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  Woman accuses singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya of molestation
The alleged incident is believed to have occurred at Lokhandwala Durga Pandal of which Abhijeet is one of the organisers. [...More]
  Zimbabwe court says local Cecil hunter to face trial next month

Zimbabwean hunter Bronkhorst leaves court in HwangeBy Mike Saburi HWANGE, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - A Zimbabwean court on Tuesday refused a hunter's request to drop charges against him for failing to stop the killing of Cecil the lion by an American, who just days ago was cleared by the government. Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst has denied any wrongdoing and says his family and business have been destroyed in the wake of the lion's death, which triggered an international outcry. The government last week said it would not charge Walter Palmer, the American dentist who used a bow and arrow to kill Cecil, a rare, black-manned lion outside Hwange National Park.

  N. Ireland minister says "some hope" for talks on political crisis

Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers speaks on the fourth day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester northern BritainBritain's Northern Ireland minister Theresa Villiers said on Tuesday she held out "some hope" of a successful resolution to talks aimed at averting a collapse of the province's power-sharing government, but that such an outcome was not guaranteed. "There are some significant gaps between the parties still... But it is, I believe, the case that all of the five parties taking part in the talks want to make devolution work," she told parliament.

  Afghan government, rights groups accuse Taliban of abuses in Kunduz battle

Afghan security forces sit on top of a vehicle as they patrol outside of Kunduz cityThe Afghan government on Sunday accused the Taliban of carrying out human rights abuses during two weeks of fighting for control of the northern city of Kunduz this month, even though insurgents say they sought to protect civilians. At least 50 civilians were killed and more than 350 wounded, according to hospital records compiled by the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), though it says the death toll is likely to be much higher. "Our people recounted examples of the atrocities committed by (the Taliban)," said Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah at a press conference in the capital Kabul on Sunday.

  Iraq issues arrest warrant for trade minister on graft charges - officials
Iraqi authorities have called for the arrest of Trade Minister Milas Mohammed Abdul Kareem and his brother following a corruption investigation, judicial spokesman Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar said on Sunday. Abdul Kareem is among the most senior officials to face judicial action since the reform campaign was announced in August. Deputy Prime Minister Baha al-Araji resigned that month in the face of a corruption investigation. [...More]
  Woman accuses Odisha IIS officer of sexual harassment
A senior Indian Information Service officer working in All India Radio Cuttack faces arrest after a married woman accused him of sending lewd SMS and MMS. [...More]
  Swiss accuse four Iraqis of planning attack
Swiss authorities have charged four Iraqi men with planning attacks and helping Islamic State smuggle followers into Europe, Switzerland's attorney general said on Friday. One man, described as a member of a forerunner of Islamic State (IS), entered Switzerland at the start of 2012, and "forged plans for attacks," Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General said in a statement. Three of the men have been in custody since their arrest in early 2014 in northeastern Switzerland, the office said in a statement. [...More]
  Tripoli confirms new Lockerbie suspects include Gaddafi spy chief

Abdullah al-Senussi , ex-spy chief in Muammar Gaddafi's government, sits behind bars during a hearing at a courtroom in TripoliBy Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Tripoli's government on Friday named the two new Libyan suspects in the Lockerbie bombing investigation as Abdullah al-Senussi, the former spy chief of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi, and a second man, Mohammed Abu Ejaila. Jamal Zubia, director of the media office of the Tripoli government, sent a message to journalists confirming the names but saying the Libyan attorney general's office had not been officially informed about the two suspects. Scottish and U.S. investigators said on Thursday they had identified two new Libyan suspects in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 which was blown up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988, en route from London to New York.

  U.N. sees chance for local ceasefires in Syria, political talks

Syria's foreign minister Walid al-Moualem addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New YorkBy Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations is pushing for local ceasefires in three or four areas in Syria and thinks the escalation in the overall fighting could actually create a chance for political talks, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said on Thursday. Major powers, particularly Russia and the United States, need to speak to each other not only about their military activities in Syria but also about reviving a political process to end the conflict, he said. Various peace initiatives, backed by the United Nations and world powers, have failed to end the civil war, now in its fifth year.

  Oscar Pistorius to be released on parole on Tuesday

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Pistorius is led to a prison van after his sentencing in PretoriaBy Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius will be released on parole on Oct. 20, about a year into his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, authorities said. The department of correctional services said in a statement on Thursday the Olympic and Paralympic track star would be placed under house arrest from Tuesday. Pistorius is behind bars in the capital, Pretoria, after being convicted in September last year at the end of a seven-month trial.

  Iran's Guardian Council passes nuclear bill into law

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks after returning from the annual United Nations General Assembly, in TehranIran's Guardian Council ratified a bill on Wednesday approving the nuclear deal reached by Tehran and six world powers, state news agency IRNA and other agencies said, allowing the government to implement the agreement. Parliament on Tuesday approved the bill with a strong majority, in a victory for President Hassan Rouhani's government over conservative opponents of the July 14 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The Guardian Council, made up of six Muslim clerics appointed by the Supreme Leader and six lawyers elected by parliament, is charged with ensuring draft laws do not contradict religious laws or Iran's constitution.

  Global panel seeks to investigate U.S. bombing of Afghan hospital

Afghan (MSF) surgeons work inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital after an air strike in the city of Kunduz, AfghanistanBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - An international panel of experts is ready to investigate the U.S. bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Afghanistan but awaits a green light from both governments, MSF and the Swiss foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The hour-long air raid on Oct. 3 killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff, and led to the closure of the Kunduz trauma hospital, depriving tens of thousands of Afghans of health care, the prominent medical charity said. MSF has been demanding that the independent humanitarian commission created under the Geneva Conventions in 1991 be activated for the first time to handle the sensitive inquiry.

