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12-08-2012    Dawn
Afghans met key Taliban leader held in Pakistan:
Afghan officials have held secret talks with the Taliban’s former second-in-command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is in detention in Pakistan, in a move which could help rekindle stalled peace talks with the militants.

12-08-2012 The News
OBL commission wants IB under interior ministry:
The commission formed to probe into the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad has recommended that the government put the Intelligence Bureau (IB) under the control of the Interior Ministry instead of prime minister.

12-08-2012    Daily Times
Mrs Pakistan 2012 crowned Mrs Asian International:
Mrs Pakistan 2012 Fahmina Omair was crowned the prestigious title of Mrs Asian International at the Singapore Conference Hall. This is Pakistan’s first international victory since the beauty pageant’s debut in the international arena in 2001.

13-08-2012    Dawn
Call to seek Indian NoC for Bhasha dam rejected:
The government is contemplating a plan-B to arrange funding for the $12 billion Diamer-Bhasha dam project after declining an Asian Development Bank suggestion that Pakistan should secure a no-objection certificate from India to seek multilateral funding for the project.

16-08-2012    Dawn
Terrorists attack Kamra air base:
Militants, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons, carried out a brazen attack on the Minhas base of the Pakistan Air Force at Kamra.

16-08-2012    Dawn
Breather for govt in NRO case:
A five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa put off for an indefinite period the hearing of a government petition seeking review of the court’s July 12 order which directed the prime minister to comply with its judgment in the NRO implementation case.

16-08-2012    Dawn
Ecnec approves Rs 287b railway project:
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec), in a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Shaikh, approved a record Rs. 662 billion for 45 projects out of which Rs. 287 billion were approved for the loss-making Pakistan Railways, including a Japan-funded Rs. 246 billion Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project.

16-08-2012    The News
Speaker forms commission for new provinces:
Acting Speaker National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi constituted a 14-member commission for the creation of new provinces in Punjab, in pursuance of the message received from the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and authorisation by the National Assembly on July 11, 2012.

17-08-2012    The News
No joint Pak-US NWA offensive, says Gen Kayani:
Pakistan made it clear that a joint Pak-US action in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) was unacceptable to the people and armed forces of the country, adding that if an offensive was undertaken, national interest would be the prime consideration in arriving at a decision.
The Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, stated this in categorical terms when the US Centcom Commander General James N. Mattis met him.

17-08-2012    The News
Rodolfo J. Martin new ‘Dean of Diplomatic Corps’:
Ambassador Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia of Argentina has assumed the assignment of the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps of Pakistan and the Foreign Office has accorded him the formal recognition.

17-08-2012    The News
Seedlings at NYCIFF:
A Pakistani film ‘Seedlings’ managed to bag two awards in the categories of Best Lead Actress (Aamina Sheikh) and Best feature film’ audience choice award at NYCIFF. The movie was nominated for seven categories.

18-08-2012    Tribune
Khairpur student wins prize for using tea to clean wastewater:
Shadab Rasool Buriro, a tenth grade student of the Pak-Turk International School in Khairpur, won silver at the GENIUS (Global Environmental Issues-US) Olympiad, for his project: The removal of harmful pollutants from industrial waste water by the use of tea waste.

24-08-2012    The News
PCS officers to be inducted into DMG/PAS cadre:
On the recommendations of Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, the federal government has decided to induct PCS officers into DMG/PAS cadre for the purpose of mitigating the grievances of PCS officers especially of Balochistan.

26-08-2012    The News
Tiwana named goodwill envoy of Egypt:
Pakistani youngster Muhammad Waqas Tiwana, recipient of the prestigious Global Young Leaders Award by the International Presidential Scholars Council, has been appointed as the first-ever goodwill ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Pakistan.

27-08-2012    Dawn
Kazmi gets bail and freedom:
Former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi was released on bail after 17-month incarceration for his alleged involvement in Haj corruption case.

27-08-2012    The News
LGS wins Best School Award at Harvard UN moot:
Lahore Grammar School (LGS), Defence Branch, has won one of the top three “Best School” awards at the prestigious Harvard Model United Nations (HUMN India 2012) Conference held in Hyderabad India.

