Beijing, March 10 - Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sunday discussed their bilateral relations and the Ukraine crisis over phone.
Xi said that as the current situation in Ukraine is very complicated and highly sensitive, various factors should be taken into consideration in the handling of the crisis, Xinhua reported.
He called on all parties concerned to exercise restraint and seek a political solution through dialogue and negotiations within the framework of law and order, so as to avoid further escalation of the situation.
Washington, March 10 : As the US considers implementing additional sanctions against Russia over the latter's recent moves in Ukraine's Crimea, former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that such measures will not deter Russia.
The US has been taking steps to impose sanctions on Russia for its military intervention of Crimea, although Russian President Vladimir Putin said his actions were an effort to protect millions of ethnic Russians in the region, Xinhua reported.
Chandigarh, March 9 : Less than 10 days after she was declared the AAP candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, Savita Bhatti, widow of comedian-actor Jaspal Bhatti, has opted out of the race.
Sources close to Savita Bhatti said Sunday that she had sent a communication to the AAP leadership conveying that she was not interested in contesting the election from Chandigarh.
She has said she was withdrawing from the contest due to personal reasons.
Washington, March 9 : Addressing thousands of audience during a teleconference interview at South by Southwest, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that Americans in exile were fast emerging as new age National security reporters.
Assange said that National security reporters were a new kind of political refugee, adding that it was the first time they were faced with an extremely powerful opponent without an effective public relations strategy.
Washington, March 9 : Dalai Lama has revealed that he supports gay marriage.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader told talk show host Larry King that if two people, a couple, really feel that getting married is more practical and satisfying and both sides fully agree, then ok, ABC News reported.
He, however, added that each country had the right to choose for themselves whether to legalize gay unions or not.
His new-found support for gay unions is a shift from his previous remarks that criticised homosexuality, including denouncing anal and oral sex. (ANI)
Nagpur, Mar 9 : Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari has called for education, especially of computer knowledge for Muslim girls for the development of the country.
Addressing a gathering of Muslims here yesterday, Gadkari said: "We should give good education to the women in our family and also adequate computer knowledge. I have donated computers to several Muslim organisations and asked them to pray ten times a day."
New Delhi, March 8 : India has serious concerns about terrorism in Pakistan and there were "harsh realities" in that country which need to be recognized, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said Saturday.
"We have to deal with Pakistan in the best manner possible given the fact that we cannot respond to terrorism with terrorism. We are seen as a force for moderation, reason, stability and good sense and that is a huge asset that we should never let go," Sujatha Singh said at an interaction with women journalists here on the occasion of International Women's Day.
New Delhi, March 8 : The Devyani Khobragade incident caused a certain "misunderstanding" in relations but India has "insulated" that issue from the rest of its relationship with America, India's Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said here Saturday.
"You are right that the incident relating to Indian diplomat in New York caused certain degree of misunderstanding for a certain period of time and we are discussing the issue of privileges and immunity quite separately," Sujatha Singh told women journalists at a special event here to mark the International Women's Day.
Jerusalem, March 8 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would agree to give up "some settlements" in the occupied West Bank in order to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
"Obviously some of the settlements won't be part of the agreement, everybody understands that," Xinhua quoted the prime minister in an interview which will be broadcasted Saturday on Israel's Channel 2 news.
Netanyahu has for the first time stated his willingness to exchange settlements for peace.
New Delhi, March 8 : On the occasion of the International Women's Day, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Saturday India can never aspire to be a superpower without empowering its women.
"On the International Women's Day, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the women in our country and across the world, who have worked tirelessly to bring the fight for women's empowerment onto the global agenda," Gandhi said.
He said "much more needs to be done to ensure that women have their rightful place in society".
Chennai, March 8 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has urged the Indian government to use diplomatic channels to secure the release by March 13 of the 177 Indian fishermen jailed in Sri Lanka.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh released to the media Saturday, Jayalalithaa said the release must take place before leaders of the fishing communities from both countries meet March 13.
