HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014


17 killed as suicide bombers attack Iraq mosque

Two suicide bombers in Iraq killed at least 17 people in apparent revenge attacks after an assault on a Sunni mosque deepened sectarian conflict.

Tghtening Ukraine-Russian border key to peace: Merkel

Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the standoff over Ukraine could be solved but only if control was tightened over the Ukraine-Russia border across which, the West alleges, Russia has been funnelling arms to help a separatist rebellion.

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Pak asks for DGMO meet with India to address border firing

Pakistan on Saturday said that the directors general of military operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan should meet to address the ongoing border tension and firing incidents, local media reported.

Indian American author wins award in US

Bay psalm book
Indian American writer Nina McConigley is the recipient of the prestigious PEN Open Book Award for her collection of short stories, "Cowboys and East Indians". The other is Ruth Ellen Kocher for "Domina Un/blued".

Indian-origin student brightest in Britain

Being a bookworm may slow down memory decline
An Indian-origin student, Asanish Kalyanasundaram, who scored a perfect five in his main subjects with 100% marks across the board, is being hailed as the brightest student in Britain.

Suicide bomber hits Iraq intelligence HQ, 2 dead

Kaubul blast
A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle packed with explosives at the interior ministry's intelligence headquarters in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing two people, security officials said.

Merkel jets into Kiev as tensions soar over Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Kiev on Saturday for crisis talks with Ukraine's pro-Western leaders, as a controversial aid convoy from Moscow began crossing back from the war-torn east of the country to Russia.

New study suggests treatment possibility for autism

People with autism have too many synapses - the connectors by which brain cells send and receive signals - according to a new study that may point to a treatment for the complex disorder.

Sharif discusses crisis with Zardari, impasse continues

Benazir Bhutto's husband Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday met former president Asif Zardari at Raiwind, the family estate of the Sharifs on the outskirts of Lahore, as the government sought help from its former political allies in its efforts to break the political deadlock in the country.

British lingerie shop says sorry over Isis underwear

Florence Brudenell-Bruce
A British adult retailer apologised Saturday after launching a range of lingerie named Isis -- but said it did not support jihadists in Iraq and Syria and had no plans to withdraw the line.

Nepalese attempt world's largest human flag record

largest human flag
More than 35,000 Nepalese made a bid Saturday to form the world's largest "human national flag" as they sought to set a new international record. Cries of "Nepal!" rang out in celebration after the attempt.

Iran denies UN nuke watchdog access to Parchin base

Iran will not give UN nuclear inspectors access to a military base outside Tehran that they have been seeking to visit since 2005, defence minister Hossein Dehgan said on Saturday.

Japan landslide death toll rises to 46

A scene at a landslide site
The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 46 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses searching for survivors.

Hamas backs International Criminal Court bid


Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.

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