Politics Balla - Curated Politics News http://www.politicsballa.com/latest_stories en Indian smuggler shot by Nepal police http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174646/indian-smuggler-shot-nepal-police Kathmandu, Nov 22 (IANS) Nepal Police shot dead an Indian national along the Nepal-India border while he was smuggling weapons from India. The incident took place Saturday afternoon in Bishnupura...]]> Crime/Disaster/Accident Nepal News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:30:09 +0000 ians 174646 at http://www.politicsballa.com Battle with IS militants continues in Iraq http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174645/battle-militants-continues-iraq Baghdad, Nov 22 (IANS) Iraqi security forces launched a major offensive against Islamic State (IS) militants in the western province of Anbar Saturday, even as fighting continued in the province of...]]> Iraq Terrorism News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:24:04 +0000 ians 174645 at http://www.politicsballa.com Five killed in Indonesia landslides http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174643/five-killed-indonesia-landslides Jakarta, Nov 22 (IANS) At least five people were killed and many houses damaged in landslides in Indonesia's North Sumatra Saturday, an official said here. Heavy downpour caused the landslides in...]]> Crime/Disaster/Accident Indonesia News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:08:06 +0000 ians 174643 at http://www.politicsballa.com Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Kenya bus attack http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174642/al-shabaab-claims-responsibility-kenya-bus-attack Nairobi, Nov 22 (IANS) Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab Saturday claimed responsibility for the killing of 28 bus passengers in Kenya. Al-Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said the...]]> Kenya Terrorism News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:04:09 +0000 ians 174642 at http://www.politicsballa.com Sharif urges Obama to take up Kashmir issue with India http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174638/sharif-urges-obama-take-kashmir-issue-india Islamabad, Nov 22 (IANS) As US President Barack Obama confirmed his India visit for the Republic Day next year, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged him to take up the Kashmir issue with...]]> Pakistan Diplomacy News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:44:06 +0000 ians 174638 at http://www.politicsballa.com Saarc panel decides to close regional centres http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174631/saarc-panel-decides-close-regional-centres Kathmandu, Nov 22 (IANS) The Saarc Programming Committee, meeting here Saturday for its 49th session ahead of the 18th Saarc Summit, has decided to close down three regional centres and merge four...]]> Indo-Pak/Pakistan Nepal Diplomacy News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:32:04 +0000 ians 174631 at http://www.politicsballa.com Nepal-India border to be sealed during Modi visit http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174630/nepal-india-border-be-sealed-during-modi-visit Kathmandu, Nov 22 (IANS) Some parts of the Nepal-India border will be sealed during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, an official said here...]]> Nepal Diplomacy News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:30:17 +0000 ians 174630 at http://www.politicsballa.com Five killed in Afghanistan attack http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174620/five-killed-afghanistan-attack Kabul, Nov 22 (IANS) At least five people were killed and seven injured in an attack in Afghanistan, the authorities said Saturday. A bomb targeted a car in Nangarhar province's Jalalabad city,...]]> Indo-Pak/Pakistan Israel Terrorism News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:34:06 +0000 ians 174620 at http://www.politicsballa.com Indian helping to light up Gambia (Diaspora Feature) http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174610/indian-helping-light-gambia-diaspora-feature Banjul (Gambia), Nov 22 (IANS) Like many Indians who are proving to be philanthropists around Africa, Ram Mohan has set up a social business called Comafrique Intelizon Initiative and has embarked...]]> Gambia Features Diaspora News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:50:05 +0000 ians 174610 at http://www.politicsballa.com Leopards in human areas not conflict animals: Study http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174606/leopards-human-areas-not-conflict-animals-study New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Leopards in human areas are not always "stray" or "conflict" animals but residents with strategies to thrive in human dominated areas, says the first GPS-based study of...]]> Environment/Wildlife Science/Tech India News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:58:04 +0000 ians 174606 at http://www.politicsballa.com Nisha Desai Biswal headed to India ahead of Obama visit http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174603/nisha-desai-biswal-headed-india-ahead-obama-visit Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Nisha Desai Biswal is heading to India Monday ahead of President Barack Obama's January visit to join India's Republic Day...]]> Diplomacy United States News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:50:05 +0000 ians 174603 at http://www.politicsballa.com Golf courses are hotspots for ticks http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174602/golf-courses-are-hotspots-ticks Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) Golf courses are prime habitats for ticks, the tiny bloodsucking creatures, says a new study. Ticks like to feed at the boundaries between the woods and open spaces - the...]]> Environment/Wildlife Health/Medicine Science/Tech United States News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:48:05 +0000 ians 174602 at http://www.politicsballa.com Report clears Obama administration on Benghazi attack http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174601/report-clears-obama-administration-benghazi-attack Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) A two-year Congressional probe into an attack on a US diplomatic post in Libya's Benghazi city has cleared the Obama administration of accusations of mishandling its...]]