Missing Mexican students' parents seek suspension of state powers

Mexico City : The families of Mexico's 43 missing students are seeking the suspension of powers of the government of Guerrero state where the disappearances occurred because of infiltration by organised crime.

The suspension of powers was requested in a document submitted to Senate representatives at a meeting Tuesday at which the families also asked the legislative body to join in the search for the students.


US Congress agrees on $1-tn budget bill to avoid shutdown

Washington : US Congressional leaders have agreed on a budget bill of $1 trillion to finance the federal government until 2015 and avert a government shutdown like the one which occurred last year.

The budget bill was presented Tuesday and needs to be approved by both houses of the US Congress by Thursday in order to avoid administrative paralysis.

A few Congressmen have said that the measure would be passed before the deadline and the US government would not face another shutdown.


Over 1,000 Nepal politicians under scrutiny: Anti-graft chief

Kathmandu : The chief of Nepal's anti-corruption body has said that more than 1,000 high-profile politicians and civil servants are under scrutiny for corruption.

Addressing a programme organised here Tuesday to mark Anti-Corruption Day, Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) chief Lokman Singh Karki said some high-profile people are under investigation.

He said increasing corruption in all sectors is tarnishing the image of the country, according to Xinhua.

CIAA is the national anti-corruption body of Nepal.


Ugandan rebels suspected of killing 36 civilians in DRC

Kinshasa : At least 36 people were killed between Saturday night and Sunday morning in Beni, a territory over 350 km from Goma town in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), sources said.

Civil society sources in the eastern part of the country Monday said the latest massacre of civilians could have been carried out by members of the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan rebel group, Xinhua reported.


Typhoon Hagupit displaces 1.6 mn; toll 27

Manila : Typhoon Hagupit, which has left at least 27 people dead and 1.6 million displaced in the Philippines, was downgraded Tuesday from a storm to a tropical depression after passing through the nation's capital where it caused flooding at several places but no major damage.

Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon told media that the toll had risen to 27, adding that the number of victims could increase given that authorities had not been able to reach many regions.


100 inmates cause riot in Russian prison

Moscow : Around 100 prisoners staged a riot in Russia's Chelyabinsk detention centre Monday night, a report said Tuesday.

Riots broke out after a convict refused to go out of a prison cell on prison guards' direction and asked other prisoners for self-maiming, the Russian federal prison authority said.

The convict's neighbours from other prison cells started knocking on doors, pouring water in the corridor and set fire to mattresses' cotton-wool.

Eight of the 100 inflicted self-injuries, the authority said. There was no immediate report of any casualty.


100 war veterans observe 73rd Pearl Harbor anniversary

Washington : Nearly 100 World War II veterans gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii, to observe the 73rd anniversary of the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Of the eight survivors of the attack that led to the US's entry into the war who are still alive, four travelled to Hawaii Sunday to take part in the annual ceremony despite their advanced years.


Presidential candidates submit nominations in Sri Lanka

Colombo : Nineteen presidential candidates Monday submitted their nominations for Sri Lanka's presidency in the election scheduled for early January 2015.

According to election officials, of the 19, the focus is on two major candidates, Xinhua reported

The frontrunner is incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking a third term in power by calling early election with two years more to go before his current term ends.


British MP caught playing game on iPad in parliament

London : A British MP was caught playing Candy Crush, a popular puzzle game, on his iPad while attending a parliamentary committee meeting.

Conservative Party MP Nigel Mills was caught playing the hit online game Candy Crush Saga during a meeting of the works and pensions committee, of which he is a member, The Guardian reported Monday.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills was elected in 2010.

"There was a bit of the meeting that I wasn't focusing on and I probably had a game or two," said Nigel Mills.


China donates $500,000 to restore water to Maldives

Male: The Chinese government donated $500,000 to the Maldives government to speed up the repairs of a desalination plant and restore water to the capital, an official said here.

The donation was offered Sunday after the Maldives government announced an estimated $20 million would be required to repair the plant that was damaged in a fire on Thursday resulting in the capital's population of 130,000 being without water for four days, Xinhua reported.