extra extra newspaperPutin holds back on Syria missile delivery
Yekaterinburg, Russia (AFP) June 04, 2013 – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Moscow has held back on delivering sophisticated S-300 missiles to the Syrian regime, while UN investigators said they have “reasonable grounds” to believe both sides in the conflict have used chemical weapons. Putin, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said Russia has so far refrained from supplying the powerful S-300 surface- … more

Iran presidential hopeful seeks to assure on atomic drive
Teheran, Iran June 04, 2013 – A leading candidate in Iran’s June 14 presidential election has sought to reassure world powers that Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme is peaceful, in an exclusive interview with AFP. Ali Akbar Velayati, 67, foreign minister from 1981 to 1997,reiterated Iran’s long-stated position that it is not seeking nuclear arms, arguing that they are “forbidden” under a much-debated religious dec … more

Manning never talked about aiding US foes: hacker
Fort Meade (AFP) Maryland (AFP) June 4, 2013 – The computer hacker who turned in Bradley Manning said Tuesday the tormented US soldier had never talked about helping Al-Qaeda after he leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents. On the second day of Manning’s court martial, witness Adrian Lamo agreed with a defense attorney’s portrait of the young soldier as a tortured soul who acted out of a desire to inform the public rather t … more

British soldiers punished for abusing Afghan civilians
London (AFP) June 04, 2013 – One British soldier was fined and another was stripped of his officer rank on Tuesday after admitting abusing civilians, including children, in Afghanistan. A 22-year-old serviceman was fined Pounds 1,000 ($1,530, 1,170 euros) for indecent conduct towards a child, while a 23-year-old officer admitted racially abusing an Afghan man. Their patrol commander was cleared of failing to deal with the … more