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Rocket hits near major Afghan meeting: officials


Insurgents on Thursday fired a rocket near the venue of a major meeting in the Afghan capital Kabul discussing the controversial presence of US troops after NATO combat forces leave in 2014.

The stri

Has warming put ‘Dirty Dozen’ back in saddle?

“Dirty Dozen” chemicals, including the notoriously toxic DDT, are being freed from Arctic Sea ice and snow through global warming, a study published on Sunday suggested.

Hubble spots 4th moon near Pluto


Astronomers using Nasa’s powerful Hubble Space Telescope have spotted a tiny fourth moon around Pluto, the smallest ever glimpsed around the icy dwarf planet, the US space agency said Wednesday.

Defiant Spanish protesters warn 'we're here to stay'


Tens of thousands of Spanish protesters furious over soaring unemployment kept up their week-long movement on the eve of Sunday's local elections expected to hand the ruling Socialists a crushing defe

Microsoft mulling Skype buy: Wall Street Journal


US software giant Microsoft is near to clinching a deal to buy Internet telephony pioneer Skype for $7-8 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

The newspaper cited unnamed people famili

India, China sweep book prize shortlist

Authors from India, China and Japan swept the shortlist for Asia’s top literary prize on Tuesday, with a debut novelist and Nobel Prize winner among those vying for the $30,000 award.

Chemicals behind decay of Van Gogh art


International scientists have discovered a chemical reaction that has caused the once-vivid yellows in Vincent van Gogh’s paintings to turn brown, according to a study published on Monday in the Unite

Sheen hospitalised after ‘wild’ party

Troubled US actor Charlie Sheen was rushed to hospital on Thursday with severe abdominal pains, his spokesman said after a reported “wild” party at his home outside Los Angeles.

Euro stopped 'terrible crisis'

Davos, Switzerland: Without the euro, Europe would have been plunged into a 'terrible crisis', political and economic elites gathered in Davos heard on Thursday, as the EU grapples with its ongoing de

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.