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       HEADLINES: Boy dies after tree falls on shed                                              One held for vandalizing hotel                                              Flights land safely in Nedumbassery after bomb threat                                              Murder in train: Malappuram native in custody                                              Tharoor leads sanitation drive in his constituency                                              Cong Minister resigns from Omar Abdullah ministry                                              Gadkari, Fadnavis meet RSS chief ahead of Modi's arrival in Mumbai                                              Netaji deputy and Nehru's old friend was a Soviet spy, British documents reveal                                              India likely to strike deal with Vietnam for oil exploration                                              Gadkari courts controversy by riding scooter without helmet                                              16 killed in China coal mine collapse                                              Two killed, four injured in US school shooting                                              Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign                                              Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space                                              Arsenic linked to lung cancer in Bangladesh                                              Dhoni new owner of HHIL's Ranchi franchise                                              Saina ousted from French Open quarters                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Arsenic linked to lung cancer in Bangladesh    
DHAKA: Public health experts in Bangladesh are calling for urgent measures to prevent deaths from lung disease linked to small amounts of arsenic found in drinking water by a joint US-Bangladesh study.

         Google exec makes record skydive from edge of space    
WASHINGTON: A Google executive has set a new record by jumping successfully from near the top of the stratosphere -- some 135,000 feet, or 41,000 metres high, his project website said.

         Iran hangs woman in defiance of international campaign    
TEHRAN: Iran executed today a 26-year-old woman who had spent five years on death row for the murder of a former intelligence official, defying international pressure to spare her life.

         Girl, Mali’s first Ebola patient, dies    
LONDON: The authorities in Mali have confirmed the death of the country’s first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl, a media report said Saturday.

         Two killed, four injured in US school shooting    
LOS ANGELES: In yet another tragic shooting in a US school, a student opened fire in a school cafeteria, killing one student and critically injuring four others before taking his own life, police said.

         16 killed in China coal mine collapse    
BEIJING: A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, Xinhua said on Saturday. Another 11 miners were injured in the disaster that struck just before midnight on Friday in Tiechanggou township outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi.

         Pakistan court frees Daniel Pearl murder suspect    
ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Pakistan Friday freed Qari Hashim Ali, one of the suspects in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl.

         West Pacific sets action plans on Ebola, other diseases    
MANILA: As the world struggles against Ebola, the Western Pacific recently unveiled action plans to protect its 1.8 billion people from the deadly disease and other health challenges.

         Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia    
SHANGHAI: Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders.

         Islamic State among world's richest militant groups: US    
WASHINGTON: The Islamic State has fast become one of the world's wealthiest terror groups, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said on Friday.It earns $1 million a day alone by selling crude oil from fields captured when the group swept across Iraq and Syria earlier this year, said David Cohen, treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

         Malaysian man crawls through jungle for three days after car crash    
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian man seriously injured in a car accident crawled through jungle for three days before happening upon an isolated village, authorities said on Friday.

         New York City doctor tests positive for Ebola    
NEW YORK: A doctor who treated Ebola patients in Guinea and returned to the US last week has tested positive for the Ebola virus here, becoming New York city’s first diagnosed case.

         Google doodle celebrates Mangalyaan’s one month in Mars orbit    
NEW YORK: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO's) recently launched Mangalyaan has completed a month in the Martian Orbit. The first longest successful journey to Mars began on November 5 last year. In its 25th flight, the PSLV C25 had launched the Mars Orbiter Mission.

         Pakistan says India constructing bunkers close to border    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign office Thursday said Indian forces under the cover of unprovoked firing were engaged in constructing bunkers in locations within five hundred metres of the working boundary.

         Saudi jails 4 women for preparing sons to wage jihad    
RIYADH: Four women in Saudi Arabia have been jailed for preparing their sons to wage war and for supporting Al-Qaeda, official media said, in the kingdom's latest "terrorist" convictions.

