23:29 House GOP pursues own bill on debt and shutdown:
House Republicans are working to pass their own plan to reopen government and avert an impending Thursday default deadline instead of waiting for Senate leaders who are nearing agreement on a competing budget offer.
However, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, struck a cautious tone about how the House would proceed following a nearly two-hour meeting with GOP lawmakers. "There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go. There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do," he said.
23:11 War criminal Charles Taylor secretly sent to UK jail:
Liberian ex-warlord Charles Taylor was today transferred under tight security from The Hague to a British prison where the convicted war criminal is likely to spend the rest of his life.
Britain made a deal to take Taylor long before he lost his appeal against a 50-year sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity before the UN's Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague last week.
At least 93 people have been killed and more than 100 others injured in central Philippine island of Bohol and Cebu after an earthquake measuring 7.2 hit the region, according to radio reports. Tuesday's earthquake was centred 56km deep below Carmen town on Bohol Island, about 400km southeast of the capital, Manila, and was felt across the region. According to the local seismology agency, there have been 413 aftershocks recorded. Both the islands of Bohol and Cebu have already been declared under "state of calamity".
At 77 of the deaths came from Bohol province, while 15 others died in nearby Cebu province and another on Siquijor Island, Bohol police chief Dennis Agustin said on Tuesday.
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21:32 Obama rejects proposed US House fiscal plan:
The White House has rejected a proposal from House of Representatives Republicans to extend the debt limit and reopen the federal government. The White House criticised what it called an attempt to appease a small group of conservatives, but praised a parallel bipartisan Senate plan.
The White House objected to the House's proposed alterations to President Barack Obama's "Obamacare" health law. The US must raise its $16.7tn (10.5tn) debt limit by Thursday or face default.
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20:17 US Senate leaders inch closer to deal to reopen govt:
BBC reports: United States Senate leaders have expressed optimism after a flurry of negotiations on raising the federal debt ceiling to avert a potentially disastrous default. They were also nearing a deal to end a partial government shutdown, now in its third week, Congressional sources said.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the House of Representatives unveiled their own bill, which would delay portions of President Barack Obama's health law.
19:44 Why is govt "silent" on merchant vessels carrying arms: BJP:
Expressing concern over the seizure of a merchant vessel with unauthorised arms and ammunition in Indian waters, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday sought to know why the government is "silent" on the details and suggested the issue of piracy be taken seriously post-26/11.
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said only "sketchy reports" have come out in the open about MV Seaman Guard Ohio, a ship registered in Sierra Leone, Africa, with ten crew members and 25 armed guards.
The vessel was captured and brought to Tuticorin sea port in Tamil Nadu. "Till date, the legal status of those on board is unclear and the complete papers carrying permissions and licenses are unavailable," Sitharaman said.
19:41 Politics over public rallies: Dikshit complains to EC:
Our Delhi correspondent reports: Delhi Chief Minister Sheela Dikshit with her Cabinet met Election Commission on Tuesday to identify one nodal officer for poll campaign rallies and public meetings.
She complained that in several public places, Congress requests for public grounds were intentionally being blocked.
Acting on this EC asked Deputy Election Commissioner to be the nodal officer for Delhi. Meanwhile, Dikshit on Tuesday drove in a private car to the Election Commission office.
With her entire cabinet she waited in the visitor's room as the model code of conduct is clamped. She registered complain with EC against BJP-ruled civic corporations slowing down Congress requests for poll campaign venues.
19:36 Aam Aadmi Party condemns PDS scam in Delhi:
The Aam Admi Party has spoken on the expose over the government's Food Security Act.
"The PDS through which Food Security is sought to be implemented is mired in deep rooted and wide spread corruption involving politicians, civil servants, police and FCI officials and unscrupulous traders,' the AAP said in a statement today.
"The wheat @ Rs.2/- per kg which was meant for poorest of the poor is being sold for multifold profit by selling the PDS wheat @ Rs.14/- per kg to wheat mills through black market .While some portion of this black money is being cornered by corrupt officials, a major chunk is lining the pockets of greedy politicians particularly those belonging to ruling party for financing elections,' the statement added.
"It is not out of place to mention that CBI is already investigating multi-crore PDS scam in various parts of the country under the directions of apex court which has benefited the ministers of the ruling party in different parts of the country,' the statement added. Aam Aadmi Party strongly condemned "unethical practice of the selling of the PDS grain through black market. Let us not lose sight of the fact that the hard earned money of honest tax payer has been looted in this manner'.
