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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

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Man thinks he's Matthew McConaughey after waking up from coma

A London-based barber once woke up from a coma with the firm belief that he was Matthew McConaughey. 25-year-old Rory Curtis suffered a brain hemorrhage after he crashed into a lorry and was then hit by six cars on the M42 in Tamworth, Staffordshire back in August 2012.

Pak: Extremist held for 2 more weeks for murder

The leader of a banned Pakistani sectarian militant group who was set to walk free from jail is being held for two more weeks in a murder case, officials said Thursday.

Ho ho ho! US military hones on Santa's flight path

Santa Claus has embarked on his annual Christmas Eve mission to deliver presents to millions of children after a smooth take-off from his North Pole base, at least according to US military officials who track his reindeer-powered sleigh.

US: Cop kills 'armed' black teen near Ferguson

The mayor of a St. Louis suburb urged calm Wednesday after a white police officer killed a black 18-year-old who police said pointed a gun at him, reigniting tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

Russia says Ukrainian pilot behind MH17 crash

Russian investigators on Wednesday said they had new proof from a witness that a Ukrainian pilot fired a missile on the day of the Malaysia Airlines crash which killed 298 people.

Pakistan to raise 5,000-strong anti-terror force

The Pakistan government on Wednesday said that a 5,000-strong counter-terrorism force will be raised in the country to fight militants in the aftermath of the deadly Peshawar school attack that killed 150 people.

Islamic State militants down warplane in Syria, capture Jordanian pilot

Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane was downed in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, the first captive taken from the US-led coalition battling the jihadi group.

'The Interview' made available on YouTube, Google Play

The Interview is available for rental on a variety of digital platforms including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website beginning Wednesday.

11 militants were involved in Peshawar attack

Eleven Taliban militants carried out the brutal attack on an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city last week that killed 150 people, mostly children, an initial investigation report has said.

Did invention of agriculture make humans lazy?

New research at the University of Cambridge across thousands of years of human evolution shows that skeletons have become much lighter and more fragile since the invention of agriculture — a result of increasingly sedentary lifestyles as humans shifted from foraging to farming.

Former US president Bush senior, 90, hospitalised

Former US president George HW Bush was taken to a Houston hospital on Tuesday night after experiencing shortness of breath, a family spokesman said.

US growth at 11-year high, India wary

The US economy posted its strongest growth in more than a decade in the last quarter, bolstered by robust spending by consumers and businesses. And India will wait warily for the fallout.

Where’s Nawaz Sharif’s action plan?

On December 17, a day after the brutal carnage of over 130 schoolchildren stunned Pakistan, PM Sharif vowed to bring the culprits to justice. Pledging not to show any distinction between ‘good or bad Taliban’, Sharif announced that Pakistan would have an action plan within a week to combat militancy.

Sudden surge in ‘terror chatter’ worries Australia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday asked Australians to be alert during the holiday period after authorities detected “a heightened level of terrorist chatter” post the Sydney cafe siege, warning another attack is likely.

The Interview to hit theatres on Christmas, confirms Sony Pictures

Four days after being slammed by President Barack Obama, Sony on Tuesday announced The Interview, the film that got in into trouble with North Korean hackers, will be released.
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