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Indians arrested for Facebook post on Mumbai shutdown

Indian police said Monday they had arrested a woman for criticising on Facebook the total shutdown of Mumbai after the death of politician Bal Thackeray, as well as a friend who “liked” the comment. The pair were due to appear in court later in the day charged under the Indian…

Space station crew returns to Earth in Russian capsule

Three astronauts touched down early Monday on the snowy steppes of Kazakhstan in a Russian Soyuz capsule after spending over four months aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Russia’s Yuri Malenchenko, Sunita Williams of the US and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan touched down as scheduled just before 0200 GMT, the…

Chinese activists dead in custody: rights groups

At least two activists died in custody before or during China’s Communist Party congress and tens of thousands had their movements restricted, rights groups said Monday. The action was part of the government’s “maintenance stability” campaign aimed at preventing any sign of unrest during the party gathering in Beijing, which…

Santas warm up for Christmas in Sweden’s far north

Christmas cheer came early to Sweden’s Arctic mining town of Gaellivare this weekend, where Santas from around the world gathered to compete in one of the world’s most important but little known sporting events, the Santa Winter Games. “We’re getting into shape before delivering all the Christmas presents and we…

‘Cold-blooded’ ice-cream lady in Austrian murder trial

A woman described as “singularly cold-blooded” went on trial in Austria on Monday accused of murdering two men and setting their sawn-up body parts in concrete in the cellar of her ice cream parlour. Dubbed the “trial of the year” in Austrian media, Goidsargi Estibaliz Carranza Zabala, who has joint…

Israeli army takes over Hamas TV broadcasts

The Israeli army on Monday took over programming at a Gaza-based Hamas television station “to broadcast warnings,” as deadly violence between the sides entered its sixth day. Al-Aqsa television, the official station of Gaza’s Hamas rulers, said in a statement the Israeli army “is interfering with Al-Aqsa TV,” with the…

Kuwait detains Twitter users for insulting emir

Kuwait’s public prosecution on Sunday ordered the detention of four Twitter users for 10 days for allegedly insulting the ruler of the oil-rich Gulf state, a rights group said. The four were arrested on Wednesday and remanded in police custody pending further investigation before the prosecution issued its detention order,…

Gaza: four children killed in single Israeli air strike

World News: Gaza: four children killed in single Israeli air strike (0771) GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE A399612156 Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian www.guardiannews.com STANDFIRST: Attack believed to be aimed at Hamas official increases death toll of military offensive to 67 people At least 11 members of one family, including five women and four…

Gaza braces for ground invasion as death toll mounts

Gaza is braced for a ground invasion by Israeli forces following intensified bombing that included the flattening of the headquarters of the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. As the Israeli military began the emergency call-up of up to 75,000 reservists, leaders from Turkey, Egypt and Qatar met in Cairo to discuss…

Iran warns against arming Syrian rebels

TEHRAN — Iran on Sunday warned against sending weapons to Syrian rebels battling its ally in Damascus, saying that this would threaten regional stability and increase the “risk of terrorism.” “Some countries envisage arming the opposition with heavy and semi-heavy weaponry,” Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a speech…

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