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Richard Chichakli, who has been tied to convicted international arms dealer Viktor Bout, has been extradited from Australia to the US. The 53 year old alleged financial muscle behind the Bout gun-running organisation had been living in Melbourne under an alias before authorities arrested him in January. Syrian-born Chichakli had managed to evade police while working as a cleaner in the ...
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At least 17 children have died in eastern Pakistan following an explosion on a school bus. Other children were also injured when a faulty gas cylinder on board the bus exploded. The incident occurred on the outskirts of the city of Gujrat, which is located about 200km southeast of the capital, Islamabad. Police have confirmed the children were on their way to school when the bus was ...
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Damac Properties has begun handing over apartments in its long-awaited Oceanscape project in Abu Dhabi. Most investors bought apartments off-the-plan in 2006, paying 30% of their purchase price in the first 120 days of reserving their property. After seven years Damac has finally finished the project, one of its first and probably last Abu Dhabi ventures. Despite being four years late ...
A court in Kiev has banned Ukraine's first gay pride event. The court ruled the march, would have attracted anti-gay activists into the centre of the city, where annual Kiev Day celebrations would also have been taking place. A group of opponents led by the Orthodox Church led the objections to the march. The Church, through its Archpriest Georgy Kovalenko, issued the grounds for ...
WASHINGTON - A handful of vehicles and some people plunged into a river after a more than half a century old bridge that links Seattle in the US with Canada collapsed, throwing the movement on the highway into disarray. Authorities said there were no deaths in the bridge collapse on the Skagit River in the US state of Washington. Three people were rescued and taken to hospitals, they ...
CANNES - A second suspected jewellery heist was reported at the Cannes Film Festival, with a single necklace by Swiss jeweller De Grisogono worth nearly $2.6 million reported missing. In the case of the first gem loot at the Cannes Film Festival, thieves literally tore out a safe filled with roughly $1 million-worth of jewels from a hotel room. The second time around the event took place ...
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The organisational elections of the Malyasian Indian Congress (MIC), including the presidential election, will be held in 2014, a media report said Saturday.
The party's acting president G. Palanivel said that the presidential election will be held between January and March next year and this will be followed by elections of other top office-bearers.
Formed in 1946, the MIC is one of the oldest political parties in Malaysia.
It is one of the three major constituents of that country's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, other two being the United Malays National Organisation and the Malaysian Chinese Association.
Speaking after a meeting of the party's Central Working Committee (CWC), Palanivel said that a committee would be formed by November this year to oversee the elections.
He also brushed aside speculations that the chairmen of the party's state units have been pushed to pass a "no contest" resolution for the president's post.
"I did not ask the states to do that. If anyone wants to challenge me, it is up to them," the Malaysian Star quoted him as saying.
"I am not thinking about it right now. People can challenge me or return me unopposed. That is not important to me. My focus is to strengthen the party. ...
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