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    Bush slams Sharon over settlements
    WASHINGTON, APRIL 12.The U.S. President, George Bush, has delivered an unusually stern public warning to the Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, against plans to expand Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank. The censure, delivered on a ...

    Rumsfeld warns against purge in Iraq
    MANAMA, APRIL 12. With the Iraqi Parliament choosing a Shia as Prime Minister and a Kurdish leader as President, the visiting U.S. Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, has warned that the new dispensation should not carry out any political ...

    ASEAN defers Myanmar decision
    SINGAPORE, APRIL 12. The Foreign Ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) agreed on Monday to defer a final decision on whether or not Myanmar should assume the chairmanship of the regional outfit for 2006. The ASEAN ...

    Shed reservations, Musharraf asks PoK leaders
    ISLAMABAD, APRIL 12. The Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, has urged Kashmiris, who have reservations on the peace process with India, to have faith in Pakistan and support the efforts wholeheartedly. At a meeting with leaders of the ...

    Dead soldier's mother enters British poll fray
    LONDON, APRIL 12.The mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq has decided to contest next month's general election against the Armed Forces Minister, Adam Ingram, saying that she wants to give a "voice to all those who want to end this war''. ...

    Humanoids for the home
    TOKYO, APRIL 12. A small walking man-shaped robot for home security and entertainment is going on sale in Japan for 588,000 yen (about Rs. 2.4 lakhs. The 39 cm tall, 2.5 kg robot, called nuvo, from ZMP Inc. also comes in a fancier 888,000 yen ...

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    School children held hostage
    ENNEPETAL (GERMANY):, A man armed with two knives pulled a group of schoolchildren off a public bus in a northwest German town on Tuesday and forced four of them into the cellar of a nearby house, police said. Police sharpshooters and other ...

    India to be invited to East Asia Summit
    SINGAPORE, APRIL 12. India will be invited to the first-ever East Asia Summit (EAS) to be organised by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Kuala Lumpur towards the end of this year. As the EAS will initiate the process of ...

    Natwar's visit will help ties move forward: U.S.
    WASHINGTON, APRIL 12. The Bush administration has said that the visit of the External Affairs Minister, Natwar Singh, is an "opportunity to move forward generally" vis--vis bilateral relations. The State Department spokesman, Richard Boucher, ...

    CITES appeal to save Indian tigers
    GENEVA/DEHRA DUN, APRIL 12. The international agency controlling endangered species today made a ``last ditch'' appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to save the endangered Indian tiger, amid fears that poaching is rampant in the country. ...

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