NEWS OF THE DAYA Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday extended by 14 days former president Pervez Musharraf’s judicial remand over the detention of judges during the 2007 emergency. Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi of the anti-terrorism court also accepted a plea from Musharraf’s lawyers that he should be exempted from appearing in the court on Saturday. 69-year-old Musharraf could not be produced in court for security reasons, officials said.
SEOUL: North Korea on Saturday launched three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan, apparently as part of a military drill, South Korea’s defence ministry said. US and South Korean forces had been on heightened alert for a medium-range ballistic missile test in recent weeks amid tensions triggered by North Korea’s nuclear test in February. “North Korea launched two guided missiles in the morning and another one in the afternoon,” a defence ministry spokesman told AFP. “The missiles landed in the East Sea (Sea of Japan),” he said. South Korea was maintaining intense surveillance of the North and keeping a high-level of readiness to deal with any risky developments, he added. North... more ›
BEIJING: China will not pay for CO2 emissions by its airlines on flights within Europe, a top civil aviation official reportedly said after the European Commission warned eight Chinese firms face fines for nonpayment. The world’s second largest economy “will not accept any unilateral and compulsory market measures”, Yan Mingchi, deputy director-general of the legal and regulation department at the Civil Aviation Administration of China, told an aviation forum in Beijing Friday, the China Daily newspaper reported. He said “airlines in developing countries should be provided with financial and technological support in their efforts at coping with the effects of climate change”. The European Commission said Friday eight Chinese and two Indian... more ›
NEW DELHI: India says all issues will be “on the table”, including a recent border spat and a festering trade imbalance, during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to the South Asian giant which starts today. At the same time New Delhi thinks “very highly” of Li’s decision to make India his first overseas stop since taking charge as premier, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said on Saturday. After arriving just after midday (0950 GMT) on Sunday, Li will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and later will be a guest at a dinner hosted by the... more ›
New Delhi: Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh is expected to travel to Washington in a few months at the invitation of US President Bar-ack Obama. Obama’s invitation to Singh was delivered by US deputy secretary of state William Burns during his recent visit in New Delhi, sources said. Singh has accepted the invitation and will be travelling to Washington, the sources said. The Prime Minister’s visit to Washington could be clubbed with his tour to New York when he travels there to attend the United Nations General Assembly, they said. This will be Singh’s second bilateral visit to the US during Obama’s tenure. Hindustan Times
MANILA: The Philippines Saturday rejected Taiwan’s allegations that Filipino coastguards had intentionally murdered a Taiwanese fisherman whose death has triggered a major diplomatic spat. The 65-year-old fisherman was shot dead by Philippine coastguards who said his vessel intruded into Philippine waters. Chen Wen-chi, head of the Taiwan team investigating the May 9 incident, said most of the bullets had hit the fishing boat’s cockpit where its crew hid. “By combining the... evidence, it clearly shows that the Philippine law enforcers were intentionally shooting the Guang Ta Hsin 28 crew members, which indicates their intent of murder,” Chen told a news conference in Manila. — AFP
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