US offers $45 mn bounty for eight terror leaders

Washington: The US said Tuesday it is offering rewards totalling up to 45 million dollars for information on eight key leaders of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist organisation.

The US State Department said its Rewards for Justice Programme is offering rewards of up to 10 million for information leading to the location of Nasir al-Wahishi, AQAP's top leader, and up to 5 million dollars each for the information on seven of the group's leaders, Xinhua reported

Pakistan briefs diplomats on border tensions, raises Kashmir plebiscite issue

Islamabad: Pakistan Tuesday briefed the entire diplomatic corps here on the border tensions with India and reiterated its "principled position on the Kashmir dispute" of demand for an impartial plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the UN Resolutions.

The ministry of foreign affairs briefed the diplomatic corps on the situation arising from the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary (WB) by the Indian armed forces, a statement said.

US national shot dead in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: A US national was shot dead and another wounded in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The two Americans were shot in a petrol station on the east side of Riyadh, the report said.

Police later arrested the attacker. The assailant's identity has not been revealed yet, as an investigation is still underway.

Heathrow starts screening for Ebola, Sudanese patient dies

London/Berlin/Monrovia : London's Heathrow airport Tuesday began applying new precautionary measures to detect possible cases of Ebola virus disease in passengers arriving from West African countries even as a Sudanese national infected by the virus died in Germany.

A Heathrow spokesman told Efe news agency that the new measures went into effect Tuesday morning and were being applied by the staff of Public Health England (PHE), the authority under Britain's Public Health Service (PHS) that manages medical tests.

Russian cyber spies target NATO, Ukraine: Report

Madrid : Russian hackers have exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows to spy on NATO, the Ukrainian government and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to cyber intelligence firm iSIGHT Partners.

The company reported Tuesday on its website that it had detected a five-year cyber espionage campaign dubbed "Sandworm" to infiltrate the Microsoft Windows operating system of NATO, Ukrainian officials, a government organisation from western Europe and European energy and telecommunications companies.


Bolivia polls: Partial vote count confirms Morales' victory

La Paz : Official scrutiny of 42.56 percent of the votes from presidential elections in Bolivia has confirmed the re-election of leftist Evo Morales as indicated by the exit polls.

Results from the counting of the votes was disclosed by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) late Monday, 24 hours after polls closed following technical problems and an alleged threat to the TSE system from hackers.


Violence against women denounced in Argentina

Buenos Aires : With a call to end all forms of violence against women, nearly 40,000 participants brought Argentina's 29th National Women's Conference to an end in the north-western city of Salta.

The speakers claimed that "femicide" kills one woman every 30 hours on an average in Argentina.

Republicans blamed for slashing US disease-prevention budget

Washington : The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, or DCCC, has blamed the Republicans, in a new electoral ad, for slashing the US Centres for Disease Control's (CDC) budget for researching and combating diseases such as Ebola.

"Republicans voted to cut CDC's budget to fight Ebola," the commercial says, citing a 2011 budget vote that included cuts to the agency, while noting at the same time that conservatives "protect tax breaks for special interests".


Central banks will not be able to avert next global crash

By Vatsal Srivastava,

Last week marked the inflection point many market pundits have been waiting for. The stage is set for the deepest global stock market correction since the rally began in March, 2009.

British police seize over $400,000 suspected funds for IS

London: British police have confiscated 250,000 pounds (about 401,713 dollars) of suspected funds for the Islamic State (IS), the anti-terror authorities said Monday.

Most of the money was seized from travellers departing from Manchester Airport to Turkey, who were suspected of supplying cash for militia fighters in Syria and Iraq.