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7-year-old girl attacked by kangaroo

A 7-year-old Australian girl says she thought she was going to die when a kangaroo attacked her on New Year’s Day. Makayla McEvoy recalled that a kangaroo pinned her to the ground and kicked her while she was playing at a campsite near Cowra, leaving her covered with bruises and…

Anger over secret drug trials on Indian children

Indian activists have reacted angrily after 12 doctors were fined less than $100 each for conducting secret drug trials on children and patients with learning disabilities. The Madhya Pradesh state government said the tests had not been cleared by health authorities, and it added that the doctors refused to disclose…

Pakistan Taliban commanders ‘at each other’s throats’

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and Pakistani militants have held a series of meetings aimed at containing what could soon be open warfare between the two most powerful Pakistani Taliban leaders, militant sources have said. Hakimullah Mehsud, the head of the Pakistani Taliban, also known as the…

Iran warning to U.S. warship sends tensions soaring

Iran’s military on Tuesday warned one of the US navy’s biggest aircraft carriers to keep away from the Gulf, in an escalating showdown over Tehran’s nuclear drive that could pitch into armed confrontation. “We advise and insist that this warship not return to its former base in the Persian Gulf,” said Brigadier…

Taiwan mulls armed guards on ships against pirates

Taiwan is considering a plan to place armed guards on board local ships that sail in pirate-infested waters, especially off Somalia, officials and media said Tuesday. “The proposal has been under evaluation, but details of how it can be done have not been finalised,” an official at the transportation ministry told AFP, declining…

Obama swaps Hawaii for reelection heat

U.S. President Barack Obama lands in Washington after his Hawaiian vacation Tuesday, facing a buzz saw of Republican campaign attacks as his reelection bid enters an intense new phase. The president on Monday left behind the idyllic beaches, sumptuous restaurants and golf courses of his native state just before voters in chilly Iowa cast…

Egyptians vote in final phase of landmark polls

Egyptians are voting on Tuesday in the final round of a landmark post-revolution election that has propelled Islamist movements into the centre stage of politics. Around 15 million eligible voters have their chance to cast ballots for the first parliament since an uprising overthrew veteran president Hosni Mubarak in February last year. Small queues began to…

Russia says Iran has no long-range missiles

Iran has no long-range missiles, a Russian defence official said Tuesday in Moscow’s first response to a series of tests conducted by Tehran near the vital Strait of Hormuz oil supply route. “Iran does not have the technology to create intermediate or long-range inter-continental ballistic missiles,” defence ministry spokesman Vadim…

Human remains found on British royal estate

British police launched an investigation after human remains were discovered in woodland on the royal family’s Sandringham Estate on New Year’s Day. A member of the public alerted police shortly after 1600 GMT on Sunday after stumbling across the remains while walking in Anmer, east England, according to a statement…

North Koreans told to go gloveless at funeral: report

SEOUL — North Korean civilians were ordered not to wear hats or gloves for the snowy funeral of leader Kim Jong-Il because his son and successor chose to escort the hearse bare-headed, a report said Tuesday. Daily NK, a Seoul-based online newspaper run by defectors, said it had received information…

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