"I strongly urge you to ensure that the matter is immediately taken up at the highest diplomatic level for the immediate release of the 177 Tamil Nadu fishermen and their 44 boats," she said.
United Nations, March 8 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasised the need for peace and stability in Ukraine's Crimea region where the announcement of a referendum on joining Russia constitutes a "worrying and serious" development.
Lawmakers in the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea voted Thursday to join Russia and to hold a referendum on March 16 to validate the decision.
Kuala Lumpur, March 8 : Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said here Saturday that no signs had been found that a Malaysia Airlines flight, carrying 239 passengers and crew, had crashed,.
He said no sign of any plane wreckage was found and denied earlier media reports that the plane had crashed south of an island off Vietnam, Xinhua reported.
"We are doing everything in our power to locate the plane, and doing everything we can to ensure every possible angle has been addressed," Hishamuddin told reporters near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
London, Mar 8 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly opened the 2014 Winter Paralympics in a spectacular ceremony at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.
The ceremony, which was themed 'Breaking the Ice', featured music, dance, special effects and fireworks linked by the journey of the firebird, a mythical bird from Russian folklore, which is said to be a symbol of wealth and happiness.
According to the BBC, featured performances came from Yulia Samoylova, the runner-up in the Russian version of the X Factor, Faktor A, who has been in a wheelchair since childhood, and blind accordionist Alexey Levchuk.
New Delhi, March 7 : There have been 11 accidents invoving Indian Navy ships and submarines since last August. While most of the accidents did not claim any lives, 21 officers and sailors have died in three mishaps.
* INS Sindhurakshak (August 14, 2013) - Eighteen crew members on board - three officers and 15 sailors - were killed when blasts ripped through the torpedo compartment of the INS Sindhurakshak while the submarine was berthed in Mumbai harbour.
* INS Viraat (September 2013) - Fire broke out near the officer's mess of the aircraftcarrier off the Mumbai coast. No casualties were reported.
Islamabad, March 7 : A special court in Pakistan, trying former president Pervez Musharraf for high treason, Friday rejected all his petitions alleging bias by judges and arguing against the constitution of the special court itself, media reported.
The three-member special court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, observed that the pleas of Musharraf were not on merit, according to Geo News.
The court dismissed all the pleas filed by Musharraf and adjourned the hearing till March 11.
The court had earlier ordered the former president to appear before the bench March 11.
Moscow, March 7 - Russia Thursday accused the US of applying double standards to Moscow's assertions about the developments in Ukraine.
"The (US) State Department is trying to play on a shamelessly one-sided interpretation of events as though there wasn't abundant evidence of outrages perpetrated by radical nationalists (in Ukraine)," Xinhua quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexander Lukashevich as saying in a statement.
Lukashevich was referring to a statement released by US government criticising Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Washington, March 6 : Indian-American attorney Vince Chhabria, who has represented San Francisco in defence of its health insurance law, adoption rights of same-sex couples and other major cases, has won Senate confirmation for a federal judgeship.
Chhabria, 44, who presently serves as the deputy attorney of San Francisco City, will become California's first federal judge of South Asian descent and one of only a few South Asian federal judges across the US.
The Senate vote Wednesday was 58-41, with four Republicans joining Democrats in approving President Barack Obama's nomination of Chhabria.
Bangkok, March 6 : Indian-origin businessman Satish Sehgal, one of the leaders of the People's Democratic Reform Committee's (PDRC)-led anti-government protests in Thailand and who is facing deportation, Thursday appealed to the Thai king for help.
He submitted an appeal to this effect to the Bureau of the Royal Household after the country's immigration bureau okayed his deportation Wednesday, Thailand's official National News Bureau reported.
Cairo, March 6 : The Cairo Criminal Court Thursday suspended the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi over charges of inciting the killing of protestors, media reported.
The defence also demanded that the court dissolve the judges' panel, saying the current panel was biased, Xinhua reported citing Nile TV.
Morsi's trials over espionage and jailbreak were also suspended for the same reason.