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Photos: Kerman holds biggest Zoroastrian Sadeh Festival
The Zoroastrians marked Sadeh, an ancient feast celebrating the creation of fire, in Kerman last Friday. Sadeh has been observed since the days when Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in the powerful Persian empire. -Photos by Laleh Khajouyi

A death-rite at peril
There are roughly 500 Parsis in Kolkata. But sadly, even this small community finds it difficult to maintain their age-old death ritual owing to a drop in the number of vultures and other problems. Anusua Banerjee reports.

The men of steel with a softer side
Tata, the Indian company that owns Tetley Tea and Jaguar Land Rover, is 66% owned by charities - its unique character was shaped by its founder Jamsetji Tata and his successors.



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After Netanyahu warnings, U.S., Iran resume talks

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry meets his Iranian counterpart Zarif for a new round of nuclear negotiations in MontreuxThe U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers began a third day of talks over Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday, just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned that the deal being negotiated was a serious mistake. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif resumed their discussions in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux, hoping to work out a framework deal by late March. Netanyahu argued that rather than preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear arms, a deal would "all but guarantee" that it would one day get the atomic bomb, putting Israel, the wider region and U.S. interests at risk.




Two Malaysians identified in IS beheading video from Syria
Malaysian authorities have identified two Malaysians in a video by the Islamic State of a beheading that is believed to have taken place in Syria. Mohd Faris Anuar and Muhamad Wanndy Muhammad Jedi, aged 20 and 25 respectively, were identified as the men involved in the beheading of a Syrian man in a video posted to Facebook on Feb. 22, said Ayub Khan Mydin, the police counter-terrorism division's deputy chief. Wanndy traveled with his wife Nor Mahmudah Ahmad to Syria on Jan. 26, while Faris went last September, said Ayub Khan.

Russian security service chief says several suspects in Nemtsov case: agencies

Visitor holds flowers and a book by Russian leading opposition figure Nemtsov before funeral in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - The director of Russia's Federal Security Service said on Wednesday that an investigation into the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov had identified several suspects, Russian news agencies reported. FSB boss Alexander Bortnikov said, however, that the suspects were only one version that investigators were considering, Interfax news agency said. (Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Alexander Winning)




More than 30 killed in coal mine blast in rebel-held east Ukraine

Miners arrive to help with the rescue effort in Zasyadko coal mine in DonetskBy Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - A blast at a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk killed more than 30 people, a local official said on Wednesday, with dozens more miners who were underground at the time unaccounted for. Rescue workers have not yet come to the place of the explosion, they are removing the poisonous gas and then will go down," said Vladimir Tsymbalenko, the head of the local mining safety service.




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Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store
App Store Official Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:

India bans broadcast of film showing gang-rapist

Indian activists take part in a vigil to mark the second anniversary of the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi on December 16, 2014India has banned the broadcast of a controversial documentary in which one of the men who gang-raped and murdered a student is shown blaming the victim -- a move the film's maker called "arbitrary censorship". Home Minister Rajnath Singh told parliament on Wednesday the comments of Mukesh Singh, one of five men convicted over the 2012 attack in New Delhi, were "highly derogatory and an affront to the dignity of women". "The government condemns it," he said of the documentary made by award-winning British film-maker Leslee Udwin, who won rare access to New Delhi's Tihar jail to interview the prisoner on death row. Singh's comments in the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house, came after a New Delhi court late Tuesday issued an order banning media from showing the film, "India's Daughter".




Hilton brother Conrad agrees to plead to assault on flight

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2008, file photo, Conrad Hilton, left, Kathy Hilton, center, and Rick Hilton arrive at the launch party of new MTV series "Paris Hilton's My New BFF" in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say Paris Hilton's brother Conrad has agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London last year. The U.S. attorney's office says Hilton signed the agreement Tuesday, March 3, 2015. He's set to appear in court Thursday but will officially plead guilty to the misdemeanor later. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Paris Hilton's youngest brother, Conrad, agreed to plead guilty to assaulting flight attendants on a trip from London to Los Angeles last year during which authorities say he called other passengers "peasants" and threatened to kill crew members.






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Global stocks pull back further from record highs

Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchangeBy Lionel Laurent LONDON (Reuters) - Global equities pulled back from recent record highs on Wednesday, with investors turning cautious after underwhelming euro zone PMI data and ahead of central bank meetings. U.S. jobs data due Friday was also on investors' minds, with the dollar index hitting an 11 1/2-year high, while the euro crashed through support levels that have held for more than a month. It hit a six-week low under pressure from the imminent launch of the European Central Bank's bond-buying program. The MSCI All Country World equity index slipped 0.2 percent, with Asian shares lower overall despite data showing a modest pick-up in China's services sector and a surprise rate cut in India that boosted bonds and the rupee.




Pimco CIO Ivascyn says 'late decision-makers' behind withdrawals

PIMCO-Ivascyn-Dan-Main_cropPimco's top investment officer said on Tuesday that "late decision makers" are largely behind a rush of withdrawals from its flagship bond fund some five months after the departure of longtime manager Bill Gross, but the outflows should taper off before long. Dan Ivascyn, group chief investment officer for Pimco, said in an interview that many institutional investors take months to decide on and execute a reallocation from one fund or firm to another. Ivasycn's comments came as the firm reported another $8.6 billion of outflows in February from the Pimco Total Return Fund, bringing withdrawals to $76.6 billion since Gross moved from Pimco to Janus Capital Group Inc. "Not surprised by the outflows," Ivascyn said by phone from the firm's Newport Beach, California, headquarters.




Target to cut thousands of jobs

A Target logo is seen during the going-out-of-business sale at Target Canada in TorontoThe cost-cutting forms a key plank of a revival plan outlined by Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell, who is seeking to narrow the retailer's focus to a handful of key product lines and bolstering its online business to rejuvenate sales. "Cutting complexity at headquarters will make us more competitive," he said.




Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker

The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkApple is exploring how to make an electric car and has been hiring engineers with deep expertise in automobile systems. Around June 2014 Apple began aggressively poaching A123 engineers tasked with leading some of the company's most critical projects, A123's lawsuit said. Representatives for Apple and A123 could not immediately be reached for comment. A123 filed the breach of contract lawsuit in February against Apple and five former A123 employees.




 CBC Technology & Science


Illegal elephant tusk vendor convicted with help of radiocarbon dating
Elephant in Tanzania

There's bad news for Canadians selling elephant tusks illegally ? thanks to science, you can no longer pretend ivory is antique and get away with it.



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