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Africa's 'mysterious' city and its visitors

A realm of unimaginable riches or knowledge, or where time stands still and aging stops... mankind always had a penchant for dreaming up places like Atlantis, El Dorado, Shangri-La, Iram of the Pillars and the like and then making huge efforts to find them. Conversely, some actual places achieved fabled status due to hazy information - like this African city, once an unparalleled hub of knowledge...

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Indian tourism reaches out to Indonesia

Bali, March 29 (IANS) Inspired by Sahabat India, the ongoing festival of India in Indonesia, captains of the Indian tourism industry, comprising over 500 members of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), held their annual India Travel Congress 2015 and exposition from March 26-28 in the island of Bali, the tourism gateway of Indonesia. The Indian Travel Congress, which seeks to p...

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Wanjiru, Degefa win in Prague half marathon

Prague, March 29 (IANS) Kenyan runner Daniel Kinyua Wanjiru and Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa have won the men's and women's competition respectively at the Prague half marathon. Wanjiru clocked 59 minutes 51 seconds, while Degefa finished in one hour and 07:14 minutes on Saturday, reports Xinhua. The biggest favourite of men's race, Kenyan Leonard Komon, was six seconds behind Wanji...

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Indian-American mother seeks return of her abducted children

Washington, March 29 (IANS) Recounting her heartrending tale of woe, an Indian-American mother turned to US lawmakers for help to get back her two children allegedly abducted to India by her ex-husband six years ago. Help me to make my voice heard in a way that shall be meaningful and allow me to be reunited with my children who need the love and nurturing of their mother, said Bindu Phi...

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Serena, Djokovic, Tsonga win, Bouchard stunned at Miami Open

Miami, March 29 (IANS) Serena Williams recovered well from knee injury to ease past Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-1 at her Miami Open opener here on Saturday. The match was the first for Serena since she withdrew before the semi-finals at Indian Wells last week, citing a right knee problem, reports Xinhua. It was a little sore in practice, but it was OK today, she said. In the...

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Palmeiras sign Uruguayan defender Egidio

Rio de Janeiro, March 29 (IANS) Palmeiras have signed Uruguayan left-back Egidio from top Ukrainian football club Dnipro. The announcement came on Saturday, a day after Palmeiras' first-choice left-back, Joao Paulo ruptured knee ligaments while training, reports Xinhua. We saw the need to act quickly, Palmeiras football manager Alexandre Mattos said. Egidio has been relea...

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Without Messi, Argentina beat El Salvador 2-0 in friendly

Washington, March 29 (IANS) Ever Banega and Federico Mancuello scored in Argentina's 2-0 win over El Salvador as Lionel Messi sidelined for foot injury in Saturday's friendly. Banega scored with a 54th minute shot that deflected off defender Nestor Renderos and beat goalkeeper Derby Carrillo. Mancuello sealed the win with a free-kick from a tight angle in the 88th, reports Xinhua.

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Australia to join China-proposed Asian bank

Canberra, March 29 (IANS) Australia has decided to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which will allow it to become a founding member of the bank, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday. In a joint statement with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Treasurer Joe Hockey, Abbott said the MoU would enable Australia to participate as...

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Miami Open: Serena Williams wins opener

Miami, March 29 (IANS) Serena Williams recovered well from knee injury to ease past Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-1 at her Miami Open opener on Saturday, a media report said on Sunday. The match was the first for Williams since she withdrew before the semifinals at Indian Wells last week, citing a right knee problem, reported Xinhua. It was a little sore in practice, but it w...

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New Zealand opt to bat against Australia in final

Melbourne, March 29 (IANS) New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and opted to bat against Australia in the cricket World Cup final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Sunday. Both teams have gone in with an unchanged squad. Squads: Australia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Michael Clarke (Captain), Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkne...

