Rare Blue Diamond found in South Africa’s Cullinan mine

January 22, 2014

A rare blue diamond has been discovered in a mine in South Africa.
The 29.6-carat stone was recovered by Petra Diamonds at its Cullinan mine, about 40km (25 miles) north-east of Pretoria. “This stone is one of the most exceptional stones recovered at Cullinan during Petra’s operation of the mine,” the company said.
Petra unearthed a 25.5 carat blue diamond which Read more

Nun who gave birth in Italy ‘unaware of pregnancy’

January 20, 2014

A nun who gave birth to a baby boy in the central Italian city of Rieti, said she had no idea she was pregnant, local media report.
The 31-year-old was rushed to hospital with abdominal pains, which she thought were stomach cramps. The young mother, who is originally from El Salvador, reportedly named her newborn Francis after the current Pope. The mayor of Rieti, Simone Petrangeli has appealed to the public and media to respect the woman’s privacy. The news has drawn international attention to Read more

Nelson Mandela dies

December 6, 2013

South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95, reported BBC. Mr Mandela led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities. He had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital. Announcing the news on Read more

WTO’s global role hangs in the balance

December 4, 2013

The WTO launches a frantic drive on Tuesday to salvage its floundering efforts to liberalise global trade at a summit laced with potential make-or-break implications for the body’s global influence.
WTO chief Roberto Azevedo implored trade ministers to reach a modest agreement on key trade issues on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, in hopes it will keep Read more

Thai govt defuses confrontation

December 4, 2013

Thailand’s government ordered police on Tuesday to stop confronting protesters demanding the resignation of the prime minister, raising hopes that days of political violence may end, but the leader of the campaign said the fight would go on. The protesters who oppose prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra have been besieging various government buildings in the capital, including Read more

Iran agrees to curb nuclear activities

November 25, 2013

Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in a breakthrough deal Sunday that world powers claimed was the biggest step in decade-long efforts to deny Tehran an atomic bomb.
Tehran boasted that the agreement, which offers Iran limited sanctions relief, recognised its right to enrich uranium — which it says is for peaceful Read more

Driver blackmails woman who said no to sex

November 3, 2013

Smitten chaffeur threatens to show indecent video of woman to her husband
A private chauffeur has admitted that he threatened to dishonour a woman in front of her husband by saying she had extramarital affairs if she refused to have sex with him.
The 22-year-old Pakistani man, Y.M., was said to have been hired by the Pakistani housewife’s husband as a private driver before he approached her and expressed Read more

UAE close to achieving Schengen visa-free travel

November 3, 2013

If endorsed, the UAE would be the first Arab country whose citizens receive the visa waiver
The United Arab Emirates is close to realising a Schengen visa waiver which will allow Emiratis visa-free travel to any of all 26 Schengen states, said a senior official.
Continued efforts of UAE diplomats, indefatigably working under the chief of UAE foreign policy, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, have resulted in an Read more

Missing three-year-old found asleep under bed

November 3, 2013

Search involving helicopter, sniffer dogs and 20 officers called off after child located asleep inches below where parents left him
A three-year-old boy whose disappearance triggered a police search involving a helicopter and sniffer dogs ended happily when he was found dozing peacefully under his bed.
The boy, who has been identified only as Noah, was put to bed as usual and was fast asleep when he was last seen by his parents. At some point he must have fallen Read more

Dubai dancer: ‘We are not adulteresses’

September 12, 2013

Unique dance drama to be staged in Dubai this Friday makes an emphatic statement
Dance performances in Dubai are not uncommon. But when a dancer tells you that dance is not entertainment or that dancers are not adulteresses, it calls for a pause.
Bhakti Harish, 30, a Bharatnatyam dancer based in Dubai, feels so strongly about the sanctity of her art that she minces no words – or actions. In what is perhaps Read more

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