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New round of Iran n-talks to be held next week

Geneva, Feb 28 (IANS) The talks between six world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme will resume in Switzerland's Montreux on March 5, a press release from the EU delegation to Geneva said on Friday. The talks, to be chaired by EU Political Director Helga Schmid, will be preceded by a series of bilateral meetings between Iran and the P5+1 group, namely the US, Britain, France, Ru...

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No 'joy' between Lawrence, O'Russell

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Lawrence was reportedly spotted having a blazing row with the director of her next film Joy. According to a source, the 24-year-old and O'Russell were loudly screaming and swearing at each other on the set of the movie in Boston Tuesday, reports tmz.com. The argument is said to have begun because Lawrence was unhappy with how O'Russell ...

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Bayern Munich continue winning run in German Bundesliga

Berlin, Feb 28 (IANS) The German record champions sealed their 18th win of the season as they overcame Cologne 4-1 at the curtain raiser of the 23rd round of Bundesliga on Friday. The Bundesliga front-runners celebrated the clubs 115th anniversary with a 4-1 win over Cologne extending their winning run to four games. Bayern established a two-goal lead within 10 minutes before Col...

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UN slams Boko Haram for attacks on civilians

United Nations, Feb 28 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday slammed the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, his spokesperson said. The abduction and use of children, including as 'suicide bombers', is particularly abhorrent, said Ban in a statement read by Stephane Dujarric at a regul...

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Leonard Nimoy, the charismatic Spock of 'Star Trek,' dies

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS/EFE) Actor Leonard Nimoy, who played the extraterrestrial Mr. Spock in the sci-fi TV series and movie saga Star Trek, died on Friday at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his family said. He was 83. Nimoy announced he was suffering from the lung disease in 2014, and blamed it on his years of smoking. I quit smokin...

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WHO highlights threat of recreational noise for hearing loss

Geneva, Feb 28 (IANS) Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned here Friday, ahead of the March 3 International Ear Care Day. As they go about their dai...

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Russian politician Boris Nemtsov killed in Moscow

Moscow, Feb 28 (IANS/TASS) Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed near Moscow's city centre Friday night, according to law enforcement agencies. An unknown person killed Nemtsov with four shots using a handgun on the slope near St. Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square, Tass quoted a law enforcement spokesperson as saying. An investigative team is working at th...

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Gas dispute with Russia not to affect Europe: Ukraine

Kiev, Feb 28 (IANS) Ukraine's state-run energy company Naftogaz said here Friday that a fresh flare-up in the gas dispute between Kiev and Moscow will not harm gas supplies to Europe. We see no linkage between supply of Russian gas to Ukraine and its transit to Europe, Xinhua quoted Naftogaz's head Andrey Kobolev as saying at a press conference. Kiev stands ready to ensure uninte...

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Robert De Niro hit with over $6mn tax lien

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) Veteran Hollywood actor Robert De Niro has been hit with a huge tax lien of over $6.4 million. According to New York City documents acquired by the website The Smoking Gun, the actor was issued with the bill totalling a whopping $6,410,449.20 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), reports femalefirst.co.uk. With an estimated fortune of over $200 million...

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John Travolta isn't creepy, says Scarlett Johansson

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) Actress Scarlett Johansson has spoken out to defend John Travolta, stating there's nothing creepy about the actor. Greeted on the red carpet at Oscars by a kiss from Travolta, the exchange looked awkward, but Johansson insists it was a pleasure, reports femalefirst.co.uk. (I haven't seen) John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by h...

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Rosamund Pike in talks for 'The Deep Blue Good-by'

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) Actress Rosamund Pike is in talks to play the female lead opposite actor Christian Bale in upcoming film The Deep Blue Good-by. Written by John D. MacDonald in 1964, The Deep Blue Good-by is a film adaptation of the first of 21 novels by the author, reports variety.com. Bale will play the role of Travis McGee, a salvage consultant who recovers others' ...

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West gets mother's birthdate inked

London, Feb 28 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West has got his late mother Donda West and his daughter North West's birth dates inked on his wrists. West's wife and reality TV star Kim Kardashian shared some photographs on Instagram Friday of the process, done at tattoo parlour Sang Bleu here, reports aceshowbiz.com. In the first photograph, West is seen getting the inking done by tattoo a...

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American actor Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) American actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his portrayal of half-human science officer Spock in Star Trek, died here Friday. He was 83. The iconic actor died of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, CNN quoted his family members as saying. His Star Trek co-stars, including William Shatner and George Takei, expressed sadness at his death. In...

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Syria condemns IS attack on Christians

Damascus, Feb 28 (IANS) Syria's foreign ministry Friday condemned the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) for carrying out attacks on the Christian Assyrian community in northeastern part of the country, Xinhua reported citing Syrian state news agency SANA. The ministry, in letters sent to the UN, pinpointed the terrorist acts of the IS group against the Assyrian community, according ...

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IS has not executed abducted Christians as yet: Activists

Damascus, Feb 28 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) militant group, so far, has not executed any of the Christian Assyrians it had abducted in Syria, a group monitoring war in Syria said Friday. Tribal leaders in Syrian province of al-Hasakah met Christian clergymen to mediate the release of around 220 kidnapped Assyrians, Xinhua quoted Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR...

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I-League: Bagan beat Shillong Lajong in a goal feast

Shillong, Feb 27 (IANS) Mohun Bagan went top of the I-League standings Friday as they beat Shillong Lajong FC 4-3 in a goal feast here at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. A brace from Bagan striker Balwant Singh was nullified by Lajong's Trinidadian marksman Cornell Glen, but then the visitors came back with their Japanese playmaker Katsumi Yusa and Cameroonian striker Pierre Boya to regain...

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Three killed in Afghan suicide attack

Jalalabad (Afghanistan), Feb 27 (IANS) At least three people -- two children and the attacker -- were killed and 13 injured in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, police said. The likely target of the attack was the motorcade of parliamentarian Farhidoon Mohmmand from the province (200 km from Kabul), Xinhua quoted police spokesperson as saying. But the legislator ...

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Skywalk to be built on Bengaluru airport road

Bengaluru, Feb 27 (IANS) A day after a college girl and a youth were fatally run over by a speeding tanker, civic authorities here Friday announced they would build a skywalk across the busy airport road for pedestrians' safety. We will soon build a skywalk at the Kempapura junction with escalators on both sides of the airport road to enable pedestrians cross over safely, Bruhat Bengalur...

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'Dum Laga Ke Haisha': So real and heart-warming, it smells like life

Film: Dum Laga Ke Haisha; Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pedneker; Written and Directed by Sharat Katariya; Rating: ****(4 stars) It's very interesting to see how comfortably the very talented Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa who played the lead in Rajat Kapoor's highly-lauded Ankhon Dekhi last year, fit into the peripheral parts of the hero's father and heroine's mother in Dum Laga Ke Hai...

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Most wanted drug lord held in Mexico

Morelia (Mexico), Feb 27 (IANS/EFE) A most-wanted leader of an infamous drug cartel was arrested here Friday, a media report said. Kingpin of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, Servando La Tuta Gomez Martinez, was arrested in Morelia, the capital of the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan, where the gang is based. The Mexican government had offered a 30-million-peso ($2 ...

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