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Swiss split on whether to abolish military draft

Swiss voters will head to the ballot box Sunday to decide whether to abolish their conscript army, as much a part of the Alpine nation's image as direct democracy, chocolate and cheese. Duration: 00:53 Sep 20, 2013
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Egypt army buries police general after clashes

The funeral of Giza deputy security chief Nabil Farrag took place in Cairo today, with Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other top brass in attendance. Farrag was shot dead when security forces stormed the Islamist bastion Kerdassah near the Giza pyramids on Thursday in the latest crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Duration: 00:40 Sep 20, 2013
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Swiss glacier shows climate change in action

The walk from Morteratsch station in Switzerland to the glacier of the same name used to be covered in ice, but it has been steadily shrinking for decades providing one of the clearest examples of climate change in action. Duration: 01:28 Sep 20, 2013
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Christian hostel has own view of Syria rebels

As social media abound with horror stories of jihadists murdering minorities in Syria, a group of elderly Christians in Aleppo and the rebels who care for them portray a different reality. They object to attempts, including by President Bashar al-Assad, to portray everyone fighting to overthrow the regime as jihadists seeking to eradicate anyone who is not an ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim. Duration: 00:50 Sep 20, 2013
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With Iraq leader in Berlin, party struggles at home

As Iraq's president recovers in Germany from a stroke, his political party at home faces a stiff challenge from an emboldened opposition in upcoming Kurdish elections, with some forecasting a disastrous showing. The struggles facing Jalal Talabani's bloc, which for decades has held a duopoly on power in the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, could prove instructive for parties across the country. Duration: 01:01 Sep 20, 2013
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Stephen Hawking documentary unveiled in UK

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking tells the extraordinary tale of how he overcame severe disability to become the most famous living scientist in a new documentary film premiered in Britain on Thursday. Duration: 01:27 Sep 20, 2013
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Apple buyers rue high price of new 'low cost' iPhone

A kilometre-long queue in Japan with Apple aficionados who brave a typhoon clamour for the new iPhones, but high prices in Asia and no new alliance in the vast Chinese market put a damper on the global roll out. Duration: 01:22. Sep 20, 2013
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My speech was not provocative: BJP MLA Suresh Rana

Lucknow, Sep 20 (ANI): Arrested BJP MLA Suresh Rana has claimed that he has not given any controversial speech that incited communal violence in Muzaffarnagar. Rana was arrested on Friday, 72 hours after the arrest warrants were issued against 16 politicians accused of inciting communal violence through inflammatory speeches. Rana claimed that he was being targeted by the Samajwadi Party as he asked for Azam Khan's resignation. Sep 20, 2013
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It happens: Viswakarama Puja

Ranchi/Jalpaiguri, Sept 20,(ANI): Indians in eastern provinces of the country celebrated Hindu festival associated with worshipping of the god of engineering and architecture, Lord Viswakarama. Artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, welders, industrial or factory workers offered prayers to Vishwakarma to ensure smooth functioning of machine parts and their tools. In eastern Ranchi city of Jharkhand state, workers in an automobile factory refrained from using their machines and worshipped them along with photographs of Lord Viswakarma. Workers at a powerhouse station also kept aside their tools today and performed the Hindu rituals to appease their God of engineering. Meanwhile, it was a Thanks giving Day for elephants at the eastern Indian wildlife sanctuary. Captive elephants, used by the forest officials to supervise the area, enjoyed a royal treat at the Jaldapara Sanctuary in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal state. On the occasion of Vishwakarma puja, the jumbos got the much-awaited annual holiday. The day started with a special bathing session for these jumbos, who were then decorated by the mahouts with coloured cloths and by drawing floral designs on their heads. Lord Viswakarma is the presiding deity of all craftsmen and is regarded as the principle architect of the universe i Sep 20, 2013
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It happens: Pitru Paksha Rituals

Gaya, Sept 20,(ANI): Devout Hindus converged on the banks of sacred river Falgu in India's eastern Bihar state to perform 'Pitru Paksha' as they paid homage to their ancestors and prayed for the salvation of their souls especially through food offerings. The devotees offered prayers and performed religious rituals on the banks of the river at the holy city of Gaya. Pitr-paksha generally falls in the month of September or October every year. According to traditional belief, the eldest son of a family performs Pind Daan and pays homage to their ancestors. The devotees also get their heads tonsured as a part of the ritual for the departed souls. The food is usually cooked in silver or copper vessels and placed on banana leaves. Devotees believe that once the ritual is performed, the souls of their ancestors shall be relieved of all the sins and they would be freed from the cycle of birth and death. Sep 20, 2013
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It happens: Ganpati Visarjan

Mumbai/Bhopal/Agra, Sept 20,(ANI): It was a sea of humanity that spilled over onto the streets and main thoroughfares across India as thousands of devout Hindus gave a tearful and colourful farewell to the elephant God Ganesha ahead of his idol's immersion. This event marked the culmination of the ten-day long festival of 'Vinayaka Chaturthi' as thousands of idols of Ganesha made of mud and straws, are immersed in water bodies like rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and even in seas. The immersion ceremony known as 'Visarjan' is regarded as the divine entities returning to their abodes after being the guests of the devotees on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. At Mumbai, there was a beeline of devotees walking across the streets with huge idols of Ganesha carried by trucks and other vehicles. The devotees danced on the streets to appease the God for one last time before another year long wait for the elephant deity to descend on earth. The picture showcasing mirth, divinity and the spiritual vivacity of Indians was no different in other Indian cities. Be it the central Bhopal or northern Agra city, devotees of Lord Ganesha thronged on the banks of water bodies to immerse their respective idols and engaged in performing the last-minute rituals. Sep 20, 2013
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Muzaffarnagar violence: BJP MLA Suresh Rana arrested

Lucknow, Sep 20 (ANI): 72 hours after the arrest warrants were issued against politicians accused of inciting communal violence through inflammatory speeches in Muzaffarnagar, the Akhilesh Yadav government has arrested BJP MLA Suresh Rana. Rana had been attending Uttar Pradesh Assembly session for the last few days even as police officials had been waiting outside the building to arrest political leaders accused of making inflammatory speeches. Sep 20, 2013
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CBI closes Mulayam___s DA case, Petitioner calls it mere opinion

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): Even as the CBI on Friday closed the disproportionate assets case against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, petitioner in the case, Vishwanath Chaturvedi said that it was mere opinion and not a closure report since no FIR had yet been filed against Mulayam. Sep 20, 2013