BJP secretly happy over PM Manmohan’s jibe at Modi – Hindustan Times

Hindustan TimesBesides their visible angry reactions, there was a sense of glee within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s unprecedented attack on its mascot Narendra Modi.…

BJP secretly happy with Manmohan’s attack on Modi – Hindustan Times

Hindustan TimesBesides their visible angry reactions, there was a sense of glee within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s unprecedented attack on its mascot Narendra Modi.…

BJP secretly happy with PM’s attack on Narendra Modi – Hindustan Times

Hindustan TimesBesides their visible angry reactions, there was a sense of glee within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s unprecedented attack on its mascot Narendra Modi.…

Manmohan’s attack on Modi ‘unfortunate and condemnable’, says BJP – The Hindu

The HinduResponding to the sharpest ever attack on its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the BJP on Friday dubbed his comments as “unfortunate and condemnable”.…

Modi is the only hope, Yeddyurappa says – Times of India

Times of IndiaBANGALORE: Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, who announced his party KJP’s decision to merge with BJP, on Friday flayed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s comment that Narendra Modi…

India’s PM to step aside after 10 years – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailIndia’s prime minister announced Friday he would step aside after 10 years following this summer’s general election, saying Rahul Gandhi should replace him if the ruling Congress…

Israel ex-PM Ariel Sharon ‘deteriorates further’ – BBC News

BBC NewsThe condition of Israeli ex-PM Ariel Sharon – who has been in a coma since 2006 – is showing “a slow and gradual deterioration”, doctors say. In the latest…

India PM to step aside after 10 years in office – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNEW DELHI (AP) — India’s prime minister said Friday that he would step aside after 10 years in office, paving the way for Rahul Gandhi to take the reins…

India’s PM says to step down, backs Gandhi as successor – Reuters

ReutersNEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday ruled out serving another term after an election due by May and threw his support behind Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion…

India Leader Singh to Step Down After Election as Gandhi Rises – Businessweek

BusinessweekIndian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he’ll step aside after 10 years in office if his party retains power in elections due by May, setting the stage for the younger…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaches point of no return – Haaretz

HaaretzU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has used charm rather than coercion to keep Messrs Netanyahu and Abbas at the negotiating table. Now the ball is firmly in their court.…

Former Israeli PM Sharon in critical condition – Boston.com

Boston.comJERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has been in a coma for eight years, was in critical condition on Thursday, clinging to life after a decline…

Netanyahu to Kerry: Doubts rising over Palestinian commitment to peace – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostTop US diplomat arrives to Israel to begin talks with PM; Kerry says peace is difficult, but not impossible; top US diplomat states that framework peace deal will clarify…

Ex-Israeli PM Sharon in critical condition – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJERUSALEM (AP) — The director of the hospital where the comatose former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is being treated says he is in critical condition and his life…

Ex-Premier Sharon’s Condition Is Life-Threatening: Doctor – Businessweek

BusinessweekFormer Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has taken a turn for the worse in the past two days and his condition is now life-threatening, one of his doctors said. “In…

Ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s condition “life threatening” – euronews

euronewsReports from Israel say former prime minister and military leader Ariel Sharon’s condition has worsened and is “life threatening”. The 85-year-old who served as PM for five years has been…

China Says Abe Closed Door to New Meetings After Visiting Shrine – Businessweek

BusinessweekChina ruled out talking to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying he “closed the door” to any meetings with Chinese leaders after visiting a site that memorializes fallen Japanese soldiers…

Bangladesh capital tense after rally blocked – Washington Post

Washington PostDHAKA, Bangladesh — The capital of Bangladesh remains tense, a day after security officials foiled an opposition move to hold a rally in defiance of a government ban. The…

Fresh political violence grips Bangladesh; 1 dead – Businessweek

BusinessweekDHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Security forces and opposition activists clashed in Bangladesh’s capital on Sunday, leaving at least one person dead, as thousands of police took to the streets to…

Police try to stop Bangladesh opposition rally – Times of India

Times of IndiaDHAKA: Hundreds of police on Sunday cordoned off the headquarters of the Bangladesh’s main opposition party and used water cannons to disperse anti-government activists in a bid to…

Beirut blast kills Sunni ex-minister Mohamad Chatah – BBC News

BBC NewsThe former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah has been assassinated in a big bomb blast in central Beirut. He was an adviser to the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri,…

China’s State Media Condemns Abe Amid Boycott Calls on Weibo (1) – Businessweek

BusinessweekShinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, center, waves as he leaves the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26, 2013. Photographer: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Bloomberg. China’s state media condemned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s…

Japan Consumer Price Gains Pass Halfway Point to BOJ’s Goal – Bloomberg

BloombergJapan’s inflation accelerated in November past 1 percent for the first time since 2008, marking progress in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to stamp out 15 years of falling prices…

Abe’s shrine visit spurs new tension in Asia – Xinhua

XinhuaWASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) — Major U.S. newspapers on Thursday published articles saying Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine spurs new tension in Asia and…

Japan’s Abe visits shrine for war dead, China, South Korea angered – Reuters

ReutersTOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited a shrine on Thursday that is seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo’s wartime aggression, infuriating China and South Korea…

Opposition warns of ‘deep state’ in new Turkish cabinet – Reuters

ReutersISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s opposition accused scandal-hit Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday of trying to rule via a secretive “deep state”, after a cabinet reshuffle that would tighten controls…

Thai police clash with protesters over elections – BBC News

BBC NewsThai security forces in the capital have fired tear gas at protesters who were trying to prevent parties from registering for February’s elections. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called a…

Erdogan Resignation Call Chokes Lira Prop-Up Plan: Turkey Credit – Businessweek

BusinessweekTurkish central bank Governor Erdem Basci’s attempt to buy himself time to boost the lira amid a corruption probe took a beating after a third minister resigned and urged Prime…

Three Turkish ministers step down amid graft inquiry – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeANKARA, Turkey — Three Cabinet ministers resigned in Turkey on Wednesday, days after their sons were taken into custody in a sweeping corruption and bribery scandal that has targeted…

Japan’s Abe Visits Controversial War Shrine – Voice of America

Voice of AmericaJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has paid respects at a Tokyo war shrine that many of Japan’s neighbors see as a symbol of its militaristic past. The visit…

Japanese prime minister to visit Yasukuni shrine – USA TODAY

USA TODAYTOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister will visit Yasukuni war shrine Thursday in a move sure to infuriate China and South Korea. Japanese media reported that Abe will visit…

Thai police use tear gas as protesters storm poll venue – ABC Online

ABC OnlinePolice in Thailand have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters who stormed a stadium in Bangkok to try to prevent political parties from registering for the upcoming elections. Prime…

Japanese prime minster to visit controversial war shrine – CNN International

CNN International(CNN) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit a controversial World War II shrine on Thursday, his office told CNN. Past visits by Japanese prime ministers and other…

Graft Scandal Is Approaching Turkey Premier – New York Times

New York TimesISTANBUL — A corruption investigation that has encircled the Turkish government moved an ominous step closer to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, as three top ministers…