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Indonesia Sends Warships To Help Look For 54 After Boat Sank

Indonesian police officers scan the horizon from the deck of a rescue ship during a search operation for dozens of people still missing after a ferry sank off Sulawesi Island on Saturday. (AP Photo) MAKASSAR, INDONESIA:  Rescuers today recovered 16 more bodies from the weekend sinking of a passenger boat in Indonesian seas, and the navy was sending warships to ... Read More »

Court Seeks Centre’s Reply On Framing Guidelines On Returning Awards

Several writers had recently returned their awards protesting against the Sahitya Akademi’s “silence” on the murder of fellow writer MM Kalburgi. NEW DELHI:  The Delhi High Court today sought a response from the Centre on a plea seeking a direction to frame guidelines that if Sahitya Akademi awardees return their awards, they should also return the prize money and royalties ... Read More »

Zambian Singer, Pardoned For Sexual Assault, Beats 2 Women

Charged with sexual assault, Clifford Dimba, also known as General Kanene, outside a police vehicle, the magistrates court in Lusaka, Zambia. (AP File Photo) LUSAKA, ZAMBIA:  A Zambian singer, who received a presidential pardon after he was convicted for sexually assaulting a teenage girl, assaulted two other women shortly after his release. Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu pardoned Clifford Dimba in ... Read More »

Burundi Rebels Announce Force To Oust President

Burundi’s rebels aim to oust President Pierre Nkurunziza. (AFP File Photo) NAIROBI:  Burundi’s rebels came together today for the first time as a force aimed at ousting President Pierre Nkurunziza, after months of bloodshed in the troubled central African country. The formation of the insurgents comes amid mounting regional pressure on the government to accept African Union peacekeepers it calls ... Read More »

Shimla Gets Season’s First Snowflakes

Shimla and its nearby areas received intermittent snowflakes that started in the afternoon. SHIMLA:  Shimla today witnessed snowflakes, the season’s first, pushing down the mercury by several notches. “Shimla and its nearby areas received intermittent snowflakes that started in the afternoon,” an official of the meteorological office told IANS here. He said high-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba and ... Read More »

Spain’s Socialist Leader Would Not Support Mariano Rajoy In His PM Bid

Spanish caretaker Prime Minister and Popular Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy and leader of Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez meet at La Moncloa palace in Madrid today. (AFP Photo) MADRID:  The leader of Spain’s opposition Socialists said today that he will not support any effort by acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to stay on in his post via a ... Read More »

New Book Chronicles Real Bear Behind ‘Winnie-The-Pooh’

Image provided by Lindsay Mattick shows Winnie the Bear and Canadian soldier Harry Colebourn together near Salisbury England in 1914. (AP Photo) LONDON:  Lindsay Mattick’s great-grandfather was on his way to fight in World War I when he bought a bear cub he named Winnie, inspiring author AA Milne to create the timeless character Winnie-the-Pooh. Now, Mattick has written a ... Read More »

Saudis Commute Maid’s Stoning Death Sentence: Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan deputy foreign minister Harsha de Silva speaks during a press conference in Colombo today. (AFP Photo) COLOMBO:  A Saudi Arabian court has commuted the death-by-stoning sentence passed on a Sri Lankan maid convicted of adultery, the government in Colombo said on today. “We have succeeded in getting the death sentence overturned. Our concern was to make sure that ... Read More »

Florida Woman Dies After Being Kicked Out Of Hospital In Handcuffs

Early Monday morning, staff had called police to escort Dawson out of the hospital, according the Tallahassee Democrat. (Representational Image) Barbara Dawson was just steps away from the entrance to Calhoun Liberty Hospital when she collapsed. Earlier Monday morning, staff had called police to escort Dawson out of the hospital, according the Tallahassee Democrat, because she refused to leave after ... Read More »

Pro-ISIS Elements Posting Messages In Regional Languages: Government

ISIS is one of the 39 organisations which were declared unlawful under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Parliament was informed today. NEW DELHI:  Some elements, who support the dreaded terrorist group ISIS, have posted messages in Indian regional languages, including Hindi and Tamil, Rajya Sabha was informed today. “As per available intelligence inputs, pro-ISIS elements have posted messages in the ... Read More »