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8.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Solomon Islands, sparks Pacific tsunami

A major 8.0 magnitude earthquake was feared to have flattened villages in the Solomon Islands Wednesday, and triggered a tsunami with destructive potential for Pacific nations' coasts, monitors said.

Powerful quake shakes Solomon Islands, triggers tsunami warning

An earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude struck southeast of the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported.

Magnitude 6.3 quake strikes off Solomon Islands: US Geological Survey

An earthquake measuring 6.3 magnitude struck southeast of the Solomon Islands on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey reported.

Decline in carbon pollution from US power plants: Environmental Protection Agency

Heat-trapping gases from US power plants fell 4.6% in 2011 from the previous year as plants burned less coal, the biggest source of greenhouse gas pollution, according to a new government report.

US to offer benefits to spouses of gay troops: Pentagon officials

The Pentagon plans to extend some benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian troops, officials said on Tuesday.

France to begin Mali troop withdrawal in March, foreign minister Laurent Fabius says

France's foreign minister says in a newspaper interview that his country's troops may start pulling out of a military intervention in the African country of Mali in March.

18 charged in $200 million global credit card fraud: US

Eighteen people were charged in what may be one of the largest credit card fraud rings in the US, a sprawling international scam that duped credit-rating agencies and used thousands of fake identities to steal at least $200 million, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Israel deploys 3rd missile system to north: Reports

Israel has deployed a third Iron Dome missile defence battery to the north of the country a few days after carrying out an air strike inside neighbouring Syria, Israeli media said on Tuesday.

Brazil nightclub fire claims new victim, death toll at 238

A 20-year-old man died on Tuesday from injuries sustained during a Jan. 27 fire at a nightclub in southern Brazil, bringing the death toll from the disaster to 238 and adding to concerns it may rise further.

Top Jamaat leader jailed for life in Bangladesh; riots follow

A top leader of Bangladesh's fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami was today sentenced to life by a special tribunal here for "crime against humanity" committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan, sparking riots that claimed at least one life.

VHP's PIL against Shinde's 'Hindu terror' remarks dismissed

A petition filed by Vishwa Hindu Parishad against Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde's "Hindu terror" remarks was dismissed by the Allahabad high court today.

Madras high court dismisses PIL against 'Vishwaroopam'

The Madras high court today dismissed a PIL seeking a ban on screening of actor-director Kamal Hassan's controversial film 'Vishwaroopam' in all languages across the country.

Clash stalls land acquisition for Posco project for sometime

Renewed land acquisition for Rs 52,000 crore Posco steel plant in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district since Sunday, was affected for sometime today following a clash between anti-project activists and police with the protesters claiming injuries to some.

2008 Malegaon blasts: NIA opposes Sadhvi Pragya Singh's bail

National Investigation Agency, probing the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts case, today told the Bombay High Court that it was opposing the bail plea of prime accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur who has sought the relief on medical ground.

Police, news channel asked to pay Rs 6.5 lakh to sexual abuse victim

Delhi police and television news channel Aaj Tak were today directed by the high court to pay compensation of Rs 6.5 lakh to a victim of sexual abuse for disclosing her identity eight years ago.

Indian consumers most confident globally in Q4, 2012: Survey

Indians have emerged as the most confident consumers globally in the fourth quarter of 2012 despite job security and economy remaining their biggest concerns, in a study by provider of market information and insights Nielsen.

40 Chinese people "punished" for covering up tunnel explosion

A total of 40 Chinese people have been "punished" for their roles in covering up a fatal tunnel explosion in December in which eight people were killed, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

Narendra Modi to visit Kumbh Mela on Feb 12 to take holy dip

Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi will attend the Kumbh Mela being held in Allahabad on February 12.

Bad weather forces Rahul Gandhi to put off Amethi visit

The scheduled visit of Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday to his parliamentary constituency of Amethi for the first time as Congress vice president has been postponed due to inclement weather.

Missing children case: SC threatens arrest warrant against 3 chief secretaries

The Supreme Court has criticized the Centre and several state governments for their failure to file status report on the issue of missing children.

Dalai Lama's visit called off despite security clearance by UP govt

The much-anticipated visit of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to the ongoing Mahakumbh has been finally called off despite security clearance given by the Uttar Pradesh government for his two-day visit.

Heavy rain throws life out of gear in Punjab, Haryana

Moderate to rather heavy rain lashed various parts of Punjab and Haryana, with waterlogging affecting normal life at many areas in both the states.

Former Chief Justice of Bombay high court V S Deshpande passes away

Former Chief Justice of Bombay high court V S Deshpande died here, his family said today.

China sentences 10 for illegally detaining petitioners

Chinese state media say a Beijing court has sentenced 10 people to prison for illegally detaining petitioners. It's an apparent blow for attempts by local governments to cover up abuses.

It is time to do something: Obama on gun violence

Hitting the road once again in his trademark style, the US President Barack Obama has said it is "time to do something" to prevent the kind of deadly shooting incidents that has been happening in the country killing innocent people, including children.

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