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13 militants killed in Karachi clash

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) At least 13 militants were killed in a clash with the police in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi Monday night, police said. Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Rao Anwar said the police raided a hideout of suspected militants in Sohrab Goth area of Karachi, the capital city of the country's southern Sindh province, according to Xinhua. He said a me...

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Telangana launches dedicated healthcare app

Hyderabad, Dec 22 (IANS) The Telangana government Monday launched a dedicated healthcare app in a move to empower citizens with convenient access to healthcare. The app for the ministry of health and family welfare is powered by Mahindra Comviva, a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra and the global leader in providing mobility solutions. The application was conceptualized by the Healthca...

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Pope warns of '15 diseases' threatening Roman Curia

Vatican City, Dec 22 (IANS/EFE) Pope Francis lambasted the Roman Curia, the administrative apparatus that enables him to govern the Roman Catholic church, in a speech Monday in which he accused it of spiritual Alzheimer's and a list of other shortcomings. Also among the 15 diseases that the pontiff claimed pose a threat to the Vatican's administrative, executive and advisory body were fe...

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GMR-Megawide reaches financial closure for Philippines airport project

Hyderabad, Dec 22 (IANS) GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), a joint venture between GMR Infrastructure Ltd and Megawide Construction Corporation, has achieved financial closure for Mactan Cebu International Airport located in Philippines' Cebu. The total project cost is Philippine pesos 33 billion (approximately $750 million), 70 percent of which will be financed by a consort...

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Ghaziabad schools to remain closed till Dec 28

Ghaziabad, Dec 22 (IANS) The Ghaziabad district magistrate (DM) has ordered closure of all private, government and government-aided schools till Dec 28. DM Vimal Kumar Sharma in his order said the Uttar Pradesh government has issued the order in view of the health risk to the schoolgoing children as cold wave conditions sweep across the state. I have forwarded the government deci...

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Federer, Wawrinka raise 850,000 pounds for charity

Zurich, Dec 22 (IANS) Roger Federer defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in a highly entertaining exhibition match held here in support of the former's foundation, raising 850,000 pounds for education projects in southern Africa. As well as tennis, the sell-out crowd of 11,000 - which included American skier Lindsey Vonn - were Sunday treated to traditional African song and dance d...

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Scottish National Party's support rising: Poll

Edinburgh, Dec 22 (IANS) Support for the Scottish National Party (SNP) reached the highest level at 48 percent voters for the Westminster British parliamentary elections next year, poll results published by the media Monday showed. The Scottish nationalists party's support is followed by Labour's 24 percent, the Conservatives' 16 percent, the Liberal Democratics' 5 percent, the UK Indepe...

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Three injured in Assam blast

Guwahati, Dec 22 (IANS) At least three people were injured in a bomb blast triggered Monday evening by suspected Bodo insurgents in Assam's Kokrajhar district, police said. The grenade blast took place in Patgaon, Inspector General of Police (BTAD) L.R. Bishnoi said. It probably triggered by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction opposed to peace talks with the ...

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Dozens killed in CAR clashes

Yaounde, Dec 22 (IANS) Dozens of people were killed in a series of fresh clashes between armed groups in the central part of Central African Republic (CAR) over the weekend, an armed group source told Xinhua by phone Monday. Younouss Ngabdija, an official of the former rebel coalition Seleka, said his group has lost five of its fighters in battles against rival anti-Balaka militants in B...

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Liverpool shouldn't re-sign Torres: Carragher

London, Dec 22 (IANS) Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged his old club not to re-sign Fernando Torres. The Spanish forward, who is currently on loan at AC Milan from Chelsea, has been linked with a move back to Anfield, reports dailymail.co.uk. But Carragher believes his former teammate Torres, 30, is past his best and that Liverpool should be looking to bring in a younger...

