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Sixth New Delhi gang rape suspect to be tried as juvenile

A court on Monday ruled that the sixth suspect in last month’s deadly gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi would be tried as a juvenile, after rejecting calls for tests to determine his age. Ishkaran Bhandari, a lawyer for the teenager who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the

Iran claims it sent a live monkey into space

Iran on Monday sent a capsule containing a live monkey into space and later retrieved the “shipment” intact, the Tehran-based Arab-language Al-Alam channel said, quoting an official statement. A previous attempt in 2011 by the Islamic republic to put a monkey into space failed. No official explanation was given. “Iran successfully launched a capsule,

Israel ‘surprised’ by Argentina-Iran deal

Israel’s foreign ministry said it was “surprised” by Argentina’s agreement with Iran to create an independent commission to investigate the 1994 attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish centre. “We were surprised by the news,” foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP. “We are waiting to receive full details from the Argentines on what is

Taiwanese billionaire launches Asian ‘Nobel prize’

One of Taiwan’s richest men on Monday launched what has been widely touted as the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Prize, and it is even more lucrative than the famed Swedish award. Samuel Yin, head of the sprawling Ruentex business empire, said that by donating Tw$3 billion ($101 million) for the Tang Prize he

French troops lead attack on fabled Timbuktu

French-led troops surrounded Mali’s fabled desert city of Timbuktu Monday after seizing its airport in a lightning advance against Islamists who have been driven from key northern strongholds. French paratroopers swooped in to block any fleeing Islamists while ground troops coming from the south seized the airport in the ancient city which has been

Eurozone crisis ‘drying up credit to households’

Bank lending to private households in the euro area contracted again in December as the region’s crippling debt crisis continues to put a freeze on demand for credit, data showed on Monday. Eurozone bank loans to the private sector declined by 0.7 percent in December compared with the same month in 2011 after already

Brazil in mourning after deadly nightclub inferno

Brazilians on Monday were mourning the victims of a nightclub blaze in a small college town that left more than 230 people dead and over 100 injured, with many still fighting for their lives. Shocked survivors, mostly science students in Santa Maria, described how scores of revelers were trampled to death or succumbed to

Australian teen found after spending two months in wild

An Australian teenager who went missing two months ago was discovered in bushland minutes from his home, emaciated, exhausted and covered in leeches, police said. Matthew Allen’s family feared the worst after the 18-year-old disappeared in late November from Westleigh, in northwest Sydney. His mobile phone and bank accounts went untouched. Extensive searches of

Venezuela making ‘bald-faced lies’ over Chavez: opposition

Venezuela’s government is flat-out lying to its people about cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez’s health, the country’s leading opposition figure charged Sunday. “The people are being told bald-faced lies about the situation the president is in,” Henrique Capriles, who lost last October’s presidential race to Chavez, said at a ceremony in Miranda state of which

Anger mounts over corruption in recession-hit Spain

Anger over a long list of corruption scandals implicating bankers, politicians and even members of the royal family is on the rise in recession-hit Spain, putting the spotlight on the failure of the country’s democracy to tackle the issue. At demonstrations against government austerity measures, chants against alleged shady deals by Spain’s elite are

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