Swedish maritime expert: Russia in charge of piracy case

STOCKHOLM - Russia is the most likely place for a possible trial of those detained in connection with the missing Arctic Sea freighter, a Swedish expert on maritime law said Wednesday.

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71-year-old faces murder charges after German shootings

SCHWALMTAL - A 71-year-old pensioner faces murder charges following shootings late Tuesday in which three people were killed and a fourth wounded, German police said Wednesday.

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Court notice on plea alleging ‘blood trading racket’

NEW DELHI - The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi government seeking information about the medical guidelines followed by all state-run hospitals for blood donation as a petitioner alleged “a racket in the trading of blood”.

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Trial by video-conferencing not fair: Abu Salem

NEW DELHI - Extradited gangster Abu Salem, facing charges of extortion, Wednesday told a city court that conducting his trial by video-conferencing was not fair and it would violate his extradition conditions.

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Government defends airport development fee

NEW DELHI - The government Wednesday justified its stand on collecting airport development fee (ADF) from passengers departing from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport and told the Delhi High Court that it was well within law.

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Court constitutes committee to supervise juvenile homes

NEW DELHI - Taking serious note of the insensitivity shown towards children living in juvenile homes, the Delhi High Court Wednesday constituted a four-member committee to look into their welfare.

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Hanging of man who raped, killed his daughter stayed

NEW DELHI - The Supreme Court Wednesday stayed the scheduled hanging of a man, convicted of raping and killing his four-year-old daughter, at the Ambala Central jail in Haryana Friday.

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SRK’s detention raises questions about US procedures: Tharoor

ALIGARH - Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor Wednesday said Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan’s detention at a US airport raised real questions about US procedures.

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Centre wants quotas in civil service postings

NEW DELHI - Dalit and backward category students competing in the civil services exams on merit should be allowed to avail quota benefits to secure higher services and better cadres, the central government said in the Supreme Court Wednesday, opposing the Madras High Court’s March 2008 ruling, which had held to the contrary.

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Sri Lanka relocates 16,000 refugees after floods hit camps

COLOMBO - The government relocated 16,000 Tamil refugees after floods hit their camps in northern Sri Lanka, state officials said Wednesday.

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