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Pro-democracy activists back on Hong Kong streets

Beijing, Feb 2 (IANS/EFE) Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong took to the streets again Sunday to demand real democracy in their first big march after the Umbrella Movement folded up in December, last year. Local media reported that tens of thousands of people participated in the protest, demanding rights to elect their local head of government in 2017, when the enclave's citizens w...

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Yemen rebels set three-day deadline for power transfer

Sana'a, Feb 2 (IANS) The Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, currently controlling capital Sana'a gave a three-day ultimatum for power transfer, in order to resolve the crisis that has engulfed the country. The Shia Houthi group, also known as Ansarullah, based in Yemen's far northern province of Saada, has been expanding their influence southwards, in spite of signing a UN-sponsored peace and ...

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Kurdish forces free 15 oil workers from IS

Baghdad, Feb 2 (IANS) Kurdish troops have freed 15 oil workers seized by the Islamic State (IS) militants a few days back at an oil facility near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, a security source said Sunday. The 15 workers, who are affiliated to the Iraqi North Oil Company, were found held in a cellar at the sprawling facility after the Peshmerga (Kurdish troops) defeated the IS mi...

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'X-Men: Apocalypse': Rose Byrne to return

Los Angeles, Feb 2 (IANS) Screenwriter Simon Kinberg says the superhero film X-Men: Apocalypse will bring back actress Rose Byrne's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent character Moira MacTaggert. The character previously appeared in X-Men: First Class in which her memory was wiped by Charles Xavier. She was not included in the second installment X-Men: Days of Future Past. Sh...

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Five killed in another Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Abuja, Feb 2 (IANS) Boko Haram militants killed five people in two separate attacks in the northeast Nigerian city of Gombe Sunday, witnesses said. One of the attacks, by a suspected suicide bomber, targeted a military checkpoint in the Kasuwar Katako area of the city, while the other targeted a local market, a witness said, according to a Xinhua report. Three people, including a...

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Julianne Moore babysits for colleagues

Los Angeles, Feb 2 (IANS) Actress Julianne Moore is reportedly kind to everyone on her movie sets and even babysits for her colleagues. You couldn't ask for a more generous person to work for in this business. She makes time for everyone, no matter their pay grade, said a source, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She's even offered to babysit staffers' kids! She never forgets birthdays ...

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Egypt releases, deports jailed Australian journalist

Cairo, Feb 2 (IANS) Egypt decided to release jailed journalist Peter Greste, who will now be deported back to his native Australia, according to report in the state news agency MENA Sunday. The Egyptian foreign ministry coordinated with the Australian embassy in Cairo for the journalist's release and Greste was supposed to depart for Sydney, a Xinhua report said, citing a source.

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Devoted Congress members, non-working scanner at Sonia rally

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Thousands of people, including a large number of women, Sunday gathered to see and hear Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at her first rally for the Feb 7 Delhi assembly elections and expressed confidence at the party's chances. Women, seated in a separate enclosure at the venue at a school ground in Mithapur village of Badarpur area of south Delhi, cheered loudly as Ga...

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15 countries attending Coir Kerala

Alappuzha (Kerala), Feb 1 (IANS) Signalling the growing interest in Indian-made coir and natural fibre products worldwide, nearly 15 countries are represented for the first time at Coir Kerala, the annual international expo which began here Sunday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who inaugurated the five-day event, said that apart from launching various modernization schemes for the coir s...

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GST to become a reality by 2016: Amit Shah

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) BJP president Amit Shah, who Sunday welcomed over 100 corporate leaders into the party, said he was confident that Goods and Services Tax (GST) will become a reality by 2016, a party release said. Shah told the gathering that the Bhartiya Janata Party-led government had taken several steps to restore confidence of investors, said the release. He elaborated...

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IS executes Japanese journalist, Abe says won't forgive

Tokyo, Feb 1 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) militants claimed in a video to have executed a second Japanese hostage, according to media reports Sunday. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned the purported killing as a despicable terrorist act and vowed to never forgive the radical group. The IS claimed in a one-minute video clip late Saturday to have beheaded freelance journalist an...

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India to ease way for Chinese businesses, Modi visit in May

Beijing, Feb 1 (IANS) India will make it easier for Chinese companies to do business in the country as it seeks to take bilateral economic ties with China to a qualitatively new level, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Sunday, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the country in May. Sushma Swaraj told the media here that the prime minister will visit China in Ma...

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Good US-India relations don't threaten China: Obama

Washington, Feb 1 (IANS) President Barack Obama has said that there are undoubtedly aspects of India that make US closer to India, but China doesn't need to be threatened because Washington has good relations with New Delhi. There's no doubt that there are aspects of India that make us closer to India, he told noted Indian-American journalist Fareed Zakaria in an interview in New Delhi a...

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I-League: East Bengal beat Shillong, Pune edge past Mumbai

Kolkata/Pune, Feb 1 (IANS) Nigerian striker Ranti Martins sparkled on the pitch for Kolkata giants East Bengal as he provided both the first goal and the winning header to sneak past Shillong Lajong 2-1 in an I-League encounter Sunday, while in Pune, home side Pune FC went on top of the leader board as they clinched the state derby encounter against Mumbai FC courtesy a 3-2 scoreline. At...

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Why is Kejriwal lying on power, water rates, asks BJP

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) The BJP Sunday asked Arvind Kejriwal why he was lying to the people on the electric tariff and water prices among the fourth set of five questions for the AAP chief. BHaratiya Janata Party leader Nirmala Sitharaman asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader to answer why he was lying to the people of Delhi by putting up hoardings comparing the lowest per unit rates of...

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Live-in partner kills woman, her son

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) A 25-year-old woman and her four-year-old son were strangled by her live-in partner here in the capital, police said Sunday. Rukhsana and her son Firoz were found dead in their rented accommodation in a slum in north Delhi's Sarai Rohilla area around 8 a.m. Sunday. Her sister Naveesha told police she found their bodies when she entered the house. P...

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'CBI going slow on Mukul Roy as BJP using him to break Trinamool'

Kolkata, Feb 1 (IANS) Accusing the BJP of using Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy to break West Bengal's ruling party, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury charged the CBI of going slow on the former railway minister who was quizzed in the Saradha scam BJP is using Roy to break the Trinamool. That is why the CBI is going slow on him, Chowdhury, also an MP from the sta...

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I-League: East Bengal beat Shillong Lajong 2-1

Kolkata, Feb 1 (IANS) Nigerian striker Ranti Martins sparkled on the pitch for local giants East Bengal as he provided both the first goal and the winning header to sneak past Shillong Lajong 2-1 in an I-League encounter at the Salt Lake stadium here Sunday. Trinidadian forward Cornell Glen pulled one back for the visitors. It was Lajong who came close to scoring the first goal, ...

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12 killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Abuja, Feb 1 (IANS) Boko Haram militants killed at least 12 people Sunday as government forces repelled multiple attacks by the group in Maiduguri city, capital of Nigeria's Borno state, hospital sources said. Some 37 people sustained injuries in the attacks that started early Sunday, Xinhua quoted sources at the State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri as saying. Another state-run health ...

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Rs.1,500 crore business generated at Stonemart

Jaipur, Feb 1 (IANS) The eighth edition of the India Stonemart 2015, which ended here Sunday, generated business worth Rs.1,500 crore which was 25 percent over the last edition, said a Rajasthan government official. Addressing the closing ceremony, Principal Secretary, Industries, Veenu Gupta, who is also the chairperson of the Centre for Development of Stones (CDoS) which organised the ...

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