Dal Lake in Indian-administered Kashmir is a magnet for tourists. Famous for its natural beauty and the houseboat hotels which dot the shoreline, the popular holiday destination is now under threat of pollution.
Victor Sumsky, a political analyst from the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, believes that the continuous practice of protectionism may probably be a necessary measure for the crisis period.
Dmitry Medvedev has called for the lifting of trade restrictions at the APEC summit in Singapore. The Russian president also said the financial crisis has taught countries to work together against common threats.
The leaders of the 21 APEC nations, gathering in Singapore, have heard Chinese leader Hu Jintao advance further trade liberalization, financial reform and closer regional integration as key drivers of economic growth.
US prosecutors have started legal proceedings to seize four mosques across America and a skyscraper in New York owned by a Muslim non-profit organization that is believed to have links with the Iranian government.
The Russian captain of a fishing vessel, Thai Union 3, hijacked by Somali pirates on 29th October this year, has been taken to hospital with bullet-wound, according to news agencies Reuters and Itar-Tass.