Buzz building for debut of Wii U videogame console

  • SAN FRANCISCO: Pre-orders for Wii U have been hot ahead of the Sunday release of the new Nintendo videogame console that the Japanese electronics titan hopes will catapult it to renewed glory.Nintendo is hoping for a repeat of the runaway success it had with original Wii consoles, which lured...
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Final trek for space shuttle Atlantis

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: Accompanied by a fleet of astronauts spanning NASA’s entire existence, Atlantis made a slow, solemn journey to retirement Friday, the last space shuttle to orbit the world and the last to leave NASA’s nest....
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Attack on Malala: A turning point for Pakistan

  • IN the lives of individuals as well as nations sometimes seemingly small, inconsequential incidents can set off profound, watershed changes. Has that turning point arrived for Pakistan? As a well wisher of the country and as someone who has with the rest of the Muslim world watched with grave...
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Japan robot suit offers hope for nuclear work

  • TOKYO: Brain wave-controlled robot suits that allow wearers to don heavy radiation protection without feeling the weight were unveiled in Japan yesterday.Researchers showed off the latest incarnation of HAL, the Hybrid Assistive Limb, a full body suit that could eventually be used by workers...
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Mumbai’s grandma spit inspector stirs up hygiene revolution

  • AT a bus stop in south Mumbai, a man hawks loudly before expelling a mouthful of brown saliva into the road without a second thought — but unfortunately for him, the spit inspector is watching.Rajeshree Rajaram Kamble, a 53-year-old grandmother dressed in a flowery tunic with matching blue shawl...
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Planet with four suns discovered

  • WASHINGTON - USAWASHINGTON, Oct 15, 2012 (AFP) -An international team of amateur and professional astronomers on Monday announced the discovery of a planet whose skies are lit up by four suns -- the first reported case of such a phenomenon.The planet, located about 5,000 light years from Earth,...
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Inching toward the straight path

  • Lynda Fitzgerald, now known as Khadija, is an Irish girl from a town called Wicklow, close to Dublin. She hails from a very strict Roman Catholic family, comprising nine children. She converted to Islam after having come to Saudi Arabia. She relates, in this article, the sequence of events that...
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European cargo craft undocks from space station

  • MOSCOW: The European Space Agency says its cargo craft has successfully undocked from the International Space Station after a failed separation caused by communication problems earlier in the week.The ATV-3 detached from the Russian service module early Saturday and is expected to leave orbit and...
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Jairana: A landmark in the history of Islam

  • The bloodless conquest of Makkah occupies a great moment in the history of Islam. But when the holy Prophet (peace be upon him) heard of war preparedness of Hawazen and Thaqeef, he marched to Taif heading a 12,000 strong force. It was the largest force commanded by him at that time. Initially,...
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New Zealand spy agency rapped over Megaupload blunder

  • WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s spy agency illegally carried out surveillance on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, an official report showed on Thursday, prompting an apology from the prime minister and dealing a possible blow to a US bid to extradite him.Washington wants the 38-year-old German national,...
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