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January 5, 2011

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January 5, 2011

Garbage saves suicide jumper!
NEW YORK: A would-be suicide jumper in New York was alive on Monday after leaping from a ninth-floor window but landing in a giant heap of garbage uncollected since the city’s massive snowstorm a week ago. Vangelis Kapatos, 26, was hospitalised in critical but stable condition after jumping from his apartment on West 45th Street on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Indian woman kills lawmaker
PATNA, India: A schoolteacher in eastern India stabbed to death a regional legislator in Bihar state seven months after alleging the politician and his secretary had raped her, police said. Raj Kishore Keshari, a lawmaker belonging to Bihar’s ruling BJP party, died in hospital in the state’s Purnia town after the 45-year-old woman stabbed him with a knife, senior police officer PK Thakur said.

Eight Islamists killed in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE: Security forces in Tajikistan have killed eight Islamists suspected of being behind an ambush in September that claimed the lives of 25 troops, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.


Israeli vulture caught in S Arabia
MANAMA: Saudi nationals have seized a vulture wearing a Tel Aviv University tag and a transmitter, prompting speculations that it was used by Mossad, the Israeli spying agency, to gather intelligence on the area. Reports this week said that a vulture was seized near Hail in the northern part of the country and that it was wounded. The vulture was handed over to the Saudi security.

Muslims in Europe
PARIS: Four in 10 French and German people see Muslims living in their country as a “threat,” according to a poll published on Tuesday by French newspaper Le Monde. Fourty-two per cent of French people and 40 per cent of Germans questioned by pollster IFOP said they considered the presence of a Muslim community in their country “a threat” to their national identity, Le Monde said.

Iraq killings
MADRID: A Spanish judge will

probe a raid by Iraqi police and soldiers on a camp for Iranian refugees in July 2009 that killed 11 people, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said on Tuesday. A Spanish National Court ruling in favour of the investigation, which was issued December 27, became effective on Tuesday following a five-day waiting period for possible appeals, said the lawyer for family members of the victims.

Sri Lanka census
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will begin its first nationwide census in 40 years in July as it seeks to map its population after the end of nearly four decades of fighting, officials said on Tuesday. The separatist Tamil Tiger movement fought for a homeland for ethnic Tamils in a battle with government forces that cost an estimated 100,000 lives between 1972 and 2009 and made parts of the Indian Ocean island inaccessible.

Indians in Kuwait
MANAMA: Indians top the list of non-Arab foreigners living in Kuwait, official statistics indicate. According to Immigration General Administration figures, around 600,000 Indians lived in Kuwait on.
Germany warned
TEHRAN: Iran warned Germany on Tuesday against trying to pressure the Islamic state into freeing two German reporters detained while interviewing the son of a woman sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery.

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