Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Monday, December 22, 2014   

Mother charged with murders of eight children
The mother of seven of eight children killed in Australia was charged with their murder yesterday, said police, describing it as the most tragic episode in their career as a makeshift memorial saw an outpouring of grief.

Earthquakes rattle faith in masterpiece
More than 250 minor tremors have rattled the Florence region over the past three days, sparking alarm in Italy over the safety of Michelangelo's David statue.

Facebook on spot over Russia rally
Russian authorities convinced Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of an opposition politician, drawing ire from internet users.

Probe into nuclear plant data leak
Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation into a leak of non- critical data at South Korea's nuclear power operator, as worries mount about nuclear safety and potential cyber attacks from North Korea.

Hindu switch sparks anger
Hardline Hindu groups came under fire after 200 Christians were converted in the Indian prime minister's home state, amid increasing concern at the right-wing government's perceived pro- Hindu tilt.

Fear grips tourist murders case
Burmese investigators say they believe two nationals accused of murdering two British tourists in Thailand are innocent, but witnesses who may be able to prove their innocence will not testify as they fear Thai police.

Russians shop as ruble plunges
Russians are feeling the pinch from the slumping ruble, but one paradoxical result has been to unleash a spending spree as consumers snap up electronics, furniture and cars before prices soar.

Abbott orders probe into siege gunman
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ordered an urgent inquiry into why a deranged Islamic gunman was not under surveillance and how he obtained citizenship, as security was stepped up after a fatal cafe siege.

Terrorists to die in wake of slaughter
Pakistan will end its moratorium on the death penalty in terror- related cases, the prime minister's office announced, a day after Taleban militants killed 141 people in an attack on a school.

Iran press point finger at war by West
Iran's media reacted to the siege by pointing the finger of blame at the West and linking the Iranian-born gunman to the militants of the Islamic State group.

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