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Turkey to stop foreign jihadis crossing into Syria

Ankara, Feb 1 (IANS) Turkey said that it has beefed up security to prevent foreign fighters from using its soil as a transit route to Syria, media reported Saturday. In this context, we are pursuing a considerable struggle, Turkish Foreign Minister Efkan Ala said in a televised interview Friday. He noted that 700 people suspected of being linked to the Islamic State (IS) jihadi g...

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JLo's Hidden Hills estate on sale

Los Angeles, Feb 1 (IANS) Pop star Jennifer Lopez is selling her 17,000 sq ft Hidden Hills estate because it's just too big for her small family. Lopez and her two children have their sights set on getting a smaller house with a better view in Malibu, reports tmz.com. She purchased the Hidden Hills mansion for $8.2 million in 2010 and is asking for a $17 million. ...

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Ukraine talks end without a deal

Minsk, Feb 1 (IANS) The latest round of talks on the Ukraine crisis ended Saturday without an agreement, in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, Xinhua reported. Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego; Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, and the special ...

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Nigerian troops wrest town from Boko Haram

Lagos, Feb 1 (IANS) Nigerian troops claimed Saturday to have recaptured territories in northeastern Nigeria from Boko Haram insurgents, according to a Xinhua report. The security forces said that they have recaptured the Michika town and its neighbourhood in northeastern Nigeria's Adamawa state from the Islamist militants. The troops were carrying out mopping up operations in the...

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Kendall, Kylie Jenner set for Topshop range?

London, Feb 1 (IANS) Celebrity sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner are set to launch a Topshop clothing range. They are reportedly in advanced talks with the high street retailer to sign a 2 million pounds contract, which would see them configure the collection themselves and allow Topshop to be the line's exclusive stockist, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Talks are ongoing but the fami...

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Shahid Kapoor, Kangna Ranaut bag best actor Filmfare awards

Mumbai, Feb 1 (IANS) Shahid Kapoor won the Filmfare award for Best Actor (Male) for his performance in the film Haider, while Kangna Ranaut received the Best Actor (Female) award for Queen, at the 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards ceremony here Saturday. Rajat Kapoor's critically acclaimed film Ankhon Dekhi won the Best Film (Critics) award. The prize for the Best Male Actor (Critics) went ...

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US drone strike in Yemen kills four militants

Aden, Feb 1 (IANS) A US drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least four Al Qaeda terrorists, Xinhua reported Saturday, citing a government official. The US strike pounded a vehicle with three missiles in a mountainous area in Shabwa province, killing about four members of the Al Qaeda terrorist group, the local government official said on the condition of anonymity. A local t...

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Palestine slams Israel's new settlement plan

Ramallah, Feb 1 (IANS) A top Palestinian official Saturday slammed the new Israeli plan to build 450 settlement units in West Bank's Jewish areas, terming the expansion of settlements a war crime. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Xinhua that such actions were certainly a war crime and need an international accountability. He said that the settlement plan was against ...

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Second Japanese hostage executed, IS claims

Tokyo, Feb 1 (IANS) A video has been released which purports to show the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by the Islamic State (IS) militants, after his compatriot Haruna Yukawa was executed earlier, according to media reports Sunday. Goto, 47, a well-known freelance journalist and film-maker, was known to have gone to Syria in October to secure Yukawa's release, according to a B...

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Annalynne McCord dating Rick Fox?

Los Angeles, Feb 1 (IANS) American actress-model AnnaLynne McCord is reportedly dating Eliza Dushku's ex-boyfriend, Rick Fox. The 27-year-old Dallas actress, who split from Dominic Purcell, 44, in December after three years of dating, is said to have moved on with 45-year-old actor Rick Fox, reports people.com. The two were spotted canoodling at a pre-Super Bowl event at the W Ho...

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Former German President Richard Von Weizsaecker dies

Berlin, Feb 1 (IANS) Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker died in Berlin Saturday, Germany's Office of the Federal President announced. He was 94. Weizsaecker was West Germany's head of state from 1984 and became the first president of the reunited Germany, following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and German reunification a year later. He stepped down in 1994. A s...

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Katy Perry guarded against defamation

London, Feb 1 (IANS) Pop star Katy Perry plans to open up about her feud with singer Taylor Swift because she refuses to allow anyone to defame her character. The Dark Horse hitmaker, who is reportedly planning to take aim at her 24-year-old rival at the Super Bowl Sunday with her new song She's So Creepy, admits she won't hold back when it comes to defending herself, reports femalefirst...

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Somalia air strike kills over 40 Al-Shabaab militants

Mogadishu, Feb 1 (IANS) Over 40 Al-Shabaab militants were killed and several others injured in an air strike targeting a militant base in southern Somalia, officials said Saturday. Abdulkadir Mohamed Nor Sidi, Governor of the Lower Shebelle region in southern Somalia, told Xinhua that the air strike hit an Al-Shabaab convoy and a training camp in the Dugale village. Over 40 milit...

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Russia lowers 2015 growth forecast, amid oil price slump

Moscow, Feb 1 (IANS) Russia revised its economic growth projection for 2015, predicting a 3 percent contraction in its GDP, in the wake of a slump in global oil prices. According to a Xinhua report, based on a presumed global oil price of $80 a barrel, the Russian economic development ministry had earlier estimated that the country's GDP would fall by 0.8 percent for the year. The revise...

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Gautam Gulati wins 'Bigg Boss Halla Bol'

Mumbai, Feb 1 (IANS) Actor Gautam Gulati Saturday night emerged the winner of reality show Bigg Boss Halla Bol, which was an extension of Bigg Boss 8. The grand finale saw a mix of celebrities, including host Farah Khan, and item girl Malaika Arora Khan, giving a push to the entertainment quotient. An overwhelmed Gautam was welcomed with open arms by his friends and family members as hos...

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Nine Indians held at Turkey-Syria border, deported

Bengaluru, Jan 31 (IANS) Nine Indians from three southern states were detained at the Turkey-Syria border and deported to India where they were being questioned on their motives, police said Saturday. Turkish authorities detained the nine-member Indian group at the border while attempting to cross over to Syria and deported them to India late Friday, city Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi s...

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10 killed in fire in Bangladesh capital

Dhaka, Jan 31 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and several others injured in a major fire in a plastic packaging factory in Dhaka Saturday, police said. We have come to know that 10 bodies have been kept at the morgue of state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Xinhua quoted a Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) officer as saying. Sources said the fire started at 5.25 p.m. at t...

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British healthcare worker to be monitored for Ebola

London, Jan 31 (IANS) A British military healthcare worker came back to Britain from Sierra Leone for Ebola monitoring after he suffered a needle-stick injury when treating a person diagnosed with Ebola, the Public Health England (PHE) said Saturday. The PHE said the person, who suffered a needle-stick injury when treating a person diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone, was transferred by...

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Bomb blasts near Khaleda Zia's office

Dhaka, Jan 31 (IANS) Three handmade bombs exploded Saturday near former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia's office here despite a police presence there, reports said. The blasts took place around 9.15 p.m. (local time) within 150 yards of the office, where the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief has been living since Jan 3, bdnews24.com reported. About 50 police personne...

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Shootout in Delhi: Criminal killed, two policemen injured

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) An 18-year-old suspected criminal was shot dead and his accomplice injured in a shootout in Delhi late Saturday evening, police said. Two policemen were injured in the incident. A police official said a police team raided a house in Sadar Bazar area in north Delhi around 6 p.m on a secret tip-off about presence of a wanted criminal there. As police burst ...

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