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Indian diplomat in US row stripped of duty

New Delhi - An Indian diplomat at the centre of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorised statements to media, a government source and reports said Saturday.

8 kids found stabbed in Australian home, suspect Mom talks to God

Another tragedy in Australia as on Friday morning eight children in a home were found dead and a woman was alive but had stab wounds to her chest. Some reports say all were stabbed. The police said there is no concern beyond it being a horrific tragedy.

Indian minister asks Gita be made national book, triggers debate

India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked the Indian government to declare the scripture Bhagavad Gita, India's "Rashtriya Granth" or national book, triggering a debate among media and intellectuals.

U.S.Mother charged for giving her children marijuana for ailments

A woman in Cadillac, Michigan has been charged with three counts of child abuse for giving her 10- and 12-year-old children marijuana. She says that she was giving her two boys pot to treat medical conditions.

Op-Ed: Sydney police had to go into Lindt cafe after shots heard inside

Shortly after news spread police had stormed the Lindt cafe in Sydney and two hostages and the gunman had died criticisms of police appeared online. But those critics did not have all the facts and were wrong to say the police had made the wrong call.

Treasure trove of dinosaur fossils found in bonebed near Edmonton

A massive trove of dinosaur remains the likes of which has rarely been discovered anywhere has been revealed in Monday's issue of the monthly 'Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.' It details work in the Danek Edmontosaurus Bonebed south of Edmonton.

Report: More Indian women becoming trapped in bogus marriages

Arranged marriages made for Indians to brides and grooms living abroad can sometimes turn out to be fraudulent, with 188 such cases raised with the Indian government since 2011-2012.

HIV positive man gets 6 1/2 years for spitting in a cop's eye

A man in Winnipeg, Canada has been given a six-and-a-half year prison sentence, just shy of the maximum of seven, for intentionally spitting in a police officer's eye knowing he might pass on his HIV infection. The judge found the man planned it.

Exercise key factor of 5 to reduce risk of Alzheimer's Disease

A charity in the U.K. has reviewed previous studies on Alzheimer's Disease and concluded that five lifestyle choices are key to significantly reducing the risk of getting Alzheimer's. Exercise is likely to do the most benefit.

Sweden, Denmark say Russian jet flew too close to civilian plane

Russia stands accused of not taking care in international airspace around the Baltic Sea and Nordic Nations claim a Russian jet endangered a commercial flight Friday. The Russian defence minister has denied that is the case.

Pantaleo, cop who tackled Eric Garner, said it wasn't a chokehold

In an interview with the New York Post last week, the lawyer for the police officer who is widely believed to have caused the death of Eric Garner said his client did not intend to hurt Garner. He also said that the officer never used a chokehold.

Canada Health body calls for legal sex-trade, health regulations

The Canadian Public Health Association released a paper Friday calling for legalized prostitution that is regulated to improve the health and lives of sex-trade workers. Current occupational health and safety regulations should be used, it said.

Op-Ed: Christmas truces of World War I: Lessons in giving peace a chance

I am grateful for the goodness Christmas brings and while I've advocated it come but once each four years, like the Olympics, I paradoxically wish it were Christmas every day. Because to those who celebrate it, it can have a marvelous and peaceful effect.

Tiger conservation forces conflicts between leopards and humans

Worldwide, there are only 3,000 tigers left in the wild and conservationists are fighting to save these beautiful big cats, but in so doing, they are pushing leopards into fending for themselves and coming into close contact with humans.

Indian government to protect vulnerable languages

New Delhi - The Government has launched a National Translation Mission (NTM) to work towards protecting vulnerable languages that may go extinct unless support is offered.

Native Americans can now grow, sell pot on reservations in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday that Native American tribes will now be able to grow and to sell marijuana on their lands. Even if the state the tribe is in has not legalized marijuana tribes will not be held to that state's laws.

The 'Apple of China' is now banned from selling phones in India

The Delhi High Court has banned Chinese tech startup Xiaomi from importing and selling smartphones in India after Ericsson claimed the company infringed on some of its patents, Indian intellectual property blog Spicy IP reports (via 9to5Google).

Sanctions-hit Putin seals energy deals in India

New Delhi - Russia will build 10 more nuclear reactors in energy-starved India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday, after talks with President Vladimir Putin aimed at shoring up ties between the long-time allies.

Attempted suicide no longer a crime in India

New Delhi - Attempted suicide is no longer a crime in India, with the government repealing section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister informed the Indian parliament.

Female teacher on trial for rape of student, a 13-year-old boy

A 32-year-old teacher, now former-teacher, from Siloam Springs, Arkansas went back to court today to begin her trial on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old student. The woman was charged in August and resigned her teaching position a month later.
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