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Date for next Syria talks thrown into question

Date for next Syria talks thrown into question

GENEVA (AFP) – The timing of the next Syria talks in Geneva was thrown into doubt on Friday after the UN said it could not confirm a Russian announcement that they had been postponed. Meeting in Moscow with minor Syrian opposition figures, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the UN-hosted talks planned for February 8 had […]

Canadian wingsuit jumper dies in China: report

Canadian wingsuit jumper dies in China: report

BEIJING (AFP) – A Canadian man has died after attempting a wingsuit jump in China, state media reported, the latest fatality in the extreme sport that involves leaping from a plane or mountain while wearing a bodysuit with wings. The body of 28-year-old Graham Dickinson, a wingsuit specialist, was found Thursday on a cliff in […]

Death toll from deadly occupied Kashmir avalanches climbs to 20

Death toll from deadly occupied Kashmir avalanches climbs to 20

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) – Rescuers retrieved the bodies Friday of another four Indian soldiers buried beneath tonnes of snow in occupied Kashmir, taking the death toll from a series of avalanches to 20, the military said. The disaster struck an army post and a patrol along the de facto border that divides the disputed territory […]

Syria talks in Geneva postponed from Feb 8 until end of the month: Lavrov

Syria talks in Geneva postponed from Feb 8 until end of the month: Lavrov

MOSCOW (AFP) – UN-hosted negotiations on the Syrian conflict planned for February 8 in Geneva have been postponed until the end of that month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday. “The date of February 8 has been put back until the end of next month,” Lavrov told a meeting with minor Syrian opposition representatives […]

Saudi Arabia to fine employers 2000 riyals for withholding workers’ passports

Saudi Arabia to fine employers 2000 riyals for withholding workers’ passports

RIYADH (Web Desk) – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labor and Social Development has announced that the employers who hold back the passports of workers without their written consent will be penalized. According to the spokesman of the ministry, Khalid Abalkhail, a fine of 2000 Saudi riyals per worker will be imposed on the employer. “The […]

Afghanistan seeks more women to join its army

Afghanistan seeks more women to join its army

KABUL (AFP) – Afghanistan has announced fresh initiatives to bring more women into the army, weeks after the country’s first female pilot sparked a national debate on insecurity and women’s rights by seeking asylum in the US. The defence ministry wants to boost the proportion of women in the army to 10 percent, deputy ministry […]

India’s top court says no to national ban on cow slaughter

India’s top court says no to national ban on cow slaughter

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India’s top court Friday rejected a petition seeking a nationwide ban on cow slaughter, a flashpoint issue for Hindus who consider the animal sacred. The Supreme Court dismissed an activist’s proposal to prohibit the slaughter of cows across India, a measure that would have effectively banned beef consumption in the nation […]

Deepika isn’t working with Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi after all

Deepika isn’t working with Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi after all

Looks like this one goal hasn’t been checked off on Deepika Padukone’s bucket list. Last year, photos of Children of Heaven director Majid Majidi and Deepika in the completely de-glammed avatar of a slum-dweller went viral. It was rumoured that she’s been cast in the Iranian filmmaker’s new project Beyond The Clouds, which is based […]

China may be developing new long-range air-to-air missile

China may be developing new long-range air-to-air missile

China may be testing a new, long-range air-to-air missile that could take out early warning aircraft and aerial refuelling aircraft, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, after pictures of the new missile surfaced online. President Xi Jinping is overseeing an ambitious military modernisation program that includes stealth jets and aircraft carriers. The country has also […]

Kareena’s back, with a look that will make you swoon

Kareena’s back, with a look that will make you swoon

Kareena Kapoor Khan – the latest Bollywood mommy – was recently caught by paparazzi as she left a local grooming salon sporting a new haircut. The stunning star flaunted big, chocolate-honey brown bangs, alongside large sunglasses, an olive-green jacket, and a black t-shirt. Kareena’s new fashion statement is the start of a new chapter in […]

Rahul Dravid declines honorary degree from Bangalore University

Rahul Dravid declines honorary degree from Bangalore University

Former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has turned down an honorary doctorate degree which was offered to him by the Bangalore University. Dravid, who grew up in Bangalore, declined the degree stating he would like to earn the degree instead through academic research in the field of sports. Bangalore University stated in a press release on […]

Abu Dhabi crown prince visits Indian presidential palace

Abu Dhabi crown prince visits Indian presidential palace

The crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, Shaikh Muhammad bin Zayed has visited the presidential palace in New Delhi. He was received by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The crown prince was welcomed with the guard of honour.  He also laid flowers at […]

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