28-08-2012    Dawn
Babar to head commission on provinces:
PPP Senator and Presidency’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar was unanimously elected chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Creation of New Provinces in Punjab.

28-08-2012    Dawn
Singapore allowed to quit port contract:
The Singapore Port Authority (SPA) and its partners National Logistics Cell and AKD group have finally been allowed to quit the Gwadar Port’s 40-year management and development contract after the government’s failure to transfer 584 acres of land in adverse possession of Pakistan Navy at the mouth of the port to pave way for its takeover by China.

30-08-2012    Tehran Times
Both leaders stick to their stands:
The long-awaited meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held on the sidelines of the NAM summit achieved little beyond the former reiterating the desire for close bilateral relations and improved trade and the Indian leader saying stressing the need for Pakistan to act firmly against militants blamed for Mumbai attacks.

30-08-2012    Dawn
SC throws NAB out of Arsalan case probe:
In an apparent balancing act, the Supreme Court accepted a review petition of Dr Arsalan Iftikhar against its own order and at the same time granted a much-needed stay in favour of property tycoon Malik Riaz of Bahria Town.

31-08-2012    Dawn
President calls for new role of NAM:
President Asif Ali Zardari has called for a new role for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to address the challenges of the 21st century. Addressing the 120-member NAM summit on its concluding day, the president said Pakistan would be pleased to actively contribute to the strengthening of the movement, whose member states represented nearly two-thirds of the UN members and comprise 55 per cent of the world population.

01-09-2012    Dawn
India allows investments from Pakistan:
India overturned a ban on foreign investment from Pakistan, the Indian commerce ministry said. The move is aimed at building goodwill amid a renewed push for peace.

04-09-2012    Dawn
Accord with Germany on security dialogue:
The foreign ministers of Germany and Pakistan signed an agreement in which the two countries committed to a “strategic dialogue” on security issues, particularly regarding Afghanistan.

05-09-2012    Dawn
OGDC discovers oil, gas reserves:
The state-run Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) announced discovery of new reserves in Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which would boost its daily oil output by about 8 per cent. The country’s total oil production has increased to about 72,500bpd against the total consumption of about 300,000bpd.

05-09-2012    The News
Pakistan ranked 124 among 144 economics:
Amidst rampant corruption and poor governance, Pakistan has been ranked in the bottom 20 of the 144 economies around the world in The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013.

06-09-2012    Dawn
SC orders information ministry to freeze secret funds:
The Supreme Court ordered to freeze secret funds of the federal ministry of information and broadcasting.

08-09-2012    Dawn
Pak, India shy away from core issues:
Notwithstanding the bonhomie exhibited at the Foreign Office at the conclusion of the foreign ministers’ meetings, it was more than apparent that both sides were dissatisfied for their set of core issues not having been addressed adequately over the past two years.

08-09-2012    Dawn
Visa restrictions relaxed:
Pakistan and India signed a landmark liberalised visa pact, introducing for the first time visa on arrival for senior citizens, tourists and pilgrim visa and one-year multiple entry visa for businessmen.

09-09-2012    The News
WAPC approves membership of Press Council of Pakistan:
The Executive Council of World Association of Press Councils (WAPC) has approved the membership of Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) in its annual meeting at Morogoro, Tanzania.

10-09-2012    Dawn
Electronic money order:
Pakistan Post introduced online electronic money order (EMO) enabling people to transfer cash in seconds. The new online money order has been introduced in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad, Muzaffarabad, Sialkot, Quetta, Hyderabad and Peshawar.

10-09-2012    Dawn
President signs SEZ Bill:
President Asif Ali Zardari signed the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Bill, 2012 after which it is expected that a network of such zones/industrial areas will be established in different parts of the country to facilitate local and foreign investors.

10-09-2012    Daily Times
India allows direct investment in Pakistan: The Reserve Bank of India has removed restrictions on overseas investment by India parties in Pakistan. In a circular issued on September 7, the Reserve Bank of India has stated that henceforth overseas direct investment by Indian parties in Pakistan would be considered and approved as per the relevant regulations and norms.

