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Putin divorce takes Russia by surprise – Break-up may clear way for new marriage

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Putin divorce takes Russia by surprise – Break-up may clear way for new marriage

Putin divorce takes Russia by surprise – Break-up may clear way for new marriage

MOSCOW: Russians reeled yesterday from the shock announcement by President Vladimir Putin that his 30-year marriage was over, a break-up that was long an open secret but few imagined would ever be made public. In a highly choreographed joint interview with state television after attending a ballet together, Putin’s wife Lyudmila said they were having […]

Bra ban ahead of crucial Chinese exam

Posted by on 07/06/2013
Filed under Asia, Top Stories, World

Bra ban ahead of crucial Chinese exam

Bra ban ahead of crucial Chinese exam

BEIJING: More than nine million students packed exam halls across China for the opening day of the country’s university entrance exam yesterday – with attempts to stop cheating even leading to bans on metal bra clasps. Students in the northeastern province of Jilin were banned from wearing clothing with metal parts and education authorities installed […]

Indian soldier killed in Pak border firing

Indian soldier killed in Pak border firing

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Indian soldier killed in Pak border firing

SRINAGAR: Pakistani troops shot and killed an Indian army officer yesterday near the countries’ disputed border in the Himalayan region of Kashmir, Indian army officials said. “A junior commanding officer was shot dead by the Pakistani troops near Poonch sector,” a senior army official told AFP in New Delhi. “Suddenly there was firing from the […]

Seven Georgia soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Seven Georgia soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Seven Georgia soldiers killed in Afghanistan

KABUL: Georgia’s defense minister visited his troops in Afghanistan yesterday, a day after seven Georgian soldiers were killed in a huge truck bomb blast at their base in the deadliest single attack on international forces this year. The bombing was the latest strike in an intense insurgent campaign to hit both international and Afghan forces […]

2 get death in Pakistan case tainted by class

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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2 get death in Pakistan case tainted by class

2 get death in Pakistan case tainted by class

KARACHI: Two young men received death sentences yesterday over a fatal shooting that exposed class divisions in Pakistan and led to an unusual social media campaign demanding that the country’s rich and powerful be held accountable. The suspects, Shahrukh Jatoi and Nawab Siraj Talpur, come from two of the wealthiest families in Karachi, a violent […]

Turkey tourism takes a hit – Hotel reservations down, but visitors shrug off unrest

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Turkey tourism takes a hit – Hotel reservations down, but visitors shrug off unrest

Turkey tourism takes a hit – Hotel reservations down, but visitors shrug off unrest

ISTANBUL: Hotel reservations may be down after a week of violent mass protests in Turkey, but plucky tourists on the ground have taken the unrest in their stride. “There was tear gas everywhere. It was quite an adventure,” said one visitor from Iceland. Eva Carla Thorisdottir’s arrival in Istanbul in the heat of clashes between […]

Qaeda urges Syrians to unite against Assad, US – Zawahri criticizes Iranian support for Assad

Qaeda urges Syrians to unite against Assad, US – Zawahri criticizes Iranian support for Assad

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Qaeda urges Syrians to unite against Assad, US – Zawahri criticizes Iranian support for Assad

ABU DHABI: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri urged Syrians to unite to bring down President Bashar Al-Assad and thwart what he said were US plans to set up a client state in Syria to safeguard Israel’s security. In a 22-minute recording, posted on Islamist websites on Thursday to mark 65 years since Israel’s founding, Zawahri also […]

Indian police arrest three over US tourist gang-rape

Indian police arrest three over US tourist gang-rape

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Indian police arrest three over US tourist gang-rape

SHIMLA: Indian police arrested three Nepalese truckers yesterday over the gang-rape of a US tourist who was attacked after she hitched a ride late at night, officers said. The 30-year-old American accepted a lift in a truck on Monday night in Manali, a tourist destination in the foothills of the Himalayas, after struggling to find […]

Afghan fury as US ‘massacre’ soldier escapes death

Afghan fury as US ‘massacre’ soldier escapes death

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Afghan fury as US ‘massacre’ soldier escapes death

KANDAHAR: Survivors and victims’ relatives yesterday voiced fury that the US soldier who massacred 16 Afghan villagers last year would escape the death penalty after pleading guilty. Sergeant Robert Bales admitted 16 counts of murder in a packed courtroom in Washington State on Wednesday over the killings in March 2012 that caused outrage in Afghanistan […]

Threat of beer-free nights fuels Turkey protests

Threat of beer-free nights fuels Turkey protests

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Threat of beer-free nights fuels Turkey protests

ISTANBUL: In his Istanbul liquor store, shopkeeper Menderes Yildirim is worriednot so much about the recent nights of riots and tear gas, but about the stacks of beer in his fridge. Like the protesters themselves, he is furious at one of the government reforms that threatens to put him out of business by banning him […]

Syria recaptures Golan crossing – Austria to quit Golan, in blow to UN

Syria recaptures Golan crossing – Austria to quit Golan, in blow to UN

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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Syria recaptures Golan crossing – Austria to quit Golan, in blow to UN

QUNEITRA CROSSING: Syria’s army recaptured the only Golan Heights crossing on the ceasefire line with Israel yesterday, in another setback for rebels a day after they were blasted out of the strategic town of Qusayr. As the rebels were driven back out of the southwestern plateau, government troops also pursued insurgents who abandoned Qusayr, bombarding […]

New Saudi death from MERS virus

New Saudi death from MERS virus

Posted by on 07/06/2013
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New Saudi death from MERS virus

RIYADH: The Saudi health ministry yesterday announced the death of one of its citizens in the eastern region of Al-Ahsaa after he contracted MERS, a SARS-like virus. The ministry website said the latest death, announced on Wednesday, brings to 25 the number of people who have died from the virus since September, adding that 40 […]