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Sri Lanka rejects latest war crimes video

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Thursday rejected a new video aired on Britain's Channel 4 which levelled fresh allegations of war crimes against the country's leadership and military.  

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UK clarifies ‘Overseas Citizen of India’ status

LONDON: Responding to concerns of British citizens holding the status of 'Overseas Citizen of India' (OCI), the UK Foreign Office has clarified that when such citizens are in India, they will continue to be treated as British citizens and offered consular assistance if required.

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Dietary cadmium tied with breast cancer risk

STOCKHOLML: Dietary cadmium, a toxic metal found in many farm fertilisers, may lead to an increased risk of breast cancer. "Because of a high accumulation in agricultural crops, the main sources of dietary cadmium are bread and other cereals, potatoes, root crops and vegetables," said Agneta Åkesson, associate professor at Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

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Detecting nerve gas traces in terror attack

WASHINGTON: Scientists from Carlos Fraga from Pacific Northwest National Lab, Washington have developed a test that traces difficult-to-detect residues of sarin, a nerve agent used by terrorists, back to its source.

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Death toll in Bangla ferry mishap climbs to 76

DHAKA: Naval divers and rescue workers found 35 more bodies today from an ill-fated ferry which capsized in Meghna river in southwest Bangladesh, taking the death toll in the mishap to 76, officials said.

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22 children among 28 people die in Swiss bus accident

GENEVA: Twenty-eight people, including 22 children, returning to Belgium from a skiing holiday died in a bus accident in Sierre in the Swiss canton of Valais, Swiss police said today.
Another 24 children were reported injured. They were travelling from Val d'Anniviers.

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Encyclopedia Britannica to go digital

NEW YORK: Encyclopedia Britannica, a reference book in homes and libraries worldwide, will stop publishing the print edition for the first time in 244 years and shift focus to digital versions.

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China’s irrigation spews 30 mn tonne CO2 every year

LONDON: China's groundwater irrigation system is responsible for spewing more than 30 million tonnes of carbon dixoide (CO2) per year into the atmosphere, says a research. Groundwater used for crop irrigation in China has grown from 10 billion cubic metres in 1950 to more than 100 billion today, according to a study by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

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Physical bouts with criminals damage memory

LONDON: Brief bursts of physically engaging a criminal can be quite exhausting leaving a police officer's memory in a limbo, reveals a study. Researchers, led by Lorraine Hope of the University of Portsmouth, found that less than 60 seconds of chasing a suspect or engaging physically with a criminal can erode a cop's ability to remember details, or even identify the suspect.

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