SRINAGAR: An influential separatist in Indian Kashmir yesterday threw his support behind hardliners in the divided secessionist alliance, saying two-way talks with New Delhi would lead nowhere.
The decision by Sheikh Abdul Aziz – who had previously kept his distance between the factions of the main separatist alliance, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference – was a shot in the arm for the hardliners led by pro-Pakistani firebrand Syed Ali Geelani. – AFP
Plea bargain over coup plot
PRETORIA: Two suspected mercenaries released from Zimbabwe turned themselves in to South African authorities yesterday to answer charges of involvement in an alleged coup plot in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.
South Africans Harry Carlse and Lourens Horn, accompanied by their lawyer, were seeking to negotiate a plea bargain that could see them spill the beans on some of the other players in the coup plot, a source in the Scorpions elite investigative unit said. – AFP
Abortion ship staying put
LISBON: The operators of a Dutch ship housing a floating abortion clinic have vowed to stay just outside Portuguese waters until they are given permission to dock in the country.
“Our goal is to bring the ship inside (Portuguese territory). And we will wait the time that is needed for this to happen,” said Rebecca Gomperts, the doctor who five years ago founded the Women on Waves Foundation which manages the clinic. – AFP
Cher to end farewell tour
SYDNEY: Superstar actress and performer Cher will finally end her protracted “Farewell Tour” with a series of shows in Australia early next year.
“My Australian shows will be very emotional because that's where it will end,” Cher, 58, said in a statement released to Australian media.
Cher will perform in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane beginning on Feb 26, her promoters said. – AFP
Newspapers now partners
TAIPEI: A Chinese-language newspaper, the United Daily News, yesterday began distributing a weekly supplement featuring stories from the New York Times.
The eight-page supplement, containing features and news analysis, is the first co-operation between the New York Times International Weekly and a Chinese-language newspaper. – AFP
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