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Last Updated: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 13:10 hrs

6. 40 pm

Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, 26, commits suicide

The family of a Reddit co-founder who committed suicide in New York weeks before he was to go on trial on federal charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles is blaming prosecutors for his death.

Aaron Swartz hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment Friday night, his family and authorities said. The 26-year-old had fought to make online content free to the public and as a teenager helped crease RSS, a family of Web feed formats used to gather updates from blogs, news headlines, audio and video for users.

In 2011, he was charged with stealing millions of scientific journals from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an attempt to make them freely available.

He had pleaded not guilty, and his federal trial was to begin next month. If convicted, he faced decades in prison and a fortune in fines.

In a statement released Saturday, Swartz's family in Chicago expressed not only grief over his death but also bitterness toward federal prosecutors pursuing the case in Massachusetts against him.

5. 40 pm

Only UN can find the truth, say Pakistani dailies

Only the UN can find the truth behind the India-Pakistan clashes on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir if the two countries cannot establish the facts themselves through cooperation, say two leading Pakistani dailies.

There was "no better forum" than a UN observer group for this task, the Karachi-based Dawn said in an editorial.

The News International, also from Karachi, said that considering the gravity of the dispute, it would support the Pakistani government's plan to have an independent enquiry through the UNMOGIP.

The first group of UN military observers arrived in January 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir after the hostilities of 1948. These observers are under the command of the military adviser appointed by the UN secretary-general and the monitoring group is more commonly known as UNMOGIP (UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan).

Stressing that New Delhi cannot "bypass" UNMOGIP this time, the Dawn said India keeps referring to the 1972 Shimla pact to keep away third parties in India-Pakistan conflicts.

The Shimla agreement, it said, aims to settle differences between India and Pakistan "by peaceful means through bilateral negotiations or by any other peaceful means mutually agreed upon".

"Mercifully, the two governments have decided not to exacerbate matters," the Dawn said.

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Egypt court grants Mubarak appeal, orders retrial

A court granted Hosni Mubarak's appeal of his life sentence, ordering on Sunday a retrial of the ousted Egyptian president on charges that he failed to prevent the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that toppled his regime nearly two years ago.

The ruling read out by judge Ahmed Ali Abdel-Rahman during the brief court session also overturned the conviction of Mubarak's security chief Habib el-Adly, who is also serving a life sentence after his conviction on the same charges. He too will be retried.

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Didn't compare Bachchan with Kasab: Nida Fazli

Urdu poet Nida Fazli, whose comparison between the 'angry young man' image in the 70s in Hindi films and Ajmal Kasab has snowballed into a controversy, has denied the allegation that he was likening the 26/11 terrorist with megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

The 74-year-old poet had written in a literary magazine that the way Bachchan's angry young man was created by scriptwriters Salim-Javed, Kasab too was a creation of Mumbai-attack mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed.

Fazli has now accused the media of twisting his remarks.

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3.10 pm:

Released from jail, man rapes, kills minor girl

A 32-year-old man, who was released from jail for his good behaviour after serving sentence in a rape and murder case of a minor girl, was again arrested for allegedly raping and killing a girl here, police said today.

Sunil Suresh alias Pappu Salve was arrested yesterday for allegedly kidnapping a nine-year-old girl from Shirdi town of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra on December 28 last year following which he raped her and then killed her.

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2.28 pm:

Omar to review security of village heads

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will Sunday review the security of the elected village representatives after militants targeted some of them.

A day after shooting dead a sarpanch in Baramulla district, guerrillas shot and wounded a woman panch near Sopore town late Saturday.

Officials said the chief minister cancelled a dinner with his ministers and party colleagues here to head to Srinagar for the meeting.

Officials said Abdullah, who also heads the home ministry, has taken the security of elected village representatives "very seriously".

1.40 pm:

Moscow journalist killed, dismembered by husband

A Moscow journalist who was reported missing last week was killed and dismembered by her husband, a cook who co-founded a legendary hangout in the capital, investigators said.

Alexei Kabanov admitted to committing the murder after fragments of the body of Irina Cherska, including head and limbs, were found in a car he borrowed from a friend, the Investigative Committee said.

Kabanov, 38, said he strangled Cherska, 39, in a flash of domestic violence Jan 3 and then dismembered her body and stashed it in the car, hoping to get rid of it later.

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A flag meeting is set to take place between India and Pakistan on Monday at 1 pm. The meeting will take place in Poonch. India is expected to protest the ceasefire violation by Pakistan and demand that the head of the mutilated solider be returned in this meeting.  India will also deny that it killed a Pakistani solider as claimed by the country.

