Scrabulous pulled off Facebook in US, Canada By By Seema Hakhu Kachru

Houston, July 31 (PTI) - A popular online wordgame created by two Calcutta-based brothers has been yanked off the social networking website, Facebook, from its US and Canadian versions,a week after a lawsuit was filed against the siblingsby an American toymaker that owns the rights to Scrabble.

FOCUS: Summer diplomacy put on hold for Fukuda's Cabinet reshuffle

TOKYO, July 31 Kyodo - As Japan waits for Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda to make a decision, possibly as early as Thursday, on reshuffling his Cabinet, foreign diplomacy has effectively been halted as overseas trips by ministers are put on hold.


Jakarta, July 30 (ANTARA) - A little girl beggar about seven years old wearing a black dress and holding her younger sister, came to me, tugging at my shirt. "Sir, please give me some money?" she asked.

Growing prices of fuel may slash number of airlines in Russia By Lyudmila

MOSCOW, July 29 - Continuing growth of prices for jet fuel may bring about a closure of 50 or so percent Russian airlines, experts say.

Setback to Haneef as inquiry decides not to reveal evidence By Natasha Chaku

Melbourne, July 28 (PTI) The truth behind the bungled case of Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef, wrongly accused on terror charges in Australia, may never come to light as the head of a government-ordered inquiry Monday said much of the "sensitive" evidence before it cannot be made public as itcould


By Andi AbdussalamJakarta, July 27 (ANTARA) - State-owned oil company, Pertamina, is preparing itself to face auditors tasked to investigate alleged misappropriations in the country's oil business.

Koirala to attend SAARC meet amid stalemate on govt formation By Shirish B. Pradhan

Kathmandu, July 26 (PTI) - With the inter-party wranglings delaying formation of a new government in Nepal, caretaker Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala will represent thecountry at the next week's SAARC Summit in Colombo.

Murali, Mendis send India spinning to humiliating defeat By T.V. Sriram

Colombo, Jul 27 (PTI) - A spineless India slumped to their third heaviest Test defeat as Sri Lanka clinched the first cricket Test by an innings and 239 runs with the spin combination of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendisplotting the visitors' downfall here Saturday.

Contradictions btw Russia, Ukraine marring jubilee of Kievan Rus

MOSCOW, July 26 (By Itar-Tass World Service writer Lyumidla Alexandrova) - Common history is not the only thing that Ukraine andRussia turn out unable to share and divide today.

President Medvedev acknowledges deficit of high-rank officials in

MOSCOW, July 25 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has acknowledged this country has a huge problem with choosing candidates for high governmental and even gubernatorial positions.