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Tokyo shares end low

Tokyo, Nov 27 (IANS) Tokyo shares ended the morning session slightly lower on Friday on profit-taking operation due to the lack of trading cues. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average slightly shed 49.53 points (0.25 percent) from Thursday to 19,894.88, Xinhua reported. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was down 6.55 points (0.41 percent)...

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Of some love, travel and family

Indulge in a tale of forbidden love spanning three continents and three decades. Or question what makes strangers fall in love - a conundrum that most passionate lovers have managed to unravel. Take a cut and relive the journey of a German journalist discovering the East. And an ex-minister's scheme for and against his children who refuse to carry forward his work. Here's what the IANS bookshelf ...

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Japan's unemployment rate improves to 3.1 percent

Tokyo, Nov 27 (IANS) Japan's jobless rate in October fell to 3.1 percent from the previous month's 3.4 percent, marking the lowest level in about 20 years, the country's government data showed on Friday. Separate government survey also showed that Japan's job availability remained unchanged at 1.24 in October, meaning that 124 positions were available for every 100 job seekers. ...

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Foggy Friday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) It was a foggy Friday morning here with the minimum temperature recorded at 11 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season, the weather office said. The sky would remain partly cloudy throughout the day, an official of the India Meteorological Department said. Maximum temperature of the day is likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius, the weather...

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Himachal Pradesh sets up helpline to report corruption

Shimla, Nov 27 (IANS) The vigilance and anti corruption bureau in Himachal Pradesh has launched the anti-corruption toll-free helpline, an official said on Friday. Any case of corruption can be reported on the telephone numbers 0177-2629893, a government spokesperson told IANS. He said people can also use 1064 as the helpline for anti-corruption complaints in the state. ...

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Cocoa, green tea can help combat diabetes: study

Brasilia, Nov 27 (IANS) Cocoa and green tea contain substances that can help prevent and treat renal complications or diabetic retinopathy, a study has shown. A study by Brazilian scientists said cocoa and green tea help diminish deaths of podocytes, cells that restrict the passing of proteins into urine. The two contain polyphenols and themobromine that can diminish the impact o...

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China's industrial profit decline widens in October

Beijing, Nov 27 (IANS) The profits of China's major industrial firms fell 4.6 percent year on year in October, worsening from the 0.1 percent decline posted in September, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Friday. Profits at industrial companies with annual revenues of more than 20 million yuan (about $3.1 million) totalled 559.52 billion yuan in October, Xinhua reported.

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'Air strikes against IS in Syria to make Britain safer'

London, Nov 27 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron said that British air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria will make his country safer. Launching air strikes against IS militants in Syria would not make Britain a bigger target for terrorist attacks, Xinhua quoted Cameron as saying on Thursday while addressing the house of commons, lower house of the parliament, ...

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Glimpse of black hole swallowing star, shooting flare

Washington, Nov 27 (IANS) Scientists for the first time caught a glimpse of a black hole swallowing a star and shooting out a high-speed flare of matter at the centre of a nearby galaxy. The finding, reported in the US journal Science, tracked this star -- about the size of the Sun -- as it shifted from its customary path, slipped into the gravitational pull of a supermassive black hole ...

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France jobless claims hit 30-month high: ministry

Paris, Nov 27 (IANS) The number of registered jobseekers in France increased by 1.2 percent in October compared to a 0.7 percent decline reported a month earlier, putting pressure on President Francois Hollande who pledged to create jobs and promote growth, official data has said. France received jobless claims from more than 3.589 million people in October, 42,000 more than that of Sept...

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Kelly Osbourne feared for life on flight

Los Angeles, Nov 27 (IANS) British singer Kelly Osbourne was petrified her plane would come down during a rocky flight from Australia to Los Angeles. The 31-year-old star and her travel companion Melinda Varga gripped each other's hands and panicked during the 15-hour long flight to Los Angeles, after experiencing the worst turbulence ever, and she was convinced it would be her last day ...

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Chinese shares open lower

Beijing, Nov 27 (IANS) Chinese stocks opened lower on Friday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.52 percent to open at 3,616.54 points. The smaller Shenzhen index opened 0.55 percent lower at 12,697.51 points, XInhua reported. The ChiNext Index, tracking China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, lost 0.49 percent to open at 2,819.36 points. ...

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Consumer prices in Japan fall in October

Tokyo, Nov 27 (IANS) The Japanese internal affairs ministry said on Friday that the country's consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in October from a year earlier, down for the third straight month. The core consumer price index, which excludes volatile fresh food prices, fell to 103.5 against the 2010 base of 100, Xinhua news agency quoted the ministry as saying. However, the Japane...

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Portugal's new Socialist government sworn in

Lisbon, Nov 27 (IANS) Portugal's new government led by Socialist Party (PS) leader Antonio Costa was sworn in on Thursday by President Anibal Cavaco Silva here. The new government consists of 17 ministers and 41 secretaries of state, among whom Justice Minister Francisca Van Dunem has become the first black female minister in Portuguese history, XInhua news agency reported. At th...

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Chinese yuan weakens against dollar

Beijing, Nov 27 (IANS) The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened by 19 basis points to 6.3915 against the US dollar on Friday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trading System. In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by two percent from the central parity rate each trading day, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Footballers go on strike in Ecuador over unpaid salaries

Quito, Nov 27 (IANS) Ecuador's Footballers' Association (AFE) declared on Thursday it will go on strike in support of its members who have not been paid for between four and five months in over a dozen clubs. The association has decided to suspend all activities related to Ecuadorian soccer, announced AFE vice president Edwin Tenorio Ecuador international. The strike was declared...

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Tokyo shares open higher

Tokyo, Nov 27 (IANS) -- shares opened the trading Friday slightly higher without any clear trading cues as the US stocks markets were closed for a holiday and Japan's consumer prices report was within market expectations. At 9.15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 31.43 points, or 0.16 percent, from Thursday to 19,975.84, Xinhua news agency reported. The broader Topi...

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Britney Spears is the queen: Adele

London, Nov 27 (IANS) Grammy-winning singer Adele says pop star Britney Spears is the queen. Adele has a plan to crack a joke when she meets Spears for the first meet, so that they are able to break the ice, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She told National Public Radio: Britney is the queen. I love her. So yeah, sometimes it is a bit intense. But I usually crack a joke, and then it b...

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Paul Walker's father sues Porsche for wrongful death

Los Angeles, Nov 27 (IANS) Almost two years after Paul Walker's death in a car crash in Santa Clarita, California, the late actor's father has sued automobile company Porsche for wrongful death and negligence. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday and obtained by ew.com, Paul William Walker III says that the Porsche Carrera GT that the actor was riding in lacked safety features that could have...

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Afghan gets life sentence for raping, murdering girl in Finland

Helsinki, Nov 27 (IANS) An Afghan national was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping and murdering a 17-year-old girl in Finland, Finnish news agency STT reported on Thursday. The man was also asked to pay compensation totalling some $63,638 to the girl's mother and other family members, and another 69,000 euros of compensation for destroying a building. The crime happened in...

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