Explosion at oil company kills two in southern India

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February 23, 2015 09:20 pm

(AFP) - An explosion at lubricants maker Gulf Oil Corp s unit in southern India killed two people and injured at least 13 others late Monday, police said. Police said the explosi...

HSBC boss defends Swiss account as bank profits slump

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February 23, 2015 09:11 pm

(AFP) HSBC's boss on Monday fended off criticism about receiving his bonuses through a Swiss bank account held by a Panamanian-registered company, as the banking giant reported a 1...

Thai pair jailed for more than two years for royal slur in play

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February 23, 2015 08:27 pm

Bangkok (AFP) - Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown un...

Frank Sinatra driver's licence and Kurt Cobain credit card up for auction

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February 20, 2015 08:43 pm

Online auction house Paddle8 has listed Frank Sinatra’s 1944 driver’s licence and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s credit card among items in its Legendary: Memorabilia from Ro...

India clears $8 bn plan to build warships

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February 19, 2015 02:33 pm

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India has cleared an $8 billion plan to build seven warships as part of a twin push to ramp up local production and counter an increasing assertive China, a defen...

Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra indicted over rice subsidy scheme

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February 19, 2015 02:31 pm

BANGKOK (AFP): Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarising family that...

Vanilla ice charged with burglary, report say

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February 19, 2015 02:22 pm

Vanilla Ice was bailed out of jail after being arrested in connection with a home burglary, authorities said yesterday. The former rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle...

Suicide bombing kills 4 at Pakistan police complex: report

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February 17, 2015 04:21 pm

LAHORE, Pakistan — An apparent suicide bombing killed at least four people outside a police complex in eastern Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said, in a rare attack on the relati...

India's Modi appalled by temple built to worship him

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February 12, 2015 04:39 pm

Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he was appalled that some of his fans had built a temple to deify him, adding that such an act contradicted traditi...

Ancient Indian epic to be retold on Twitter from villain's viewpoint

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February 12, 2015 02:43 pm

(Reuters) - A lecturer based in Britain has reimagined an ancient Indian epic for Twitter audiences, spawning a book and spurring a second attempt, this time from the perspective o...

Isis militants are 'using mentally challenged children as suicide bombers and crucifying others', says UN body

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February 05, 2015 02:06 pm

Isis militants are using children – including those with mental health problems – as suicide bombers and human shields, according to experts from a UN watchdog. Officials b...

Kerry due in Ukraine as talk of arming Kiev grows

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February 05, 2015 01:45 pm

Kiev (AFP): US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Kiev Thursday for talks focussing on the possibility of arming Ukrainian forces, a day after four civilians were killed ...

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ arouses sex toy boom

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February 05, 2015 12:57 pm

NEW YORK (AFP) - The erotic bestselling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" was devoured across the world by millions, from British housewives to Guantanamo Bay inmates. Now manufacturer...

Japan's women wrestlers take on sumo's big boys

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February 05, 2015 12:52 pm

TOKYO (AFP) - Nineteen-year-old Sayaka Matsuo lies on the tatami mat as a personal masseur works on her neck and shoulders to squeeze out the knots.  But this is no pamper packag...

Mummified monk in Mongolia 'not dead', say Buddhists

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February 05, 2015 12:18 pm

A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him, the BBC reported.   Senior Buddhists say the monk, found...

Taiwan pilot hailed as a hero as wreckage scoured

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February 05, 2015 11:58 am

AFP - Taiwan rescuers scoured a river for 12 people still missing from a TransAsia plane crash Thursday as the pilot was hailed as a hero for apparently battling to avoid hitting b...

Three tons of live cats destined to be eaten have been seized in Vietnam

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January 30, 2015 01:32 pm

Hanoi (AFP) - Thousands of live cats destined "for consumption" have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the b...

Malaysia declares MH370 an 'accident'

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January 29, 2015 05:24 pm

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) : Malaysia has declared the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 an "accident", its Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said Thursday. The Boeing ...

Pro-Russia rebels cement hold on disputed Ukraine airport

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January 23, 2015 03:27 pm

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Russian rebels cemented their hold Friday on a long-disputed airport ceded by Ukrainian troops during an upsurge in clashes that killed nearly 50 peop...

A mother pleads as Japan hostage deadline passes

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January 23, 2015 03:13 pm

TOKYO (AFP): The deadline set by Islamic State (IS) militants threatening to kill two Japanese men unless they were given US$200 million passed on Friday (Jan 23), after one ca...

India cleans up for Obama Taj Mahal trip

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January 23, 2015 02:55 pm

(AFP) Agra - As he scrubs the road to India's Taj Mahal on his knees for less than five dollars a day, Ramjeet beams with pride at the thought of US President Barack Obama admiring...

Pollution soars in Chinese winter smog

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January 15, 2015 04:59 pm

[caption id="attachment_67942" align="alignright" width="300"] - China is plagued by heavy air pollution caused by enormous use of coal to generate electricity to power a booming e...

Merkel heightens security against Islamic extremist

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January 15, 2015 04:54 pm

AFP - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged today to heighten security measures against Islamist extremists, speaking to parliament eight days after the Paris attacks on the Char...

Mobile app for halal foodies launched in Singapore

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January 08, 2015 01:17 pm

AFP - A Singapore-based company yesterday launched a mobile application that enables Muslim foodies and travellers to share halal restaurant discoveries around the world. The fr...

World leaders, media groups condemn 'barbaric' Paris attack

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January 08, 2015 08:50 am

(AFP) World leaders and media rights groups condemned the "barbaric" shooting at a Paris weekly Wednesday which left 12 dead, dubbing it an act of terror and an attack on free spee...

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