 International

11-08-2012    The Washington Post
TV host Zakaria suspended for plagiarism:
Author and TV star Fareed Zakaria of CNN and the Time Magazine, an expert on South Asian affairs, was suspended by the two news organisations for lifting paragraphs from a New Yorker magazine article.

12-08-2012    The China Post
Bangladesh jails 124 sportsmen over 2009 mutiny:
More than 120 Bangladeshi sportsmen including top internationals were jailed for their role in a bloody 2009 mutiny.

12-08-2012    The Globe and Mail
UN launches initiative to protect oceans:
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced an initiative, called the Oceans Compact, to protect oceans from pollution and over-fishing and to combat rising sea levels which threaten hundreds of millions of people.

12-08-2012    Cairo Times
President removes top generals in Egypt:
Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi ordered the retirement of the defence minister and chief of staff and cancelled the military declared constitutional amendments that granted the top generals wide powers previously reserved for the head of state. Mr Morsi also ordered the retirement of the commanders of the navy, air defence and air force. He also appointed a senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice president.

15-08-2012    Myanmar News
Myanmar names navy chief as new vice president:
Myanmar’s parliament appointed the navy chief to replace a regime hardliner as one of the country’s vice presidents. 58-years old Admiral Nyan Tun, who has a reputation as a political moderate, was selected by the military personnel who make up one quarter of the legislature and have the right to choose one of the two vice presidents.

16-08-2012    Daily Chronicle
Ecuador grants asylum to Assange:
Julian Assange won asylum in Ecuador, but he’s is no closer to getting there. The dramatic decision by the Latin American nation to identify the WikiLeaks founder as a political refugee is a symbolic boost for the embattled ex-hacker, but legal experts say that does little to help him avoid extradition to Sweden ‘and does much to drag Britain and Ecuador into an international face-off.

16-08-2012    Al Arabiya News
OIC suspends Syria; Iran unhappy:
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) suspended Syria, citing President Bashar al-Assad’s suppression of the
Syrian revolt, but there was little support for direct military involvement in Syria at a summit of Muslim leaders in Makkah. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi criticised Syria’s suspension as he left Makkah, saying it was contrary to the organisation’s charter.

17-08-2012    The Global Times
Ban confirms Brahimi’s appointment:
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon confirmed the appointment of veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as UN and Arab League envoy, replacing Kofi Annan.

17-08-2012    The Times of India
Coal scandal threatens Indian PM:
India’s auditor suggested the government lost billions of dollars by failing to auction valuable coal mining rights in a damning report that implicated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

17-08-2012    The Guardian
Russia jails Pussy Riot protest punks for two years:
A Moscow court handed a two-year jail sentence to three feminist punk rockers who infuriated the Kremlin by ridiculing President Vladimir Putin in Russia’s main church.

18-08-2012    The China Post
China’s Yu crowned Miss World:
Miss China won the coveted title of Miss World, triumphing on home soil during a glitzy final held in a mining city on the edge of the Gobi desert.

19-08-2012    Top News Today
New world record set at mobile phone throwing contest:
A Finnish teenager has smashed the world record and probably his phone in this year’s annual mobile-phone throwing contest in Finland. Eighteen-year-old Ere Karjalainen launched a phone the ‘amazing’ distance of 101.46 metres.

22-08-2012    India Times
India allows concessions on 264 items:
The Indian cabinet has approved 30 per cent cut in the Sensitive List maintained under South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA) Agreement and trade concessions have been allowed on import of 264 items from non-least developed countries (N-LDCs) which included Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

22-08-2012    Global Times
Russia becomes 156th WTO member:
Russia crowned a tortuous 18-year campaign by becoming the largest country outside the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to formally join the world’s premier free trade club. The Geneva-based institution’s 156th member had spent years harbouring deep suspicions about what a flood of better western products and services might do to the country’s fitful recover from its late Soviet malaise.

