ROME: Florence mayor Matteo Renzi is to be nominated Italy's youngest-ever Prime Minister Monday after a daring power grab which has been welcomed by investors but left analysts quizzing whether he has the political maturity to succeed.
Kandahar: Amid his standoff with the Obama administration on a Bilateral Security Agreement, embattled President Hamid Karzai has asked the US and its allies not to "interfere" in Afghanistan's crucial presidential polls.
Rome: Italy has regretted that the case of two of its marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen was not resolved within three days of the incident, before the issue became enmeshed in India's "deadly judicial and political-electoral gears".
New York: Here come robotic fishes that could help scientists improve underwater vehicles used to study fragile coral reefs, repair damaged deep-sea oil rigs or investigate sunken ships.
Islamabad: The Taliban have decided in principle on a ceasefire that is likely to be announced in the next 24 hours but have demanded the release of detained non-combatants and withdrawal of the Pakistani Army from North Waziristan region, media reports said today.
UNITED NATIONS: The long-standing issue of two Italian marines being tried by India is prompting tensions between the two countries and they should try to find a “reasonable” and “mutually acceptable” solution to it, the UN has said.
BANGKOK: Anti-government protesters in Thailand Saturday refused to end their rallies and vowed to fight “to the end”, even as embattled premier Yingluck Shinawatra’s government planned to step up its operation to clear demonstration sites.
KARACHI: The wave of terrorist attacks throughout Pakistan would make peace talks with the Taliban difficult to continue, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Friday.
WASHINGTON: The US Friday said Ambassador Nancy Powell’s meeting with BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is part of its comprehensive outreach to political leaders and businesses across the spectrum ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
BANGKOK: Thousands of Thai riot police Friday launched “Operation Valentine” to clear public areas occupied for weeks by opposition-backed protesters as they reclaimed the besieged government headquarters without any resistance.