23:08 ISIS reportedly executes second American journalist:
The group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) has released a video purporting to show the execution of American journalist Steven Sotloff, according to the Site Intelligence Group.
Sotloff is the second American journalist brutally murdered by ISIS in less than two weeks. On Aug 20, the group released a video showing the execution of James Foley, during which they also promised to execute Sotloff if the US did not cease airstrikes against the group in Iraq.
22:57 Putin to the West: 'If I wanted to, I could take Kyiv in 2 weeks':
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly boasted that his country's forces could conquer the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in two weeks if he were to order such an offensive.
Putin made the remarks last Friday in a phone conversation with Jose Manuel Barroso, the outgoing president of the European Commission, Italy's La Repubblica newspaper reported.
"If I want to, I can take Kyiv in two weeks,' the paper quoted Putin as saying.
22:31 Lawyers want Boston bombing trial delayed to Sept 2015:
Lawyers defending the prime suspect in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings have requested that his trial, due to start in November, be delayed until at least September next year.
Twin bombs planted at the marathon finish line killed three people and injured 264 on April 15, 2013, in an attack allegedly carried out by Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
22:25 5 policemen injured in stone-pelting in northeast Delhi:
Five policemen, including a Station House Officer (SHO), were injured as they came under attack by an irate crowd in northeast Delhi's Karawal Nagar today. Trouble started in the area around 9 am when a group of locals objected to two minor girls visiting some male friends instead of going to school.
"Some locals, who saw these girls entering a house, created a ruckus outside... As some boys who were inside the house came out, the mob attacked them. In the meantime, somebody made a PCR call and a police team reached the spot," said a police officer.
21:29 Army cautions units, personnel against using smart phone app:
The Army has issued a circular to its units and personnel cautioning them against using the caller identification smart phone application 'Truecaller' in the backdrop of cases where suspected Pakistani spies have allegedly used it to establish the identity of its officers.
The application is owned by a European company and helps the user to establish the identity of an unknown caller using its global database of mobile and telephone numbers.
21:27 Saudi executes 4 people for drug smuggling:
Saudi Arabia announced today that it executed another four people it says were found guilty of trying to illegally smuggle large quantities of pills and hashish into the kingdom.
That brings to 45 the number of people executed this year in Saudi Arabia, according to an Associated Press tally. Thirty of those were executed over the past four weeks alone. The interior ministry said that three of the men executed were Syrian and the fourth is Iranian. No further details were released.
21:26 'World 'losing the battle' to contain Ebola':
International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said today the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola and called for a global biological disaster response to get aid and personnel to west Africa.
"Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat," MSF international president Joanne Liu told a UN briefing in New York.
20:43 Committed to clean Ganga: Centre tells SC:
Narendra Modi government today told the Supreme Court that it is committed to clean Ganga, which was its pre-poll promise, and steps would be taken to prevent any pollution going into the holy river.
In a affidavit filed in the apex court, the Centre said a consortium of IIT professionals have been entrusted with the task of finalizing holistic Ganga River Basin Management and it will submit their report by the end of December this year.
19:55 Australian PM Abbott supports uranium deal with India:
Ahead of his visit to India, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today strongly supported sealing of the much-awaited uranium export deal with the country under "suitable safeguards".
"I make the point if we are prepared to sell uranium to Russia, and we've been prepared to do that in the past, surely we ought to be prepared to provide uranium to India under suitable safeguards," Abbott said.
"India is a full functioning democracy with the rule of law," he said, adding that his government was working with India to put suitable safeguards in place. He said Australia should be prepared to provide "support" and that is what his upcoming visit would be all about.
19:52 Are you medically screening passengers for Ebola, HC asks Centre:
The Centre and Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay high court that they had taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of Ebola virus in the wake of a large number of Indians fleeing the West African countries to return home.
However, the bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka, after hearing the Centre and going through the affidavit filed by the state government, asked whether the authorities were medically screening the passengers arriving from the Ebola-hit countries.
