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       HEADLINES: Maoists threaten home guard in Wayanad                                              Priest molests child in Thrissur                                              Giriraj Singh granted anticipatory bail                                              Rajiv case: Families of convicts disappointed                                              Pak fires at Indian posts, violates ceasefire                                              South Korean ferry mishap: Toll reaches 171                                              Umadevi loses billiards final                                              Sindhu, Gurusaidutt progress to Asian Championships quarters                                              RCB opt to bowl against Knight Riders                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Plane lands at Bali airport in suspected hijacking: Indonesian air force    
JAKARTA: A Virgin Australia plane landed at Bali airport on Friday after a suspected hijacking, Indonesian officials said. "We got information that a 737-800 from Brisbane to Bali has been hijacked," spokesman Hadi Tjahjanto told MetroTV television station, adding it was a Virgin flight.

         South Korean ferry mishap: Toll reaches 171    
SEOUL: The toll from a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank last week rose to 171 Thursday, but the recovery of bodies from the sunken ship proceeded at a slower pace as search operations were hampered by unexpectedly swift currents.

         Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip    
TOKYO: US President Barack Obama landed in Tokyo today to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of "rebalancing" US foreign policy towards a dynamic Asia.

         Russia will respond if interests attacked in Ukraine: Lavrov    
MOSCOW: Russia will respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as they were in South Ossetia in 2008 which led to war with Georgia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today.

         Bombing kills senior Egypt police officer    
CAIRO: Egyptian security officials on Wednesday said a senior police officer has died after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb.

         Sri Lanka to deport British tourist over Buddha tattoo    
COLOMBO: A 35-year-old British woman faces deportation for sporting a Buddha tattoo in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, where disrespect of the religion by foreigners is frowned upon.

         FBI probe confirmed in 9/11 case at Guantanamo    
MIAMI: A federal prosecutor has confirmed the existence of the FBI investigation that has thrown the September 11 war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo into disarray.

         Somali lawmaker shot dead, second in 24 hours    
MOGADISH: Insurgents assassinated a Somali lawmaker Tuesday, police and witnesses said, the second such killing in 24 hours and the latest in a series of attacks in the war-ravaged capital. Abdiaziz Isak was shot "several times and he died instantly," police officer Mohamed Dalane said, close to where the lawmaker was killed in the capital's Madina district.

         Death toll in South Korea ferry disaster rises to 113    
JINDO: One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago.

         Militant attacks in Pak kill five policemen    
PESHAWAR: Officials said two militant attacks in north-western Pakistan have killed eight people, including five policemen. The police said the attacks took place on Tuesday morning on the outskirts of Peshawar city and in the neighbouring district of Charsadda.

         14 workers killed in coal mine explosion in China    
BEIJING: A coal mine gas explosion today killed 14 people in southwest China's Yunnan Province, officials said. The accident took place in a pit of Hongtutian Coal Mine in Fuyuan County, in the city of Qujing, the county government said in a statement.

         First embryonic stem cells cloned from human skin    
LONDON: Scientists have for the first time turned adult human skin cells into stem cells, which can grow into any type of tissue in the body, using cloning techniques.

         Saudi woman defies driving ban, husband fined: Report    
RIYADH: A 23-year-old Saudi woman has been caught defying the Kingdom's ban on female driving by getting behind the wheel of her husband's car for which the couple was detained and the man was fined.

         Over 100 Indians detained in US since 2013; on hunger strike    
HOUSTAN: Over 100 Indian youths - detained by US authorities for allegedly entering the country illegally to seek asylum - are on a hunger strike.

         Three-year-old girl shoots, kills brother in US    
LOS ANGELES: A three-year-old girl in the US has accidentally shot and killed her two-year-old brother with a rifle, the fourth such incident in the country this month involving children.

         UK man killed, Indian injured in bus accident in Malaysia    
KUALA LUMPUR: A double-decker express bus carrying mostly foreign tourists, including from India - plunged into a 10-metre-deep ravine in Malaysia's east coast state of Pahang, killing one British national and injuring 40 others.

         Death toll mounts in South Korean ferry disaster    
MOKPO, South Korea: After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into a submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to 50, officials said.

         14 more Nigeria schoolgirls escape Islamists: Official    
MAIDUGIRI: Another 14 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast have escaped, leaving 85 missing today after an attack that has sparked global outrage, an official said.

         Senior Pak journo Hamid Mir shot at in Karachi    
KARACHI: Senior Pakistani TV journalist Hamid Mir, who faced threats from Taliban and other terror groups, was today shot at in Karachi by four unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen near a bridge on way to his office.

         S Korea ferry captain arrested, divers ''glimpse'' bodies    
JINDO (SOUTH KOREA): Investigators today arrested the captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago with 476 people on board, as divers finally accessed the submerged vessel and spotted what they believed to be bodies. Coastguard officials said captain Lee Joon-Seok and two of his crew were taken into police custody in the early hours of the morning.

         Nine killed in Mt Everest avalanche    
KATHMANDU: At least nine people, all of them Nepali nationals, were killed in an avalanche on Mt Everest Friday morning, an official said.

         Ex-Goldman director Rajat Gupta starts prison term on June 17    
NEW YORK: Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta is expected to begin his two-year prison term on June 17 for insider trading.

         Robotic submarine launches 5th mission to locate missing plane    
PERTH: A remote-controlled mini-submarine deployed to find the crashed Malaysia Airlines plane embarked on a fifth mission today with still no sign of wreckage, as Malaysia vowed not to back down from searching for the jet.

         28 dead, 268 missing in South Korean ship sinking    
SEOUL: The toll in the sinking of a ferry, carrying 475 people, mostly high school students, in sea waters off South Korea's southwest coast, rose to 28 Friday, officials said.

         Sunken South Korean ferry: Rescued school principal found hanged    
JINDO: A high school vice principal rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry that sank with hundreds of his students on board was found dead Friday, in what media reports said was an apparent suicide.

         Six killed, nine missing after avalanche sweeps Everest    
KATHMANDU: A Nepalese tourism official said six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world’s highest peak. All those killed and missing had gone early in the morning to the area to fix the ropes for climbers along the route to the 8,850-metre summit.

         Nobel prizew inning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87    
MEXICO CITY: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America’s charm and maddening contradictions to life in the minds of millions and became the best-known practitioner of “magical realism,” a blending of fantastic elements into portrayals

         Monitoring gay rights situation in India, says US    
WASHINGTON: The United States is monitoring the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in India in particular after the Supreme Court ruled consensual homosexual activity as unconstitutional, a US official said.

         Missing plane:Robotic submarine completes third search mission    
PERTH: A mini-submarine deployed to locate the missing Malaysian plane's wreckage on the floor of the Indian Ocean has completed a full 16-hour mission mission at its third attempt, authorities said today.'

         Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry    
SEOUL: Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight today to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation.

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