Lastnight World: British PM under fire over ‘pleb’ spat

British PM under fire over 'pleb' spat

London: Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was under fire Saturday from friends of Conservative Party politician Andrew Mitchell who quit over claims that he called police officers 'plebs'. The PM was accused of leaving the politician 'swinging in the wind'.

Indian-American in US admin post

Washington: The Obama administration appointed yet another Indian-American to a key administrative post, after it named Smita Singh as member of the president's Global Development Council.

US court stays ban on gay therapy

San Francisco: A federal appeals court put the brakes on a California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight. A three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order Friday putting the law on hold. The law was set to take effect from Jan 1, 2013.

Pope pardons butler who stole papers

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI granted his former butler, Paolo Gabriele, a Christmas pardon Saturday, forgiving him in person during a jailhouse meeting for stealing and leaking his private papers in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times.

Japan's next PM to send envoy to China

Tokyo: Japan's next Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to send senior ruling party member Masahiko Koumura as an envoy to China as early as next month in a bid to repair ties between Asia's two largest economies, the Nikkei business daily said.

Italy parliament dissolved

ROME: President Giorgio Napolitano dissolved Italy's parliament following Premier Mario Monti's resignation, formally setting the stage for general elections in February. Napolitano signed the decree Saturday after consulting with political leaders.

'Cricket team's visit to India disgusting'

ISLAMABAD: Describing Pakistan cricket team's visit to India as 'disgusting', the Taliban on Saturday held out the threats of violence against India. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said the "visit of Pakistani team to India is a disgusting gesture. Mujahideen of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan will soon clear the debt of blood of martyrs with India."

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