Bomb Blast Hits School Bus in Pakistan

A Pakistani police officer and a rescue worker examine a damaged school bus at the site of bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. A roadside bomb exploded near a school bus in northwest Pakistan's main city, killing the driver and wounding at least two children, police said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)


December 13, 2010 (KATAKAMI / VOA) —- Officials in Pakistan say a roadside bomb struck a school bus in northwest Pakistan, killing one person and injuring four others, including two children.

Monday’s blast occurred on the outskirts of Peshawar, which lies near the tribal regions of Pakistan and the Afghan border.

Police initially said the driver of the bus was killed, but later identified the dead man as a passerby. Officials say the driver, two girl students and another passerby were injured in the explosion.

Pakistani security personnel collect evidence at a bomb blast site in Peshawar on December 13, 2010. A bomb struck a Pakistani school bus, killing a mechanic and wounding two children as they were being dropped home after class in the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said. It was the fifth bombing in Pakistan since December 6 as the nuclear-armed country steps up security for the holy month of Muharram, which typically sees a rise in sectarian tensions and attacks on Shiite Muslim religious parades. (Photo by A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images)

Authorities says the bomb may have been intended for police patrols which frequent the area.

Pakistan authorities are on alert for sectarian violence during Moharram, the holiest month for Shi’ite Muslims, which is under way. Sunni militant groups often attack Shi’ite gatherings during this period.  (*)

Russian Defense Minister did not believe in a dual policy of NATO towards Russia

Министр обороны РФ Анатолий Сердюков. Архив




MOSCOW, December 13 – (KATAKAMI / RIA Novosti) — Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov did not believe in the authenticity of the publications on the site WikiLeaks, in particular, the issue of double-NATO policy towards Russia.

In earlier publications placed WikiLeaks said that NATO’s relations with Russia has not changed and that the organization still sees in Russia a potential enemy .

“We still hope that this publication is not untrue or would be, of course, that is what happened, although I understand that any deployment of troops near the border of Russia, of course, cause for concern … We will have to take some measures accordingly, appropriate to the measures being taken by one country or another, or, in general, the block in this case “- said Serdyukov on Monday, television channel Vesti-24.

The Minister stressed that the Lisbon summit, NATO adopted a strategic concept for NATO, which Russia really satisfied than those options that were considered before.

He recalled that after the events in South Ossetia in August of 2008 ended its relationship with NATO, although it was not our initiative. ” “We tried after all these events to build our relationships and restore them in full. This certainly relates to the exercise, joint activities and sea in the Gulf of Aden, and, of course, work with Afghanistan and so on. There are a whole range of issues that we have resumed, “- said Serdyukov.

He reiterated that, according to the Lisbon document, Russia is not a threat to NATO. “So we look at this document to be optimistic and believe that our relations will develop in a positive way,” – said Serdyukov.

The head of the Defense Ministry said that Russia is now going to work, directly related to threat assessment, including parts for missile defense.

“There may be an issue. We have long been working on ways to assess the threats and challenges that are actually worth, and to assess NATO’s and the evaluation of the Russian Federation. We are trying these positions still somehow pull together and understand and appreciate the reality of them, “- said Serdyukov.

At the same time, he acknowledged that Russia’s publishing WikiLeaks not have a big surprise. “We are realists, illusion, of course, do not suffer. And I said at the outset about the August events. After them, the more we all illusions vanished. We therefore precisely this attitude and we will respond accordingly,” – said Minister of Defence.

On the other hand, he expressed the hope that official Washington reacted to the publication WikiLeaks. “We would like to be some sort of denial about this.’s Official statement,” – said the minister.

