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Study Shows Big Quake Could Hit Tokyo 'Within 4 Years'

Japanese researchers have warned of a 70 percent chance that a magnitude-seven earthquake will strike Tokyo within four years, a report said Monday -- much higher than previous estimates.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo's earthquake research institute based the figure on data from the growing number of tremors in the capital since last year's March 11 earthquake off northeast Japan, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

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Indian Minister Tied Up in Shoelace Row

An Indian minister has vowed to wear only laceless footwear after he was caught by television cameras using a young man to tie up his shoes at a public function.

Gauri Shankar Bisen, a minister in the state government of Madhya Pradesh, has apologized and admitted that it was a "mistake" to have the young student work on his shoes as he awaited the start of an event in the state.

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Could Neckties be Cool Again?

Now that older men have ditched it to look cool, the stylish young are reclaiming the necktie as their own, with the once-derided accessory making a stealthy comeback on the menswear runways.

"I never wear one," Antoine Arnault, the 34-year-old son of luxury tycoon Bernard Arnault told Agence France Presse on the sidelines of the first ever menswear show by the LVMH-owned shoemaker Berluti -- where ties were a full part of the look.

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Iraq Shrine City to Make Guinness World Record Bid

Karbala is considering petitioning for a Guinness World Record for the number of Shiite pilgrims who visit the Iraqi shrine city for annual Arbaeen rituals, its governor told Agence France Presse on Saturday.

Amal al-Din al-Har admitted the move was partly motivated to convince those who are skeptical of official estimates of the numbers of pilgrims passing through Karbala during Arbaeen and the preceding Ashura commemorations.

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BA Says will Resume Libya Flights in May

British Airways will resume its flights to Libya's capital Tripoli in May, 15 months after they were suspended due to violent unrest in the North African country, the airline announced on Monday.

"British Airways plans to resume flights to Tripoli from Tuesday May 1, 2012," said a statement from the company, which is now part of International Airlines Group alongside Spain's Iberia.

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Deadly Battles between Kenya and Shebab Militants in Southern Somalia

Kenyan troops clashed with Somalia's al-Qaida linked Shebab militants in southern Somalia, the latest attack in a three-month long push forward against insurgent bases, officials said Monday.

Two Kenyan and one Somali soldiers were killed during an attack late Sunday on hardline Shehab positions at Delbio and Hosingo, said Kenyan army spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir, who claimed Shebab gunmen had retreated.

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Rushdie to Speak by Video Link at India Book Fest

British author Salman Rushdie is to address an Indian literature festival by video link after he was forced to pull out in person because of protests by Islamic hardliners, organizers said on Monday.

Rushdie's appearance at the Jaipur Literature Festival was cancelled on Friday, with the Indian-origin writer citing alleged threats to his life from underworld gunmen who had been hired to kill him.

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Pakistan's Historic Walled City Under Threat

The medieval walled city of Lahore is under threat from a construction 'free-for-all' ruining centuries of heritage, as an ambitious Pakistani restoration project to protect it stalls.

Rapid and illegal growth is crowding out the "old city" -- the section of the eastern hub fortified by a wall during the Mughal era -- while its unique carved wood balconies jutting on to bricklined streets fall into disrepair.

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Bloodied Hibbert Lifts Pacers over Lakers

Roy Hibbert battled through the discomfort of a possible broken nose to finish with a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds as the Indiana Pacers edged the Los Angeles Lakers 98-96.

The 25-year-old centre was bloodied in the first quarter during a foul on Lakers star Kobe Bryant but remained in the game.

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Returning Plushenko Headlines Europeans

Russian superstar Yevgeny Plushenko will be the star attraction as he looks to test his form for a possible challenge at the 2014 Olympics during the European figure skating championships which get underway here on Monday.

Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic and six-time European champion, has not competed in an international competition since taking silver at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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