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  • Quake in New Zealand kills at least 65, traps more
    Rescue workers climb onto the collapsed Pyne Gould Guinness Building in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Feb. 22 2011. A powerful earthquake collapsed buildings at the height of a busy workday killing at least 65 people and trapping…
  • China’s state news agency launches search engine
    BEIJING, February 22 (AP): China's main government news agency launched an Internet search site Tuesday, giving its own sanitized view of the Web following Google's closure of its China-based search engine last year over censorship. The Xinhua News…
  • Talks reach ‘decisive’, 12 Maoists gets bail
    Bhubaneswar, February 22 (PTI): 12 Maoists including hardcore rebel leader Sriramalu Srinivasalu were on Tuesday released on bail as talks for safe return of abducted Malkangiri district collector and an engineer appeared to reach a decisive stage…
  • Mukesh Ambani’s RIL signs $9 b deal with BP
    London, February 21 (Agencies): Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has signed an agreement with oil major British Petroleum (BP) for 30 per cent stake in Reliance Industries’ 23 oil and gas blocks including the KG-D6 gas fields .…
  • Bahrain protesters seek to overthrow royal family
    MANAMA, February 21 (AP): A group of protesters Monday called for the ouster of Bahrain's entire ruling monarchy as part of sweeping demands to call off a weeklong uprising in the tiny, but strategically important Gulf nation.Tensions are still high…
  • Over 100 whales die in New Zealand
    Wellington, February 21 (AFP): More than 100 pilot whales died in a mass stranding at a remote New Zealand beach, conservation officials said today. Hikers yesterday reported finding 107 whales beached on Stewart Island, off the South Island’s…
  • Mukesh Ambani’s SEZ project scrapped
    MUMBAI, February 20 (Agencies): Maharashtra government has ordered that no more land would be acquired for the proposed  Mukesh Ambani-promoted MahaMumbai Special Economic Zone (SEZ), virtually hammering the last nail in the coffin of one of the…
  • Libya forces shoot dead dozens, talks begin in Bahrain
    TRIPOLI/MANAMA, February 20 (Reuters): Libyan security forces shot dead dozens of protesters to try to crush a revolt in the second city Benghazi, and the wave of unrest sweeping the Middle East also pushed Bahrain's rulers into talks with the…
  • Death toll in Afghan bank raid rises
    KABUL, February 20 (AP): A brazen attack in which five suicide bombers dressed in security force uniforms stormed a bank in the eastern Afghanistan and killed 38 people is a sign that insurgents are increasingly going after "soft targets," the…
  • Japan to dig site linked to WWII human experiments
    TOKYO, February 20 (AP): Japan is starting to excavate the site of a former medical school that may reveal grisly secrets from World War II. Digging begins Monday at the former school linked to Unit 731, a germ and biological warfare outfit during…
  • China tries to stamp out ‘Jasmine Revolution’
    BEIJING, February 20 (AP): Jittery Chinese authorities wary of any domestic dissent staged a concerted show of force Sunday to squelch a mysterious online call for a "Jasmine Revolution" apparently modeled after pro-democracy demonstrations sweeping…
  • Libya’s Gaddafi faces fight of life, Bahrain offer snubbed
    MANAMA, February 19 (Reuters): Two of the Middle East's most entrenched rulers were battling to stay in power on Saturday amid reports of dozens of protesters killed in Libya and an offer of talks by Bahrain's king being rebuffed. Unrest has spread…
  • Pirates grab four sailors
    MOGADISHU, February 19 (Reuters): A yacht with four Americans on board is believed to have been hijacked in the Arabian Sea, the U.S. embassy in Nairobi said on Saturday. Pirate gangs plaguing the shipping lanes through the Gulf of Aden and Indian…
  • US opens direct secret talks with Taliban: Report
    New York, February 19 (PTI): US has opened direct secret talks with senior Taliban leaders, a media report said here, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that only a political solution could end the crisis in Afghanistan. "The…
  • China resisting G20 countries’ deal on indicators
    PARIS, February 19 (Reuters): China was holding out on Saturday against an agreement among the world's major economies on ways to measure and correct global economic imbalances, refusing to have its massive currency reserves used as an indicator.…
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