The party also demanded that "the Minister of Civil Supplies of Govt of NCT of Delhi should immediately resign to ensure free and fair probe in the matter and Shiela Dixit should apologise for the massive loot going on directly under her command'.
19:30 President Pranab Mulkherjee will visit Hyderabad on November 5. He will be the chief guest at the passing out of IPS 2012 batch at the National Police Academy.
Mukherjee will also have a meet the Governor and Chief MinisterKiran Kumar Reddy and will interact with the Andhra Pradesh cabinet.
19:27 NDRF clears 1,096 km roads in cyclone-hit Odisha:
The National Disaster Response Force teams are continuing rescue and relief operations in cyclone-hit Odisha and so far cleared 1,096 km of road by removing hundreds of fallen trees.
A total of 83 people were rescued by the NDRF teams in Ganjam and Jagatsinghpur districts and another 1,015 persons from Balasore district, an official release said.
Forty-nine people were evacuated and shifted to safer places from Alipur and Patharagara in Ganjam district. Another 230 people were rescued by the NDRF teams from Mayurbhanj, 20 people in Keonjhar, 5 persons in Jajpur districts.
18:24 Dr Singh to address Chinese Communist Party School:
In a rare honour, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would visit and address China's ruling Communist Party's Central School during his visit to Beijing next week.
Besides holding talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, Dr Singh would address the Communist Party of China Central School, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told PTI.
The school is China's most prominent ideological institution, which has produced almost all top Chinese leaders over the years.
18:22 CPI-M MP slams India's refusal to sign UN marriage resolution:
CPI-M Rajya Sabha member T N Seema has slammed India's decision not to sign the UN resolution for the prevention of child marriages, and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in the matter.
It was 'perplexing' why the country has taken such a stand despite India having about 24 million child brides, representing 40 per cent of the 60 million world's child marriages, she said.
18:20 BJP to launch massive campaign for 'Hunkar rally' :
The Bihar BJP will launch a massive campaign from October 17 to mobilise support for its October 27 'Hunkar rally', which will be addressed by the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, among others.
BJP state unit president Mangal Pandey said today that several senior party leaders will fan out to various parts of Bihar from October 17 to mobilise people's support for the rally, which will be held at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Patna.
18:17 Naxals warn Chhattisgarh villagers against voting:
Naxals have started threatening villagers in some parts of Chhattisgarh with dire consequences if they vote in next month's assembly elections.
Official sources said Naxal cadres have been visiting many villages in their stronghold Bastar district since last week, putting up posters and asking people not to cast votes in the coming elections.
18:08 Prince Charles, Camilla to visit India in November:
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla Parker-Bowles will make a nine-day visit to India in November, on their way to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
This will be the royal couple's third official visit to India together. The trip, from November 6 to 14, will take them to Dehradun, New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Kochi.
The heir to Britain's throne is representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at this year's CHOGM as the 87-year-old monarch cuts back on long-haul travel.
17:47 Adarsh scam: CBI gives clean chit to Maha minister:
The CBI today gave a clean chit to Maharashtra's Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
The agency stated this in an affidavit submitted before the Bombay high court today, in reply to an application made by social activist Pravin Wategaonkar, seeking a CBI investigation against Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Jayant Patil for allegedly owning flats in Adarsh building in south Mumbai.
17:45 Easing sanction against Iran historic mistake: Israel:
Any move to ease sanctions against Iran would be a 'historic mistake', Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today warned as Tehran resumed talks with six world powers over its controversial nuclear programme.
"Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons," Netanyahu asserted at a meeting of the Knesset's (Israeli parliament) winter session.
"It would be a historic mistake to reduce pressure on Iran now, a moment before sanctions achieve their goal... We need to remember that international pressure is what is bringing results inside Iran, bringing them to the negotiating table, and will bring them to concede," he said.
17:45 Shrubbery removed from Shakti Mills, Bombay HC told:
The Bombay high court was today informed that the shrubbery inside the defunct Shakti Mills compound, where a photojournalist was gangraped, has been cleared and work is on to remove the debris.
Justice N M Jamdar had on September 26 stressed the need to take urgent steps to secure the Shakti Mills premises in central Mumbai after the gangrape incident in August.
The court, hearing 'winding up' petition of the defunct Shakti Mills, had said that the Public Works Department could undertake phase wise steps to ensure the compound is secured.
