UN chief warns of spread of violent extremism

United Nations : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the rise in the number of foreign terrorist fighters is a manifestation of the growing spread of violent extremism, which demands urgent international attention.

The UN chief made the statement in a video message on Tuesday to the Special Meeting of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on foreign terrorist fighters, which opened here, Xinhua news agency reported.

Tributes pour in for APJ Kalam

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Various organisations – Indian and of NRIs – have offered glorifying tributes to former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, who died at Shillong, Meghalaya on Monday.

Washington: Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM)

The AIMA has issued a condolence message on the sudden passing away of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India, who it described as “a brilliant missile scientist” on behalf of the large number of Indian Muslims living in the United States of America.

Obama sees no 'factual argument' against Iran n-deal

Addis Ababa: US President Barack Obama on Monday defended the agreement reached with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, saying he has not heard a single valid argument against the historic deal.

"I've not yet heard a factual argument on the other side that holds up to scrutiny," the president said.

In a joint press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa, Obama said the pact signed between Iran and the P5+1 to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons was "a good deal".

Oman ambassador-designate meets Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram: Indian ambassador-designate to Oman Indra Mani Pandey on Monday called on Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and said the embassy in the sultunate will become a one-stop destination for all Indian expatriates.

"I have met Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Minister for Diaspora, K.C. Joseph, and other top officials. My visit to Kerala was to call on the chief minister and others to seek their support," said Pandey, who will take charge of his new assignment on August 10.

Determine own future without outside help: Obama to Africans

Nairobi : US President Barack Obama on Sunday encouraged Africans to take the reins of their own future after spending "too much time" seeking "salvation" abroad and blaming others for the continent's problems.

The future of Africa depends on the Africans, Obama said in front of a huge crowd at the Safaricom Arena in Nairobi, although he warned that "difficult" decisions must be made so that Africa can move forward.

Pakistan keen to boost trade with Iran

Islamabad : The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open "massive trade" opportunities for Pakistan, a senior official said.

Syed Tariq Fatemi, prime minister's special assistant for foreign affairs, said that both Pakistan and Afghanistan were committed to promoting dialogue between the Kabul government and Tali璪an, Dawn online reported.

Fatemi expressed the hope that Iran-Pakistan pipeline project would transform the energy markets of South Asia by bringing gas to the energy-starved region.

Modi greets Liberia on National Day  

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the people of Liberia on their National Day.

"Best wishes to the people of Liberia on their National Day. I hope India-Liberia ties grow further in the times to come," he said.

Liberia, once a part of the American Colonisation Society, declared its independence on July 26, 1847, which the US recognized on February 5, 1862.

Norway bans e-cigarette advertising

Oslo : Norway has notified vendors of electronic cigarettes that all pictures and positive reviews of the products must be removed from websites, media reported.

"E-cigarette is a tobacco surrogate and is therefore covered by the ban on advertising," Xinhua quoted Hilde Skyvulstad, a senior official of the Norwegian Directorate of Health, as saying.

Sellers of the products fear that an advertising ban will hurt their business even though many of their products are nicotine-free and do not look like cigarettes, said local business newspaper DN.

Obama promotes equality for gays in Africa

Nairobi : US President Barack Obama spoke on behalf of equality for gays in Africa, the continent with the most countries which criminalise same-sex relations.

On a visit charged with symbolism because of Obama's family ties with Kenya, he criticised the homophobia prevalent in many regimes on the continent.

He is the first sitting US president to set foot in this African nation.

In a joint press conference on Saturday with his Kenyan counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta, Obama said that no country should discriminate against citizens because of their sexual orientation.


Indian junior hockey girls lose 0-1 to England

Breda (The Netherlands) : India lost to England 0-1 in their last league match of the women's Volvo International Under-21 hockey tournament here on Saturday.

Kate Holmes struck the sole goal of the match in the 47th minute as the Indians ended the league phase with one win, one draw and three losses.

The first half of the match saw India dominating the game by continuously penetrating England's half and they managed to secure a penalty corner but it was saved by England goalkeeper Amy Tennant.