Monthly Archives: January 2014

Annan launches Elders mission to boost Iran’s relations

Former UN Seceratry General Kofi Annan on Iran visit to boost country

Former UN chief Kofi Annan, head of a group of ex-global leaders known as the Elders, Sunday started a visit aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community, media reported. Annan is accompanied by Marti Ahtisaari, a former president of Finland, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu and Mexican ex-president Ernesto Zedillo. The group, formed in 2007, is made up of 12 global leaders who try “to promote peace, justice and human rights,” according to its website. It said the group will hold private meetings with Iranian officials but did not give further details. Iranian media reported they would start the three-day trip by visiting the mausoleum … Continue reading

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Syrian civil war focuses on aid as foes meet for first time

Syrian opposition leaders and their foes, the Syrian government sit together for the first time at a round table in Geneva.

Syria’s civil war foes held their first face-to-face meetings on Saturday, launching talks aimed at ending nearly three years of conflict which has killed 130,000 people and destabilized the wider Middle East. Government and opposition delegates faced each other across a negotiating table at the United Nations headquarters for a total of three hours in the presence of mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, who described the meetings as “a good beginning”. While political differences which Brahimi says must form the core of their talks appear insurmountable for now, the two sides focused on Saturday on a possible humanitarian deal aimed at building confidence in the negotiating process. Brahimi said he hoped that … Continue reading

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Indian minister’s wife who tweeted on his infidelity found dead

Sunanda Tharoor with husband she tweeted he was having an extramarital affair with a Pakistan journalist.

The wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor has been found dead, following reports that he was having an affair, Indian media have said. Sunanda Pushkar is reported to have been discovered at a hotel in Delhi.  The couple became embroiled in controversy over a series of Twitter messages on Wednesday that appeared to reveal he was having an affair with a Pakistani journalist. They later insisted they were happily married, blaming “unauthorised tweets”. Mr Tharoor married Ms Pushkar, a former Dubai-based businesswoman, in 2010. A public row between the couple erupted on Wednesday when messages began to appear on Mr Tharoor’s Twitter account suggesting he was having an affair with … Continue reading

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Angry wife outs Indian minister’s ‘affair’ on Twitter

Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda Pushkar who has used Tweeter to accuse him of cheating on her.

By Dean Nelson The wife of a senior Indian minister and former UN chief publicly threatened to divorce him over his alleged relationship with a Pakistani journalist after she posted their private messages on Twitter. According to the messages Shashi Tharoor, India’s human resources minister and a former candidate for United Nations Secretary-General, had been having an affair with Mehr Tarar, a high profile journalist in Pakistan. Mr Tharoor, who has more than two million followers on Twitter, suffered acute embarrassment when his wife, Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor posted a series of private messages between her husband and Ms Tarar on his timeline. One, which appeared to have to been a … Continue reading

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US alarmed as Al Qaeda retakes Iraqi city of Fallujah

Al Qaeda fighters in Fallujah after the city was retaken by them.

The United States has expressed alarm after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, an al Qaeda branch in the Middle East, and its tribal allies took control of Fallujah less than one week after launching an offensive in Iraq’s western province of Anbar. Security officials and reports told the BBC that the ISIS fighters “control the south of the city,” while “tribesmen allied with al Qaeda hold the rest of Fallujah.” Reuters reported that “the northern and eastern parts of the city were under the control of tribesmen and militants.” The names of the tribes that are supporting al Qaeda have not been disclosed. During the height of al … Continue reading

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