Kathmandu: Nepal's constitution drafting body, the Constituent Assembly, is preparing to adopt a fast-track model to promulgate a new constitution for the country within the next 11 months.
ROME: For the first time since the cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a submerged rock and capsized two years ago, killing 32 people, the ship’s captain went back aboard the vessel on Thursday with a team of experts investigating the shipwreck as part of his trial.
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has threatened to pull all US troops out of war-ravaged Afghanistan by the year end if a crucial bilateral security agreement is not signed.
Obama conveyed the terse message to Afgahn President Hamid Karzai, who has refused to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US that would allow presence of US troops in Afghanistan post-2014.
BANGKOK: Several shots fired by unidentified gunmen have rattled parts of Thailand’s capital, prompting deployment of troops, even as the embattled government sought UN’s mediation to end the persisting political crisis.
BEIJING: China’s Foreign Ministry sought to play down on Monday remarks by Narendra Modi, after the frontrunner to become India’s next prime minister asserted at the weekend that the disputed territory of Arunachal Pradesh was an integral part of India.
GENEVA: The United Nations’ human rights chief called for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war, saying the government had failed to do its own credible investigation.
SHANGHAI: Shanghai’s legislature on Tuesday passed an amendment to relax the city’s birth control policy, becoming the sixth region in China to allow couples to have a second child if either parent is an only child.
BEIJING: China summoned US Charge d’Affaires here and lodged a strong diplomatic protest after President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House despite warnings from Beijing that the meeting would damage ties.
WASHINGTON: US and European Union officials have hailed a key role played by India in the global fight against piracy that has resulted in a remarkable drop in piracy off the coast of Somalia.
SYDNEY: G20 ministers Saturday began their two-day deliberations to work out a “real and tangible framework” to push global growth amid clamour for a more transparent tapering programme by the US Fed Reserve with a view to reducing volatility in the global financial markets.