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Bobby Jindal sued over order to protect same-sex marriage opponents

Washington, July 1 (IANS) A gay rights advocacy group and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana are suing Louisiana's Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal for issuing an executive order aimed at protecting opponents of same-sex marriage. Jindal signed the religious freedom executive order in May hours after the Louisiana Legislature refused to pass a bill that would have imple...

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Indian equities open higher in morning trade

Mumbai, July 1 (IANS) A benchmark index for Indian equities, the sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), on Wednesday opened higher and was trading at 27,880.45 points some 30 minutes after the opening bell. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading higher at 8,399.30 points with a gain of 30.80 points or 0.37 percent. The...

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Australian fighting against IS killed in Syria

Brisbane, July 1 (IANS) An Australian man, fighting alongside Kurdish forces against the Islamic State (IS) terror group, was killed when he stepped on a landmine in Syria, media reported on Wednesday. Reece Harding, 23, had left Australia in May, family sources told ABC. His father Keith said that a few days after he departed, he received a message that Reece was doing humanitar...

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Argentina rout Paraguay to reach Copa America final

Concepcion, July 1 (IANS) Angel Di Maria struck two second-half goals as Argentina earned a berth in the Copa America final by trouncing Paraguay 6-1 here, media reported on Wednesday. Marcos Rojo and Javier Pastore gave Argentina a 2-0 lead before Lucas Barrios reduced the margin on the stroke of halftime, Xinhua news agency reported. Di Maria netted twice in six minutes after t...

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Chinese yuan weakens

Beijing, July 1 (IANS) The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened by 13 basis points to 6.1149 against the US dollar on Wednesday, authorities said. In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2 percent from the central parity rate each trading day, reports Xinhua news agency. The central parity rate of the ...

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Indonesian plane crash toll rises to 141

Jakarta, July 1 (IANS) The toll in the crash of an Indonesian Hercules C-130 military cargo aircraft in the city of Medan has risen to 141, police said on Wednesday. The aircraft crashed and exploded in a residential area of North Sumatra's capital city of Medan on Tuesday shortly after take-off, Xinhua news agency reported. ...

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Uruguay showed good defence in Copa America: Godin

Montevideo (Uruguay), July 1 (IANS) Uruguay captain Diego Godin has said his team showed a good level of defence in the Copa America tournament where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. We didn't change our way of playing. We kept our identity, with fight and heart and a great defensive power and tactical, Xinhua news agency quoted Godin as saying during an interview on Tuesday w...

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Cuba first country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmission: WHO

Havana, July 1 (IANS) Cuba on Tuesday became the first country in the world to eradicate the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to newborn, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO announced in a press release that it validated Cuba's success in eliminating mother-to-child transmission. Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public h...

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US-based doctors' group promoting veganism in India

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) A lot of Hollywood actors were already doing it but when closer home Bollywood icon Aamir Khan recently announced his plans of turning vegan, many became curious. While some may express doubts, a doctors' group from the US has initiated an India tour to propagate the benefits of a vegan life. In a country which is all too familiar with vegetarianism, promoting th...

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Over 1,000 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

Jammu, July 1 (IANS) Over 1,000 pilgrims of the first batch of this year's annual Amarnath Yatra left Jammu on Wednesday for the high-altitude cave shrine in Kashmir Valley. State Health Minister Chowdhary Lal Singh flagged off a convoy of 34 vehicles carrying 1,280 pilgrims from Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas here towards the valley. This year's yatra to the 14,500 ft. high Himalaya...

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Perrie Edwards happy with Zayn Malik's quit decision

Los Angeles, July 1 (IANS) Singer Perrie Edwards is happier now that her fiance Zayn Malik has left British boyband One Direction because he feels better after making the move. The 22-year-old quit the chart-topping boy band in March and his 21-year-old fiancee stands by his decision because she can see it was the right thing for him, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Zayn is his own pe...

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Paris Hilton may sue TV show over plane crash prank

Los Angeles, July 1 (IANS) Socialite Paris Hilton may take legal action against the Egyptian TV show responsible for putting her on a plane that appeared to be in crash mode. The singer plans to sue prank show Ramez in Control for emotional distress caused by the horrible stunt, reports tmz.com. Several sources told the news outlet that Hilton was totally freaked out over the pr...

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Jammu and Kashmir government sacks 63 'tainted' civil servants

Srinagar, July 1 (IANS) In a closely guarded move, the Jammu and Kashmir government overnight served sealed cover letters to 63 officials conveying their forced retirement from civil services. Special messengers delivered sealed cover letters containing orders of forced retirement to the government officials at their places of posting/residences across the state late on Tuesday evening. ...

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Greece defaults to IMF

Washington, July 1 (IANS/EFE) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed on Tuesday that debt-laden Greece is in arrears after missing a payment of 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion). Athens had until 6 p.m. Tuesday to make the payment. I confirm that the SDR 1.2 billion repayment (about 1.5 billion euros) due by Greece to the IMF today has not been received. We have informed ...

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Director confirms 'Star Trek Beyond' title

Los Angeles, July 1 (IANS) After too many speculations, Justin Lin has finally announced the official title of the next installment of Star Trek movie series. According to the director, the upcoming movie will be called Star Trek Beyond. Lin took to Twitter to announce the title of the film by sharing a photograph which was seemingly taken on the set of the movie, reports aceshowbiz.com....

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Spears in Twitter row with Iggy Azalea

Los Angeles, July 1 (IANS) Singer Britney Spears has hit back at rapper Iggy Azalea during Twitter row over their Pretty girls single. The 33-year-old singer posted a tweet believed to be about the rapper after the Fancy hitmaker hinted the pair's collaboration Pretty girls failed to achieve chart success because Spears wouldn't promote it properly, reports mirror.co.uk. Referrin...

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel title confirmed

Los Angeles, July 1 (IANS) Director James Gunn has confirmed that the sequel of his 2014 superhit Guardians of the Galaxy will be called Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Gunn, who has been hard at work on the film's script, made the title official on his Twitter and Facebook pages after Marvel's Kevin Feige let the title slip while discussing Ant-Man with an online publication, reports var...

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Greece requests more time to repay IMF

Athens, July 1 (IANS) The Greek government has requested more time from International Monetary Fund (IMF) to repay 1.5 billion euro loan installment that was due on Tuesday midnight, Greek Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragassakis said on Tuesday evening. The debt laden country will submit an updated proposal for a debt deal with international creditors to the new Eurogroup talks schedule...

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2.4 bn people worldwide lack sanitation facilities

United Nations, July 1 (IANS/EFE) Some 2.4 billion people -- one out of every three inhabitants of the planet -- still have no access to sanitation facilities, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef said on Tuesday. Of those, 946 million continue to defecate outdoors, a very problematic practice, because in many places it creates a continuous source of disease and pollutes the wa...

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Lily Allen has been sober for seven months?

Los Angeles, July 1 (IANS) Singer Lily Allen reportedly hasn't had a drink in seven months and is house-hunting here. The singer is focussing on her career and decided to ditch alcohol in an effort to make it here, reports mirror.co.uk. A source told Grazia magazine: She wasn't enjoying herself anymore so she decided to stop drinking. She seems a lot happier. She's workin...

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