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Last Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 15:01 hrs

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Horror movies blamed for inciting violence

A man on trial for stabbing a cab driver 13 times in Australia's New South Wales state, blamed horror movies for inciting violence, the media reported on Monday.

Luke William Woods, 35, is on trial for stabbing taxi driver Neal Kent, 71, on December 30, 2013 after drinking 12 beers, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Woods testified in court that he watched the graphic and violent movies "Friday the 13th", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Wrong Turn" on the day of the stabbing.

"They gave me a taste for blood," he said, adding "I had the taste for killing, more killing."

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Indian too ill for extradition, Aussie court told

The lawyer for an Indian man who fled Australia after killing a student in a Melbourne hit-and-run said he will use his client's serious medical condition to fight any extradition.

Puneet was allegedly drunk and driving at 148 km per hour when he hit and killed 19-year-old student Dean Hofstee and seriously injured 20-year-old Clancy Coker in 2008, ABC reported on Monday.

Puneet pleaded guilty to culpable driving and negligently causing serious injury. But in 2009 while on bail awaiting sentencing, he left Australia using his friend's passport.

12.45 pm:

Court sets July 25 for framing charges in IPL spot-fixing case

A court hearing the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case on Monday set July 25 for framing charges in the matter.

Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishna deferred till July 25 the court order on finalising the charges in the case.

The court also fixed July 13 for clarification if required in the matter.

Delhi Police on July 30, 2013, filed a charge sheet in the IPL spot-fixing case, alleging that absconding don Dawood Ibrahim and his aide Chhota Shakeel were behind the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

11.59 am:

Report sought from Tihar Jail as two escape

The central government on Monday sought a report from the Tihar Jail authorities after two inmates escaped from its high-security premises on Sunday.

The report was sought by the ministry of home affairs (MHA).

Of the two who escaped, one has been re-arrested, but the other is on the run, jail authorities said.

"...we have sought a clarification from Tihar authorities. Hopefully, their response will come in by today (June 29)," a home ministry official told IANS.

The two undertrials lodged at the jail escaped from its premises on June 27 by jumping the compound wall.

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Jayalalithaa to inaugurate Chennai Metro today

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Monday is scheduled to inaugurate the metro rail service in Chennai.

She will be inaugurating the first stretch of 10 kilometres through video conferencing from the secretariat.

10.27 am:

Jwala-Ashwini pair wins Canada Open

Indian shuttlers Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa won the Canada Open women's doubles title after upstaging the top-seeded Dutch pair of Eefje Muskens and Selena Piek in the summit clash here.

The third-seeded Indian pair triumphed 21-19 21-16 in the contest which lasted 35 minutes.

In a closely-contested opening game, Jwala and Ashwini broke away from the 19-19 and converted the lone game point opportunity to grab the initiative.

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Four terrorists killed in Pakistan

Four terrorists, including a suicide bomber, were killed and nine injured in a raid carried out in Pakistan's Lahore city on Monday.

During the raid in Lahore's Rachna Town and Khan Colony area, a suicide bomber blew himself up, injuring nine people including a policeman, Geo News reported.

One terrorist was shot by police on the spot while two more who sustained bullet wounds succumbed to their injuries later.

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BJP leader accuses fellow party member of molestation

A BJP worker was allegedly molested by a party leader and his four associates in Lucknow, police said today.

The woman in her complaint alleged that BJP leader Anup Tiwari molested her on June 20 in his car on the pretext of dropping her home, Station Incharge of Railbazar police station Shravan Yadav said.

The woman complained about the incident to local party authorities and the next day Anup and his four associates reached party office and molested the complainant and tried to strip her too, he said.

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Egypt court jails 47 Morsi loyalists

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 47 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood group from three to 15 years in prison over violence charges, MENA news agency reported.

The Zagazig Criminal Court found the defendants guilty of terrorist activities, violating the new anti-protest law, possessing anti-government fliers, resisting the authorities and assaulting private properties at Sharqiya province, some 65 km north of the capital Cairo.

The ruling regarding other 31 defendants facing similar charges has been delayed to June 30.

Morsi was ousted by the military in early July 2013 after mass protests against his one-year rule. Later on, a security crackdown on his supporters left more than 1,000 killed and thousands more arrested and the Brotherhood was eventually blacklisted as a terrorist group.

On the other hand, hundreds of police and army personnel were killed in attacks carried out by extremists and self-proclaimed Islamists since Morsi's removal.

Sinai-based, Al Qaeda-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which has changed its name to "Sinai State" and vowed loyalty to the regional Islamic State (IS) militant group, claimed responsibility for most of the anti-government attacks.