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Britain's baby Prince George visits Australian zoo SYDNEY: Britain's baby Prince George stepped out in public for the first time in Australia with his parents for a wildlife encounter at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.George, eight months old and third in line to the throne after his father Prince William, stole the show as his parents toured the harbourfront animal park, which overlooks the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.The royal family were at the zoo to visit an enclosure for bilbies and meet one of the rabbit-eared native marsupials -- named in George's honour.Dressed in a blue striped shirt, blue shorts and black shoes, the infant prince wriggled excitedly out of Kate's arms as they neared the habitat to get a closer look. He cooed as William fed his bilby namesake and stroked its head, craning over the top of the enclosure's glass wall.Propped up by his mother, George bobbed jubilantly up and down and waved his arms as ...

French journalists arrive home after Syria hostage ordeal PARIS: Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria arrived in France early Sunday, a day after they were freed from 10 months in captivity in the world's most dangerous country for the media.A plane carrying Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres from Turkey touched down at a military base in northern France early Sunday, the president's office said.They were then taken by helicopter to the Villacoublay air base southwest of Paris, where ...

China auto show opens amid environmental, growth concerns BEIJING: Leading automakers are gathering in Beijing Sunday for the kickoff of China's biggest car show, but lackluster growth and environmental restrictions in the world's largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix.More than 1,100 vehicles will be showcased at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which opens to the public on Monday.General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and Hyundai are among the global manufacturers set to attend, along with SAIC and Dongfeng, China's number one and ...

China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour next week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy.American China policy has been based for two decades on the goal of easing the emerging giant into the international system while avoiding a classic geopolitical clash between an established power and a rising one.China's regional ascent is now reality, ...

South Korean relatives divided over whether to raise ferry JINDO: Four days after South Korea's shattering ferry disaster, grieving relatives were split Sunday over whether to approve an end to the search for survivors and let cranes raise the vessel to the surface.There are five giant floating cranes at the scene, but President Park Geun-Hye gave her personal assurance to the families of the hundreds still missing that salvage operations would only begin after all hope of finding survivors was extinguished.Nearly 60 people have ...

At least 42 dead in Pakistan road accident: police KARACHI: At least 42 people were killed and 17 wounded in Pakistan when a passenger bus travelling to Karachi collided with a tractor trolley on Sunday, police said.The dead and injured included women and children.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014


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