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HindustanTimes Mon,20 Oct 2014

World

Saddam Hussein planned to kidnap Israeli PM in 1981

Former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein had planned to kidnap the then Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in retaliation to the Jewish state's attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981, a media report said.

Nepali troops seek at least 40 missing on blizzard-hit trek

Nepali troops on Saturday searched rugged snow-covered Himalayan terrain in their most intensive effort to find any remaining survivors of a blizzard that killed 30 people and injured 175 in one of the country's worst mountain disasters.

Pope Francis faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies on Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays.

South Korean official in apparent suicide after concert tragedy

A South Korean official handling safety measures at a concert where 16 people died apparently committed suicide hours after the tragedy which happened when a ventilation grate collapsed, authorities said on Saturday.

US policeman involved in Ferguson shooting 'feared for his life'

The police officer who shot dead Michael Brown in the US town of Ferguson says he was pinned in his vehicle and struggling over his gun with the black teenager, a news report said.

Obama appoints Ron Klain as 'Ebola Czar'

As WHO bbungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola, as revealed by an internal report, Obama moved to step up the US response to the disease, naming Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to vice president Joe Biden, as the 'Ebola czar'.

Girls abducted by Boko Haram to be freed: Nigeria

Officials and campaigners on Saturday anxiously awaited further news about the fate of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls after Nigeria claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants to secure their release.

WHO admits to botching efforts to stop Ebola spread

An internal report revealed that the WHO bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa. The WHO draft report pointed to serious errors by an agency designated as the international community's leader in coordinating response to outbreaks of disease.

14 dead in accident at South Korean concert

About 14 people died and over 11 others were injured after a ventilation grate collapsed during a concert by a popular girls' band near South Korea's capital Seoul.

In pre-dawn raids, HK police clears main protest site

Hong Kong police swooped in on sleeping pro-democracy protesters from the Occupy Central movement early on Friday to remove barricades from a key intersection in the city, further signalling that the government doesn’t want the agitation to carry on any more.

China's Xi to tighten control at key Communist conclave: Experts

China's Communist rulers gather next week for a key meeting devoted to the 'rule of law', but observers say the conclave will in fact mark another tightening of control by party leader Xi Jinping after crackdowns on internal dissent and graft.

US Navy kicked out Biden's son over cocaine use

Vice president Joe Biden's son was discharged this year from the US Navy reserve after testing positive for cocaine, a US official confirmed to AFP on Thursday.

British family shocked at text from dead grandmother

Lesley Emerson died aged 59 in 2011, and was buried with some of her favourite things including her mobile phone. Her granddaughter Sheri, 22, found comfort in continuing to sending text messages to her grandmother's phone.

Putin and Merkel have 'serious differences' over Ukraine: Kremlin

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin have major differences over the origin and causes of the conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin said following talks between the two leaders.

US: Indian engineer gets 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets

An Indian engineer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in restitution for stealing trade secrets from two global medical technology firms based in New Jersey.
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