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Egypt clamps down on campuses over unrest fears

As the new academic term began in Egypt, riot police were standing guard at Cairo's universities to quash any repeat of Islamist-led protests that turned campuses nationwide into battlefields.

Hong Kong talks fail to resolve issue; dialogue open

The first round of talks between Hong Kong officials and Occupy Central movement representatives ended on Tuesday evening without any breakthrough but with the promise of more dialogue over the coming weeks, which could possibly resolve the impasse.

Twitter 'source of all evil': Top Saudi cleric

Twitter is nothing more than 'a source of lies' and evil, Saudi Arabia's top Muslim cleric said, in comments that sparked lively debate Tuesday on the microblogging site.

Islamic State launches fresh assault on Kobane

The Islamic State launched a fresh assault on Kobane late Monday hours after it was announced that Kurds, who are defending the besieged Syrian border town, had received a first US airdrop of weapons.

US airdrops supplies for Kurds defending Khobani

Further escalating its engagement in Syria, the United States is airdropping military resupplies for Kurds defending Syria-Turkey border town Khobani from the ISIS.

Saudi man's American wife files for divorce via e-mail

An American woman has been allowed to file for divorce from her Saudi husband via e-mail after the man left the US with her three children and prevented her from seeing them.

Social media helps find missing Indian girl in Sharjah

A minor Indian girl, who went missing from her home in Sharjah, was found after some five hours, thanks to social media spreading information about her, media reported on Monday.

Nepal disaster a 'wake-up call' for trekkers and agencies

A snowstorm that killed dozens of people in Nepal is a 'wake-up call' for the trekking industry and tourists alike, experts say, with some heading to the world's highest mountains unprepared for conditions that can easily turn deadly.

20 Yemen Shiite rebels killed in Qaeda clashes, attack

Al Qaeda militants overnight blew up a vehicle parked near a house where the Shiite rebels were gathered in Rada, the sources said, adding that 12 rebels had also been captured in clashes.

Hindus in Pak demand holiday, aid package on Diwali

Pakistan's minority Hindu community leaders have asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to accept their demand for a public holiday on Diwali and announce a special aid package for them on the festival.

US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobane

The American military for the first time airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Syrian Kurds in the battleground city of Kobane, US Central Command said on Sunday, in a move likely to anger key ally Turkey.

Doubt over Boko Haram 'ceasefire' after attacks

Nigerian military and intelligence officials raised doubts on Sunday about the validity of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, with reports of fresh attacks and fighting in the country's northeast.

'Easy Rider' chopper sells at auction for $1.35 million. But is it the real one?

A motorcycle reportedly featured in the film 'Easy Rider' has been sold for what auctioneers say was $1.35 million. More than one version of the bike was built but according to the auction catalogue, the one that sold was the only one to survive.

Five-year-old Indian boy reaches Everest Base Camp, claims world record

On Friday, Harshit Saumitra, a Class 1 student of GD Goenka School in New Delhi, reached the Everest Base Camp, becoming arguably the youngest person to complete the difficult trek.

External forces inciting protests: Hong Kong leader

Pro-democracy protesters on Sunday accused police of using excessive force against them after violent clashes in Hong Kong, as a senior politician said weeks of rallies have reached a 'critical moment'.
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