International news of January 31, 2009 - Call for ceasefire rejected by Sri Lanka

2009-01-31 16:37:22 (GMT) (Caymanmama.com - World News News)

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International news of January 31, 2009

  • Tony Blair favors Hamas participation in Middle East peace process
  • Arizona Bus crash kills 6 - over a dozen injured
  • Kashmir left out of Holbrook’s agenda on India’s request
  • Call for ceasefire rejected by Sri Lanka
  • Blacks rule the US and its political departments

Tony Blair favors Hamas participation in Middle East peace process

London: Cautiously wording his comments about the Middle East peace process, Tony Blair favored participation of Hamas. He said, ‘I do think it is important that we find a way of bringing Hamas into this process, but it can only be done if Hamas are prepared to do it on the right terms, if you do this in the wrong way it can destabilize the very people in Palestine who have been working all through for the moderate cause.’

Arizona Bus crash kills 6 - over a dozen injured

Phoenix: 6 people were killed and more than a dozen were injured when the South Korean Tour Bus carrying passenger who were heading for Las Vegas Gambling zone crashed. The accident occurred int he Dolan Springs 365 kilometers northwest of Phoenix.

Kashmir left out of Holbrook’s agenda on India’s request

Washington: Mr. Holbrook’s, who has been appointed as special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan by the Obama Administration will not be dealing with Kashmir issue. Kashmir has been scraped from his assignment. The report issued in this respect states, ‘Eliminating … Kashmir from his job description … is seen as a significant diplomatic concession to India that reflects increasingly warm ties between the country and the United States.’

While the US state department’s spokesman Robert A Wood stated, ‘His mandate is to go out and try to help bring stability to Afghanistan, working closely with Pakistan.’

Call for ceasefire rejected by Sri Lanka

Colombo: With almost 250,000 civilian’s lives are at risk while the Sri Lanka’s army pushes forward to claim victory over Tamil Tigers the International community has send requests to the Sri Lanka government to stop the military action. The Sri Lankan government rejected all such calls. The Human rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told the press that, “There will be no ceasefire, We will continue with our military operations and we will continue to liberate areas which have not been liberated so far.”

Blacks rule the US and its political departments

Washington: The Republican National Party gets new chairman, but this Michael Steele was elected after he defeated the party chief and 3 other contestants in the six rounds of voting. He became the first first black who will head the Republicans.

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