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Category: World News

UK tourist who jumped from hotel balcony vows to return to India

London: The 31-year-old British woman who jumped off a hotel balcony in Agra to escape an alleged sexual assault has vowed to return to India to give evidence against her attackers but said she will “never” travel alone again. Jessica Davies, a dental hygienist from Greenwich was speaking of her ordeal for the first time since her return to Britain after she cut-short her back-packing tour of Asia. “I will go back if I have to in order to give evidence,” said Davies, who sustained leg injuries while jumping out of a second-floor hotel room’s balcony in Agra last week. But she added that she is “never going to travel alone again”. Davies said she wanted to talk about her experience “because the shame of sexual assault makes many people too scared to speak out”. She condemned the behaviour of fellow hotel residents as “disgusting”, as no one came to help her while she was screaming for help for over an hour. The manager of the hotel, Sachin Chauhan, and a guard from the hotel Agra Mahal appeared in court last week to face charges of sexual harassment. However, the duo claimed that they had knocked on Davies’ door for a wake-up call. She denied reports that she had asked for a wake-up call, saying she had set her phone alarm for 4.30am to catch a taxi for an...

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In Moscow, New Chinese Leader Xi Warns Against Meddling

Moscow: Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against foreign interference in the affairs of other nations during a speech in Moscow on Saturday, sending a signal to the West and echoing a message often repeated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Permanent U.N. Security Council members with veto power, Russia and China have frequently teamed up diplomatically to blunt the influence of the United States and its NATO allies and have blocked three draft resolutions on Syria. “We must respect the right of each country in the world to independently choose its path of development and oppose interference in the internal affairs of other countries,” Xi told students at an international relations school. He spoke a day after meeting Putin on his first foreign trip since becoming president, a choice both said underscored a “strategic partnership” between Russia and China. In the Kremlin, he told Putin: “you and I are good friends.” Xi told Russian students on Saturday: “Strong Chinese-Russian relations … not only answer to our interests but also serve as an important, reliable guarantee of an international strategic balance and peace.” Putin, who began a six-year term last May, has often criticized foreign interference in sovereign states. Russia and China have resisted Western calls to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the two-year-old civil conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people. They both criticized the NATO bombing that...

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China Punishes North Korea US Asks More

Beijing: China is trying to punish ally North Korea for its nuclear and missile tests, stepping up inspections of North Korean-bound cargo in a calibrated effort to send a message of Chinese pique without further provoking a testy Pyongyang government. Freight handlers and trading companies at ports and cities near the North Korean border complain of more rigorous inspections and surprise checks that are raising the costs to doing business with an often unpredictable North Korea. Machinery, luxury goods and daily necessities such as rice and cooking oil are among the targeted products, the companies said, and business is suffering. “Some business orders we don’t dare take. We don’t dare do that business because we fear that after the orders are taken, we will end up unable to ship them,” said a Mr. Hu, an executive with Dalian Fast International Logistics Co. in the northeastern port city of Dalian, across the Yellow Sea from the North Korean port of Nampo. Hu said the company’s business is off by as much as 20 percent this year. North Korea’s economic lifeline, China is showing signs of getting tough with an impoverished neighbor it has long supported with trade, aid and diplomatic protection for fear of setting off a collapse. The moves to crimp, but not cut off trade with North Korea come as Beijing falls under increased scrutiny to enforce new U.N. sanctions passed after last...

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16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped

Sitapur: A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by three men in Alahiapur village in Sitapur, police said on Friday. The girl was returning home on Thursday when she was forcibly taken to the house of one Dadai, a local, with the help of Naumilal of Barabanki and Jugnu of Bakshi ka Talab, Lucknow, police said. She was allegedly raped on gun-point by the three, they said. The family reported the incident to police following which Naumilal and Jugnu were arrested while Dadai was still at large, police said. The girl has been sent for medical examination....

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Pro-Assad cleric among 42 killed by bomb

Damascus: A suicide bomb attack on a central Damascus mosque has killed 42 people, including Syria’s most prominent pro-regime Sunni cleric, wounding dozens of others, the health ministry said. The attack came on Thursday as heavy fighting raged across Syria, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said the United Nations would investigate whether chemical weapons have been used in the conflict. The bomber blew himself up inside the Iman Mosque as the cleric, Mohamed al-Bouti, addressed religious students, in an attack that echoed sectarian violence in Iraq. “The number of those martyred in the terrorist suicide attack in the Iman Mosque rises to 42 martyrs with 84 injured,” state television said, citing the health ministry. Bouti was the most senior pro-regime Sunni cleric in Syria. His weekly addresses at Friday prayers were frequently broadcast live on state television. His death is a blow to the regime of President Bashar Assad, which has been fighting an insurgency that flared when his forces launched a bloody crackdown on Arab Spring-inspired democracy protests that erupted in March 2011. Gruesome scene The relentless violence has killed tens of thousands of people and caused more than one million to flee their homes as refugees. Pro-government television aired gruesome footage from inside the mosque, where dozens of corpses and body parts, including limbs and hands, were strewn on the carpeted floor in pools of blood....

