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Arrival of U.S. aircraft carrier infuriates North Korea

North Korea has criticised the arrival of the US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the South for a joint drill as an “extremely reckless” provocation and a rehearsal for war against the communist state. A US naval strike group led by the nuclear-powered Nimitz arrived off the South’s southern port…

New York Times bureau chief expelled from Pakistan over ‘undesirable activities’

The New York Times bureau chief in Pakistan was expelled from the country early Sunday after being ordered to leave for unspecified “undesirable activities”. Declan Walsh, who was hired by the newspaper last year after covering Pakistan for British newspaper The Guardian since 2004, was handed an expulsion order at…

15-year-old boy arrested over horrific acid attack against woman

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with an acid attack on a woman on her own doorstep in East London, police said on Sunday. The 28-year old victim of the attack, has asked police to identify her only as ‘Tara.’ The woman suffered horrific injuries to her face…

British Prime Minister David Cameron faces rebellion from within his own party

British Prime Minister David Cameron is bracing for a fresh Conservative rebellion over Europe this week as about 100 of his party’s lawmakers look set to defy him in a parliamentary vote. Tory divisions over Britain’s membership of the European Union, never far below the surface, have burst out into…

BP pulls some staff from Libya amid security concerns

Oil giant BP said Sunday it had pulled some non-essential overseas staff out of Libya because of concerns about the political situation, following the lead of the US and British embassies. In a statement, BP said the decision to withdraw fewer than a dozen people was a “precautionary measure” following…

Bangladesh to raise garment workers’ minimum wages

Bangladesh has set up a panel to raise the minimum wage for millions of garment workers, a minister said Sunday, as tens of thousands protested over poor conditions highlighted by a series of disasters. “We’ve set up a minimum wage board for the garment sector. We did it in view…

Pakistan re-elects former PM Sharif amid election violence

22 killed as violence, intimidaton and vote rigging mar poll many had feared would never be held Fourteen years after he was overthrown and exiled by a military dictator, the former Pakistani prime minister known to his supporters as “the Lion” claimed victory on Saturday night in one of most…

Doctors design ‘food memory’ phone app to combat obesity

Using a simple smartphone application to photograph one’s meals is a useful slimming aid for the overweight, according to an experiment reported on Sunday. The app, designed by British doctors, aims at promoting “food memory” so that people recall what they have eaten and are encouraged not to snack on…

Controversial mural by Banksy back up for sale

A work by renowned British graffiti artist Banksy that was withdrawn from a controversial auction is being put up for sale again in London, auctioneers said Saturday. The mural, called ‘Slave Labour’, mysteriously vanished from its original site on a wall in north London in February before appearing on an…

Family album of Tsar Nicholas II resurfaces in museum exhibition

Held a virtual prisoner by the Bolsheviks months before his execution, Russia’s last Tsar Nicholas II pasted informal snapshots of his family into an album which has now come to light in a Russian provincial museum. The photographs, most of which have never been seen before, show the last of…

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