Over 1,100 killed in Iraq violence in September

Baghdad: A total of 1,119 Iraqis were killed and 1,946 injured in terror attacks and violence in September in Iraq, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said Wednesday.

It said 854 civilians and 265 security personnel were killed while 1,604 civilians were wounded. An additional 342 security members were wounded in terrorist and violent acts, reports Xinhua.

The UNAMI excluded the casualties in Anbar province where fierce clashes flared up after Iraqi police dismantled an anti-government protest site outside Ramadi in December last year.

Australian PM labels burqa 'confronting form of attire'

Canberra: Australia's parliament approved tough new counter-terrorism laws Wednesday but cross-party support for the measures was accompanied a spat over the wearing of burqas.

The opposition Labour combined with the governing conservative coalition to pass a bill designed largely to deal with the threat posed by Islamic State extremists spreading their terror to Australia.

Nobel laureates summit cancelled after visa denial to Dalai Lama

Dharamsala : The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town, South Africa, this month has been cancelled owing to denial of a travel visa by the host country to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a visiting Nobel laureate said here Wednesday.

"The venue of the summit has been shifted out of South Africa," Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams of the US told reporters here.

The new venue for the summit would be announced later, she said.


Brazilian president leads opinion poll ahead of elections

Brasilia : Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff continues to lead her rivals ahead of Sunday's presidential race, according to a polling institute, Datafolha.

Datafolha said Rousseff, who represents the Workers' Party, had 40 percent support among voters, the same as the previous poll showed last Friday, Xinhua reported.

Third-ranked Aecio Neves rose in the poll and got closer to runner-up Marina Silva, making the fight for the second place tougher.


Modi makes a 'hugely successful journey' to America

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up what he himself called a "hugely successful journey" to the US, winning over everyone, from President Barack Obama down, hardselling India to big business and wowing Indian-Americans.

Washington citizens’ court ‘indicts’ PM Modi for human rights violations in Gujarat

By Kaleem Kawaja,

Washington DC: The US based Sikh Foundation for Justice (SFJ) in coordination with the American Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (AGPC), held a citizens' court on Tuesday in Lafayette Park, a small park in front of the White House to indict PM Narendra Modi for the human rights violations in 2002 in Gujarat.

US slaps sanctions on two Pakistan terror groups for helping LeT

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: The US has targeted two Pakistan-based terrorist organisations and frozen the assets of their leaders for providing financial support to Lashkar-e -Taeba (LeT) held responsible for the Nov 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

The action by the US treasury against the leader of Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HuM) and the LeT financial support networks came as India and US committed to make joint and concerted efforts to dismantle terrorist safe havens.

India, US to intensify cooperation on anti-terror fight: Modi

Washington: India and the US will work together on disrupting financial and tactical support for terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted that both sides have "agreed on joint and concerted efforts, including dismantling of safe havens for terrorist and criminal networks".

"India-US to work together on disrupting financial & tactical support for LeT, JeM, D-company and Haqqani network," his tweet said.

India, US to intensify cooperation on anti-terror fight: Modi

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama Tuesday discussed the issue of terrorism, including in West Asia, and agreed to cooperate in counter-terrorism measures and in intelligence sharing.

Modi, addressing a joint press conference with Obama after their summit-level talks here, said that they had also discussed climate change and agreed to cooperate in that field and on Afghanistan and the Ebola virus disease crisis.

Sought access for Indian companies to American markets: Modi

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that he has urged US President Barack Obama to take steps that would help Indian service companies get access to the US economy.

“I told Obama to open means of access for Indian companies in US markets,” he said at a joint press interaction after their summit-level talks here.

Both sides had had an “open discussion on the WTO issue”, he said.

Modi said he had conveyed that while India supported trade facilitation, a solution needed to be found that would take care of India’s food security issues.