23-08-2012    Irish Times
Arctic sea ice shrinks to record low, by some estimates:
The area of ice in the Arctic Ocean has thawed to a record low, surpassing the previous 2007 minimum in a sign of climate change transforming the region.

23-08-2012    The New York Times
NASA’s Mars rover makes first test drive:
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity made its first test drive, leaving wheel tracks near its landing spot ‘now dubbed ‘Bradbury Landing’ in honour of late science fiction author Ray Bradbury.

23-08-2012    Cairo Times
Egypt bans detention of journalists before trial:
Wielding his extensive legislative powers for the first time, the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has outlawed the pre-trial detention of people accused of press crimes, effectively freeing one of his toughest critics, a newspaper editor who was detained just hours before the law was passed.

24-08-2012       The Philippine Star
Philippines names first woman chief justice:
The Philippine president appointed Maria Lourdes Sereno as the 24th Supreme Court chief justice, the first woman to head the country’s highest tribunal and praised her ability to lead the court after her predecessor was removed for constitutional violations. Ms Maria has been an associate justice on the 15-member tribunal since August 2010. She will serve on the court until retirement at 70.

24-08-2012    The Independent
Kyrgyz president disbands broken coalition cabinet:
Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree, which came into immediate force, formally disbanding the volatile Central Asian republic’s government after the ruling coalition collapsed.

24-08-2012    Khaleej Times
UN launches ‘Heritage of Astronomy’ portal:
Observatories in Britain, France and the United States, a pharaonic temple in Egypt, a 3,000-year-old pillar in China and a 1920s tower in Berlin have been inscribed on a UN-backed heritage list for astronomy.

24-08-2012    The Independent
Anti-Islam warrior jailed for 21 years in Norway:
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was jailed for a maximum term when judges declared him sane enough to answer for the murder of 77 people last year.

25-08-2012    The New York Times
Court asks Samsung to pay Apple $1bn in damages:
Apple won more than $1 billion in a massive US court victory over Samsung, in one of the biggest patent cases in decades. A jury in San Jose awarded $1.049 billion to the US technology giant.

26-08-2012    The Washington Post
Over 200 Nato bases in Afghanistan closed:
Nato has closed more than 200 bases in Afghanistan and transferred nearly 300 others to local forces, a concrete step towards its 2014 target of handing over security responsibility.

26-08-2012    The News Star
NAM meeting in Iran calls for ridding the world of N-arsenal:
Iran opened a world gathering of non-aligned nations with an appeal to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The week-long gathering will be capped by a two-day summit of Non-Aligned Movement leaders.

NAM at a glance: Founded on 1961 in Belgrade (25 newly independent countries formally founded the NAM). Founding Leaders: 1. Yugoslavia’s president, Josip Broz Tito 2. Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno 3. Egypt’s second president, Gamal Abdel Nasser 4. Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah 5. India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Members:120. Observers: 17 countries & 7 Organisations. First Summit1961 Belgrade.
Pakistan joined in1979. Current Chairperson:Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Iranian President. Summits till 201-16.

27-08-2012    The Daily Herald
Romanian MPs seal president’s reinstatement:
Romanian lawmakers sealed President Traian Basescu’s return to office nearly a week after the country’s top court invalidated an impeachment referendum. The centre-right president still has to wait for the court’s decision to be published in the official gazette before he can officially resume his duties.

27-08-2012    The New York Times
NY Times to sell About.com:
The New York Times Co. has agreed to sell its information website About.com for $300 million to IAC, a conglomerate headed by mogul Barry Diller. The two firms announced the cash deal, concluding the effort by The Times to sell off non-core assets.  About.com will join IAC’s assets such as Match.com, Ask.com, College-Humor, and CityGrid Media.

27-08-2012    The Progressive
Unprecedented US arms sales driven by worried Gulf nations:
Weapons sales by the United States tripled in 2011 to a record high, driven by major arms sales to Gulf allies concerned about Iran’s regional ambitions, according to a new study for US Congress. Overseas weapons sales by the United States totalled $66.3 billion last year, or more than three-quarters of the global arms market valued at $85.3 billion in 2011.

