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NATO Summit offers opportunity to work for "common purpose": Albright

May 3, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Chicago (United States), May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): The upcoming NATO summit will be an opportunity for member states to discuss their common purpose and motivate the alliance for the future, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Wednesday.

UN peacekeeping chief holds both government, opposition of violating ceasefire in Syria

May 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Washington, May 2 (ANI): The United Nations peacekeeping chief, Herve Ladsous, has said that military observers in Syria have reported ceasefire violations both the government and the opposition, and demanded an immediate halt to violence from both sides.

UN to send 300 peacekeepers to Syria by May-end

May 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

United Nations, May 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The UN will send its 300 international unarmed observers to Syria by the end of May, said Herve Ladsous, the head of the UN peacekeeping body.

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Syrian Government accuses UN chief Ban Ki Moon of being 'biased'

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Damascus, May 1 (ANI): Syria has accused United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon of being 'biased' and urged him to issue statements to the world on the basis of comments made by UN monitors only.

UN monitors continue tours in Syria's Homs amid ongoing violence

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Damascus, May 1 (Xinhua-ANI): The UN observers toured Tuesday a restive neighborhood in Syria's central province of Homs, as part of their monitoring mission that aims at bringing the 13-month-old unrest to a close, state media said, as opposition activists reported heavy shelling in northern Idlib province.

Deadly twin bombings in Syria suggest growing Al Qaeda role in ongoing protests

May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Damascus, May 1(ANI): Deadly twin suicide bombings in Idlib, Northwest Syria have suggested the growing role of al Qaeda and radical Sunni Islamist groups in the ongoing protests, a report has said.

UN observer mission head says only Syrians can end violence in their country

April 30, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Damascus, Apr 30(ANI): The head of the UN observer mission to Syria has said that only Syrians rather than the 1,000 unarmed observers, can end the violence in the country.

Hard times don't dim Syrians' love for Indian films

April 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Sweida City (Syria), April 30 (IANS) Standing amidst elegant Corinthian columns dating back to the Roman times against the backdrop of pristine blue skies, Amwaj's mind travels back to 'Veer-Zaara', a Bollywood film she saw sometime back that left her deeply moved.

Lebanon halts ship carrying arms for Syria rebels

April 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Moscow, April 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Lebanese Navy has intercepted a Sierra Leone-registered ship carrying arms and ammunition reportedly destined for Syrian rebels, Al Jazeera reported.

Russia destroys over 60 percent of chemical weapons

April 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Moscow, April 29 (IANS) About 25,000 metric tonnes - or 62 percent - of Russia's chemical weapons haf been destroyed till April 29, RIA Novosti reported Sunday.

Misgoverance, corruption bring India down in geopolitical index

April 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Mumbai, April 29 (IANS) Afflicted by misgovernance and corruption, India's global clout has waned over the past year but could swing back if the economy regains its growth trajectory, says a geopolitical power index (GPI) report by an independent Mumbai-based think tank.

Lebanon impounds ship carrying 'weapons for Syrian rebels'

April 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Beirut, Apr 29 (ANI): Lebanese authorities have reportedly detained a Sierra Leone-registered ship that was allegedly carrying weapons for Syrian rebels.

Terrorist infiltration attempt foiled in Syria

April 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Moscow, April 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Syrian military Saturday fought back an infiltration attempt by an armed group north of the port of Lattakia, the SANA news agency reported.

'No Syrian crisis settlement without Russia, China'

April 28, 2012 at 8:02 AM

Moscow, April 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The crisis in Syria is impossible to settle if the international community ignores the positions of Russia and China, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

UN chief asks Syria to end violence before 300 monitors arrive

April 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday discussed what he called the "alarming situation" in Syria with India and stressed that violence must end immediately before for the deployment of 300 monitors which has been sanctioned by the Security Council.

European group calls for UNSC arms embargo on Syria

April 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Strasbourg, April 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Thursday called on the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Syria.

Bernie 'happy and willing' to bring back F1 to Bahrain again

April 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Manama, Apr 25 (ANI): Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he would be 'happy' to come back to Bahrain with the F1 again next year.

