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US diplomats banned from Ice Bucket Challenge

It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and even former US presidents drenched by buckets of freezing water. But don't expect American diplomats to get involved in the fast-growing Ice Bucket Challenge any time soon.

Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-up

Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a west African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease.

US media hail Iyengar as one of the greatest yoga gurus

Mainstream American media and yoga experts have mourned the loss of BKS Iyengar, calling him as one of the greatest yoga gurus who was instrumental in bringing the physical and spritual exercise to West.

Israeli strikes kill three senior Hamas commanders

Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza on Thursday, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief.

Pak SC refuses to issue orders for evicting protesters

Pakistan Supreme Court today rejected the government's plea to issue an order for the eviction of protesters besieging the Parliament, saying it is an administrative matter and should be dealt with in accordance with the law.

#InstaFamous: World's 'selfie queen' posts 200 self portraits a week!

Do you know who is the world's selfie queen? Forget Kim Kardashian, and rather meet a mysterious Thai woman who has posted over 12,000 selfies on various social media platforms and can be considered for the top post.

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday.

Ancient Ethiopian walled city keeps modern life at bay

Hyenas feast on flesh every night outside the ancient walls of Harar -- one of Islam's holiest cities that is holding out against the pressures of the modern world. But change is coming, and campaigners are working hard to preserve Harar's unique history and traditions.

UK scrambling to deal with ISIS

The UK government appeared to be scrambling to deal with the ISIS challenge on two fronts: the security aspect as well as dealing with the radicalisation of British youth amidst a plethora of legislation on human rights and the coveted idea of freedom of speech.

Thai military chief selected as interim PM

Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) Thursday selected military junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha as the interim prime minister.

Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives.

Hamas warns foreign airlines not to fly into Tel Aviv

A Hamas warning to foreign airlines to halt flights into Tel Aviv was to take effect on Thursday as a six-week war with Israel spiralled into further bloodshed after truce talks collapsed.

Eight injured in knife-attack in south China

Eight persons were wounded on Thursday night in yet another knife-attack in southern China's Guangdong Province, allegedly carried out by a 32-year-old mentally deranged man.

'Suicide tourism' to Switzerland doubled in 4 yrs; Indian went there to die in 2011

Germans and Britons make up the bulk of the numbers opting to come to Switzerland to end their lives through assisted suicide, while the case of one Indian 'suicide tourist' has also been recorded in 2011, according to a new study.

Gambling, IT, booze addictions rife in Japan: study

Nearly 5% of Japanese adults are addicted to gambling, a rate of up to five times that of most other nations, according to a study.
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