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Karzai warns NATO against airstrikes
Kabul, May. 31 (BNA) -- Afghan president Hamid Karzai has once again warned the Western military alliance force in Afghanistan against carrying out air strikes in civilian areas.
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BisB planning to launch five malls in push
Manama, May 31 (BNA) -- Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) expects to open five new financial malls over the next two years. Speaking on the sidelines of the AAOIFI conference, chief executive Mohammed Ebrahim Mohammed said the bank would be raising around BD54 million ($143.2m) through a share sale on June 8 to help fund its further expansion, this was published at Bahraini daily '' the Gulf Daily News''. "This is part of our two-year strategy which will also see us open another branch within three months.
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Water level at Fukushima reactor rises dramatically
Tokyo, May. 31 (BNA) -- Water levels in the basement of the No. 1 reactor building at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant increased dramatically on May 29 and 30, raising fears of radioactive water leaking from the site. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), said the water level rose 19.8 centimeters over the 24 hours to 7 a.m. on May 30, 18 times the increase over the previous 24 hours.
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Russian sub joins NATO exercise for first time
Moscow, May. 31 (BNA) -- A Russian Black Sea Fleet task force led by a submarine is taking part in NATO naval drills off the coast of Spain, the Russian Defense Ministry said, the first time a Russian submarine has participated in any NATO exercise. Bold Monarch is the world's largest submarine rescue exercise held every three years. This year's exercise, conducted on May 30-June 10 near the Spanish port of Cartagena, involves submarines, ships and aircraft from both NATO and non-NATO countries, including Russia. "The Russian task force comprises the diesel submarine Alrosa, salvage tug Shakhtyor, auxiliary vessel KIL-158, and rescue vessel Epron," a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.
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Israeli Defense Minister Meets German Parliament
Occupied Jerusalem , May 31 (BNA) - The Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met today with members of the German parliament, currently visiting Israel.
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Cross your arms to relieve pain
London, May. 31 (BNA) -- Hurt your hand? You might find that crossing one arm over the other eases the pain. The New Scientist website reported that researchers gave 20 volunteers a series of painful "jabs" to the back of one of their hands using a laser, with each pulse lasting 8 to 12 seconds. In half of the experiments the group received the jabs while they laid their palms face down on a desk. In the other half they crossed their arms over one another on the desk. Volunteers rated the pain they felt on a scale from zero to 100. Volunteers with crossed hands rated three increasing pain intensities as less painful compared with when they kept their hands uncrossed.
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Indian wedding bus plunges into pond, dozens dead
New delhi, May. 31 (BNA) -- A bus carrying people returning from a wedding party in India's northeastern state of Assam reportedly plunged into a large pond last night, leaving dozens of passengers dead. 31 people were reported dead according to local police. Local magistrate S.K. Roy said that the bus was crossing a wooden bridge that collapsed and fell more than 15 feet into the water. The accident occurred in Hajo in Charabari village, about 22 miles west of Assam's capital Guwahati. The bus was traveling from Guwahati to Kamrup district.
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Pakistani jets attack kills 11 at Taliban hideouts
Islamabad, May. 31 (BNA) -- Pakistani warplanes attacked Taliban hideouts in the northwestern Orakzai region, killing 11 militants, a senior regional government official said. The strike came a day after a local newspaper reported that Pakistan will launch an offensive in North Waziristan, a known sanctuary for al Qaeda and Taliban militants also located in Pakistan's tribal belt. "We had information that militants gathered there and were planning attacks so we launched the attack," senior government official Zaman Khan told reporters.
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Brain scans reveal why some people feel your pain
London, May. 31 (BNA) -- For some people, seeing pain in someone else is more than emotionally distressing: they feel the pain in their own body too. Now some of the pathways involved have been identified. The New Scientist website reported that "Synaesthetic pain" occurs mainly in people who have lost a limb. Some amputees are already known to experience phantom limb pain - a feeling of pain in a limb that is no longer there - but synaesthetic pain is different. Rather than occurring spontaneously, it is triggered by observed or imagined pain.
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Energy drinks make children fat, not fit, says study
London, May. 31 (BNA) -- Parents are are making their children fat and ruining their teeth by buying them sports or energy drinks and should give them water instead, doctors have warned. The Independent newspaper reported today that those energy drinks contain extra calories that may be contributing to growing obesity because so few children do enough exercise to burn them off, a study found.
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