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Molecule that causes rheumatoid arthritis discovered

Tokyo, Oct 24 (IANS) Japanese researchers have identified one of the substances that cause rheumatoid arthritis, an unprecedented finding that could eventually lead to a cure for the disease, media reported Friday. In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, immune cells mistakenly identify molecules in the body as invasive substances and attack them, resulting in an inflammatory condition th...

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EU increases aid to fight Ebola in Africa to $1.27 bn

Brussels, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) The European Union (EU) will increase to one billion euros ($1.27 billion) its contribution to combating the Ebola epidemic in the West African countries worst affected by the deadly virus, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Friday. EU will increase financial help to one billion euros to fight Ebola in West Africa, said Van Rompuy through his Tw...

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Husband of slain Brazilian police commissioner confesses to crime

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) The widower of the Brazilian police commissioner found dead this week confessed to killing the officer, known as a tough adversary of the paramilitary groups known as militias that in some poor Rio de Janeiro neighbourhoods have ousted the drug trafficking gangs, officials said Friday. Law student Alessandro Oliveira Furtado confessed when questioned tha...

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Ailing Kerala assembly speaker leaves for US

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 24 (IANS) Kerala Assembly Speaker G. Karthikeyan, who is suffering from liver complications, Friday left for the US for treatment. The speaker was accompanied by his close friend and state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and family members. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, his wife and a few Congress leaders were at the airport here to see him off. K...

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Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccines to be ready in 2015: WHO

Geneva, Oct 24 (IANS) Assistant Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) Marie-Paule Kieny Friday said hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccines might be ready for use in the first half of 2015 to turn the tide against the deadly epidemic. On Thursday, WHO convened a meeting of government representatives, vaccine manufacturers, funding agencies and civil society to discuss how t...

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Over 824,000 people displaced by Ukraine conflict: UN

Kiev, Oct 24 (IANS) More than 824,000 people have been displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, including 430,000 within the country, according to a UN report obtained here Friday. Ongoing fighting in the east, and the resulting breakdown of basic services, continues to drive more people from their homes, the report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stat...

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Kenyan soldiers kill over 80 militants in Somalia

Nairobi, Oct 24 (IANS) Kenya's military confirmed Friday its soldiers who are part of the AMISOM and Somalia National Army (SNA) killed more than 80 Al Shabaab insurgents near the port city of Kismayu in the southern part of the Horn of Africa nation. Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Colonel David Obonyo said the Thursday night attacks were carried out on two Al Shabaab bases in Jaam...

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US nurse with Ebola to be discharged from hospital

Washington, Oct 24 (IANS) A US nurse infected with the Ebola virus disease while caring for a patient from Liberia in Texas will be discharged from hospital soon, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said Friday. Nina Pham, one of the two nurses infected at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and transferred to the NIH's clinical centre Oct 16, is now virus free, the NIH said.

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Ethiopia to deploy 210 health workers in Ebola-hit West Africa

Addis Ababa, Oct 24 (IANS) Ethiopia said Friday it will deploy about 210 health professionals to Ebola-affected countries to support the response against the epidemic in West Africa. In addition, the East African nation has also decided to provide financial support of $500,000 to the response in the highly affected countries, Xinhua reported. Speaking at a press conference on Fri...

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IS abducts Iraqi journalists as its positions get bombed

Baghdad/Paris, Oct 24 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group Friday kidnapped three Iraqi reporters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul even as French fighter jets and Iraqi military helicopters bombed its positions in northern Iraq. The jihadis stormed the homes of the journalists in the al-Noor and al-Sukkur districts of Mosul, the head of the Iraqi Committee to Protect Journali...

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Harsh Vardhan offers to help Pakistan fight polio

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday offered Pakistan full cooperation in eradicating polio from that country. Pakistan at present accounts for 85 percent of the world's polio cases. On the occasion of World Polio Day, Harsh Vardhan welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's recent adoption of a National Emergency Action Plan-2014 on the disease. ...

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Special police teams in Hyderabad for women's safety

Hyderabad, Oct 24 (IANS) Hyderabad Police Friday set up 100 special teams to check harassment of women in public places. To be called 'She' teams, their members will keep a tight vigil at places where sexual harassment is common. Each team comprises five police personnel and they have been provided small cameras to record the movements of suspects. Police Commissioner Mah...

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Two-year-old girl raped in Meghalaya

Shillong, Oct 24 (IANS) A two-year-old girl is in critical condition after she was raped by her uncle in a Meghalaya village, police said Friday. The accused has been arrested. The incident occurred Oct 22 in Kherapara area of West Garo Hills district. Kherapara is about 370 km from here. We were working in the paddy field and left the child with Antonis. Upon return, we found th...

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Bangalore school secretary arrested in child rape case

Bangalore, Oct 24 (IANS) Karnataka Police Friday arrested the secretary of a society that runs a private school here, where a three-year-old student was allegedly raped, and registered criminal cases against its three office-bearers. We have registered a criminal case against K.R.K. Reddy, secretary of Sri Gowtham Academy of General & Technical Education Society, which runs Orchids T...

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Bombs hurled at police in Bengal, three injured

Kolkata, Oct 24 (IANS) Three policemen, including the officer-in-charge of a police station in West Bengal, were injured Friday when assailants hurled bombs at them. The incident took place in Birbhum district's Panrui when a police team led by officer-in-charge Prasenjit Dutta raided a hideout in the area where crude bombs were allegedly stored. We were attacked with bombs, stic...

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Students brainstorm on global issues in Shillong

Shillong, Oct 24 (IANS) Indian students Friday began a brainstorming session in the state capital of Meghalaya on several issues ranging from conflict, climate change to growth and employment. The three-day session, organised by the North East India International Model United Nations (NEIMUN), is being attended by students from India's northeastern states and from the metropolitan cities...

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Centre turns down SSTL's FDI proposal

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The central government has rejected Sistema Shyam Teleservices' (SSTL) proposal to up its foreign stake to 100 percent due to conversion of redeemable preference shares into equity, an official statement said here Friday. SSTL, which operates under the MTS brand, had applied in May to increase total foreign direct investment (FDI) in the company in excess of 73.9...

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India, China form Asian Infra Investment Bank

Beijing, Oct 24 (IANS) India Friday signed on to a China-led initiative to create an international bank to fund development of infrastructure essential for Asia's economic growth and reduce the dependence on Western-dominated World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Besides the two neighbours, 19 other countries of the region signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on setting up th...

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CBI registers PE against JSPL for mining in forest land

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The CBI Friday registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) and some unknown officials in the union ministry of environment and forests in connection with diversion of forest land for mining between 2007 and 2013. CBI sources confirmed that the agency has registered a PE in the alleged irregularities in diverting forest land...

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Three Union ministers' assets increase in five months

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) The assets of at least three union ministers have increased by more than Rs.1 crore since assuming office, the National Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms said in a joint statement Friday. Among the ministers who contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the highest increase in assets in five months has been shown by Minister of Railways D.V. Sadan...

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