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Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he’s regained enough of his eyesight to catch small ...
 
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After four decades in the same Mumbai slum, Vimal Gaikwad is well used to politicians’ tall promises at election time, when the city’s millions of shanty dwellers become sought-after voters.
“The candidates just promise and say they will help, ...
 
 

MANILA: Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise Wednesday over Hong Kong’s demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations.
“The Philippine ...
 
 

UNITED NATIONS, United States: Iran brought its simmering row with the United States over its proposed UN ambassador to United Nations headquarters on Tuesday but failed to make any headway.
US President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a ...
 
 

US President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” US foreign policy towards a dynamic Asia.
Obama landed aboard Air Force One to begin a state visit to Japan, ...
 
 

NAIROBI: Kenya’s governing duo of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have spent their first year in office undermining civil rights and operating with “rampant impunity”, two rights groups alleged on Wednesday.
The Kenya Human ...
 
 

DHAKA: A top Bangladesh court ruled on Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s trial over embezzlement charges should go ahead in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor said.
The High Court rejected the former two-time ...
 
 

PERTH: The search coordination center said on Wednesday a robotic submarine, the US Navy’s Bluefin 21, had so far covered more than 80 per cent of the 310-square-kilometer (120-square-mile) seabed search zone off the Australian west coast, creating ...
 
 

BEIJING: Sixty percent of underground water in China which is officially monitored is too polluted to drink directly, state media have reported, underlining the country’s grave environmental problems.
Water quality measured in 203 cities across ...
 
 

BANGKOK: Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until early May to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, delaying a verdict that could see her removed from office.
The charges relate to ...
 
 

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip forged a new reconciliation agreement on Wednesday, angering Israel at a time when peace talks are at a standstill.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...
 
 

PRISTINA: Kosovo’s parliament on Wednesday approved the creation of an international war crimes court to investigate allegations against ethnic Albanian guerrillas during their conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s.
Pristina has been under ...
 
 

DUBAI: A senior member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family said on Wednesday that Gulf States should work on acquiring nuclear know-how to balance any threat from Iran.
Prince Turki-al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief, also told a security ...
 
 

UKRAINE/MOSCOW: Ukraine’s going ahead with its May 25 presidential election without consulting first with pro-Russian voters “is very destructive for the country,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday in an interview with ...
 
 

SWIDWIN, Poland: The first American troops arrived in Poland on Wednesday, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic States as the crisis over Ukraine deepens.
Some 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade touched ...
 
 

TOKYO: Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.
The troubled Canadian pop prince posted a snap of him at Yasakuni shrine on ...
 
 

ADELAIDE: Britain’s Prince William on Wednesday visited the South Australian town named after his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, where he and wife Kate met disadvantaged youngsters and tried their hands at DJ-ing.
Named after the British ...
 
 

CAIRO: A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Egypt’s capital within a week.
The blast in the upscale western suburb of October 6 ...
 
 

GENEVA: Hopes for a political deal to end Syria’s war are fading and it is getting harder every day to send aid to millions of trapped and displaced civilians, UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said on Wednesday.
The United Nations has long ...
 
 

LEAVENWORTH, Kansas: A judge granted a request on Wednesday to formally change the name of the US soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
The former intelligence ...