28-08-2012    The Standard
Nato names Norwegian ‘ambassador for women’:
Nato named a female Norwegian diplomat in a new role created at the nuclear-armed military alliance to promote the role of women in ending conflict. Mari Skare, already an envoy to Nato, was named Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security by Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

29-08-2012    The Independent
UN atomic agency creates ‘Iran Task Force’:
The head of the UN atomic agency has approved the creation of a special ‘task force’ to better monitor Iran’s controversial nuclear programme.

29-08-2012    The Telegraph
World’s largest marine park unveiled:
The world’s largest marine park, a vast swathe of ocean almost twice the size of France, was unveiled by the Cook Islands at the opening of the Pacific Islands Forum. Prime Minister Henry Puna said the 1.065 million square kilometres (411,000 square miles) reserve is ‘the largest area in history by a single country for integrated ocean conservation and management’.

30-08-2012    Tehran Times
Morsi slams Assad govt, Ban castigates Iran:
Egypt’s new president said that Bashar Assad’s ‘oppressive’ regime has lost its legitimacy and told an international conference in Tehran that the world must stand behind the Syrian rebels.

The rallying call by Mohammed Morsi making the first visit to Iran by an Egyptian leader since the 1979 Islamic Revolution showed the huge divide between Iran’s stalwart support of Assad and the growing network of regional powers pushing for his downfall.

30-08-2012    Global Times
Uzbekistan lawmakers vote for ban on foreign bases:
Uzbekistan lawmakers approved a foreign policy bill which bans the creation of foreign military bases in the Central Asian country or its participation in military blocs.

30-08-2012    The Telegraph
Australians implant ‘world first’ bionic eye:
Australian scientists said they had successfully implanted “world’s first” bionic eye prototype, describing it as a major breakthrough for the visually impaired.

01-09-201    The Guardian
Iran, N. Korea declare ‘we have common enemies’:
Iran and North Korea have signed an agreement to cooperate in science and technology, Iranian media reported, and Iran’s supreme leader declared that the two countries had “common enemies”.

02-09-2012    The Telegraph
US stops training Afghan personnel:
The US military has suspended training of about 1,000 Afghan personnel while the Americans review the process of vetting new recruits following a spike in deadly attacks on international troops last month, officials said.

02-09-2012    Gulf Today
Anchorwoman with scarf appears on Egypt’s TV:
An anchorwoman wearing scarf read the news on Egypt’s state television for the first time, reflecting a shift in official media since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak and the subsequent rise of Islamists.

02-09-2012    The Cairo Review
Egypt retires 70 generals:
The Egyptian government has announced that 70 generals of the country`s armed forces are to be retired. However, six of the generals would retain their positions on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf).

02-09-2012    Sudan Tribune
World’s newest nation S. Sudan names UN envoy:
South Sudan has appointed its first ambassador to the United Nations. Francis Deng, a respected scholar and former special adviser to the UN Secretary General on the prevention of genocide, has been appointed South Sudan’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

03-09-2012    Gulf Times
‘Ready for war’ Armenia threatens Azerbaijan:
Armenia warned Azerbaijan it was ready for war as tensions soared between the ex-Soviet foes after Baku pardoned and promoted an Azerbaijani officer who axed an Armenian soldier to death. Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev last week immediately pardoned Ramil Safarov after he was extradited from Hungary, where he had been serving a life sentence for the 2004 killing.

04-09-2012    The Guardian
Cabinet reshuffled in UK; Warsi removed from top party post:
The British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his first major cabinet reshuffle in his Commons office in an attempt to get the Tor-led government on track in the run-up to the next general election in 2014. Baroness Warsi has been removed from her role as Conservative Party co-chairman in David Cameron’s first major reshuffle of the coalition government.

06-09-2012    The China Post
Myanmar lawmakers unseat judges in charter row:
Myanmar’s parliament ousted nine constitutional court judges in the culmination of a long-running standoff that observers say exposed growing political rivalry within the regime.

