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Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

Apr 10, 2014

Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

While many children his age are still learning how to crawl, a 9-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country’s legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other ...

Are mandatory Kim haircuts a baldfaced lie?

Mar 28, 2014

Are mandatory Kim haircuts a baldfaced lie?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s distinctive hairstyle is the ‘do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz just like it. But it appears ...

Daring 'urban explorers' get high on history

Mar 16, 2014

Daring 'urban explorers' get high on history

Dangling his feet off the edge of a skyscraper more than 50 stories above the streets of Hong Kong, “Jonathan Tsang” looks as relaxed as if he was kicking back in his own living room. For most people, the view below would be a ...

Mar 14, 2014

Aussie hangman hopefuls snubbed

Two Australians have applied in vain for the position of hangman after Sri Lanka’s last official executioner got upset on seeing the gallows for the first time and quit, it was learned Thursday. “Two Australians have sent emails to one of our departments saying ...

Mar 13, 2014

Dead, deep-frozen Indian guru in fact 'deeply meditating'

Despite being declared dead and kept in a deep freezer at his ashram for six weeks, an Indian guru’s followers are confident he will return to life to lead them. Devotees placed Ashutosh Maharaj, whom authorities declared clinically dead Jan. 29, in the freezer ...

Mar 13, 2014

Sri Lanka can't fill hangman job

Sri Lanka is searching for a new hangman after the latest recruit got upset on seeing the gallows for the first time and quit, officials said. The Prisons Department appointed the new hangman, the third most qualified from 176 applicants, last week, months after ...

Mar 13, 2014

More ropes to ease jam on Everest

Nepalese climbing specialists will fix a second rope at the Hillary Step, a dangerous bottleneck near the Mount Everest summit, to ease congestion on the world’s highest mountain. Hundreds of climbers from around the world attempt to scale the 8,850-meter (29,035-feet) Everest summit every ...

Feb 13, 2014

New Zealand bans rappers Odd Future

New Zealand immigration authorities on Thursday banned Los Angeles rappers Odd Future from entering the country after deciding they pose a threat to public order. The group was due to play an open-air concert with headline act Eminem on Saturday in Auckland. Border Operations ...

Russian poachers plaguing parks as Moscow goes nuts for squirrels

Feb 9, 2014

Russian poachers plaguing parks as Moscow goes nuts for squirrels

One by one, the bushy-tailed residents of Moscow’s parks have been disappearing. The problem: Russians have gone nuts for pet squirrels. Moscow authorities bolstered security early this month for all of the city’s green areas after city official Alexei Gorelov said he had received ...

Feb 6, 2014

Amnesty raps PNG over sorcery murder

Amnesty International hit out Thursday at Papua New Guinea for failing to bring to justice the killers of a woman who was burned to death a year ago for sorcery. Kepari Leniata, 20, was stripped naked, tied up, doused in gasoline and burned alive ...

Feb 6, 2014

Xbox sensor guards Koreas' border

Microsoft’s movement-recognition Kinect software has morphed from virtual shooter gaming to the real-life challenge of guarding the world’s last Cold War border. The sensor allowing hands-free play on the Xbox is the basis for a security device now deployed along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) ...