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Cyclone Nathan heads for Australia’s east coast

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Sydney A cyclone in the Coral Sea is forecast to intensify before slamming into Australia`s northeast coast later this week, less than a month after the area was pummelled by one the most powerful cyclones on record to hit Australia, the national weather forecaster said on Tuesday. Australia`s Bureau of Meteorology expects Cyclone Nathan to turn toward the coast in ... Read More »

From today, 2 UK banks to allow fingerprint login

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LONDON: Account holders of two of Britain’s largest banks – Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest will become the first to log into their accounts using their fingerprint as the password. Starting from Thursday, RBS and NatWest customers will be the first of any UK-based bank to be able to login to their mobile banking app using only their finger ... Read More »

UN Security Council seeks to choke off Islamic State funds

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United Nations The UN Security Council is set on Thursday to adopt a resolution aimed at choking off millions of dollars in earnings from oil sales, antiquities trafficking and ransom payments to the self-described Islamic State group. Russia drafted the first outline of the measure, which reaffirms the council`s resolve to confront the threat posed by the jihadists who overran ... Read More »

Swine Flu: Toll crosses 100 in Rajasthan, 40 in Maharashtra

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New Delhi The swine flu toll in Maharashtra and Rajasthan has reached 100 and 40 respectively. According to reports, six deaths have been recorded in Mumbai due to the H1N1 virus outbreak while five more casualties were reported in Rajasthan on Tuesday. A total of 205 swine flu cases have been recorded in Maharashtra, according to the state authorities, while ... Read More »

Malaysia cartoonist arrested for criticising Anwar ruling

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Kuala Lumpur One of Malaysia`s best-known political cartoonists has been arrested for sedition over a Twitter posting that criticised the jailing of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, the artist`s wife said Wednesday. Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque — better known as Zunar — was arrested Tuesday night, hours after Anwar was jailed for five years in a politically charged sodomy case. “Of course ... Read More »

Obama India visit ..Narendra Modi broke with protocol to meet President Obama personally at the airport in Delhi

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Mumbai,By Kabir Ali  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told visiting US President Barack Obama that the two nations are starting a “new journey” of co-operation. Mr Obama said that the nations had declared a new friendship to take ties to a higher level. The leaders announced fresh defence and trade initiatives, and committed to more-regular bilateral meetings. Security is ... Read More »

Shiite militia attack Yemen President`s home, take control of palace

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Sanaa Defiant Shiite militiamen seized control of Yemen`s presidential palace and attacked President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi`s residence Tuesday in what officials said was a bid to overthrow his embattled government. As the UN Security Council began an emergency meeting to condemn the attack and back Hadi, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was “gravely concerned” and called for an immediate ... Read More »

Pope says Catholics do not need to breed `like rabbits`

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Rome Pope Francis has said that good Catholics do not have to breed “like rabbits”, defending the Church`s stance on artificial contraception and appealing to the world`s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics to practise responsible parenting. Speaking to journalists on his flight back from the Philippines, the pope said that he once asked a mother of seven children who was pregnant ... Read More »

Pope Francis winds up Asia tour, draws record turnout at rain-soaked Mass in Manila

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Manila Having attracted a record turnout of over six millions at a rain-drenched Mass in Manila, Pope Francis left Philippines on Monday, winding up a week-long Asia tour that also saw him visit Sri Lanka. As Pope Francis got ready to fly back to Rome aboard a Philippine Airlines plane, crowds that had lined his motorcade route, waved and cheered, ... Read More »