         Missing Indian found after 40 years in Dubai    
DUBAI: In an unexpected reunion, an Indian man who disappeared 40 years ago from his hometown was found out by his friends in the UAE in a hospital here.

         Canada PM terms shooting rampage as 'terrorism'    
OTTAWA, ONTARIO: Referring to the recent shootouts that have rocked the nation as 'terrorism', Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in his address to the nation that, “Canada will never be intimidated.” Unfolding just before 10 a.m., while lawmakers were meeting in caucus rooms, the assault rocked Parliament with the boom of gunfire, led MPs to barricade doors with chairs and sent people streaming from the building in fear. Harper was addressing a caucus when the attack began outsid

         India ready for nuclear no-first-use agreements    
UNITED NATIONS: Reiterating its traditional policy of not using nuclear weapons first and not targeting non-nuclear weapons nations, India has offered to enter into agreements incorporating the two principles while ruling out joining the non-proliferation treaty.

         US court lets US group challenge Modi immunity    
NEW YORK: A US court has asked a human rights group to respond by Nov 4 to the US government's "suggestion of immunity" in a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged crimes against humanity. US federal Judge Analisa Torres Tuesday issued an order asking the American Justice Center (AJC) to file its response to suggestion of immunity for Modi filed by US prosecutor Preet Bharara's office on Sunday at the request of the State Department.

         Legendary Washington Post editor Bradlee dies at 93    
WASHINGTON: Former Washington Post editor, Benjamin Bradlee, who guided the daily through its coverage of the Watergate scandal and transformed the newspaper into one of the world's leading publications, has died.He was 93.

         Pak Taliban fires its spokesman over allegiance to IS chief    
ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has fired its spokesman after he along with five other commanders declared allegiance to the Islamic State terror group, which has been vying for supremacy with the al-Qaeda in the region.

         French oil giant CEO killed in plane crash    
MOSCOW: Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive officer (CEO) of French oil giant Total, died in a plane accident here Tuesday, an official said.

         Why internet goes to 'sleep' in parts of the world    
WASHINGTON: Do you know why internet is always up and running in the US and Europe while people suffer many outages over the course of the day in Asia, South America and Eastern Europe?

         Nigeria officially Ebola free: World Health Organization    
ABUJA: The World Health Organisation today declared Nigeria officially Ebola-free, after 42 days -- or two incubation periods -- without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus. "The virus is gone for now. The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated," WHO country representative Rui Gama Vaz said in Abuja.

         Burqa segregation in Australian Parliament reversed    
CANBERRA: A move to force Muslim women who cover their faces to sit in a separate enclosed public gallery at Australia's Parliament House has been reversed, media reported Monday.

         Hindus to return to Pak after PTI comes to power: Imran Khan    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's opposition leader Imran Khan has said that the Hindus who fled the country after being persecuted will return home if his party comes to power.

         Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesian President    
JAKARTA: Joko Widodo was sworn in as Indonesia’s new President on Monday. Widodo, the first Indonesian President not to come from the ranks of the country’s established political, business and military elite, took the oath of office in a ceremony at Parliament in Jakarta, attended by regional leaders and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

         Cautious optimism over Nigeria's kidnapped girls    
MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA: There's no dancing in the streets, but people in the hometown of more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are cautiously optimistic about news of a cease-fire with the Islamic extremists who abducted their daughters six months ago.

         Israel's Yaalon in US after spat over Kerry remarks    
JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon sought to calm fresh tensions with Washington on Sunday as he began a five-day trip to the United States. In a statement released ahead of his departure, Yaalon warned that no dispute should be allowed to "cast a shadow" over Israel's crucial relationship with its closest ally.

         'Critical moment' for Hong Kong protests after new clashes    
HONG KONG: Pro-democracy activists today accused police of using excessive force against protesters after violent clashes in Hong Kong, as a senior politician said weeks of rallies have reached a "critical moment". Dozens of police with shields and helmets pushed into a crowd of demonstrators gathered at barricades in the Mongkok district early today, striking at them repeatedly with batons.

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