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Essebsi wins Tunisian presidential elections

Tunis, Dec 22 (IANS) Nidaa Tounes candidate Beji Caid Essebsi won the second round of Tunisia's 2014 presidential elections with 55.68 percent of the votes, the Tunisian Elections Board (ISIE) announced Monday. Moncef Marzouki, the second candidate in the runoff, received 44.32 percent of the votes, Xinhua cited Chafik Sarsar, head of the ISIE, as saying during a press conference.

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Northern India shivers, travel plans badly hit

New Delhi/Shimla/Chandigarh/Jaipur/Patna/Lucknow, Dec 22 (IANS) In the unrelenting grip of severe cold, north India Monday continued to shiver due to icy winds while dense fog played spoilsport to travel plans as many trains and flights were delayed or cancelled. It was the coldest Dec 22 in the national capital in the past five years. Delhiites Monday woke up to dense fog that reduced v...

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Re-conversion controversy won't affect Goa: Congress

Panaji, Dec 22 (IANS) The re-conversion controversy may have created communalism hotspots elsewhere in India, but the strategy of the divisive forces will fall flat in Goa, state Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro told media here Monday. Commenting on the re-conversion controversy and whether it would have any ramification in Goa, a state which has a 26 per cent Christian population Faleiro...

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Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance border cooperation

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Pakistan and Iran Monday agreed to enhance mutual cooperation and coordination to fight terrorism, narcotics and human smuggling. Pakistani and Iranian border officers met at Mirjava, the Iranian border city to discuss issues relating to the 900-km-long porous border, Dawn online reported. The meeting came after improvement of ties and end to blame game b...

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20 killed in bus station explosion in Nigeria

Abuja, Dec 22 (IANS) At least 20 bodies have so far been recovered at the scene of an explosion which rocked a bus station Monday on the outskirts of Gombe, the capital of Nigeria's northeastern state by the same name, the Red Cross said. The explosion occurred at a motor park in Dukku area of the northern state, which shares a border with Yobe and Borno states, two of the most terror-hi...

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Central team to monitor Chandigarh bird flu situation

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Health Minister J.P. Nadda Monday dispatched a three-member team to visit and technically assist the Chandigarh administration following reports of a bird-flu case from there, an official statement said. Following reports of deaths of wild birds in Chandigarh, the minister for health directed immediate dispatch of a central team of three members to visit and tech...

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Despite intelligence, 26/11 attack wasn't foiled: NYT

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) In one of the most devastating near-misses in spycraft, intelligence agencies of India, the US and Britain failed to stop the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack despite information from high-tech surveillance and other tools, The New York Times reported Monday. The daily said it had pieced together the story from classified documents, court files and dozens of intervie...

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Hertha BSC's goalkeeper Kraft extends contract until 2017

Berlin, Dec 22 (IANS) Hertha BSC and goalkeeper Thomas Kraft have agreed on contract extension until 2017, the Bundesliga side confirmed Monday. Thomas Kraft penned a new contract, which ties him to the Hauptstadtclub until June, 2017. The former Bayern Munich goalkeeper who joined Berlin in July, 2011 has made 28 second division and 82 first division appearances since his arrival, repor...

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26 stray dogs rescued from Delhi house

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Twenty-six malnourished stray dogs that were confined to a house in the capital were rescued by Delhi Police, officials said Monday. Police registered a case and launched a hunt to nab the house owner, identified as Gokul Nair. The 32-year-old Nair, who is unemployed, had a habit of keeping stray dogs, police said. A neighbour informed a non-gover...

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Ranji: Shardul's six-for floors UP, Yuvraj's 136 lifts Punjab to 370/8

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Medium pacer Shardul Thakur took six wickets to help Mumbai bowl out Uttar Pradesh for 206 in their first innings on the second day of the Ranji Trophy match at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur Monday while Yuvraj Singh's 136 lifted Punjab to 370 for eight against Maharashtra in Pune. Uttar Pradesh had Sunday scored 115 for one but managed to add only 91 runs as ...

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