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Bosh extends contract with Miami Heat

Washington, July 31 (IANS) Miami Heat All-Star forward Chris Bosh chose to sign a five-year contract extension worth $118 million with the NBA side. Bosh helped the Heat to get two NBA titles in his last four seasons, reports Xinhua. Bosh averaged 16.2 points on 52 percent shooting last season for Miami, helping the team to win the Eastern Conference. ...

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'22 Jump Street' a run-of-the-mill comic caper

Film: 22 Jump Street; Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stev ens, Jillian Bell, Ice Cube, Keith Lucas, Kenny Lucas, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Tatro, Director: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller; Rating: * and 1/2 A buddy-cop drama, 22 Jump Street is a sequel to 21 Jump Street, which is in turn a take on the popular television series that was aired in America...

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Australia failed to make India take back asylum seekers

Sydney, July 31 (IANS) The Australia government failed to make India take 157 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers while they were being held on high seas, media reported Thursday. The asylum seekers, including at least 37 children, were transferred to the Curtin Detention Centre in a remote area in northwestern Australia several days ago, breaking a long-standing government policy, ABC News ...

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Vintage NASA spacecraft set for interplanetary probe

Washington, July 31 (IANS) A team of scientists is priming a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft named International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 spacecraft, ISEE-3, to enter new science frontiers. The spacecraft will now travel through interplanetary space after attempts to move the probe into a position closer to the Earth failed as there was not enough nitrogen pressurant left in the probe's tanks, S...

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Liverpool beat Man City in friendly

Washington, July 31 (IANS) Liverpool edged Manchester City in a penalty shootout in their International Champions Cup encounter. The Reds, who lost the English Premier League title to Man City last season, let in a goal in the 53rd minute Wednesday, reports Xinhua. Stevan Jovetic scored with his right foot, helping Man City to take the lead. Six minutes later, Jordan Henderson l...

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Fear of losing money affects investment

Washington, July 31 (IANS) The more averse, or fearful, of losing money an investor is, the lower his or her willingness seems to be for taking risks in the stock market, says a study. Traditionally, it was believed that spending habits were the main driver of risk tolerance (willingness to take risks), meaning the more variation an investor was willing to accept in their spending, the h...

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Sam Querrey ousted at Citi Open

Washington, July 31 (IANS) Sam Querrey of the US lost to Japanese star Kei Nishikori 4-6, 7-5, 4-6 at the Citi Open here. It was the first match Wednesday for the fourth seeded Nishikori since his Wimbledon's fourth round loss July 1, reports Xinhua. Nishikori ended his three-match losing streak to Querrey after the victory. ...

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Turkish expatriates start voting for new president

Ankara, July 31 (IANS) The process of voting for the next Turkish president has started for Turkish expatriates, Turkey's Supreme Election Board (YSK) said Thursday. According to the YSK, the overseas electorate can vote at embassies, consulates and other designated areas in their country of residence between July 31 and Aug 3, Xinhua reported. Only about 178,959 of the more than...

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Gaza toll 1,363 as Israel calls up more reservists

Gaza/Jerusalem, July 31 (IANS) The toll in the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has escalated to 1,363, the Palestinian health ministry said Thursday even as Israel called up more reservists to bolster its military. The victims include 315 children and 166 women, Xinhua reported. About 7,600 Palestinians have been injured, including 2,307 children and 1,529 women. <...

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Giant asteroids wiped out life on early Earth

Washington, July 31 (IANS) Using a computer simulation model based on a moon crater, planetary scientists have revealed that early Earth is likely to have been hit by giant asteroids capable of killing off life and completely resurfacing the planet. Impact scars on Mars, Moon and Mercury suggest that the entire inner solar system was bombarded by asteroids during that time. But m...

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Helpful moms, sisters push female baboons up hierarchy

New York, July 31 (IANS) A supportive mother and helpful sisters are key to female baboons reaching the higher echelons of their social strata, a study indicates. A female baboon's social status is dictated not by size or strength, but by the rank of her mother - the higher the mother is ranked, the higher-ranked her daughter will be. Females born to high-ranking mothers are guar...

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'Lucy' low on logic

Film: Lucy; Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt; Director: Luc Besson Rating: ** Luc Besson's 'Lucy' bookends with voiceovers that has no co-relation to the subject. It opens with a voiceover, which says - Life has been given to us a billion years ago what have we done with it? The film closes on a similar note, Life has...

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Moroccan king stresses moderation in Islam, opposition to extremism

Rabat, July 31 (IANS) Morocco's King Mohammed VI has said his North African nation wanted to follow a model of religious management which seeks to protect the citizens and society against extremism, reclusiveness and ignorance. I attach as much importance to improving the citizens' living conditions as I do to safeguarding their spiritual well-being and to consolidating the Moroccan mode...

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Teenagers active in evenings more prone to insomnia

Sydney, July 31 (IANS) Have you witnessed your teenage son getting more active in the evenings compared to rest of the day? He may be prone to develop insomnia in addition to depression and anxiety. Teenagers who are more active in the evenings are more likely to have depression and insomnia, research finds. Such people are also more likely to have obsessive-compulsive disorder, ...

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Suhag takes over as new army chief

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) General Dalbir Singh Suhag Thursday took over as the new chief of the 1.3 million strong Indian Army. He succeeds General Bikram Singh, who retired Thursday. The decision to appoint Suhag as the next army chief was taken by the former United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government during the general elections, and days before it demitted office. Th...

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37,000 Ukrainian refugees live in Russia

Moscow, July 31 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) About 37,000 Ukrainian refugees live in temporary accommodation centres in Russia, Russian emergency situations ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky said Thursday. Due to the ongoing crisis in southeastern Ukraine, people affected by these events from the border areas of the central and southern federal districts, the Republic of Crimea and Sevastop...

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Tripura gets new chief secretary

Agartala, July 31 (IANS) G. Kameswara Rao Thursday took over as new chief secretary of Tripura. He succeeded Sanjay Kumar Panda, who will join the central government as secretary of the textiles ministry. An Indian Administrative Officer (IAS) officer of the 1983 batch, Rao, before joining the new post was the additional chief secretary, will now look after the home, public works...

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Scolari hits out at Brazil's World Cup critics

Rio de Janeiro, July 31 (IANS) Football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says he has been publicly execrated following Brazil's World Cup exit earlier this month. The 65-year-old, who quit his post as Brazil coach days after the tournament, has taken charge of local top-flight club Gremio for a third time, reports Xinhua. He admitted to needing a hug following Brazil's 1-7 World Cup sem...

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San Lorenzo advance to Copa Libertadores final

La Paz, July 31 (IANS) Argentine football club San Lorenzo earned a berth in the Copa Libertadores final for the first time with a 5-1 aggregate victory against Bolivar. The Argentine club lost Wednesday's semifinal second leg 0-1 after Gerardo Yecerotte's late strike at the Estadio Hernando Siles here, reports Xinhua. But San Lorenzo advanced by virtue of a 5-0 victory in Buenos...

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Rajnath assures assistance in Pune landslide

Pune, July 31 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday assured of full assistance in the rescue and relief work in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Pune. At least 25 people were killed and over 160 trapped under a hillock which crashed on Malin village Wednesday. The government is fully ready to give assistance of all kinds, said Rajnath Singh, who visited the site. <...

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