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Indians drag Pak farmer across border, shoot him dead

Indian Border Security Force on Wednesday opened unprovoked firing across the LoC near Shakargarh Sector's border village, injured an elderly farmer, dragged him into its territory and shot him dead there. According to the senior officials of the Chenab Rangers, some local farmers were working in their fields at zero line near Shakargarh Sector's Ajlaala village along the Sialkot Working Boundary here.



Japanese government censorship on World War II crimes

Three Japanese ministers visited the notorious Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday, continuing the push by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's right-wing government to revive militarism and whitewash the war crimes committed by the Japanese army during World War II. Saturday's visit came a day after 110 lawmakers went to the shrine.



Ukraine loses Donbass hopelessly

The recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine showed that the parliament will be dominated by the "war party" of Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, although the "peace party" of Petro Poroshenko is not peace-loving at all. Putting it simply, it is very likely that the war will resume, while the authorities will try to distract public attention from socio-economic problems that Ukraine is facing today.



Venizelos slams Turkey for 'flagrant violation of international law' off Cyprus

Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos on Friday condemned Turkey for "the flagrant violation of international law," referring to the presence of a Turkish research vessel and warships of the southern coast of Cyprus where Nicosia is already conducting research for hydrocarbons. Issuing the statement on the occasion of United Nations Day, Venizelos underlined the duty of member states "to reflect on the fundamental chartered principles of the United Nations, the principles of respect for the sovereignty of member states, of abstention from hostile actions and from the threat of violence, of dedication to the peaceful resolution of differences, of respect for international law."



India to Supply Vietnam With Naval Vessels Amid China Disputes

India will soon be supplying naval vessels to Vietnam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, the first significant military transfer to Hanoi at a time when it is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China. The announcement came after Modi held talks with his visiting Vietnamese counterpart, Nguyen Tan Dung, during which the two sides agreed to modernize the Vietnamese military as well as raise Indian involvement in Vietnam's energy sector.



Sir Ian McKellen awarded freedom of the City of London

Sir Ian McKellen has been given the freedom of the City of London in recognition of his work for gay rights. The 75-year-old actor, whose film roles include playing Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings fantasy trilogy and The Da Vinci Code, received the award at Guildhall in the capital.


182012 Presidential Election

Poll: Economy, health care eclipse social issues

As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds.


19Erie County, PA

Erie man accused of possessing child pornography

David R. Hafenstiner, 36, of the 300 block of East 32nd Street, remains in the Erie County Prison on $25,000 bond this morning after he was arraigned late Tuesday afternoon by Senior District Judge Joseph Lefaiver on 22 felony counts of possession of child pornography and on a misdemeanor count of possessing instruments of crime. Detectives accuse Hafenstiner of possessing 20 photos and two videos of child pornography that investigators found on computers taken from Hafenstiner's residence on Sept.


20Udmurtskaya Respublika, Russia

Half of Russians think country may see Stalinist repression again

Almost half of Russians fear there may be a repeat of mass repression in Russia similar to that seen in the Soviet Union in the times of Stalin, according to a poll released on Wednesday by the Russian Public Opinion Foundation, UNIAN reports. Sociologists asked members of the public if political repression could happen again in Russia, and what the level of probability of such repression was.