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Israeli gunfire injures six Palestinians in Gaza

Gaza, Dec 20 (IANS) At least six Palestinians were injured Friday when Israeli forces opened fire near Israel's border with eastern Gaza, medics and eyewitnesses said. According to Ashraf al-Qaida, spokesman for the Gaza-based health ministry, six young Palestinian men were injured by Israeli gunfire in the eastern part of Jabalia near the border with Israel. Witnesses said dozen...

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When Carmen Electra tried pole dancing act

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Model-actress Carmen Electra recently turned heads as she pole danced at a nightclub in West Hollywood here. The 42-year-old was not afraid to take centrestage at the celebration of her new single Around the world, held at The Abbey in West Hollywood, reports mirror.co.uk. Wearing a glitzy red two piece, Electra got up close and personal with a fellow b...

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Arrest warrant in Turkey against US-based cleric

Ankara, Dec 20 (IANS) A court in Turkey issued an arrest warrant against the US-based cleric Muhammed Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of trying to topple him, media reported. This was reported by Xinhua Friday, citing the Turkish daily Hurriyet and the ruling comes after 23 people were detained by the Turkish police in a crackdown on media in 13 cities ac...

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Kurds kill 33 IS militants in Syria's Kobane

Damascus, Dec 20 (IANS) Thirty-three Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Friday in clashes with Kurdish fighters in the northern Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab, or Kobane. The killing of the IS militants in Kobane, a city which borders Turkey, was reported by Xinhua, citing the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV and notably, this setback for the IS comes after Kurdish forces reportedly liberated M...

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Pentagon authorises 1,300 additional troops for Iraq

Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) Up to 1,300 additional troops, including nearly 1,000 soldiers will start to be deployed in Iraq, in late January, to help in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), the Pentagon said Friday. Their mission will be to train, advise and assist the Iraqi security forces, Pentagon press secretary, John Kirby said, acoording to a Xinhua report. This deploym...

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Busy schedule takes a toll on Rita Ora's love life

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Singer Rita Ora, who has been dating Ricky Hilfiger for six months, reportedly ended her relationship with the rapper earlier this month because of her busy schedule. According to a source, she broke up with the son of designer Tommy Hilfiger as Ora is so busy she is just flat out at the moment, reports mirror.co.uk. She's recording 'The Voice' on BBC1, she...

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Morocco boat capsize kills nine migrants

Rabat, Dec 20 (IANS) At least nine migrants, including three babies were killed, when a makeshift boat they were travelling in sunk in the waters of northern Morocco Friday, authorities in Tangiers said. There were 30 migrants in the makeshift boat that was heading for Spain, according to a Xinhua report. Twenty-one other migrants were rescued and transfered to a local hospital in Tangie...

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US resurgence is real, we are better off: Obama

Washington, Dec 20, (IANS) US President Barack Obama said that the US economy is looking up and underlined America's leadership role around the world, in his year-end conference here Friday. As a country, we have every right to be proud of what we've accomplished -- more jobs, more people insured, a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy -- pick any metric...

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Kate Hudson's role models - mom, children

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Actress Kate Hudson says she takes inspiration from her mother and actress Goldie Hawn and her two children. Hudson said Hawn is her hero, reports peoplestylewatch.com. She's kind of awesome, she said. My (role model is) easy, mine's my mom, the 35year-old added. She also looks up to her children - sons Bingham, 3 and Ryder, 10. <...

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Guetta sweeps Noida fans off their feet

Greater Noida, Dec 20 (IANS) Grammy Award-winning DJ and music producer David Guetta swept his adoring fans off their feet as he belted out some of his popular numbers at a concert here Friday night. From teenagers to adults, all the audience were seen swaying to the beats of the French DJ as he performed here at the Buddh International Circuit grounds. The singer, dressed casual...

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FIR registered against Lal Masjid chief cleric

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) A case was registered against Lal Masjid's chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz Friday following his statement in which he refused to condemn the Peshawar school massacre, media reports said. Civil society had exerted pressure on police to register a case against the cleric in response to his statement. The non-bailable FIR was registered under section 506 (2) of Paki...

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Arrested Bengal minister denied bail again, hospitalised

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, was Friday again denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a court here. He was admitted to hospital later after complaining of chest pains. Arrested Dec 12 by the CBI for criminal conspiracy, cheating and deriving undue financial benefits, Mitra's ba...

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Cook removed as England ODI captain

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Alastair Cook has been removed from England's One-Day International (ODI) captaincy, media reports said. He will be replaced by fellow batsman Eoin Morgan who will lead the side in the tri-series in Australia after Christmas and the subsequent 2015 World Cup, which is less than two months away. The decision to replace Cook was taken by England and Wales Cri...

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Arrested Bengal minister hospitalised

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Arrested West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was sent to judicial custody Friday, was admitted to a hospital after he complained of illness, a doctor said. Mitra, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the multi-crore rupee scam, was taken to Alipore Central Correctional Home following his remand to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a cou...

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Two terrorists hanged in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Two convicted Pakistani terrorists were executed Friday, in the first capital punishment carried out in the country since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the 2008 moratorium on the death penalty in wake of the Peshwar school attack. The executed terrorists were Usman, a former soldier of the Army Medical Corps who was sentenced to death for his role in the 200...

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Ananda Vikatan chairman Balasubramanian dead

Chennai, Dec 19 (IANS) Ananda Vikatan group of publications chairman and film producer S.Balasubramanian died of a heart attack here Friday. He was 79. Balasubramanian, son of famous film producer late S.S.Vasan, was groomed to take over the mantle of Gemini Studios and the publication group at an early age. On Vasan's death in 1969, Balasubramanian headed the movie studio and th...

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Saina, Srikanth in semis of Superseries Finals

Dubai, Dec 19 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth Friday entered their respective semi-finals of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here. World No.4 Saina defeated No.8 Bae Yeon Ju of South Korea 15-21, 21-7, 21-17 in an hour and nine minutes to top her group with three straig...

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Nigerian Ebola patient cured in the Netherlands

The Hague, Dec 19 (IANS) The Nigerian UN peacekeeper infected with Ebola has been cured after treatment in the Netherlands, it was announced Friday. The Nigerian patient who was admitted Dec 6 has been cured of Ebola. He will stay at a military hospital of Dutch defence ministry until he can return home, Xinhua reported citing a statement from the Dutch National Institute for Public Heal...

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India remained positive, proactive in Lima: Javadekar

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India was positive and proactive in its approach to climate change negotiations that were concluded in Lima last week, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday. Unveiling a publication on climate change adaptation, he said in view of India's insistence in Lima on promoting adaptability as a measure to combat the global scourge, the publication was tim...

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Commuters left stranded as Kolkata taxis go on strike

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Commuters were left in a lurch again Friday with trade unions calling a 24-hour taxi strike - the ninth since August - to press for a fare hike and to protest police excesses. Unions have hinted at another strike Jan 6. Commuters were stranded and harried as taxis stayed off the roads again following the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Trade Unio...

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