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Indian couple engaged on 10/10/10, legally married on 11/11/11 and to hold ceremony on 12/12/12

Couples may be rushing down the aisle on 12/12/12 this Wednesday in hope of an auspicious union, but one Indian bride and groom can claim an even rarer set of special dates. Brandon Pereira and Emilia D’Silva celebrated their engagement on 10/10/10, had a registered legal marriage on 11/11/11 and…

UK government proposes allowing same sex civil marriages

The British government said Tuesday it was proposing to allow same-sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies, but would ban the established Churches of England and Wales from conducting ceremonies. Culture minister Maria Miller said the proposed law would allow other religious institutions to “opt-in” to conduct ceremonies.…

Security group: China will be dominant world economic power by 2030

No state will replace US militarily, says National Intelligence Council, but climate change will create great instability A US intelligence portrait of the world in 2030 predicts that China will be the largest economic power, that climate change will create instability by contributing to water and food shortages, and that…

Bedouins brave elements to attend bamboo school

It takes a certain kind of dedication to be a pupil at the Jahalin primary school, where children often walk for hours across tough desert terrain just to get there. Others come by donkey to this small but thriving Bedouin school tucked away in an inhospitable corner of the Judaean…

Sandy delays NYC bike-sharing program

New York bike enthusiasts will have to wait until May for what could become the largest bicycle-sharing program in the United States, due to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. The delay — announced Monday — marked the second time that transportation officials pushed back the rollout for Citi Bike, a…

Syria: from revolution to all-out war

Syria’s uprising has shifted from popular street protests against President Bashar al-Assad to a full-fledged war, increasingly influenced by armed Islamists, in a far cry from the idealism of the Arab Spring. The fervour born in March 2011 for democratic reforms still runs high, but the initial peaceful protests against…

Thousands set for South Korea’s ‘battle of the singles’

Tens of thousands of lovelorn South Koreans are set to take part in a “battle of the singles” on Christmas Eve — a mass dating event triggered by an innocuous query posted on Facebook last month. More than 36,000 people have signed up for the event in a park in…

Robert Parker’s wine ‘bible’ moving to Singapore

Influential US wine critic Robert Parker is moving the headquarters of his newsletter to Singapore after selling a major stake to investors based in the city-state, a report said. Parker told the Wall Street Journal he intends to step down as editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate and phase out its…

Serbian village stakes out its own vampire claim

The leering visage of a gap-toothed man with blood dripping down his stubbly chin is an unusual lure for tourists, but in this tiny Serbian hamlet of Zarozje, locals are hoping a resurrected vampire legend will let them bleed a little cash from passing visitors. Anyone entering the poor mountainous…

Mobile news gains across generations: survey

Americans of all ages are increasingly using mobile devices for news, with many boosting their media consumption rather than just shifting from print sources, a survey showed Tuesday. The Pew Research Center study, in collaboration with The Economist Group, found that around a third of Americans with tablets or smartphones…

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