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Abducted girls to be freed soon: Nigerian minister

Berlin, Oct 22 (IANS/EFE) More than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram will be released in the very near future, Nigeria's Foreign Minister Aminu Wali said during a visit to the German capital. At a press conference Tuesday with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Nigerian minister did not mention a specific date for the girls' release, bu...

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I've always been a birthday girl: Parineeti

Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) Actress Parineeti Chopra turned 26 Wednesday and says she is big on birthdays though there is no big party planned this time. Well, my brother is down. So, it will be a family get-together. There is no big party planned as such. In the morning I will be at Yash Raj for the launch of a song from 'Kill Dil'. I've requested the 'Kill Dil' team to let me go before after...

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CPI-M to adopt new political strategy

Agartala, Oct 22 (IANS) The CPI-M is likely to adopt a new political strategy at the four-day central committee meeting beginning Sunday, a party leader said here Wednesday. The new political tactical strategy which was drafted in the politburo meetings held Sep 10-12 and Oct 13-14 would be finalised in the central committee meeting in New Delhi from Oct 26, a CPI-M leader said. ...

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Rio 2016 tennis venue a 'game changer', says former World No.1

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 22 (IANS) Former world No.1 Gustavo Kuerten believes the Rio 2016 Olympics will spawn a new age for Brazilian tennis, describing the event's venue as potentially game-changing. The three-time French Open winner said the Olympic Tennis Center in Rio's west would leave a lasting impact in the football-dominated country, reports Xinhua. The legacy can be game-cha...

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Five-year-old Indian treks up to Everest base camp

Patna, Oct 22 (IANS) The parents of five-year-old Harshit Saumitra, the youngest climber to reach the base camp of Mount Everest, are trying to register their son's name in thed Guinness World Records and Limca Book of Records. We will try to get Harshit Saumitra's name in Guinness Book of World Records and Limca Book of Records for becoming the youngest climber to reach the base camp o...

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Levante name Alcaraz as new coach

Madrid, Oct 22 (IANS) Spanish football club Levante have named Lucas Alcaraz as their new coach. Alcaraz Tuesday replaced Jose Luis Mendilibar, who was sacked late Monday night after just eight matches in charge with the club bottom of the table with just four points from one win, one draw and six defeats, reports Xinhua. Alcaraz has signed a contract until the end of the 2015-16...

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Modi praises Salman Khan on 'Swachh Bharat' drive

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday praised Bollywood superstar Salman Khan for joining the Swachh Bharat campaign and hoped it will be an inspiration for others. The effort by Salman Khan is a significant, one that will inspire several people to join Swachh Bharat Mission, Modi tweeted. Salman Khan contributed to the nationwide campaign by cleaning a ...

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Barca beat Ajax to prepare for 'Clasico' in style

Madrid, Oct 22 (IANS) FC Barcelona registered a relatively comfortable 3-1 win at home to Dutch side, Ajax Amsterdam to warm up nicely for Saturday's 'Clasico' against arch rivals Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. Neymar, Lionel Messi and young forward Sandro Ramirez scored the goals in a game Barca controlled but almost let slip with some careless defending in the closing minutes Tu...

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Man jokes with Obama: 'Don't touch my girlfriend'

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS/EFE) President Barack Obama encountered a jealous boyfriend, who jokingly asked him not to touch his girlfriend while voting in Chicago for the Nov 4 midterm election, local television stations reported. As Obama was casting his ballot at the Martin Luther King Junior community centre in Chicago Monday, he was standing beside a woman, Aia Cooper, whose boyfriend ...

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Porto beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the Champions League

Lisbon, Oct 22 (IANS) Portuguese football club FC Porto beat Spaniards Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the European Champions League to keep their top spot in Group H. Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera opened the scoring in the 43rd minute Tuesday night before Guillermo Fernandez equalised in the 58th, reports Xinhua. Substitute Ricardo Quaresma secured the win for Porto in the 75th minut...

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Cheika named new Australian rugby union team coach

Sydney, Oct 22 (IANS) Michael Cheika was Wednesday named the new coach of Qantas Wallabies, the Australian rugby union team which will leave Friday for a tour of Europe. Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver announced that Cheika would take over from Ewen McKenzie, who resigned following the team's 28-29 loss to New Zealand Saturday, on a three-year deal and will fly out wit...

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Odisha expects record rice output

Bhubaneswar, Oct 22 (IANS) Rice production in Odisha may climb to 97 million tonnes, an all time high in the state in the 2014-15 financial year owing to good rainfall, an official said here Wednesday. We expect to produce 97 million tonnes of rice this year, state agriculture department director R. Santhagopalan told IANS. The state expected a bumper crop last year but cyclone P...

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Cosmic rays threaten manned missions to Mars

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) Cosmic rays have created radiation hazards in space that potentially threaten future deep-space astronaut missions, said researchers. Due to a highly abnormal solar activity, the solar wind is exhibiting extremely low densities and magnetic field strengths, which causes dangerous levels of hazardous radiation to pervade the space environment. The behavio...

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India ready for nuclear no-first-use agreements

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) Reiterating its traditional policy of not using nuclear weapons first and not targeting non-nuclear weapons nations, India has offered to enter into agreements incorporating the two principles while ruling out joining the non-proliferation treaty. As a responsible nuclear power India has a policy of credible minimum deterrence based on a No First Use posture...

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Delhi school principal's daughter found dead

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) A principal's daughter was found dead at her home located within the campus of the prominent school here, police said Wednesday. The body of 29-year-old Anjana Saini, daughter of D.R. Saini, principal, Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram was found at their home Wednesday morning. Police suspect that she committed suicide by hanging. ...

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US panel to probe Twitter study

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) The US House Science Committee has announced a probe into an ambitious study by the Indiana University to collect and analyse 'social pollution' that is spreading on social media like Twitter. The government has no business using taxpayer dollars to support limiting free speech on Twitter and other social media, Lamar Smith, chairman of US House Science Committe...

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Nobel laureate Malala gets US Liberty Medal

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) Pakistan's Malala Yousufzai, the youngest ever Nobel laureate, has been awarded the US Liberty Medal, media reports said. The child rights activist has pledged her $100,000 award to education in Pakistan, Geo TV reported. The Liberty Medal is given annually to men and women of courage and conviction. She won the prize for her courage and resilien...

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Sensex surges 215 points; auto stocks gain

Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Wednesday was trading 215.28 points or 0.81 percent up as auto stocks gained. Almost all the sectors were trading in green and the rally was led by auto, capital goods, healthcare and banking sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 26,782.57 points...

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Clear sky in Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) It was a pleasant Wednesday morning here with a minimum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season. The Met office has forecast the sky will be clear in the day. The sky will be clear Wednesday and the day's maximum temperature is likely to hover around 33 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. ...

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US court lets US group challenge Modi immunity

New York, Oct 22 (IANS) A US court has asked a human rights group to respond by Nov 4 to the US government's suggestion of immunity in a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged crimes against humanity. US federal Judge Analisa Torres Tuesday issued an order asking the American Justice Center (AJC) to file its response to suggestion of immunity for Modi filed by US pros...

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