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Former presidential contender says Bush lies to US people


New York : Former US senator and presidential contender in 1972, George McGovern, criticized the Bush administration for driving the United States to war with the entire Arab and Muslim world -- more than a billion people.

He said in an article titled 'Why I believe Bush must go', published in Washington Post on Sunday that although the president was advised by the intelligence agencies last August that Iran had no program to develop nuclear weapons, Bush continued to lie to the country and the world.

US State Department statement, psychological war against Iran


Tehran : A recent statement by the US State Department advising US-based Iranians and foreign nationals not to travel to Iran was in line with US psychological war, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

"The statement was issued in compliance with Washington's poisonous propaganda against Tehran," Mohammad-Ali Hosseini told reporters at his weekly press conference.

He added that all Iranian and non-Iranian nationals who have visited the country so far found a different impression about Iran and left the country with a pleasant memory.

Pakistan rejects US media report on covert tribal area operation


Islamabad : Pakistan on Sunday rejected American media report that President Bush's senior national security advisers are debating whether to expand the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency and the military to conduct far more aggressive covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

The New York Times reported on Sunday the debate is a response to intelligence reports that Al Qaeda and the Taliban are intensifying efforts there to destabilize the Pakistani government.

UN launches emergency operation to feed over 1m displaced Iraqis


Tehran : The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) launched $126-million year-long emergency operation to feed more than 1 million displaced Iraqis.

According to a press release issued by the UN Information Center (UNIC) here on Sunday, the displaced Iraqis are unable to meet their basic needs due to the violence wracking the country.

Scotland Yard team visits Liaquat Bagh for assassination probe


Islamabad : Scotland Yard investigators started a probe into the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto by visiting Liaquat Bagh here Saturday.

The six-member team examined the place where the former prime minister came under attack on December 27 while leave Liaquat Bagh in her vehicle after addressing an election rally.

The team, which arrived in the area under tight security arrangements, inspected the venue of the public rally.

UAE set to have women federal court judges

By NNN-Bernama

Dubai : Women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will soon be allowed to become federal court judges when the country's judiciary law is amended.

Justice Minister Mohammad Nakhira Al Daheri told English daily "Gulf News" that the Ministry of Justice is amending the law to allow women to take up positions as judges and prosecutors at the federal level.

"At present, the law states that only a Muslim man is entitled to assume the position of a judge," the newspaper quoted him as saying.

Musharraf admits Bhutto may been shot


Washington : Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has conceded for the first time that a gunman may have shot former Premier Benazir Bhutto.

However, Musharraf insisted that she was responsible for her death as she exposed herself to danger despite being given "more security than any other person".

The Pakistan President, whose comments came days after the government claimed Bhutto died of a skull fracture and not from a gun shot wound, is facing intense criticism over the administration's explanation of the killing of the opposition leader.

Pakistan denies media report on covert US operation

By Xinhua

Islamabad : Pakistan Sunday dismissed a US media report about US covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan as "baseless".

The report carried by The New York Times Sunday edition said US President George W. Bush's senior national security advisers were debating whether to expand the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the military to conduct more aggressive covert operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

Israel to negotiate core issues with Palestine

By Xinhua

Jerusalem : Israel and the Palestinians will form a special committee for talks over the core issues of their conflict, local media reported Sunday.

The committee, led by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and former Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qurei, will allow the two sides to engage in a real dialogue, an Israeli senior political source was quoted by local daily Ha'aretz as saying.

Musharraf vows support for Scotland Yard in Bhutto death probe

By Xinhua

Islamabad : The detectives from Scotland Yard, now in Pakistan to assist with the probe into the recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto, would be provided maximum support and information, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said Saturday.

"Maximum support and information would be provided to the Scotland Yard team for them to carry out the investigation independently," local TV Dawn News quoted Musharraf as saying.