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India police arrest main suspect after teen raped, burned alive

NEW DELHI: Indian police said Sunday they have arrested the main suspect in the gang rape and gruesome murder of a teenage girl, in the latest of several high-profile sexual assault cases in the country. The local village chief has also been detained while the 16-year-old victim's family have been given special police protection. Dhanu Bhuiyan was found at a relative's house where he was hiding after he and accomplices allegedly burned the girl alive Friday in a remote district of the eastern state of Jharkhand.…

France, Croatia reach Davis Cup semis, Nadal keeps Spain alive

Holders France reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for a third year in a row after Lucas Pouille came back to beat Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-1 7-6(3) 6-3 in Genoa on Sunday and clinch their tie with Italy 3-1. Croatia also made it into the last four as Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic crushed Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 6-1 6-1 to seal their tie 3-1. Croatia will meet the United States in the semis in September following Jack Sock and Ryan Harrison’s doubles win against Belgium’s Sander Gille and Joran…

Rashid Khan insists that Afghan World Cup hopes still alive

HARARE: Rashid Khan insisted that "anything can happen" and that Afghanistan are still holding hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup in England and Wales, after beating the United Arab Emirates by five wickets on Tuesday. Rashid took five for 41 as the UAE were bowled out for 177 and team-mates Najibullah Zadran and Gulbadin Naib both hit unbeaten fifties to see Afghanistan home with more than 15 overs to spare in Harare. Afghanistan didn't carry any points into the Super Six round, but two successive victories…

Gilead’s new drug keeps 56 percent of lymphoma trial patients alive

More than half of trial patients with an advanced, aggressive form of blood cancer lived for at least a year after one-time treatment with Yescarta, a novel therapy sold by Gilead Sciences Inc, according to study results presented on Sunday. Yescarta, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October for aggressive large B-cell lymphoma that did not respond to other treatments, is part of a new class known as chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapies, or CAR-Ts, designed to reprogram the body’s own immune…

Jousting for support, Pakistan’s bid to keep cavalry sport alive

KOT FATEH KHAN: Festooned with garlands and colourful bridles, turbaned riders mounted on horseback in full gallop lower their lances at tiny wooden blocks as they practice the centuries-old tradition of tent-pegging in Pakistan. Less than a two-hour drive from the capital city, thousands gather at a freshly ploughed grounds to watch the equine festival in a competition that can see riders tossed from their mounts, breaking bones or worse during the dangerous spectacle. Tent-pegging competitions have been held in the…

Dead body of two-faced kitten baffles scientists as it looks to be alive

A farmer was left shocked when his cat gave birth to a kitten with two faces side-by-side on its head. The kitten could not survive longer and kicked the bucket shortly after its birth. SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES- VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED The farmer put it in a cardboard and offered it to a school at Amalfi town in Colombia to be used by students for experimental purposes, Mirror reported. The teachers rejected to accept body of the creature because they knew not what to do with it and handed it over to the government…

Islamic State’s Baghdadi almost certainly alive: Kurdish security official

SULAIMANIA, Iraq: A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, despite reports that he had been killed. "Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive," Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview. "Don't forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is…

No yolk! Bosnian villagers shoe eggs to keep age-old craft alive

Centuries ago when Saxons developed mining and blacksmithing in Bosnia's Kresevo, the ability to shoe an egg was regarded as the sign an apprentice was fit to start his own business and family. Now only a handful of men in the village are still practicing the art of fitting miniature horseshoes to eggshells, including 69-year-old Stjepan Biletic who trained to do so when he retired from schoolteaching after the 1992-95 Bosnian war. "The egg is a symbol of creation of new life and new beginning and the horseshoe a…

Dissatisfied with treatment, Israeli patient burns nurse alive at clinic

JERUSALEM: An elderly man burnt a nurse alive at a clinic in central Israel on Tuesday after apparently being dissatisfied by the treatment he had received, police said. The suspect, in his late 70s, fled the scene in his car after the incident in Holon, southeast of Tel Aviv, but was later arrested, police said. The nurse who died was a woman named Tova Kararo, 56. A senior police officer at the scene told news site Ynet that "a man went to receive medical treatment at the clinic here in Holon. "We understand he…

Woman declared ‘dead’ found alive at Bhawalpur hospital

BHAWALPUR: A woman who was declared dead by doctors at a local hospital was actually found to be alive, ARY News reported on Thursday. The woman, Naeema Khan, was admitted to the Victoria Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. However, her family members strongly protested saying that she was not in a critical condition, and her death have been a caused by medical negligence. The management of the hospital took notice and sent a senior team of doctors to inspect her. It was found out that she was declared dead…