Thursday, February 7, 2013

World:2/8/2013 9:18:16 PM

Millions race home for China's biggest holiday

Pushing through scores of passengers in the aisle of a cramped train at Beijing West station, Chen Guolan could barely contain her excitement at joining the world's largest annual human migration.

Churchill's poem for sale at 15,000 pounds

Former England Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill's one and only effort at poetry as an adult is set to go for auction for 15,000 pounds.

China cracks the whip on Tibetan suicides, 70 held

Stepping up its crackdown against self-immolation protests in Tibet, China has detained 70 suspects for a string of suicides in November last year, coinciding with the once-in-a-decade leadership change in China's ruling Communist Party.

Porn star makes political debut, triggers row

A soft porn actress has debuted as a political adviser in a Chinese city, sparking an online debate with some questioning how she was selected for the post.

Zardari's villa is blast-proof, has runway

A sprawling high-security private residence for Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, complete with bomb-proof structures and a landing strip for small jets and helicopters, is nearing completion here.

PIO doc in UK drops racism bomb

Serious charges of racism against the National Health Service (NHS) has now been brought up by Indian doctors, with the vice chairman of the 1.5 lakh member strong British Medical Association (BMA) saying atleast 80% doctors from India have faced racial discrimination in some shape or form.

UK has failed to identify juvenile sex offenders

The United Kingdom has failed miserably in identifying warning signs in children and youngsters prone to commit sexual crimes.

Tunisia Islamist party rejects govt's dissolution

The Islamist party dominating Tunisia's ruling coalition on Thursday rejected its own prime minister's decision to form a non-partisan technocratic government to try to appease critics.

Chile navy to punish 'xenophobic' sailors

Chile's presidency gave the navy 24 hours to punish those responsible for a sailors' nationalist chant that got posted on YouTube and threatens to upset the country's neighbors.

Iran rejects US offer of talks 'at gunpoint'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on all key issues in the Islamic republic, including Iran's sensitive nuclear activities and foreign policy.

Fifteen militants killed in Pakistan

At least 15 militants were killed on Thursday when Pakistani fighter jets targeted their hideouts in the country's northwest tribal region, a media report said.

France seeks Mali exit, handover to UN peacekeepers

Nearly a month after launching an offensive in Mali to drive out Islamist extremists, France mulled the withdrawal of its troops on Thursday after asking the UN to prepare a peacekeeping force to take the baton.

Russian jets 'breach' Japanese airspace

Two Russian fighter jets violated Japanese airspace today as Tokyo scrambled its own fighter planes in response, the Japanese defence ministry said.

Iran's supreme leader rejects US talks

Iran's supreme leader on Thursday strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with the US, apparently quashing suggestions for a breakthrough dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other issues.

Soft porn actress's political debut causes stir in China

A soft porn actress has debuted as a political adviser in a Chinese city, sparking an online debate with some questioning how she was selected for the post.

US lawmakers to get classified drone info

President Barack Obama has directed the Justice Department to give Congress' intelligence committees access to classified legal advice providing the government's rationale for drone strikes against American citizens working with al-Qaida abroad.

Heavy fighting hits Syrian capital

Heavy fighting on Wednesday erupted in Damascus as government forces tried to hold back a new rebel effort to push the civil war into the heart of the Syrian capital, activists said.

Indian tech czar leaves Obama for university top job

But CMU, which has a billion dollar endowment, is no less prestigious in the academic sphere.

In haze, China leaders gasp for air

Chinese Blame Govt Policies For Pollution As CO Poisoning Kills 10 In Beijing

Drone strikes legal and wise: White House

The White House has defended drone strikes against al-Qaida suspects as legal, ethical and wise and insisted they complied with US law and the constitution, even if they targeted Americans.

PIO admits to US fraud plot using Indian call centre

An Indian-origin man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud under which he used a call centre in India to defraud hundreds of individuals across the US.

Indian department likely to bag Oman border fencing deal

The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) is likely to construct the border fence between Oman and Yemen.

Copycat minister stripped of PhD

Germany's education minister Annette Schavan (57) has been stripped off her doctorate title after an inquiry confirmed plagiarism in her thesis, which she wrote 33 years ago.

UK may rake in 18m pound/yr from gay marriages

India's strong lesbian and gay community can now head to United Kingdom to tie the knot.

Japan PM urges Chinese restraint after radar act

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged China today not to stoke tension over disputed East China Sea isles, a day after Japan said a Chinese vessel directed radar normally used to aim weapons at a target at a Japanese navy ship.

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