Lastnight World: 23 Indian-origin people on Queen’s New Year Honours List

23 Indian-origin people on Queen's New Year Honours List

London: Mark Ramprakash, a former English cricketer of Indian descent, is among the 23 people of Indian origin who figure in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2013. Geetha Nagasubramanian, Consultant Gynaecologist, Tower Hamlets Contraception and Sexual Health Services and Vina Mayor, Chair, Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice Panel, Bedfordshire are among the other winners.

US Congress approves foreigners' wire-tapping

Washington: The US Congress has approved a five-year extension of sweeping surveillance laws to allow American spy agencies to wire-tap suspicious foreign citizens without warrants. The classified George Bush era Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was approved Friday by the Senate by a 73-23 vote after lawmakers shot down attempts to add oversight and transparency safeguard clauses.

Syrian airline cancels flight to Aleppo

BEIRUT: Egyptian airport officials said Syria's national airline has cancelled a flight to Aleppo because of fighting near the city's airport. The officials said the Saturday flight was supposed to stop in Aleppo before continuing to Damascus but flew straight to Damascus "because of the deteriorated security situation" near the Aleppo airport.

Gunmen in Yemen kill intelligence officer

SANAA: Two gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed an intelligence officer in southeastern Yemen Saturday, security officials said. The officials said the officer, Mutea Baqutian, was on his way to work in Mukalla when he was shot.

Philippine president nod for contraceptives law

MANILA: The Philippine president signed a law to promote contraception, sexual education and family planning programmes vigorously opposed by the Roman Catholic Church. President Benigno Aquino III signed the law on December 21 but was announced only Saturday due to the "sensitivity" of the issue, said deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte.

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