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Need greater recovery efforts in Ebola-hit countries: UN

United Nations, Dec 23 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday called for ramping up recovery efforts in West Africa where the Ebola virus had wreaked havoc. While speaking to reporters at the UN headquarters here upon his return from the affected regions in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone and Ghana, Ban said that progress was being made and there was a decline in the rate of ...

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Counting begins in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu/Srinagar, Dec 23 (IANS) Counting for all the 87 assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir began Tuesday. Under tight security, the counting started in Srinagar, Jammu and other major towns at 8 a.m. An Election Commission official told IANS that the counting trends would be available by 10 and all the results would be out by 4 p.m. A total of 831 candidates contested in J...

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Post surgery, it's celebrations time for Miley Cyrus

Los Angeles, Dec 23 (IANS) Looks like singer Miley Cyrus, who earlier sparked fears for her health when she was admitted to hospital to remove a cyst on her wrist, has made a full recovery. The 22-year-old returned to her usual tricks Sunday, donning a full elf costume as she documented her every move on Instagram, reports dailymail.co.uk. In the post , she is seen wearing a green satin ...

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Missing soldier abducted by FARC: Colombian army

Bogota, Dec 23 (IANS/EFE) A soldier who went missing last Friday after a clash with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas was kidnapped by the rebels, the Colombian army announced Monday. The kidnapped soldier was identified as Carlos Becerra Ojeda, whose immediate release and the preservation of his physical and moral integrity was demanded by the army in a commun...

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Chris Brown slogging to complete community service

Los Angeles, Dec 23 (IANS) Singer Chris Brown is dedicating his time to community service for the last six weeks because he wants to complete it as soon as possible. Since Nov 13, Brown has been doing physical labour six hours a day, five days a week to complete his 1,000 hours by the next court hearing in mid-January. There have been a few weeks where work has gotten in the way, but the...

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Shrinking trade hurts both Russia and EU: Putin

Moscow, Dec 23 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that shrinking trade between Russia and the European Union (EU) harms both economies. He attributed the decline in trade to the falling crude prices and unfavorable financial situations, Xinhua reported Monday. No one gains from the current trade decline between Russia and its major European partners, Putin said.

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Syrian crisis can't be solved militarily: Iran speaker

Beirut, Dec 23 (IANS) Regime change in Syria cannot be achieved under military pressure, Speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani said Monday. He added that after four years of the Syrian crisis, the US was convinced that a solution would come through political means. Democracy is built slowly and not through violent revolutions. Political and social reforms cannot be achie...

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'Fifty Shades...' to debut at Berlinale

Los Angeles, Dec 23 (IANS) The much-talked about film Fifty Shades of Grey, a big screen adaptation of British author E. L. James's erotic novel of the same name, will make its international debut at the Berlin International Film Festival. The film will be shown Feb 11, 2015 as part of Berlinale Special Gala screening. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson, actors Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan and ...

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Syrian troops kill tens of jihadis

Damascus, Dec 23 (IANS) Syrian government forces killed tens of jihadis Monday in several cities of the country, according to media reports. The army killed over 30 Islamic State (IS) militants in the town of Muraia, in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, the reports said. The town is close to the contested airbase of Deir al-Zour. The military forces also killed tens of terror...

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Tyga wants custody of his son

Los Angeles, Dec 23 (IANS) Rapper Tyga, who is not so happy the way his former fiancee Blac Chyna is taking care of their child, is reportedly planning to file for the custody of his son. The 25-year-old is planning to file legal documents seeking primary custody of the two-year-old King Cairo, reports tmz.com. Tyga thinks Chyna is not taking care of their child properly because ...

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Key Russian allies distancing themselves from Putin?

Kiev, Dec 23 (IANS/EFE) Kazakhstan, one of the principal allies of Russia, Monday, renewed its military cooperation with Ukraine, to which it also promised vital supplies of coal. This comes after a visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev, the day before by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and may signal a shift in the stance of major Russian allies to distance themselves from Russi...

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Sony to lose $200 million following cyber attack

Washington, Dec 23 (IANS/EFE) Sony Pictures has suffered an estimated loss of $200 million on account of the recent cyber attack over the film The Interview, according to various analysts. Following the cyber attack, Sony had cancelled the release of the comedy film, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, revolving around a fictitious US plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un...

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Hardworking Minaj seeks her man's esteem

Los Angeles, Dec 23 (IANS) Singer Nicki Minaj wants to be with someone who appreciates the hard work she puts into her career. Minaj, who recently split from her boyfriend Safaree Samuels, says the relationship ended after 12 years because she's a workaholic, reports femalefirst.com. Talking about her breakup from Samuels at the CRWN: A Conversation with Elliott Wilson and Nicki ...

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Clashes in Libya's Benghazi kill 11

Benghazi, Dec 23 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed and 59 others injured Monday in clashes between the forces of Khalifa Haftar and Islamist militants in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, medical and security sources said. The Benghazi Medical Centre received seven bodies apart from 35 people wounded during clashes between government forces and Islamist militants in Al-Laithi dist...

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Maintaining marriage, raising kids hard work: Jolie

Los Angeles, Dec 23 (IANS) Actress-director Angelina Jolie admits that maintaining a family and marriage requires a lot of hard work. The 39-year-old, who is raising her children Maddox (13), Pax (11), Zahara (nine), Shiloh (eight) and six-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne with her husband Brad Pitt, spoke about her off screen life in the January issue of Australia's Women's Weekly magazi...

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Boko Haram attacks Nigeria market, 15 killed

Abuja, Dec 23 (IANS) An explosion at a market in Nigeria's northeastern state of Bauchi Monday, killed at least 15 people, witnesses said. According to a witness, the explosion occurred near a police outpost inside the busy market, Xinhua reported. When contacted, Bauchi State police spokesman Haruna Mohammed said that the incident was being investigated. Earlier Monday,...

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UAE's first nuclear reactor to be operational by 2017

Abu Dhabi, Dec 23 (IANS/WAM) The first of the four nuclear reactors being built by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be operational by 2017, CEO of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Mohammed Al Hammadi, said Monday. He also said that the rest of the reactors would start to generate power by 2020. When they (the reactors) become fully operational in 2020, they will...

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Six killed in Scotland accident

Edinburgh, Dec 22 (IANS) At least six people were killed in a road accident when a lorry crashed into pedestrians Monday at the city centre in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, the media reported. The accident occurred at 2.30 p.m. outside a hotel in George Square, which was cordoned off after the crash. We don't believe there is anything sinister about the crash, Xinhua quoted ...

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Tea garden unions reject Bengal's proposal on wages

Siliguri, Dec 22 (IANS) A joint forum of tea garden trade unions in northern West Bengal Monday turned down the state government's proposal to accept the three-year agreement on wages. The forum at its meeting passed a resolution that said the government's draft proposal submitted earlier completely ignored the workers' demand for introducing minimum wages backed by variable dearness all...

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There was no pressure, say converted Hindu families

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 22 (IANS) As Kerala Police began a probe into reports of 35 people in two districts converting to Hinduism, two families Monday said they did it on their own and not under any pressure. The families of Babu and Joy, siblings from Cheppad in Alappuzha district, told the media that in official records they were classified as Christian Cheremars, but they had been pr...

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