06-09-2012    Daily Mail
New super-earth discovered around red dwarf star:
A new super-earth has been discovered in the habitable zone around the red dwarf star Gliese 163. Astronomers found it using the European Southern Observatory HARPS telescope (or High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher). It has been billed as Gliese 163c, and has a mass of 6.9 times that of Earth and an orbital period of 26 days.

06-09-2012    Global Times
Brazil world’s largest crack market:
Brazil is the world’s largest market for crack and the second for overall cocaine use, researchers from the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) said.

07-09-2012    New York Daily News
US puts Haqqanis on terrorist list:
The United States designated the Haqqani network a foreign terrorist organisation but said the action would have no impact on Pakistan.

07-09-2012    The New York Times
US judge rejects new rules for Guantanamo lawyers:
A US federal judge rejected a new set of rules proposed by the Obama administration that would have placed added restrictions on lawyers’ access to Guantanamo Bay detainees.

07-09-2012    New York Daily News
Obama accepts Democratic nomination for second term:
Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination for president with a prime-time convention address that asked Americans to give him four more years at the White House.

07-09-2012    The China Post
One million people commit suicide every year:
One million people die by their own hand each year, accounting for more deaths than wars and murders put together, the World Health Organisation said, calling for urgent action to address the problem.

07-09-2012    The China Post
Myanmar passes new law to attract foreign investors:
Myanmar’s parliament passed an eagerly awaited new law aimed at boosting foreign investment in the former pariah state, which is emerging from decades of military rule, a lawmaker said.

08-09-2012    Global Times
S. Korean film ‘Pieta’ wins top prize at Venice:
South Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s shocking drama ‘Pieta’ has won the Golden Lion for best film at the 69th Venice Film Festival. The Silver Lion for best director went to Paul Thomas Anderson for ‘The Master’. The film’s stars, Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, shared the prize for best actor during the ceremony. The best actress award went to Israeli actress Hadas Yaron, for her role in ‘Fill the Void’.

09-09-2012    Iraq Daily Times
Iraq’s fugitive VP gets death:
Iraq’s fugitive Vice President Tareq al Hashemi, a top critic of Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by hanging, in a decision likely to renew political tensions.

09-09-2012    The Sunday Times
Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins local elections:
The Mahinda Rajapaksa-led United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has emerged as the single largest party in elections to three provincial councils in Sri Lanka.

09-09-2012    The Bangkok Post
Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council formed in Bangkok:
The Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) has been officially established in Bangkok and the body is intended to help regional peace efforts in a fast-moving and more complex world.

09-09-2012    The Washington Post
APEC leaders pledge to battle Europe crisis:
Pacific Rim leaders pledged to fend off the deepening damage from the European crisis and revive flagging growth in the region by supporting open trade, overhauling their economies and strengthening public finances.

The 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum wrapped up an annual summit meeting in Vladivostok, the Russian seaport,  vowing to work together to support growth and restore confidence in shaken financial markets.

The region accounts for about half of all world economic activity and 40 per cent of world trade.

10-09-2012    Gulf Today
Kabul gets control of over 3,000 detainees:
The United States formally handed control to Afghanistan of more than 3,000 detainees at the controversial Bagram prison, but disagreements remain over the fate of hundreds of inmates.

10-09-2012    San Francisco Chronicle
Study offers hope for tailor-made cancer drugs:
The first large and comprehensive study of the genetics of a common lung cancer has found that more than half the tumours from that cancer have mutations that might be treated by new drugs that are already in the pipeline or could be easily developed.

SPORTS

12-08-2012    The Guardian
Asadauskaite wins last gold as curtain falls on Games:
Lithuanian Laura Asadauskaite beat Briton Sam Murray to the gold in the women’s modern pentathlon to round off the 16-day sporting extravaganza as London prepared to bring down the curtain on the 2012 Olympics.

14-08-2012    Global Times
Kvitova overcomes wobble to claim Montreal title:
Petra Kvitova overcame a mid-match slump to claim her first title of the season with victory over China’s Li Na in the Montreal Cup.

