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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

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Iraq headed for chaos unless politicians unite: UN

Iraqi soldiers backed by Shi'ite militias fought Sunni rebels for control of a military base northeast of Baghdad on Saturday as a UN envoy warned of chaos if divided lawmakers did not make progress on Sunday towards naming a government.

Is American interest in West Asia dwindling?

Left to itself, West Asia is inherently unstable. Most Arab countries are artificial constructs arbitrarily drawn on a map of the desert by British and French officials in 1916. The region is swarming with wannabe powers.

Gunmen in Iraq kill 33 in raid on housing complex

Police officials say the gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles before storming the buildings in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad. They say at least 18 people were wounded on Saturday.

Human Rights Watch says Iraq forces killed 250 Sunni prisoners

Iraq’s security forces and allied Shiite militias executed at least 255 Sunni prisoners as they fled a lightning jihadist-led advance last month, Human Rights Watch said on Friday.

Iraq headed for chaos unless politicians unite: UN

Iraqi soldiers backed by Shi'ite militias fought Sunni rebels for control of a military base northeast of Baghdad on Saturday  as a UN envoy warned of chaos if divided lawmakers do not make progress on Sunday towards naming a government.

Merkel blasts US spying, hopes Washington will change tack

Angela Merkel said on Saturday that new allegations of US spying showed Berlin and Washington were completely at odds over how they viewed the role of intelligence, and she hoped German action would persuade the United States not to spy on partners.

Restaurant with Raj era ambience wins top UK award

Karam Sethi’s Gymkhana has been named Britain’s best in the National Restaurant Awards, run by the 'Restaurant' magazine. Voted by industry experts, the award is Sethi’s second accolade, after earning a Michelin star in 2012 at his first restaurant, Trishna.

Israel vows no let-up, Hamas defiant as Gaza toll reaches 135

The world implored Israel and Hamas on Saturday to end hostilities as warplanes pounded Gaza for a fifth straight day, killing at least 30 Palestinians, and militants replied with rockets.

Kerry pushes plan to 'clean up the tally' after disputed Afghan elections

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday held a second day of talks with Afghanistan's feuding presidential hopefuls, seeking a deal to "clean up the tally" after disputed elections.

Singapore: Children's book inspired by real-life gay penguin parents taken down

A children's book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York's zoo has been deemed inappropriate and the conservative city-state's information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside two other titles.

Hamas' music video, entitled 'Shake Israel's Security', targets Israelis and Palestinians

Hamas' five-minute video is part of a slick propaganda programme designed by Hamas and its armed Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades wing. The video is a Hebrew remake of a song that the group released in Arabic in 2012, during its last conflict with the Jewish state.

Cross-border Taliban attack kills three Pakistani troops

Militants killed at least three Pakistani soldiers in an attack on early Saturday on a border post in the restive northwestern tribal belt while air strikes against rebels left 13 insurgents dead, officials said.

China's top paper says no place for a 'new cold war' with US

China and the United States must avoid a 'new cold war' in their international relations, China's top newspaper said on Saturday, in the wake of high level talks in Beijing between senior leaders of the world's two largest economies.

Roadside bomb kills 8 Afghan civilians: official

A roadside bomb killed eight civilians travelling in a vehicle in a volatile district of southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said, days after the UN reported a surge in civilian casualties in the country.

Female employee sues Yahoo exec for sexual harassment

The complaint alleges that Zhang coerced Nan Shi to have oral and digital sex with her on multiple occasions in California and told her she would have a 'bright future' at Yahoo if she had sex with Zhang.
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