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       HEADLINES: Man, children killed in cylinder explosion                                              League hits out at Pillai and George                                              Dr G Velayudhan dies                                              Nobody can warn me, says P C George                                              Black flags shown to CM                                              Tamil daily Dinamalar threatened of 'Charlie Hebdo style' attack                                              HC notice to centre on offloading Greenpeace activist                                              Nithari serial killer Surender Koli's death sentence commuted to life                                              China need not read too much from Obama-Modi romance: Media                                              Pakistan wants normal ties with India: Nawaz Sharif                                              As Michelle Obama Landed in Saudi Arabia, a head scarf controversy                                              Mary Kom calls on PM Modi                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         As Michelle Obama Landed in Saudi Arabia, a head scarf controversy    
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: Amid controversy, the Saudi Arabian embassy in the US denied media reports that the country's state television had blurred out America's First Lady Michelle Obama as her husband US president Barack Obama met new Saudi King Salman.

         Pakistan wants normal ties with India: Nawaz Sharif    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wants "normal" ties with India on the basis of "mutual respect and sovereign equality", Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Wednesday, describing India as an important neighbour. "India is an important neighbour for us and we would like to have normal relations with the country on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality," Sharif told Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit during a meeting with him at PM's House.

         China need not read too much from Obama-Modi romance: Media    
BEIJING: Playing down President Barack Obama's visit to India, official media here on Wednesday said too much need not be read into the "romance" between him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as there are difficult talks ahead before both sides' expectations can converge.

         Gunmen at Libyan luxury hotel take hostages; 3 guards dead    
TRIPOLI: Gunmen stormed a luxury Libyan hotel popular with foreigners today, killing at least three guards and taking hostages, a security official said.

         Jilted lover burns girl to death in Pakistan    
ISLAMABAD: An 18-year-old Pakistani girl was burnt to death after being doused with kerosene by her jilted lover for refusing his marriage proposal. The girl was set on fire in Naushahro Feroze district of Sindh province on Monday by Sajid Qureshi, a cloth merchant, after his marriage proposal was refused more than once by the girl’s mother and brother.

         UN head calls for partnership with India to shape new future    
UNITED NATIONS: A strong partnership between India and the UN based on shared Gandhian values is critical to "shape a new future" that embraces sustainable development, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said in a Republic Day message.

         Another case filed against Khaleda Zia    
DHAKA: Another case, for "instigating arson", has been filed against former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia, who had called a nationwide transport blockade earlier this month, a media report said Tuesday.

         WikiLeaks slams Google for handing over staffers' data to US    
GENEVA: WikiLeaks has lashed out at internet giant Google for handing over its staffers' emails and digital data to the US authorities without swiftly informing the whistleblowing site, terming it "an attack on journalism and journalists especially those working on security issues".

         Greek F-16 jet crashes at base, killing 10 people    
MADRID: A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other planes on the ground during Nato training in southeastern Spain on Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spain's defense ministry said.

         Colombia's Paulina Vega is crowned Miss Universe    
MIAMI: Paulina Vega of Colombia was Sunday night crowned Miss Universe 2014. Miss USA Nia Sanchez was crowned first runner-up, while Diana Harkusha from Ukraine was named the second runner up.

         Japan says, IS hostage video 'likely authentic'    
TOKYO: Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Sunday that the latest video suggesting a Japanese hostage held by the Islamic State (IS) militants was killed is likely authentic, Xinhua reported.

         Pak move to ban Hafiz Saeed's JuD a significant move: Army    
SRINAGAR: Army today said the announcement of ban on Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawah by Pakistan were "good moves" but the effect of these steps needs to be gauged on ground.

         Japan vows to 'never give up' search for IS hostages    
TOKYO: Japan today vowed to "never give up" its struggle to save two Japanese hostages held captive by Islamic State militants after the deadline to pay their ransom passed in agonising silence.

         'Obama's India trip a jump start chance not to be missed'    
WASHINGTON: The India visit of US President Barack Obama needs to be considered as more than just visuals, a top Republican lawmaker has said while stressing that the historic trip is "a jump start chance not to be missed".

         U.S. beer-maker to pull 'Gandhi-Bot' brand after complaints    
A U.S. microbrewery said on Friday it will stop using the name and image of the late Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi on one of its beers after complaints it was offensive to the Indian community.

         Japan's 'Arunachal' stance a tactic against China: Daily    
BEIJING: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida's remarks that 'Arunachal Pradesh' was an "Indian territory" is Japan's tactic of taking sides over a disputed territory, said China's Global Times newspaper.

         China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship    
BEIJING: Tech specialists and companies are reporting that China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook.

         Thai ex-PM Yingluck banned from politics,faces criminal charge    
BANGOK: Thailand's first woman premier Yingluck Shinawatra was today banned from politics for five years and faces criminal charges for negligence that could put in jail for up to 10 years, in a heavy blow to the ousted leader's powerful family that has ruled the nation for years.

         Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz dies, new ruler is Salman    
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir.

         Terrorists investing in stocks to raise funds: Study    
RIYADH: Terrorist organisations are increasingly investing in stock exchanges across the world to raise funds for their operations, a British study has revealed.

         Pak bans JuD, Haqqani Network; slaps travel sanctions on Saeed    
ISLAMABAD: Facing intense international pressure, Pakistan has banned Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the dreaded Haqqani Network along with other terror outfits and slapped foreign travel restrictions on the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind.

         Topless page three returns to Britain's The Sun    
LONDON: British tabloid The Sun published a photo of a winking topless model today, shooting down reports it had ended the controversial tradition that has featured in the newspaper since 1970.

         Pakistan bans JuD, Haqqani network    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has banned the Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and the Haqqani network after the US insisted it do so, a media report said Thursday. “The US has sought a ban on the Haqqani network and the Jamaat-ud Dawa but the matter was being delayed,” Dawn online quoted an interior ministry official as saying.

         Three key lawmakers to join Obama on trip to India    
WASHINGTON: Three prominent US lawmakers, including Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, would be travelling with President Barack Obama to attend India's Republic Day celebrations.

         Obama urges skeptical Republicans to back his 'middle-class economics'    
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama challenged the Republican-led Congress on Tuesday to break out of the "tired old patterns" of confrontational politics and back an effort to lift the middle class, with higher taxes on the rich and trade deals.

         Japan PM rushes home to lead hostage crisis response    
TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was rushing home from the Middle East today to take charge of Tokyo's response after Islamic militants threatened to kill two nationals unless he pays a USD 200 million ransom.

         IS threatens to kill Japan hostages, Tokyo vows not to give in    
BEIRUT: The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a USD 200 million ransom within 72 hours, but Tokyo today vowed it would not give in to "terrorism".

         Indian origin teen become US entrepreneur, builds low-cost Braille printer    
In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.

         Police raids Rajapaksa's country home in Lanka    
COLOMBO: Embattled former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's country home in the southern province has been raided by police who were looking for a luxury sports car but the search drew a blank.

         US, UK ask Pakistan to hand over Lakhvi to India    
ISLAMABAD: The US and the UK have asked Pakistan to hand over Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, to India to improve bilateral ties or to them for his "independent trial".

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