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Sachin Tendulkar: Tearful farewell of India’s ‘Little Master’

In boxing it’s Muhammad Ali, in soccer it’s Brazil’s Pele and in basketball it’s Michael Jordan, but this week India, already a country with no shortage of deities, paid homage to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. The 40-year-old’s final bow as a professional cricketer came Saturday as India completed an innings and 186 run victory over

Russia says now is time to make deal with Iran on nuclear program

Russia’s foreign minister said Saturday that a deal with Iran on its nuclear program is close, warning the opportunity to bring about an end to a decade-long standoff must not be passed up. The statements by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov broadcast on Russian TV come just days before negotiators meet in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss

OPCW approves road map for Syria chemical weapons destruction

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it has approved a road map to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons by the middle of next year. A joint OPCW-United Nations team charged with overseeing the destruction of the weapons began inspecting sites in October. The U.N. Security Council resolution that authorized the mission set a

Death toll likely to exceed 1,000 after typhoon slams Philippines

A day after Super Typhoon Haiyan roared through the Philippines, officials predicted that the death toll could reach 1,200 — or more. “We estimate 1,000 people were killed in Tacloban and 200 in Samar province,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said of two coastal areas where Haiyan hit first as it

More than 100 killed in one Philippine city by Super Typhoon Haiyan

More than 100 people were killed in a major Philippine coastal city that took the brunt of Super Typhoon Haiyan, authorities said Saturday. That death toll in Tacloban was the first significant casualty report in a day when authorities began surveying the devastation of a typhoon that has been described as perhaps the strongest storm

Pakistan summons U.S. envoy after death of Pakistan Taliban leader

The U.S. ambassador to Islamabad was summoned to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday, a day after Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a U.S. drone strike. Foreign Ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry did not explain why the envoy was summoned. A U.S. State Department official confirmed the meeting to CNN but would not