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EgyptAir victims’ relatives give samples for DNA tests

24 May 2016

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian forensics officials collected DNA Tuesday from relatives of EgyptAir MS804 victims to help identify body parts retrieved from the Mediterranean, where the crash killed 66 people, the airline said.

McCartney nearly quit music after Beatles breakup

24 May 2016

LONDON (AFP) - Paul McCartney said he began drinking heavily and almost quit music altogether after The Beatles broke up, in an interview due to air this week.

Myanmar’s ‘penis poet’ freed after six months in jail

24 May 2016

YANGON (AFP) - A Myanmar man detained for publishing a poem on Facebook about having a tattoo of the former president on his penis said he was released Tuesday after serving a jail sentence for defamation. Maung Saungkha, 24, was arrested in November after he shared the short poem.

Out of order: India bank says third of ATMs don’t work

24 May 2016

MUMBAI (AFP) - A third of India’s cash machines don’t work, the central bank said, posing a challenge for the government as it strives to provide banking services to millions of poor citizens living in rural areas.

Saudi executed for murder

24 May 2016

RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi Arabia put to death a citizen convicted of murder on Tuesday, bringing to 94 the number of executions in the kingdom this year.

Hero’s burial plan for Philippine dictator Marcos sparks outrage

24 May 2016

MANILA (AFP) - Plans by the Philippines’ controversial president-elect to give late dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero’s burial triggered outrage on Tuesday, with martial law victims warning it would whitewash the strongman’s crimes.

Indonesia urged to take care in mass grave probe

24 May 2016

JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia must use forensic experts to help with exhuming suspected mass graves from 1960s anti-communist massacres to preserve crucial evidence and identify victims, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Tuesday.

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Six years' jail for British curry house boss over death of allergic customer

24 May 2016

PETALING JAYA: A curry house owner in England has been jailed for six years over the death of a nut-allergic customer from food containing peanuts.

Facebook apologises for banning ‘undesirable’ plus-sized model

24 May 2016

SYDNEY: Facebook has been forced to backtrack after it banned an Australian ad featuring a bikini-clad plus-sized model promoting positive body image, initially saying the photo’s depiction was “undesirable”.

Obama, Bourdain dine-out stuns Vietnam shop owner

24 May 2016

PETALING JAYA: Heads must have turned at a Vietnamese restaurant and why shouldn’t it be when you have an American president and a top celebrity chef dining together.

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