Amid shaky truce, 2 more UN monitors expected in Syria

April 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Damascus, April 25 (IANS) As the UN-Arab League envoy voiced concern at the "bleak" situation in Syria, Neeraj Singh, spokesman of the first UN monitoring team in the country, said two more observers are expected to arrive here to lay the groundwork for the deployment of up to 300 monitors sanctioned by the Security Council.

Car bomb rocks Damascus suburb, hits peace deal

April 25, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Damascus, April 24 (IANS) As the UN prepares to deploy 300 monitors and the US unveiled new sanctions, a car bomb Tuesday hit a suburb of Damascus, dealing a blow to the 12-day old UN-mandated ceasefire in the Middle East country.

Indian constitution among models to be inspired by: Tunisian minister

April 25, 2012 at 1:25 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Tunisia wants to learn from India's experience of pluralistic democracy and looks at the Indian constitution as one of the models to be inspired by in writing its new constitution, the country's foreign minister says.

EU's new sanctions against Syria target Assad's luxury lifestyle

April 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Damascus, Apr 24 (ANI): The European Union has targeted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family member's luxury lifestyle by imposing a ban on the export of luxury goods to Damascus.

Terror-struck Syrian soldiers recall Sunday horror

April 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Aleppo (Syria), April 24 (IANS) Yasir, a 22-year-old young handsome Syrian soldier, looked shaken at the Military Hospital in Syria's second largest city. He is among over 40 soldiers, mostly young, who are recovering from wounds inflicted by an explosion that rocked the bus in which they were travelling Sunday morning.

EU's new sanctions against Syria target Assad's luxury lifestyle

April 24, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Damascus, Apr 24 (ANI): The European Union has targeted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family member's luxury lifestyle by imposing a ban on the export of luxury goods to Damascus.

We don't seek to export democracy in Middle East: Tunisian foreign minister

April 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) As a country where the Arab Spring began, Tunisia is not keen to "export" it to the region but cannot help if neighbours take it as an example, says the country's foreign minister.

US slaps sanctions on Syria, Iran

April 24, 2012 at 2:36 AM

Washington, April 24 (IANS) The US Monday unveiled new sanctions against Iran and Syria for using "technologies to monitor and target citizens for violence".

Islamist extremists seek control of Syria amid unabated violence

April 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Damascus, Apr 23 (ANI): A number of Islamist extremists are seeking to take control of Syria, which is engulfed in its second year of revolution amid signs of a UN mandated ceasefire plan.

2 officers, 1 doctor killed by gunmen in Syria Monday

April 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Damascus, Apr 23 (Xinhua-ANI): "Armed terrorist groups" assassinated Monday a doctor and two officers in central and southern Syria, state-run SANA news agency reported.

From bullets to ballot, Syria prepares for polls

April 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Damascus, April 23 (IANS) Amid a shaky truce and presence of UN monitors, Syria is bracing to hold its first multi-party parliamentary elections in five years next month that hopes to provide space for a nascent political opposition in the restive Middle East country where thousands have died from a civil conflict in the last months.

Syrian opposition efforts to topple Assad regime 'undermined by splits, infighting': Report

April 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Damascus, Apr 23 (ANI): Syrian opposition group's efforts to topple President Bashar-al Assad's regime are being undermined by defections, split factions and deep ideological divisions, leaked emails have revealed.

Strengthen ceasefire in Syria: Annan

April 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Geneva, April 22 (IANS) UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan Sunday urged all parities in Syria, especially the government, to work with UN monitors to consolidate the fragile ceasefire in the country.

Asian Snooker: Aditya beats Kuwait's Mubarak

April 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Doha, Apri 22 (IANS) India's No. 1 snooker pro Aditya Mehta registered his second win at the 28th Asian Snooker Championships, beating Mubarak Alowais of Kuwait 4-0 here Sunday.

Gunmen blast cargo train in northern Syria

April 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Damascus, April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): Armed groups targeted a cargo train with explosives on Sunday at the outskirts of the northern Idlib province, causing big damages to the train and injuring the train's six-member crew, state-run SANA news agency reports.

