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Anastacia slams Kim, Kanye

Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Singer Anastacia slams reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West saying their need for attention is just so ill placed. The 45-year-old hit out at the star couple for having an ill placed need for attention, reports femalefirst.co.uk. When asked which celebrity annoys her the most, she said: That's a very tough one, but it has to be Kimye...

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EU to decide on new sanctions on Russia

Brussels, Sep 3 (IANS) The incoming European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini Tuesday said the EU leaders will decide on new sanctions on Russia by Friday. The package (of further sanctions) will be presented by tomorrow (Wednesday) from the commission. The Coreper (permanent representatives committee) will meet again tomorrow, Thursday and by Friday a decision will be ...

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Israel 'stands by' new land appropriation in West Bank

Jerusalem, Sep 3 (IANS) Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Tuesday said his country stands by its decision to appropriate 1,000 acre land in the West Bank. Gush Etzion settlement bloc reflects a wide consensus in the Israeli society and it is clear to everyone that as part of any (possible future peace) agreement, Gush Etzion would remain a part of the state of Israel, Xinhua cit...

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Jolie's wedding dress featured her kids' drawings

Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Actress Angelina Jolie walked down the aisle in a wedding gown with various coloured illustrations drawn by her children. She married actor Brad Pitt Aug 23 in France and on her wedding day, she donned an ivory satin sleeveless gown adorned with the illustrations. Not only did Jolie's dress feature artwork drawn by kids Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Sh...

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UN chief welcomes lifting of Iraqi town siege

United Nations, Sep 3 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday welcomed the end of militant siege on the northern Iraqi town of Amerli, saying it averted a major humanitarian disaster. Ban welcomed the lifting of the siege on Amerli through the action of the Iraqi security forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga and others with air support from the United States, Xinhua quoted a statement i...

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Second beheading plunges Obama into top crisis

Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) Just two weeks after beheading American photojournalist James Foley, the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation sent what it called A second message to America, with a video showing the beheading of another kidnapped American journalist. In the video released Tuesday Steven Sotloff, 31, a freelance journalist who was captured in northern Syria a year ago...

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11 killed in Pakistan building collapse

Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) At least 11 people, including women and children, were killed Tuesday when a roof of an old building collapsed in Pakistan, a media report said. As many as 18 people were wounded when a two-storey building collapsed in south Pakistan's Hyderabad city, Dawn online reported. Most of the deceased belonged to one family. Several victims have be...

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66 percent voters satisfied with Modi's performance, functioning: Poll

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of voters in a survey have expressed satisfaction with the Narendra Modi government's performance, and while more - 68 percent - approve of the prime minister's style of functioning. Conducted across 14 cities including the four metropolitan cities, major state capitals as well as other prominent cities like Surat and Varanasi, the o...

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Environment ministry eases clearance norms for coal mine expansion

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) In a move to aid efforts to increase coal production, the union environment ministry has eased the clearance process to increase production for coal mines with 20 million tonnes per annum capacity. The ministry has decided to extend the exemption from holding public hearings for a one-time expansion of existing coal mines of 20 million tonnes capacity provided the...

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Water conservation works under rural job act

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The rural development ministry Tuesday ordered district administrations to ensure that water conservation work like construction of check dams and de-silting of traditional water bodies are taken up under the rural job act to mitigate drought-like situation. The order was given by Union Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari in a bid to mitigate drought and drou...

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NDA government has generated confidence among people: Javadekar

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The NDA government has generated confidence among people in its first 100 days in office, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javedakar said Tuesday and accused the Congress of conspiring against it. Interacting with the media here on the 100 days' performance of his ministry, Javadekar said that getting confidence back in people was very important. <...

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Imran refuses to budge as parliament supports Pakistan PM

Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan refused to budge on his demand for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation Tuesday as a joint session of parliament came out overwhelmingly in the latter's support. The session even saw Sharif and PTI president Javed Hashmi embracing each other despite the Imran Khan party-leader taking the government to task an...

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IS video shows beheading of second US journalist

Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) Days after the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley, Sunni militant group Islamic State (IS) has posted a video showing the beheading of another kidnapped American journalist Steven Sotloff, CNN reported. Titled A second message to America, the video also threatens the life of British captive David Haines. Sotloff speaks to the camera before ...

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Yo Yo Honey Singh to set out on eight-city tour

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Come October, superhit rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, popular for numbers like Blue Eyes and Sunny Sunny, will set out on an eight-city tour in the country, as a part of LIVE Viacom18's new annual property MTV Super Stage. He will travel to Pune, Jaipur, Indore, Lucknow, Jalandhar, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Guwahati for the concert, the aim of which is to take one sensation...

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Modi cites people's efforts for India-Japan strategic ties

Tokyo, Sep 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said India and Japan were now working as special strategic and global partners and this was the result of efforts of not just the two governments but because ordinary people nurtured this sapling and turned it into a tree. In his address at a reception hosted by the Japan-India Association and the Japan-India parliamentary friendsh...

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IS beheads second US journalist

Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) The Islamic State militant organisation has posted a video titled A second message to America, showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff, CNN reported. The video also threatens the life of British captive David Haines. Sotloff speaks to the camera before he is killed, saying he is paying the price for US intervention. ...

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AAP hits out at HRD ministry over Teachers' Day issue

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) The AAP Tuesday criticised the human resource development (HRD) ministry over the Teachers' Day address by Prime Minister Narendra, terming the controversy in the issue needless and unfortunate. It is unfortunate that the union human resources development (HRD) ministry has created a needless controversy over the Teachers' Day celebrations, the Aam Aadmi Party sai...

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Rahane shines as India seal series in Edgbaston

Birmingham, Sep 2 (IANS) Ajinkya Rahane's maiden century and his century-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan powered India to a comprehensive nine-wicket win over England in the fourth ODI here Tuesday and also sealed the series 3-0 with still a match to go. The England batting collapsed yet again as they were bundled out for 206 runs with three balls to spare after being put into bat at Edgba...

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Hooda not to address students on Teachers' Day

Chandigarh, Sep 2 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Tuesday said that he has no programme to address students on Teachers' Day (Sep 5) on the pattern of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Referring to media reports that students in Haryana will be addressed by him before the Prime Minister's televised address to school children, he said that there was no such move. H...

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No mass exodus of Assamese people from Meghalaya: Minister

Shillong, Sep 2 (IANS) Meghalaya Tuesday said there was no danger to people from Assam residing in the neighbouring mountainous state and warned miscreants against spreading rumours about their safety. There is no mass exodus of people from Assam residing in the state. I appeal to people not to pay heed to rumour-mongers, Home Minister Roshan Warjri told IANS. However, some migra...

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