors conference here, Swaraj told the Chinese Foreign Minister that Lakhvi was "no ordinary terrorist" as he masterminded the Mumbai terror attack in which more than 166 people were killed. "The External Affairs Minister raised the issue of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi on the stand China has taken on this matter in the United Nations 1267 committee. She said both India and China have been victims of terrorism and therefore there should be no d...
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Pak court summons 4 more witnesses in 26/11 case
ISLAMABAD, June 25 (Agencies): A Pakistani anti-terrorism court trying the seven accused including 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur- Rehman Lakhvi in the 2008 Mumbai attack case today summoned four more witnesses to record their statements on July 1. "The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad Judge today summoned four government and private witnesses to record their statements for next hearing," a court official told agencies. "The court adjourned the hearing till next Wednesday," the official said after the hearing. During the hearing yesterday, judicial magistrate Akram Abbasi told the ATC, hearing the arguments at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, it was true he had recorded the statements of two witnesses against the accused, including LeT commander Lakhvi. "I had recorded the statements of the t...
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Pakistan's MQM rejects BBC report of getting funds, training from India
ISLAMABAD, June 25 (Agencies): Pakistan's opposition Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) today rejected a news report that claimed India has been helping the party with funds and training to create unrest in the port city of Karachi. In a report titled 'Pakistan's MQM received Indian funding', BBC said that it was informed by credible Pakistani officials that two senior leaders of MQM told British police in recorded interviews that India provided training and funds. MQM spokesman Muhammad Ali Saif, however, rejected the report and said it had nothing new in it. "Such charges were levelled in media against the MQM in the past and later on those who levelled the charges took back them back," he said. He said none of MQM leaders told British police that the party received funds from India and...
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US not spying against Hollande, assures Obama
WASHINGTON, June 25 (Agencies): US President Barack Obama has assured his French counterpart Francois Hollande that his administration was not spying on him. Obama spoke to Hollande over phone following WikiLeaks reports that claimed the US National Security Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents from 2006 until 2012. The US President told Hollande that he was not a spying target and reiterated his commitment to bilateral ties. "The President reiterated that we have abide by the commitment we made to our French counterparts in late 2013 that we are not targeting and will not target the communications of the French President," the White House said. "We've been very clear that foreign intelligence activities are only conducted when there is a specific, validated nationa...
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Global donors pledge USD 3.5 bn to rebuild quake-hit Nepal
KATHMANDU, June 25 (Agencies): Led by India and China, global donors today pledged over USD 3.5 billion as aid to Nepal, meeting half of the USD 6.7 billion needed to rebuild the quake-devastated nation, as Nepalese Prime Minister vowed "full transparency" and "zero-tolerance" to corruption in disbursing the relief money to the victims. At the day-long international donors' conference, India announced the largest aid of USD one billion to the quake- ravaged country for its massive reconstruction programme. Pledging the aid, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asserted that India will strongly stand behind the Nepalese government which is seeking to "wipe the tears" of every Nepali. She said one fourth of the USD one billion assistance will be grant and it will be over and above Ind...
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