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US vows to help Iraq retake lost territories

Washington, May 26 (IANS) US Vice President Joseph Biden has pledged full support for Iraqi efforts to retake territories lost to the Islamic State, as Baghdad bristled at the Pentagon chief's criticism of Iraqi forces over the battle against the extremist group. In a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday , Biden reiterated full US support for Iraqi liberation ef...

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Noel Gallagher 'sick' of being called Liam

Los Angeles, May 26 (IANS) Musician Noel Gallagher gets mistaken for Liam Gallagher a lot, and he is sick of it. The 47-year-old says that he hates it when strangers think he's Liam's younger brother, reports femalefirst.co.uk. When asked during his US tour if he gets tired of his name being pronounced Noel by Americans, he replied: Not as sick as I get of people calling me Liam....

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Fallen US soldiers "a debt we can never fully repay" says Obama

Washington, May 26 (IANS) The US President Barack Obama called the fallen US soldiers a debt we can never fully repay during a visit to the Arlington National Cemetery. Commemorating the Memorial Day, a day to honor those who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the US military, Obama on Monday laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. It is a debt we can never ...

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Amanda Seyfried plans sister's wedding

Los Angeles, May 26 (IANS) Actress Amanda Seyfried is planning her elder sister's wedding, which will take place at her farmhouse in Stone Ridge, New York. The 29-year-old actress, who is dating Justin Long, is very excited to host her sibling's nuptials in August, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Seyfried told the June edition of Vogue magazine: She's with the best guy and it's going ...

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Tornado kills 11 in Mexico

Mexico City, May 25 (IANS/EFE) At least 11 people were killed on Monday by a tornado in Ciudad Acuna, a city in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, officials said. Unfortunately, 11 people lost their lives in the tornado, Ciudad Acuna Mayor Lenin Perez said in a Twitter post. The tornado caused extensive damage in the border city, the mayor said. The tornado ripped th...

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Turkey, US agree to give air cover to Syrian rebels

Seoul, 25 May (IANS/AKI) Turkey and the US have in principle agreed to provide air support to mainstream Syrian rebels being trained and equipped to fight Islamic State militants, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said here on Monday. They have to be supported via air. If you do not protect them or provide air support, what is the point? he told Daily Sabah newspaper during a vis...

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Nigeria resolves lingering fuel crisis

Abuja, May 25 (IANS) Nigeria on Monday resolved a lingering fuel crisis, an acute shortage of oil that shut down most businesses in Africa's most populous country in the past few days. A resolution was reached at a meeting summoned by the leadership of the Nigerian Senate at noon on Monday. The meeting had in attendance major representatives of stakeholders in the oil sector of Nigeria, ...

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Shah panel on MAT levy on FIIs holds first meeting

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Justice A.P. Shah-led three-member committee on direct tax matters held its first meeting on Monday on the applicability of the controversial minimum alternate tax (MAT) on Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) for previous years. An official source told IANS on late Monday evening that the three-member panel met to discuss on its terms of reference and the ...

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Karnataka ready for ED probe into lottery scam

Bengaluru, May 25 (IANS) The Karnataka government would allow Enforcement Directorate (ED) to investigate the lottery scam if it had an inter-state fallout, Home Minister K.J. George said Monday. We are ready to hand over the lottery scam to the ED for further investigation if it (scam) had spread to other states though it (ED) can probe on its own inter-state scams, George told reporter...

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Mumbai Indians celebrate at Wankhede amid huge fan support

Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) A victorious Mumbai Indians team celebrated their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 triumph along with a large number of fans who turned up to cheer for the team at the Wankhede stadium here on Monday. Each and every member of the winning squad - from players to support staff - entered the stadium and took part in a victory lap with the team flag in their hands and b...

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Saradha scam: Court rejects Madan Mitra's bail plea

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) A city court on Monday turned down the bail plea of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the multi-crore rupee Saradha chit fund scam. City sessions judge Kallol Das rejected Mitra's bail plea after hearing both the prosecution and the defence. Mitra's lawyers sought the minister's bail citing medical reasons. Defence counsel Milo...

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Duda officially elected president of Poland

Warsaw, May 25 (IANS) The Polish National Election Commission announced on Monday the official results of Sunday's presidential elections. Andrzej Duda obtained 51.55 percent of the votes thus winning the election. Duda, a candidate of the Law and Justice Party, obtained 51.55 percent of votes in the second round of presidential elections held on Sunday. Current president Bronislaw Komor...

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Al Shabaab takes control of strategic Somali town

Mogadishu, May 25 (IANS) Islamist militants Al Shabaab seized the control of a strategic town in the southern Somali region of lower Shabelle on Sunday night after government forces vacated it, witnesses and residents said on Monday. According to residents in Janaale town, the militants had taken over the control of the town without firing a single shot after Somali government forces pul...

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AAP lists 100 days achievements, Kejriwal slams Modi

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Delhi's AAP government on Monday listed 11 focus areas of its work on completion of 100 days in office as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being dictatorial. The Aam Aadmi Party government, which is in a tussle with the central government over powers related to posting and transfer of senior officials, held a public meeti...

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Six killed in Afghanistan bombing

Kabul, May 25 (IANS) At least six civilians were killed after a vehicle touched off an improvised explosive device, causing a blast in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Monday, a provincial government spokesperson said. The incident took place at around 8.10 p.m. along a road in Nikashalli area of Shah Wali Kot district, which left six people aboard the vehicle killed on the spot, Xinhu...

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Rahane conferred Indian Cricketer of the Year award

Mumbai, May 25 (IANS) Consistent in-form Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane was conferred with CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year, former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara was given the International Cricketer of the Year award, while former Indian skipper Kapil Dev was honoured with the International Lifetime Achievement Award here on Monday. Indian batsman Rohit Sharma was given a special a...

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No decision on CLT20 yet, shall take call in game's interest: BCCI

Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) The Indian cricket board has not yet taken a final decision on whether to scrap the Champions League Twenty20. It would take a call after more deliberations, dwelling on bettering the tournament or getting a replacement for it, an official said on Monday. We have not done away with the Champions League T20. It is all media speculation that the tournament is being s...

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Putin urges more Russian arms exports

Moscow, May 25 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged the country's defence industry to expand military-technical cooperation with others in order to find more clients among Moscow's allies and strategic partners. To win new clients, the Russian defence industry should swiftly react to the ever-changing market environment...and develop military-technical ties with all of...

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Task force to make India cyber security hub

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Indian IT industry body Nasscom and the Data Security Council of India on Monday set up a task force to make the country a global hub for providing cyber security solutions. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) cyber security task force will also develop cyber security research and development (R&D) plan and a skilled workforc...

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Over 40 IS militants killed in Iraq

Baghdad, May 25 (IANS/EFE) At least 40 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in a series of air strikes launched by the US-led international coalition against jihadi strongholds in and around Mosul, in northern Iraq. A security official from the Democratic National Union of Kurdistan, Ghias al-Surji, said the attacks were launched by international coalition warplanes against positions...

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