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Building perspective-taking skills in kids

SYDNEY: Children whose mothers have a compassionate outlook are more likely to act in a similar way. New research from the Telethon Institute and the University of Western Australia shows that parents have an important role to play in teaching their children to understand another person’s feelings and point of view.

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Karzai’s half brother assassinated

KANDAHAR: Afghanistan’s President, Mr Hamid Karzai’s powerful half brother, a lightning rod for criticism of deep-rooted corruption within the Afghan government, was assassinated Tuesday by a bodyguard at his home in southern Afghanistan.

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Indian casino king snubbed by Nepal court

KATHMANDU: A self-proclaimed “inveterate gambler” from New Delhi who became the virtual king of Nepal’s casino industry but then saw his control eroding received a fresh setback with the republic’s top court turning down his petition to buy more time.

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Can’t give Pak ‘blank cheque’: US

WASHINGTON: Talking tough, the US has said it would not give a “blank cheque” to Pakistan until it goes full throttle against the terrorist targets, a day after announcing suspension of US$ 800-million military aid to Islamabad.

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Russia mourns boat tragedy

MOSCOW: With flags flying half mast, black ribbons on the government buildings and church prayers across the country, Russia Tuesday mourned the death of as many as 130 people who were killed when an overloaded vintage boat sank on the Volga river in the republic of Tatarstan.

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Kuwaiti women seek divorce

MANAMA: More than 30 Kuwaiti women have filed for divorce after they found out that their husbands spent partying on New Year’s eve in Lebanon while claiming they were performing pilgrimage in Makkah, a media report said.

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