Syria says it won't go the Libya way

April 22, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Damascus, April 22 (IANS) Amid mounting international pressure, Syria Sunday asserted that it will not allow itself to be invaded like Libya and rubbished the opposition as a rag-tag collection of Al Qeada elements and rank criminals who are supported by the West in league with some powerful Arab nations.

Where Jesus' language Aramaic lives on in Syrian village

April 22, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Malula (Syria), April 22 (IANS) Far from the sounds of gunfire and civil conflict that embroil Syria lurks an oasis of faith and miracles in this tiny village perched on the rugged mountains. It's one of the last places on earth where the Aramaic language Jesus Christ spoke still lives on the tongue of its inhabitants.

UN monitors should be from neutral countries, like BRICS: Syria

April 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Damascus, April 22 (IANS) Syria has said it was ready to facilitate UN monitors, but stressed that a majority of them should be from "neutral countries" like BRICS, which also includes India.

UN votes to send 300 ceasefire observers to Syria

April 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Damascus, Apr 22 (ANI): The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to pass a resolution increasing the number of ceasefire observers in Syria from 30 to 300.

Oil pipeline blown up in Syria

April 22, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Damascus, April 22 (IANS) An armed group blasted an oil pipeline in Syria's Deir al-Zour province, the state-run SANA news agency reported.

'Terrorists' blast oil pipeline in eastern Syria

April 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Damascus, Apr 21 (Xinhua-ANI): An "armed terrorist group" blasted an oil pipeline on Saturday in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, triggering off a fire at the explosion point, state- run SANA news agency reported.

Syria sets free 30 prisoners with no homicide records

April 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Damascus, Apr 21 (Xinhua-ANI): The Syrian authorities have set free 30 prisoners who had got involved in the recent events in Syria "and whose hands were not smeared with the blood of Syrians, " state-run SANA news agency reported Saturday.

UN observers arrive in rebellious Homs in central Syria

April 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Damascus, Apr 21 (Xinhua-ANI): The advance team of UN observers tasked by the UN Security Council to monitor the implementation of a full cessation of armed violence in Syria, visited the central province of Homs on Saturday, state-run SANA news agency reported.

Arab Spring in Syria? Picnickers tell a different story

April 21, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Damascus, April 21 (IANS) It's a sunny weekend afternoon in Damascus, with a freak chill in the air. Thousands of ordinary families have gathered in parks and under the shade of trees, with their picnic baskets, putting a question mark on reports of Arab Spring fever in the Middle East country of Syria.

UN calls for urgent scale-up humanitarian response in Syria

April 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

United Nations, April 21 (Xinhua-ANI): A call to scale up the humanitarian response in Syria was made on Friday at the end of a humanitarian forum held in Geneva, which included UN officials, regional organizations, international, and non-governmental organizations, a UN spokesman said here.

U.S. threatens more pressure on Syria if Annan plan fails

April 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Washington, April 21 (Xinhua-ANI): The United States on Friday threatened that it will increase pressure on the Syrian government if it fails to live up to all its obligations under the six-point peace plan put forward by UN-Arab League joint envoy Kofi Annan.

'Defiant' Ecclestone says 'earthquake' needed to quell hype over Bahrain Grand Prix

April 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Manama, Apr 21 (ANI): Formula 1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, has once again steered clear of the on-going protests against the Bahrain Grand Prix and insisted that the Sunday event will take place.

Syria on brink of civil war: Russia

April 21, 2012 at 4:13 AM

Moscow, April 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Syria faces a catastrophic civil war if both sides in the crisis fail to take advantage of the current ceasefire there, Russia's foreign ministry said.

Western leaders threaten Syria after UN warns of regime failing to honour ceasefire

April 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Damascus, Apr 20 (ANI): With the UN warnings that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not honouring terms of a ceasefire, Western leaders have threatened international intervention, including setting up "humanitarian corridors" across Syria.

No arms to Syria opposition: France

April 20, 2012 at 6:21 AM

Paris, April 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) France has no intention to supply arms to the Syrian opposition and is ready to discuss the UN and Arab League's peace plan, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has said.

