Burqa-clad woman must show face: British judge

Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 | PTI | London

A British judge has insisted that a burqa-clad woman must show her face in court to confirm her identity, saying the “principle of open justice” could not be subject to religion. Judge Peter Murphy said he would not allow the 21-year-old defendant to stand trial in the veil, which only...

Lebanon mosques blasts kill 29, wound 500

Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 | AFP | Tripoli (Lebanon)

Powerful car bombs exploded on Friday outside two Sunni Muslim mosques in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, killing at least 29 people and wounding 500, Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said. “Up to now, there are 29 martyrs and 500 wounded in hospitals,” he said on television, without saying whether...

Diana probe team contacts Prince Charles: Reports

Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 | PTI | London

The Scotland Yard investigating sensational claims that Princess Diana may have been killed by a member of the British military has apparently contacted her former husband Prince Charles, a report said on Friday. The Metropolitan Police team is also in the process of contacting Mohammed Al Fayed, the millionaire father...

Thieves break into, ransack Hindu temple in Malaysia

Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 | PTI | Kuala Lumpur

A Hindu temple in Malaysia was broken into on Friday, with thieves carting away gemstones and gold worth nearly `10 lakh. Police in Penang state said they received a call from the caretaker of Arulmigu Sri Mahamariamman temple in George Town after he discovered the place of worship was ransacked this...

Syria chemical attack would be ‘crime against humanity’: Ban

Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 | AFP | Damascus

The use of chemical weapons in Syria would constitute a “crime against humanity”, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said on Friday, adding there was “no time to lose” in investigating an alleged attack which the Opposition says killed hundreds. Ban described the incident near Damascus on Wednesday as “very alarming and shocking”...


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China’s Bo tries to fend off bribery charges Beijing: The high-profile trial of China’s disgraced communist leader Bo Xilai provided fascinating revelation into the secret world of Chinese politicians as his jailed wife said they bought a luxury villa in France for 2.6 million Euro using bribes paid to her...

Manning plans to live as woman named Chelsea

Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

A day after he was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, whistleblower Bradley Manning has made the startling announcement that henceforth he plans to live as a woman and begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. In a written statement provided to NBC’s...

Mubarak released from Egypt prison

Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | PTI | Cairo

Deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday, over two years after he was jailed on charges of corruption and killing protesters, but will remain under house arrest pending trials. The 85-year-old ailing ex-President was taken from Cairo’s Tora prison by medical helicopter, following a court ruling which...

Iran’s envoy to UN nuclear watchdog quits

Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | AFP | Tehran

Iran’s representative to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Asghar Soltanieh, announced his resignation on Thursday without giving any reason, the Fars news agency reported. “My mission is finished... And I return to Iran with satisfaction,” said Soltanieh, who has held the post since 2005. On August 15, new...

Globe Trotting

Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | Pioneer

Militants kill nine people in Iraq Mosul: Militants killed nine people, including five soldiers, in Iraq on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a spike in violence that the Government has so far failed to stem. Security forces have in recent weeks carried out some of their biggest operations since the...


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I am with you, Pawar tells victims of social media trolls

15 Oct 2017 | IANS | Mumbai

Coming out in support of young victims of social media trolls, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar on Saturday exhorted them to speak out against the wrong policies of the Government and oppose growing incidents of intolerance and fascism across India. In an unique initiative, Pawar met around 35 youngsters who have been threatened on social media and/or booked by police for speaking out their minds against the Government and...

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Women power to rule lower judiciary in Jharkhand

19 Oct 2017 | SUMAN K SHRIVASTAVA | Ranchi

There may be glaring gender disparity in the top courts, including Supreme Court and various high courts in the country, but Jharkhand is all set to get gender balance in appointment of judges in subordinate judiciary at the entry level. Of the 46 candidates recommended by the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) a few days back to be appointed as Civil Judge (Junior division), earlier known as Munsif Magistrates, 22 are...

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