Pakistan Observer


Denver girls suspected of links with IS

Denver—Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Medic turns jihadi in Israel

Hura (Israel)—He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern. Could Othman Abu al-Qiyan have been radicalized by Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians - or something else? ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

US to increase immigrants number

Washington—The Homeland Security Department appears to be preparing for an increase in the number of immigrants applying for work permits after President Barack Obama announces his long-promised plans for executive actions on immigration reform later this year. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Stark choices for Syria

THE choice in Syria should not be between dictatorship and terrorism, the French defence minister was quoted as saying during his visit to Qatar earlier this week. That is absolutely right. The missing element in this wise assessment, though, is that such a choice, however problematic, is not on offer. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

OIC women’s moot stresses on empowerment

BAKU—The Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Role of Women in the Development of OIC Member States concluded its proceedings in Baku, Azerbaijan on 21 October 2014 with the adoption of the Baku Declaration, which stresses on empowering women in all fields. Held under the theme “The Role of Women in Sustainable Development”, the two-day conference called for acknowledging women’s full rights, opportunities, participation and leadership, which requires comprehensive gender-responsive measures encompassing budgetary, legal, policy and institutional frameworks. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Syrian forces down two jets over Aleppo

Damascus—The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country’s information minister. ... Thursday, October 23, 2014 Details

Malaysia to cooperate with Indonesia

Jakarta—Within hours after Joko Widodo was sworn in as Indonesia’s seventh president, he and Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak got down to business. Najib said Joko embraced the idea of producing an “Asean car” in collaboration with Proton. He said the possibility of starting the project was discussed during his courtesy call on the president, popularly known as Jokowi, at the presidential palace Istana Merdeka here yesterday. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Indian Congress in disarray after polls defeat

New Delhi—When the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) loosened his party’s decade-long grip on two key states in elections on Sunday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi sent a short statement congratulating the BJP and promising that the party will do better next time. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

West not satisfied with Iran ‘compromises’

Tehran—Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline. In the negotiations with six major powers, the Iranians say they are no longer demanding a total end to economic sanctions in return for curbing their nuclear program and would accept initially lifting just the latest, most damaging, sanctions. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Afghanistan anti-corruption task force shuttered

THE Pentagon this month will terminate a critical task force responsible for combating corruption in Afghanistan as it tries to reach President Obama’s target force of 9,800 US troops in the country — adding to concerns about oversight and accountability in a government rife with waste, fraud and abuse. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Minister rapped for biased paper fans distribution

Tokyo—Japan’s Justice Minister Midori Matsushima had been criticised by an opposition party member at a meeting of a House of Councillors Budget Committee on October 7 for having distributed uchiwa, Japanese paper fans, to people attending events held in her constituency. Democratic Party of Japan member Renho asserted that Matsushima gave away the fans, which featured her name, title and illustrated portrait, at such events as Bon Festival dances. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

Disarmament of Moro Front most difficult: UK Envoy

Manila—The most difficult part of the implementation of the peace process in Mindanao will be the disarming of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters, the British ambassador to the Philippines said on Friday. Ambassador Asif Anwar Ahmad told reporters here that disarmament had the longest period in Britain’s peace dealings for the settlement of the conflict in Northern Ireland. ... Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Details

US, Europe call for end to Libyan violence

Washington—The United States and four European countries jointly called on Saturday for an end to violence in Libya. The governments of France, Italy, Germany, Britain and the United States said in a statement that they “agree that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis” and expressed dismay that calls for a ceasefire had not been respected. ... Monday, October 20, 2014 Details

Obama moves into mid-term polls campaign mode

Washington—President Barack Obama is set to make his first major campaign appearances of the midterm elections. Obama plans to attend a Sunday afternoon rally for Anthony Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Brown is Maryland’s lieutenant governor and the Democratic candidate for governor. ... Monday, October 20, 2014 Details

OIC team to visit Iraq

Jeddah—The Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ambassador Hesham Youssef, and the Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Geneva, Rashid Khalikov, are scheduled to visit Iraq from 20 to 23 October to observe first-hand the magnitude of the crisis, says a press release. ... Monday, October 20, 2014 Details


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