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Key witness in Benazir Bhutto assassination probe leaves Pak without prior permission

A man holds a picture of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto with a candle and a flower as he participates in a vigil to commemorate her death anniversary in Islamabad December 27, 2010. Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, weeks after she returned to Pakistan after years in self-imposed exile. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

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December 28, 2010 (KATAKAMI / AlbuquerquEexpress.Com) — A key witness of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination probe left for the United States without taking permission from the Pakistan government.

Dr Musadiq Khan was the principal of Rawalpindi Medical College, and examined the wounds of Benazir when brought to the general hospital on Decemeber 27, 2007, the Dawn reported.

Secretary of the Punjab Health Department, Fawad Hassan said that the department received Musadiq’s leave application after his departure from the country, which was unacceptable.

The case had been forwarded to the Punjab chief minister, the paper said.

Dr Musadiq had claimed that the cause of Benazir’s death was the wound from the lever of vehicle’s sunroof rather than the bullet wound.

He was facing investigation from the Punjab Health Department for allegedly misusing authorities and indiscipline.  (*)

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President Ahmadinejad: Iran ready to talk with G5+1

 

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a magnificent gathering of Alborz people: Iran ready to talk with G5+1

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December 28, 2010 (KATAKAMI / PRESIDENT.IR) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to hold talks in Istanbul, Brasilia and Tehran with Group 5+1.

Addressing a gathering of people in the province of Alborz, President Ahmadinejad referred to messages sent by the G5+1 including Britain, the United States, France, Russia, China and Germany and said Tehran welcomes dialogue for cooperation.

Dr.Ahmadinejad added that if they wish to open doors to cooperation, they should respect the Iranian nation’s rights.

Pointing to Iran’s nuclear issue which has gone through ups and downs these years, Dr. Ahmadinejad referred to the fact that Iran has been under intense pressure and various sanctions one after the other to stop its peaceful nuclear activities.

He further said ‘…but the winner of this political contest was the Iranian nation.’

President Ahmadinejad underlined Now, Iran is a nuclear country and they are not capable of preventing it from gaining nuclear energy.

President Ahmadinejad also warned Western countries that Iran would give a “regretting” response to anyone who “intends to prevent the Iranian nation from achieving its rights.”

President further added that world powers have two options in dealing with the Iranian nation, saying they can either go ahead with their previous path of issuing sanctions against the Islamic Republic or interact with the Islamic Republic.

“The result of the first approach is already clear. It is not the right way,” he noted.

President emphasized that cooperation and not confrontation is the only way to resolve Iran’s nuclear energy program.

President Ahmadinejad stressed the importance of recognizing the rights of the Iranian nation to pave the way for cooperation. (*)

 
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Presidential instruction to Prosecutor General to inspect Moscow airports

 

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (Photo : REUTERS/Alexander Zemlyanichenko/Pool )

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Flight delay chaos continues in Moscow airports

 

December 28, 2010(KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — Dmitry Medvedev issued instruction to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to conduct and investigation into the operation of Moscow airports and companies involved to ensure that they fully comply with the legislation regulating air travel and passenger services.

Due to poor weather conditions during the weekend, there has been severe disruption in the operation of the capital’s airports. Dozens of flights have been cancelled or delayed at Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports and serious power failure occurred. (*)

 
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Photostream : Benazir Bhutto 3rd Death Anniversary

Pakistani people gather at the tomb of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on December 26, 2010, to commemorate the third anniversary of her death. Bhutto was assassinated almost exactly three years ago in a gun and suicide attack after addressing an election campaign rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, on December 27, 2007. Pakistani police on December 22 arrested two senior police officers for alleged dereliction of duty over the Bhutto's assassination. In April, a UN panel accused the government of failing to provide Bhutto with adequate protection and said investigations were hampered by intelligence agencies and other officials who impeded "an unfettered search for the truth". (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Supporters of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto gather around her grave to commemorate her death anniversary at the Bhutto family mausoleum in larkana, located in Sindh province, December 27, 2010. REUTERS/Nadeem Soomro

A man holds a picture of Pakistan's former prime minister Benazir Bhutto with a candle and a flower as he participates in a vigil to commemorate her death anniversary in Islamabad December 27, 2010. Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007, weeks after she returned to Pakistan after years in self-imposed exile. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

A Pakistani human rights activist lights candles in front of the pictures of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on her third death anniversary in Islamabad on December 27, 2010. Bhutto was assassinated almost exactly three years ago in a gun and suicide attack after addressing an election campaign rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, on December 27, 2007. In April, a UN panel accused the government of failing to provide Bhutto with adequate protection and said investigations were hampered by intelligence agencies and other officials who impeded "an unfettered search for the truth". (Photo by BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A Pakistani woman cries at the mausoleum of martyrs of the Bhutto family in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on December 27, 2010, on the third anniversary of the death of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto was assassinated three years ago during a gun and suicide attack after addressing an election campaign rally in the city of Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, on December 27, 2007. A UN panel accused the government of failing to provide Bhutto with adequate protection and said investigations were hampered by intelligence agencies and other officials who impeded "an unfettered search for the truth". (Photo by RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

