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Religious minorities vulnerable amid IS violence: UN chief

United Nations, March 28 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday that religious minorities remain highly vulnerable since the Islamic State (IS) affiliated groups are targeting minorities and attacking religious sites in Libya, a media report said on Saturday. Ban made the remarks at a Security Council open debate on the victims of attacks and abuses on ethnic or religious...

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US economic growth slows in fourth quarter

Washington, March 28 (IANS) US economic growth decelerated in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is likely to slow further in the first quarter of 2015 despite robust consumer spending, the US Commerce Department said on Friday, a media report said on Saturday. The US economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter, unchanged from the second estimate released last mon...

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Alabama police officer indicted for assaulting Indian grandfather

Washington, March 28 (IANS) An Alabama police officer who assaulted an unarmed Indian grandfather while he was taking a morning walk in front of his son's house in a Madison suburb has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Eric Parker, the Madison police officer who slammed Sureshbhai Patel, 57, to the ground in the Feb 6 incident leaving him partially paralysed, was Friday charged with...

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Canadian Olympic runner Daundre Barnaby drowns

Ottawa, March 28 (IANS) Canadian Olympic 400m runner Daundre Barnaby drowned on Friday while swimming during a training camp in the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Athletics Canada said in a statement, a media report said on Saturday. Barnaby, 24, who competed at the 2012 Olympics and at last year's Commonwealth Games, drowned after a strong current swept him out to sea as he swam with te...

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Goa government department withdraws dress code order

Panaji, March 28 (IANS) The Goa government's art and culture department claimed its standing order banning its employees from wearing sleeveless clothes and jeans, which had triggered a controversy locally as well as nationally, was misinterpreted. In a fresh order issued on Friday, with reworded instructions, director for art and culture Prasad Lolayekar has now directed all employees t...

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Shailene Woodley found eating ants 'great'

Los Angeles, March 28 (IANS) Actress Shailene Woodley says she has eaten ants and bugs, and she found it great. I've eaten ants and that was great. And June bugs, that was great. I think the future of food is in insects, so we'll see what happens, Woodley revealed in a behind-the-scenes video from her recent Nylon magazine photo shoot, reports aceshowbiz.com. And I had pig's feet...

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Hezbollah condemns Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen

Beirut, March 28 (IANS) Pro-Iran Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has condemned the Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen's Shiite Houthis group, and urged all parties to return to talks and other political means in the war-torn country. In a televised address on Friday , Nasrallah slammed the Saudi-led airstrikes against the Houthi fighters, saying that any ground invasion will end...

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Obama expresses support for Yemen action with Saudi King

Washington, March 28 (IANS) US President Barack Obama spoke with Saudi King Salman, discussing recent developments in Yemen and emphasised the US support for the action taken by Saudi Arabia and Gulf Cooperation Council members, the White House has said in a statement. Both agreed that their goal is to achieve lasting stability in Yemen through a negotiated political solution, the statem...

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US Airways flight makes emergency landing at Houston airport

Houston, March 28 (IANS) A US Airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport here, airport officials said. US Airways Flight 5568 on Friday was making its way from Charlotte, North Carolina to Austin, Texas with 83 people on board when it started having engine problems, airport officials told NBC-affiliated local TV KPRC, Xinhua reported. T...

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Helicopter crash in Mexico kills 3

Mexico City, March 28 (IANS) At least three people died when their helicopter crashed in Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca, local media reported. The helicopter, which crashed on Friday in the town of San Martin de Porres, belonged to Mexico's telecom giant Telmex, Xinhua reported citing the daily El Universal. Four people were onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident, an...

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Jammu-Srinagar national highway closed for vehicular moment

Jammu, March 28 (IANS) The strategy Jammu-Srinagar national highway will remain closed on Saturday for vehicular traffic due to road clearance and repair work, authorities said. A senior traffic police officer has said here on Saturday, There will be no vehicular traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway today as the border roads organisation (BRO) is undertaking landslide clearance and repa...

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Iran, P5+1 "not close to agreement": Iran

Tehran, March 28 (IANS) Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers are not close to an agreement in a run for an immediate deadline by the end of March, Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad-Javad Zarif, said in Switzerland. We are not close to an agreement, but we are moving forward, Zarif told reporters following the intensive talks with his US counterpart John Kerry in Lausanne of Switzerlan...

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'Fancy Nancy' to get animated TV movie, series versions

Los Angeles, March 28 (IANS) TV network Disney Junior has bought the rights of hugely successful book series Fancy Nancy from HarperCollins Children's Books to develop it as an original animated TV movie and series for premiere in 2017. The story of the book is about a plucky little girl who likes to be fancy in all aspects of her life. Fancy Nancy, created by Jane O'Connor and R...

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Aniston asks headwaiter to plan her nuptials

Los Angeles, March 28 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Aniston has reportedly asked a headwaiter to help plan her and fiance Justin Theroux's wedding. The Cake star has shunned the services of a professional wedding planner and has instead asked Dimitri Dimitrov from Los Angeles' Sunset Tower Hotel to help arrange her nuptials to Theroux, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Jen has spent so much t...

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Kate Hudson loves skipping

Los Angeles, March 28 (IANS) Actress Kate Hudson's trainer Nicole Stuart says that the Almost Famous star carries a skipping rope everywhere she goes to make sure she works out everyday. She carries a skipping rope in her bag everywhere she goes, and if she only has a few minutes free, she'll do some. Even just five minutes, four times a day ads up to an entire 20 minutes of cardio. <...

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Khloe Kardashian, French Montana spotted together in Miami

Los Angeles, March 28 (IANS) Reality star Khloe Kardashian and rapper French Montana were spotted partying together in Miami with celebrity friends like P. Diddy and Cassie here. They were at the Red Bull Guest House. The foursome came in together and first went through the Public School gifting suite and were gifted a capsule collection of goodies (jealous), a source told eonlin...

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UAE fighter jets join Saudi-led campaign in Yemen

Dubai, March 28 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) military command has said here a number of fighter jets joining the Saudi-led Decisive Storm air campaign on some positions of Shiite Houthi group in Yemen. Reports on Friday said the UAE fighter jets struck command and control centers, and supply centers in Yemen's oil producing Marib region, Xinhua reported citing state news agency ...

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Society needs journalists, says Kate Beckinsale

Los Angeles, March 28 (IANS) Actress Kate Beckinsale has found renewed respect for journalists in society and says people would be living in a police state without the media. The 41-year-old actress plays journalist Simone Ford in new psychological thriller The Face of an Angel, which is inspired by the real life story of Amanda Knox who was accused of the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2...

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Iran nuclear talks reach final stage in Switzerland

Geneva, March 28 (IANS) Delegates from major powers and Iran on Friday continued nuclear talks into its final stretch to ink a framework agreement ahead of a March 31 deadline. After 90 minutes of negotiations with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday morning, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters: Our feeling is that we certainly will be able to reach an agr...

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Fresh Saudi-led airstrike hits military base in Yemen

Sanaa, March 28 (IANS) The Saudi-led Arab forces conducted fresh air strikes targeting the largest military base in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Friday evening as the coalition's aerial campaign against the shiite Houthi group entered the third day, witnesses said. Warplanes raided the largest military base on the mountain of Nokum in eastern Sanaa and also several other targets in that area...

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