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UN calls for more help in W. Africa hunger crisis (AP)

AP – Top United Nations officials say 10 million people need help amid a food crisis in West Africa’s Sahel region.

Beach life gives taste of Senegal

Errol Barnett travels to the beaches of Dakar to discover the secrets of Senegal’s national dish.

Flyers hit as Kingfisher cancels flights, stops ops

Kingfisher flyers across the country were in for a rough haul on Saturday as the airline abruptly suspended operations in Kolkata till February 24 — following a flash strike by unpaid employees.

Crows are dying in Bihar from bird flu

Crows are dying in Bihar because of bird flu. This was revealed in the report of the Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), officials Saturday said.

EU wheat up on Greece, Ukraine export curb report

MILAN : European milling wheat futures rose on Friday as hopes Greece will clinch a long-awaited bailout deal heartened investors and as a report Ukraine will limit wheat exports for the rest of the

Murdoch faces crisis at Sun newspaper

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch arrived at his News International subsidiary in London on Friday, where he will meet journalists as he attempts to take charge of the crisis surrounding the embattled Sun newspaper.

Thailand Bomb Plot: Iran Suspects Cavorted With Prostitutes, Thai Police Says

BANGKOK — The three Iranian men detained for allegedly plotting bomb attacks in Bangkok on Israeli diplomats had more than terror on their minds in Thailand. Police said Friday that they

Soybeans to 4-month high on China sales; wheat, corn up

CHICAGO: US soybean prices climbed to a four-month high on Friday while wheat and corn also advanced on export demand for US grains as concerns persisted about crop production in South America.

Italy to tax Vatican for commercial properties

The Vatican, which previously enjoyed an exemption, must now pay taxes on its commercial properties, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti announced on Thursday, BBC News reported . read

Israel blames Iran's Quds Force for embassy bombs

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A senior Israeli official accused Iran’s shadowy Quds Force on Friday of masterminding a string of attacks on Israeli diplomats abroad this week, fleshing out allegations denied by Tehran.

NY Times reporter dies

Anthony Shadid, who won two Pulitzer Prizes for his reporting from Iraq, died Thursday while reporting in eastern Syria, apparently of an asthma attack, the New York Times said.

The Media's "Iran Is a Wild and Crazy State" Frame

As evidence mounted this week that Iran was behind attacks on Israelis in India and Georgia, the Israeli government had its messaging ready to go.

Honduras under fire after huge prison blaze

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (Reuters) – Survivors of a Honduran jailhouse fire that killed more than 350 inmates accused prison guards of leaving prisoners to die trapped inside their

Institute: Former heat champ Ghost Pepper drops to third

Researchers said the legendary Bhut Jolokia Ghost Pepper has been unseated as the hottest pepper in the world by a chile with an equally fearsome name: the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion.

U.S.-Taliban Talks 'Exploratory' Says Afghanistan Envoy

By Serena Chaudhry ISLAMABAD, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban and the United States have made only exploratory contacts for possible reconciliation which do not involve the Kabul government, the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan said on Thursday.

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara to head West Africa bloc

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara was named the new head of West Africa’s regional bloc, outgoing chief Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria announced Friday before the close of the body’s summit.

Egyptians rally in city hit by soccer violence

Thousands of Egyptians are rallying in the Mediterranean city of Port Said, saying that its residents were not behind a deadly soccer riot earlier this month that killed 74 people

America again stabs Pakistan in the back

WASHINGTON  – Crossing the limits that apply to the international relations barring all states from interfering in the internal matters of other sovereign states, the US once again stabbed …

Ex-Olympus executives arrested

Japanese prosecutors arrested three former executives, including former Olympus Corp. Chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, for their alleged involvement in a massive $1.7 billion accounting fraud.

Afghan government ‘in talks’ with Taliban

The Afghan government has joined the United States in talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says in a new report.

Brazil plans giveaway of 3 million free condoms for Carnival revelers

Revelers in Brazil’s most famous city will enjoy more than just sun, live music and dancing when Carinval festivities start this week. Rio de Janeiro state officials are also giving away 3 million free condoms.