16-08-2012    Dawn
Pakistani skier honoured at British Columbia Hall of Fame:
Pakistani skier Mohammad Abbas has bagged a different distinction at the international level with the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame putting his handmade wooden skis on display.

17-08-2012    The Telegraph
Old cricket Australia disbanded:
Australian cricket’s custodians have voted themselves out of their own jobs, formally approving the introduction of a smaller, nine-person Cricket Australia board, with three independent directors to be appointed at the annual general meeting in October.

18-08-2012    The Japan Times
Japan’s Arashiro wins Tour of Limousine:
Japan’s Yukiya Arashiro, riding for the Europcar team, won the Tour du Limousin despite finishing locked on the same time as French rival Jeremy Roy.

19-08-2012    The Straits Times
Olinga La Liga’s youngest scorer as Malaga take winning start:
Sixteen-year-old Fabrice Olinga made history when he became the youngest ever player to score in La Liga, grabbing the only goal as Malaga clinched a 1-0 victory at Celta Vigo.

19-08-2012    Shanghai Daily
David claims her second Australian Open crown:
Malaysia’s Nicol David won her second Australian Open crown when she beat England’s Laura Massaro in straight games.

22-08-2012    Toronto Sun
Garcia seals Ryder Cup berth:
Sergio Garcia snapped a four-year PGA Tour title drought with victory at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina that secured him a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

22-08-2012    The Guardian
Ruthless South Africa snatch top Test ranking from England:
South Africa replaced England at the top of the world Test ranking after defeating the home side by 51 runs at Lord’s to win their three-Test series 2-0.

22-08-2012    The Straits Times
Federer beats Djokovic for fifth Cincinnati crown:
Roger Federer won his sixth title of the season as he beat Novak Djokovic in a battle between the top two players in the world at the Cincinnati Masters.

24-08-2012    Dawn
Pakistan clinch tri-nation series:
Pakistan Women won the Tri-Nation Women’s One-day Series by defeating Bangladesh Women in their second match in Dublin, Ireland.

24-08-2012    The Washington Post
Armstrong stripped of Tour wins, banned for life:
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said it was stripping Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banning him for life, dismantling one of the cycling’s greatest careers.

26-08-2012    The Star
Loeb wins Germany title:
France’s Sebastien Loeb won the Rally of Germany to claim his ninth win here in a decade with Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala second and Mikko Hirvonen finishing third.

26-08-2012    Times of India
Ton-up Chand guides India to U-19 World Cup glory:
Unmukt Chand became only the third batsman in history to score a century in an ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final as India defeated Australia by six wickets to win the U-19 World Cup.

26-08-2012    Bangkok Post
Abraham is new world super middleweight champion:
Germany’s Arthur Abraham is the new world WBO super middleweight champion after his unanimous win over compatriot Robert Stieglitz.

27-08-2012    Global Post
Lydia youngest LPGA winner at 15:
New Zealand’s Lydia Ko became the youngest champion in the history of the LPGA Tour to capture the Canadian Women’s Open.

28-08-2012    Khaleej Times
Amla pulverises England with another record knock:
Hashim Amla inflicted another record-breaking hundred upon England with a majestic innings of 150; the highest individual score in one-day matches between the two countries.

30-08-2012    The China Post
Records tumble as China takes first gold:
World records tumbled in the pool and on the cycling track, as the first day of competition on at the London Paralympics got under way and China won the Games’ first gold medal.

30-08-2012    The Star
Curtain falls on Clijsters career as Murray cruises:
Kim Clijsters’ illustrious singles career drew to an emotional close when the former world number one was knocked out of the second round of the US Open by Britain’s Laura Robson.

02-09-2012    Sydney Morning Herald
Geale wins split verdict to dethrone Sturm:
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale of Australia defeated Felix Sturm on a split decision to take the German`s WBA title in their unification bout.

03-09-2012    Dawn
Pakistan bag silver in Asian Beach Netball:
Pakistan netball team went down fighting against arch-rivals India 20-13 in an exciting final of the Asian Beach Netball Championship to earn a silver medal.

