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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…

Russian Orthodox activists protest Pussy Riot art show

MOSCOW — Backers of the Russian Orthodox Church disrupted the opening Thursday night of an art exhibit in Moscow devoted to the punk rock band Pussy Riot. Access to the show “Spiritual Battle” at the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art was briefly blocked after a group of roughly 20 protesters…

Tymoshenko: Ukraine vote ‘rigged’ before it has even begun

WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s upcoming elections have been rigged before they have even begun and the West must act to prevent the demise of its democracy, a jailed opposition leader claimed Thursday. Yulia Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year sentence for abuse of power over a gas deal with Russia she signed…

Cold War re-emerges over Berlin museum at iconic site

A temporary museum at one of the iconic sites of the Cold War, Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie, will open Friday amid a raging debate about a fitting way to mark Europe’s divided past. The “BlackBox Cold War” pavilion at the old Allied border crossing between West and East Berlin depicts the…

Greece still can’t make debt deal

Greek government talks on a new austerity package will continue next week, officials said on Thursday as demands by EU-IMF creditors for controversial cuts put pressure on the ruling coalition. “(Another meeting) is possible on Wednesday,” socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos told reporters after a three-hour meeting with Prime Minister Antonis…

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