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Bollywood legend Sridevi dies at 54 of cardiac arrest

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NEW DELHI Indian actress Sridevi, arguably Bollywood's first female superstar, died in Dubai after cardiac arrest, media reported on Sunday. She was 54.Sridevi is survived by her husband - producer Boney Kapoor - and daughters Jhanvi and Khushi. She was in Dubai to attend a family wedding and died late on Saturday.

Villagers flee Kashmir front line as India, Pakistan trade artillery fire

SRINAGAR, India India and Pakistan have exchanged artillery fire in the disputed Kashmir region forcing hundreds of people to flee, police in Indian Kashmir said, raising fresh doubts about a 15-year-old ceasefire between the nuclear-armed rivals in the area.

Mehul Choksi claims innocence in PNB fraud with open letter

MUMBAI Mehul Choksi, one of two businessmen allegedly involved in perpetrating India's biggest ever banking fraud, broke his silence at the weekend with an open letter to employees claiming his innocence and telling them to look for other jobs.

Cricket: Virat Kohli rested, Rohit Sharma to lead young India in T20 tri-series

NEW DELHI Opener Rohit Sharma will lead a young Indian side in next month's Twenty20 tri-series in Sri Lanka in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said on Sunday.

Olympics: South Korea brings curtain down on 'Peace Games'

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea South Korea brought the curtain down on its "Peace Games" on Sunday, with winter sports athletes dancing and singing together at a vibrant closing ceremony, though there was little warmth between dignitaries from the United States and North Korea.

China sets stage for Xi to stay in office indefinitely

BEIJING China's ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office.

North Korea condemns sanctions, but seen open to talks with U.S.

SEOUL Senior officials from Pyongyang visiting South Korea on Sunday said North Korea was open to talks with the United States, hours after it accused Washington of trying to stir up conflict on the peninsula with new sanctions.

U.N. Security Council demands truce as air strikes batter Syria's Ghouta

BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council on Saturday demanded a 30-day truce across Syria as rescuers in the country's eastern Ghouta region said bombing had not let up long enough for them to count bodies during one of the bloodiest air assaults of the seven-year war. | Video

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue after U.N. ceasefire call

BEIRUT Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there following a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country.

"Touch Me Not" wins Golden Bear top prize at Berlin film festival

BERLIN "Touch Me Not", a film about intimacy and sex that shocked some viewers with explicit scenes, won the Golden Bear prize for best film at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.

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U.S. Supreme Court weighs Microsoft overseas data fight

WASHINGTON A major privacy rights fight between Microsoft Corp and the Justice Department reaches the Supreme Court this week, with the justices considering whether U.S. law allows prosecutors to compel technology companies to hand over data stored overseas.