Syria close to sign UN observer protocol: Official

April 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Damascus, April 19 (Xinhua-ANI): A Syrian official said Thursday that his country is working on the "final touches" of an observers ' protocol with the UN, a document aiming to regulate the work of the monitors on the ground.

BJP nominates Ahluwalia for Jharkhand Rajya Sabha poll

April 19, 2012 at 4:13 PM

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday decided to nominate party senior leader S.S. Ahluwalia for the forthcoming biennial election to the Rajya Sabha from Jharkhand.

Russian study tells how to win a modern war

April 19, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Moscow, April 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A group of Russian independent military experts has published a comprehensive study of major military conflicts in the past two decades which could be used as a guide for success in modern wars.

Assad's regime 'stopping women, children from fleeing Syria'

April 19, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Damascus, Apr 19 (ANI): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is reportedly trying to prevent women and children from leaving the country.

UN finds human rights violations by Syria opposition

April 19, 2012 at 5:09 AM

Moscow, April 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A UN commission has found serious human rights violations committed by Syria's opposition movement, a Russian minister has said.

Assange interviews Hezbollah chief on Russian channel

April 18, 2012 at 5:25 AM

Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange kicked off his new career as an interviewer on a Kremlin-funded TV channel by hosting Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah for a 45-minute discussion.

Bahrain GP chief assures 'nothing drastic will happen'

April 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Manama, Apr 17(ANI): The circuit chairman of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Zayed Al Zayani, has guaranteed safety concerns during the race will be taken care of.

Facebook, Apple may be balkanising the web

April 16, 2012 at 5:39 PM

London, April 16 (IANS) Google co-founder Sergey Brin has accused social networking website Facebook and computer giant Apple of being the biggest threat to online freedom, even as he said that increased efforts by governments to control access and communication by their citizens also affect the internet.

Rajasthan Govt. brings strong legislation to check corruption

April 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Jaipur, Apr 16 (ANI): The Rajasthan Government has brought a strong legislation in the state assembly, which would help in fighting against corruption.

UN observer mission is in Syrian interest: official

April 16, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Damascus, April 16 (IANS) To have international observers on our territory is in Syrian interest, a top Syrian official said Sunday, adding that it is so because they can help in exposing the crimes committed by armed groups, Xinhua reported.

UN chief says 'one million people displaced in Syrian uprising'

April 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Geneva, Apr 15 (ANI): United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has said that at least one million people have been displaced in Syria during a 13-month uprising aimed at unseating President Bashar-al Assad's government.

Gunmen torch health centre in Syria

April 15, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Damascus, April 15 (IANS) An armed group set ablaze a health centre Saturday in Syria's Latakai city, Xinhua reported.

Ban Ki-moon welcomes resolution to send observers to Syria

April 15, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Geneva, April 15 (IANS) The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2042 to authorise the dispatch of the advance team of UN observers to Syria.

UNSC adopts plan to send observers to Syria

April 15, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Moscow, April 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted Saturday the draft resolution to send a group of unarmed observers to Syria to oversee the ceasefire, CNN reported.

Balochistan Govt claims Bugti's killing was carried out solely on Musharraf's orders

April 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Islamabad, Apr 14(ANI): The Balochistan government has denied any role in Jamhoori Watan Party chief Nawab Akbar Bugti's assassination and claimed the entire operation was carried out solely on the orders of former army chief General Pervez Musharraf.

Russian warships to patrol Syrian coast

April 14, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Moscow, April 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian warships will be continuously deployed for patrol duty off the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean, a defence ministry official said Friday.

India, China to resume dialogue on non-proliferation

April 13, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Moscow, April 13 (IANS) In an important trust-building step, India and China Friday decided to resume their bilateral dialogue on disarmament and non-proliferation. The two rising Asian powers also pressed for an early meeting to firm up the contours of their proposed maritime dialogue.

Krishna raises issue of Indian traders in Shanghai with China

April 13, 2012 at 7:40 PM

New Delhi, Apr 13 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has raised the issue of the Indian traders in Shanghai with China and suggested that the matter be brought to a speedy and satisfactory resolution.

