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39 killed in Nigeria bomb blasts

Abuja, July 24 (IANS) At least 39 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna Wednesday, security sources and eyewitness said. In the first blast, 25 people were killed while the second one, according to Police Commissioner Shehu Umar, claimed more than 14 people, Xinhua reported. The police chief added that one man dressed as a woman has been arre...

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Italy's sunken ship towed away

Rome, July 24 (IANS) The wreck of Costa Concordia luxury cruise liner left the Italian island of Giglio and began its final journey towards the port of Genoa Wednesday, where it will be dismantled. Its departure, more than 30 months after a shipwreck that killed 32 people aboard, was accompanied by the sirens of the tugboats and vessels sailing around Giglio port, Xinhua reported.

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Late Amy Winehouse still speaks to her dad

London, July 24 (IANS) It may sound bizarre but singer Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, claims that he still talks to his daughter, who died from accidental alcohol poisoning in July 2011. Mitch has admitted he can still sense that his daughter is close by and hears her words of encouragement whenever he takes to the stage, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She's standing next to me, ever...

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UN to probe human rights violations by Israel

Geneva, July 24 (IANS) A special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution Wednesday to launch an inquiry into human rights violations from Israel's latest military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The one-day special session, requested by 22 members of the council and 16 Observer States, backed a Palestinian-drafted resolution by 29 votes in favour, 17 ab...

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Commonwealth Games declared open after colourful but touching ceremony

Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) The 2014 Commonwealth Games got off to a colourful start with some enthralling performances by singers Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and violinist Nicola Benedetti at the Celtic Park and a minute's silence for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines crash here Wednesday. The British Queen Elizabeth II declared the Games open after more than two hours of colourful ceremon...

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Zoe Saldana pregnant?

Los Angeles, July 24 (IANS) Avatar fame actress Zoe Saldana is reportedly expecting her first child. The 36-year-old is set to become a mother for the first time with her Italian artist husband Marco Perego, reports usmagazine.com. Zoe is about three months pregnant. But she will only announce the news when she's ready, a source said. Another source said: Zoe has always w...

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India leads players' parade at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar proudly carried the tri-colour as India, by the virtue of being the previous hosts, led the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony parade around Celtic Park here Wednesday night. India's female athletes were dressed in green sarees and sported the team blazer, the males proudly flaunted the red turbans. India ...

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World War II bomb defused in Germany

Berlin, July 24 (IANS) Task forces Wednesday succeeded in defusing a World War II bomb in a district of Germany's Cologne, media reports said. The bomb was discovered Tuesday during construction work on the site of the largest nursing home in Cologne. A total of 7,800 people can now return to their homes, including some 1,300 residents of senior facilities, who were also temporar...

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Scottish actors Dunbar, Barrowman kick-start CWG opening ceremony

Glasgow, July 24 (IANS) The opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games got off to a colourful start with a jig from Scottish actor John Barrowman and comedian Karen Dunbar at the Celtic Park here Wednesday. Dunbar appeared in the crowd and marched down to stadium centre telling the crowd and the world that we're a land of inventors and poets and dreamers, we're enlightened, creative...

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Naya Rivera gets hitched

Los Angeles, July 24 (IANS) Glee star Naya Rivera married actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in front of a small group of close family. The wedding took place July 19. Expressing their happiness, the couple jointly told people.com: We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife. Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for. Now ba...

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Toll hits 682 in Gaza Strip

Gaza, July 24 (IANS) The toll in the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, which started July 8, has grown to 682, authorities said Wednesday. Israeli airstrikes and tank shelling as part of the 'Operation Protective Edge' killed 51 people and wounded more than 100 Wednesday, Xinhua quoted Gaza health ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qedra as saying. He added that since the...

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US extends ban on flights to Tel Aviv

Washington, July 24 (IANS) US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Wednesday that all flights of the country's airlines to Tel Aviv will be prohibited for additional 24 hours over concerns on safety situation. The FAA instituted a 24-hour flight prohibition Tuesday in response to a rocket strike that landed approximately one mile from the airport, Xinhua reported. In the ...

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Shiv Sena MP forces Muslim man to break fast, raises political storm

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) A Shiv Sena MP, who was seen in a video clip trying to force food into the mouth of a Muslim staffer of Maharashtra Sadan who was observing the Ramadan fast, kicked off a political storm Wednesday, with parliament witnessing an uproar. While the Congress targeted the Narendra Modi government for the act, which they described as a crime against secularism, the go...

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Flood situation improves in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 23 (IANS) The flood situation in Odisha improved Wednesday but dozens of families continue to stay at various relief camps, officials said. Water levels in all the rivers have come down below the danger level, as there was almost no rain in most part of the state today, the state's deputy relief commissioner P.R. Mohapatra told IANS. People who were evacuated ha...

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Case registered over TV producer's death

Ghaziabad, July 23 (IANS) Police in Ghaziabad Wednesday registered a criminal case against two unidentified people over the mysterious death of 31-year-old Rajya Sabha TV producer Milita Dutta Mandal, who died at her residence in Vaishali. We have registered a case. The two people have not been identified as the CCTV camera was not working at the time when the crime took place. But the a...

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Bengal teacher's second autopsy done; mob blocks national highway

Siliguri, July 23 (IANS) A fresh autopsy of a West Bengal school teacher who died in judicial custody in Uttar Pradesh was conducted Wednesday, as demonstrators carrying his body blocked the national highway and fought pitched battles with police in Darjeeling district. Trouble broke out for the second day Wednesday night, as a mob put up road blocks on national highway 34 at Bihar More ...

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Bengal governor-designate Tripathi reaches Kolkata

Kolkata, July 23 (IANS) West Bengal governor-designate Keshari Nath Tripathi arrived here Wednesday. He would be sworn in Thursday. Tripathi, who arrived from Uttar Pradesh, was received with bouquets at the Howrah station by state Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra. Later, he was given a guard of honour by Kolkata polic...

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Bombay HC upholds conviction of Pune rogue driver

Mumbai, July 23 (IANS) The Bombay High Court Wednesday upheld the conviction of Santosh Mane, a state transport corporation driver who had mowed down nine pedestrians and injured 37 others in Pune in 2012. A division bench comprising Justice V.M. Kanade and Justice P.D. Kode also rejected Mane's plea that he was 'insane' at the time of the incident. The court fixed Aug 5 for awar...

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India to have four new central varsities

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) The government has decided to set up four new central universities in the country, parliament was told Wednesday. The ministry of human resource development (HRD) has decided to set up four new central universities, viz. one Central Tribal University each in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, one central university in Andhra Pradesh and Mahatma Gandhi Central Univers...

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Telangana urges media not to use 'T' for state

Hyderabad, July 23 (IANS) The Telangana government has urged the media not to use 'T' as an abbreviation for the state and advised it to use either the complete word or T.S. In a letter to editors of all TV channels and newspapers, Telangana Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma requested them not to use 'T'. This new state is often quoted in the media with an abbreviated prefix 'T', such...

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