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Israel to crack down on Jewish extremists

Jerusalem, Aug 3 (IANS) The Israeli security cabinet on Sunday called for a crackdown on Jewish extremists with harsher measures following an arson attack which killed a Palestinian toddler. The security cabinet, a forum of top government ministers, convened Sunday evening on a response to the attack that occurred overnight Thursday at the Palestinian village of Duma in the northern West...

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Richie Sambora dedicates new song to a horse

Los Angeles, Aug 3 (IANS) Musician Richie Sambora is such a fan of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah that he offered up a song to the champion thoroughbred. The singer, songwriter and guitarist, who is a diehard horse race fan, was unable to attend June's Belmont Stakes, where American Pharoah became the first horse to win the Triple Crown in more than three decades. The Zaya...

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Kate Middleton gets diving certification

London, Aug 3 (IANS) The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, whose first official engagement after welcoming daughter Charlotte in May was in support of youth sailing clubs in Portsmouth, has earned her advanced diving certification, confirms people.com. According to The Telegraph, the 33-year-old has earned her advanced open water diving qualification, allowing her to dive to a depth o...

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Zimbabwe accuses another American of illegally killing a lion

Harare, Aug 3 (IANS/EFE) Zimbabwean authorities on Sunday accused another US citizen of illegally killing a lion months before Cecil, the African country's most famous lion, was killed by American dentist Walter James Palmer. Jan Casmir Sieski, of Pennsylvania, is accused of participating in an illegal lion hunt in April, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) said....

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Rajnath discusses floods with Gujarat, Manipur CMs

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured the Centre's help to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Manipur Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh while discussing the floods and landslides in their states. The home ministry said it was regularly monitoring the flood situation in various parts of the country and extending necessary assistance. About 40 lakh ...

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Zimbabwe restricts hunting of big cats after Cecil's killing

Harare, Aug 2 (IANS/EFE) Zimbabwe is suspending the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants outside the Hwange National Park following the killing of Cecil, the country's most famous lion, officials said. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) is also investigating the possible illegal hunting of another lion, a day after Cecil was killed in July, government offici...

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Rs.100 crore loss to exchequer due to BJP's Dhumal, Thakur: Congress

New Delhi/Patna, Aug 2 (IANS) Accusing BJP leaders Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur of abusing authority in Himachal Pradesh, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said their actions would cause Rs.100 crore loss to the exchequer. Thakur, the BJP Lok Sabha member from Hamirpur, however, termed the allegations baseless. Ramesh told reporters in Delhi that when Dhumal, the for...

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Photojournalist among five murdered in Mexico City

Mexico City, Aug 2 (IANS/EFE) A photojournalist who moved here from Veracruz state after receiving threats was among five people whose bodies were found in an apartment in the capital, officials said. Ruben Espinosa's body was identified on Saturday at the coroner's office by one of his sisters. The woman told weekly Proceso, which employed Espinosa, that he was beaten and shot t...

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Israeli girl stabbed in gay parade dies

Jerusalem, Aug 2 (IANS) A 16-year-old girl who was stabbed during the Jerusalem gay pride parade on Thursday succumbed to her wounds at a hospital on Sunday, officials said. Shira Banki, a high school student from Jerusalem, suffered critical injuries when she was stabbed by an ultra-orthodox man during the parade. She was admitted to the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital, Xinhua reported. ...

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Didn't face problem working with deaf kids: Mahesh Bhatt

Mumbai, Aug 2 (IANS) Journalist-turned-director Mahesh Bhatt on Sunday said he did not face any problem while shooting with the 13 deaf children for his debut film The Silent Heroes. Sharing his experiences of shooting with the deaf children in the Himalayas, Mahesh told IANS: The best part is we did not face any problems with these kids. In fact, the problems were with the real artistes...

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Ex-servicemen to intensify agitation, seek meeting with PM over OROP

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Ex-servicemen, who are demanding early implementation of the 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) scheme, on Sunday said their agitation will be intensified and they will seek an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a press release, Col. Anil Kaul, media advisor of the United Front of Ex-Servicemen (UFESM), said that ex-servicemen were coming from almost all...

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Indian swimmers disappoint at World meet

Kazan (Russia), Aug 2 (IANS) Indian swimmers failed to qualify for the semi-finals and final of the three events they took part in the World Swimming Championships here on Sunday. Saurabh Sangvekar in men's 400m freestyle failed to qualify for the final, finishing at the 60th position in 4 minutes and 2.57 seconds in the heats of the event. Sandeep Sejwal in men's 100m breaststro...

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41 held on terror charges in UAE

Dubai, Aug 2 (IANS) The UAE has charged 41 men of various nationalities with setting up a terrorist organisation to destabilize the country, a media report said on Sunday. Citing local daily Gulf News, Xinhua said the 41 people were charged with setting up and running a terrorist organisation named Shabab Al-Manarah (Arabic for the Minaret Youths) in the United Arab Emirates. The...

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Iran n-deal will make Egypt, region safer: Kerry

Cairo, Aug 2 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the world powers would make Egypt and the region safer than they otherwise would be. We are completely grateful for Egypt's support in the Iranian nuclear deal, Xinhua quoted Kerry as saying at a press conference in Cairo. Iran is part of the instability in several countr...

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Seven injured in Britain boat explosion

London, Aug 2 (IANS) Seven people, including two children, were injured in an explosion in a boat in Buckinghamshire on Sunday, a media report said. Citing police, the BBC report said the incident took place at Bray Lock, Amerden Lane in Taplow, around 12.40 p.m. Two men and a woman in their 40s, a woman in her 30s, a teenaged girl and a three-year-old boy were taken to hospital ...

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Hundreds evacuated near Jerusalem after massive wildfire

Jerusalem, Aug 2 (IANS) Around 700 people were evacuated as dozens of firefighting teams struggled to gain control of a massive wildfire that broke out near Jerusalem on Sunday, officials said. The fire broke out near Even Sapir on the outskirts of Jerusalem at noon, and spread towards Jerusalem, Xinhua reported. More than 40 teams and eight aircraft are at the scene, a spokesper...

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BJP, Congress spar bitterly ahead of all-party meeting

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) The BJP and Congress on Sunday launched fresh attacks against each other with union minister Arun Jaitely accusing the Congress of having obstructionist tendencies and the main opposition blaming the prime minister's obduracy for the logjam in parliament. The sharp attacks from both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress party were witnessed on the eve of the ...

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Congress hits back, says Modi arrogant, obdurate

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) After being accused by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for causing a parliamentary logjam for two weeks, the Congress hit back on Sunday, saying the blame lies with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his arrogance and obduracy. Congress leader Anand Sharma said union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are advised not to give patro...

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Jammu AIIMS protest shutdown extended by 72 hours

Jammu, Aug 2 (IANS) Ignoring appeals to call off their protest shutdown on the AIIMS issue in Jammu region, the agitation committee spearheading the stir on Sunday extended their shutdown by another 72 hours. The utter failure of the untrustworthy central government to announce a full-fledged All India Institute of Medical Sciences for Jammu region has forced the AIIMS coordination commi...

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President condoles deaths in Manipur landslides

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday condoled the deaths in landslides triggered by heavy rains in Manipur. I am sad to learn about the landslides triggered by heavy rains in Chandel district of Manipur, which has resulted in the loss of a number of lives and injuries as well as damage to property, the president said in a message to Manipur Governor Syed Ahmed.

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