western diplomat

‘Karzai widened divide between US, Afghanistan by condemning Koran burning issue’


April 6th, 2011 - 5:03 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Apr 6 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karazi's act of condemning US Reverend Terry Jones over his role in the little known Koran burning incident led to the widespread violence in the ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Pak barrier over US, Afghanistan and Taliban peace negotiations to end Afghan war


March 17th, 2011 - 12:41 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Mar 17(ANI): The United States, the Afghan government and Taliban leaders have reportedly begun to take a hard look at what it would take to start negotiations to end the ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Blackwater set to remain in Afghanistan despite reshuffling private security contractors


March 8th, 2011 - 5:46 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Mar 8 (ANI): Blackwater is set to remain in Afghanistan after President Hamid Karzai has been forced by the Western partners to give up his plans of shunting private security companies ... Read more...

Posted in World |

US puts on hold Bangladesh ties over Yunus harassment


February 28th, 2011 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS
Dhaka, Feb 28 (IANS) The US officials have told Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that "there will be no further high-level diplomatic interaction" until the "harassment" of Grameen Bank founder Muhammad ... Read more...

Posted in World |

ISI halts talks with CIA at all levels over being treated as “their lackeys”


February 24th, 2011 - 12:33 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Feb 24(ANI): Pakistan's premier spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence has stopped talking with the US' Central Intelligence Agency at any level, including the most senior, an ISI official has revealed.Speaking on the ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Egyptian military’s role in rendering support to ‘people or Govt’ is doubtful: Analysts


January 29th, 2011 - 1:32 pm ICT by ANI
Cairo, Jan 29 (ANI): Egyptian Political analysts are finding it difficult to predict what role the armed forces would play in either suppressing the disturbances or easing President Hosni Mubarak from power."Are ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Afghan review report: Notable for what it did not say as much for what it did


December 17th, 2010 - 1:16 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Dec. 17 (ANI): The White House report on Afghan strategy released Thursday was notable as much for what it did not say as for what it did.It reports some ... Read more...

Posted in Feature |

Now, Taliban extends reach to North Afghanistan


December 16th, 2010 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Dec.16 (ANI): The roads heading south to Kabul and east to Tajikistan as well as north and west are no longer safe for Afghans, let alone Westerners, as the Taliban ... Read more...

Posted in World |

‘Angry’ Karzai puts Afghan corruption investigations in ‘deep-freeze’: Officials


December 9th, 2010 - 6:44 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 9(ANI): Western-funded attempts to flush out high-level corruption in Afghanistan have been stalled after President Hamid Karzai objected to the arrest of a close aide, officials have said.The bottleneck ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Karzai Govt. issues arrest warrants, puts pressure on Afghan poll Officials


November 26th, 2010 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Nov.26 (ANI): The Hamid Karzai Government's move to issue arrest warrants for several top election officials and to accuse a United Nations worker of leading a bribery ring, is an indication ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Taliban ‘commander’ negotiating peace with Afghan NATO chiefs was Pak ’shopkeeper’


November 24th, 2010 - 3:13 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Nov 24 (ANI): NATO chiefs in Afghanistan have been severely embarrassed after being let down by a Pakistani shopkeeper who disguised himself as a Taliban commander during secret peace negotiations, ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Taliban leader in secret Afghan talks was an impostor: Report


November 23rd, 2010 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, Nov 23 (IANS) The secret talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban to end the conflict in the country - that were "showing promise" - seem to have hit ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Top Taliban negotiator in secret talks with Afghan officials an ISI ‘impostor’?


November 23rd, 2010 - 5:23 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Nov 23 (ANI): Top US and Afghan officials have apparently been conned by a man claiming to be a leading Taliban negotiator in secret talks with Afghan officials.For months, the ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

‘Stepped-up military operations only way to bring Afghan Taliban to negotiating table’


November 17th, 2010 - 7:06 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul, Nov 17 (ANI): NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that stepped-up military operations on the ground might be the only way to bring Afghan insurgents to the negotiating ... Read more...

Posted in World |

US pressure behind Pak “freeing” secret peace talks Taliban chief Mullah Baradar?


October 16th, 2010 - 3:46 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Oct 16(ANI): Taliban's top military commander Mullah Baradar, who was arrested earlier this year in Karachi, and was involved in secret negotiations with the Afghan government over a possible peace ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Al Qaeda, ‘Ilyas Kashmiri-led Brigade 313′ planning to attack CWG in New Delhi?