> Defence/Security United States News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:46:06 +0000 ians 174601 at http://www.politicsballa.com Release Of Al Jazeera journalists will confirm regional realignment (Comment: Special to IANS) http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174597/release-al-jazeera-journalists-will-confirm-regional-realignment-comment-special-ians My crystal ball tells me that the three Al Jazeera journalists, incarcerated in Cairo for the past six months, are about to be released. The three were part of Egypt's most powerful news bureau...]]> Opinion/Commentary India Politics News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:36:03 +0000 ians 174597 at http://www.politicsballa.com 28 killed in Kenya attack http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174594/28-killed-kenya-attack Nairobi, Nov 22 (IANS) At least 28 people were killed Saturday in an attack on a bus in Kenya's Mandera county, authorities said. A group of over 100 armed men stopped the Nairobi-bound bus and...]]> Kenya Terrorism News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:30:08 +0000 ians 174594 at http://www.politicsballa.com India calls for more transparency in Security Council's working http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174590/india-calls-more-transparency-security-councils-working United Nations, Nov 22 (IANS) Pressing ahead with its calls for reforming the UN Security Council and expanding its membership, India has called for more transparency in its workings,...]]> Defence/Security United States News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:56:03 +0000 ians 174590 at http://www.politicsballa.com Thick fog closes highways, airport in China http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174589/thick-fog-closes-highways-airport-china Beijing, Nov 22 (IANS) A heavy fog shrouded many parts of China's Shandong province Saturday, closing highways and delaying flights, authorities said. The provincial meteorological observatory...]]> Environment/Wildlife China News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:48:03 +0000 ians 174589 at http://www.politicsballa.com Republicans sue Obama administration over health care reforms http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174584/republicans-sue-obama-administration-over-health-care-reforms Washington, Nov 22 (IANS/EFE) The Republican majority in the US House of Representatives filed suit against the administration of Barack Obama over the use of executive orders to implement the...]]> Immigration/Law/Rights Politics United States News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:56:03 +0000 ians 174584 at http://www.politicsballa.com Major powers, Iran racing against time for nuke deal http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174583/major-powers-iran-racing-against-time-nuke-deal Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) The world's major powers and Iran are racing against time to reach a deal over Tehran's nuclear programme, with another extension of the negotiations not being the focus...]]> Diplomacy Politics United States News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:06:04 +0000 ians 174583 at http://www.politicsballa.com Obama defends his immigration reform plan http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174580/obama-defends-his-immigration-reform-plan Las Vegas, Nov 22 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama has defended his immigration reform plans, which could protect five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Obama was welcomed in...]]> Honduras Immigration/Law/Rights News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:24:04 +0000 ians 174580 at http://www.politicsballa.com Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood demands leader's release http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174576/jordans-muslim-brotherhood-demands-leaders-release Amman, Nov 22 (IANS) Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has demanded the release of its detained leader Zaki Bani Rsheid. In a statement Friday, the group said that the security forces had arrested its...]]> Jordan Politics News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:00:12 +0000 ians 174576 at http://www.politicsballa.com Israel and Palestine agree on Gaza reconstruction: UN official http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174575/israel-and-palestine-agree-gaza-reconstruction-un-official United Nations, Nov 22 (IANS) An agreement has been reached between Israel, Palestine and the United Nations (UN) under which nearly 25,000 homeowners in Gaza can access materials to repair their...]]> Diplomacy United States News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:40:04 +0000 ians 174575 at http://www.politicsballa.com Lebanon won't celebrate independence day, owing to presidential vacancy http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174573/lebanon-wont-celebrate-independence-day-owing-presidential-vacancy Beirut, Nov 22 (IANS) Lebanon has cancelled all official plans to celebrate its independence day, according to media reports. The decision was taken owing to the current vacancy in the country's...]]> Lebanon Politics News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:06:06 +0000 ians 174573 at http://www.politicsballa.com Bahrain set for first election since 2011 protests http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174570/bahrain-set-first-election-2011-protests Manama, Nov 22 (IANS) Bahrain will hold its first parliamentary elections Saturday, since a failed protest against the monarchy in 2011, though the Shiite opposition has called for a boycott of the...]]> Bahrain Politics News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:52:05 +0000 ians 174570 at http://www.politicsballa.com Fiji a sincere friend and important partner: China http://www.politicsballa.com/2014/11/174569/fiji-sincere-friend-and-important-partner-china Nadi (Fiji), Nov 22 (IANS) China sees Fiji as a sincere friend and an important partner in the Pacific Islands region, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, during his visit to the island country....]]> Fiji Diplomacy News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:50:03 +0000 ians 174569 at http://www.politicsballa.com