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Mourners bid farewell to ‘first Bollywood superstar’

Mourners gathered in Mumbai under heavy monsoon rain to bid farewell and catch a final glimpse of Bollywood’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna, who was to be cremated on Thursday. His body was driven from his residence on an open-back trailer with only his face showing from beneath a blanket of…

Journalist arrested in Belarus for publishing pictures of teddy bears

Press freedom publicity stunt leads to jail for website editor If it wasn’t so serious, it would be laughable. Belarusian security agents have arrested a website editor for publishing photographs of teddy bears, such as the one above. Anton Suryapin, who runs a site called Belarusian News Photos, carried the…

Japan’s female athletes fly economy while men’s team sits in business

Japan’s female national football team Nadeshiko Japan placed in economy seats on flight to France sparking gender debate They are world champions and brought hope to a nation reeling from a natural disaster, but Japan’s female Olympic footballers had to make do with economy class seats during their gruelling flight…

In Foxconn’s iPad factory, a window on Chinese hopes and frustrations

In Foxconn's iPad factory, a window on Chinese hopes – and frustrations Invitations to the conference in Chengdu promised “China’s New Future,” with the country’s name spelled out in large gold letters. Mayor Ge Honglin, wearing a nicely tailored black suit, assured the audience sitting beneath rows of bright chandeliers…

Murdoch journalist held in computer hacking probe

British police on Thursday arrested a journalist from Rupert Murdoch’s market-leading tabloid The Sun on suspicion of computer hacking, its publisher said. Police said one man was arrested in a dawn raid on his home in north London as part of Operation Tuleta, an investigation into computer hacking linked to…

Five charged with terrorism offenses in London

The Metropolitan Police have charged five people with terrorism offences following their arrest in operations carried out earlier this month. Police charged three men from London with preparing for acts of terrorism and one woman with possession of a document likely to be of use to a terrorist. All four…

Suicide attack on Israelis kills seven in Bulgaria

Bulgaria said Thursday a suicide bomber dressed as a tourist and with fake US ID was behind an attack on Israelis on the Black Sea that killed seven people and left two in a coma. US President Barack Obama called the attack on a bus at Burgas airport on Wednesday,…

Syria rocked by regime deaths ahead of UN vote

Rebels pushed their “Damascus Volcano” assault Thursday after three senior security chiefs were killed in a bombing Washington said indicated President Bashar al-Assad was losing control of Syria. The deaths Wednesday of Defence Minister General Daoud Rajha, Assad’s brother-in-law Assef Shawkat and General Hassan Turkmani, head of the regime’s crisis…

South Africa celebrates Mandela’s birthday

Anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela celebrated his 94th birthday in “good” spirits on Wednesday as millions of South Africans joined in the global praise for the much-loved statesman. Mandela, whose 1990 release from an apartheid prison put South Africa on the path to democracy and reconciliation, spent a quiet day with…

Honda recalls 320,000 vehicles worldwide

Japan’s Honda Motor said Thursday it is recalling more than 320,000 vehicles worldwide because of a door lock defect. The faulty locks could allow the vehicles’ doors to open unexpectedly, the automaker said, adding that its recall was for the 2012 CR-V sports utility vehicle and 2013 Acura ILX sedan.…

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