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‘Captain left seat before crash’

The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, two people familiar with the inve

Top BNP leader held amid Bangla unrest

A top Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader has been arrested here on charges of instigating violence, two days after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered law enforcement agencies to take “necessary” ac

‘Barack Obama to meet Dalai Lama at prayer’

US President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are scheduled to attend the US national prayer breakfast in Washington next week, but it was unclear if they will have a private meeting like one last year

Egypt court bans Hamas armed wing

An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, declaring it a “terrorist” group.

‘CIA, Israel killed top Hezbollah operative’

The CIA and Israel’s spy agency Mossad were behind an elaborate plot to kill Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh in a 2008 car bomb attack in Syria, the Washington Post repo-rted on Friday.

‘Hostage talks deadlocked’

Japan’s deputy foreign minister has said negotiations with the ISIS group threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist have become “deadlocked”, local media reported on Saturday.

Church in Spain confronts sexual abuse

Spain’s Catholic church, which has long been accused of silencing cases of priests sexually abusing children, is starting to take a hard line against offenders, spurred by Pope Francis.

Kim Jong-un: Won’t let ‘rabid dogs’ topple system

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said Pyong-yang would not sit idly by “with rabid dogs barking” about toppling its socialist system, in apparent reaction to comments by US President Barack Obama that

Chinese baby dragged by umbilical cord, dies

A newborn baby was killed after being dragged several meters by the umbilical cord while the mother was being shifted to an operation theatre at a hospital in China.

I travelled to Hampi recently and was blown away by the palace and temple ruins, and the fascinating landscape it was set in. To make it even more interesting, I stayed in a wildlife resort nearby.

President Barack Obama’s visit to India as the chief guest for our 66th Republic Day was a first since, surprisingly, no other US President had come in this capacity before.