World-Affairs

Through the eyes of a Syrian refugee

The BRICS states can emerge as a mediator for a political process only if they view the crisis from the perspective of those fleeing the conflict.


Hardline Afghan MPs block women's law

Women's Rights in danger.


Moscow confirms weapons supply to Syria

Moscow reaffirmed ongoing supplies of weapons to Syria even as U.S. reported new Russian missile deliveries. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed the uproar in Western media over Russian arms supplies to Syria.


Nawaz Sharif set for third term as Pakistan Prime Minister

With the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) establishing an insurmountable lead over other parties in the Pakistan National Assembly, the interest was primarily on who would emerge runner-up with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) running neck-and-neck.


Stephen Hawking joins academic boycott of Israel

The campaign for an academic boycott of Israel in protest against its treatment of Palestinians got a boost on Wednesday when Stephen Hawking withdrew from a high-profile conference to be hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem next month.


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak sworn in for a second term

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak began a second term on Monday after his Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition, which has ruled for 56 years, held on to power in elections branded as fraudulent by a bitter opposition.


Japan to sign nuclear treaty with UAE

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country will sign a nuclear treaty with the UAE today as he stressed Tokyo’s cooperation with its Middle East partners.


Bangladesh gets first woman Speaker

Bangladesh got its first woman Speaker with the election of Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury by the Jatiya Sangsad on Tuesday. She was the lone candidate.


ADB appoints Takehiko Nakao as new President

Takehiko Nakao, 57, will assume his post next week, replacing countryman Haruhiko Kuroda, who resigned to accept the job of Japan’s Central Bank Governor in March, the Manila-based ADB said.


New Italy government sworn in

Italian Centre Left Politician, Enrico Letta on 27 April 2013 formed a new coalition Government in Italy by winning the support of other parties. He was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Italy on Sunday in a ceremony that ended weeks of political stalemate.


A turning point in Syria


Aurobindo Pharma gets USFDA nod for Cefadroxil oral suspension

Drug firm Aurobindo Pharma today said it has received final approval from the US health regulator to manufacture and market generic Cefadroxil oral suspension used for treating bacterial infections in the US market.


Abdul Hamid sworn in as Bangladesh President


World's oldest port, dating back to 4,500 years, found in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered what is believed to be the world's oldest harbour in Egypt. The harbour on the Red Sea coast dates back to 4,500 years and belonged to the days of the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) who died around 2566 BC.


A glimmer of hope as Napolitano is re-elected

In an unprecedented development, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was re-elected to the country’s highest office on Saturday after Italy’s electoral college failed to elect his successor in five rounds of voting.


157 dead in Sichuan earthquake

At least 157 people were killed and more than 5,700 injured in a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck China’s south-western Sichuan province on Saturday morning. Authorities fear the number of casualties could rise considering the strength of the earthquake, which was felt in at least five surrounding provinces.


EU Approves Bonus Caps for Bankers

The European Parliament passed new rules Tuesday that will cap bankers' bonuses and boost banks' capital buffers, clearing the last hurdle for the legislation to come into force next year. The rules will limit bankers' bonuses to 100% of annual salary, or twice the annual salary if shareholders explicitly approve.


Nicolás Maduro narrowly wins Venezuelan presidential election

Nicolas Maduro, the chosen heir of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, won Sunday’s presidential election by less than 2 percentage points, according to official results.


After Chavez's death, Nicolás Maduro elected as new President of Venezuela


IMF recognises government of Somalia

The International Monetary Fund on Friday recognised the government of Somalia after a 22-year hiatus. The country will still not be able to borrow from the fund, due to its outstanding debts of about 352 million dollars.