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TVNZ anchor quits amid uproar over Dikshit remark

MELBOURNE: A controversial New Zealand TV host, who mocked and mispronounced the Delhi Chief Minister, Ms Sheila Dikshit’s name prompting India to lodge a diplomatic protest, today resigned, acknowledging that he had “crossed the line”.

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Warring parties hold Nepal hostage

KATHMANDU: While Nepal celebrated its biggest religious festival, Dashain  symbolising the victory of good over evil, the nation ironically remained gripped by instability and pessimism as the warring political parties failed to elect a new prime minister even after the 12th round of voting on Sunday. A 13th round was announced for October 26.

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South African group to trace roots in India

DURBAN: A group of South Africans will arrive in India October 12 to trace their roots and know more about the land their forefathers left over 150 years ago to work as indentured sugarcane labourers.

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Environment ministers of BASIC to meet in China today

BEIJING: Environment Ministers of India, Brazil, South Africa and China will meet in the Chinese city of Tianjin on Sunday to work out their action plan for the Cancun Climate Summit, even as the preparatory UN climate talks ended Saturday after finalising the "draft decision text".

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29 NATO oil-tankers destroyed in fresh attack

ISLAMABAD: In a fresh assault on tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan, 29 vehicles were destroyed and two security personnel injured during an attack by suspected militants in Balochistan province in southwest Pakistan on Saturday, officials said.

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Chinese dissident Liu wins Nobel Peace Prize

BEIJING/OSLO: Mr Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident, on Friday won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his "long and non-violent struggle" to secure fundamental human rights for his country’s 1.3 billion people, drawing a sharp reaction from Beijing which said the organisers have "desecrated" the award by honouring a "criminal."

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