India, China, Russia pitch for Afghan stability; back dialogue on Syria

April 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Moscow, April 13 (IANS) Building upon an understanding at the BRICS summit in New Delhi nearly a fortnight ago, India, Russia and China Friday called for continued international engagement to prevent Afghanistan from sliding back into becoming a safe haven for terrorists. They also underlined the need for resolving the Iranian nuclear issue and the Syrian crisis through dialogue.

India welcomes Syria ceasefire, wishes Annan success

April 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) India Friday welcomed the ceasefire in Syria and hoped that the UN mission led by Special Envoy Kofi Annan will have "further success" in ensuring lasting peace in the Middle East country.

UN to send monitoring mission to Syria

April 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

London, Apr 13 (ANI): The United Nations has announced that the Assad regime had failed to implement his peace plan by withdrawing troops from the streets and it is planning to send a 200-strong monitoring mission to Syria.

UNSC to mull on observer mission in Syria

April 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM

United Nations, April 13 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) will begin consultation on a draft resolution concerning the deployment of an observer mission in Syria "as swiftly as possible".

Syrian ceasefire first Step of Annan's plan: US

April 13, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Washington, April 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has welcomed the ceasefire in Syria while saying it is only a "first step" in the implementation of Kofi Annan's plan.

India, Russia, China to cement trilateral cooperation

April 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Building upon the success of the BRICS summit, the foreign ministers of India, China and Russia will hold a trilateral meeting Friday to cement new pathways of cooperation and attempt to harmonise their positions on key international issues.

Shiva, Sangwan wins gold at Asian Qualifiers

April 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Teenage boxers Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan strikes on their gold in ongoing Asian Olympic qualifying even held as Astana.

Boxers Shiva, Sangwan strike gold at Olympic qualifier

April 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 12 (IANS) Teenage boxers Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) won gold in their respective categories at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Thursday, a day after they made the cut for the London Games.

Shiva, Sangwan secure London Olympics berth (Roundup)

April 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 11 (IANS) Teenage boxer Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan qualified for the 2012 Olympics by entering the finals of the 56 kg and 81 kg category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Wednesday, taking to seven the overall Olympic spots tally from the sport.

Shiva Thapa youngest Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics

April 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 11 (IANS) Teenage boxer Shiva Thapa qualified for the 2012 Olympics by entering the final of the 56 kg category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Wednesday, becoming the youngest Indian to do so.

Himachal Youth Congress re-poll April 19

April 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Shimla, April 11 (IANS) Re-polling will be held April 19 to elect the president of the Himachal Pradesh Indian Youth Congress (IYC) after the election of Union Minister Virbhadra Singh's son was declared null and void, an official statement said here Wednesday.

Clinton says Russia's refusal to support action by UNSC keeping Assad in power

April 11, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Washington, Apr 11(ANI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Russia's decision to not support action by the United Nations Security Council is keeping President Bashar Assad in power in Syria.

Assad to face 'renewed threat of international action' for breaking peace plan deal

April 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Damascus, Apr 11 (ANI): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will face a renewed threat of international action as peace negotiator UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan accused his government of breaking promises to embrace a ceasefire.

Turkey declares Syrian peace plan 'dead' as Assad's troops fire across border

April 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Ankara, Apr 10 (ANI): The Turkish government has declared a UN-backed peace plan to end the Syrian crisis was dead after President Bashar al-Assad's armed forces opened fire into Turkey and Lebanon.

President's last foreign trip: 12 days in Africa

April 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil is undertaking what could possibly be her last foreign trip before she ends her five-year tenure in July - a 12-day trip to two African countries, Seychelles and South Africa.

Boxer Shiva enters semis of Olympic qualifiers

April 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 9 (IANS) Teenage boxer Shiva Thapa humbled Athens Olympics silver medallist Worapoj Petchkoon of Thailand to enter the semifinals of the 56 kg category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Monday. The Indian is now one step away from making the London Games.

Defence report says Israeli 'air strike won't be able to destroy Iran nuke programme'

April 9, 2012 at 3:15 PM

London, Apr 9 (ANI): An Israeli air strike would not be able to destroy Iran's nuclear programme with its current airforce, an influential defence report has concluded.

