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HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014

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One dead, hundreds stranded on Italian ferry

A fire erupted on a ferry carrying 478 people from Greece to Italy on Sunday, leaving one person dead and trapping hundreds on top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered evacuation.

In pics: Anxious relatives await information on flight QZ8501

Anxious relatives thronged the crisis centre Sunday at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia, to find out the status of the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501. Here's photo essay capturing their anxious wait.

North Korean Internet, 3G network 'paralysed'

North Korea's Internet and 3G mobile networks were paralysed on Saturday evening, China's official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Egypt writer to face trial for 'insulting Islam'

Egypt's prosecutor has referred a female writer to trial for allegedly insulting Islam by criticising the slaughter of animals during a major religious festival, a judicial official said on Saturday.

Pak court says legal loopholes led to Lakhvi's bail

Legal loopholes in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case resulted in granting of bail to mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad said in a written order.

Pakistan army kills 55 militants near Afghan border

At least 55 militants were killed in airstrikes and a gun battle with ground forces in Pakistan's troubled northwest where the military launched a major offensive this year, officials said Saturday.

Kiev, rebels exchange prisoners; trains, buses to Crimea suspended

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian separatists on Friday began an exchange of hundreds of prisoners of war while Kiev said it would suspend all train and bus service to Crimea, effectively creating a transportation blockade to and from the region.

14 killed, 750,000 affected in Lanka floods

At least 14 people have been killed and 750,000 affected in Sri Lanka due to floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains across the country in the past three days as the air force deployed helicopters for rescue operations in the central hills on Friday.

Pak: Peshawar school to reopen after attack

The army school in Peshawar that was attacked by the Pakistani Taliban will be reopened early next month after being renovated following the brutal terror assault that killed 150 people, including 134 children.

China increases assistance to Nepal by 400%

China on Friday announced to increase its annual assistance to Nepal by over 400% from 150 million Yuan to 800 million Yuan.

Gujarat cop's dance to tsunami survivors' story on camera: This week's top videos

From a Gujarat-based policeman dancing with a bar girl while being on official duty to remembering the tsunami disaster and reflecting on the survivors’ renewed hope and others, here is the round up of this week's most watched videos.

Gas leak kills 3 at South Korea nuclear plant

Three people were killed in a gas leak on Friday at an under-construction atomic reactor in South Korea, but the national nuclear operator ruled out any connection to a cyber-attack that targeted the plant last week.

China to test its Ebola vaccine on humans

China on Thursday said it has developed a vaccine to combat the spread of deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 7,000 people in three West African countries, and the test of the drug on humans would begin this month.

Sombre Christmas: Gatherings banned in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leoneans observed a sombre Christmas in their homes on Thursday, after the government banned traditionally boisterous holiday celebrations to prevent the spread of deadly Ebola in the worst-hit country.

Arrests in protest over police shooting of black teen

Between six and eight protesters were arrested in Berkeley, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white officer, US news reports said.

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