17:09 US lawmakers close to deal to end shutdown:
As the US inched closer to an unprecedented debt default, US lawmakers today held a flurry of negotiations and expressed optimism over a potential deal that could end the government shutdown, raise the debt ceiling and avert a crisis that may trigger a global economic turmoil.
US senators say they are closing in on a deal that would reopen the government and push back a possible debt default for several months, though many hurdles remain.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid said he and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, have "made tremendous progress, but we are not there yet".
16:34 India's exposure to US government debt stands at $59 billion:
India has an exposure worth $D 59 billion to the US government securities, amid growing concerns over possible debt default by the world's largest economy.
However, the country's holding of US Treasury securities, which stood at $59.1 billion in July, is the second lowest among the BRICS nations. India has trimmed its exposure in July compared to holdings worth $61.2 billion seen in June, according to official figures from the treasury department.
16:32 Two Indians among 25 highest paid men in the world:
Two Indian men have found a spot in CNN Money
's list of '25 highest paid men in 2013' .
They are Nikesh Arora, SVP and Chief Business Officer, Google, whose
total compensation is $46,735,674 and Thomas Kurian, EVP, Product Development, Oracle, whose total compensation is $31,635,712.
16:21 Interim committee takes control of PCB:
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today appointed an interim management committee to take control of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The PM announced the necessary amendments in the PCB Constitution to effect its supersession by the interim committee.
The interim committee comprises acting chief Najam Sethi, former chairman Shaharyar Khan, former captain Zaheer Abbas, ex-player Haroon Rasheed and former national team manager Naveed Cheema.
15:51 Notice to Adnan Sami for overstaying in India:
Pakistani musician Adnan Sami was today issued a notice by Mumbai police for overstaying in India after his visa expired earlier.
Sami, who has made India his second home for the last several years, has been asked to reply to the notice explaining reasons for overstaying and the efforts being made by him for renewal of the visa within a week, sources in the special branch of city police said.
15:49 300-400 people killed in MP stampede: Congress:
Congress leaders today came down heavily on the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh and claimed that more people had died in the stampede at Ratangarh temple in Datia district than the official figure.
Addressing a Congress rally in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Congress leader and Union Minister of State for Power Jyotiraditya Scindia said that he visited Ratangarh and found that the number of victims was much more than the figure of 115 quoted by the state government.
"The death toll figure of 115 for the Ratangarh tragedy which the state government is giving is totally fake. I have been to Ratangarh and found that between 300 and 400 people have died there," he claimed.
15:45 Boost in the arm for Indian Navy with new warship:
, the second of the Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel class of ship, was commissioned in Kochi today by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Southern Naval Command.
The vessel, to be based in Kochi under Southern Naval Command, has been built at the Goa Shipyard Limited and will meet the increasing ocean surveillance and patrolling requirements of the Indian Navy.
The warship is designed to undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and monitoring of Sea Lines of Communications and offshore assets and escort duties.
15:33 Snowden drops another bombshell!:
Months after Edward Snowden blew the lid off National Security Agency's Prism programme, the shocking secrets of the NSA's wide-scale snooping keep on tumbling out of the closet.
According to Snowden's latest revelation, the NSA has gone through the e-mail accounts and instant messengers of thousands of Americans and collated a massive list of contacts and e-mail ids.
14:53 Court reserves order on Asaram's remand plea:
A local court today reserved its order on the remand application of self-styled godman Asaram, in the alleged sexual assault case filed by two Surat-based sisters, against him and his son Narayan Sai.
Magisterial Court judge V A Budh has reserved his order, after hearing the arguments of the police and defence.
Asaram was produced before the court this morning after he was brought to the city on transfer warrant from Jodhpur last night amid tight police security.
No body except the litigants were allowed to go inside the court premises where the hearing took place.
Police in its remand application has sought 14 days custody of Asaram citing various reasons, including interrogation of the accused regarding the alleged crime, his medical check up and seizure of things related to the crime.
They have also mentioned in the remand application that they want to investigate whether other girls in the Ashram are also subjected to the same exploitation or not.
14:42 The many roads to Kabul:
China is quietly but surely pursuing its strategic interests in Afghanistan.
It is time India worked out the implications for itself
14:20 Competition Commission to recover dues from Aamir:
Fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India today said it will initiate recovery proceedings against cine star Aamir Khan, two film producers associations and six others for failing to pay penalties imposed on them.
These penalties, totalling Rs 2.17 crore, are pending for up to over two years despite there being no appeal filed or appeal having been dismissed, CCI said while publishing a list of these defaulters.
