UN: Bombs in Algerian Capital Kill 17

By Prensa Latina

United Nations : UN confirmed the death of 17 UN employees during dynamite attacks that took place this week in the Algerian capital and disclosed a message of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Sadly, I have been informed that the number of people dead by bomb explosions in Algiers on Monday was even greater than what we feared, Ban states in his message.

Cuba to Spain Cooperation Meeting

By Prensa Latina

Madrid : The second State Meeting of Cooperation with Cuba began in the Spanish city of Bilbao Friday, to foster collaboration between the different actors of cooperation between Spain and Cuba.

The meeting was convoked by the Euskadi-Cuba Association to discuss ways to obtain better coooperation between institutions, public organizations and non-governmental organizations of Spain with Cuban entities.

U.S. deletes five compromise proposals on missile defense

By Xinhua

Moscow : The United States has deleted five compromise proposals in a document received by Russia in November on the U.S. missile defense plans in East Europe, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.


Russia disappointed at missile defense talks with U.S.

By Xinhua

Moscow : Russia is disappointed about the results of the last round of missile defense talks with the United States in Budapest Thursday, a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official told a press conference Saturday.

"At the present time, the outcomes of this conversation are discouraging," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.


Mbeki faces ouster as ANC head at party conference


Polokwane (South Africa) : A leadership conference of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) that could oust President Thabo Mbeki after 10 years as the party head got underway Sunday in the northern town of Polokwane.

Mbeki, 65, headed into the conference as the underdog in a bitter race against ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma, the 65-year-old Zulu politician who took nearly two-thirds of the votes at the party nominations level.


Global Indians gather in Malaysia for convention

By NNN-Bernama

Kuala Lumpur : More than 1,000 people of Indian origin from all over the world gathered at the Putra World Trade Centre Saturday for the start of the three-day Ninth Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) International Convention.

MIC president S. Samy Vellu who launched the meet, spoke on the achievements of Indians in 110 countries, including Malaysia.

Isolation ward set up to handle ebola cases


Nairobi : A new system of self-examination for any Ebola symptoms to those suspecting to have acquired the virus following the Ebola outbreak in western Uganda has been introduced in the country.

The ministry of health has also set up an isolation ward at the Kenyatta National Hospital ready to handle any suspected cases.

A new system for examining any Ebola symptoms is also in place.


Russia's Communist Party names its chief for president

By RIA Novosti

Moscow : Russia's Communist Party has nominated its leader Gennady Zyuganov to run for the presidential elections due in March 2008.

Agreement on Zyuganov's candidature was reached Saturday during the party's congress, at which 215 of the total 218 party delegates voted in favour of the veteran leader.

Zyuganov, 63, will be running for the president for the third time and is the fourth officially nominated candidate so far.


Sri Lanka hit hard by lack of night fighting capability

By P.K. Balachandran, IANS

Colombo : Sri Lanka's air force is now able to raid Tiger-held areas in the island's north and return to base safely, but even now it is unable to counter rebel air raids at night because it lacks the capability to do so.

The Sri Lanka Air Force's (SLAF) ability to pound areas controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is in sharp contest with the past when the Tigers would down air force planes with air missiles.


Russia slams politicisation of arms control in Europe

By NNN- Prensa Latina

Moscow : The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have used the European arms control system as a means to achieve their political goals, a Russian military source confirmed on Saturday.

Following his recent meetings with the US and NATO representatives, the General Staff chief of Russia's Armed Forces, Yuri Baluyevski, said that the reciprocal actions of his country are not political shows.