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Three killed in Denmark terror attacks, shooter shot dead

Copenhagen : At least three people were killed and five others injured in separate shooting attacks in Denmark, involving a gunman who was killed in a later shootout Sunday. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt termed the attacks as a "terrorist strike", media reports said.

The gunman stormed a cafe Saturday evening where French ambassador Francois Zimeray and controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks were present for an event titled "Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression", CNN reported.

Obama condemns 'outrageous murders' of Muslim students

Washington : US President Barack Obama condemned the "brutal and outrageous murders" of three Muslim students in the state of North Carolina earlier this week and said that no one should be targeted for their looks or modes of worship.

"No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship," Obama said in a statement, according to a CNN report Friday.

"Michelle and I offer our condolences to the victims' loved ones," the US president said.

Discarded Laptop batteries can help light up India

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

India is power starved country. There are ways and means are being searched in order to get round the problem. In the high profile visit of the US president Brack Obama, Prime Minister Narander Modi told the nation that a breakthrough in nuclear energy has made with the Civil -Nuclear deal with the US and soon India will become a power surplus nation.

Discussion on merits of Islamic banking to be organised at Oxford on Feb 18

By TCN News,

Oxford, UK: The Oxford Union and the Oxford Islamic Banking and Finance Society will be hosting a panel discussion by Harris Irfan and Tarek el-Diwany on February on how Islamic finance can or cannot fit into the spectrum of solutions with which to deal with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

US media sees Modi 'brought down to earth'

By Arun Kumar,

Washington: While US officials refrained from comment on Aam Aadmi Party's massive victory in Delhi elections, the New York Times saw "A Defeat for Prime Minister Modi" in the results.

"Fresh from the diplomatic high of a successful summit meeting with President Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been brought down to earth by domestic politics," the influential US daily said in an editorial. "Ordinarily, elections in New Delhi would not draw international attention," the Times said.

Two Indians jailed for involvement in Singapore riots

Singapore : Two more Indian nationals in Singapore were sent behind bars Tuesday for their involvement in the December 2013 riots in the Little India area of this city state, media reported.

Rajendran Mohan, 26, and Sathiyamoorthy Sivaraman, 27, were respectively awarded 27-month and 25-month jail sentences for their involvement in rioting, Today Online reported.

Mohan pleaded guilty Tuesday while co-accused Sivaraman pleaded guilty in September last year.

Mohan committed an offence of mischief against a motorbus.

British Muslims protest peacefully against Prophet Muhammad cartoons

London : Thousands of British Muslims gathered Sunday outside the gates of Downing Street (the headquarters of the British Government and the official residence) to protest against cartoons showing Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, news agencies reported.

The protest comes weeks after two terrorists attacked the offices of Hebdo magazine which had published images of the Prophet, killing 12 staff and wounding 11 others.

Retired Indian army officer helping build industries in Africa

By Francis Kokutse ,

Accra (Ghana): One hardly sees former Indian army officers in Africa’s business arena. But Col. (Rtd.) Raj Kalra from New Delhi is an exception and is bringing a new dimension to Africa's industrial development.

Kalra has brought his academic and professional experience to Ghana and is keen to make a difference to the country’s industrial development. So far, he has proved to be a businessman with a passion that is changing the face of industrial development quietly in Prampram, a coastal settlement, 60 km east of the capital, Accra.

Five killed in US shooting

Washington: A shooting in the US state of Georgia has left five people dead, media reports said Saturday.

Five victims, including children, were found when police were called to the scene, located at Willow Tree Circle in suburban Atlanta county of Douglasville, around 3 p.m. Saturday, WXIA-TV Atlanta quoted Douglasville county sheriff's Glenn Daniel as saying, according to Xinhua.

The shooter was found injured and was transported to a hospital, the report said.

The victims were found lying on the street and inside a home.

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Texas allows Sikh policemen to sport beards, turbans

Washington: In one of the biggest goodwill gestures to one of the largest communities in the US -- the Sikhs -- the state of Texas has allowed on-duty Sikh officers to sport essential Sikh religious symbols like beards and turbans.

According to a Washington Post report Friday, the decision of the county sheriff of greater Houston fulfilled one of the long standing demands of the Sikhs and made the county's police force one of the first few in the nation -- along with those in Washington DC and Riverside, California -- to permit Sikhs to wear their “articles of faith” on patrol.

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