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HindustanTimes Sat,02 Aug 2014

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China court hears first gay ‘conversion therapy’ case

A Beijing court on Thursday heard a landmark case on 'gay conversion' treatment, while outside the courtroom an activist in a nurse’s uniform knelt over a patient, wielding a giant needle. 'Homosexuality doesn’t need to be cured!' chanted supporters.

Drug-resistant malaria rampant in Southeast Asia

Resistance to the world’s most effective anti-malarial drug, artemisinin, is now widespread across mainland Southeast Asia, including India’s neighbourhood in Myanmar, seriously threatening global malaria control and elimination.

7 killed, 13 missing as boat sinks in Indonesia

A boat carrying Indonesian villagers to their hometown to celebrate the end of Ramadan sank on Thursday after hitting a stump in a river, leaving a woman and six children dead and at least 13 others missing, an official said.

US House of Representatives votes to sue Obama

The Republican-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt.

Sierra Leone prez declares emergency over Ebola

Sierra Leone has declared a state of public emergency to tackle the worst ever outbreak of Ebola and will call in security forces to quarantine epicentres of the deadly virus, President Ernest Bai Koroma said in a statement.

Gaza toll hits 1361 as Israel 'days' from completing tunnel hunt

Israel pressed ahead with its Gaza offensive saying it was days from achieving its core goal of destroying all Islamist guerrilla cross-border attack tunnels, but a soaring Palestinian civilian toll has triggered international alarm.

More than 100 killed in shelling of Gaza school

The United States and United Nations condemned the school shelling and Hamas said it fired rockets into Israel in retaliation for both attacks. At least 200 people were wounded in the strike, medics said.

Israel calls up reserves to boost Gaza operations

Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists on Thursday to bolster its forces waging military operations in the Gaza Strip that left more than 100 Palestinians dead in a day.

Pakistan: 19 drown, 4 missing in the rough seas off Karachi

Atleast 19 bathers drowned and four are still missing in the the rought seas of Karachi on Thursday, defying a ban on swimming during monsoon season.

Phone hacking trial: NOTW’s 2 senior editors charged

Two senior editors on the now defunct News of the World were on Wednesday charged with conspiracy to hack phones between January 2003 and January 2007 with convicted former editor Andy Coulson and others at the tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Uighur group says nearly 100 casualties in China clash

A clash in Xinjiang, home to China's mostly Muslim Uighur minority, left nearly 100 people dead or wounded, an exile group said Wednesday after what authorities called a "terror attack" on a police station and township.

Ebola discoverer says 'would happily sit next to infected person on train'

The scientist who helped discover the Ebola virus said the outbreak in west Africa was unlikely to trigger a major epidemic outside the region, adding he would happily sit next to an infected person on a train.

Ebola outbreak fears grow; Europe, Asia on alert

Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control.

Speculating endgames: What could happen in Gaza

The savage fighting between Israel and Hamas is escalating in Gaza, cease-fire efforts take on elements of farce, and bravado rules the public discourse. But even through the fog of war, a few endgame scenarios can nonetheless be glimpsed.

Power trade deal: Nepal's focus on Modi visit

A power trade agreement (PTA) that will enable Nepal to export electricity to India is at the centre of what Kathmandu is eyeing during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

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