NEW DELHI, Aug. 13 -- Rescuers ended the search Sunday for survivors of twin earthquakes in northwestern Iran that killed nearly 300 people and injured more than 2,600 a day earlier, state television reported.
An Indian-origin girl student in UK raised over 6,400 pounds by organising a '5K walk' for the world's largest NGO-run school meal programme which provides food for 1.3 million children daily in India. Sabina Ranger, a second year university student, organized the walk for the Akshaya Patra Foundation which helps school children across 9 states and 19 locations. US Navy ship collides with oil tanker in Gulf
The US Navy's guided-missile destroyers collided with an oil tanker on Sunday but no injuries were reported. The damage caused by the collision involving the USS Porter and the Panamanian- lagged bulk oil tanker is being evaluated. The USS Porter is on a scheduled deployment to the US 5th Fleet, which is based in Bahrain. China reservoir collapse kills at least 10: state media
Around 10 persons were killed and dozens injured after the earthen wall of a reservoir collapsed in eastern China, flooding a rural area, the state media said on Sunday. The 96foot wall of a reservoir in Zhejiang province collapsed following heavy rainfall after Typhoon Haikui passed through the area. 40 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan
About 40 Taliban militants were killed by security forces in Afghanistan, the interior ministry said on Sunday. The anti-insurgency operations were carried out in more than half a dozen provinces, including Kunar, Laghman, Kandahar, Uruzgan and Logar. Thirty persons were arrested. US Army officer becomes first openly gay general
A US army officer has become the first openly gay person in the country to be promoted to the ranks of brigadier general, marking an important achievement for the gay rights advocates. Tammy Smith, 49, wo was promoted on Friday, also publicly acknowledged her sexuality for the first time. 'Sikhs in NY police dept be allowed turban and beard'
In the wake of an attack at a Wisconsin Gurdwara, New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been asked to allow Sikhs to wear turban and sport a beard in the New York Police Department (NYPD) . In a letter to Bloomberg, New York City comptroller John C Liu said the city can enact inclusion of this community by changing NYPD rules to allow Sikhs to serve without having to forsake their turbans and beards. OFFICIALS HALT RESCUE OPERATION Iranian officials said on Sunday rescue operations had ended by afternoon and that all those trapped beneath the rubble had been freed, Iran's English-language Press TV reported.
Many villages are hard to reach by road, hindering rescue efforts. Hospitals in Tabriz, Ardabil and other cities took in many of the injured, residents and Iranian media said, and there were long queues of survivors waiting to be treated.
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