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Kell Brook defends IBF title

London, March 29 (IANS) Kell Brook retained his IBF welterweight belt as he forced Romanian challenger Jo Jo Dan to throw in the towel after fourth rounds and four knockdowns on Saturday, a media report said on Sunday. The Briton remained unbeaten after his 23rd knockout win in 34 fights. Dan was floored twice in the second round and twice more in the fourth at the Motorpoint Are...

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Sharif assures support to Saudi king over strikes in Yemen

Islamabad, March 29 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has told Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz that he will soon send a high-level delegation to Riyadh to discuss cooperation for the Saudi-led strikes on Yemen, a top diplomat said. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry told a press conference late on Saturday that the delegation could depart within 24 to 48 hours, Xinhua reported....

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World powers have to show flexibility in n-deal: Iran

Tehran, March 29 (IANS) Iran has exhibited the necessary flexibility during the course of nuclear negotiations, calling on the P5+1 group of world powers to take the turn and the final steps, said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. We have come close to sensitive days. Iran has shown the crucial flexibility during the talks, and now it is the opposite side's turn to take the final steps, ...

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Earth Hour observed in Moscow

Moscow, March 29 (IANS) Several landmarks in the Russian capital city of Moscow plunged into darkness on Saturday night in commemoration of the Earth Hour 2015 celebration, a media report said on Sunday. At the iconic Red Square, the outside lighting on the Moscow Kremlin (the Presidential residence), the National History Museum nearby, GUM Department Store and Saint Basil's Cathedral wa...

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Minaj gets up, close, personal with Meek Mill

Paris, March 29 (IANS) Rapper Nicki Minaj was spotted in a fishnet bodysuit, and photographed while straddling rapper Meek Mill, before her concert here. The Anaconda singer flaunted her famous curves in the black all-in-one ensemble, which displayed her brassiere and knickers too. A photograph even shows Minaj thrusting her cleavage in the rapper's face, reports mirror.co.uk. Th...

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Warplanes raid Yemen as airstrike enters fourth day

Sanaa, March 29 (IANS) Warplanes of Saudi-led Arab coalition forces raided Yemen's capital of Sanaa, as the airstrikes against the Shiite Houthi group enters the fourth day. Warplanes on Saturday hit the camps of reserve forces loyal to former President Ali Abdullash Saleh in southern Sanaa and the air defense base in the Red Sea city of al-Hodayda, Xinhua reported. There is no i...

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Mariah Carey fuels dating rumours with Brett Ratner

Los Angles, March 29 (IANS) Singer Mariah Carey has added fuel to rumours that she's dating her longtime friend and film producer Brett Ratner, by being photographed during a vacation with him. Carey and Ratner, who have been friends for years, reportedly grew closer since her split from her former husband Cannon in 2014. Their relationship has progressed in recent weeks and is ...

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54 Sudan government soldiers killed in clash with rebels

Khartoum, March 29 (IANS) Sudanese rebels has said they killed 54 government soldiers and seized a strategic town in South Kordofan region, but the Sudanese army denied the matter. The forces of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) /northern sector have managed to liberate Habila town, some 30 km south-east of Al-Dalanj town in South Kordofan State, said Arno Taloudy, spokesman ...

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Elizabeth Banks is glad sons share close bond

Los Angeles, March 29 (IANS) Actress Elizabeth Banks is glad her sons are really great friends and says her boys are what makes my life. The Hunger Games star has two children -- Felix, four, and Magnus Mitchell, two -- with husband Max Handelman. They are really great friends. I'm really close with my siblings, and my husband and I wanted to have our children close together for ...

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Statham, Huntington-Whiteley get $13 mn home together

Los Angeles, March 29 (IANS) Actor Jason Statham and his girlfriend Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have reportedly bought a $13 million home together. The 47-year-old star and his model girlfriend are believed to have each paid half of the jaw-dropping sum for the estate in Beverly Hills, just a week after they celebrated their fifth anniversary, reports tmz.com. A real estate source ...

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