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Kesavan Unnikrishnan

Digital Journalist based in Bangalore, India. Joined on May 15, 2008



ISIS fighters hit by deadly flesh-eating disease

Hundreds of Islamic State fighters in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital of the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate, have been infected by Leishmaniasis which can become fatal if not treated with a simple course of medicine.

Mattel's Wi-Fi Barbie can tell stories, jokes to kids

Barbie maker Mattel has partnered with San Francisco start-up ToyTalk to develop Hello Barbie, that can engage in two-way conversation with children.

Prague zoo to set up special unit to treat obese people

The zoo in the Czech capital Prague is set to build a special health center with XXL equipment to treat extremely overweight patients.

AirAsia flight with 162 on board goes missing

An AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore with 162 passengers on board has gone missing shortly after the pilot asked for an unusual route.

British man wakes up from coma thinking he's Matthew McConaughey

A British man awoke from a coma, following a terrible car accident, speaking fluent French and thinking he was Matthew McConaughey.

Cops mistake okra for marijuana, raid retiree's garden

Authorities in Cartersville, Georgia, raided the home of a retiree for growing marijuana in his garden — but the green plants they suspected actually turned out to be okra.

Uganda says fight against AIDS affected by too small condoms

A Parliamentary Committee for HIV/AIDS in Uganda has issued urgent calls for larger sized condoms in the nation's fight against AIDS.

Woman sparks 51,000 acre wildfire to help bored firefighters

An Oregon women admitted tossing a lit firework out of a car last summer because her firefighter friends were bored and needed some work.

Giraffe dies after hitting an over bridge in highway travel

A giraffe has died after smashing its head into a low overpass while it was being transported in a truck with its head sticking out along a highway in South Africa.

Wider parking spaces for Chinese women drivers spark controversy

A shopping mall in Dalian, in northeast China's Liaoning Province has opened a female-only car park that features wider parking spaces to make women feel comfortable when parking.

UPDATED: Malaysian passenger airliner shot down with 295 on board

A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board has been reportedly shot down in Donetsk, Ukraine near the Russian border.

U.S. overtakes Saudi Arabia in Oil production

U.S. has turned the world’s biggest oil producer this year as extraction of oil from shale rocks reached a high, a Bank of America report said.

22 firefighters rescue student trapped in giant vagina sculpture

An exchange student from America attempted to crawl inside a vagina sculpture in Germany and It took nearly two dozen rescue workers to free him after he got trapped.

Raven blamed for vicious attacks on cars

Police in Richmond, Maine say a raven confused by its own reflection has attacked at least three cars, causing hundreds of dollars in damage.

At least 2,700 people feared dead in landslide in Afghanistan

A massive landslide triggered by heavy rains wiped out a village in Northeast Afghan province of Badhakshan, killing at least 2,700 people, an official said.

Israel's ex-PM Ariel Sharon has died at 85

Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli general and prime minister who was in a coma for eight years following a stroke, died at a hospital near Tel Aviv. He was 85.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Argentine cardinal, selected as 266th pope

White smoke rose from a Sistine Chapel chimney and bells rang Wednesday, signaling the selection of a new pope following one of the shortest conclaves in history. The Vatican just announced Argentine cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the new Pope.

China admits pollution-linked 'cancer villages'

The Chinese authorities for the first time in years admitted the existence of so-called “cancer villages”— villages near factories and polluted rivers where cancer rates have reached alarmingly high levels.

Punxsutawney Phil predicts early spring

Perennial favorite groundhog, Phil emerged from his winter shelter at Gobbler's Knob on Groundhog Day to predict an early spring in 2013.

Swaziland bans 'rape-provoking' miniskirts

As part of its self-proclaimed ongoing effort to prevent rape, police in Swaziland, Africa, have banned women from wearing miniskirts and midriff-revealing tops.
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