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Obama remembers Donna Summer

US president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama offered condolences to late singer Donna Summer. “Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Donna truly was the Queen of Disco. Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon,” Obama in a statement. ...

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Zardari arrives in Chicago for NATO summit

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in Chicago to attend a key NATO summit starting Sunday. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbass Jilani are accompanying him. US President Barack Obama will host the two-day summit that will focus on plans to hand over security control to Afghan forces and withdrawal of foreign combat troops by ...

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Ten die in China road accident

 Ten people died in eastern China Saturday when a passenger vehicle collided with a truck, authorities said. The accident happened in Shandong province. Two others were injured.

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Dhaka approves $7 bn for development projects

The Bangladesh government Saturday approved 550 billion taka ($7 billion) for undertaking developmental projects during the fiscal year 2012-13. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Economic Council, the country’s highest economic policy-making body, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. Bhuiyan Shafiqul Islam, secretary of the planning ministry, said of the total amount 314.50 billion ...

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G8 leaders stresses boosting growth

┬áLeaders of the Group of Eight (G8) nations have stressed that bolstering economic growth and job creation was critical to the global economic recovery. “The global economic recovery shows signs of promise, but significant headwinds persist,” the G8 leaders said in a statement on the global economy, adding that “our imperative is to promote growth and jobs”. “We welcome the ...

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Foreign minister to lead UAE delegation to NATO summit

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegation led by the country’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will participate in talks with NATO leaders in the US Sunday. The talks will be held as part of the NATO’s 25th summit in Chicago city where the UAE minister will join heads of state and leaders from 60 participating countries. The two-day ...

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Sharjah marks International Museums Day

Sharjah ‘s Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) marked the International Museums Day here Friday. This year the annual event was themed: “Museums in a Changing World.” On this occasion, Mohamed Ali Al Noman, chairman of the SCTDA, said the Sharjah Museums represent the image of culture and civilisation in the Emirate of Sharjah, which owns 16 specialised museums, characterised ...

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Myanmar government, armed ethnic group reach accord

The Myanmar government and an ethnic armed group Saturday reached an agreement during the second round of central level peace talks. The peace-making group of Myanmar’s central government and a Shan ethnic armed group — the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) of the Shan State Army-South (SSA-South) — reached a 12-point agreement in Kengtung town of Shan state. The ...

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British juror caught smoking cannabis, fined

A British juror on a rape trial was fined 450 pounds (over $700) after being caught smoking cannabis cigarette during lunch break. Shezad Hussain, 26, was puffing the drug at a bus stop just yards from the entrance to Bolton Crown Court, Greater Manchester. But he was spotted by a juror on another case and the latter alerted police, Daily ...

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British minister slams Pakistani men’s mentality

A British minister has hit out at the “small minority” of Pakistani men who view white girls as “fair game” for sexual abuse. Baroness Warsi, who is a British cabinet minister of Pakistani-origin, has called on mosques to act following the Rochdale grooming gang scandal. Nine Muslim men, mainly of Pakistani-origin, were found guilty last week of plying girls as ...

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Briton makes hit-list of 1,000 girls for sex

A 19-year-old man in Britain had sex with four girls whom he met on social networking website Facebook and prepared a hit-list of 1,000 potential victims, a court heard. Ryan Chambers opened 11 accounts on the Facebook and would use four phones. He groomed girls aged 12 to 15 after commenting on their web photos. He was first held after ...

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Indian woman hangs herself in UAE

A 27-year-old woman from India’s Kerala state allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in Al Ain city in Abu Dhabi. Meera Mohan, from Kottayam, was living with her 20-year-old brother Midhun Mohan, and her six-year-old daughter Pavithra. She was working as a receptionist in a private company and has been living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the past ...

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Man loses health claim for wife after remarrying

A man in Britain whose wife died in an ambulance staff blunder has lost 500,000 pounds of claim against the National Health Service (NHS) because he married his mistress months later. Nicolas Taaffe, 69, sought up to 500,000 pounds (over $790,000) in compensation from the NHS when his wife died of heart failure days after paramedics, who visited her, decided ...

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China no threat to India, says Pallam Raju

Union Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju Saturday said India did not face a threat from China and that no country could take India for granted owing to its strong deterrence posture. “We have healthy economic ties with China, our neighbour. While there are difference of perception on border issues, they are being thrashed out at the high ...

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