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Boston bombing suspects’ origins expose Russia’s historical mass expulsion of Chechens

Their grandparents were deported by Stalin’s police in the mass expulsion of Chechens in World War II. Their parents went to the United States from Dagestan in search of a better life. And they became adherents of radical Islam. The family history of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has shown…

Influenza expert: New bird flu not spreading in ‘sustained’ way between people in China

SHANGHAI — A top WHO influenza expert said Monday there was still no evidence H7N9 bird flu was spreading in a “sustained” way between people in China, despite the possibility some family members may have infected one another. China announced on March 31 that the virus had been discovered in…

Remains of woman adorned with gold beads and buried 4,500 years ago discovered near Windsor

Woman dubbed ‘Kingsmead’s queen’ is found with unusual necklace of gold beads and finely decorated cup The remains of a woman who was buried almost 4,500 years ago has been discovered in a quarry in Berkshire wearing a precious necklace of gold beads – a particularly rare find from a…

Serbia approves deal to normalize ties with Kosovo

Serbia’s government on Monday approved the EU-brokered deal with breakaway Kosovo, a historic agreement aimed at turning the page on the Balkans’ last simmering trouble-spot 14 years after the end of hostilities. The government has accepted the “first accord on principles which regulate normalisation of relations, reached during the dialogue…

‘French San Francisco’ Montpellier to hold country’s first same-sex wedding

In a month’s time, France will finally hold its first same-sex wedding. Vincent and Bruno will be exchanging vows in Montpellier, a southern city known to homosexuals as the “French San Francisco” because of its thriving homosexual community. The French couple is more than conscious of the public impact of…

‘No frills’ Indian hospitals offer $800 heart surgery

What if hospitals were run like a mix of Wal-Mart and a low-cost airline? The result might be something like the chain of “no-frills” Narayana Hrudayalaya clinics in southern India. Using pre-fabricated buildings, stripping out air-conditioning and even training visitors to help with post-operative care, the group believes it can…

Three Saudis jailed for plot to kill Americans

A special anti-terror court has sentenced three Saudis to six years in jail each for a plot to kill US nationals at the height of a campaign of Al-Qaeda attacks in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006, a witness said. The court in Riyadh issued its ruling late on Sunday,…

Woolly mammoth, dodo and Neanderthal man: Scientists debate ethics of reviving extinct species

Woolly mammoths stomp through the Siberian tundra as the giant moa strides the forest floor of New Zealand and Tasmania’s dog-like “tigers” stalk their prey under the cover of night. This is not a snapshot of times past, nor next year’s sequel to Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park.” Instead, it is…

India gives top security protection to country’s richest man Mukesh Ambani

The Indian government is to provide the country’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, head of energy giant Reliance Industries, with full-time security from armed commandos, media reports said Monday. India’s home ministry approved the move, the Times of India said, two months after a letter threatening to harm Ambani was hand-delivered…

Myanmar accused of ‘ethnic cleansing’ by human rights watchdog

Myanmar has waged “a campaign of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims, a top rights watchdog said Monday, citing evidence of mass graves and forced displacement affecting tens of thousands. The Rohingya, who are denied citizenship by the country also known as Burma, have faced crimes against humanity including murder, persecution,…

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