03-09-2012    Times of India
Kohli, Dhoni guide India to series win:
Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni bailed India out with an unbroken 96-run stand that took the hosts to a five wicket victory in the second and final Test for a clean sweep in the series against New Zealand.

03-09-2012    Gulf Daily News
Dubai names Maradona as football ambassador:
Argentinean football legend Diego Maradona, sacked in July as coach of Dubai’s Al Wasl, has been appointed as Honorary Ambassador of Sports in Dubai under a deal inked at a media conference.

04-09-2012    Dawn
Maxwell, Hussey inspire Australia to ODI series win:
Glenn Maxwell smashed an unbeaten 56 from 38 balls and Mike Hussey hit 65 as Australia beat Pakistan by three wickets in the deciding third match to clinch the One-day
International series 2-1.

06-09-2012    Brisbane Times
Cowdrey seizes historic 11th swim gold:
Swimmer Matthew Cowdrey became Australia’s most decorated Paralympian, smashing his own world record as the claimed an historic 11th gold medal.

08-09-2012    Dawn
Pakistan hold nerve to beat Australia, win series:
Pakistan held their nerve to win a thrilling  Twenty20 International against Australia off the final ball of a super over after the match finished in a tie.

08-09-2012    The Guardian
Hurdler Merritt sets world record as Bolt, Blake win easily:
Olympic champion Aries Merrit of the United States broke the world record in the 110 metres hurdles while Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake won their sprints in the final Diamond League meet of the season. Merritt clocked 12.80 seconds, beating the mark of 12.87 set in 2008 by Cuban Dayron Robles, achieving a season-long obsession in his last race of 2012.

09-09-2012    Gulf Times
Klitschko stops Charr to keep title:
Ukraine’s Vitaly Klitschko retained his WBC world heavyweight title when the referee stopped the contest against Manuel Charr in the fourth round after the German sustained a deep cut above his right eye.

09-09-2012    The Independent
Pistorius shines as China make history:
South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius ran away from the field in a record-setting win in the men’s 400 metres T44 final at the London Paralympics, giving him his first individual gold medal of the Games.

09-09-2012    The Armenian Observer
Baku to host 2016 Chess Olympiad:
Azerbaijan won the right to stage the 42nd edition of the Chess Olympiad in 2016 at the capital city of Baku, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) announced.

09-09-2012    Los Angeles Times
Andre Ward retains titles in style:
Andre Ward knocked down Chad Dawson three times before winning on a technical knockout in the 10th round to defend his WBC-WBA super middleweight titles to the delight of his hometown crowd.

09-09-2012    Herald Sun
Griffin scores biggest golfing win of career:
Australia’s Matthew Griffin scored the biggest win of his professional career with a single stroke victory at the Charity High1 Resort Open in South Korea.

10-09-2012    The Guardian
Paralympics close in spectacular style:
Britain’s spectacular summer of sport ended with the Paralympic Games closing ceremony.
China finished top of the medal table, bagging 95 goals in their 231-medal haul with Russia (36 gold, 102 overall) and hosts Britain (34 gold, 120 overall) in second and third respectively.

10-09-2012    New York Times
Armenia dethrone Russia at Istanbul:
Armenia dethroned holders Russia to win the open event of the 40th World Chess Olympiad.

10-09-2012    San Francisco Chronicle
Agassi inducted into Court of Champions:
Andre Agassi reminisced about that first US Open trip 26 years ago, when he showed up ‘rocking a spiky, fluffy, two-tone mullet.’ The two-time winner was inducted into the US Open Court of Champions at Arthur Ashe Stadium before the women’s final.

10-09-2012    Washington Post
Serena tames Azarenka in epic US Open final: Serena Williams beat number one Victoria Azarnka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in a dramatic US Open final to capture her 15th singles Grand Slam title.

10-09-2012    Boston Herald
Shin wins Kingsmill Golf Championship:
Jiyai Shin beat Paula Creamer with a par at the ninth hole of sudden-death, winning the Kingsmill Championship in the longest playoff involving two players in LPGA history.

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