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Long-delayed elections kick off in Ebola-hit Liberia

Liberians began voting Saturday in much-delayed elections to fill half the seats of the Senate in the Ebola-ravaged west African country.

Peshawar massacre: Pak makes several arrests

Authorities made several arrests in the case of the Taliban school attack that killed 148 in Peshawar. The Pakistan government had earlier bombed the militants' hideouts in the country's tribal areas along the Afghan border.

Al Qaeda 'bursting with pain' over Pakistan school attack

Al Qaeda's regional branch on Sunday said its hearts were 'bursting with pain' over the Taliban's massacre at a Pakistan school and urged the militants to target only security forces.

Sony hack was 'vandalism' not act of war: Obama

US President Barack Obama does not consider the cyber attack on Sony Corp to be an act of war, he said in an interview, remarks apparently aimed at limiting US anger over the incident which Washington blames on North Korea.

Obama signs massive defence budget, $1 bn to Pak

President Barack Obama has signed a massive annual defence policy bill which grants $1 billion to Pakistan for the expenses made by its army in support of the US military operations in war-torn Afghanistan.

Hero's welcome for South Africa's first Miss World in 40 years

Hundreds turned up at OR Tambo International Airport to greet Strauss after the 22-year-old medical student was crowned Miss World 2014 at a glitzy final in London last Sunday.

Man guns down 2 New York cops, kills self

A gunman fatally shot two New York police officers on Saturday to avenge the deaths of African American Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hand of the police. He then killed himself.

Tipu’s Tiger: UK sculptor’s royal mischief becomes a big hit

An automated sculpture of a tiger and Queen Victoria based on Tipu Sultan’s iconic ‘Tipu’s Tiger’ automaton that was brought to England after his defeat at Seringapatnam in 1799 has become a hit after a major trust rejected it for its anti-royal family overtones.

Sony hacking has all elements of a thriller

Barack Obama said Friday the US would respond to the cyberattack, though he did not say how, after the FBI publicly blamed North Korea. He also criticised Sony's decision to cancel the release of 'The Interview.'

Nasa plans airships, city for manned Venus mission

Nasa plans to send solar-powered airships to explore Venus' atmosphere and to eventually establish a permanent human colony in a floating cloud city above the Earth's nearest planetary neighbour.

UK ex-envoy to India John Freeman is dead

Journalist, diplomat and politician John Freeman, who was posted as the British high commissioner to India in 1965 and is most known for his interview series, Face to Face’, on BBC with celebrities, has died aged 99.

Most mammals take 21 seconds to pee: Scientists

All mammals larger than rats take roughly the same amount of time to urinate - 21 seconds - regardless of their size, scientists say.

Russia makes FB block page of Putin's top critic

Russian authorities convinced Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of an opposition politician, drawing ire from Internet users on Sunday.

Human rights in spotlight after US-Cuba deal

President Barack Obama said on Friday that he began his historic call with Castro earlier in the week by delivering a 15-minute lecture on human rights and political freedom, adding: 'This is still a regime that oppresses its people.'

Hacking row: Barack Obama rips into Sony, Jong-un

President Barack Obama on Friday blasted Sony pictures for capitulating to hackers and chided the North Korean dictator for getting upset over a satirical movie, a Seth Rogen film.

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