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Obama signs massive defence budget, $1 bn to Pak

President Barack Obama has signed a massive annual defence policy bill which grants $1 billion to Pakistan for the expenses made by its army in support of the US military operations in war-torn Afghanistan.

Long-delayed elections kick off in Ebola-hit Liberia

Liberians began voting Saturday in much-delayed elections to fill half the seats of the Senate in the Ebola-ravaged west African country.

Mother held for allegedly stabbing to death 8 kids

The mother of most of the eight children reportedly found stabbed to death in a house in the Australian city of Cairns has been arrested for murder, police said on Saturday.

Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

President Barack Obama said on Friday that he began his historic call with Castro earlier in the week by delivering a 15-minute lecture on human rights and political freedom, adding: 'This is still a regime that oppresses its people.'

Hacking row: Barack Obama rips into Sony, Jong-un

President Barack Obama on Friday blasted Sony pictures for capitulating to hackers and chided the North Korean dictator for getting upset over a satirical movie, a Seth Rogen film.

Govt wants higher walls, armed guards in schools

High perimeter walls with barbed wire, armed guards with walkie-talkies posted round-the-clock, surveillance cameras, adequate lights and regular drills are some steps the Union home ministry wants schools to take following the Peshawar massacre.

BJP no match for us politically: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that she did not consider the BJP a political threat in her state, saying the party was using the CBI against her because it posed no challenge to the Trinamool Congress.

BJP washes hands off conversion controversy

The BJP on Friday distanced itself from the conversion controversy saying the party has not been involved with the 'homecoming' of non-Hindus and has not contributed to such activities.

India protests, Pak keeps Lakhvi in jail for 3 months

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the condemnation when members across parties criticised Pakistan for showing a “double face” on terrorism at a time it was mourning the massacre of 148 people, mostly children, in Peshawar. Lakhvi detained for 3 more months 

5.5% growth, no rate cuts till March: Mid-year review

India’s economy is likely to grow at 5.5% this year though private investments haven’t shown real signs of picking up yet, a finance ministry report said on Friday, even as it hinted that the Reserve Bank of India was unlikely to cut interest rates before March.

8 kids dead in Australia in reported mass stabbing

Eight children ranging from babies to teenagers were found dead at a home in Cairns on Friday, police said, reportedly in a gruesome mass stabbing that comes just days after a deadly siege in Sydney.

Bodh Gaya case: Charges against 3 SIMI activists

The NIA special court here on Friday framed charges against three accused in the Bodh Gaya serial blasts case.

FBI accuses North Korea of Sony hacking

North Korea was responsible for a "destructive" cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday, warning it would hunt down the perpetrators and make them pay.

BJP suspends MLA for threat to ‘skin alive’ official

BJP on Friday suspended its Rajasthan MLA Prahalad Gunjal, who was allegedly caught on tape threatening and abusing a health official over the transfer of a male nurse.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren booked

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren was booked by police on Friday after a BJP candidate for the ongoing assembly polls accused him of leading an attack on a BJP office near Dumka - one of the two seats the CM is contesting.
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