How a British royal’s monumental errors made India’s partition more painful

The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism. It was hardly a joyous moment: A botched process of partition saw the slaughter of more than a million people; some 15 […]

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Rangers have quite an array in plans for pitching rotation variation

Team considering possibility of a six-man rotation   “We are leaning toward some variation that gives these guys additional rest,” general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday before the Rangers went through their first official spring training workout. “It may be flexible, but we are going to look to give guys additional recovery time. That’s the priority, both […]

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Bieber, LeBron, other stars descend on LA for NBA showcase

All-Star festivities are back at Staples Center Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted players from the pool of All-Stars and the winning team gets a $350,000 donation from the NBA to the charity it chose. The league is hoping the new format that replaced the traditional East-West matchup will make it more competitive after a couple […]

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Airborne sedan smashes into dental office in Santa Ana, California, US

A car accident involving the car occupants and a dentist’s office happened on Sunday night in Santa Ana, California. A white Nissan sedan which was apparently driving too fast hit the raised concrete median on the road, after which it was launched into the air, slamming straight into the wall of the second floor of a two-story dental practice building, […]

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Former Irish footballer Liam Miller dies at 36

On Friday, former Irish footballer Liam Miller died aged 36, his first professional club Celtic FC said. The Scottish club tweeted, “Everyone at Celtic FC is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time. RIP Liam, YNWA.” According to reports in November, Miller was suffering from pancreatic cancer. […]

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United States: Jet loses engine cover over Pacific en route to Honolulu from San Francisco

On Tuesday, an engine cowling of a United Airlines airliner flying from San Francisco to Honolulu, in Hawaii, flew off over the Pacific Ocean, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. From file, United Airlines Boeing 777-222. Image: Aero Icarus. The Boeing 777-200 two-engine jet left San Francisco International Airport shortly after 9:00 am PST (1700 UTC) and was flying the scheduled United Flight 1175 when there was a sound […]

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Competition Commission of India fines Google ₹1.36 billion for ‘search bias’

On Thursday, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), a government anti-trust watchdog, fined US-based internet technology company Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc. ₹135.86 crore (about ₹1.36 billion, US$21 million) for manipulating their search results in favour of its products and syndicates, which affected business of rival companies. In the 190-page long decision, CCI said, “Google was leveraging its dominance in the market […]

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How a thrill-seeking personality helps Olympic athletes

One of the main draws of the Winter Olympics is the opportunity to witness some of the most exciting and nail-biting athletic feats. The daring events include the bobsled and downhill skiing. Then there’s the terrifying skeleton: Imagine barreling down a narrow chute of twisted ice-coated concrete at 125 miles per hour. Now imagine doing […]

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First reconciliation, then a republic – starting with changing the date of Australia Day

As the debate continues over whether Australia Day should be celebrated on January 26, this series looks at the politics of some unresolved issues swirling around Australia Day – namely, the republic and reconciliation. And just for good measure, we’ll check the health of Australian slang along the way. I have always been rather taken with Gary […]

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