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US tightens Visa-Waiver Programme amid security concerns

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) The US has taken steps to tighten the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) for citizens of 38 countries in the wake of Paris terrorist attacks. New changes include aggressive steps by homeland security department (DHS) to collect information from VWP travellers on past travel to countries regarded by the US as a terrorist safe haven and possible pilot programmes for co...

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US Congress sets date for Obama's State of Union address

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) US Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan invited President Barack Obama to deliver his final State of the Union address before Congress on January 12, 2016. As we look ahead to the new year, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to find common ground to advance the nation's interests at home and abroad, Xinhua quoted Ryan as saying on Monday i...

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Murder in Pakistan's nuclear establishment

Title: Juggernaut; Author: Akbar Agha; Publisher: 4 Hours Books (Tara Press); Pages: 253; Price: Rs.250 It is among the world's greatest fears - Pakistan's nuclear weapons slipping into hands of jihadis, or command over them with someone who shares their outlook. The country's establishment asserts there is no danger of this with stringent measures in place to ensure the safety of their ...

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Tokyo stocks advance

Tokyo, Dec 1 (IANS) Tokyo stocks advanced in early trading on Tuesday as investor sentiment was lifted by the US dollar's rise against the yen, which in turn buoyed exporter issues. As of 9.15 a.m. (local time), the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 121.31 points (0.61 percent) from Monday to 19,868.78, Xinhua reported. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on th...

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Xi, Putin to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation

Paris, Dec 1 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to enhance cooperation on fight against terrorism. Tremendous changes have taken place in global anti-terrorism situation, China stands ready to work with the international community, including Russia, to combat terrorism, Xinhua quoted Xi as saying on Monday during a meeting with Putin on ...

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Chinese shares open low

Beijing, Dec 1 (IANS) Chinese stocks opened lower on Tuesday with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 0.09 percent to open at 3,442.44 points. The smaller Shenzhen index opened 0.12 percent lower at 12,022.84 points, Xinhua reported. The ChiNext Index, tracking China's NASDAQ-style board of growth enterprises, lost 0.12 percent to open at 2,669.3 points. ...

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Goldie Hawn to marry Kurt Russell?

Los Angeles, Dec 1 (IANS) Goldie Hawn and her longtime partner Kurt Russell are said to be ready to walk down the aisle, after the actress was seen flashing a ring. The 70-year-old actress was spotted wearing a diamond-encrusted band on her ring finger while going grocery shopping and having lunch with Russell on November 28 in Brentwood, California, reports aceshowbiz.com. The ...

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Barcelona, Real Madrid sweep LFP awards

Madrid, Dec 1 (IANS) The Spanish Football League (LFP) recognised players from Real Madrid and FC Barcelona during its annual awards ceremony on Monday night. League, Cup and Champions League winners FC Barcelona walked away with the majority of the prizes with Luis Enrique being named the best coach of the year, while Claudio Bravo was considered to be the best goalkeeper of 2015 and Le...

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Clashes force 40,000 people out of homes in Somalia: UN relief agency

United Nations, Dec 1 (IANS) The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported that Saturday's renewed fighting between Galmudug and Puntland armed forces in Somalia had forced about 40,000 people to flee their homes. OCHA made the statement based on the information provided by the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Gaalkacyo, Somalia's Mudug region, wh...

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Rita Ora gets stripper for birthday

London, Dec 1 (IANS) Singer Rita Ora celebrated her 25th birthday with a stripper. The X Factor judge enjoyed a sexy dance in the studios. She couldn't keep her hands off the surprise guest, who also brought her a cake, reports dailystar.co.uk. Fellow judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw looked on, while Ora wrestled with the guest. The stripper, Ash Edelman,...

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Downed Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace: US

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS) The US State Department said on Monday that the downed Russian warplane violated Turkish airspace, urging Russia and Turkey to de-escalate the situation through dialogue. The available information, including evidence from Turkey and our own sources, indicates the Russian aircraft violated Turkish airspace, Xinhua quoted the US State Department spokeswoman Elizabe...

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Sam Smith maintains song book

London, Dec 1 (IANS) Grammy Award-winning singer Sam Smith is putting together his favourite new songs into a notebook so he can treasure the ideas forever. The 23-year-old wants to treasure the songs he's been writing for the follow-up to In The Lonely Hour, so he's copying his favourites into a special new notebook, reports femalefirst.co.uk Alongside an image of his new pad, h...

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UN chief welcomes peaceful presidential elections in Burkina Faso

United Nations, Dec 1 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the peaceful conduct of the presidential and legislative elections in Burkina Faso. Ban congratulated the people of Burkina Faso for their enthusiastic participation, which showed their strong commitment to the democratic process, said a statement of Ban's spokesman, Xinhua reported on Monday. In par...

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Chris Brown unveils tracklist of 'Royalty'

Los Angeles, Dec 1 (IANS) Following some delays, Chris Brown's upcoming album Royalty is now set for release on December 18. Having less than three weeks before releasing the album, which was titled after his daughter, the R&B superstar has just unveiled its official tracklist, reports aceshowbiz.com. The new album will have 14 songs, including the previously released Liquo...

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Body of killed Russian pilot arrives in Russia

Moscow, Dec 1 (IANS) A Russian warplane carrying the body of the killed pilot onboard of a Russian Su-24 which was shot down by Turkish air force last week, arrived at Chkalovsky airport in Moscow region on Monday, the Defense Ministry said in an online statement. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and commander-in-chief of Russia' s Airspace Force Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev met the plane, es...

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Hilary Duff, ex-husband reunite to shop with son

Los Angeles, Dec 1 (IANS) Singer-actress Hilary Duff and her former husband Mike Comrie reunited to spend some quality time with their son Luca here. The Lizzie McGuire star and the hockey player went out for shopping with their three-year-old son at The Grove here, reports aceshowbiz.com. It proves that although their marriage has ended, they still maintain a good relationship....

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Two held on way to join insurgents in Syria

Paris, Dec 1 (IANS) Two French nationals were arrested in Tunisia earlier this month on their way to join militant camps in Libya before travelling to Syria, Xinhua reported on Monday. The two men, aged 19 and 20, were arrested near Tunisia's southern border with Libya where they want to join training camps before heading to Syria to fight along with Islamic State (IS) terrorists.

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Why Kylie Jenner likes Caitlyn over Bruce

Los Angeles, Dec 1 (IANS) Close to six months after Bruce Jenner announced her transition to Caitlyn Jenner, her daughter Kylie admits her relationship with the former Olympic athlete is closer than ever before. I like her better than Bruce. We talk about make-up and clothes. We bond a lot more, but not only that. I feel like there's not a huge secret in the family. I feel like there was...

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Britain's Labour Party leader to give MPs free vote on Syria airstrikes

London, Dec 1 (IANS) Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to give his members of parliament (MPs) a free vote on airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria. A free vote means Labour Party MPs can decide according to their own judgment, regardless of their party leader's preferences, Xinhua quoted British media as saying on Monday. The Labour Party, the...

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Modi launches solar alliance, reminds rich countries of 'green' promises

Paris, Dec 1 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an alliance of some 120-odd nations here on Monday to harness solar energy better and asked the rich nations to shoulder their responsibilities in protecting the environment, with funding and transfer of clean technology to poor and emerging economies without further delay. He also said India would cut carbon emission level...

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