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`UK prince refused to back Rushdie over Satanic Verses fatwa`

`UK prince refused to back Rushdie over Satanic Verses fatwa`

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 20:37

Prince Charles had turned his back on India-born Salman Rushdie after a fatwa was issued against him for his controversial novel `The Satanic Verses` because he thought the book was offensive to Muslims, a British author has claimed.

Islamists abduct `many` schoolgirls in Nigeria: Official

Islamists abduct `many` schoolgirls in Nigeria: Official

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 20:33

Heavily armed Islamist gunmen kidnapped a group of girls from a secondary school in northeast Nigeria`s Borno state and torched the surrounding town, a local official and a witness told AFP.

Iraq shuts infamous Abu Ghraib prison over security fears

Iraq shuts infamous Abu Ghraib prison over security fears

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 20:30

Iraq has closed Abu Ghraib prison, made infamous by Saddam Hussein`s regime and US forces, due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year, the justice ministry said today.

Israel looks for gunman after fatal West Bank shooting

Israel looks for gunman after fatal West Bank shooting

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 20:28

Israeli troops were scouring a village near the southern West Bank city of Hebron today, residents said, a day after a gunman killed an Israeli nearby.

Egypt court bans Brotherhood members from polls

Egypt court bans Brotherhood members from polls

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 20:16

An Egyptian court today banned members of ousted president Mohamed Morsi`s Muslim Brotherhood from running in upcoming elections, a lawyer and state media said.

SC grants 3 more months for wrapping up trial in Jaya`s IT case

SC grants 3 more months for wrapping up trial in Jaya`s IT case

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 20:05

The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended by 3 months the four-month deadline for wrapping up the trial in the alleged tax evasion case involving Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in view of ongoing general elections.

Italy court orders Berlusconi to do community service: Reports

Italy court orders Berlusconi to do community service: Reports

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 18:24

An Italian court in Milan on Tuesday ordered former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service following his conviction for tax fraud, Italian media reported.

Royal Navy chief warns on Scottish independence

Royal Navy chief warns on Scottish independence

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 18:16

The head of the Royal Navy says that Scottish independence would weaken Britain`s sea forces.

Ready to work with India to implement consensus reached: China

Ready to work with India to implement consensus reached: China

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 18:01

China is ready to work with India to fully implement the consensus reached by top leadership of the two nations and push forward their "natural partnership", Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said.

Sudan`s President bans political party meetings

Sudan`s President bans political party meetings

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 17:51

Sudan`s President Omar al-Bashir has issued a decree banning political parties from holding meetings without permission from the authorities, the official media reported.