Pending penalty against Aamir Khan stood at Rs 1 lakh only, which was imposed as part of an order passed against 27 film producers on May 25, 2011 in a case related to anti-competition practices by film makers.
This order was passed pursuant to a complaint filed by FICCI Multiplex Association of India.
Besides Aamir Khan, the fair trade watchdog said "appropriate action" against eight other entities would also be taken.
These include IATA Agents Association of India, Telangana Telugu Film Distributors Association, Film Distributors Association, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce.
14:16 Sri Lankan Navy arrests 37 Indian fishermen:
At least 37 Indian fishermen have been arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy when they were fishing off the northern coast of the country, an official said on Tuesday.
"Thirty-seven fishermen were detained and nine trawlers were seized on Monday," Lankan Naval spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said.
They were detained for breaching the International Maritime Boundary Line off the northern coast of the island, the official said.
Four trawlers and 15 fishermen were arrested off the Delft Sea area while the others were detained off Talaimannar, the official added.
They were handed over to the Talaimannar police and were to be produced in court on Tuesday.
14:05 Sharif discuss security situation with Kayani, ISI chief:
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting attended by Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI head Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam during which the overall security situation of the country and his upcoming visit to the US was discussed.
"The meeting discussed matters pertaining to national security and reviewed the overall security situation of the country," said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.
It said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatemi, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, also attended the meeting.
According to media reports, the meeting also discussed the process of peace talks with the militants. Sharif is scheduled to meet US President Barack Obama on October 23 in Washington.
14:02 Just In: Mumbai Police issues summons to Pakistani singer Adnan Sami for overstaying in India after expiry of visa
14:00 Strong typhoon heads for Japan, nuclear plant:
A powerful typhoon was closing in on Japan today, on a path that will take it towards the precarious Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres per hour near its centre, was in the Pacific south of Japan early today and moving north at 20 kilometres per hour.
It was forecast to reach an area off the Tokyo metropolitan area by tomorrow and later in the day would be off the coast of Fukushima where the crippled nuclear power plant sits.
As the weather agency issued warnings of torrential rain and strong winds, the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said it was bracing for the winds after a series of leaks of radiation-polluted water.
13:15 Musharraf denies any role in Lal Masjid operation:
Pakistan's former military ruler Gen Pervez Musharraf has denied having ordered the Lal Masjid operation in 2007, even as a fresh petition was filed in a court here seeking action against him under the blasphemy law.
A three-member joint investigation team (JIT), whose two members had earlier refused to be part of it, interrogated 70-year-old Musharraf yesterday at his Chak Shahzad farmhouse which has been declared a sub-jail.
He was interrogated in connection with a double-murder case registered by Aabpara police on a complaint of Haroon Rasheed, son of Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, deputy chief of Lal Masjid, who was killed in the 2007 operation at the mosque.
Haroon has alleged that Musharraf issued the order for the operation in which his father and grandmother Sabiha Khatoon were killed.
12:27 Ayodhya letter row: UP Principal Secretary-Home shunted:
The UP government today removed R M Srivastava from the post of Principal Secretary (Home), close on the heels of suspending IAS officer Sarvesh Chandra Mishra in connection with a controversial letter on "reconstruction" of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
"Principal Secretary Home Srivastava has been removed and Anil Kumar Gupta has been posted in his place," official sources said here. Gupta has assumed charge.
Though no reason was cited for the transfer of Srivastava, it is presumed to be a fallout of the letter controversy.
The controversy had erupted over a communique by the state Home Secretary convening a meeting to discuss the "reconstruction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya on the lines of Somnath Temple," with a red-faced SP government calling it an "error" and promising action against the guilty.
The government had on Sunday suspended Mishra from the post of Secretary (Home) following the letter to convene a meeting of the officers mentioning construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya as its subject.
12:26 More policemen on Goa's beaches now:
The Goa tourism department has decided to increase security on the state's popular beaches by extending deployment of policemen till midnight.
A decision to this effect was taken yesterday at a high level tourism security committee meeting which was chaired by state tourism minister Dilip Parulekar.
Beaches like Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, Colva and others which are popular and have highest footfalls will be given security cover till midnight, Parulekar said.
India Reserve Battalion has been deployed at the beaches in addition to the Tourism Security Force, which is currently facing manpower shortage.
The IRB will remain posted at lesser popular beaches till 10pm, he said.
