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       HEADLINES: Woman set on fire in empty compartment                                              VS to partake in central committee meet                                              VS turns 91                                              Conductor dies in accident                                              Gold stolen from doctor’s house in Kollam                                              Modi to address joint session of Australian Parliament                                              No clear mandate, still people blowing victory trumpets: Sena                                              Dhaula Kuan gang rape case: All five accused given life sentences                                              Joko Widodo sworn in as Indonesian President                                              Hindus to return to Pak after PTI comes to power: Imran Khan                                              Ajmal-less Pakistan seek to end 20-year Australia drought                                              Kohli claims 2nd spot, Bhuvneshwar breaks into top-10                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         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.

         Pak army chief rakes up Kashmir issue    
ISLAMABAD: After government and political leaders, it was the turn of Pakistan army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to rake up the issue of Kashmir and breathe fire saying their armed forces were fully capable of meeting any "external threat".

         Nigeria claims deal with Boko Haram on ceasefire, kidnapped irls    
ABUJA: Nigeria on Friday claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls but doubts immediately surrounded the purported breakthrough. Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh told senior military officials from Nigeria and Cameroon meeting in Abuja that a "ceasefire agreement" had been concluded between the government and the insurgents.

         Pak court stops construction work on nuclear plants    
ISLAMABAD: A court in Pakistan has restrained the government from initiating construction work on two proposed nuclear power plants unless environmental safeguards are adhered to, media reports here said.

         Putin promises not to create gas crisis in Europe    
BELGRADE: Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday said the country would not create a gas crisis in Europe, but would react to any attempts to steal gas from pipes that run through Ukraine. "We do not wish any kind of crisis this winter. I am absolutely responsible when I claim that no crisis will occur due to Russia's fault. We have enough gas to satisfy both our own needs and the needs of our clients in Europe and Asia," Xinhua quoted Putin as telling a press conference after meeting S

         Indian engineer in US gets 18 months' jail for stealing secrets    
NEW JERSY: An Indian engineer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by deportation for stealing trade secrets from medical technology giant Becton Dickinson and another New Jersey company.

         Ebola toll hits 4,493: WHO    
UNITED NATIONS: The toll in the deadly Ebola virus disease in West Africa has hit 4,493, according to latest World Health Organisation (WHO) data. "The latest figures from WHO report a total of 8,997 cases in seven countries, and 4,493 deaths," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here Thursday, adding that healthcare workers have been paying a heavy price in the fight against Ebola "with 427 infected and 236 dead".

         Now start your day with beer-flavoured jam for breakfast!    
LONDON: An Italian brewer has claimed that they have created a beer-flavored jam to combine the most important meal of the day with the nation's favourite tipple.

         Obama opposes ban on travel from West Africa over Ebola    
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said he was considering appointing an Ebola "czar" to coordinate the fight against the virus in the United States, but he remained opposed to a ban on travel from West Africa.

         Pak needs to "incite" those "fighting" in Kashmir: Musharraf    
ISLAMABAD: In the wilderness for a long time, former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf has made an anti-India rant by saying Pakistan needs to "incite" those "fighting" in Kashmir.

         Putin targeted by topless protest at ASEM summit    
MILAN: Topless Femen activists poured buckets of wine over their naked breasts in front of Milan's cathedral today, in the latest of the women's rights group's signature protests.

         Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis    
UNITED NATION: The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the United Nations still hasn't reached over 750,000 people in need of food in West Africa as prices spiral and farms are abandoned.

         China blocks BBC website amid Hong Kong protests    
BEIJING: The BBC's website was blocked in China today, a day after a video of Hong Kong police beating and kicking a pro-democracy protester began circulating online.

         Hong Kong police 'removed' over protest brutality video: govt    
HONG KONG: Hong Kong police officers involved in an apparent assault on a protester have been "removed" from their positions, the city's security chief said today, after video emerged of a handcuffed man being beaten and kicked.

         Indian sentenced to death for killing baby, grandmother in US    
NEW YORK: A 28-year-old Indian has been sentenced to death in the US for killing an Indian baby and her grandmother in a 2012 kidnapping plot that went horribly wrong after a trial during which the accused said he would rather accept the death penalty than sit through arguments.

         US Senator lauds WTO ruling against India on poultry    
NEW YORK: A senior US senator has welcomed the World Trade Organisation's ruling against India's "unfounded" ban on American poultry products, saying the decision is an important step in ensuring a "level playing field" for the country's agriculture.

         Mark Zuckerberg donates $25 mn to fight Ebola    
WASHINGTON: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on the social networking site that he and his wife, Priscilla, have donated $25 million to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention for the fight against the Ebola virus disease.

         Author Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker Fiction Prize    
LONDON: Australian writer Richard Flanagan won the Booker Prize with a visceral book about wartime brutality and its aftermath - a novel the head of the judging team said was as powerful as a kick in the stomach.

         Al Qaeda planning to attack India this month, say officials    
NEW DELHI: Al Qaeda, the group responsible for the Sept 11, 2001, attack on New York's World Trade Center, and which had no reported presence in India till now, has apparently joined hands with Indian terror outfits like the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) to plan a series of bombings in the country during the festival season, top officials with access to intelligence inputs have warned.

         Terrorists dig tunnel in Karachi jail to try to escape    
ISLAMABAD: An attempt to free terrorists from the Central Jail in Pakistan's port city of Karachi was foiled by Rangers, a top official said Monday.

         N Korea's Kim reappears after extended absence    
SEOUL: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un has made his first public appearance for more than a month, with state media Tuesday reporting a visit to a new housing complex in Pyongyang.

         California parrot that vanished for four years returns speaking Spanish    
LOS ANGELES: The owner of a parrot that spoke English with a British accent says the bird went missing for four years, only to return speaking Spanish and asking for someone named Larry, a Southern California newspaper reported on Monday.

         UN ignores Pakistan bid to seek intervention on Kashmir    
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s latest efforts seeking UN intervention on the Kashmir issue have failed to draw any new response from the world body which reiterated that India and Pakistan need to resolve all differences through dialogue to find a long-term solution to the dispute.

         Vatican family review signals shift on homosexuality    
VATICAN: Senior clerics taking part in a review of Catholic teachings on the family have called on the Church to adopt a more positive stance on homosexuality.

         President avoids comment on Malala's invite to India, Pak PMs    
OSLO: President Pranab Mukherjee has refrained from commenting on Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai inviting the prime ministers of India and Pakistan to the award ceremony even as he lauded her "courage and indomitable spirit".

         Kurds thwart IS in Kobane, Turkey boosts involvement    
MURSITPINAR (TURKEY): Attacking Islamic State jihadists met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, as neighbouring Turkey has heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases.

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