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North Korea tells China it is prepared for fresh nuclear test: Source

North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, said a source with direct knowledge of the message.

Bangladesh bans Japanese cartoon Doraemon to halt Hindi invasion

Bangladesh has banned the Japanese manga cartoon Doraemon from its TV screens over fears that youngsters who are hooked on the Hindi-dubbed version are struggling to learn their native Bengali.

Pakistani Taliban rejects Rehman Malik's demand for ceasefire before talks

The Pakistani Taliban have rejected interior minister Rehman Malik's demand that any peace talks should be preceded by a ceasefire, saying any truce will follow the dialogue process.

Rains bring down temperature in Punjab, Haryana

Overnight rains in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh today led to a dip in the mercury in the region.

Italian PM assures 'correct governance' of Finmeccanica

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said that his government would guarantee the "correct governance" of state-controlled defence firm Finmeccanica following arrest of its chief executive on corruption charges in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal with India.

Meteor shower causes damage in Urals, Russian agencies say

A meteor shower caused explosions in the lower atmosphere above central Russia and the Urals region on Friday, blowing out windows and causing injuries, agencies reported, citing officials.

China ships in disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Three Chinese government ships entered disputed waters on Friday, the Japanese coastguard said, as the two countries' soured relationship grew more complex following North Korea's nuclear test.

US Republicans block vote on Obama's defense nominee Chuck Hagel

Republican lawmakers succeeded on Thursday in delaying a Senate vote on confirming President Barack Obama's choice of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary.

North Korea making progress at rocket site,US think tank says

Already under fire for its latest nuclear test, North Korea has been making preparations at a launchpad that could pave the way for firing a long-range missile, a US think tank has said.

Teenager killed in protests on Bahrain revolt anniversary

Bahrain said on Thursday a security official had been killed in a "terrorist attack" using what it said was an inflammable projectile.

Bahrain says security official killed in 'terrorist attack'

Bahrain said on Thursday a security official had been killed in a "terrorist attack" using what it said was an inflammable projectile.

Venezuelan opposition leader says govt lying about Chavez health

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles on Thursday again accused the government of lying about the health of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez, who is convalescing in Cuba.

Blow for Syria regime: Iranian commander killed, 2 fighter jets shot down

Gunmen killed an Iranian commander in Syria while rebels shot down two fighter jets and overran a town on Thursday, dealing further setbacks for forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Mysore court to decide Veerappan aides' execution date next week

A Mysore court will decide next week the dates for execution of the four associates of Veerappan convicted in Palar blast case even as the family members of the convicts are shocked over rejection of their mercy plea by the president Pranab Mukherjee.

Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits remote Russian Far East

A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook Thursday the remote and largely uninhabited Sakha region in Russia's Far East, ITAR-TASS quoted the local emergency ministry service as saying.

Narendra Modi as PM will dent India's image: Shabana Azmi

"Someone, who is still unapologetic, whose name hasn't been cleared yet in the Godhra riots and is still denied the US visa, how can he (Modi) be a good candidate for the post of the prime minister in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections?" Shabana Azmi said.

Kolkata police chief removed over mishandling of college clashes

Sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury was shot dead when violence broke out at the Hari Mohan Ghosh College on Tuesday.

DA case: Jagan's judicial remand extended till Feb 27

A special CBI court today extended till February 27 the judicial remand of YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and others accused in the case of alleged disproportionate assets involving him.

Atleast nine, including six militants, killed in terror attacks in northwest Pakistan

At least nine people, including six militants, were killed and ten others injured in two separate terror attacks in Pakistan's restive northwest today.

Punjab and Haryana HC refuses to entertain petition against Yasin Malik

Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to the ministry of home for cancellation of passport of the chairman of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik for anti-national activities.

Eurozone recession deepens sharply

The eurozone economy shrank 0.6 percent from the three months to September when it dropped 0.1 percent.

TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu falls, suffers minor injuries

TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu suffered minor injuries when a makeshift dais collapsed while he was garlanding a statue in Guntur district Thursday, a party leader has said.

Talks on Rafale deal progressing well, PM says after meeting French president

India and France entered into exclusive negotiations for the purchase of medium multi role combat aircraft last year.

Kerala's Suryanelli rape case: Kurien meets Sonia Gandhi

There was speculation that Kurien has been asked to put in his papers but sources close to him claimed that there was no such move at the moment.

Proof that Leonardo da Vinci painted another Mona Lisa

New tests on a painting billed as the original version of the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's 15th century portrait, have produced fresh proof that it is the work of the Italian master, a Swiss-based art foundation said on Wednesday.

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