12:23 Major quake shakes central Philippines, kills 20:
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake collapsed buildings, cracked roads and toppled the bell tower of the Philippines' oldest church this morning, killing at least 20 people across the central region.
The quake sent people rushing out of homes and buildings, including hospitals, as aftershocks continued. At least five died in a stampede in Cebu, said Neil Sanchez, provincial disaster management officer.
Offices and schools were closed for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which may have saved lives.
The temblor, which struck at 8:12 a.m. (local time), was centered about 33 kilometers below Carmen town on Bohol Island and did not cause a tsunami.
Four people were killed in Bohol and 15 died in Cebu province, a more urban and densely populated region across the strait from the earthquake's epicenter, said Civil defense spokesman Maj Reynaldo Balido.
11:16 Country is being run from 10, Janpath: Baba Ramdev:
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday made a scathing attack on the Congress government for targeting him after he praised BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Ramdev said, "Till today I dont doubt the intentions of the CBI but I have serious apprehensions about the Congress government, which controls it and uses the probe agency for settling scores with its political rivals. The whole world knows that the country is being run from 10, Janpath"
Continuing further the yoga guru commented, "I am not afraid of CBI or any agency. I am ready to face any probe. I have nothing to hide as I have done no wrong in my entire life. The Congress regime is targeting me since I am exposing it. I have been speaking against the cases of corruption and various scams unearthed during the Congress rule that's why I am being victimised."
10:39 Rupee recovers 23 paise Vs dollar in early trade:
The rupee recovered by 23 paise to 61.32 against the dollar in early trade today at the Interbank Foreign Exchange following selling of the American currency by exporters and banks.
A higher opening in the domestic equity market and a weak dollar against other currencies overseas also supported the gain in rupee, forex dealers said.
The rupee had lost 48 paise to close at 61.55 against the dollar in yesterday's trade after weak inflation and industrial output data amid fresh demand from importers for the US currency.
Meanwhile, the BSE benchmark index Sensex spurted by 142.95 points, or 0.69 per cent, to 20,750.49 in early trade today.
10:12 Fire in Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express; All passengers safe:
Passengers on board the Rajdhani Express from Dibrugarh to New Delhi had a narrow escape after the pantry car of the train caught fire early Tuesday.
No causality has been reported so far.
The pantry car caught fire when the train was passing through Dharamtul near Morigaon in Assam at around 5 am. Dharamtul is around 70 kilometres from Guwahati.
The fire has now been brought under control. The Rajdhani Express is still stationed at the accident spot, reports said
09:40 New FIR against Kumar Mangalam Birla, NALCO and HINDALCO:
CBI has lodged a fresh FIR against Kumar Mangalam Birla, NALCO and HINDALCO in the Coalgate scam.
The investigative agency has also filed FIR against the former coal secretary P C Parekh.
CBI is probing alleged irregularities in the allocation of 192 coal blocks which were made between 1993 and 2011. The agency has registered three preliminary enquiries relating to allocations between 2006 and 09, allocations between 1993 and 2004 and allocations given to joint ventures.
Searches are going on in this connection at Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.
08:56 Judicial probe into Datia stampede to begin today:
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will today announce the setting up of a judicial commission to probe the stampede at Ratangarh temple during the Navratra festivities on Sunday.
The commission will probe, among other lapses, allegations of corruption and misconduct by the police, which has been accused by eyewitnesses of throwing dead bodies off the bridge and looting the devotees.
The commission, to be headed by a sitting High Court judge, will be asked to submit its report within two months and its recommendations will be implemented within 15 days after the state government gets the report
The Madhya Pradesh government had on Monday suspended 21 officials, including the district magistrate and superintendent of police of Datia district, over the alleged lapses in connection with the temple stampede in which 115 people died on Sunday.
08:56 Beijing airport bomber receives 6-year sentence:
A Beijing court has given a six-year prison sentence to a partly paralysed man who exploded a bomb inside Beijing's airport in his quest for redress in what he said was a beating by public officials.
Former taxi driver Ji Zhongxing went on trial last month for endangering public safety. Ji was the only person injured in the July 20 explosion.
The Beijing Chaoyang District Court said on its microblog that Ji's lawyers and relatives were on hand for the verdict and sentence today.
Ji's lawyer Li Xiaoyuan said his client had hoped to attract police so he could be detained and discuss his beating in 2005 by city security guards in the Guangdong city of Dongguan.
