French ruling due on implant scandal

A French court is to rule on whether a German company should pay compensation to thousands of women fitted with defective breast implants.

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Strict security measures in place for Ashura: Sanaullah

SUKKUR / ISLAMABAD / HYDERABAD / LAHORE: Gates have been put up at entrances to the streets where Ashura processions are taking place in Islamabad, Lahore, Sukkur and Hyderabad. The police are checking people before they are allowed to join the annual processions, Express News reported. “No one will take part in the [Ashura] processions without being checked first,” said Law ...

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VIDEO: Philippines FM on GDP reduction

The Finance Minister of the Philippines has told the BBC that Typhoon Haiyan could cut economic growth by one percentage point next year.

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Chinese man gives future bride 102 kilogrammes of cash

SHANGHAI: A Chinese suitor who gave his future bride an auspicious 8.88 million yuan (.5 million) in cash drew ire Thursday for the extravagant display of wealth in the still-developing country. Some 18 porters transported baskets and boxes filled with the money, which together weighed more than 102 kilogrammes, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported. Photos showed bamboo baskets stacked with bundles ...

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‘No business case’ for police force

It is still not clear how Scotland’s new single police force plans to make the expected £1.1bn of savings by 2026, the public spending watchdog has said.

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Emotions run high as Tendulkar farewell begins

MUMBAI: Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar took to the pitch Thursday for his 200th and final Test, bidding farewell to his adoring public and basking in tributes from fellow players, politicians and fans. The 40-year-old is ending an international career spanning nearly a quarter of a century during which he became the all-time leading Test and one-day batsman and the only ...

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Twin Iraq bombs against Shias kill eight: Officials

KUT: Two near-simultaneous bombings against a Shia procession tent south of Baghdad killed at least eight people and wounded dozens on Thursday, officials said. The violence comes during the peak of Ashura commemoration rituals that mark the death of a key figure in Shia Islam, when Sunni militants typically step up attacks on Iraq’s majority community, whom they regard as apostates. ...

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Police: MI6 agent not killed, as previously thought

Gareth Williams, the MI6 codebreaker found dead inside a locked bag in his apartment in 2010, was probably not killed as previously believed, London’s Metropolitan Police said Wednesday.

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Andy Warhol auction record shattered

An Andy Warhol painting sells for 5m at auction in the US, breaking a record for work by the artist record by more than m.

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Philippines buries some dead as survivors beg for help

TACLOBAN: Scores of decaying bodies were being taken to mass graves Thursday as overwhelmed Philippines authorities grappled with disposal of the dead and the living begged for help after the typhoon disaster. The expected arrival later in the day of the USS George Washington, a huge aircraft carrier with 5,000 sailors aboard, offered some hope for the hungry and thirsty left ...

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French economy contracts by 0.1%

The French economy contracted in the third quarter of the year and the German economy slowed, latest official figures show.

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