How ’99p’ stores made millions

Nadir Lalani, arrived in the United Kingdom in the recession-hit 1970s from Tanzania and started a small corner shop. Since then, he has expanded his successful budget retail business ’99p Stores’, throughout the country.

U.S. Woman Murdered In Thailand

Interior designer Wendy Albano, who had worked with celebrities such as Derek Jeter, was murdered in her hotel room in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday.

Is Mexico's drug war strategy working?

Mexico has landed some hard punches against the drug cartels that have stirred violence in parts of the country — at least on paper.

Daly says he hurt right elbow in India

John Daly (Dardanelle, Arkansas Razorbacks ) says he may have torn ligaments in his right elbow during the first round at the Avantha Masters. Daly wrote on Twitter that his “elbow snapped” when he played a shot Thursday on the ninth hole. He finished at 7-over-par…

Mulder is insensitive: iLIVE

The redistribution of land in South Africa is a sensitive and emotional topic. The whole issue has been simmering below the surface and frustrations at the slow rate of transformation are starting to arise.

Apologise for excesses to save Balochistan, says Shahbaz

IFTIKHAR ALAM LAHORE – Terming the Balochistan situation grave, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called for seeking apology from the Baloch brothers for the excesses committed in the past and reintegrating them by assuring they will get their due. Shahbaz also said that ending corruption…

Karzai assured of help on peace

ISLAMABAD – Welcoming the presidents of Afghanistan and Iran, Pakistani leadership Thursday expressed its hope that trilateral summit would lead to enhanced cooperation for peace, security, stability and economic development in the region. The third round of trilateral summit being hosted by Pakistan comes at a critical juncture when Afghan government…

The UN and Cholera in Haiti

On Monday, the United Nations Security Council began a four-day mission in Haiti to evaluate their peacekeeping and reconstruction efforts. Part of their trip will include a visit to a …

Robert Scheer: Apple’s China Comes Home to Haunt Us

If the habits required of Apple’s workforce in China are to be emulated, the U.S. military, or perhaps our outsized prison system, should become the essential …

Hand-reared tigress gives birth in wild

A five year-old tigress, tagged T-4, has become the world’s first feline reared in captivity and shifted to the wild to spawn two cubs at Madhya Pradesh’s Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR).

Drought kills 5.6 mn trees in US state

An estimated 5.6 million trees were killed by last year’s devastating drought in the US state of Texas, authorities said Wednesday.

Madras HC disposes off PIL against felling of trees

The Madras High Court bench has disposed of a PIL against large scale felling of trees at the Saraswathi Narayanan College campus near here

Senior Sun editor attacks hacking probe

An editor at The Sun has fired off an 800-word broadside at the British police phone hacking investigation after the arrest of journalists at the paper.

Seeking Kremlin return, Putin pledges spending

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin set out plans to increase spending on healthcare, education and social services on Monday, trying to woo protesting middle-class voters before a presidential election he is expected to win. Putin acknowledged …

Portugal heads for short-term borrowing test

LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal seeks to sell 1.5 billion euros in treasury bills on Wednesday, in a test of its ability to raise short-term funds after a recent surge in its long-term bond rates have raised fears it may be forced to follow Greece and seek

6.3 earthquake shakes Peru but no injuries or damage reported

LIMA (Reuters) – A earthquake of 6.3 magnitude rattled the coast of Peru early on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Malik Siraj Akbar: Pakistan Vs. Balochistan

What began as a mere demand for maximum internal autonomy until recently, brutal state violence has taken the movement to a point of no-return where the irreconcilable young Balochs seek absolute independence.

British rowing team rescued after capsizing while attempting trans-Atlantic journey

LONDON (AP) — Six rowers who capsized in the Atlantic Ocean while attempting to row from Morocco to Barbados have been rescued.

Iran eyes talks after nuclear boasts

Iran on Thursday expressed hopes of reviving moribund talks with world powers, a day after the Islamic republic unveiled what it described as major progress in its controversial nuclear programme.

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