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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.

Mother held for allegedly stabbing to death 8 kids

The mother of most of the eight children reportedly found stabbed to death in a house in the Australian city of Cairns has been arrested for murder, police said on Saturday.

FBI accuses North Korea of Sony hacking

North Korea was responsible for a "destructive" cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday, warning it would hunt down the perpetrators and make them pay.

There will be 'proportionate response': Obama on hacking

US president Barack Obama on Friday said there will be a “proportionate response” the hacking of Sony pictures by the North Korean government. But he refused to describe or define it.

Clooney slams Hollywood for not backing Sony after hacks

George Clooney is miffed with studio heads and Hollywood bigwigs as he tried to get them to sign a petition in support of Sony Pictures following the hack attack on its computers but no one came forward.

Pak govt orders detention of Lakhvi for 3 more months

Zaki-ur-Rehman-Lakhvi was a senior member of the Lashkar hierarchy, second only to 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed. He was arrested in December 2008, soon after the serial attacks rocked Mumbai.

Forget the politics, Sony executives say The Interview is "desperately unfunny"

The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader is 'desperately unfunny' and would have flopped overseas if it had not been cancelled, according to leaked e-mails of international executives of Sony Pictures.
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