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Nepalis spend third night in open as earthquake toll passes 4,000

Apr 28, 2015 at 09:12 | Source: FirstPost

Hundreds of thousands of Nepalis spent another night in the open on Monday after a massive quake which killed more than 4,000, as officials warned the final toll could rise sharply once rescuers reach cut-off areas.With fears rising of food and water...

Two Ghanaians in court over 6 tonne cocaine bust | Reuters

Apr 16, 2015 at 00:46 | Source: FirstPost

ACCRA (Reuters) - Two Ghanaian businessmen appeared in court in Accra on Wednesday accused of conspiring to import nearly 6 tonnes of cocaine from Bolivia, one of the biggest recorded cocaine seizures linked to West Africa. Authorities in Bolivia sei...

India's poor rapeseed output to push cooking oil imports up

Mar 17, 2015 at 00:30 | Source: FirstPost

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's rapeseed output could fall 12 percent from a year ago to 5.74 million tonnes in 2014/15, the latest update from Solvent Extractors' Association of India (SEA), an industry body, showed on Monday.A lower output of the hig...

Chinese police arrest 110 for selling 'contaminated pork'

Jan 12, 2015 at 19:02 | Source: BBC

Chinese police have arrested more than 110 people suspected of selling pork and other products from diseased pigs. They were part of a network which had been buying pigs which died from illnesses from farms at low prices since 2008, the Ministry of P...

Thieves fry Kenya's power grid to cook fast food

Dec 27, 2014 at 22:30 | Source: FirstPost

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The morning scene is increasingly routine for Kenyans. When it's time to start the day, the power is already out. Somewhere nearby, the shell of a wrecked electrical transformer lies on its side underneath the p...

Import duty on edible oil up 5%

Dec 26, 2014 at 03:52 | Source: Calcutta Telegraph News

New Delhi, Dec. 25 (PTI): The government has hiked the import duty on both crude and refined edible oil by 5 per cent to protect the interest of domestic farmers and oil processors amid a fall in global prices. The move may lead to a rise in retail ...

Cuba caught between optimism and concern as relations with US thaw

Dec 19, 2014 at 13:51 | Source: FirstPost

Havana: The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States has unleashed expectations of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.On the first full ...

Dear Sanjeev Kapoor, no non-veg on Masterchef is a stupid, terrible idea

Nov 19, 2014 at 09:05 | Source: FirstPost

Its a free world and every TV producer is free to create whatever programme s/he wants, which audiences may or may not watch. However, this isnt justification to turn a good concept into rubbish.Its bad enough that there is a Masterchef India, which ...

Dear Sanjeev Kapoor, no non-veg on Masterchef is a terrible, stupid idea

Nov 18, 2014 at 17:39 | Source: FirstPost

Its a free world and every TV producer is free to create whatever programme s/he wants, which audiences may or may not watch. However, this isnt justification to turn a good concept into rubbish.Its bad enough that there is a Masterchef India, which ...

Taiwan fines edible oil company $1.6m

Sep 10, 2014 at 13:57 | Source: BBC

Taiwan has fined an edible oil manufacturer $50m Taiwan New dollars ($1.6m; £1.03m) over its sales of dirty recycled waste oil. The fine charged against Chang Guann Co. by the Kaohsiung government is the highest possible under local food safety rule...

Long flight from Sunni militants leads Iraqi Turkmens to Baghdad

Aug 16, 2014 at 01:30 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - School is out, but northern Baghdad's classrooms are packed - not with students, but with people who have travelled further than most to escape the Sunni militant onslaught splitting Iraq. While perils faced by members of the Ya...

Dandong: North Korea's most surprising border

Aug 05, 2014 at 11:42 | Source: BBC

North Korea is one of the world's most hermit-like countries, so it's rare to get a chance to meet people who live there. But the Chinese border town of Dandong is different. There are North Korean businessmen, waitresses and drivers. Some ...

Ukrainian city stocks up as a long siege looms

Aug 04, 2014 at 01:30 | Source: FirstPost

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Although the streets outside are nearly empty, business has been brisk at Oksana Vsevolodova's grocery store Donetsk as residents prepare for what could be a long siege.People in the east Ukraine city are stocking up flour...

With no TV, Ukrainian villagers watch "fireworks" in night sky

Jul 27, 2014 at 22:30 | Source: FirstPost

SPARTAK Ukraine (Reuters) - With no electricity to power televisions, residents of the Ukrainian village of Spartak look to the skies where every night they watch what they call a concert of "fireworks".The fireworks are in fact flares, tra...

China imposes airline-like restrictions on bus passengers in Xinjiang capital

Jul 26, 2014 at 03:15 | Source: FirstPost

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned bus passengers in the capital of western Xinjiang region from carrying items ranging from cigarette lighters to yogurt, state media said on Friday, in the latest effort by authorities to prevent violent attacks.Th...

12 students fall ill after mid-day meal in Bihar

Jul 05, 2014 at 21:45 | Source: FirstPost

Patna, July 5 (IANS) At least 12 children fell ill Saturday after having their mid-day meal at a government school in Bihar's Sitamarhi district, officials said.All the children were admitted to a government-run primary health centre and are said to ...

Monsoon revives after weakest start in five years

Jul 03, 2014 at 21:12 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains revived in the key planting month after recording the weakest first month of the June-September monsoon season in five years, weather officials said on Thursday. A late surge in the monsoon rains has come as a relief to farme...

Monsoon rains revive in some parts in deficient year

Jul 03, 2014 at 07:52 | Source: Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains have revived in central and northern parts of India known for soybean and sugarcane cultivation, a government official said on Wednesday, but warned the country is still expected to have below-average monsoon this year. Rainf...

47 militants killed after airstrikes in Pakistan's tribal region

Jun 25, 2014 at 07:30 | Source: FirstPost

Islamabad: At least 47 militants were killed on Tuesday in air strikes in Pakistan's tribal districts in the troubled northwest, a military spokesman said.It was one the deadliest days for militants since launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb on 15 June.Maj...

ISIS militants attack Iraq's largest oil refinery, north of Baghdad

Jun 18, 2014 at 13:26 | Source: FirstPost

Baghdad: A top security official in Iraq says Islamic militants are attacking the country's largest oil refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad. The official said fighters of the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq...

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