So far, the U.S. State Department did not circulate the official statements about the recent publications WikiLeaks.  (*)

Photostream : Commemorations of Kenya's 47th Independence anniversary

Kenya's president Mwai Kibaki looks at military jets as they parade during commemorations of Kenya's 47th Independence anniversary (47th Jamhuri day) on December 12, 2010 at the Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi, the day Kenya was established as a republic on December 12, 1963. (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Kenya security forces march during commemorations of Kenya's 47th Independence anniversary (47th Jamhuri day) on December 12, 2010 at the Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi, the day Kenya was established as a republic on December 12, 1963. (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dancers of the Bomas in Kenya dance during commemorations of Kenya's 47th Independence anniversary (47th Jamhuri day) on December 12, 2010 at the Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi, the day Kenya was established as a republic on December 12, 1963. (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Kenya's Airforce personnel march during commemorations of Kenya's 47th Independence anniversary December 12, 2010 at the Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi, the day Kenya was established as a republic on December 12, 1963. (Photo by SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Photostream : Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and First Lady Svetlana meets Elton John

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev (L) listens to British singer Elton John as they meet after the musician’s concert, with First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva watching in the background, on the outskirts of Moscow, December 12, 2010. Picture taken December 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) and his wife Svetlana (C) meet with British musician Elton John after his concert in Moscow, late December 12, 2010. (Photo by DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife wife Svetlana look at “The Union” album, a collaboration between British singer Elton John and US songwriter Leon Russell, after Elton John’s concert in Moscow, late on December 12, 2010. Medvedev met Elton John after his concert in Moscow. (Photo by DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismisses Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki




Tehran, Dec 13, (KATAKAMI / IRNA) — Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki stepped down on Monday and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assigned Ali Akbar Salehi as caretaker of the Foreign Ministry.

In a letter to Manouchehr Mottaki, President Ahmadinejad appreciated his services and prayed for his success.

The President assigned Vice-President and the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency Organization Ali Akbar Salehi the caretaker of Foreign Ministry. (*)

Cambodian PM leaves for China for official visit

FILE : Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Beijing on Oct. 24, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)



December 13, 2010 (KATAKAMI) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday left here for Beijing, China to pay an official visit from Dec. 13 – 17 at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao.

Hun Sen was seen off at the Phnom Penh International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, minister of interior, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, minister of council of ministers and He Leping, charge d’affaires of Chinese Embassy, as well as other government officials.

He was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Cham Prasidh, minister of commerce and other high-ranking officials.

The premier said on Sunday that his visit to China is aimed to strengthen friendly relations between the two countries in various fields and learn Chinese experience to help develop the country.

During his five-day visit, Hun Sen will pay courtesy calls on Chinese President Hu Jintao, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Wu Bangguo and will hold talk with Premier Wen Jiabao. He will also receive in a Royal Audience by former king Norodom Sihanouk, who is in Beijing for medical treatment, according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Moreover, apart from Beijing, Hun Sen will also visit other Chinese cities: Tianjin, Wuxi, Suzhou and Nanjing, and will sign more than dozen documents with China.   (*)


Source: Xinhua, People’s Daily Online


Ahmadinejad invites Jordan's king Abdullah to visit Iran

FILE : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad



December 13, 2010 (KATAKAMI / WEBINDIA123.COM) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II Sunday received a rare message from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inviting him to visit Iran, according to a royal court statement.

The message, which was delivered to the monarch by head of Ahmadinejad’s office Rahim Mashaei, expressed the Iranian leader’s “keenness on developing ties between Iran and Jordan in various spheres”, the statement said.

Abdullah underlined the need to meet with Ahmadinejad in the near future – either in Amman or Tehran – to discuss “ways for bolstering bilateral ties on clear bases in such a manner that serves the interests of the two peoples, Islamic issues as well as security and stability in the region”, the royal court said.

The discussions during the meeting tackled “a number of regional and international issues and means of addressing them in a form that reflects positively on interests of the Islamic nation”, the statement said without giving details.

Relations between Jordan and Iran appeared to have cooled in recent years after King Abdullah warned against the formation of a “Shia crescent” involving Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

However, Abdullah repeatedly called for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue and warned against the dangerous repercussions of military action.  (*)

Jordanian King Seeks Improved Iran Ties

FILE : Jordan's King Abdullah



December 13, 2010 (KATAKAMI / VOA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah has said he wants to seek greater relations with Iran.

The king met Sunday with a top aide to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and said the two leaders should discuss boosting bilateral ties at a summit in either Amman or Tehran.

King Abdullah said it is important to take steps to improve relations that will help both Iran and Jordan, as well as boost security and stability in the region.

Mr. Ahmadinejad on Sunday also invited the Jordanian leader to visit Tehran.  (*)


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