13 Maoists charge-sheeted for war crimes in Nepal

Kathmandu : The Nepalese authorities Tuesday filed a charge-sheet against 13 Maoist cadres, holding them responsible for killing a youth in 2004 during the rebel-initiated civil conflict.

The 13 cadres were arrested after the parents of Krishna Prasad Adhikari, who was killed in Chitwan distict, staged a hunger strike for 171 days. Their condition is said to be critical.

Obama urges Putin to ease eastern Ukraine crisis

London : US President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin over phone to influence the pro-Russian activists to stop their protests in eastern Ukraine, media reported Tuesday.

The telephonic conversation between the two leaders came as the crisis in eastern Ukraine is increasing since the pro-Russian activists continued to occupy buildings in the eastern towns, BBC reported.

The US said the "frank and direct" conversation between the two presidents was made at Russia's request.


Saarc, UN to work for women's empowerment in South Asia

Kathmandu : Saarc and UN Women will work towards promotion of gender equality, gender justice and empowerment of women among the countries in the South Asian region, officials said here Tuesday.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) and UN Women, the UN entity for gender equality and empowerment of women, Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding in this regard.

Ukraine launches anti-terror operation

Kiev : The Ukrainian government Tuesday launched an anti-terror operation against pro-Russia activists in the eastern city of Donetsk, Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said.

"The main purpose of these actions is to protect Ukrainian citizens, to stop terror, crime and the attempts to tear apart our country," Turchynov told the parliament.

He pledged that the government would take a "balanced and responsible approach" to the operation to avoid grave consequences, Xinhua reported.


Putin signs order to appoint Crimea's interim head

Moscow : Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order appointing Sergei Aksyonov as the interim head of Crimea.

The order dated April 14 came into force immediately, after it was published on the legal information portal Tuesday, ITAR-TASS reported.

Putin Monday informed the prime minister of Crimea about his decision to appoint Aksyonov as the interim head of the Black Sea peninsula.

"The constitution of Crimea has been adopted, and according to the existing legislation of Russia, it is necessary to appoint an interim head of Crimea," Putin said.


13 killed in shootings in Mexico

Mexico City : Thirteen people died in unrelated shootings in northern and southern Mexico over the weekend, officials said Monday.

Six people, including two children, were killed when gunmen attacked a house where a children's party was being held in the southern state of Oaxaca, officials said.

"The cause of this regrettable incident is still not known," a Oaxaca attorney general's office spokesperson said.

71 killed in Nigeria blast

London : At least 71 people were killed and 124 injured Monday in two blasts in a crowded bus station in Nigeria, an official said.

The explosion occurred as commuters were about to board vehicles to go to work in central Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, BBC reported.

Eyewitnesses said dead bodies were scattered all around the blast site.

Abbas Idris, head of the Abuja Emergency Relief Agency, confirmed 71 people dead and 124 injured.

Woman arrested for killing her seven babies in US

Washington: Police in the US state of Utah Sunday arrested a 39-year-old woman for killing her seven infants over a 10-year period, the media reported.

Megan Huntsman was arrested from her Pleasant Grove home and booked on murder charges, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Huntsman's ex-husband, who is believed to be the father of the infants, tipped off police Saturday and they found the body of a newborn infant, who appeared to be full term.

Uganda, with uranium, oil and gas, seeks India's help

By Biswajit Choudhury ,

New Delhi: Uganda, sitting on a "pile of uranium", is seeking India's knowhow to develop its reserves and open up new vistas of energy cooperation between historically linked countries, a visiting Ugandan minister has said.

Ephraim Kwamuntu, Ugandan minister of water and environment, said his country was keen on mutually beneficial cooperation with India to develop energy resources.

Ukraine bids to take back seized police station

London: Ukraine has launched an operation against pro-Russian activists who seized two government buildings in the town of Sloviansk, a media report said Sunday.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has announced on his Facebook page that security units have been deployed to take back the police station and a state security building which were seized Saturday by armed men dressed in camouflage fatigues in Sloviansk, a town about 100 km north of regional capital Donetsk near the Russian border, BBC reported Sunday.