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Myanmar moots changing charter

Myanmar moots changing charter

Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution -- which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president -- ahead of crucial elections next year, an official said yesterday. Suu Kyi is trying to change key sections of Myanmar's charter ahead of 2015 polls that are widely expected to be won...

ISIS atrocities

150 Iraqis executed

The bodies of more than 150 men killed by Islamic state (ISIS) militants were recovered from a ditch in the city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on Thursday in the latest of a series of mass executions of tribal figures who oppose the group. Iraqi officials said the men had been captured in the town of Heet, west of Ramadi, over the last week. All were members of the Sunni Albu Nimr tribe, which had faced off against ISIS and...

Burkina Faso Unrest

Army ousts president

Army ousts president

Burkina Faso's embattled President Blaise Compaore announced on Friday that he was stepping down to make way for elections after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule. His resignation came as tens of thousands of protesters demanded that he quit immediately after a day of unrest that saw mass demonstrations, with protesters storming and...

Beating Ebola is in your genes

The Ebola virus is often deadly, but not always, and a study on mice Thursday suggested that genetics may play a role in the severity of the illness. At a high-security, state-of-the-art biocontainment laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, scientists infected mice with a mouse form of the same species of the Ebola virus that is sweeping West Africa. Seventy percent of the mice got sick, and more than half of this group died, some due to liver inflammation and others due to...

Back to Cold War!

Back to Cold War!

Nuclear-capable Russian bombers in European airspace, Nato intercepts, a foreign submarine in Swedish waters -- the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis feels like a return to Cold War days. Nato has intercepted Russian aircraft on more than 100 occasions so far this year, three times more than all 2013, its new head Jens Stoltenberg...

Modi skips Indira Gandhi's memorial event

Modi skips Indira Gandhi's memorial event

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday skipped the event commemorating the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the Shakti Sthal memorial where President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and top leaders of the Congress paid floral tributes to her. The dignitaries including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi drove to the memorial...

Russia, Ukraine seal gas accord

Russia agreed to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine through the winter in an EU-brokered, multi-billion dollar deal signed by the three parties in Brussels on late Thursday. In a hard-fought accord the EU hopes will ease the broader crisis over Ukraine, Russia agreed to ensure supplies until the end of March. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger called the deal a "real breakthrough" that was reached with cool heads against the backdrop of a seven-month war in eastern Ukraine pitting Kiev...

I still laugh & smile

I still laugh & smile

A young American woman with terminal cancer who triggered shock and controversy when she said she would kill herself on November 1 now says she may wait a little longer. Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer sufferer, made headlines earlier this month when a video of her making her suicide threat went viral and...

News In Brief

News In Brief

Forty-four year old Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra's first chief minister from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took oath at a lavish ceremony at the Wankhede cricket stadium presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday. After threatening to boycott the event, the BJP's estranged ally, the Shiv Sena caved in with party chief Uddhav Thackeray making an arrival.

Published Date: October 31, 2014
Sri Lanka steps up search for landslide victims

Sri Lanka steps up search for landslide victims

Sri Lankan soldiers yesterday stepped up their search for 100 people feared buried alive in a landslide at a tea plantation, but there was little hope of finding any survivors. Hundreds of troops using heavy diggers clawed through tonnes of mud that buried scores of tin-roofed homes at the picturesque plantation in the island's...