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Israel passes law allowing force feeding of prisoners

Jerusalem: The Israeli parliament approved on Thursday a law allowing prisoners on hunger strike to be force fed if their life is in danger or they face chronic health problems, a spokesman said. The law, which seeks to prevent imprisoned Palestinian militants from pressuring Israel by refusing food, was initially approved by cabinet in June 2014 at the height of a mass hunger strike [Full Article...]

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Norwegian company creates world’s tallest ice-cream cone London: A Norwegian ice-cream company has scooped a Guinness World Records title after creating the world’s tallest ice-cream cone ever with a whopping 3 metre high confectionary construction. Norway’s popular family-run ice-cream company Hennig-Olsen created the ice-cream cone that measured a whopping 3.08 metre tall, earlier this month. The giant cone weighed almost a tonne and was [Full Article...]

With warning to US, North Korea marks end of Korean War

Pyongyang: North Korean officials warned the United States that another war on the Korean Peninsula would leave no Americans alive to sign a surrender document as the country marked Monday’s anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War more than six decades ago. Pyongyang and other cities around North Korea were decked out with flags and banners as North Koreans flocked [Full Article...]

Female suicide bomber kills 19 at northern Nigeria market

Nigeria: A blast set off by a female suicide bomber tore through a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu today, killing 19 people and wounding 47, the emergency response agency said. No one claimed responsibility for the explosion but it is the latest attack in the last few weeks that bear the hallmarks of militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Hundreds of [Full Article...]

Nepal may remove ‘secularism’ from new Constitution

Kathmandu: The key term of ‘secularism’ may be dropped in Nepal’s new Constitution as it is not considered “appropriate” by many people, according to top Nepali leaders. UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Prachanda said today that the term ‘secularism’ is not an appropriate one and it would be replaced by a suitable term in the new Constitution. Talking to reporters at his residence, Prachanda said they [Full Article...]

NATO calls meeting after Turkish request

BRUSSELS: NATO Security General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss security at the request of Turkey after last week’s suicide bombing there and Turkish security operations against Islamic State and PKK Kurdish militants. NATO said in a statement yesterday that the North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 28 NATO allies, would meet following a request by Turkey [Full Article...]

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Engineers test fly 3D-printed UAV in UK London: A 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has successfully launched off the front of a British Royal Navy warship and landed safely on a Dorset beach after covering a distance of around 500 metres. Weighing 3kg and measuring 1.5m the airframe was created on a 3D printer using laser sintered nylon by the University of Southampton. The [Full Article...]

Three dead as small plane crashes into Tokyo suburb

Tokyo: Three people were killed on Sunday when a small plane crashed into a Tokyo suburb shortly after takeoff, leaving nearby homes and cars ablaze and the charred remains of the fuselage lying in a burnt-out residence. The single-engine propeller aircraft with a 36-year-old pilot and four passengers on board crashed at around 11:00 am (0200 GMT) shortly after leaving Chofu airport on the [Full Article...]