To this, the lawyers of both the governments said they had no instructions as of now and would inform the court about this later.
19:51 Manmohan Singh to be part of parliamentary standing committee : NDTV
reports: Manmohan Singh is the first former prime minister to be a member of a parliamentary standing committee.
He is on the finance panel, headed by fellow Congressman M Veerapa Moily, who was a minister in Dr Singh's government. A parliamentary committee on Information Technology will be headed by young BJP lawmaker Anurag Thakur. Read the full report here
18:46 Cheteshwar gets UK work visa, all set to represent Derbyshire :
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara is all set to represent Derbyshire in the ongoing English County season after he was given a UK work visa today. "We've completed all formalities regarding Cheteshwar's contract and also received necessary documents from Derbyshire County Cricket Club,' the middle-order batsman's father and coach, Arvind Pujara, a former Ranji Trophy cricketer, told Rediff.com earlier today.
18:31 Former attorney general Goolam Vahanvati passes away:
Former attorney general Goolam Vahanvati passed away on Tuesday following a massive cardiac arrest. Vahanvati was solicitor general in the UPA-I government from 2004-2009 and was attorney general from 2009 to 2014 under UPA-II.Vahanvati had a lung infection. He was 65.
18:28 PM breaks security cordon to mingle with Indian crowd:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today broke the security cordon and mingled with a crowd of Indian admirers, shaking hands and giving autographs. Modi was coming out of the Indian Embassy after inaugurating the Vivekanand Centre when he saw a crowd shouting slogans for him outside the complex.
Instead of sitting in his car, he decided to walk out of the complex and meet the people. He shook hands with them and gave autographs to some, giving a personal touch to the event.
The Prime Minister also had a chat with two young siblings. He enquired from them about whether they fight with each other and also who wins in that.
Earlier in the day, when Modi visited Sacred Heart University, a few Indians were waiting outside to see him. He obliged them by posing for a selfie with them.
18:10 Modi meets Netaji's associate:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up a busy day in Tokyo on Tuesday with an interaction with the Indian community in Japan.
PM Modi urged Indians to work for their country and use what it takes to spread the message back home. "So if you write to your folks back in India... I know you don't write letters anymore... You must be connected on WhatsApp or have made friends on Twitter, it is important to get the message across, no matter what the medium," he said, speaking about a "Clean India" mission to honour Mahatma Gandhi.
Pic: PM reaches out to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's oldest living associate in Japan the 99 year old Saichiro Misumi
16:57 CBI to interrogate Mithun tomorrow:
The Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to interrogate actor-turned Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Mithun Chakraborty as well as West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra over their alleged links in the Saradha scam.According to sources, the CBI has drawn up a list of assets of the duo.
16:55 Former Foreign Secretary Venkateswaran dead :
Former foreign secretary A P Venkateswaran is dead. He was the foreign secretary during Rajiv Gandhi's prime ministership, and was famously sacked by the PM in a nationally televised press conference...
16:29 World had nothing better to receive than the Gita: Modi:
PM Modi defends gifting a copy of the Bhagwad Gita to Emperor Akihito. "Bhagwad Gita is India's biggest gift to the world," he says. "I don't have anything better to gift than the Bhagwad Gita and the world can get nothing bigger than the Gita. The world has nothing better to receive. I brought the Bhagwad Gita to be
gifted to PM, but seculars in India might be debating that Modi has made
Bhagwad Geeta also communal."
Speaking to the NRI community, Modi urges them promote tourism to India. "Through your efforts, you should inspire five Japanese families to visit India," he said.
16:10 Want to accomplish the mission of Clean India: Modi:
Prime Minister Modi is addressing the Indian community in Japan. "We want to accomplish the mission of 'Clean India' as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. In fact we hear the Indians are simple, they contribute to the growing economy too. Credit for this goes to you all. Wherever the Indian community went there has been no complaint from society there. This is not a small thing. In 2019 we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who never compromised on cleanliness. The biggest mission undertaken by me is of 'Clean India'. Though it is difficult but somebody had to begin working towards it."
