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HindustanTimes Thu,23 Oct 2014

World

Modi’s Dhanteras photo on Facebook creates a flutter on social media

US-based photographer of Nepali origin Bimal Nepal posted a beautiful photo of Diwali lights on his Facebook and Instagram pages on Tuesday morning.

UK man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court

A fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets.

Total names new bosses as Russia probes CEO plane crash

French oil giant Total on Wednesday named new bosses to lead one of the world's biggest energy companies after its chief executive was killed in Moscow when his private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff.

Beware of gold thieves during Diwali: UK cops

Scotland Yard has cautioned Indian and Asian-origin people in London against gangs of thieves targeting gold jewellery during Diwali celebrations, a time when many families wear traditional attire during community and other events.

Ben Bradlee, former Washington Post editor who led Watergate coverage dies

Bradlee's death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that its former editor had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the past several years.

Malaysia's defence minister hopeful MH370 will be found

Malaysia's defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Wednesday his country was determined to find missing Flight MH370, as he was briefed by Australian officials leading the complex search deep in the Indian Ocean.

High in Pakistan's mountains, women break taboos

Women in Pakistan's northern Hunza valley are breaking taboos and training for jobs traditionally done by men, including as carpenters and climbing guides on the Himalayan peaks.

No end in sight for Hong Kong protests after talks

Hong Kong student leaders on Wednesday said they may not take part in further talks with the government after accusing city authorities of failing to make any meaningful offers to end weeks of mass rallies.

Pak Taliban sack spokesperson over support for IS

The influential spokesperson of the Pakistani Taliban has been sacked for pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and for feuding with his leader Maulana Fazlullah, according to a statement and senior commanders.

Pak Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai honoured in Philadelphia

Malala Yousafzai began her activism six years ago by using an alias to write for the BBC about living under Taliban rule. In 2012, a Taliban gunman shot her in the head while she was returning from school because of her vocal support for gender equality and education for girls.

Missing Sydney teen resurfaces in ISIS video

A teenager who ran away from Australia to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria has reappeared months later in a video of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), vowing to “not stop fighting”, reports said on Tuesday.

'UK, France, Germany approached Assad against their jihadi citizens'

In an interview to HT, Syrian ambassador to India Riad Kamel Abbas claims the UK, France and Germany asked the Syrian government to 'take care' of its citizens who have been radicalised and fighting in Syria. If his claims are true, the David Cameron government has asked a foreign government to execute its citizens.

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.
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