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India shifts thousands ahead of cyclone, Pakistan on alert

Indian rescue workers from the 6 Battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) takes part in a disaster management preparedness training session at the control room at their headquarters at Chiloda near Gandhinagar, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad. (AFP)
Ahmedabad - 

India was Wednesday shifting thousands of people out of the way of Cyclone Nilofar due to hit the region this weekend, while Pakistan geared up for potential large-scale evacuations.

Russia offers US space station help after rocket explodes

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (AFP)
Moscow - 

Russia on Wednesday offered to help the United States with deliveries to the International Space Station after an unmanned American supply rocket exploded on lift-off.

Hackers breach White House computer system

Washington - 

The White House's unclassified computer network was recently breached by intruders, a US official said Tuesday, with The Washington Post newspaper reporting that the Russian government was thought to be behind the act.

100 buried alive in Sri Lanka tea region mudslide: minister

Sri Lankan residents stand outside a damaged building at the site of a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rains in Koslanda village in central Sri Lanka. (AFP)
Koslanda - 

Around 100 people were buried alive in a tea-growing region of Sri Lanka Wednesday as mudslides triggered by monsoon rains washed away their homes on a plantation, disaster officials said.

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to hang for war crimes

Bangladeshi Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami sits inside a van as he is taken to a prison after being sentenced at the International Crimes Tribunal court in Dhaka. (AFP)
Dhaka - 

A Bangladesh court on Wednesday sentenced to death the leader of the country's largest Islamist party for war crimes, a long-awaited verdict that triggered violent protests by his supporters.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. (AFP)

'Security breach' alarm as man runs into British PM

London - 

British police ordered a review of an "incident" on Monday in which a man ran into Prime Minister David Cameron after he had given a speech, in an apparent breach of security.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. (AFP)

Russia angers Ukraine with backing for rebel polls

Moscow - 

Russia announced Tuesday it will recognise separatist polls in Ukraine next weekend, fuelling tensions with the country's newly elected pro-Western leaders as they negotiate on forming a coalition government.

India court orders release of all 'black money' names

New Delhi - 

India's top court on Tuesday ordered the government to within a day disclose the names of all people suspected of stashing money in foreign banks beyond reach of tax authorities.