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  • US, Cuba swap prisoners, to open embassies 2 hours 49 minutes ago

    Washington: An American aid worker, who had spent over five years in jail in Cuba on charges of spying, was released on Wednesday as part of a prisoner swap deal between the two countries as the White House announced talks with Havana to normalize diplomatic relations with the Communist state. Alan...
  • India evacuating 34 nurses evacuated from Libya, 12 to reach Kochi on Thursday 5 hours 9 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Indian government is evacuating 34 Indian nurses from strife-torn Libya. The first batch of 12 will arrive on Thursday in Kochi. "A group of 12 Indian nurses are on their way from Tunisia and will arrive in Kochi tomorrow. Another batch of 22 nurses are also on their...
  • NASA's 'Curiosity' rover detects organic matter on Mars 9 hours 57 minutes ago

    Washington: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules, the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life, on the surface of the Red Planet. The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on Curiosity found the organic molecules in...
  • Royal heir Prince George's footwear, sweater the latest fashion product 10 hours 37 minutes ago

    Prince George became a trendsetter as whatever he wore sold like hot cakes. Shoppers were swept off their feet by his shoes which were manufactured by Start Rite England. Sales of the unisex navy blue leather shoe with a buckle skyrocketed last week. ...
  • 66 journalists murdered, 119 kidnapped around the world in 2014 13 hours 41 minutes ago

    Paris: The beheading of journalists by Islamist terrorists in Syria in 2014 showed that reporters face a dangerous new threat, media freedom organization Reporters Without Borders said on Tuesday. While the overall number of journalists killed around the world was down 7 per cent on 2013, to 66, the nature of...
  • US in touch with Pakistan to offer assistance after attack 18 hours 16 minutes ago

    Washington: The US is in touch with Pakistani authorities to offer assistance in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack on a Peshawar school that killed 151 people, the White House said on Tuesday. "The depraved decision that one has to make to storm a school of innocent children and open...
  • Russia facing very serious economic situation: US 18 hours 26 minutes ago

    Washington: The US on Tuesday said that Russia is facing a serious economic situation in view of a sharp decline in Russian currency and attributed this to a series of international sanctions imposed by Washington after Moscow's actions in Ukraine. "The combination of our sanctions, the uncertainty they've created for themselves...
  • Johannesburg: World's oldest crocodile turns 114 Yesterday

    Johannesburg: Henry, the world's oldest crocodile, turned 114 on Tuesday and will be the star at a birthday bash with balloons and cake for all well-wishers. Henry's party is being held at "Crocworld" in the South African city of Scottsburgh where employees of the nature reserve briefed Efe news agency on...
  • 'Lone wolf' Australian hostage-taker had violent, unsettled past Yesterday

    Sydney: The self-styled sheikh behind a siege at a Sydney cafe had been charged as an accessory to murder and with multiple sexual offences. He also harboured deep grievances against the Australian government and had found little kinship in the city's large Muslim community, where he was seen as deeply...
  • China industrial activity shrinks in December, calls grow for more stimulus Yesterday

    Beijing: Activity in China's factory sector contracted in December for the first time in seven months, the latest in a string of weak economic indicators that will intensify calls for more stimulus measures to head off a hard landing. The flash HSBC/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers' index(PMI) fell to 49.5 in December...
  • Sydney: People take selfies near attack site, face outrage Yesterday

    While the hostage crisis was unfolding in Sydney, tourists and locals at the scene of action used the moment to take selfies. Some people took selfies with television cameras in the background, others positioned themselves in Martin Place, where the cafe is located, and smiled and took selfies despite the...
  • Australia's foreign affairs department evacuated over suspicious package: police Yesterday

    Sydney: Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the capital, Canberra, was evacuated on Tuesday after a suspicious package was found in the building's canteen, police said. Australia is on high alert after heavily armed police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning and freed terrified hostages being held...
  • Watch: Timeline of Sydney siege Yesterday

    Watch the 17-hour-long siege that unfolded in the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in downtown Sydney on Monday. ...
  • Sydney: Twitteratis come out in support of Muslim women abused on a bus Yesterday

    Thousands have come out to show their solidarity with Muslims and are tweeting with the hashtag 'I will ride with you'. The movement was started after reports that some women in burqas were abused on a bus in Sydney following the hostage crisis. Anti-Muslim sentiment flared as chilling images from...
  • Finding Christmas gift for wife Michelle is a puzzle for Barack Obama too Yesterday

