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Police raid 'gay' party in Mumbai; 30 booked for indecent behaviour

Thirty persons were booked for alleged indecent behaviour following a raid at a "gay party" in suburban Malad on Sunday, police said.

Shiv Sena claims credit for Afzal Guru's execution

Shiv Sena during Presidential election had supported the Congress on condition that it will dispose of Guru's mercy petition at earliest.

Schools closed in Nepal to protest against inclusion of Indian textbooks

Maoists in Nepal today forced the closure of 600 schools in Lalitpur district to protest the inculsion of Indian textbooks in the curriculum by a local school.

Lok Jana Shakti Party president Paswan says Modi can't become PM

Lok Jana Shakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan has asserted that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi can not become Prime Minister at any cost whether he is endorsed by the Dharam Sansad of the sadhus or take a dip in Sangam.

Don't indulge in factionalism, Antony tells Congress Kerala unit

Defence minister AK Antony on Sunday asked his partymen in the state to behave as factionalism has reached dangerous levels.

Will talk with US if pressure stops, Ahmadinejad says

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he is ready to have direct talks with United States if the West stops pressuring his country.

US General Dunford takes charge of Nato in Afghanistan

US General Joseph Dunford assumed command of Nato forces in Afghanistan on Sunday, taking over from General John Allen as the coalition prepares to withdraw the bulk of combat troops by next year, an AFP reporter witnessed.

Gas explosion and ensuing fire kills six in Russia

Six people died in a gas explosion and ensuing fire at a construction site in Russia's northern region of Komi, the emergencies ministry said on Sunday.

US 'jumped to conclusions' on nuke test: North Korea media

A North Korean state media outlet has accused the United States of "jumping to conclusions" that the North would soon stage a nuclear test, adding to the confusion over its immediate intentions.

I was detained for talking with media, SAR Geelani says

A day after he was detained following the hanging of Afzal Guru, Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani Sunday said his detention by police happened because he had spoken to the media.

Sebi to auction bonds worth $11.3 billion for FIIs this month

Market regulator Sebi will auction bonds worth $11.3 billion this month, following the hike in investment caps for FIIs in corporate and government debt markets by $5 billion each.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav transfers 116 senior officials

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday midnight undertook a major rejig of the state bureaucracy, transferring 56 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and 60 Indian Police Service (IPS) officials.

US Airways, AMR Corp near $11 billion merger, deal seen within week: Reports

US Airways Group Inc and AMR Corp are nearing an $11 billion merger that would create the world's largest airline and could announce a deal within a week.

6.5-magnitude quake strikes off Solomon Islands

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit off the Solomon Islands today, the latest powerful aftershock following a 8.0-magnitude quake that sparked a tsunami four days ago, US seismologists said.

Curiosity rover completes first drill into Mars rock

In a Mars first, the Curiosity rover drilled into a rock and prepared to dump a pinch of powder into its onboard laboratories for closer inspection.

Tight budget may force Pentagon to cut forces: US general

The Pentagon will have to cut the size of US military forces for the second time in as many years if across-the-board spending reductions of $470 billion over 10 years take effect March 1, the top US military officer said on Saturday.

Tensions rise in Tunisia as PM Hamadi Jebali threatens to quit

Tunisia's prime minister threatened to quit on Saturday and warned of chaos unless key ministries held by fellow Islamists go to independents in a new government of non-partisan technocrats.

German education minister Annette Schavan quits in plagiarism case

Germany's education minister resigned Saturday after a university decided to withdraw her doctorate, finding that she plagiarized parts of her thesis, an embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel's government as it prepares for elections later this year.

Strong earthquake hits Colombia; 6 hurt, but no major damage

A powerful earthquake rocked southwestern Colombia on Saturday, damaging more than 100 homes and causing minor injuries to six people, but sparing serious damage to roads and bridges, authorities said.

Lebanon may need camps for flood of Syrian refugees: UN

Lebanon should consider setting up transit centers to absorb the waves of refugees fleeing neighboring Syria and may have to establish formal refugee camps if the influx continues, a United Nations refugee official said.

150 scientists raise concerns about GM crops, write to Jayanthi Natarajan

More than 150 scientists have written a letter to the environment minister, Jayanthi Natarajan on Saturday raising concerns about genetically modified (GM) crops.

Russian opposition leader placed on house arrest

A top Russian opposition figure has been placed under house arrest for two months, a move that also bans him from using most forms of communication, including the internet, telephone and mail.

Umbrella body of Indian Muslim organizations condemns Afzal Guru's execution

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, president of All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat in a press statement issued on Saturday said that Afzal Guru's execution was legally and morally unjustified and hasty.

Mali war: Near Timbuktu, two bodies show reprisal killings

The bodies are buried here, in the side of a dune less than a mile outside this desert capital, dumped out of sight in a forgotten and uninhabited zone.

People's Union of Civil Liberties condemns Afzal Guru's hanging

People's Union of Civil Liberties today condemned the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and alleged that there were "political considerations" behind the step.

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