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15:59 Sensex up 151 points to close above 27,000-mark for first time; Nifty soars 55.35 points to end at new peak of 8,083.05.
15:35 Sachin Tendulkar writes his autobiography :
It's a book that's meant to be a bestseller. Sachin Tendulkar tells his own story and a remarkable story it is. From playing
in the bylanes of suburban Mumbai, to his first Test cap at the age of
16 to his 100th international century and the emotional final farewell
that brought his country to a standstill.
"I knew that agreeing to write my story would need me to be
completely honest, as thats the way I have always played the game. It
would require talking about a number of aspects I have not shared in
public before. So here I am, at the end of my final innings, having
taken that last walk back to the pavilion, ready to recount as many
incidents as I can remember since first picking up a cricket bat as a
child in Mumbai thirty-five years ago," said Tendulkar.
His autobiography is called Playing it may way.
15:03 Jaitley undergoes diabetes management surgery:
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday underwent a planned diabetes management surgery at a private hospital in New Delhi and was recovering well. 61-year-old Jaitley was admitted to the hospital in Saket last evening and today an elective laparoscopic procedure was carried out on him.
"Arun Jaitley underwent a planned elective laparoscopic procedure for diabetes management on Tuesday. The procedure has been performed successfully,' a statement issued by the hospital said. Jaitley has been a diabetic for last few years.
"It was a planned surgery. He was admitted at around 6 pm yesterday. The surgery is done in an uncontrolled diabetic situation,' Dr Pradeep K Chowbey at the hospital said.
15:00 Power outage affected 40 pc of Mumbai :
As much as 40 per cent of Mumbai was hit by power cuts today due to a technical snag at Tata Power Company Limited electricity generation unit. Tata Power said that at 9:45 am the power supply was affected due to tripping of Unit #5 of Trombay Power Station. The company said this led to power cuts in areas including Parel, Mahalaxmi, Dharavi, and Chembur. The power supply is now back in place in most parts.
As Modi conquers Japan, a peek into history.
1958: The Governor of Tokyo presenting the Golden Key of Tokyo to President Rajendra Prasad as a token of respect and honour
14:41 Angelina Jolie walks down the aisle in a very special gown:
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt always said that they would get married when their children asked them to.So it comes as no surprise that their six-strong brood played an integral part of their wedding day on August 23 at their French estate Chateau Miraval.
Indeed, the blushing bride took the unusual measure of letting her kids decorate her wedding dress, walking down the aisle in a gorgeous yet simple white satin gown and long veil that featured colourful drawings all over, as seen on the cover of this week's People magazine. See the pics
14:27 Looking beyond 2015:
The moral and practical imperatives of creating an equitable world and a sustainable planet have increasingly become inescapable. These are not unattainable ideals either. This optimism is foregrounded in a blueprint produced by the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. Read
14:19 Power supply in Mumbai will resume by 4pm: Tata Power Ltd:
Tata Power Company Ltd, which distributes power to many parts of Mumbai, has said that the supply of electricity will be restored by 4pm.
A statement by Tata Power said, "Tata Power would like to inform that today, on September 2 at 09:45 hours, the power supply was affected due to tripping of Unit #5 of Trombay Power Station. This tripping has resulted in load reduction of Parel, Mahalaxmi, Dharavi, Chembur and Gr Road area of Mumbai to control loading on 220Kv Khargar-Nerul-Sonkar-Trombay tie line."
"We are working towards an early resolution and will ensure power supply to these areas at the earliest. We would like to reiterate Tata Power's commitment to providing reliable and 24X7 quality power to the city of Mumbai," the statement added.
14:06 In Delhi, metro hits a snag:
Terrible Tuesday for commuters, it seems.
Delhi Metro commuters faced a harrowing time today when train services on one of its lines were affected for over an hour.
The operations on the Blue Line (Dwarka sector 21 to Noida/Vaishali) were affected from 8.30 am to 9.47 am, an official said. "There was some problem in the over-head electricity (OHE) wire between the Uttam Nagar East and Janak Puri West stations. The problem has been rectified now," a Delhi metro official told IANS.
