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  • Rape happens 'by mistake', says Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra

    June 8, 2014 4:42 PM 4

    Raipur: As the gangrape and murder of two cousins in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun sparked a nationwide outrage, Chhattisgarh Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra has waded into a controversy by saying that rape happens "by mistake". Talking to news channels, Paikra said on Friday that "nobody commits rape on purpose" but it happens "by mistake ('dhoke se')". He was responding

  • New president of Ukraine is sworn-in as pro-Russian rebels launch latest assault in beleaguered country's east

    June 8, 2014 4:03 PM 5

    The new president of Ukraine has been sworn-in and called for talks with the country's east as pro-Russian rebels launched its latest attack in Luhansk. The new president of Ukraine has been sworn-in and called for talks with the country's east as pro-Russian rebels launched its latest attack in Luhansk. The assaults took place at Lugansk International

  • Sudan arrests second opposition leader

    June 8, 2014 3:12 PM 7

    KHARTOUM, June 8 – Sudanese police on Sunday arrested an opposition leader accused of having criticized a counter-insurgency unit, an aide said, in the second such case in just over three weeks. Sudanese Congress Party chief Ibrahim al-Sheikh was taken away from his home in Nuhud town of West Kordofan by police acting on an arrest warrant, the party’s

  • No one commits rape deliberately; it's accidental, says Chhattisgarh's Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra

    June 8, 2014 2:51 PM 14

    Elected representatives, on more than one occassion, in the recent days, have been made foot-in-mouth gender biased statements. Following in the line of Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur who said that rape is sometimes ok, Chhattisgarh's Home Minister Ramsevak Paikra, today, said, "Balatkar jaisi ghatna ko koi janbujhkar nahi karta hai. Dhoke

  • South African President Expected Out of Hospital Sunday

    June 8, 2014 2:41 PM 3

    JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's ruling African National Congress expects President Jacob Zuma to be out of hospital on Sunday following a routine health check in a Pretoria hospital. Zuma's hospital stay follows an announcement from his office on Friday that the 72-year-old president was in need of rest, and would take a few days off from public appearances

  • Kosovans vote in landmark elections

    June 8, 2014 2:31 PM 8

    Parliamentary polls sees Serbian minority vote for the first time since Kosovo broke away from Serbia six years ago. Kosovo is voting in parliamentary elections with the Serbian minority taking part in the polls for the first time since the country broke away from neighbouring Serbia as both nations seek membership of the European Union. A high turnout

  • Zuma to leave hospital - Mantashe

    June 8, 2014 2:29 PM 3

    Johannesburg - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is expected to be discharged from hospital on Sunday, a day after he was admitted for tests following a bout of exhaustion, an ANC official said. “Our information was he was going to be out of that (hospital) yesterday late or today,” Gwede Mantashe, general secretary of the ruling ANC told reporters

  • Sisi sworn in as Egypt's president

    June 8, 2014 1:46 PM 12

    Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as president of Egypt on Sunday in a ceremony with low-key attendance by Western allies concerned by the country's crackdown on dissent since he ousted Islamist leader Mohamed Mursi last year. The retired field marshal took the oath of office at the heavily guarded Constitutional Court and then left to attend

  • Poverty, graft test Kosovo ex-rebel’s bid for third term

    June 8, 2014 1:43 PM 17

    PRISTINA: Kosovo voted in an election on Sunday marked by voter frustration over poverty and corruption six years after seceding from Serbia, testing ex-guerrilla Hashim Thaci's bid for a third term as prime minister. Some analysts expect the closest race since 46-year-old Thaci presided over Kosovo's Western-backed declaration of independence in 2008. If he wins, Thaci

  • Kenya : ‘Uhuru lost golden chance to play politics’

    June 8, 2014 10:18 AM 8

    NAIROBI, KENYA: In reversing his decision to engage Opposition chiefs in national dialogue, politicians and analysts opine President Uhuru Kenyatta has lost major clear political opportunities. The President appeared to have embraced the dialogue opportunity last Sunday when he addressed the nation from Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi, during the Madaraka Day celebrations