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Crafty cockatoos master dumpster diving and teach each other WASHINGTON, July 23: A few years ago, a Sydney scientist noticed a sulfur-crested cockatoo opening his trash bin. Not every resident would be thrilled, but ornithologist Richard…

21 killed, dozens injured in Ecuador prison riots

Quito, July 23 : At least 21 inmates were killed and several others injured during riots in two prisons in Ecuador, the Attorney General's Office said. In a statement on Thursday, the Office confirmed that the incidents took place in the…

Cholera kills 60 people in Nigerian capital

Abuja, July 23 : At least 60 people have been killed by a cholera outbreak since May in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, a government official said. A total of 698 cases of the disease have been recorded since May, Xinhua news agency quoted…

Afghan forces recapture district in Herat

Kabul, July 23 : Afghan security forces launched a counter-offensive and recaptured Karukh district in Herat province on Friday, killing 15 Taliban militants. The counter-offensive was launched early Friday and the militants were evicted…

Exiled Tibetans ask China to resume dialogue

DHARAMSALA, July 23 : A day after the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the Tibet Autonomous Region, the democratically elected Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on Friday asked him to resume dialogue between Tibetan…

Taliban has gained strategic momentum: Top US Gen

Washington/New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The Taliban now controls a total of 212, or roughly half of Afghanistan's 419 district centres, a top US General said, adding that the insurgents appear to have gained "strategic momentum" since the…