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As US eases hostilities, Cuba faces new challenge

Latin American countries and others that supported Cuba in its long battle against the United States may become less tolerant of its one-party rule, repression of dissidents and strict controls over the economy and the media if the US threat disappears.

Obesity can be deemed a disability at work, says Europe’s top court

The decision followed a question from a Danish court, which was reviewing a complaint by Karsten Kaltoft. Kaltoft, who never weighed less than 160kg during his employment, argued that his obesity was one of the reasons he lost his job.

Pak won’t learn, bails 26/11 butcher Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi

A court granted bail on Thursday to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a lynchpin of the Mumbai attacks, sparking fury in India and underlining fears that the Pakistan establishment will let the 26/11 trial die a quiet death.

Nigeria: Boko Haram abducts 185, including children

The attack, conducted Sunday by well-armed Islamist extremists in the town of Gumsuri, also killed 32 people. It recalled the April kidnappings in Chibok, where more than 200 girls were taken from a school.

26/11 accused Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi led charmed life in jail, fathered a child

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi led a charmed life in jail despite being a top member of the LeT. He even fathered a child while confined on terror charges at Rawalpindi’s high-security Adiala jail.

Hong Kong 'revolution' defeated: China media

Chinese state-run media Friday triumphantly declared the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement "defeated", warning domestic and foreign "hostile forces" against destabilising the city.

What happened at Sydney cafe: Witness' account

Joel Herat, who was taken hostage inside a cafe in Sydney, has in an interview revealed the drama that unfolded inside the cafe where he and 16 others were held at gunpoint by Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis.

My role should cease after my death: Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, has said he thinks his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than a 'stupid' successor replace him and disgrace himself.

Church of England's first female bishop is a Manchester United supporter

The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first female bishop. The church gave its final approval to the appointment of female bishops last month, bringing to an end a tortuous process that set liberal and conservative believers at odds.

Sony hacking: US suspects North Korea's role, considers options

The US believes North Korea is behind the hacking at Sony and the threat of 9/11-type attacks that forced the company to cancel the release of a movie lampooning Kim Jong-un. The case is being investigated by the FBI.

Prosecution surprised over Lakhvi's bail; reports say Pak govt will challenge ruling

A court in Pakistan gave bail to LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi despite evidence against him in the case which was nearing its end, prosecution said on Thursday, disclosing that they will challenge the decision.

Rage, tears and broken childhoods as Pak reels from Taliban massacre

The dark day of December 16, when Taliban slaughtered more than 130 pupils, methodically gunning down children, ended the childhood innocence of the traumatised survivors.

26/11 accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi granted bail in Pakistan

LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, one of the seven Pakistani nationals accused of planning and abetting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was granted bail by Pakistan court.

Boko Haram militants kill 32 people in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, two local officials and a witness said on Thursday.

Tony Abbott says Sydney café siege 'horrific wake-up call'

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday admitted Sydney's cafe siege was 'a horrific wake-up call' as details emerged of the final minutes of the standoff which left the gunman and two hostages dead.
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