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100 lashes for gay sex in Indonesian province

Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.

Verma once declined US ambassadorship to India

The ambassador-designate served as a lawyer in the US navy, worked as national security advisor to senator Harry Reid, did a stint in the democracy promoting National Democratic Institute before serving in the state department.

SC to CBI: Don’t file coal scam closure reports

The Supreme Court Friday asked the Centre for its stand on NGO Common Cause’s application to remove CBI director Ranjit Sinha from supervising the coal scam probe, while restraining the agency from filing charge sheets or closure reports in the case until the plea wasn’t decided.

US: Man jumps White House fence, dodges security to reach doors

A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama departed for the weekend. WATCH VIDEO

Scotland stays, but a less united UK ahead?

Celebrations over Scotland rejecting independence by 55% to 45% on Friday were soon replaced by moves to devolve more powers not only to Scotland but also to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and a gnawing sense that the road ahead may not be smooth.

CBI probing Chidambaram role in Aircel-Maxis deal

The CBI is probing the role of then finance minister P Chidambaram in allowing foreign investment by a Mauritius-based company, according to its charge sheet in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

Delhi cop faces arrest for molesting rape victim

The 25-year-old woman, who is from Karnataka, has registered an FIR against the inspector at Karawal Nagar police station in northeast Delhi, where he earlier served as station house officer.

Poor monsoon pushes food output to 5-year-low

India’s summer foodgrain output may to fall 7%, a five-year low, after a patchy start to this year’s June-September monsoon period, as per the government’s first of the four annual projections.

Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced

A defense lawyer in Iran says six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes.

India, China closer but still cautious as Xi visit ends

Policymakers are grappling with the implications of Xi’s visit. While some are underwhelmed, others point to the achievements. But all agree that border troubles dampened the mood.

Direct benefit transfer plan set for expansion

To check rising public expenditure, the government’s two biggest money-spender schemes — subsidised ration for poor and job guarantee in rural areas — will soon be on the Aadhaar-enabled Direct Benefit Transfer platform.

Divided BJP-Sena's united front: Tussle may continue even if allies come to power

Even if Maharashtra votes for change in the upcoming assembly polls, people may see a difficult coalition government, much like the incumbent Congress and NCP regime in power for the past 15 years.

AAP accuses Jung of stopping them to send J-K aid

AAP on Friday accused LieutenantGovernor Najeeb Jung of preventing its MLAs from sending relief package to Jammu and Kashmir by "raising an objection" to the transfer of Rs. 20 lakh from the funds of each of its 27 legislators to Jammu and Kashmir CM fund.

UP prepares plans to tackle 'love jihad'

Uttar Pradesh's home department is drawing up a strategy to deal with cases of so-called ‘love jihad’, a highly emotive issue that officials say is turning out to be a major law and order problem in various districts.

JuD opens websites from US server

Recently when Jamat-ud-Dawa, the parent organisation of dreaded terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) resurfaced in the World Wide Web and launched its websites, it came as a real shocker for the law enforcement authorities.
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