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Nepal trekking tragedy raises safety concerns for tourists

Nepal trekking tragedy raises safety concerns for tourists

A Taiwanese man rescued after spending 47 days trapped under a waterfall at an altitude of 3,600 metres in central Nepal has raised questions about trekking safety in the country.

Cyprus police make arrests in hunt for kidnapped girl

Cyprus police make arrests in hunt for kidnapped girl

Cyprus police said on Friday they have made four arrests in connection with the abduction of a four-year-old girl from outside a nursery school as they pressed a widening search.

British anti-terrorism police foil plot after woman shot

British anti-terrorism police foil plot after woman shot

British counter-terrorism police said on Friday they had thwarted an active plot after a woman was shot during an armed raid on a house in north London in the second major security operation in the British capital.

Secret jail with inmates found in Philippine police station

Secret jail with inmates found in Philippine police station

A cramped hidden cell with about a dozen inmates held allegedly on illegal drug charges was discovered behind a bookshelf in a police station in the Philippines, the Commission on Human Rights said on Friday.

Estonia police put teddy bears on patrol

Estonia police put teddy bears on patrol

Estonia's police will soon carry teddy bears in their patrol cars to comfort children caught up in accidents or distressing situations, the organiser of the charity Traumamommik (Trauma Teddy) said.

Bangladeshi girl with three legs 'walks, runs' after surgery

Bangladeshi girl with three legs 'walks, runs' after surgery

A toddler born with three legs -- because body parts of a twin had grown inside her -- was returning home to Bangladesh on Friday after complex and rare surgery in Australia enabled her to walk and run, her doctor said.

United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger

United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger

United Airlines and the passenger who was dragged from a Chicago flight earlier this month have reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum, they said on Thursday.

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan taking TED to India

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan taking TED to India

Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan charmed a TED Conference crowd on Thursday, sharing his life and playfully portraying himself as an ageing movie star grappling with the changes around him.

Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

Afghan Taliban announce start of 'spring offensive'

The Afghan Taliban launched their "spring offensive" on Friday, heralding fresh fighting in the drawn-out conflict as embattled security forces struggle to recover from a devastating attack on a military base one week ago.

Arkansas holds fourth execution in eight days

Arkansas holds fourth execution in eight days

Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days on Thursday, administering a lethal injection to a man who killed two people after escaping from a prison where he had been serving a life sentence.

Pentagon investigating Flynn over foreign payments

Pentagon investigating Flynn over foreign payments

The Pentagon inspector general has launched an investigation into whether Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, accepted money from foreign entities without the required approval, according to a letter released by House Democrats yesterday.

US Congress takes steps to avert govt shutdown

US Congress takes steps to avert govt shutdown

The US Congress began moving to extend today’s budget deadline until May 5 and was expected to pass legislation allowing more time to finalise a deal to fund the federal government through September and avoid a shutdown.

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