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Obama returns to childhood home Indonesia

JAKARTA: US President Barack Obama finally made a much-delayed return to his boyhood home of Indonesia Tuesday, seeking to engage Muslims and cement strategic relations on the second leg of his Asia tour.
Obama arrived in Jakarta under stormy skies on Air Force One from India, as his nine-day Asian odyssey took him from the world's largest democracy to its most populous Muslim-majority nation.
The president spent four years in Indonesia as a boy with his late mother, but he

Raul to the rescue as Schalke end home win drought

BERLIN: Former Spanish international great Raul scored a brace as Bundesliga strugglers Schalke 04 finally ended their jinx at the Veltins-Arena with a 3-0 home defeat of St. Pauli on Friday.
Schalke finished runners-up last season but have made a disastrous start to the 2011 campaign with one win in their first 10 games, prior to this victory, leaving them hovering precariously around the relegation zone.
Raul moved to the German side in July on a 2-year deal after making

No Eid at home for many as roads still under water

KARACHI: The Sindh government has so far failed to restore several road links that connect villages and towns to major cities of the province in the aftermath of the floods, which means that many people will be unable to reach their native areas to celebrate the forthcoming Eidul Azha.
On the right of the Indus River, from Kashmore to Thatta, dozens of major towns like Khairpur Nathan Shah, Shahdadkot, Qubo Saeed Khan, Mehar, Johi, Sujawal and Sehwan as well as the suburbs of

Indian home minister reviews security on Kashmir visit

SRINAGAR: India's Home Minister P Chidambaram reviewed the security situation in Indian-held Kashmir on Sunday in the face of months of deadly protests against Indian occupation that have left over 100 people dead.
Chidambaram held a series of meetings with Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and top security and intelligence officials, a spokesman said.
It was Chidambaram's first visit to the state since June 11 when a 17-year-old student was killed by a police teargas

Exporters press home the advantage on devaluation

Pakistan exporters have recorded a 16 percent jump in earnings from exports Rs 23 billion in terms of Pakistani currency exports exhibited 21 percent growth, showing five percent impact of the devaluation. These figures reflect an improvement in income of Rs 23 billion.
Details obtained by Pakistan Today showed that in the first quarter of this fiscal year, exports rose to 5.18 billion dollars compared to 4.43 billion dollars in the same period last year.

Russian men fail to fire-up home crowd

Russia's Nikolay Davydenko, top seed of the joint ATP and WTA Kremlin Cup tournament, crashed out of the event beaten by unheralded Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in straight sets.
The 24-year-old Cuevas won 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5) in one hour 48 minutes to level his record with Davydenko, three-times a champion here (2004/06/07), at 1-1. It was not a good day for the Russian hopes as defending champion Mikhail Youzhny pulled out because he has not recovered after falling ill in

Bollinger back home with injury

Australian fast bowler Doug Bollinger has been sent home from the one-day series against India with an abdominal strain, team officials said Thursday, raising further injury concerns before the Ashes.
Middle-order batsman Mike Hussey, who is returning to play for his domestic side West Australia, will accompany Bollinger. Bollinger also missed the second Test against India with an abdominal problem.
Sims said Bollinger would undergo further assessment and

Home Dept grants clearance, all shrines except Abdullah Shah Ghazi to...

All shrines sealed after the 'twin' suicide attacks at the city's patron saint Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi (RA)'s shrine were reopened after Sindh Home Department gave the green light.
"There are mosques in vicinity of most shrines. Those who want to offer prayers there were facing difficulties and that is why we have ordered to open them (shrines)," Sindh Auqaf Chief Administrator Manzoor Kanasro told Pakistan Today.
Earlier on Thursday, the provincial Home

EU declines concessions for home textiles sector

The European Union (EU) has refused to give concessions to the country's best performing home textiles sector and it will be excluded from the list of 75 Pakistani products granted the favour, official sources said on Friday.
The government has strongly advocated the inclusion of the home textile sector in the concessions package, but to no avail.
The trade concessions announced by EU are likely to take effect from January 1, 2011. These unilateral concessions are expected