13:54 Solid start on defence procurement:
In a single stroke, the Narendra Modi administration has underscored its seriousness in taking indigenisation of military hardware to the next level, and signalled its intent to end the drought in military procurement, which had begun to affect defence preparedness.Read more
13:47 Massive power outage affects Mumbai :
Compounded by the OHE failure in Vikhroli, Ghatkopar in suburban Mumbai, a technical problem at an unit of Tata Power also led to power outage in some parts of Mumbai this morning.
The power cut that started around 9.30 am affected areas in Dadar, Sewri, Prabhadevi, Mahim, Worli. Details awaited.
problem at an unit of Tata Power has led to a power outage in some parts of Mumbai on Tuesday morning.
power cut that started around 9.30 am on Tuesday morning affected areas
in Dadar, Sewri, Prabhadevi and some other parts of the city. - See
13:36 Bolt lands in Bangalore:
Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man, the face of a sportswear company, is in Bangalore, India, to promote the brand.
13:35 Nightmare on Central Railway after overhead wire breaks :
Commuters in Mumbai using the Central Railway faced a nightmarish journey this morning after services on slow corridors were suspended after a Over Head Equipment (OHE) broke near Vikhroli.
With one fast train every 30 minutes, it was impossible for most commuters to get a foothold in the overcrowded compartments. Some commuters used the harbour or the transharbour line to get to work.
The OHE broke at 7.15 am and consequently, services on the slow corridor were diverted on to the fast track between Mulund and Matunga.
Commuters at Kanjurmarg, Nahur and Vidyavihar stations, which do not have halts for fast trains, were stranded. Services were delayed between 30 minutes to an hour.
13:09 Cong on 100 days of Modi raj: Achche din sirf BJP ke liye aaye hain:
Former industries minister Anand Sharma on the 100 days of the Modi government.
"Achche din sirf BJP ke aaye hain. Modi talks against corruption, but 13 ministers in his government face serious criminal charges," he said, addressing a press conference.
On Modi's decision to end the planning commission, Sharma said, "There is a lack of respect for institutions and constitutional institutions. The decision on the planning commission was arbitrary. Modi declared dissolving of Planning Commission without consulting states," said Sharma.
"My question is if a silent shift is being made where only one office and one person is material, the Prime Minister did not even allow the Home Minister to appoint his own secretary. Ministers in the Modi government have been belittled. Secretaries of different ministries are reporting directly to PM, and not their own ministers," he said.
12:51 Please come and manufacture in India: Modi tells Japan:
On the fourth day of Narendra Modi's visit to Tokyo today, the PM reiterated the "Come, Make In India" call he first made in his Independence Day speech.
He told a packed house at the Nikkei stock exchange, "Please come and manufacture in India. We will ensure you face a red carpet, not red tape." Yesterday, Japan pledged US$ 350 billion towards defence, strategic and business projects in India.
Pic: PM Modi meets Japan emperor Akihito.
12:30 Just in: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to arrive in New Delhi tomorrow, nuclear deal between India & Australia on the cards: Sources
11:46 24-year-old techie commits suicide in Indore:
A 24-year-old woman software engineer, who was apparently suffering from depression, allegedly committed suicide at her house in Indore, police said Tuesday.
Deepa Radariya, originally from Mumbai and working at a software firm here for the last six months, yesterday hanged herself at her apartment in Ahinsa tower on MG Road, Tukoganj police station in-charge Dilip Singh Choudhary said.
The woman used to live in the apartment along with her colleague Sneha, he said.
Deepa used to get depressed even over small issues, the police officer said quoting her friend.
She was not keeping well for the last three-four days. Sneha wanted to stay at home to take care of her, but Deepa forced her to attend office, he said.
Yesterday, when Sneha called Deepa from office, the latter did not respond.
Later, Sneha reached home and when her friend did not open the door even after repeated knocking, she called the neighbours who broke open the door and found Deepa hanging, Choudhary said.
