The wages of war

Source: Times of India Two recent events have brought home some ugly truths. A Sri Lankan-origin Australian tried (unsuccessfully) to lay charges against the president of Sri Lanka, visiting Perth to attend the Commonwealth summit, for alleged war crimes in the war against the Tamil Tigers. Another former head of […]

Branded an Ahmadi, hakim is expelled from district

By Muhammad Sadaqat Published: November 3, 2011 Source/Credit: Xpress Tribune HARIPUR: A hakim accused of being an Ahmadi and proselytising was expelled from Haripur on Wednesday. The police, however, denied expelling Sheikh Arif from the district and said he had decided to leave himself. Chased out or left voluntarily? Haripur police officials said that local ulema, […]

The formative Swiss years of a Thai king

by Marc-André Miserez, Before he became the king of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej lived an almost ordinary life as a student on Lake Geneva in western Switzerland. A new book, written in French by Swiss journalist and author Olivier Grivat, looks at the adolescence of a shy young man, who […]

Egyptian Military Draws Fire Over Politics .

CAIRO—A broad cross-section of Egyptian political parties lodged strong objections to attempts by the country’s ruling military council to expand its authority over the process of drafting the country’s first postrevolutionary constitution. The complaints came on Wednesday after Deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Selmi asked some 500 politicians from among Egypt’s […]

Chinese spacecraft dock in orbit

China has joined two space vehicles together in orbit for the first time. The unmanned Shenzhou 8 craft, launched earlier this week, made contact with the Tiangong-1 space lab at 1729 GMT. The union occurred over China itself. Being able to dock two space vehicles together is a necessary capability […]

Malaysia accedes to Antarctic Treaty Pact

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has officially become a member of the Antarctic Treaty Pact. It is the first Asean country and the 49th nation to do so. Malaysia’s accession to the treaty as a non-consultative party means that it can take part in the decision-making process at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative […]