Friday, February 25, 2011

UK treasury ‘to seize’ Kadhafi’s billions

The British government plans to seize billions of pounds in assets belonging to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi which include property and bank accounts, the Telegraph reported Friday.
The Treasury has set up a special unit to track down the assets which are believed to include a 10 million pound London home, the paper said.
“The first priority is to get British nationals out of Libya,” a government source told the daily.
“But then we are ready to move in on Kadhafi’s assets, the

Discovery shuttle blasts off on last space odyssey

The shuttle Discovery blasted off on Thursday on its final odyssey into orbit, marking the beginning of the end for what has been a central mission of the US space program for three decades.
NASA’s most journeyed shuttle launched at 4:53 pm (2153 GMT) on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), and when it returns next month, it will become the first of the three-member fleet to enter retirement.
“Good to be here,” Discovery Commander Steve Lindsey said by radio once the shuttle reached orbit.

PMLN ousts PPP from Punjab Govt

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) has decided to end its coalition with Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) in Punjab as the 45-day ultimatum given to the government to implement PMLN’s 10-point agenda ends today.
Addressing a press conference after an important meeting of PMLN is at Punjab House here, PMLN chief Nawaz Sharif said his party had decided to part ways with PPP in Punjab.
“We have suffered enough at the hands of government and our patience has run out now,” said Nawaz Sharif.
Nawaz Sharif said the government had done

Ireland restrict Bangladesh to 205

Ireland bowled out Bangladesh for a modest 205 runs in their Group B clash on Friday as a sell-out home crowd of 25,000 looked on in stunned silence.
Seamer Andre Botha picked up three wickets and George Dockrell and Trent Johnston claimed two each after the home side elected to take first strike on a slow pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.
Wickets tumbled at regular intervals in a match Bangladesh had targeted as a must-win after they lost their first match to India by 87 runs at the same venue last

Raymond Davis requests immunity

The detained US national and alleged CIA contractor, Raymond Davis was produced before the additional session judge Yousuf Aujla at Kot Lakhpat prison here on Friday.
The accused insisted, during the hearing, he enjoyed diplomatic immunity and refused to sign the Challan against him.
Raymond Davis, who fatally shot dead two Pakistani citizens in a broad daylight last month, requested the court to grant him diplomatic immunity.
The western media say the detained US national was a CIA contractor in Pakistan.

Anti-Gadhafi forces plan new push in Libya

Libyans braced for mass protests Friday as the rebel movement called for a new push to oust Moammar Gadhafi after a day of fierce fighting in which rebels made new gains and advanced closer to his stronghold in Tripoli while pro-government forces attacked two nearby cities in battles that killed at least 17 people.
International momentum also has been building for action to punish Gadhafi’s regime for the bloodshed.
The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said Friday that the bloc needs to consider sanctions

Australia beats New Zealand

Shane Watson scored 62 as Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in their Group A match at the World Cup on Friday.
Australia 207-3 in 34 overs (Shane Watson 62, Brad Haddin 55; Hamish Bennett 2-63)
New Zealand 206 all out in 45.1 overs (Nathan McCullum 52, Daniel Vettori 44; Mitchell Johnson 4-33, Shaun Tait 3-35).