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'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'.

Up to it? Try these questions for admission to Oxford University

It’s considered one of the toughest universities to get into, and admission interviews at the University of Oxford invariably challenge potential students to think on their feet, think independently and laterally, and show an ability to apply theory.

Catholic bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of split

Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

Kurds thwart new jihadist bid to cut off Syria town

Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobane repulsed a new attempt by Islamic State fighters to cut off the border with Turkey Saturday as troops battled the jihadists in neighbouring Iraq.

Nepali mother seeking justice for son’s murder ends fast after 359 days

A Nepali mother who was on hunger strike since last year seeking justice for her son murdered during the country’s civil war ended her fast on Saturday night after assurances from the government.

US, China in 'candid exchanges' ahead of Obama trip

US Secretary of State John Kerry and a top Chinese official had 'candid exchanges' over several contentious issues dogging relations between Washington and Beijing, an American diplomat said on Saturday.

Don't succumb to Ebola 'hysteria', urges Obama as panic grows

US President Barack Obama urged against 'hysteria or fear' Saturday in the face of a growing Ebola crisis, as the United Nations spoke of an 'encouraging' response to its funding appeal.

When Obama’s credit card was declined at New York restaurant

The 53-year-old told the crowd at the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that during a UN General Assembly meeting as he had stepped out for a bite at a restaurant, his own credit card had been declined.

US plane on secret mission returns to Earth after 22 months in orbit

After spending about 22 months orbiting the Earth on a secret mission, a US Air Force X-37B unmanned, reusable space plane has finally returned.

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.
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