Pakistan had previously ignored India's repeated requests for a meeting since the violations had occurred.

12.45 pm:

Reports indicate that an encounter has taken place between the Maoists and security personnel near the Chhattisgarh-Andhra Pradesh border. 3 Maoists have been killed and 6 jawans have been injured.

12.10 pm:

War within Andhra Congress over power tariff hike

With a section of ministers mounting pressure on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to withdraw the proposed steep hike in electricity tariff, the ruling Congress in the state is feeling the heat over the issue from both within and outside the party.

The four state-owned power distribution companies (Discoms) have proposed a 10-30 percent tariff hike for various categories of consumers from April to raise Rs.12,723 crore to bridge the massive deficit projected for 2013-14.

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Maoists are inhuman, says Jairam Ramesh

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has lashed out at the Maoists over the recent brutal attack on a security personnel in Jharkhand, saying the ultras bear no humanity.

Ramesh highlighted his belief that the rebels no longer wanted talks or parleys to address the issues raised by them.

"I can see clearly that the rebels do not believe in dialogue and the barbaric way in which they have killed our troops in Latehar is not only condemnable, but also signifies that humanity does not exist amongst them," said Ramesh.

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10.55 am:

CISF to deploy more women personnel on Delhi Metro

To ensure safety of women on Delhi Metro, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has decided to increase the number of its women personnel to 25 per cent of its total deployment.

The decision comes after the Central government recently announced that police stations in the national capital will have more women staff.

"We have decided to enhance the number of our women personnel and take their strength to 25 per cent of our total deployment in the Delhi Metro. The exercise is on," CISF chief Rajiv told PTI.

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10.00 am:

President's Rule likely in Jharkhand

Jharkhand governor Syed Ahmed is likely to recommend President's Rule in the state, NDTV, citing sources, said on Sunday.

Shibu Soren's Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the state Congress met the governor separately on Saturday, but the governor may be looking at the option of President's Rule with neither of the parties having enough numbers in the state Assembly.

On Saturday, JMM sought more time to form the government.

JMM leader Hemant Soren told media: "There are still chances to form a government."

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9.30 am:

I cried after Oscar nomination, says Anne Hathaway

Actress Anne Hathaway and her husband Adam Shulman celebrated her Oscar nomination by screaming and crying.

The 30-year-old received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for playing Fantine in "Les Miserables".

"I was just in bed and I was watching TV and they said my name. He was screaming louder than me! I think we might have scared the dog. I cried a lot and he hugged me and we kissed. It was really sweet," quoted Hathaway as saying.

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Obama's 2nd inauguration smaller, yet still grand

President Barack Obama's second inauguration is shaping up as a high-energy celebration smaller than his first milestone swearing-in, yet still designed to mark his unprecedented role in American history with plenty of eye-catching glamour.

A long list of celebrity performers will give the once-every-four years right of democratic passage the air of a star-studded concert, from the bunting-draped Capitol's west front of the Capitol, where Obama takes the oath Jan. 21, to the Washington Convention Center, which is expected to be packed with 40,000 ball-goers that evening.

The first family will lead a parade of clanging bands, elaborate floats and marchers, including costumed dancers, prancing horses and military units, down Pennsylvania Avenue. The president will dance with the first lady, whose dress seems destined to be most anticipated fashion statement of the second Obama administration.

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Palestinian protesters evicted from West Bank site

Palestinian protesters who pitched tents at a strategic West Bank site to protest plans to build a Jewish housing project there were evicted early Sunday, police said.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police evicted about a hundred protesters from the site after a court decision authorizing their removal.

Haaretz reported that the eviction was carried out despite a temporary High Court injunction preventing it.

Rosenfeld said no arrests were made during the half hour operation.

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7.30 am:

British police will issue an appeal for information about the missing Indian student to football fans ahead of Sunday's match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.

18-year-old Souvik Pal, from Kolkata, vanished after being separated from friends while celebrating New Year's Eve a nightclub in Manchester city.

"Souvik was last seen near the Warehouse Project, which is not far from Old Trafford. We hope that there could be someone among the crowd who may have some information that could help us," Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin said.

Now the Manchester club has agreed to allow police to make their latest appeal before kick-off at Sunday's game. The appeal will be shown on pitchside digital advertising hoardings and the stadium announcer will also make reference to the appeal before the match, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Souvik's father, Santanu Pal, who flew to Manchester from Bangalore in a bid to help the search, had said he would stay in Britain until his son is traced.

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