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Canada suspends issuance of visas to Ebola-hit African countries

Ottawa, Nov 1 (IANS) Canada has suspended issuance of visas to residents of West African countries with widespread and persistent-intense transmission of Ebola virus disease, a media report said Friday. The Canadian government has stopped issuing visas in the worker, student or visitor class and won't issue any pending permanent residency visas for people from those countries either. Any...

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Sheen keen to return to 'Two and a Half Men'

Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Actor Charlie Sheen says he is open to a return to popular TV show Two and a Half Men. Sheen, who was was fired from the sitcom in March 2011 after a series of negative headlines, says he and the producers of the show are just a meeting away from his sensational return to the show, reports contactmusic.com. I would definitely do it, yeah, yeah. If they'l...

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14 killed in Honduras bus crash

Tegucigalpa, Nov 1 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and scores injured when a bus carrying them plunged into a ravine in western Honduras, media reports said Friday. The accident, which occurred early in the day near the village of La Majada, along a stretch of highway in the western state of Lempira, left at least 23 people injured. Some reports placed the number of injured at 40, ...

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US urges peaceful transition of power in Burkina Faso

Washington, Nov 1 (IANS) The US Friday called for a peaceful transition of power in Burkina Faso, but refused to label the military's take-over as a coup. We underscored our commitment to peaceful transitions of power, through democratic elections, and emphasise neither side should attempt to change the situation through extra constitutional means, Xinhua quoted State Department spokesp...

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'Interstellar' about bonds of love: Jessica Chastain

Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Actress Jessica Chastain says that her forthcoming science fiction Interstellar is also about fathers and the bonds of love. In the movie, she plays Matthew McConaughey's character's daughter. She told Belfast Telegraph that she feels the movie deals those family themes that are at the heart of it, reports femalefirst.co.uk. It's about a father and his ...

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Chinese unmanned lunar orbiter returns home

Beijing, Nov 1 (IANS) China succeeded Saturday in the world's first mission to the Moon and back, becoming the third nation to do so after the former Soviet Union and the US. The test lunar orbiter, nicknamed Xiaofei on Chinese social networks, landed in Siziwang Banner of China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region early Saturday morning, Xinhua reported. The last documented missio...

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Rogen may star in Steve Jobs biopic

Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Actor Seth Rogen is reportedly in talks with Sony studio to star as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in their upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain is also being courted for a role in the film, reports contactmusic.com. However, Chastain and Rogen have so far not confirmed their roles in the movie. Danny Boyle is to di...

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Lindsay Lohan denies dating Tom Cruise

London, Nov 1 (IANS) Actress Lindsay Lohan has denied she's secretly dating actor Tom Cruise. The duo reportedly swapped numbers here recently, and have been meeting up since. But now Lohan's representative said the rumours are not true, reports mirror.co.uk. A source had previously said: Lindsay's always had a major crush on Tom and was dying to run into him, so the second she g...

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Three Iraqis arrested on terror charges in Switzerland

Geneva, Nov 1 (IANS) Swiss authorities Friday said they arrested three Iraqi nationals suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Europe. The office of the attorney general of Switzerland said in a statement that the suspects were arrested and held in pre-trial detention at the end of March, Xinhua reported. The office has been conducting criminal investigations ever since. It a...

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Angelina Jolie goes blonde

Photographs surfaced Thursday of Jolie and Pitt on the set of By the Sea. The 39-year-old actress sported a flowy white dress, yellow chiffon scarf and honey-blonde hair, reports people.com. The film marks the first time the couple have appeared on the big screen since 2005 release Mr. & Mrs. Smith. ...

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Virgin Galactic's spaceship crashes during test flight

Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) A passenger rocket plane developed by Virgin Galactic's crashed Friday after suffering an in-flight anomaly during a powered test flight over the US state of California, the company said. SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming, Xinhua quoted Virgin as saying on Twitter, giving no further details. Two ...

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Katie Holmes has morning woes

Los Angeles, Nov 1 (IANS) Actress Katie Holmes is not a morning person -- and that's evident with the way her pancakes turn out and the way she treats her alarm button. My first two pancakes are always burned. Well, sometimes it's not just the first two, people.com the 35-year-old as saying. I'm seriously under pressure because it's the last part of the batter and I'm flipping it...

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Two killed in Ukraine clashes

Kiev, Nov 1 (IANS) Fighting in eastern Ukraine killed at least two people and wounded five over the past 24 hours, authorities said Friday. The latest data showed an increase in the intensity of the reconnaissance, sabotage actions and shelling against government forces, Xinhua quoted Andrei Lysenko, spokesperson for the National Security and Defense Council, as saying. Lysenko s...

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IGL not to hike gas prices

New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) City gas distributor Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) late Friday said it will not increase prices, although the government had announced a new price for domestic natural gas effective Saturday. Despite the revision in domestic gas prices announced by the government with effect from Nov 1, IGL has decided not to revise the retail price of CNG and domestic PNG in the int...

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Investors are again turning to Bengal: Amit Mitra

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) West Bengal Finance and Commerce Minister Amit Mitra Friday said investors were again turning to the state which has over Rs.78,000 crore investments under process, and fresh proposals worth another Rs.120,000 crore. All are turning towards West Bengal. We have Rs.78,263 crore worth of investment under process which means that these are at various stages of comp...

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Jadavpur referendum: Majority of arts students vote for VC's removal

Kolkata, Oct 31 (IANS) A whopping 80 percent of students, belonging to the arts faculty of Jadavpur University, voted for the removal of Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti in the referendum that spanned Thursday and Friday. In the first phase of the referendum, as many as 2,602 students cast their votes. The results were declared Friday evening. The second leg which includes the science...

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New human remains found at MH17 crash site: Dutch PM

The Hague, Oct 31 (IANS) The Dutch mission in Ukraine has recovered new human remains of victims of the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in press conference here Friday. The remains were brought to the city of Kharkiv for a preliminary forensic check, after which they will be transferred to the Netherlands for further identification, Xinhua reported.

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Italian ordered to pay 2,500 euros to charity over Ebola joke

Dublin, Oct 31 (IANS) An Italian man, arrested for making a joke about Ebola at Dublin airport, was ordered to pay 2,500 euros (3,130 dollars) to charity to avoid a criminal conviction, state broadcaster RTE reported Friday. Roberto Binaschi, 56, wrote the words Attenzione Ebola on the lid of a disposable coffee cup as a joke with his daughter while on board a flight from Milan to Dublin...

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Palestinians protest against Israeli measures in Jerusalem

Ramallah, Oct 31 (IANS) Clashes broke out Friday between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in several West Bank towns when hundreds rallied in Gaza against the recent Israeli measures in Jerusalem. Medics said that at least eight Palestinians were shot and injured Friday evening during clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian stone throwers at an Israeli checkpoint in n...

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EU seeks talks with Russia over goods duties: WTO

Geneva, Oct 31 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has sought a consultation with Russia over the tariffs the latter imposed on certain agricultural and manufactured goods, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said Friday. According to the WTO, the EU claimed that Russia applies duties in excess of bound rates in several ways, particularly duty rates applied to its paper and paperboard, and pa...

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