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No plan to establish diplomatic ties with Bhutan: US

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Washington America is keen to strengthen ties with Bhutan but there is no plan to establish diplomatic relationship with the Himalayan nation, a senior US official has said after the first-ever meeting between America’s top diplomat and Bhutan’s Prime Minister. Bhutan does not have diplomatic relations with any of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, including the ... Read More »

Girl killed by her father for honour in UP’s Muzaffarn

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Muzaffarnagar, January 02: In a case of honour killing, a 19-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her father and other family members who were opposed to her relationship with a boy belonging to a different community in Baroda village of the district. The girl was murdered by her family members on New Year’s eve following a heated argument, SHO, Anand ... Read More »

AirAsia crash: Plane landed safely on water before sinking?

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Jakarta, January 01: The AirAsia flight QZ8501 that met with disaster over the Java Sea on its way from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore Sunday, may have made a safe landing on water before being consumed by high waves, amid a raging storm, experts say. The Daily Mirror reported Thursday, citing aviation experts, that the absence of any crash transmission ... Read More »

Pirate Akhilesh: UP CM says he ‘downloaded’ PK, gets ridiculed on Twitter

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It was yesterday that we learnt that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav after watching Aamir Khan-starrer PK had made the film tax free in Uttar Pradesh. However, a report in the Times of India quoting him saying he ‘downloaded’ the film to watch it has made him the butt of all jokes on Twitter The report quotes him as saying, ... Read More »

Chinese Police bust ‘breastfeeding prostitution ring’

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Chinese police recently racked up around 15 adults involved in the breastfeeding prostitution ring. Police forces from Beijing, Hebei, Hubei and Jiangxi found out that, men with a breastfeeding fetish used to pay around 5,000 pounds a month for access to database of milk-producing mums after Beijing News exposed the racket, the Mirror reported. The gang was exposed in a ... Read More »

Rupee hits 13-month low on global economic fears; trade data

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The rupee weakened to its lowest level in 13 months on Tuesday as markets in the region tumbled after a sharp rate hike in Russia further raised concerns about the global economy at a time when India’s trade deficit is already widening. Sliding oil prices and a downbeat China factory survey weighed on Asian shares on Tuesday, while the rouble ... Read More »

Iraq jihadists release pictures of mass execution

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Baghdad The Islamic State (IS) group on Monday released pictures of the execution of 13 men described as anti-jihadist Sunni tribal fighters near the northern city of Tikrit. Three pictures published on a jihadist forum and pro-IS social media accounts show the execution of the men wearing orange jumpsuits. Local residents confirmed that a mass execution had taken place on ... Read More »

Sydney cafe siege victims hailed as `heroes`

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Sydney Two hostages killed in a siege at a central Sydney cafe on Tuesday were hailed as heroes “willing to lay down their lives so others might live” in a church service mourning their deaths. Tori Johnson, the 34-year-old manager of the Lindt chocolate cafe where the crisis unfolded, and 38-year-old barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson died as heavily-armed police ... Read More »

China official admits millions in jade bribes: Report

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Beijing A former senior Chinese provincial official told a court he took around 13 million yuan ($2.1 million) in bribes consisting largely of precious stones, state-run media reported Tuesday. Ni Fake, a former deputy governor of the eastern province of Anhui, had a “craving for jade”, the state-run Shanghai Daily said. His trial on Monday was the latest case in ... Read More »

Three hostages run out of Sydney siege cafe: Police

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Sydney Three people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, police said on Monday, adding that no one has yet been harmed. The hostages appeared to come out of a side door of the Lindt chocolate cafe which was being watched by heavily armed police, almost six ... Read More »