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Nepalese tigers become nocturnal to avoid humans

Tigers in southern Nepal appear to be changing their habits so they can operate under cover of darkness and avoid coming into contact with humans, scientists said on Friday. A study of the big cats in Chitwan National Park found that forest paths used by locals during the day were…

Russian railways halt ticket sales over time change dispute

Russia’s railways on Friday halted ticket sales for trains leaving after late October amid confusion created by the authorities’ failure to decide in good time whether to put the clocks back this winter. Last year Russia cancelled putting the clocks back at the end of summer time, in a move…

Pussy Riot says they have no regrets over the cathedral protest

The jailed members of Russian all-girl punk band Pussy Riot said in an interview Friday they did not regret their protest against President Vladimir Putin as it revealed the “true face” of his regime. In the interview with French magazine Elle, the trio also said they were convinced their appeal…

Israel sends top officials to the White House

Israel is trying to thaw the frosty relationship between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House, and set up a meeting with President Barack Obama, an Israeli newspaper said on Friday. A report in the Maariv daily said National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror was in Washington and had been…

Walmart plans to open first store in India within 18 months

US giant Walmart said on Friday it aims to open its first store in India within the next 12-18 months after the government opened the vast consumer market to foreign chains. “That is the plan — to open (stores) in 12 to 18 months,” a Walmart spokesman told AFP, declining…

Italian police use Facebook to track mafia

Italian police are making use of Facebook to identify criminal networks and even to catch gangsters who cannot resist posting updates while on the run, L’Espresso weekly reported on Friday. “For us it is an important tool,” Alessandro Giuliano, head of police detectives in Milan, was quoted as saying. “It…

Five dead, nearly 40 wounded in Thai south car bomb

PATTANI, Thailand: At least five people were killed and almost 40 more were wounded Friday after a car bomb detonated in a packed market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, officials told AFP. “As of now five (are) dead including a paramilitary ranger and four civilians,” a Sai Buri district hospital official…

Fifteen wounded at Pakistan ‘Innocence of Muslims’ protest

Peshawar: At least 15 people, including three police officers, were wounded on Friday in clashes at a Pakistani protest against an anti-Islam film made in the United States, a hospital official said. A driver working for private TV station ARY was seriously wounded and hooked up to a ventilator, said…

Nigerian actor sent to prison over gay sex

A NIGERIAN actor has been sentenced to three months in prison after allegedly admitting to having sex with a man, deemed an “unnatural offence” under Nigerian law. Bestwood Chukwuemeka, who is not well known but has reportedly acted in movies produced by Nigeria’s prolific Nollywood film industry, was sentenced this…

Egyptian ‘tortured to death’ by police: NGO

CAIRO — An Egyptian was “tortured” to death and another shot dead by police north of Cairo, a human rights group said Thursday, urging authorities to act over what it said was an extremely dangerous development. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a leading NGO in the country, said several…

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