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Indian men's team bag bronze in 10m air rifle

Incheon, Sep 23 (IANS) India won the bronze medal in the 10 metre air rifle men's team event of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range here Tuesday. The Indian team comprising Abhinav Bindra, Ravi Kumar and Sanjeev Rajput, scored 1863.0-136x to finish third behind China and South Korea, who won gold and silver, respectively. ...

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UN chief welcomes release of Turkish hostages

United Nations, Sep 23 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the recent release of Turkish hostages held by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni militant group in Iraq. Ban is relieved that the Turkish men, women and children, freed Friday, are now home safe and sound at the end of a three-month ordeal, Xinhua quoted a Ban's statement as saying Monday. As many as 46 Turkish ho...

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Working with Rahman again a rare privilege: Vedhika Kumar

Chennai, Sep 23 (IANS) Southern actress Vedhika Kumar considers working with Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman for the second time in upcoming Tamil drama Kaaviya Thalaivan a rare privilege as everybody longs for one opportunity to work with the maestro. I have worked with Rahman sir previously in Sakkarakatti. I have grown up listening to his music and there is no way I could say no to...

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IS-linked group claims French tourist's abduction in Algeria

Algiers, Sep 23 (IANS) An Algerian armed group linked to the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist militants Monday claimed responsibility for the abduction of a French tourist in Algeria, according to a video posted on internet by the group. Earlier in the day, the French foreign ministry confirmed that its national was kidnapped in Algeria's Tizi Ouzou region Sunday after he had gone on h...

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Parineeti, Arjun back again -- to endorse JBL India

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) They're back! Over two years after giving movie audiences a taste of their onscreen chemistry with Ishaqzaade, young and effervescent Bollywood actors Parineeti Chopra and Arjun will together endorse audio solutions brand JBL India. Known for their cool attitude and connect with young India, the duo's camaraderie was further brought alive during their shoot for t...

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Israel arrests four Gaza fishermen, says official

Gaza, Sep 23 (IANS) The Israeli naval forces late Monday has arrested four Palestinian fishermen in the central Gaza Strip while they were on their fishing boat, an official said. Israeli naval gunboats surrounded and arrested the four fishermen in the sea after opening intensive fire on their fishing boats, Xinhua quoted Chairman of Gaza fishermen association Nizar Ayyash as saying. ...

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EU, Russia and Ukraine to hold meeting on gas in Berlin

Brussels, Sep 23 (IANS/EFE) The European Union will participate in a trilateral ministerial meeting with Russia and Ukraine Friday in Berlin to address the issue of energy security in the context of the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev. An EU statement Monday said the meeting would be held at the European Commission offices in Berlin with European Commissioner for Energy Günther...

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Elizabeth Hurley has crush on Aaron Paul's TV avatar

Los Angeles, Sep 23 (IANS) Actress Elizabeth Hurley says she has a crush on actor Aaron Paul's character Jesse Pinkman from TV series Breaking Bad. The 49-year-old star took to Twitter to share her feelings, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Is it wrong to have a crush on Jesse? I don't want to leave the house -- I only want to stay home and watch 'Breaking Bad'. Can't believe I waited ...

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White House beefs up security after intruder incident

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS/EFE) The US Secret Service has ordered stronger White House security after a man climbed over the fence and entered the North Portico door of the executive mansion before being caught, the presidential spokesman said Monday. Washington was shocked by the incident. Once in a while agents have had to detain people who scale the fence around the White House, but for...

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FIFA member predicts 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar

Berlin, Sep 23 (IANS/EFE) A member of the executive committee of international soccer's governing body, FIFA, said Monday that he doubted the 2022 World Cup would be held in Qatar, on account of its high temperatures and health threats to players and fans. I personally think that in the end, the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar, Efe quoted German member Theo Zwanziger as telli...

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UN agency steps up aid for 130,000 Syrian refugees

United Nations, Sep 23 (IANS) The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has been stepping up assistance to the Turkish government to aid an estimated 130,000 Syrian Kurds who have crossed into Turkey since last Friday, the United Nations spokesman said Monday. The Turkish authorities and UNHCR are preparing for the possibility of hundreds of thousands more refugees arriving in the coming days, as th...

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French national abducted in Algeria: France

Paris, Sep 23 (IANS) A French national was kidnapped in Algeria's Tizi Ouzou region Sunday, the French foreign ministry said Monday. A French national was kidnapped on Sunday in Algeria, in the region of Tizi Ouzou, while he was on holiday there, Xinhua quoted the foreign ministry as saying. The incident came after the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group threatened to attack...

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Some American IS recruits are back in US: White House

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS/EFE) The Obama administration believes that some of the roughly 100 Americans who may have travelled to the Middle East to join the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) militant group have returned to the United States, a top White House official said Monday. The US administration calculates that 2,000 Europeans are among the 15,000 foreign combatants in IS ranks, Efe...

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Now Bieber lives healthier lifestyle

Los Angeles, Sep 23 (IANS) Singer Justin Bieber, more popular for his off-stage antics rather than music, is reportedly embracing a healthier lifestyle and has given up alcohol. According The Sun newspaper, Bieber is looking to get his career back on track and believes a healthier lifestyle could be the key, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Justin has been boasting to his friends abou...

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Ukraine, rebels creates buffer zone amid new casualties

Kiev, Sep 23 (IANS) Ukrainian troops and independence-seeking rebels have started establishing a weapon-free buffer zone to separate the areas they control from each other, the country's military said Monday. A preparation for the withdrawal of heavy weapons is under way, Xinhua quoted Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andrei Lysenko as saying. Although th...

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UN mission team to combat Ebola arrives in Africa

United Nations, Sep 23 (IANS) An advance team of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has arrived in Ghana's capital Accra to set up the operation's headquarters, a UN spokesman said Monday. Another advance team of the world body's first ever mission dealing with a public health crisis also arrived in Liberia, which has been hardest hit by the unprecedented ou...

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Kurdish official denies IS presence near Turkish border

Beirut, Sep 23 (IANS/EFE) The militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group are not quite as near the Turkish border as some reports out of Ankara may claim, the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (DUP) said Monday. Turkish media had reported that IS forces had advanced to within five kilometers of the border, but in a phone conversation, DUP spokesman Nawaf Jalil insisted...

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Spanish Ebola patient in 'serious' condition

Madrid, Sep 23 (IANS) An Ebola affected Spanish missionary who was flown back from Sierra Leone was described as serious by the health authorities in Spain. Manuel Garcia Viejo, 69, arrived in Madrid Monday and was taken to the Carlos III Hospital near Madrid, Xinhua reported. He was diagnosed as being infected with the deadly virus Friday. Viejo has spent the past 12 years as th...

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Houthi rebels control Yemeni capital after ceasefire

Sanaa, Sep 23 (IANS) The Shia Houthi rebels Monday set up checkpoints and deployed fighters to guard key government institutions in Yemen's capital Sanaa as they overran the city after week-long battles against the army and Sunni militia. The rebels set up checkpoints on the main road to the airport which has been shut down since last Friday due to fighting in northern Sanaa, Xinhua repo...

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Ukraine to partially replace gas with heating oil

Kiev, Sep 22 (IANS) Ukraine will increase the use of heating oil in the county's energy mix to replace natural gas, Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said here Monday. We have decided to increase usage of heating oil as an alternative fuel to partially cover gas deficit, Xinhua quoted Groysman telling media after a meeting of the anti-crisis energy staff. Ukraine is planni...

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