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July 14

Follow up by both leaders crucial, say
American experts

The overriding consensus, however, was that envisaging any dramatic breakthroughs would be wishful thinking and that it was likely the stalemate over the Kashmir imbroglio would remain.

Discordant notes ring out for Bhaskar Menon
A former employee has accused the music industry legend of sexual harassment in a Los Angeles court.

Rice Ignores South Asia in foreign policy speech
The US National Security Adviser's speech at National Press Club had no mention at all of the subcontinent or the upcoming summit. Instead, she valiantly defended President Bush's National Missile Defence plans.

US slams Pak for human trafficking
Islamabad, however, is in the company of some of Washington's major allies like Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Greece.

July 13

Summit just a first step, say US experts
However, Stephen P Cohen of the Brookings Institution feels ''the summit is a pre-emptive move on the part of India to keep the United States out of taking an active role in South Asia.''

Nawaz Sharief to relocate to London
The former prime minister of Pakistan is increasingly feeling suffocated in Saudi Arabia, where he has been debarred from engaging in any kind of political activity.

UK Asian businessmen apologise for riots
Saying they represent the vast majority of law-abiding Asian citizens in the UK, the businessmen released a full-page advertisement in a local Bradford newspaper offering 'sincere sympathies' to those affected by the violence.

Missing politician found safe in a park
The strange account of Long Island politician Karan 'Bobby' Kumar who went missing last weekend and was found in a park on Tuesday has left police with many unanswered questions.

Immigration pilot project fails in Canada
The Canadian Immigration Department will discontinue centralized processing of applicants from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Singapore and a few other nations from August 31.

Blackwill approved as US envoy to India
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has endorsed President Bush's nominee to India along with 15 other diplomatic appointments. Wendy Chamberlin's appointment as ambassador to Pakistan was also approved.

July 12

US reticent about commenting on summit
US officials are aware of the paranoia in New Delhi over rumours that the US pressurised India to invite Gen Musharraf for talks.

NY 'Pandit' Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse
'Do not practice the Hindu religion for wrong reasons.' That was the victim's terse message for Pandit Mokesh Naraine Prashad.

UK announces probe into race riots
Warning against "wanton destruction and violence," Home Secretary David Blunkett said the government would examine the factors behind the riots to ensure they do not recur.

Lagaan: Aamir's biggest hit
Actor eyes $1 million mark in the US.

July 11

Pak ambassador continues crusade for US mediation
Praising General Pervez Musharraf's 'great leadership', Maleeha Lodhi said he had taken several steps to promote restraint and resume talks 'despite the initial negative response'.

Bradford police arrest 15 White rioters Meanwhile, a report by Lord Herman Ouseley, former head of the Commission for Racial Equality, warns of de facto segregation in the city's schools and neighbourhoods.

Hindu students' message board shut down The message board, which was a popular venue for discussion of issues pertaining to Hinduism, featured a number of racist and profane statements.

Murderer of Hindu priest gets life term
Heroin addict Dean Riddell had earlier admitted stabbing Harish Purohit 16 times in the back and neck before robbing him, but claimed he acted in self-defence after the priest tried to rape him.

Rights groups write to Vajpayee on journalist's safety
Human Rights Watch and The Committee to Protect Journalists fear for the safety of journalist Vineet Narain, who has been summoned to Srinagar for contempt of court.

No confirmation yet of Bush's India visit
White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said no such travel had been announced.

Chinmaya Mission celebrates 50 years
A peace parade signalled the beginning of the celebrations, which will continue till 14 July.

Chandra Levy remains untraced
The police are now questioning Democrat Congressman Gary Condit, who, after initially denying it, admitted having an affair with the missing Californian intern.

July 10

Murderer of Hindu priest gets life term
Heroin addict Dean Riddell had earlier admitted stabbing Harish Purohit 16 times in the back and neck before robbing him, but claimed he acted in self defence after the priest tried to rape him.

Unemployed Asian serves as a beacon in troubled Bradford
Tariq Mahmood, 29, and his pregnant wife, 26-year-old Jinett, gave up their bed for a frightened pensioner and personally looked after six others by making them tea and snacks as racial battles raged outside their home in Manningham, a suburb of Bradford.

Racists Target Businesses in Bradford
Ten persons have been arrested, and the police said that Saturday night's orgy of violence has not been repeated. They said the city has largely remained calm in the past 24 hours and that officers are maintaining a high visibility.

The spy who loved Mother Teresa
Robert Hanssen, an FBI agent who was arrested for spying for Moscow, reportedly gave away a lot of his 'tainted money' to the Missionaries of Charity.

Murdered Doc's Husband Out To Ruin Killer Professor Vijay Gupta is adamant that Kevin Anderson, who killed Gupta's wife Deepti last year, pay a heavy price.

Powell to visit China later this month
Announcing Powell's visit from July 28, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said the US leader will be the guest of Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan.

July 9

Police appeal for calm in Bradford
The Bradford police chief on Sunday asked local families to stay off the streets in a bid to prevent the recurrence of communal violence that has so far led to injuries to 120 police officials, two civilian stabbings and 36 arrests.

Mom to serve jail term for son's abduction
The kidnapping was a desperate act to pay up the many debts that Rajvinder Kaur, wife of millionaire restaurateur Teja Singh, had piled up.

July 8

Fresh race riots in Bradford
On Saturday night at least two men were stabbed and five arrested amid tension resulting from a planned rally by the racist National Front.

Pallone belatedly condemns Musharraf
The founder of the Congressional Caucus on India condemned General Musharraf's decision to declare himself president.

Canada welcomes Indo-Pak Summit
Foreign Affairs Minister John Manley said Canada welcomes efforts by both parties to defuse tensions and resolve bilateral disputes.

Bush for cutting global warming aid to India
While asking the Congress for nearly 4 billion dollars to address climate change - roughly the same as last year - proposed reducing assistance to other countries by 41 million dollars.

Canadian trade delegation to visit India
Canadian Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew will be in India from Oct 8 to Oct 12 to boost trade ties.