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Indian man stranded in UAE hospital over unpaid bills

Dubai:An Indian national has been stuck for the past four months in a Dubai hospital owing to non-payment of his medical expenses up to 100,000 dirhams (about $27,000).

Maxwell Donald Pereira, 56, who suffered partial paralysis after a life threatening stroke in January, is stuck in hospital as he could not afford to pay his bills, Gulf News reported Wednesday.

He has been treated in Rashid Hospital in the city since he suffered stroke. He is now said to be stable.

The newspaper citing hospital authorities said he cannot walk and is dependent on others.

Asian Americans 'too busy' to vote in US

Washington: About three-in-ten Asian-American eligible voters, including Indian Americans, have cast ballots in midterm elections since 1998, a much lower turnout rate than that of whites and blacks, according to a new report.

With an estimated nine million eligible voters in 2014, the Asian-American electorate for the November Congressional elections makes up 4 percent of all eligible voters, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by Pew Research Centre, a Washington think tank.

Indian-origin woman charged with murdering neighbour in Canada

Toronto: An Indian-origin woman in Canada has been charged with murdering her neighbour in South Ottawa in Canada's Ontario province.

Gurpreet Ronald, 34, accused of killing Jagtar Gill, 43, in the latter's living room in January this year, was arrested and charged Tuesday, Ottawa Citizen reported Wednesday.

The accused and the victim were neighbours.

Ronald was employed in OC Transpo, an urban transit service of the City of Ottawa, the same place where Gill's husband Bhupinderpal worked as a bus driver.

US sends Navy destroyer to Black Sea amid Ukraine crisis

Washington: The US Navy destroyer -- USS Donald Cook -- the second American military ship to be deployed in the Black Sea amid the Ukraine crisis, is scheduled to arrive in the designated waters Thursday, a Pentagon spokesman has said.

"The Donald Cook's mission is to reassure NATO allies and Black Sea partners of America's commitment to strengthen and improve interoperability while working towards mutual goals in the region, " Xinhua quoted Steve Warren, the spokesperson, as telling media Wednesday.

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Student stabs 22 people in US high school

Washington: Twenty-one students and an adult were injured when a teenager, armed with knives, attacked students and staff at a high school in the US state of Pennsylvania Wednesday, officials said.

"A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure," said the Westmoreland County school district in a statement posted on its web site.

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Sardar candidate for FIH Athletes' Committee elections

Lausanne:India captain Sardar Singh is among the 15 male candidates for the Athletes' Committee elections of the international hockey federation (FIH).

A total of six women and 15 men make up the candidate list for the inaugural FIH Athletes' Committee elections set to take place during the World Cup from May 31 to June 15 in The Hague.

Indian man convicted for attacking compatriot

Dubai: An Indian national in UAE was Wednesday convicted and sentenced in absentia to six months in jail for a violent attack on a fellow Indian flatmate.

The Indian cook, identified only as MAS, knocked out the teeth of his flatmate, identified as MS, 54, in a vicious attack for objecting to watching a cricket game too loud on television in Dubai in April last year, The National reported.

The victim said the assailant raised the TV volume to maximum when he woke up in the morning.

Indian American physicians to focus on giving back to society

Washington: An influential body of Indian American physicians will hold its annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, in June focusing on how to enhance their professional growth and to give back to the society.

Over 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the 32nd annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) from June 25 to 29, according to AAPI pesident Jayesh Shah.

Aimed at continuing with the theme of 'Be Fit and Be Cool', the convention will have a unique health walk from the Sunset Station, he said.

Russia blames NATO of cold war mentality

Moscow: Moscow Tuesday accused the NATO of bearing "cold war" mentality over the latter's decision to limit the access of Russian diplomats to its headquarters.

"We noted that information about the move was posted on the main page of NATO's official website. It looks like access by Russian diplomats to the NATO office is the North Atlantic alliance's number one problem," Xinhua quoted the Russian foreign ministry as saying in a statement.

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Iran's selection of new UN envoy not viable: US

Washington: The US said Tuesday that it has told the Iranian government about its "not viable" selection of a new UN ambassador for his alleged involvement in holding 52 Americans hostage in 1979.

"The US government has informed the government of Iran that this potential selection is not viable," Xinhua quoted White House spokesperson Jay Carney as saying in a regular news briefing.

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