Sri Lanka party hit by internal feud
Colombo, 5 Oct: Sri Lanka’s party Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which secured a thumping mandate in northern provincial council polls last month, is facing an internal crisis over the selection of Cabinet ministers. Selvam Adaikkalanathan, the leader of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation, has offered to resign from the party post as he is unhappy over the selection of Mr K M Shavjilingam as one of four ministers in the government to be formed by the TNA. pti
Somalia militant base attacked
Mogadishu/Mombasa, 5 Oct: Foreign special forces staged a nighttime sea and air attack on a key base of Somalia’s Al Qaida-linked Shebab, the insurgents said today, claiming the assault had failed. Meanwhile, police and security forces patrolled the streets of Mombasa, a day after Kenya’s port city was rocked by  riots sparked by the assassination of a Muslim cleric. afp
Sarabjit ‘killers’ assaulted in jail
Lahore, 5 Oct: Two Pakistani death row prisoners ~ Amer Tamba and Mudassar ~ accused of involvement in the murder of Indian national Sarabjit Singh were assaulted by wardens of Kot Lakhpat Jail here, official sources said today. pti
Obama nominates Indian-American
Washington, 5 Oct: Indian-American Arun M Kumar has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a key administration post, giving him charge of international trade at a critical juncture when the USA is looking to increase its export. pti
Rebel enters Afghan presidential race
Kabul, 5 Oct: Qutbudin Helal, a senior leader of the Hekmatyar-led anti-government Hizb-e-Islami of Afghanistan, has switched sides and today registered his name to contest in the Afghan presidential polls set for April next year. ians
China sounds alert over typhoon
Beijing, 5 Oct: China today sounded a red alert as Typhoon Fitow, the 23rd storm this year, approached the country’s southeast coastal areas. pti