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Pyongyang announces successful satellite launch

Pyongyang, Feb 7 (IANS) North Korea on Sunday successfully launched a Kwangmyongsong-4 satellite, the Korean Central Television (KCTV) reported. The earth observation satellite blasted off at 9.00 a.m. (local time) from the Sohae Space Centre in Cholsan county, North Phyongan province, and later entered the target orbit, Xinhua reported. North Korea's top leader Kim Jong Un signe...

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Turkish Super League results/standings

Ankara, Feb 7 (IANS) Following are the 20th round soccer results and standings of Turkish Super League after Saturday's matches (home teams listed first), according to Xinhua. Kayserispor 0 Mersin IY 1 Bursaspor 3 Basaksehir 3 Galatasaray 0 Konyaspor 0 Standings (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against and points): 1. Fe...

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Toll from Taiwan quake rises to 17

Taipei, Feb 7 (IANS) The toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan reached 17 by Sunday, according to the local fire agency. Previous reports said 462 people were injured due to Saturday's quake. Over 350 people have been rescued in Tainan city. The rescue was still underway. The 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit Kaohsiung city at a depth of 15 km at 3.57 a.m. (Beijing Time...

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English Premier League standings

London, Feb 7 (IANS) Following are the English Premier League standings after the mathes on Wednesday (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. Leicester 25 15 8 2 47 27 53 Tottenham 25 13 9 3 45 19 48 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 26 47 Arsenal 24 13 6 5 37 22 45 Man Utd...

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Dalai Lama expresses grief over quake in Taiwan

Dharamsala, Feb 7 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday expressed sadness over an earthquake that struck Taiwan and contributed money for relief and rehabilitation. In a letter to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou, the Dalai Lama conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and prayers for the well-being of those who were injured or lost their home...

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Partly cloudy Sunday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy Sunday morning here, with the minimum temperature recorded at 13 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season's average, the weather office said. The sky will remain partly cloudy throughout the day with mist or shallow fog in the morning. Light rain is likely to occur at a few places in the capital, an official of the India Meteorological...

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Obama proposes to double US clean energy funding

Washington, Feb 7 (IANS) The US President Barack Obama said he will ask Congress to double the country's funding for clean energy research and development by 2020, as part of his efforts to combat climate change. Rather than subsidise the past, we should invest in the future, Xinhua quoted Obama as saying on Saturday. He hoped that the Republicans in Congress who are still consid...

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French Ligue 1 standings

Paris, Feb 7 (IANS) Following are the standings of French Ligue 1 after matches played on Saturday (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against and points), according to Xinhua. 1. Paris Saint-Germain 24 21 3 0 61 11 66 2. Monaco 25 12 9 4 36 28 45 3. Nice 25 11 6 8 38 2...

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The cheeky, young standard-bearer of mischief

Did you like reading about naughty children when young - maybe hoping for a few tips? The first you may have come across would be an energetic and enthusiastically mischievous, freckled five-year-old with a distinctive hairstyle. The definitive purveyor of hijinks was however his cheeky, grubby but innovative and ingenious elder who is nearly completing a century but is never aged and is still po...

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Seoul denounces Pyongyang's rocket launch

Seoul, Feb 7 (IANS) South Korea on Sunday denounced North Korea's rocket launch, calling for stronger sanctions against Pyongyang. The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae issued a statement, saying that it strongly denounces the long-range missile launch in defiance of repeated warnings from the international community, Xinhua reported. The statement said the long-range missile lau...

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Wish I went to gym more often: Hurley

London, Feb 7 (IANS) British model and actress Elizabeth Hurley wishes she went to the gym more often as she can't indulge in calorific foods. Hurley said: I wish I went to the gym more often, but I don't. When I'm in the country, I go for long walks with my dogs and don't really sit down. But I can't have a box of doughnuts whenever I feel like it - sadly. The actress, who has a...

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Japanese prime minister condemns North Korea's long-range missile test

Tokyo, Feb 7 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed on Sunday morning that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had launched a rocket from a site in Pyongyang. Abe quickly condemned the launch stating that it was in clear violation of UN resolutions, Xinhua reported. Japan's top government spokesperson, Yoshihide Suga, confirmed however that while the lon...

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Iraq builds security wall around Baghdad to protect civilians

Baghdad, Feb 7 (IANS) Iraqi security forces have begun building a concrete wall surrounding the capital Baghdad in an attempt to protect citizens from possible attacks by Islamic State (IS) terrorists, Iraqi prime minister said on Saturday. It is our duty to protect all citizens inside the capital from criminal acts of terrorist groups by reorganising checkpoints and block all the gaps (...

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North Korea launches long-range rocket

Seoul, Feb 7 (IANS) The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday launched a long-range rocket as planned, media reports said. The rocket was fired at about 9:30 a.m. local time (0030 GMT) from the DPRK's Tongchang-ri launch station on its west coast, Xinhua quoted a report by Yonhap news agency which cited South Korea's defence authorities. The South Korean military...

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Aniston has Justin Theroux in hysterics

Los Angeles, Feb 7 (IANS) Actor Justin Theroux says his star wife Jennifer Aniston is so funny that she often makes him crash to his knees in hysterics. The 44-year-old actor married the former Friends star in August last year following four years of dating, but their romance is still very much alive and couldn't be more fun, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Speaking in a video for Loa...

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Two killed in Spain biodiesel plant explosion

Madrid, Feb 7 (IANS) Two people were killed and another seriously injured in an explosion in a biodiesel plant in the town of Algemesi in east Spain on Saturday. The explosion occurred around 11:00 a.m. local time in an industrial estate on the outskirts of Algemesi, 33 km south of Spanish port city Valencia, Xinhua reported. The injured person had burns on 80 percent of his body...

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Kelly Rowland's son is learning Spanish

Los Angeles, Feb 7 (IANS) Singer Kelly Rowland has been forced to learn Spanish as her son Titan has started to say words in the language, thanks to his Argentinian nanny. The 34-year-old singer has been forced to learn the language pretty quickly as her 14-month-old son, whom she has with her husband Tim Witherspoon, has already started to pick up some of the words from his Argentinian ...

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Syrian president's mother dies at 86

Damascus, Feb 7 (IANS) The mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad died on Saturday at the age of 86. Anisah Makhlouf, born in Syria's coastal city of Latakia in 1930, married late President Hafez al-Assad in 1957 when he was a first lieutenant, Xinhua quoted a report by state news agency SANA as saying. Makhlouf was interested in women issues and visited many foreign countrie...

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Gel nail paint is overrated: Ashley Tisdale

Los Angeles, Feb 7 (IANS) Actress Ashley Tisdale says she finds gel nail polish overrated as she doesn't like the idea of having UV rays beamed onto her skin during the drying process. I'd say that gel nail polish gel is overrated and regular nail polish is underrated. Everyone is all about gel, but it's actually unhealthy for you with all the UV rays hitting your skin. Plus, it's such a...

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The Cat Empire, Balkan Beat Box enthrall audiences at SulaFest

Nashik, Feb 7 (IANS) Making their Indian debuts at the SulaFest -- a popular gourmet world music festival -- here, Australian ska, jazz and funk band The Cat Empire and Israeli reggae, funk electronica band Balkan Beat Box enthralled the concert goers with their eclectic and captivating tunes. Day one of the two-day event, which is being held at the Sula Vineyards here saw a predominantl...

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