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    Experts in India find out how 18,000 birds died in 10 days

    After an estimated 18,000 birds are found dead along an Indian saltwater lake in the western state of Rajasthan, experts said they suspect avian botulism to be the cause. Migratory birds such as plover, shoveller, teal and mallard were the worst affected in the incident, which, according to experts, was unprecedented in India's wildlife history. More: India to implement nationwide citizenship count Indian soldiers killed after avalanche hits Siachen Glacier Police round up students in India's capital as fee protests grow According to local officials, tourists on November 10, while visiting Sambhar Lake - situated 80km (49 miles) southwest of Rajasthan's main city of Jaipur - noticed thousands

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    Saudi king blames Iran for 'chaos', calls for global response

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud struck a defiant note against the kingdom's enemies, saying missile and drone attacks it blames on Iran failed to halt economic development and he reiterated that Riyadh will not hesitate to defend itself. In an annual address to the appointed Shura Council on Wednesday, King Salman, in an eight-minute speech, said that the international community must stop Tehran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and its regional intervention. More: Torture in Saudi prisons: 'Most oppressive era we have witnessed' Dashed expectations for Aramco IPO extends to banks Saudi, Yemen's Houthis hold 'indirect talks' in Oman to end war The king said it was time

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    Soldier accused of killing Alaa Abou Fakher in Lebanon charged with murder

    The soldier who shot and killed a protester in Beirut has been charged by a military prosecutor with murder, according to Lebanon's state-run National News Agency. Alaa Abou Fakher was shot dead on November 12 - the first casualty from security forces since nationwide anti-government protests began on October 17. According to the NNA, a colonel who was on the scene with the soldier who is reported to have killed Fakher was also charged Thursday. Fakher has become known as “the martyr of the revolution,” with murals and posters of him appearing across Lebanon.

  • Why Seychelles has world's worst heroin problem

    The island paradise of Seychelles is suffering from a drug epidemic of huge proportions. Known for its coral reefs, mangroves and white sandy beaches, 360,000 tourists travel to the Indian Ocean archipelago each year for a holiday of a lifetime. But look beyond the private islands, the boutique resorts and high-end restaurants, and the small nation is battling a heroin epidemic of huge proportions. Between 5,000 and 6,000 people out of a total population of 94,000 - the equivalent of nearly 10% of the working population - are addicted to heroin, according to the Agency for the Prevention of Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation (APDAR) in the Seychelles. Per capita, the Seychelles suffers from the highest

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    Son of former German president stabbed to death in Berlin

    The son of former German President Richard von Weizsaecker was stabbed to death while he was giving a lecture at a hospital in Berlin where he worked as a head physician, police announced on Wednesday. A 57-year-old German man is in custody after he jumped up from the audience at the Schlosspark-Klinik and attacked Fritz von Weizsaecker with a knife on Tuesday evening. More: On Berlin Wall anniversary, Merkel urges Europe to defend freedom East Germany's gender legacy: Do its women workers have an edge? In Berlin, quirky reminders linger from East-West divide An off-duty police officer in the audience who tried to stop the attack was seriously wounded and had to undergo surgery. Von Weizsaecker

  • The Papers: Queen 'let down' by 'outcast' Prince Andrew

    Pictures of the Duke of York dominate the morning's front pages following his decision to withdraw from royal duties. The Daily Mail calls him an "outcast" and says he was forced to quit after a "dramatic intervention" by the Queen and the Prince of Wales. It says they took "decisive action" to contain the fallout from Prince Andrew's disastrous TV interview about his friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The paper goes on to say that "not since Edward VIII's abdication in 1936 has any member of the Royal Family so dramatically walked away from their public duties". The Sun reports that the Queen was said to be "very disappointed" with her son and feels "let down". "Crisis

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    Makkah siege: laying the ghost of 1979 to rest

    JEDDAH: Today, Saudi Arabia's leadership is working to reverse the years of social regression triggered in part by the November 1979 siege of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative conference in 2017 in Riyadh, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “We are returning to what we were before - a country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the world.” And in an interview conducted last year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that before the Iranian Revolution and the siege of Makkah rocked the Muslim world, “we were just normal people developing like any other country in the world until the events of 1979.” If there is a specific date that