International

Nigeria elects Buhari as president in historic vote

Abuja: Challenger Muhammadu Buhari won Nigeria’s presidential election by 2.57 million votes, official results showed on Wednesday, defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the first democratic change of power in Africa’s most populous nation. The victory writes a new chapter in the country’s often turbulent history after six military coups since independence in 1960 and 16 years of unbroken civilian rule by Jonathan’s party. The [Full Article...]

Deadline abandoned in marathon Iran nuclear talks

Lausanne: The US abandoned late on Tuesday night a midnight deadline to agree the outlines of a nuclear deal with Iran but insisted that “enough progress” merited extending marathon talks into Wednesday. “We’ve made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday. There are several difficult issues still remaining,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. The announcement came late on a [Full Article...]

US releases military aid to Egypt

Washington: President Barack Obama today released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the government, in an effort to boost Cairo’s ability to combat the extremist threat in the region. The White House said Obama notified Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in a phone call today that the US would be sending 12 F-16 fighter jets, 20 missiles and up [Full Article...]

Zardari plans to launch daughter into politics

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari is planning to launch his daughter into politics, a move indicative of strained ties with his son Bilawal. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari formally stepped into politics last year, but soon developed differences with his father over handling of party affairs. According to party sources, Bilawal is living in London and planning to take a two-year [Full Article...]

‘Pak’s double game threatens US’

Washington: Pakistan Army’s “risky double game” of selectively supporting some terror groups threatens US national security objectives of rooting out terrorism from South Asia, two experts have said citing the granting of bail to Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. “Pakistan’s selective approach in fighting terrorism continues to undermine US national security objectives in the region,” wrote Lisa Curtis, a senior research fellow and Huma [Full Article...]

Germanwings co-pilot fears licence loss

Berlin:German investigators of the Germanwings plane crash last week in the French Alps with 150 people on board, are developing a hypothesis that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed the plane in desperation, fearing that he could lose his pilot’s licence due to a medical condition. German daily newspaper Bild reported on Tuesday, citing the statements of one of the case’s investigators, that the inquiry currently [Full Article...]

UN welcomes Myanmar’s historic ceasefire agreement

Yangon:The UN on Tuesday welcomed the historic signing of a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in Myanmar after negotiations for more than a year, said a statement of the UN Information Center.On behalf of Special Adviser Vijay Nambiar, the statement said the signing of NCA between the government’s Union Peace Making Work Committee (UPWC) and the ethnic armed groups’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) [Full Article...]

Iran, others push for nuke deal as deadline nears

Switzerland:With a deadline hours away, Iran and six world powers ramped up the pace today in negotiations over a preliminary deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme, while officials cautioned that any agreement would likely be fragile and incomplete. For nearly a week, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China have been trying to break an impasse in the talks, which are aimed at [Full Article...]