Syrian peace plan 'doomed' as Assad regime backs away from troop withdrawal deal

April 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Damascus, Apr 9 (ANI): The United Nations' peace plan for Syria has fallen into a state of disarray as President Bashar al-Assad's government backed away from a promise to complete a troop withdrawal before April 10 deadline, and continued its brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protestors.

Syrian activists losing hope of unseating Assad as violence against protestors continues

April 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Damascus, Mar 31 (ANI): Syrian activists are losing hope about being able to oust President Bashar al-Assad as his government continues to ignore international calls for a ceasefire, and carries on with its bloody crackdown of pro-democracy protestors.

Formula One Association under pressure to make final decision on Bahrain GP

April 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM

London, Apr 8(ANI): The Formula One Association (FIA) chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, is under pressure to make a final decision on whether to conduct the Bahrain Grand Prix or not.

Activists accuse Assad govt. of accelerating violence in Syria

April 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Damascus, April 8 (ANI): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of accelerating violence in the country as the international ceasefire deadline looms.

Oz WAG's life to be laid bare in new reality show

April 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Melbourne, Apr 8 (ANI): Cronulla Sharks player John Williams' girlfriend Jana Peterson is set to star in a reality show which will detail her life as a WAG.

Britney Spears' father wants to make her fiance co-conservator

April 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

A recent report says that Britney Spears' father Jamie is filling e a petition in court to add the singer's fianc?, Jason Trawick, as a co-conservator over her.

UN chief condemns Syria's fresh military assaults on civilians

April 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Damascus, Apr 7 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has slammed the Syrian government for its latest military crackdown on pro-democracy protestors despite agreeing to a deal to end the violence.

Obama's secret message: Iran can have civilian n-programme

April 7, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Washington, April 7 (IANS) In a secret message sent through a foreign leader to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, US President Barack Obama hinted that Tehran can have a civilian nuclear programme if it never pursues a nuclear weapon, a media report said.

Vijender in quarters of Olympic qualifier

April 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 6 (IANS) Indian boxer Vijender Singh eased into the 75 kg quarterfinals of the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Friday.

Manpreet in quarters of Olympic qualifying event

April 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 6 (IANS) Asian Games silver medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg) Friday entered the quarterfinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifying Boxing Event here with a resounding victory over Mongolia's Tulyek Yerbolat. The tournament is the last qualifying event for Indian boxers to book their tickets to London for the 2012 Olympic.

UN chief says Syria crisis worsening

April 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Albany, Apr 6 (ANI): United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon believes the crisis in Syria is worsening.

Russian ship to hold drills off Syria

April 6, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Moscow, April 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Russian warship will dock at the Syrian port of Tartus before planned exercises off the country's Mediterranean coast.

Suranjoy, Sumit in second round of Asian Olympic qualifying event

April 6, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 6 (IANS) Commonwealth Games gold medallist Suranjoy Singh (52 kg) and promising teenager Sumit Sangwan (81 kg) won their opening round bouts in the Asian Olympic Qualifying boxing event here Thursday.

'Annan to visit Iran for Syria talks'

April 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Tehran, April 5 (IANS) Kofi Annan, the UN-Arab League envoy, will travel to Tehran next Wednesday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials over Syria, his spokesman said Thursday.

Madonna desires to play in Iran, Egypt and Syria

April 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Washington, Apr 5 (ANI): Madonna is reportedly keen on travelling across the world to play her music, even in areas that are on shaky ground.

Peaceful revolt needed in Arab world: Tawakkol Karman

April 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Yemenese Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman Thursday said only a peaceful revolution could finish authoritarian rule in the Arab world.

Syrian opposition to visit Moscow

April 5, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Moscow, April 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Envoys of Syria's opposition will visit Moscow for talks April 17-18, the Russian foreign ministry said.

Seven killed in twin Syrian blasts

April 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Damascus, April 4 (IANS) Twin blasts ripped through two residential areas in the Syrian capital of Damascus Wednesday, killing seven people and injuring many others, media reports said.

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