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Canada launches hunt for man who mailed body parts

A Canada-wide search has been launched for a 29-year-old man wanted for a homicide in which the victim’s body parts were shipped by mail to the headquarters of two of Canada’s main political parties in downtown Ottawa. Luka Rocco Magnotta, who calls himself a “young gay twink” model and is known to be a porn star and stripper, is believed ...

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Chile mudslide leaves 3,000 stranded

Some 3,000 people living in the towns of Palena and Futaleufu, in the southern Chilean region of Los Lagos, were left stranded due to a mudslide that buried the road leading to their area, authorities said. The mudslide, about 120 meters long and 20 meters deep, occurred late Tuesday during a storm that affected the area, in the vicinity of ...

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FARC rebels release French reporter

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Wednesday that French war correspondent Romeo Langlois had been released by FARC guerrillas after 33 days in captivity. ICRC spokesperson in Colombia Maria Cristina Rivera confirmed the reporter’s release to the press at the Gustavo Urtunduaga Paredes airport in Florencia, the capital of Colombia’s southern Caqueta province. From Florencia Langlois will ...

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Many British pupils cannot even catch a ball

A British expert has warned that over thousands of children in the country are unable to throw or catch a ball since schools and parents are neglecting the children’s basic physical skills. According to Jeanne Keay, of Roehampton University, poorly trained primary school teachers are failing to give effective physical education lessons. Keay, a former physical education teacher, says they ...

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Indian peacekeepers treat 15,000 animals in South Sudan

Indian peacekeepers have treated over 15,000 animals in conflict-hit South Sudan since 2011, the head of its veterinary unit said. The veterinary unit of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) Indian Battalion in Malakal town have treated over 15,000 animals free of charge since last year, said the unit’s head Lt. Col. Ravinder Yadav. “We ...

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UN Human Rights Council to discuss Syria

The UN Human Rights Council will hold a special session here Friday on the situation and the recent killings in Syria. Over 100 people were killed in Syria’s Houla last Friday. Opposition groups said it was a result of artillery fire from government forces while Syrian authorities blamed terrorist and extremist groups for the killings. This will be the council’s ...

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Russian postal workers poisoned by toxic parcel

Police in Russia’s Siberia region are looking into reports that postal workers at a railway station were poisoned by a toxic parcel. The incident took place in the central Siberian city of Tomsk, the interior ministry said Wednesday. Police arrived at the scene and found a package emitting “a harsh smell”. A total of 17 people were evacuated, three were ...

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Israeli reporter accused of leaking army documents

A reporter working for Israeli daily Haaretz has been charged with leaking classified army documents related to assassination of Palestinian militant leaders, a media report said. Uri Blau was charged by Israel’s Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein with unauthorised possession of secret army documents that had “great potential” for damaging Israel’s security. “The exposure of the documents or the possibility they would ...

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Bob Dylan receives US presidential honour

¬†Legendary musician Bob Dylan has been honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour given in the US. Dylan is among 13 recipients of the honour. US President Barack Obama said he is a fan of the 71-year-old musician. “By the time he was 23, Bob’s voice, with its weight, its unique, gravelly power was redefining not ...

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Prankster paints himself with missile colour

A prankster in Brazil landed himself in deep trouble after the colour he painted his body with failed to come off — he realised then that the paint was one used for painting ballistic missiles and nuclear submarines. Enrique dos Santos,35, a swimming pool attendant, was trying to look like superhero The Hulk, reported The Sun. As the comic book ...

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Man jailed for spitting on Putin’s portrait

A man in Russia has been sentenced for 15 days in prison for spitting on President Vladimir Putin’s portrait. Dmitry Karuyev, an opposition activist who is a member of the Other Russia movement, was detained as he staged one-man protest outside the offices of the ruling United Russia party in Cheboksary city on the eve of Putin’s May 7 inauguration ...

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Thailand: Suu Kyi to help Myanmarese migrants

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to help migrant workers from Myanmar. The Nobel Laureate is in Thailand on her first trip outside her homeland since 1988, as she always feared either being detained or not being allowed to return in case she left Myanmar. But recent reforms paved the way for her getting elected to parliament last ...

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China to boost strategic industries

In a bid to combat the economic slowdown, Chinese government will encourage development of seven emerging strategic industries, it was declared in a guideline on Wednesday. “It is crucial to expand key emerging industries,” reported Shanghai Daily citing a Cabinet statement. “Their growth is of great importance for a stable economy, especially when China has seen mounting pressure of an ...

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India and Japan seal social security pact

¬†India and Japan have sealed a social security pact that will ease the economic burden on their nationals working in each other’s country. Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday announced that the pact has been concluded during the fourth round of negotiations between the two sides in Tokyo. The pact will exempt employees sent from Japan to India and ...

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