    Washington: Running America, President Barack Obama can do. But finding a gift for his wife Michelle is a tough one. "She's very fashionable and she looks good. I'm worried about buying her clothes," the President said on the radio show 'On Air With Ryan Seacrest'. "On Christmas Day, she will look at...
  • Sydney crisis: Lindt cafe manager, lawyer killed in hostage drama Yesterday

    Sydney: Two hostages who have been killed in the 17-hour-long hostage drama at a cafeteria in Sydney were identified as the manager of the Lindt Chocolate cafe and a lawyer. The 38-year-old lawyer, Katrina Dawson, was a mother of three young children who became the victim of the siege. She was...
  • Sydney siege ends, 2 dead 2 days ago

    Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney's Lindt cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. ...
  • Sydney crisis ends as police storm Lindt cafe 2 days ago

    Australian security forces on Tuesday stormed the Sydney's Lindt cafe where several hostages were being held at gunpoint, in what looked like the dramatic denouement to a standoff that had dragged on for more than 16 hours. ...
  • Belgium hostage crisis: 3 suspects surrender, no hints of terror 2 days ago

    Brussles: Three suspects in an armed hostage-taking incident in the Belgian city of Ghent surrendered to police on Monday, reports said, as officials said there were no indications of terrorism. Police had earlier surrounded an apartment after four armed men took a captive in a working-class area of the northwestern city. The...
  • Sydney crisis ends as police storm Lindt cafe; 3 dead including gunman, both Indians safe 2 days ago

    Sydney: Sydney police say three people have died, including the gunman, during a hostage crisis that ended when officers stormed a downtown cafe. Police said the gunman was killed in a confrontation with police on Monday night (IST). They said in a statement that a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman...
  • Sydney crisis: Australians offer support to Muslims amid siege 2 days ago

    Sydney: Some Australian social-media users are sending a message of solidarity to Muslims as the Sydney cafe siege stretches on, offering to accompany anyone who feels intimidated. Hostages were still being held early on Tuesday inside Sydney's Lindt Chocolat Cafe by a gunman who had a flag bearing an Islamic declaration...
  • Sydney crisis: Indian techie's father prays for safe release 2 days ago

    Guntur: Australian authorities have told the wife of an Indian techie, who is among the hostages at a popular cafe in Sydney, that the operation to free them is likely to be completed in a day while his family members in Andhra Pradesh are praying for his safe release. The father...
  • Sydney crisis: Hostage-taker named as Iranian refugee with criminal past 2 days ago

    Sydney: An Iranian refugee convicted of sexual assault and known for sending hate letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed overseas is the armed man holding an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe, a police source said on Tuesday. Man Haron Monis, an Iranian refugee and self-styled sheikh,...
  • Sydney: Timeline of Australia hostage drama at Lindt cafe 2 days ago

    Sydney: An armed gunman entered a Sydney cafe during Monday morning's rush hour and took an unknown number of hostages. Hours after the crisis began, five people escaped but a number of others remained inside. As night fell, there were no reports of injuries and the gunman's motives remained unclear....
  • Paris taxis block highway to urge ban on Uber 2 days ago

    Paris: Taxi drivers are blocking some roads around Paris and its airports to urge the French government to ban ride-hailing service Uber. The demonstration on Monday comes as France's Interior Ministry says UberPop, the company's low-cost service, will be outlawed as of January 1, when a new law tightens regulations for...
  • 5 people escape from Sydney cafe in hostage crisis 2 days ago

    Sydney: Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe earlier held up a flag with an Islamic declaration of faith that has often been used by extremists, raising fears that a terrorist...
  • Belgium: Four armed men enter apartment in Ghent, police cordon off area 2 days ago

    Ghent: Four armed men have entered an apartment in the western Belgian city of Ghent, and police have blocked off a wide perimeter around the area. Police said on Monday that two hours in it was still unclear what the intention was, and there was no information available either about the...
  • Hostage calls up Radio presenter from Sydney's Lindt cafe 2 days ago

    A radio show host in Australia told CNN that one of the hostages inside the Sydney cafe got in touch with him and he could hear the gunman giving instructions to the hostages. ...
  • Read: Chronology of seige at Sydney's Lindt cafe 2 days ago

    Sydney: According to Australia's leading newspaper 'Sydney Morning Herald', chronology of the siege at a Sydney Café is as follows. Blue sports bag A woman is believed to have raised the alarm at 9:44 am (3:30 AM IST) when she saw a man outside the cafe carrying a blue sports bag with...