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US woman who sent back Russian boy to pay $150,000

 A court in the US has told an American woman, who sent her adopted son back to Russia, to pay $150,000 in damages, child support, and legal fees, a media report said. Torry Hansen was living in Tennessee in April 2010, when she put Artyom Savelyev, then seven, on a flight to his native Russia unaccompanied, with a note saying ...

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US: Russian spy’s belongings on display

The FBI has provided items belonging to Russian spy Anna Chapman for a New York exhibition devoted to secret agents, lifenews.ru said on Friday. A female 007, Chapman was arrested in June 2010 and then sent back home with other Russian agents in exchange for their US ‘counterparts’. The items on display in Times Square include the handcuffs put on ...

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Russian steals ambulance

A 24-year-old man in the Russian city of Izhevsk stole an ambulance and drove it around for two days before getting caught, police said. The man climbed into the freshly repaired vehicle that was left unguarded with keys in the ignition at a service station, RIA Novosti reported. The car theft took place Monday, but was not discovered until Wednesday, ...

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Australia: Fossils of bird-like dinosaurs discovered

Seven different killer dinosaurs once inhabited what is now southeastern Australia, ranging in size from cat-sized killers to a nine-metre-long T. Rex-like predator. The discovery represents a higher than expected biodiversity of meat-eating, theropod (bird-like) dinosaur fossils from between 105 and 120 million years ago, said geoscientists and researchers from Australia’s Monash University and Museum Victoria. “We had not expected ...

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UN to provide $144 million aid to Myanmar

 The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has offered to provide $144 million aid to Myanmar to implement a three-year project starting 2013, official media reported on Friday. Projects cover environmental conservation, upgrading legislative and executive skill and opening of UNDP branch office in Myanmar, said the New Light of Myanmar. The offer was made by visiting UNDP Assistant Secretary-General and ...

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Caffeinated gum keeps Israeli pilots and commandos alert

The Israeli army is supplying aviators and special operations forces a caffeine-charged chewing gum that dramatically enhances their ability to cope with fatigue on long missions, the Yediot Aharonot daily reported. The “Stay Alert” gum, a food supplement, was developed by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in conjunction with the Wrigley’s company, as part of ongoing efforts to ...

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Pakistan not to get Australian uranium: Envoy

 Pakistan is not eligible to buy uranium from Australia, outgoing High Commissioner Tim George has said. “India has an exemption from the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which does not apply to Pakistan,” Dawn quoted George as saying Thursday. Islamabad wants access to Australian uranium after Canberra decided to approve its sale to India. George, however, said cases of India and Pakistan ...

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Spain seeks stronger trade ties with Brazil

Spain’s foreign minister lobbied here Thursday for strengthening “economic diplomacy” to tighten economic and trade links between his country and Brazil. On his first visit to the Latin American country since he took over his Cabinet duties, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo’s objective is to stress Brazil’s importance “as a strategic partner”, he told a press conference at the headquarters of the ...

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Power tariff hike: Pakistani daily slams government’s sly move

The steep hike in power tariff has come as a shock to Pakistanis who are already reeling under the pressure of inflation, said a daily here, criticising the government’s “deliberately sly move” of bypassing the law ministry while making the latest announcement. An editorial in the News International said the power tariff is set to rise again – “just as ...

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Zardari leaves for US to attend NATO summit

President Asif Ali Zardari has left for Chicago to attend a NATO summit as Pakistan mulls the reopening of supplies for the coalition forces in Afghanistan, a media report said Friday. Zardari will be in Chicago for the 25th NATO Summit being held May 20-21 at the invitation of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The Foreign Office said the ...

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Putin’s popularity among Russians grows: Poll

Electoral ratings of Russian President Vladimir Putin have grown to 55 percent returning to 2010 levels, according to a pollster Thursday. The Public Opinion Foundation said Putin’s ratings hit 56 percent in the second half of 2010, but dropped to 43 percent in 2011, and gradually rose to 54 percent on the eve of the March 4 presidential elections. Putin ...

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‘Rajat Gupta cannot take a Mother Teresa defence’

Rajat Gupta has been forewarned that he cannot beat insider trading charges by trumpeting his philanthropy history any more than Mother Teresa could use her missionary work to fend off bank robbery charges. “If Mother Teresa were charged with bank robbery, the jury would still have to determine whether or not she committed a bank robbery,” US District Judge Jed ...

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Strong quake hits Chile

A 6.2-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Chile Thursday night, US authorities said. The epicentre of the tremor was located 675 km southwest of the port city of Puerto Montt at a depth of 10 km.

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China searches for actor to play model citizen

A Chinese movie is finding it hard to find an actor, not taller than 5’10″, for performing the role of country’s model citizen Lei Feng. A soldier of the People’s Liberation Army, Lei died in an accident in 1962 at a young age of 22. He turned the national icon a year later after Chairman Mao Zedong asked the country ...

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