October 1st, 2010 - 12:02 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Oct 1 (ANI): Al Qaeda and a North Waziristan-based terrorist group "Brigade 313" have reportedly prepared a plan to launch an attack on the 19th Commonwealth Games, which are due ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

Diplomatic offensive in pipeline for finding solution to Afghan crisis


September 19th, 2010 - 7:00 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Sept 19 (ANI): The United States, Pakistan and some Arab nations have launched a massive diplomatic offensive to find a viable solution to the Afghan problem.According to one Western diplomat ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

‘Iran building secret underground nuclear plant’


September 10th, 2010 - 1:30 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 10 (IANS) Iran has been secretly building a vast underground nuclear plant 200 metres deep inside a desert mountain ridge in east of Tehran, in violation of the UN sanction ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Dissident group accuses Iran of secretly constructing underground nuke site


September 10th, 2010 - 1:10 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sept 10 (ANI): A dissident group, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, that had previously revealed the existence of several hidden nuclear sites in the country, has claimed that Iran is secretly ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Jihad, Taliban, floods, and now Operation ‘Samosa’ sends Pak Interior Ministry in panic


September 1st, 2010 - 6:10 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, Sep 1 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Ministry is in a state of panic to investigate a major Al-Qaeda plot in Canada, as its hands are already tied with foreign and home ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

NATO, UN considering Taliban proposal of joint investigation into Afghan civilian deaths


August 17th, 2010 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 17 (ANI): NATO and the United Nations are reportedly considering, in a cautious way, a Taliban proposal to set up a joint commission to investigate allegations of civilians being ... Read more...

Posted in World |

India “shell-shocked” over improving Pak-Afghan relationship


July 26th, 2010 - 5:00 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, July 26(ANI): India, along with other South Asian countries, is "shell-shocked" with recent moves by Pakistan and Afghanistan to improve their once-frosty relationship, the New York Times has reported.The ... Read more...

Posted in National |

Rice brands NYT Karzai-US war on terror fallout article ‘fallacious’


June 14th, 2010 - 6:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 14(ANI): US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has denied a media report which said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai doubts the U.S. and NATO's ability to defeat ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Iran to continue uranium enrichment despite swap deal


June 3rd, 2010 - 12:12 am ICT by IANS
Vienna, June 2 (DPA) A senior Iranian diplomat made clear Wednesday in Vienna that his country would continue a controversial process of enriching uranium at higher levels even if a multilateral deal ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Afghan opposition leader to boycott ‘peace jirga’, says its a PR exercise


June 2nd, 2010 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 2 (ANI): Former Afghan Foreign Minister and now Leader of the Opposition in the Afghan Parliament, Absullah Absullah has said he will boycott the much-hyped "peace jirga" of over ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Pak downplays involvement of Tehreek-e-Taliban in Times Square bomb attempt


May 3rd, 2010 - 12:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 3 (ANI): The claim made by the Tehreek-e-Taliban of being involved in an attempted car bomb attack in New York's Times Square has been downplayed by Pakistani intelligence officials, ... Read more...

Posted in World |

West believes ties with antagonistic Karzai likely to become worse


April 5th, 2010 - 2:45 pm ICT by ANI
Kabul (Afghanistan), Apr.5 (ANI): Many in the West are of the view that President Hamid Karzai's antagonistic statements against NATO countries fighting on behalf of his government, could worsen the relationship."The ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Lanka government was concerned about Fonseka’s political ambitions long before arrest


February 12th, 2010 - 12:25 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Feb.12 (ANI): The Mahinda Rajapaksa Government is said to have been concerned about former Army chief General Sarath Fonseka's political ambitions long before his arrest on Monday and even before he ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Iran succeeds in enriching uranium 20 percent: Ahmadinejad (Lead)


February 12th, 2010 - 12:53 am ICT by IANS
Tehran/Vienna, Feb 11 (DPA) Iran has succeeded in producing its first batch of uranium enriched to 20 percent, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday. "I herewith tell you that we have succeeded in producing ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Iran will not let uranium leave country after all, say officials


January 20th, 2010 - 3:47 am ICT by IANS
Vienna, Jan 20 (DPA) An Iranian official has recently told the nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it does not want to allow uranium to be shipped out of ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Pressure mounts on Iran at ElBaradei’s final IAEA board meeting (Lead)


November 26th, 2009 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS
Vienna, Nov 26 (DPA) International pressure mounted on Iran Thursday at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna at which six world powers sought a vote on a ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Iran issue unsolved at ElBaradei’s last IAEA board meeting


November 26th, 2009 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS
Vienna, Nov 26 (DPA) The dispute over Iran's nuclear programme showed no sign of abating as diplomats gathered at the International Atomic Energy Agency Thursday for a meeting that would be the ... Read more...

Posted in World |

‘Frustrated’ US may launch airstrikes against Taliban leadership hiding in Pak


September 27th, 2009 - 1:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep.27 (ANI): The United States is annoyed and frustrated at the way the Taliban and other extremists are easily sneaking into Pakistan's territory bordering Afghanistan, and could launch an air ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

UN, US urge Afghan government to probe alleged poll fraud


September 8th, 2009 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, Sep 8 (DPA) The US and the UN have increased their pressure on the Afghan government to allow a thorough review of the Aug 20 presidential election following mounting allegations of ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Karzai rival alleges widespread fraud in Afghan polls


August 29th, 2009 - 4:24 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 29 (IANS) Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's leading opposition candidate, has said the legitimacy of his country's new government is at stake because of what he described as "state engineered fraud" at ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

« Previous Entries

Subscribe