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May 15, 2012

India tells U.S. Iranian oil import cuts to continue-source

NEW DELHI, May 15 (Reuters) – India pledged to continue
cutting oil imports from Iran over time but gave no specific
target or time-frame for such reductions in talks with U.S.
special envoy Carlos Pascual on Tuesday, a source familiar with
the discussions said.

Pascual, who has been pressing Iran’s clients to cut their
imports to avoid tighter sanctions, met foreign ministry
officials and discussed a waiver from the new measures, which
are due to come into effect at the end of June.

May 11, 2012

India to probe alleged irregularities at drug regulator

NEW DELHI, May 11 (Reuters) – The Indian government
announced an inquiry on Friday into the country’s main drug
regulator, three days after a parliamentary report exposed
dysfunction within the agency and alleged serious irregularities
in how drugs are approved.

The parliamentary report alleged collusion between officials
of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO),
which oversees the licensing, marketing and trials of new drugs
in India, and pharmaceutical firms. It also said the agency was
chronically understaffed and lacked both expertise and high-tech
laboratories to fulfill its growing responsibilities.

May 9, 2012

Probe finds collusion between India drug regulator, pharma firms

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, May 9 (Reuters) – Officials of India’s
drug regulator have been colluding with pharmaceutical firms to
speed up approval procedures, allowing some drugs that are not
allowed in other countries to go on sale, according to an
18-month investigation by lawmakers.

The parliamentary panel’s 78-page report names a number of
major international drug companies and Indian firms.

May 9, 2012

Probe uncovers serious problems with India’s drug regulator

NEW DELHI, May 9 (Reuters) – India’s main drug regulator has
not been properly scrutinising some drugs before approving them,
and some of its officials are colluding with drug firms and
medical experts to circumvent procedure, according to a new
parliamentary report.

The report by parliament’s health committee, the result of a
more than year-long investigation, painted a chaotic picture of
the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), which
oversees the licensing, marketing and trials of drugs in India.

Mar 23, 2011

Yemen turmoil poses fresh conundrum for Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faces a crisis in the Middle East and it’s not just Libya. Some 2,400 miles (4,000 km) farther away in Yemen, Washington may soon lose a crucial ally in its war against al Qaeda.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in power for three decades, has allowed U.S. forces to conduct clandestine operations, including unmanned aerial drone strikes, against a Yemeni offshoot of al Qaeda that American officials say poses a profound threat to U.S. national security.

Mar 11, 2011

U.S. spy chief says Gaddafi forces to prevail

WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) – Libyan rebels have lost
momentum and are not likely to dislodge Muammar Gaddafi from
power, top U.S. intelligence officials said on Thursday as
Washington backed further away from any military action.

The White House said the United States would send civilian
disaster relief teams to rebel-held eastern Libya to help with
humanitarian efforts but stressed they would not be accompanied
by military or security personnel.

Mar 10, 2011

U.S. says better-equipped Gaddafi forces may prevail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. spy chief said Thursday that better-equipped forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were likely to prevail in the long run against rebels fighting to end his 41-year rule.

National Intelligence Director James Clapper gave his assessment as the United States and its NATO allies debated in Brussels over how to support Libyan opposition groups who have suffered a series of military setbacks.

Mar 9, 2011

White House defends Libya stance, debates options

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) – The White House on
Wednesday strongly defended its response to the turmoil in
Libya, insisting it has taken “dramatic action” and rebutting
criticism that its consensus-based approach is too cautious.

As President Barack Obama’s top advisers met to debate what
to do next, Muammar Gaddafi’s forces halted a rebel advance in
the east of the oil-producing North African country and
opposition forces suffered setbacks in the west.

Mar 9, 2011

White House debates options on Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s top aides were due to meet on Libya on Wednesday as the White House debates military options and parries growing criticism of its handling of the turmoil in the North African country.

“The Obama administration is throwing out so many conflicting messages on Libya that they are blunting any potential pressure on the Libyan regime and weakening American credibility,” said an editorial in The New York Times, a newspaper that is often supportive of Obama’s policies.

Mar 9, 2011

White House, under fire, debates options on Libya

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
top aides were due to meet on Libya on Wednesday as the White
House debates military options and parries growing criticism of
its handling of the turmoil in the North African country.

“The Obama administration is throwing out so many
conflicting messages on Libya that they are blunting any
potential pressure on the Libyan regime and weakening American
credibility,” said an editorial in The New York Times, a
newspaper that is often supportive of Obama’s policies.