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JINDO, South Korea: South Korean rescuers and dive teams worked frantically under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank Wednesday with 462 on board, mostly high...
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BJP seizes on controversial book

NEW DELHI: India’s Narendra Modi latched Sunday onto a new tell-all book that alleges current Premier Manmohan Singh was a powerless puppet during his years at the top.



‘Extremist takeover’ at UK schools?

LONDON: The government has ordered inspections of 15 schools in Britain’s second biggest city after allegations that they are being taken over by hardliners, officials said on Sunday.



Powerful quakes hit Solomon Islands

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Two strong earthquakes struck the Solomon Islands on Sunday, triggering a tsunami warning, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.




16 die as huge fire engulfs Chile city; disaster declared

VALPARAïSO, Chile: Sixteen people have died in a fire raging in Chile, whose President Michelle Bachelet has declared a disaster area as the conflagration threatens the port city of Valparaiso, autho



6 killed, many missing in Tajikistan mudslide

DUSHANBE: Six children have been killed and at least seven people are missing and presumed dead as a result of a mudslide in south Tajikistan, an Emergency Ministry spokesman told Reuters on Sunday.




Pro-Russians seize more Ukrainian buildings

SLAVYANSK: Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen on Saturday seized a police station and a security building in Ukraine’s restive eastern industrial heartland amid spreading protests to press for the heavily



Cyclone batters Australia’s Barrier Reef coast

SYDNEY: A tropical cyclone battered Australia’s Barrier Reef coast Saturday, knocking out power and phone lines for thousands of people and threatening floods, despite weakening as it headed south t



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