Briefly World: French may start Mali exit in March

French may start Mali exit in March

TIMBUKTU: French troops may start pulling out of their anti-extremist operation in Mali as early as next month, handing over the fight to a still-developing African force, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said in an interview in Metro newspaper Tuesday night.

Israel vows justice for Bulgaria attack victims

JERUSALEM: Israel's prime minister has told relatives of victims of last year's attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria that those responsible for the killings "will pay the price.'' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said Wednesday that the head of Israel's counterterrorism bureau told the victims' families in his name that "Israel will do everything so that those responsible for the crime will pay the price.''

Pak: Malik's mental health questioned

Islamabad: A minority legislator of the ruling Pakistan People's Party has called for a check of Interior Minister Rehman Malik's mental status for implying that only non-Muslims are terrorists. Saleem Khurshid Khokhar, a Christian, moved an adjournment motion against Malik in the Sindh Assembly Tuesday, The Express Tribune reported. Khokhar referred to Malik's remarks that terrorists had been asked to lay down their arms or declare themselves "non-Muslims".

Deadlock ends, Iran to resume n-talks

Washington: Breaking a deadlock over the location and timing of new talks on its disputed nuclear program, Iran has agreed to resume its stuttering dialogue with world powers the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany -- on February 26 in Kazakhstan, Iranian and Western officials said on Tuesday.

Fearless Felix fell faster than thought

LONDON: Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner fell faster during his historic skydive last October than originally believed —1.25 times the speed of sound, it has emerged. The final analysis has shown that the Austrian attained a speed of 1,357.6 kmph as he leapt from the stratosphere in a balloon, at about 15 kmph more than what was initially reported.

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