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First anniversary of Costa Concordia cruise disaster

GIGLIO ISLAND: An Italian island on Saturday prepared to mark the first anniversary of the Costa Concordia cruise disaster, as officials promised the 290-metre (951-foot) wreck will be removed by September. Survivors and victims relatives began to arrive on Giglio for a commemoration on Sunday …

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Celestial flybys set to thrill

Astronomers are gearing up for thrills this year when Earth gets buzzed by two rogue asteroids and two comets, including a wanderer last seen by the forerunners of mankind. The guardians who scour the heavens for dangerous space rocks are currently closely tracking an asteroid …

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Media watchdog says 141 journalists killed in 2012

GENEVA: Last year was one of the deadliest on record for journalists, with 141 killed in 29 different countries and Syria the most dangerous place on earth for reporters, a media watchdog said Thursday. The Swiss-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), which fights for the protection …

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Siachen Glacier shrinking, says study

The Siachen Glacier has been reduced by 5.9km in longitudinal extent between 1989 and 2009 because of rising temperatures, says a study published recently. Human presence at Siachen may also be affecting the neighbouring glaciers of Gangotri, Miyar, Milan and Janapa which feed Ganges, Chenab …

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Bottled water not as safe as tap water

LONDON: After a bottle of water is opened it has no way of remaining sterile and so must be drunk within days, it was claimed. Researchers found bottled variety is subject to far less stringent safety tests than tap water and is much more likely …

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French set ablaze 1,000 cars every New Year

PARIS: In France s rundown suburbs, it has become as much of a New Year tradition as champagne and fireworks in more affluent neighbourhoods. Every year, the night of December 31-January 1 sees more than 1,000 cars set ablaze across the country in an orgy …

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3879 lost lives during war on terror in 2012

ISLAMABAD:-According to Islamabad based Conflict Monitoring Center’s annual report, one third of those killed in anti-state violence were civilians while the security forces lost 589 personnel during the year. The report says that the militants, including TTP, Al-Qaeda and Bloch rebels carried out 1485 attacks …

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Praying underground

At Friday prayers and across Athens, Muslims gather in underground, cramped prayer rooms. The makeshift facilities are illegal but this huge community faces no other option. Athens, a metropolis on the edge of the Muslim world, is the only EU capital without a mosque. Since …

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Another woman in India fell prey to violators

NEW DELHI: A 42-year-old woman was sedated and raped allegedly by three men in Uttar Pradesh who then dumped her in south-east Delhi, police said on Thursday. The fresh case comes close on the heels of a 23-year-old girl being gang-raped in a moving bus …

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Future terrorists to come from various religions: report

An official US report warns that future terrorists could come from many different religions, including Christianity and Hinduism. “Right-wing and left-wing ideological groups — some of the oldest users of terrorist tactics — also will pose threats,” the report adds. But it hopes that the …

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