Supporters of Pakistan's slain political leader Benazir Bhutto pray at the site of her assassination on her third anniversary in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. The investigation about the killing of Bhutto who was killed in 2007 is still a mystery. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

 
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North Korean special forces dressed in South Korean uniforms

South Korean soldiers in conventional woodland pattern uniforms. (Yonhap file photo)

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SEOUL, Dec. 28 (KATAKAMI / Yonhap) — Some of North Korean special forces stationed at the border with South Korea have dressed up in military uniforms with the same camouflage pattern as South Korean soldiers’ uniforms, a military source here said Tuesday.

The North’s tactic, confirmed by the South’s military for the first time this year, is believed to be intended to effectively confuse South Korean troops as the special forces have held drills to hone their ability to infiltrate the South, the source said on condition of anonymity.

“It was confirmed, for the first time this year, that North Korean troops at the front-line land border are wearing uniforms with the same woodland camouflage pattern (as South Korean troops),” the source said.

“Our judgment is that the North’s special forces stationed there are staging drills for intrusion by wearing the uniforms.”

South Korea’s military has been developing a new combat uniform with digital camouflage since 2008. It has already been supplied to the South’s special warfare forces and will be distributed from next July to other troops.

The South’s military is now considering distributing the new uniform earlier than scheduled, in line with the North’s move, the source said.

The North is believed to have some 200,000 special forces, an 11 percent increase from two years earlier, according to data by the South’s defense ministry. Of them, the North is believed to have completed deployment of some 50,000 troops along the border with the South.

The North’s bolstering of its special warfare capabilities means that the country intends to send such troops deep into South Korea to conduct a variety of attacks in case of conflicts, defense ministry officials said.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have remained acute following a series of military aggressions by the North, including the torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in March and the Nov. 23 shelling on a border island.

The bombardment on Yeonpyeong Island near the Yellow Sea border killed two South Korean marines and two civilians, marking the first attack on a civilian area in the South’s territory since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.  (*)

 
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President Lee Myung-bak orders swift military reform to tackle N. Korea's provocation

FILE : South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, center, arrives with Defense Minister Kim Tae-young, second right, at the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the military was put on top alert after North Korea's artillery attack on South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Yonhap)

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SEOUL, Dec. 28 (KATAKAMI / Yonhap) — President Lee Myung-bak called Tuesday for “quick and bold” military reform, saying public misgivings about South Korea’s defense posture have deepened throughout this year.

Presiding over a weekly Cabinet meeting, this year’s last session, Lee said the country’s 6.1 percent economic growth and falling youth jobless rates in 2010 have been overshadowed by security loopholes laid bare by a series of North Korean attacks.  (*)

 
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Flight delay chaos continues in Moscow airports

Flight delay chaos continues in Moscow airports ( Photo : Ria Novosti )

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December 28, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Situation in two Moscow airports where thousands of people remain stranded due to weather anomalies remained tense on Monday.

Severe freezing rain, which covered the entire territory of Central Russia over the weekend, has suspended many of the country’s daily activities, causing serious power outages and disrupting the operations of public transportation and airports.

The delays were caused by power outages and ice at the Domodedovo airport and by de-icing aircraft at Sheremetyevo. The association of Russian travel companies said flight delays affected more than 20,000 people. Some 7,000 of them are still waiting for their flights in Sheremetyevo.

Flight delay chaos continues in Moscow airports ( Photo : Ria Novosti )

Electricity supplies, disrupted over the weekend in Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport, head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency said on Tuesday.

Two halls of Domodedovo, Moscow’s largest airport, remained without electricity or Internet access until early on Tuesday.

“Forty minutes ago power supplies from the second substation resumed in full,” Rosaviatsia chief Alexander Neradko said.

He added that the airport will be back on schedule in the next two or three days.

The airport, which currently remains closed to all inbound flights, expects to serve up to 350 departing flights later on Tuesday, including 100 flights delayed on Sunday and Monday.

Flight delay chaos continues in Moscow airports ( Photo : Ria Novosti )

Angry passengers in Sheremetyevo blocked entrance to the safety check area after their flight to Thailand was again postponed after a 24-hour delay. They drummed on the floor with their airport security trays to protest against the management’s negligence of the situation.

“The situation is like that – people have no information, they are hungry and very, very angry,” a passenger from a delayed flight told RIA Novosti.

“People are angered mostly by the fact that there is no explanations [from the airport staff],” said another passenger, stranded in Sheremetyevo. “Many are about to go ballistic.”

According to most recent reports, protestors have already calmed down.

Passengers and police dismissed earlier reports of brawls in Domodedovo.

“The situation is calm, no brawls, attempts to break through passport control cordons or any other incidents were registered,” the airport’s press service said.  (*)

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