News Archive :: 2012 / 02

Denzel Washington to play drug addict pilot

London , Feb 1

Actor Denzel Washington will play a drug-addicted pilot in a new film.

Anti-Putin protest thwarted by police

Moscow , Feb 1

A massive police presence in downtown Moscow prevented followers of radical firebrand politician Eduard Limonov from demonstrating Tuesday evening against expected return of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin.

Katie Price tried hard to reconcile: Andre

London , Feb 1

Singer Peter Andre says his ex-wife Katie Price tried her best to reconcile last year but he turned her down.

Iran launches Spanish language TV channel

Tehran , Feb 1

Iran officially launched a Spanish-language international satellite channel Tuesday, IRNA news agency reported.

Russia may repeat mission to Mars moon

Moscow , Feb 1

Russia will send another sample mission to the Martian moon Phobos if the European Space Agency (ESA) decides not to include Russia in its ExoMars programme, the head of Russia’s space agency said Tuesday.

Nuclear safety tests in Japan appropriate: IAEA

Tokyo , Feb 1

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) group has found the safety tests it had overseen at Japan's idled nuclear reactors to be in line with international standards.

It's fun working with Anthony: Jennifer Lopez

London , Feb 1

Actress Jennifer Lopez believes it is "fun" working with estranged husband Marc Anthony on television show “Q'Viva! The Chosen”.

'New directors, social media creating fresh Pakistani cinema'

New Delhi , Feb 1

Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar says Pakistani cinema is going through a bad patch for want of good stories but feels that with the entry of new age directors and the social media, the content quality is expected to improve.

Pakistan considers India an existential threat: US

Washington , Feb 1

The United States wants its relations with Pakistan to remain positive, but their interests sometimes differed as Pakistan considered India as an existential threat, according to Washington's intelligence chief.

Romney thumps Gingrich, regains momentum

Washington , Feb 1

With a thumping win in the Republican primary in Florida, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has cemented his front-running status for the right to challenge President Barack Obama in November.

Sensex weak in morning trade

Mumbai , Feb 1

A benchmark index for Indian equities started February on a weak note Wednesday with profit booking in banking and realty stocks pulling down the index.

Sunny morning in Delhi

New Delhi , Feb 1

It was a sunny morning in the capital Wednesday with a slight chill in the air. The met department forecast a warm and clear day ahead despite the minimum temperature settling at 6.7 degrees Celsius, two notches below average for this time of the season.

China to rate films for the first time

Beijing , Feb 1

Ratings for movies have existed in countries like the US and Japan for years. Chinese audiences, however, have been left in the dark when it comes to film content, with some parents forced to leave movies early when their children become frightened by violent adult content.

Chilean held for stealing ice from a glacier

Santiago , Feb 1

Chilean police nabbed a man who was transporting in a refrigerated truck 5,200 kg of ice that had been removed from a glacier, the cargo apparently destined for bars and restaurants here in the capital.

Bent on laptops, spondylitis afflicting India's young

New Delhi , Feb 1

Shweta Arya was 29 years old when she first had a back problem. Ignored initially, her pain spread upwards and aggravated to a level where she was not even able to move her neck.

Four killed in China bus crash

Beijing , Feb 1

At least four people were killed and 28 injured after a bus plunged off a highway bridge in China's Guizhou province Tuesday, said authorities.

Bollywood galore at Riteish-Genelia sangeet

Mumbai , Feb 1

From Sanjay Dutt, Gauri Khan to Karan Johar and Abhishek Bachchan -- the who is who of Bollywood gathered for the sangeet ceremony of Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza at the Taj Lands End here.

Italy ends searching people in Concordia's submerged part

Rome , Feb 1

Italian officials Tuesday decided to end searching any further for the missing 15 people of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in its submerged part.

Radcliffe comfortable with nudity

London , Feb 1

"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe, set to go naked for his new film "Kill Your Darlings", says he is comfortable with nudity.

25 Chinese nationals held in Egypt

Cairo , Feb 1

As many as 25 Chinese nationals working for a cement factory in Egypt have been taken captive by some local people in Egypt's Sinai town of Arish, said the Chinese embassy officials in Cairo.

Miley Cyrus injures back bone

London , Feb 1

Singer-actress Miley Cyrus is recovering after injuring a bone in her back while attempting to do a front flip.

Ford to be honoured by Society of Cinematographers

Los Angeles , Feb 1

Hollywood star Harrison Ford will be honoured for his career at the upcoming American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) gala.

Reaching out to Bihar's poorest, via radio

Patna , Feb 1

Come July, special radio programmes will be aired in Bihar for Mahadalits, the poorest of the poor in the state, to educate them about the importance of literacy, sanitation and kicking bad habits like consuming alcohol and tobacco.

Venezuela completes repatriation of gold

Caracas , Feb 1

The Venezuelan government received the last 14 tonnes of gold of a total of 160 tonnes that were deposited in banks in other countries, and which arrived at Caracas' Maiquetia international airport amid an impressive military deployment that included tanks and some 300 soldiers posted along the route.

Mexican oil firm posts nearly $25 bn surplus in 2011

Mexico City , Feb 1

Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said Tuesday it posted a trade surplus of $24.99 billion in 2011, up 28 percent from the prior year.

US housing prices still falling

New York , Feb 1

Prices of single-family homes in the 20 largest US metropolitan areas fell 1.3 percent in November from the previous month and 3.7 percent compared with November 2010, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices from Standard and Poor's.

13 die in drone attack in Pakistan

Islamabad , Feb 1

At least 13 people were killed Wednesday in a US drone attack in Pakistan's northwest, a media report said.

Spain shuts migrant marriage fraud ring

Barcelona , Feb 1

Thirty eight people suspected of organizing fraudulent marriages in Spain as a way of legalizing the immigration status of Dominican women working as prostitutes in the northeastern region of Catalonia have been arrested.

Fish diet in pregnancy bolsters progeny's intelligence

London , Feb 1

Babies born to women who ate more fish during pregnancy scored higher in verbal intelligence and fine motor skill tests and also fared better socially.

Former DMK minister's home raided

Chennai , Feb 1

The residence and business premises of former DMK minister N.K.K.P. Raja were raided Wednesday morning for allegedly possessing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, an official said.