After short, tense meeting, Spain’s Socialist head rejects backing Rajoy

By Angus Berwick MADRID, Feb 12 : The head of Spain’s Socialist party ruled out today supporting acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for a second term, support that could have ended the country’s political stalemate. Pedro Sanchez, the leader of the Socialists, had met Rajoy for talks to form a government, after elections in December […]

Oregon refuge searched for evidence, explosives after occupiers leave

By Jimmy Urquhart BURNS, Ore, Feb 12 : Law enforcement officials today were sweeping a wildlife refuge in Oregon for possible live explosives and evidence, a day after the last holdouts in a protest over federal control of Western land surrendered, ending a six-week armed standoff. Federal authorities said the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in […]

Indian women peacekeepers an inspiration, says Ban

United Nations, Feb 12 : Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid tributes on Friday to Indian women peacekeepers who are completing this weekend their mission in Liberia as the first ever all-female police unit deployed in UN operations. He thanked the 125-member Indian women police contingent “for inspiring all Liberians, as well as current and future […]

Five UN peackeepers killed by truck bomb, mortar fire in Mali

By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO, Feb 12 : Five UN peacekeepers were killed when their base in northern Mali was hit by mortars, gunfire and a truck bomb today, an attack that a local separatist group blamed on Islamist militants. At least 30 people were wounded in the attack in Kidal, a town […]

FIFA ethics committee bans Valcke for 12 years

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Feb 12 : Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke became the latest high-profile soccer official to be kicked out of the sport when he was banned for 12 years today after causing “considerable financial damage” to it’s scandal-plagued governing body. Valcke was found guilty by FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert of […]

Rwanda to send Burundi refugees to other countries after US warning

By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI, Feb 12 : Rwanda will send Burundian refugees to other countries after the United States said that they were being recruited to fight for the Burundian opposition and threatened to destabilise the region. Nearly quarter of a million people have fled violence in Burundi since April, with more than 70,000 seeking […]