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Two more virus deaths

RIYADH: Two more people have died of the Sars-like Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus, Saudi Arabia's health ministry said, bringing to 38 the number of deaths from the disease. A two-year-old child died in Jeddah and a 53-year-old man died in Eastern Province, where the outbreak has been concentrated, the ministry said. Four people have died outside the kingdom. The ministry said another three people had been confirmed as being infected with MERS, bringing the total number of confirmed cases inside the kingdom to 65 since it was identified a year ago.

Suspect gives up

RIYADH: A Saudi citizen who was "lured to restive areas" abroad, has surrendered and been repatriated, the interior ministry said yesterday. The authorities in January 2011 published a list of 47 nationals accused of having links to the Al Qaeda global extremist network.

Honour for 'Barfi'

MACAU: The film Barfi scooped top honours in India's version of the Oscars at a ceremony in the Chinese gambling haven of Macau on Saturday that also celebrated a century of Bollywood, which makes up a big chunk of a multi-billion-dollar film industry. Barfi is a romantic comedy about a mute and deaf man and his relationship with two women. Hosted by Bollywood heartthrobs Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor, the four-hour 14th annual International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards ceremony featured pulsating dance routines and colourful costume changes and was attended by an audience of more than 7,000 screaming fans.



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