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UN: 7,000 Armenian women chose sex-selective abortion since 2006

The percentage of male children born in Armenia has risen significantly due to an increase in female foeticide, the United Nations Population Fund said on Monday. More than 7,000 Armenian women have had selective abortions over the past five years, according to a new study carried out by the UN…

Woman dug herself out of shallow grave with engagement ring

A Polish man who shot his partner with a Taser stun gun and then buried her alive in a Yorkshire wood was found guilty of attempted murder on Monday. Marcin Kasprzak, 25, attacked Michelina Lewandowska, 27, the mother of his child, at their home in Huddersfield on May 28, and…

Forested Anglo-Indian community McCluckieganj disappearing in India

As India inched towards independence, hundreds of mixed-race Anglo-Indians feared for their future and retreated to a self-styled homeland in a thickly forested part of the country. Ernest McCluskie, an Indian of Scottish descent, established McCluskieganj in what is now the eastern state of Jharkhand, hoping to attract Anglo-Indians anxious…

Kim Jong Un test fires short-range missile in North Korea

North Korea test-fired a short-range missile off its east coast on Monday, the same day it announced the death of leader Kim Jong-Il, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said. The agency quoted an unnamed government official as saying the missile launch was unrelated to the announcement that Kim had died…

Kim death complicates Obama’s North Korea nuclear quandary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could dim hopes for fresh nuclear disarmament talks with the United States and its key Asian allies as an untested and largely unknown heir takes charge of one of the world’s most feared atomic renegade states. The most crucial…

South Koreans fearful over Kim Jong-Il’s death

News of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il hit South Koreans like a bolt from the blue on Monday with fears of conflict after it sparked a military alert along the heavily fortified border. “I’m speechless,” Kwak Bo-Ram, 24, an NGO official told AFP. “I’m just shocked and…

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is Dead

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has died, and the communist country must now follow his son Kim Jong-Un, state media announced Monday. The 69-year-old leader died on Saturday, December 17, at 8:30 am (2330 GMT Friday), a weeping announcer on state television said. No cause of death was given but…

Rebellious villagers reject talks with Chinese government

The Chinese village of Wukan, which has been in open revolt since the death of its representative Xue Jinbo in police custody ten days ago, has rejected overtures from the government to discuss ending the standoff. “Leaders at a higher level of local government summoned me for talks,” village representative…

Dozens missing as Russian oil rig sinks in storm

By Thomas Grove and Melissa Akin MOSCOW (Reuters) – A drilling rig with 67 crew on board capsized and sank off Russia’s far eastern island of Sakhalin on Sunday while being towed through a winter storm, leaving more than 50 dead or missing in the icy Sea of Okhotsk. Emergency…

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis rally against U.S.

LAHORE, Pakistan — Tens of thousands gathered in one of the biggest-ever protests in the Pakistani city of Lahore Sunday to condemn NATO and United States over the killing of 24 soldiers along the Afghan border. The protestors, mainly from Islamist groups and political parties, vowed they would march to…

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