  World must carry out U.N. slavery pledge - Nobel winner Satyarthi

Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, takes part in a panel during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New YorkBy Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The new U.N. global development pact may have been a significant step towards ending human trafficking and slavery, but governments must now follow through on their pledge, Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Tuesday. Although slavery is illegal everywhere, almost 36 million people are enslaved worldwide - trafficked to brothels, forced into manual labour or victims of debt bondage, the Walk Free Foundation estimates. Last month, the 193 U.N. member states made ending modern-day slavery one of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will shape development and poverty eradication efforts for the next 15 years.

  Germany extends border controls in face of refugee influx

Migrants rest on a bridge as they wait to cross the border to Germany from SalzburgGermany has extended controls along its borders until the end of October as refugees continue to stream in, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. Members of Europe's 26-nation 'Schengen zone' normally allow travellers to cross frontiers without passport checks, but governments can reintroduce controls in special circumstances for a maximum of two months. A record number of migrants, many of them fleeing conflict in the Middle East, are arriving in Germany.

  Nigerian gang cheating women through matrimonial site busted by Cyberabad cops
A gang of eight Nigerian nationals residing in Dwarka, New Delhi, who were cheating women through a matrimonial website, was arrested by Cyberabad Police. [...More]
  Freed Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy back in Canada

Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was recently freed from jail in Egypt, talks to an audience at an event at the Frontline Club in London, Britain.Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who was released from prison in Egypt last month after a presidential pardon, has returned to Canada, according to his Twitter feed. Fahmy was released on bail in February after spending more than a year in custody. "Walking the streets of Toronto with my wife is a truly liberating feeling! We feel safe, free, and at home!" Fahmy tweeted on Monday.

  Police detains men after rape of four-year-old
Indian police on Monday detained two men in connection with the rape of a four-year-old girl who was found in unconscious by her parents near railway tracks in New Delhi. Vijay Singh, a senior police officer investigating the case, said the girl was raped and beaten with stones on Thursday. "We are questioning the men in our custody and trying to help the victim's father obtain best medical care for the child," Singh said, adding that the victim lived in a slum with her parents, both working as daily wage earners. [...More]
  Verdict issued in Rezaian case, Iranian judiciary says
DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary said on Sunday that a ruling had been issued in the espionage trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, but the newspaper said Tehran was working a political angle by not revealing details of the verdict. The July 2014 arrest of California-born Rezaian, the Post's Tehran bureau chief, has been a sensitive issue for Washington and Iran, and Sunday's announcement did little to resolve it. There is still the possibility of this ruling being appealed and it is not final," Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a televised news conference in Tehran. [...More]
  Reeling from protests and quakes, Nepal chooses new prime minister

KP Oli walks out from the parliament after being announced as Nepal's 38th Prime Minister, in KathmanduBy Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's lawmakers on Sunday chose a new prime minister who must reunite a country deeply divided over a fresh constitution, tackle crippling fuel shortages and kick-start reconstruction after two devastating earthquakes. Many people from Nepal's plains feel the constitution signed last month perpetuates long-standing domination by highland politicians. Fierce protests have left at least 40 dead and led to essential oil and gas deliveries from India being cut off.

  All eyes on Ryan amid search for U.S. House speaker

U.S. Representative Ryan says hello to a tourist as he returns to his office after a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Susan Heavey and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is deciding whether to seek the U.S. House of Representatives' speaker job, fellow Republican lawmakers said on Friday after they met behind closed doors to try to settle their leadership battle. Speaking to reporters the day after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropped his bid to become speaker, Representative Darrell Issa of California said he had no second choice if Ryan sticks by his announcement on Thursday that he would not seek the post. "Although he's ruled himself out, it's very clear he's reconsidering," Issa told reporters as he exited the meeting.

  Former FIFA vice-president Chung to appeal six-year ban to CAS

Chung Mong-joon speaks during a news conference in SeoulFIFA presidential candidate and former vice-president Chung Mong-joon has said he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after he was banned for six years by the ethics committee of soccer's world governing body on Thursday. The South Korean described the ruling in a statement on Friday as a "shameful attempt" to punish his open criticism of FIFA, which is mired in the worst corruption scandal in its 111-year history, and said it was a blatant miscarriage of justice. The six-year ban will almost certainly end Chung's hopes of running to succeed Sepp Blatter, who has been suspended from the presidency over allegations of improper payments, which he denies.

  "Idea of India" debate rages after man killed over beef rumours
The murder of a Muslim man over rumours he consumed beef has fuelled a fierce debate over India's rising intolerance towards religious minorities, with President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday calling for a tradition of tolerance to be defended. Since Mohammed Akhlaq was beaten to death in his home in Uttar Pradesh last week, politicians from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, ministers among them, have made statements seemingly in defence of the Hindu mob that killed him. Cows are considered holy by many, but not all, Hindus, who form a majority of India's population of 1.2 billion, and beef is eaten by some of the country's minority Muslims and Christians, as well as many lower-caste Hindus. [...More]
  FIFA suspends Blatter, Platini for 90 days
Ethics committee comes down hard on the two senior officials [...More]
  SAI coach Susant sent to judicial custody
The young athlete from Khurda, in her FIR lodged with the Mahila police station in Cuttack on Wednesday, alleged that Ray deliberately touched her private parts. [...More]
  Abduction is order of the day in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills
Local media in Shillong quoting a Home Ministry report last week, said at least 98 persons were abducted in Meghalaya between January and June 2015. [...More]
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