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Oman extends curbs on Expats

Posted by on 15/04/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

Oman extends curbs on Expats

Oman extends curbs on Expats

MUSCAT: Oman said it would extend curbs on the hiring of foreign workers in construction and housekeeping as part of efforts to save more jobs for local citizens and limit outflows of money from the economy. Hiring of expatriates by private companies in those two sectors will be banned for six months from May 4, […]

Iraq shuts infamous Abu Ghraib prison

Posted by on 15/04/2014
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Iraq shuts infamous Abu Ghraib prison

Iraq shuts infamous Abu Ghraib prison

BAGHDAD: Iraq has closed Abu Ghraib prison, made infamous by Saddam Hussein’s regime and US forces, due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year, the justice ministry said yesterday. The country is suffering a protracted surge in violence that has claimed more than 2,550 lives so far this year, and the area west […]

Modi’s double very much in demand

Posted by on 15/04/2014
Filed under Subcontinent, World

Modi’s double very much in demand

Modi’s double very much in demand

MUMBAI: A Mumbai steel manufacturer is finding himself much in demand during India’s election season thanks to his uncanny resemblance to prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi. Sporting a greywhite beard, glasses and the politician’s trademark shirt and waistcoat, Vikas Mahante is now a regular sight on the campaign trail with right-wing candidates in the financial […]

Indian court recognizes transgenders as ‘third gender’

Posted by on 15/04/2014
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Indian court recognizes transgenders as ‘third gender’

Indian court recognizes transgenders as ‘third gender’

NEW DELHI: India’s highest court ruled yesterday that a person can be legally recognized as gender-neutral, a landmark judgment that raises hopes of an end to discrimination against several million transgenders and eunuchs. The Supreme Court also said transgenders should be included in government welfare schemes offered to other minority groups in a bid to […]

Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 121 – Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

Posted by on 15/04/2014
Filed under Africa, Health & Science, Top Stories, World

Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 121 – Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

Death toll in Ebola outbreak rises to 121 – Gambia bans flights from Ebola-hit nations

DAKAR: An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people, according to the latest World Health Organization count. There is no vaccine and no cure for the deadly virus, and its appearance in West Africa, far from its usual sites in Central and East Africa, has […]

Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service

Posted by on 15/04/2014
Filed under Europe, Top Stories

Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service

Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service

  ROME: An Italian court yesterday ordered former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service in an old person’s home in a symbolic but humiliating punishment for tax fraud. The flamboyant 77-year-old media magnate will have to work at the centre “one day a week and for not […]

Pakistani held for cannibalism after eating baby

Posted by on 14/04/2014
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Pakistani held for cannibalism after eating baby

Pakistani held for cannibalism after eating baby

LAHORE: A Pakistani man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of cannibalism when the head of a newborn baby was found at his home-three years after he was jailed for the same offence. Police raided the house in a remote village in Punjab province after neighbors complained of a foul smell and found the head of […]

Riyadh imposes fines, jail terms for visa lapses

Posted by on 14/04/2014
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Riyadh imposes fines, jail terms for visa lapses

Riyadh imposes fines, jail terms for visa lapses

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will punish people who employ foreigners illegally or break the terms of their visas, in an effort to encourage local employment. Punishment ranging from fines and jail terms to confiscation of assets and deportation may be imposed, escalating a year-long crackdown on visa irregularities that have been overlooked for decades. The Interior […]

Bomb attack kills 71 at Abuja bus station

Posted by on 14/04/2014
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Bomb attack kills 71 at Abuja bus station

Bomb attack kills 71 at Abuja bus station

ABUJA: Seventy-one people died in a bomb blast in a packed bus station in Nigeria’s capital Abuja yesterday – the deadliest attack ever to strike the city – with the president blaming the explosion on Boko Haram Islamists. The bomb, which also injured 124 people, rocked the Nyanya station on Abuja’s southern outskirts at 6:45 […]

Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

Posted by on 14/04/2014
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Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

LA ROCHELLE: Male students and staff at a French school yesterday began providing police with DNA samples in an unprecedented operation aimed at discovering who raped a 16-year-old female pupil on the premises. The operation has raised concerns over rights violations after the prosecutor handling the case said anyone refusing to submit a sample would […]

Syrian govt troops retake Christian town of Maaloula – Torture victims’ teeth, nails pulled out: UN

Posted by on 14/04/2014
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Syrian govt troops retake Christian town of Maaloula – Torture victims’ teeth, nails pulled out: UN

Syrian govt troops retake Christian town of Maaloula – Torture victims’ teeth, nails pulled out: UN

MAALOULA: Syrian government troops seized at least three border communities, including an ancient Christian hamlet, north of Damascus yesterday, state media and activists said, in a dramatic one-day sweep that suggests rebel strongholds along the Lebanese frontier are near total collapse. The capture of Sarkha, Maaloula and Jibbeh was the fastest series of army successes […]

N Korea vows Seoul will pay ‘dear price’ for insults

N Korea vows Seoul will pay ‘dear price’ for insults

Posted by on 14/04/2014
Filed under Asia, World

N Korea vows Seoul will pay ‘dear price’ for insults

N Korea vows Seoul will pay ‘dear price’ for insults

SEOUL: North Korea yesterday warned South Korea it would pay a “dear price” for recent criticisms of Pyongyang’s nuclear program and political system, saying they violated a no-slander agreement. The warning from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) came days after Pyongyang blasted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s proposals for Korean reunification […]

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