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Death toll rises to 20 in Myanmar religious riots

Myanmar: Two days of rioting between Buddhists and Muslims in a central Myanmar town has killed at least 20 and left residents too afraid to walk the streets, a lawmaker said on Friday. There was no immediate sign of fresh violence on Friday morning but the town of Meikhtila remained tense and dangerous, said Win Htein, a local lawmaker from the opposition National League for Democracy. Fires set to Muslim homes continued to burn but angry Buddhist residents and monks prevented authorities from putting out the blazes, he said. HBO mulls unique broadband tie-up, Game of Thrones distribution model to remain unchanged Kingfisher employees to get salary dues soon: Vijay Mallya At least five mosques were torched during the violence that started Wednesday, reportedly triggered by an argument between a Muslim gold shop owner and his Buddhist customers. A Buddhist monk was among the first killed, inflaming tensions that led a Buddhist mob to rampage through a Muslim neighborhood. Meikhtila is about 550 kilometers (340 miles) north of the main city of Yangon with a population of about 100,000 people, of which about a third are Muslims, Win Htein said. He said before this week’s violence, the community had 17 mosques. It was difficult to determine the extent of destruction in the town because residents were too afraid to walk the streets and were sheltering in monasteries or other...

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Helicopter crash kills 4 near Sydney

Sydney: A helicopter has crashed near Sydney and killed the four people on board. New South Wales Police Spokesman Sgt. Dave Rose said something appeared to go wrong when the helicopter was trying to land just after noon today. It crashed in a grassy area in a rainforest region called Bulli Tops, about 60 km south of Sydney. Rose said investigators are on the scene and will try to determine what caused the accident. Bankstown Helicopters confirmed it is the registered operator of the Robinson R44 helicopter that crashed. Chief pilot William Miller said in a statement the helicopter was hired by a private pilot for a private flight. No details on the victims were immediately available....

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Bangladesh president dies in Singapore

Dhaka: Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, a veteran ruling party politician named to the largely ceremonial post in 2009, died Wednesday in a Singapore hospital, an embassy official said. He was 84. “The president died at a hospital here in Singapore at 6.47 pm local time,” Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore M. Mahbubuzzaman told AFP by phone. Rahman, who was suffering from kidney and respiratory problems, was flown to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital by air ambulance on February 10 after his condition worsened. His secretary Shafiul Alam told AFP that Rahman, a close aide of the nation’s founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, had been suffering from “old age complications”. The former deputy chief of the ruling Awami League party, the country’s 19th president, leaves a son who is a lawmaker and two daughters. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the parliament speaker, who has been discharging the day-to-day job of the president in Rahman’s absence, sent their condolences. Rahman’s wife Ivy Rahman, also a politician, died in August 2004 after she was critically injured in a grenade attack on an Awami League party rally that also killed 20 other people....

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At least 37 killed as bus travelling from Goa to Mumbai falls into river

Mumbai: At least 37 people were fear killed when a Mumbai-bound private luxury bus plunged into a river in Ratnagiri district of coastal Konkan area, early today. The bus fell into the Jagbudi river near Khed junction in Ratnagiri district at around 3.30 am, police said. The bus was on its way to Mumbai on the Goa-Mumbai highway when it fell off the bridge, police said....

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At least 20 Nigerians killed at bus station

Nigeria: A series of blasts aimed at bus passengers has killed at least 20 people in Kano, northern Nigeria. No group has claimed responsibility, but the focus can be expected to fall on the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. The explosions occurred on Monday at a bus park in the Sabon Gari area of Nigeria’s second city, Kano. The blasts are believed to have destroyed a number of buses, and witnesses say soldiers have cordoned off the area after bloodied bystanders fled the scene. “I saw three buses on fire. One of them was fully loaded with passengers waiting to leave the station at the time of the blasts. At the moment, there are 20 dead,” said one rescue official, speaking on condition of anonymity to the news agency AFP. The bus station mainly services passengers heading to Nigeria’s south. “I ran for my dear life and managed to get out of the park after the second blast. Many people are lying dead,” witness Ibrahim Bello told Reuters, adding that his own clothes were covered in blood. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Islamist sect Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted Kano in recent years and is blamed for the deaths of hundreds in the region since 2009. Many believe Boko Haram’s aim is to spark sectarian violence, as their attacks often target the area between the...

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