News archive from 28 December 2012, page 4

National Archives: How Gaddafi plot to send arms to Argentina was uncovered

A SECRET plot by Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to supply arms to the Argentinian junta in the midst of the Falklands War was dramatically uncovered by British agents, according to the files. An alert British air attache discovered the Argentines...


Russian president says he will sign adoption bill into law

Russian president Vladimir Putin said yesterday that he will sign a controversial bill barring Americans from adopting
Russian children. The law would block dozens of Russian children now in the process of being adopted by American families...


Iranian health minister sacked

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed his only female cabinet minister, health minister Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, yesterday after she criticised her colleagues for failing to provide funds to import vital medicines. Ms Dastjerdi was the first...


Charges for Thai protest leaders

Protest leaders in Thailand were charged yesterday with storming the prime minister's office compound and sealing off parliament during anti-government rallies in 2008, at the height of political turmoil which has left the country deeply divided....


New chapter in dynastic politics of Pakistan

The 24-year-old son of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto launched his political career yesterday with a fiery speech before thousands of cheering supporters observing the fifth anniversary of his mother's assassination. Bilawal Bhutto...


France distances itself from regime

French president Francois
Hollande said yesterday that France wants to protect its interests in Central African Republic and not a regime, casting doubt that the former colonial power will come to the aid of the government facing a rapid...


Argentine ex-minister jailed for corruption

A FORMER Argentine economy minister has been sentenced to four years in prison for corruption. Felisa Miceli was forced to quit in 2007 when Argentine pesos and US dollars worth the combined equivalent of £32,000 were found in her office


East China Sea stand-off goes on

China is "highly vigilant" about Japanese jet fighter flights over islands claimed by both countries, and Japan must bear responsibility for any consequences, Chinese military and maritime officials said yesterday. The officials, speaking a...


Egypt to investigate overthrow claims against the opposition

Egypt's leading prosecutor has ordered an investigation into accusations against opposition leaders of incitement to overthrow the regime. A judge will investigate the report filed last month accusing Mohammed ElBaradei, Nobel Prize winner and former...


Nigeria journalists held without charge

Nigerian security forces have detained two journalists over articles they published regarding alleged military abuses during the country's fight against an Islamist sect. The journalists’ union said Aliyu Saleh and Musa Muhammad Awwal are yet to face...


Pony home after festive ‘gift raid’

A PONY is back at its Austrian circus home more than a week after apparently being kidnapped by a woman who wanted to give her sick daughter a Christmas surprise. Fridolin went missing from the Vienna Christmas Circus early last week. A spokesman said...


Sudan accuses its southern neighbour

South Sudan has accused Sudan of launching attacks inside its territory, killing at least five people. Military spokesman Colonel Philip Aguer said yesterday that the attacks came on Christmas day, killing three women and two children. Warplanes...


Death toll in US storms increases

The death toll from a winter storm that pushed through the US Midwest into the north-east has risen to 12. Officials in Indiana say a man and a woman were killed when the scooter they were riding went out of control and they were hit by a pick-up truck.


Iran sends message to UN over search

Iran would let the United Nations into a base it suspected was used for atomic weapons work if threats against the republic are dropped, a government official said. Deputy foreign minister Hassan Qashqavi said a visit to the facility was “possible”.


Ex–president faces health setbacks

Former American president George HW Bush is in intensive care at a Texas hospital after suffering "a series of [health] setbacks," including a stubborn fever. Spokesman Jim McGrath said the 88-year-old had been admitted on Sunday to the unit...


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