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Afghan drawdown: New conflict or back-door occupation?
When, in mid-1945, the allied armies advancing across Western Europe were ordered to halt to enable the marauding Soviet forces perform the final denouement of the Second World War by capturing Berlin, it sowed the seeds of the Cold War that lasted almost half-a-century and whose present-day ramifications are there for all to see.It was a different thing that the Soviet Union had much to avenge fo ... read more

Washington | 1 year ago
Three killed in shooting near US varsity
Washington, Aug 14 - Three people, including a police officer and the suspected gunman himself, were killed and several injured in a shooting incident near a university campus in Texas, media reports said.The incident happened Monday afternoon near the Texas A&M University campus in College Station city, Xinhua reported citing local TV channel ABC13.Police confirmed that 41-year-old constable ... read more

London | 2 years ago
Just 17 incompetent teachers in Britain in 10 years
London, Dec 30 - Only 17 school teachers have been sacked for incompetence in Britain over the past 10 years, a minister has said.Since 2001, the General Teaching Council for England has barred a total of 228 people from working in schools again. Of these, 17 were struck off for 'professional incompetence' and 211 for 'misconduct'.Schools Minister Nick Gibb revealed this 'shockingly low' figure in ... read more

London | 2 years ago
School bars footballs from playground
London, Sep 23 - A school in Britain has banned footballs from the playground and now permits children to only play with soft sponge balls. An angry parent said his son 'won't learn if he's not kicking a proper football'.The school banned proper footballs in case children get hurt, The Sun reported.The school said the decision follows 'a number of incidents'.Kirstie Davies, mother of Harvey James ... read more

London | 2 years ago
Doctor amputates trucker's penis without his consent
London, Aug 23 - A US doctor is being sued for amputating a truck driver's penis without his permission, a media report said Tuesday.The doctor has defended his actions claiming he saved the man's life. John Patterson, who performed the surgery in 2007, said that during the operation on Phillip Seaton, 64, he discovered a rare and deadly cancer. 'What I saw was not a penis. What I saw was cancer,' ... read more

New Delhi | 2 years ago
Sotheby's to auction portrait of Nana Phadnavis
New Delhi, June 30 - An 18th century portrait of one of the most important Indian historical statesmen, Nana Phadnavis, will be auctioned by Sotheby's in London, the auction house said.The portrait, made by British East India company artist John Thomas Seaton, will be auctioned July 7 at the auction house's Old Master and British Drawing sale, Sotheby's announced Wednesday evening.The painting is ... read more

London | 2 years ago
Schoolgirl wins right to use iPod in exams
London, May 23 - A schoolgirl in Scotland who claims she can't concentrate when she doesn't listen to music has been allowed -- in an unprecedented concession -- to use her iPod after she threatened to take legal action against the school authorities, a media report said Monday.The Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh has been forced to buy a new iPod that is loaded with the girl's choice of music by ... read more

Mumbai | 3 years ago
Shiv Sena advocates strong ties with China to 'neutralize' Pakistan
Mumbai, Dec 18 - The Shiv Sena Saturday advocated strong friendship with China if India wanted to 'neutralize' Pakistan and also secure a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.In an editorial in the party mouthpiece 'Saamna', the Sena said that it is high time India realises that the US will not budge over crucial issues like the UNSC and Pakistan without a nod from China.'US and Russia become ... read more

London | 3 years ago
British school marries off minors
London, Nov 26 - A primary school in Britain married off a five-year-old girl and six-year-old boy to help them improve their vocabulary by writing about their first-hand experience.The bizarre marriage took place in the local parish church in Worcester, with a vicar, registrar and parents watching on in pride, The Sun reported Friday.A Mercedes car took pupils Callie Geary, five, and Gethyn Fox, ... read more

London | 3 years ago
Rape myths discussed by British kids
London, May 24 - Rape myths like 'women enjoy rape' and 'women ask for it by wearing short skirts' are being debated by children as young as 11 as part of a campaign in Britain to stop violence against women.Rape Crisis, a charity, is distributing teaching materials that dwells upon subjects like domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, prostitution and human trafficking, Th ... read more

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