The software professional was immediately rushed to hospital where she was declared dead, he said.
11:41 Death row convict may be heard in open court: SC:
The Supreme Court Tuesday held that in the cases where the death sentence has been upheld by the apex court, the death convict will have a right that his petition seeking review of the verdict upholding death sentence will be heard by the three judges bench in an open court and he will be accorded half an hour hearing.
The apex court constitution bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha said that in the review petition that have already been decided and rejected, but the death sentence has not been carried out, the convict may come back seeking the open court hearing of a review petition by a three judges bench and he getting half an hour to address the court.
However, in the cases, where the curative petition has already been decided, the death row convict will not have this opportunity to avail.
The constitution bench verdict came on a batch of petitions seeking that their plea for the recall of verdict upholding their death sentence should be heard in the open court by a three judges bench.
As of now the review plea of death row convicts were being considered by the judges in their chambers through circulation.
10:44 Saina Nehwal splits with coach Pullela Gopichand:
Just ahead of the Asian Games, star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal split with the national head coach Pullela Gopichand as she has decided to train under former India coach Vimal Kumar.
The Olympic bronze medallist had also conveyed the decision to Gopicahnd during the recently concluded World Championships in Denmark.
The 24-year-old has decided to move to Bangalore to work under Vimal Kumar for the upcoming Asian Games, which will kick-start from September 19.
Nehwal has been struggling with her form for quite some time now. On the other end, the dramatic rise of teenager PV Sindhu (another Gopichand-trained shuttler) might have forced her to think of other coaching options.
09:44 Fire in multi-storey building in Kolkata, many feared trapped:
Many people are feared trapped in a major fire in the 15th floor of the landmark Chatterjee International building near Park Street in the heart of Kolkata.
Four fire tenders have already rushed to the spot along with two hydraulic ladders to rescue any trapped person, fire brigade said.
The building which houses many private and government offices.
The area has been cordoned off to conduct the firefighting operations in the busy area.
The cause of fire or extent of damage was yet to be ascertained, the police said.
09:07 Major encounter on between security forces and terrorists in Pulwama:
In an early morning encounter on Tuesday, security forces engaged with terrorists in a gun battle in Hanjan village of Pulwama district.
Security forces launched an operation in Hanjan village in Rajpora area of Pulwama following information about presence of terrorists there, a police official said.
He said intermittent exchange of firing was going on between the two sides but so far there were no reports of any casualty on either side.
09:03 President Pranab to offer prayers at Vaishno Devi today:
President Pranab Mukherjee will on Tuesday visit the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra town where he will inaugurate the 'Shridhar Bhawan Elevator' and the Panchi Helipad.
The President had arrived in the state on Monday.
The 'Shridhar Bhawan Elevator' will eliminate 127 steps on the trek from the Bhawan to the Shrine. It is meant for old and infirm devotees.
Meanwhile, Panchi helipad will reduce the distance for the pilgrims by more than a kilometre.
After paying obeisance at the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, the President will leave for New Delhi.
09:02 Tatra truck case: Delhi HC to hear Tejinder Singh's plea against judicial custody today:
The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday hear the plea of Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh who has challenged the trial court order of rejecting his bail plea over allegations that he offered bribe to then Army chief General VK Singh for clearing "sub-standard" Tatra trucks for the Army.
Singh was taken into custody on Monday after Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special judge Madhu Jain dismissed his bail plea and ordered that he be taken into custody.
Delhi High Court judge Justice Pratibha Rani will today hear his plea challenging the trial court order of sending him to judicial custody till October 20.
The CBI judge had on Monday noted that Tejinder Singh was holding the rank of Lt General in the Indian Army, retired from the post and offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore to then Army general.
The court had said he should not be shown any mercy merely for the reasons that the investigation agency did not arrest him during the whole probe.
03:42 Turkish president seeks 2-state deal in Cyprus:
Turkey's new president says his country will only approve of a deal to reunify Cyprus if it enshrines breakaway Turkish Cypriots as equal partners in a federation with the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot government.
Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of uniting the island with Greece. A Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence is recognized only by Turkey, which maintains 35,000 troops there.
03:41 US urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan:
Israel has faced increasing pressure, including from the United States, after saying it plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank.
Ally Washington, the United Nations and Egypt all called for an urgent rethink after Sunday's announcement, which angered the Palestinians and alarmed Israeli peace campaigners, and comes days after a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold.
03:18 Ukraine rebels say they are willing to talk peace with Kiev:
East Ukraine's Russian-backed rebels now say they are willing to talk with Kiev about a political settlement that would keep Ukraine united but would grant sweeping autonomy to their war-torn regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Barely a week ago, rebel prime minister Alexander Zakharchenko insisted he would only be satisfied by full independence for the self-declared proto-state, Novorossiya.
He said that living within Ukraine would be impossible after several months of bloody warfare that has displaced hundreds of thousands and probably killed far more than the official estimates of 2,600 people.
02:28 Israel plan to seize West Bank land 'alarms' UN's Ban:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is "alarmed" by Israeli plans to expropriate 400 hectares of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank, his spokesman said today.
Israel announced the move on Sunday, the army saying the step stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a roadside in the same area, known to Israelis as Gush Etzion settlement bloc.
"The Secretary-General is alarmed by yesterday's announcement by Israeli authorities to declare as so-called 'state land' nearly 1,000 acres of land in the Bethlehem area of the West Bank," the spokesman said.
01:35 Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US:
Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe yesterday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS.
In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally.
01:34 Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany:
Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said today.
"We want partnership and good neighbourly relations (with Russia)" but on the condition that Moscow changes its policies and that there is a "return to respect for the rights of nations", Gauck said at a ceremony in Gdansk to mark the 75th anniversary of Germany's invasion of Poland that set off World War II.
01:33 US jets strike jihadists around Iraqi dam:
The United States carried out another round of air strikes today against militants from the so-called Islamic States battling Iraqi and Kurdish forces near a major dam in northern Iraq.
The Mosul Dam, just north of the city of the same name, has become a focus of fighting between jihadists and Kurdish forces since the United States launched an air campaign last month.
01:18 Everyday a nightmare:
Sanjay Dutt's wife introspects how her husband's incarceration has made her aware of the true meaning of freedom.
Freedom is too abstract an idea to be defined accurately. The interesting thing about freedom is that it means different things to different people. But more importantly, different things to the same people depending on where they are in life.
If it meant freedom from the British before Independence, it now may mean freedom to live life the way we want. For the poor, it may mean freedom from misery and poverty, while for the First World it may be freedom from the life they are living right now.
On Independence Day, we rejoice in our freedom from foreign rule, or living in a free democratic society.
00:20 UN to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq:
The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale", with a view to holding perpetrators to account.
"We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani, told the U.N. Human Rights Council which adopted a resolution tabled by Iraq and France at an emergency sitting of the 47-member state forum in Geneva.
00:18 Merkel: Arming Kurds in Germany's interest:
Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that it's in Germany's interests to arm the Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. The government decided yesterday to send 16,000 assault rifles, hundreds of tank-busting weapons and several armored vehicles to forces fighting the Islamic
State group, breaking with Germany's previous reluctance to send weapons into conflicts.
00:17 FIR against Sharifs amended to include terrorism, blasphemy:
Police today included "terrorism and blasphemy" charges in the FIR registered against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his brother Shahbaz and senior officials for their alleged role in the killing of 14 supporters of fiery cleric Tahirul Qadri.
On August 28, the police had registered murder and attempted murder cases against 21 persons including the Sharif brothers for their alleged role in the the June 17 operation.
00:17 Pak army rejects charges of support to anti-gov't protesters:
Pakistan army today dismissed charges that it was backing Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awaami Tehreek in anyway in the current political standoff.
The military in a statement said it "categorically rejects the assertions that army and ISI are backing Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tahreek in anyway in the current political standoff."