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Google employee held for 'cyberstalking'

New York : A 23-year-old Google employee has been arrested for allegedly cyberstalking a former classmate, a medai report said.

According to a San Francisco Chronicle report, Nicholas Rotundo, an internal technology employee at the firm, posed as a researcher who was studying 'the public's perception of different breast types'.

He invited a former classmate from the University of Texas at Dallas to share her naked photos to be part of the study.

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China mulls scrapping death penalty for 9 crimes

Beijing: Chinese lawmakers are considering to remove the death penalty for nine crimes, including smuggling weapons and nuclear materials.

The draft amendment to the Criminal Law was submitted Monday to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for the first reading during the legislature's bi-monthly session which runs from Monday to Saturday, Xinhua reported.

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Botswana's incumbent president declared re-elected

Gaborone : Botswana's incumbent President Seretse Khama Ian Khama was re-elected Sunday after his party, Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), won the majority of parliament seats in the country's 11th general elections Oct 24.

Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo made the announcement in a televised-address to the nation. Ian Khama will be sworn in Oct 28, Xinhua reported.

Botswanians cast their ballots Friday to choose the 57 members of the National Assembly and 490 councillors for local governments.

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Dalai Lama meets Canadian MPs, discusses Tibet

Dharamsala : Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama met 10 members of the Canadian parliament and discussed the issue of Tibet, a statement said Saturday.

"They (the MPs) briefed His Holiness about their recent activities, including developments in the process of resettling 1,000 Tibetans from Arunachal Pradesh in Canada, of whom 220 have already arrived," a statement on the Dalai Lama's website said.

It said the Dalai Lama thanked them for their support, reminding them of the wider ramifications of the Tibet issue.

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Over 824,000 people displaced by Ukraine conflict: UN

Kiev : More than 824,000 people have been displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, including 430,000 within the country, according to a UN report obtained here Friday.

"Ongoing fighting in the east, and the resulting breakdown of basic services, continues to drive more people from their homes," the report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated.

According to the document, the number of people displaced inside Ukraine has increased by 170,000 since early September, Xinhua reported.

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Criminal investigation of Chevron CEO sought

Quito : A group representing some 30,000 Indians and other inhabitants of Ecuador's Amazon region who are affected by oil pollution have requested that the International Criminal Court in the Hague open a criminal investigation of John Watson, US oil giant Chevron's chairman and CEO, and other high-level company officers.

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Shootout in Ottawa: Indian-Canadian MP's first person account

By Nina Grewal,

When Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking at about 9.30 a.m. Wednesday in a caucus room of parliament, we heard a couple of shots. We were not alarmed as we thought some construction work was going on. Then, more shots were heard and we were alarmed, more so as the Prime Minister was in the room, standing and speaking.

Dark shadow of Ebola now a global threat: Trinidad PM

By Paras Ramoutar,

Port-of-Spain : The dark shadow of the Ebola has now become "a real and imminent global threat", Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has said.

In a message marking Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, the Indian-origin Prime Minister of this Caribbean nation said that her government was well prepared to deal with the Ebola virus.

Mexican governor resigns over missing students

Mexico City : The governor of the Guerrero state in Mexico has quit amid increasing protests over the disappearance of 43 students and the deaths of six others.

Governor Angel Aguirre told reporters in Chilpancingo, the state capital, that he was leaving office "to favour a political climate" conducive to a solution.

"The priority must be to continue with the search for the missing students and to ensure that the people responsible for these serious violations of human rights be punished," he said.

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Brazilian president leads among women, older voters

Brasilia : Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is to compete in a presidential runoff Sunday, leads among women and older people.

According to a poll released Wednesday, Rousseff, with a supporting rate of 47 percent, is ahead of her rival Aecio Neves, with 43 percent support, although four percent of the electorate remains undeclared and could potentially swing the vote, Xinhua reported.

Among women, Rousseff enjoys 54 percent of the support versus 46 percent for Neves.

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