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28-Jul-11 World View — Britain Expels Libya's Ambassador


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India swoons over Pakistan’s hot new Foreign Minister

India's 79 year old FM S.M. Krishna poses with Pakistan's new FM Hina Rabbani Khar (AFP)
India’s 79 year old FM S.M. Krishna poses with Pakistan’s new FM Hina Rabbani Khar (AFP)

In her first visit to India, Pakistan’s hot new Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has drawn a flurry of flattering headlines. “Pak Puts On Its Best Face,” said The Times of India. The Mail Today tabloid said:

“The 34-year-old minister scored full marks on the fashion front when she was spotted at the Delhi airport in a monotone outfit of blue — the colour of the season.

Tasteful accessories — Roberto Cavalli sunglasses, oversized Hermes Birkin bag and classic pearl jewellery — added a hint of glamour to her look.”

One blogger tweeted, “She continues to dominate all Delhi chatter.” Another, referring to the monsoon season, wrote, “Even the Delhi skies are drooling.” Pakistan and India are bitter enemies, so it will be interesting to see how long the honeymoon lasts. AFP

Britain expels Libya’s ambassador, recognizes rebel government

Britain’s foreign minister William Hague announced that the UK has officially recognized the National Transitional Council (NTC), Libya’s rebel government, as “the sole governmental authority in Libya,” and has demanded that Libya’s diplomats leave the country within 48 hours. Also, Britain is planning to unfreeze $150 million in frozen Libyan oil assets for the NTC. (The U.S. pays about 75% of Nato’s operating costs, or about $2-3 million per day.) Associated Press

Libya’s deputy foreign minister said, “We consider this is irresponsible, illegal and in violation of British and international laws.” Russia has criticized such moves as following a “policy of isolation” and going beyond the UN’s mandate and taking sides in a civil war.” Al-Jazeera

Mayor of Kandahar Afghanistan killed by suicide bomber

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for yet one more high-profile assassination of a Western ally in the Afghanistan war. Ghulam Haider Hamidi, the mayor of Kandahar, was killed by a suicide bomber who set off explosives concealed in his turban. Hamidi, 65, had earned a good reputation for his campaign against corruption, embezzlement, and plots by rival tribes. Washington Post

Syria: Every day is Friday during Ramadan

Syrian activists have been holding massive anti-government demonstrations every week, when worshippers poured out of mosques after midday prayers. But that may change next week, when Islam’s holy month, Ramadan, begins. Activists plan to take advantage of an additional daily prayer recited every day during Ramadan to expand the weekly protests to daily protests. Bloomberg

Russia announces that it will sink space station in Pacific in 2020

The International Space Station (ISS) will be de-orbited and sunk in the Pacific Ocean after 2020. “We will be forced to sink the ISS. We cannot leave it in orbit as it is a very complicated and a heavy object. There must be no space waste from it We have agreed with our partners that the ISS would function roughly until 2020,” according to the deputy head of Russia’s space agency. Ria Novosti


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