Meeting between Nawaz Sharif & Pervez Musharaf

(By Dr. Ghayur Ayub, London UK) These days news about a meeting between Mr Nawaz Sharif and Gen (rtd) Pervez Musharaf in Saudi Arabia has hit electronic and social media. It is... Read more »

Australian Child Support Agency has international child support collection agreements with 86 countries

 The Australian Child Support Agency has international child support collection agreements with 86 countries around the world.  These agreements are inflexible and are therefore unproductive.  For example, the Australian Child Support Agency... Read more »

Tsunami Warning Issued

A Tsunami warning has been issued by local authorities after a magnitude 8 earthquake struck off the coast of Temotu Province in the Solomon Islands. The large quake, which was originally believed... Read more »

Dolphins saved

I had to share the beautiful story of the young dolphins about  100 to 150 that were lured to safety after stranding themselves. As a resident of Western Australia and protector of... Read more »

No new bases in Asia: US commander

TOKYO  – The United States’ pivot to Asia will not mean any new bases in the region, but existing alliances will be strengthened and modernised, the chief of US Pacific Command (PACOM)... Read more »

Istanbul police say U.S. tourist was murdered: report

An American tourist whose body was found in the ruins of Istanbul’s old city wall was murdered by a blow to the head, the city’s police chief was quoted as saying on... Read more »

First UK hand transplant

A British man has become the first person in the UK to undergo a hand transplant after losing his own to gout. The eight-hour operation was performed on 51-year-old Mark Cahill at Leeds... Read more »

Pakistan, Afghanistan to work out joint security plan

Pakistan and Afghanistan on Thursday agreed to work out a ‘joint security plan’ to ensure peace on the border following the withdrawal of US-led foreign troops from the war-torn country in 2014.... Read more »

Suicide bomber, gunmen kill 33 in Iraq’s Kirkuk

A suicide bomber driving a car and gunmen disguised in police uniforms killed at least 33 people in the Iraqi city Kirkuk on Sunday when they tried to storm the police headquarters.... Read more »

Ten Afghan police officers killed in suicide bombing

Ten police officers, including the local counter-terrorism chief, were killed in a suicide bombing in northern Afghanistan on Saturday. Shortly after 5 p.m. (1230 GMT) a man driving a motorbike detonated a... Read more »

Two landslides on Indonesia’s Sumatra island leave 11 dead, 19 missing

TWO landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 11 people and left 19 others missing on Indonesia’s Sumatra island. The National Disaster Management Agency said seven people were killed and three... Read more »

Garuda Indonesia wins Asia Pacific airline food award by Skyscanner

Indonesia’s flag carrier ranks ahead of Singapore Airlines in the long-haul food category Indonesia’s national airline, Garuda Indonesia, has won the ‘2012 Long-Haul Asia Pacific Airline Food Award’ by leading global travel... Read more »

Djokovic wins third successive Australian Open

Novak Djokovic became the first man to win three successive Australian Open titles in the professional era when he beat third seed Andy Murray 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 in a battle of... Read more »

Australian Academy announces International Award Winners in Los Angeles

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced the winners of the 2nd AACTA International Awards, recognising international excellence across five categories, as determined by a jury of eminent Australian screen... Read more »

Tehran-Cairo relations crucial for Middle East: Egyptian envoy

Head of Egypt’s interest section in Iran Khaled Amareh has stressed the need for Tehran-Cairo rapprochement in the face of the ongoing crises in the Middle East. In an exclusive interview with... Read more »

China boosts inter-parliamentary exchange: legislator

MOSCOW – China has been playing a leading role in widening inter-parliamentary exchanges and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Russian parliamentarian has said. Long-term dialogue between legislative bodies of Russia and... Read more »

Brazil nightclub fire likely killed more than 200: police

A nightclub fire in southern Brazil has probably left more than 200 people dead, a senior police official said on Sunday. Major Gerson da Rosa Ferreira, overseeing rescue efforts at the scene for... Read more »

India-Pakistan water talks likely in March

As tension over ceasefire violations shows signs of dissipating, India has proposed that the next round of talks between water resources secretaries is held in March. The government earlier wanted the talks... Read more »

Cricket-Warner knock in vain, Sri Lanka beat Australia in Sydney T20

David Warner’s unbeaten 90 went in vain as Sri Lanka beat Australia by five wickets in the first Twenty20 International on Saturday to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. Shot-making was... Read more »

Israeli PM Netanyahu scrambles to keep his job

 By Amy Teibel, Jerusalem: A badly weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled Wednesday to keep his job by reaching out to a new centrist party that advocates a more earnest push on peacemaking with the... Read more »

Pakistan seeks US explanation on drone manual

Pakistan has asked the United States to halt its highly controversial drone campaign. The issue was raised by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in a meeting with Richard Olson, the US ambassador... Read more »

Australian security to focus on nations

By Max Blenkin, AAP Defence Correspondent – A KEY driver of Australia’s new national security strategy is focusing on the behaviour of other nation states rather than terror groups.  The strategy also... Read more »

Earthquake rocks western Indonesia

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has struck the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, reportedly killing one person. The quake hit Aceh province around dawn on Tuesday. Local media said it was felt strongly in... Read more »

2013 year of polls in South Asia

2013 will be a year of reckoning throughout the region with India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, going to elections or preparing for them. Simultaneously, Pakistan and... Read more »