08:56 7.1 magnitude quake strikes Philippines, at least 4 killed:
At least four people were killed when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake destroyed buildings in and around one of the Philippines' major tourist hubs on Tuesday, authorities said.
The four people were confirmed dead at a fish market that collapsed in Cebu in the central Philippines, the country's second most important trading and economic city.
The quake struck at 08:12 local time (0012 GMT) five kilometres (three miles) east of Balilihan, in the Bohol region of the archipelago, at a depth of 20 kilometres (12 miles), the agency said.
The town lies across a strait of about 60 kilometres from Cebu.
Cebu and surrounding areas impacted by the quake were among the Philippines' most popular tourist destinations.
04:10 Italy deploys drones, warships after refugee tragedies:
Italy said it was deploying drones and warships in a large-scale high seas patrol mission to scare people smugglers amid a growing influx of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean.
"We have given the go-ahead to Operation Mare Nostrum (Our Sea)," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said yesterday after a government meeting, following two refugee shipwreck disasters this month.
03:22 Egypt urged to probe killing of Morsi protesters:
Rights group Amnesty International has called on Egypt's government to launch a full and impartial investigation into the use of live ammunition by police to disperse protesters last week.
The London-based group yesterday said police used excessive and deadly force against supporters of the ousted Islamist president and that, in a number of cases, bystanders or non-violent protesters were caught up in the violence.
The Health Ministry said at least 50 people, mostly in Cairo, were killed in the October 6 protests, the latest turmoil to hit Egypt since a popular uprising in 2011.
02:56 Most rivers in West Midnapore flowing above danger mark:
Most of the rivers in West Midnapore district are flowing above the danger mark as huge amount of water has been released from dams in Jharkhand, official sources said.
"Huge amount of water has been released from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) dams in Jharkhand as a result most of the rivers in West Midnapore district are flowing above the danger mark," the sources said.
02:55 Russia responds to anti-migrant riots by arresting migrants:
There was no easy way for the mayor of Moscow to respond to this weekend's race riots.
On Sunday night, a violent mob clashed with police in the south of the city, hurling bottles, destroying property and screaming for a purge of minorities from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Their leaders claimed it was revenge for the unsolved murder last week of a Russian man at the hands of a dark-skinned migrant worker. But while Mayor Sergei Sobyanin was quick to condemn the tactics of the mob, he found it hard to distance himself from its logic.
Just this summer, during the city's mayoral race, Sobyanin was the one who brought xenophobia into the political mainstream. Now he was forced to reap what he'd sown.
01:40 Libyan Al Qaeda suspect to appear in court in New York:
An alleged senior al Qaeda figure captured in Libya by U.S. special forces this month has been transferred to the United States and will face charges in court in New York, U.S. officials said on Monday.
The Libyan, Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians.
01:14 Kurd leader says still hopeful of Turkey peace deal :
Jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan said today he was still hopeful a peace deal with the Turkish state was possible but argued that Ankara needed to shift the process into a new gear.
"The process that we started last year has great meaning," the leader of the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said in a statement relayed by pro-Kurdish lawmakers who visited him in prison.
01:14 US Nobel laureate downplays US default risk:
Nobel Economics laureate Robert Shiller, who today shared the prize with two other economists, said he does not expect to see the US default on its debt.
The Yale University professor said he was getting out of the shower and was not properly dressed when he heard by telephone that he had won the award.
00:30 Obama meeting with congressional leaders postponed:
A meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders planned for this afternoon has been postponed, the White House announced, saying the delay would allow Senate leaders time to continue negotiating a compromise to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a U.S. default as soon as Thursday.
00:21 Officials: Libyan Al-Qaida suspect arrives in US:
A Libyan who has been held and interrogated for a week aboard a U.S. warship is now in New York awaiting trial on terrorism charges, U.S. officials said Monday.
The Al Qaida suspect, known as Abu Anas al-Libi, has been under federal indictment in New York for more than a decade. He's due to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.
Two U.S. officials said he arrived in New York on Saturday and has been held while he awaits an arraignment in federal court.
00:16 Three Red Cross staff freed in Syria:
Three out of six kidnapped Red Cross members and a Syrian Red Crescent volunteer have been "released safe and sound" in Syria, the ICRC says.
The organisation says it is awaiting information on the remaining three.The workers were abducted by unknown gunmen on Sunday near Saraqeb, in Idlib province, where they were delivering aid and assessing health services.
They were freed near the Turkish border.It is not clear who carried out the kidnapping.