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Cuba announces restoration of relations with US

Havana, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Cuba and the US have agreed to the re-establishment of diplomatic relations, which were broken in 1961, and they have made a commitment to take mutual measures to improve the bilateral climate, Cuban President Raul Castro said Wednesday. Castro thanked the Vatican and Pope Francis for their support in the improvement of relations between Cuba and the US, and the...

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Pakistan to prepare national anti-terror plan

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Pakistan will prepare a national anti-terror plan in a week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Wednesday a day after a group of Taliban militants attacked an army school and killed 141 people including 132 children. Sharif said senior political leaders who met in Peshawar at his invitation resolved to continue the war against terror till elimination of the last te...

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13 IS fighters killed in Syria

Damascus, Dec 18 (IANS) At least 13 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed by the US-led anti-terror coalition air strikes Wednesday in Syria's eastern city of Bukamal bordering Iraq, media reported. The attack came as the Syrian troops marched against the IS in southern Deir al-Zour near the main military airbase, Xinhua reported citing the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV. The report ...

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India, US experts meet on operationalising civil n-deal

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) An India-US contact group on civil nuclear cooperation that met here Dec 16-17 held detailed talks on a range of issues towards implementation of the civil nuclear accord, including on liability, technical issues and licensing to facilitate setting up of US-designed nuclear power plants in India. The meeting of the contact group comes ahead of the visit to India ...

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UN chief to visit Ebola-affected countries

United Nations, Dec 17 (IANS) UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was leaving Wednesday night for Ebola-affected countries in western Africa. He will visit Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali, the four most affected countries by the unprecedented epidemic outbreak, as well as Ghana, where the UN Ebola response mission headquarters is located, Xinhua quoted Ban as saying at a year-end press c...

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European Parliament supports recognition of Palestinian state

Paris, Dec 17 (IANS/EFE) European Parliament came out in support of the European Union's(EU) recognition of Palestinian statehood by approving a resolution Wednesday drawn up by the major parliamentary groups. A total of 498 members voted in support of the resolution, and 88 members voted against it, while 11 others abstained from voting. The resolution stipulates that the Europe...

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ECB proposes Lord's as venue for 2019 world cup final

London, Dec 17 (IANS) Lord's Cricket Ground in London has been proposed as the venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup final when the tournament is staged in England and Wales in 2019. The venue will also host the ICC Women's World Cup final in 2017. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will also recommend to the ICC that the semi-finals in the 2019 World Cup should be allocated...

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Rape accused driver sent to two days' police custody

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) A court here Wednesday sent the taxi driver accused of raping a woman here to two days' police custody in a case of forgery of documents, police said. Shiv Kumar Yadav, the 32-year-old driver of banned online cab booking service Uber, was lodged in Tihar jail. He allegedly raped a 25-year-old working women in his cab Dec 5 while she was on her way home in north D...

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Cuba releases US contractor Alan Gross

Washington, Dec 17 (IANS/EFE) Cuba has released US contractor Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned for five years for his alleged tie with the US intelligence agencies, the White House statement said Wednesday. President Raul Castro would appear on television and radio Wednesday to discuss important matters in relations with the US following Gross's release, Cuban state media reported.

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ECB proposes venues for ICC Champions Trophy 2017

London, Dec 17 (IANS) The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has proposed The Oval, Edgbaston and Cardiff as the venues for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, following the successful formula of the event staged last year. ECB's head of global events Steve Elworthy said: The format and the venues in 2013 proved extremely popular and the fans turned out in record numbers for the event.<...

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Main accused in Agra conversions sent to judicial custody

Agra, Dec 17 (IANS) Nand Kishore Balmiki, the main accused in the religious conversion case in Agra, was Wednesday sent to 14 days' judicial custody. Chief Judicial Magistrate Khaliquzzama sent Balmiki to judicial custody despite police seeking his custody. Balmiki was wanted in the conversion of 57 Muslim families in Ved Nagar area. He was the most wanted accused named i...

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US Congress member Tulsi Gabbard calls on Modi

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu American in the US Congress, Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their second meeting in over two months. Discussed several issues with @TulsiGabbard during our meeting today, Modi tweeted. The Democrat from Hawaii, who is the sole Hindu member of the US Congress, discussed a broad range of issues with Modi, in...

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Iraq's political reforms help improve security: Minister

Baghdad, Dec 17 (IANS) Iraq's recent political reforms have strengthened the country's security situation, and that helped to weed out the Islamic State (IS) militant group from some positions, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Wednesday. Jaafari made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry who is on an official visit to Baghdad, Xinhua ...

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SC directs Centre to fence entire India-Bangladesh border

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday asked the central government to complete the fencing of the India-Bangladesh border where it has not been done to check illegal immigration. The Union (central government) will take all effective steps to complete the fencing (double coiled wire fencing) in such parts/portions of the Indo-Bangla border (including the state of Assam) wh...

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Kiev warns hostilities may resume in eastern Ukraine

Kiev, Dec 17 (IANS) Full-scale hostilities may again erupt in eastern Ukraine as constant ceasefire violations are undermining the truce, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) secretary Oleksandr Turchynov official said here Wednesday. Our country is facing today serious and dangerous challenges, the newly appointed secretary of NSDC told reporters during a briefing. Accus...

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Atletico sneak into ISL final with win over FC Goa

Margaon, Dec 17 (IANS) Seasoned campaigner Borja Fernandez found the net off the cross bar to propel Atletico de Kolkata into the Indian Super League final with a dramatic 4-2 tie-breaker win over FC Goa here Wednesday. Despite being the better team on view on their home pitch Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa paid the heavy price for losing their way in the penalty shootout which...

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Bird flu scare in Chandigarh after duck sample tests positive

Chandigarh, Dec 17 (IANS) Chandigarh was Wednesday hit by a bird flu scare after the sample of a duck found dead at the famous Sukhna lake tested positive for the H5N1 (avian flu) virus, an official said. Of the six samples sent to Bhopal for investigation, one sample was found positive for H5N1, a spokesman of the Chandigarh administration said Wednesday evening. Nearly 30 ducks...

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Pakistan to lift ban on execution in terror cases

Peshawar, Dec 17 (IANS) A day after a horrendous attack by the Taliban on an army-run school left Pakistan numb with grief, political parties cutting across all sections Wednesday expressed their resolve to stay united in the fight against terrorism even as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the moratorium on death sentence will be lifted in terrorism cases. As cries of grief rent the...

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Madrassas controlled by Bangladeshis indoctrinating youths: Centre

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) Three madrassas controlled by illegal Bangladeshi migrants were indoctrinating youths, the central government said Wednesday. Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, citing a written document, informed the Rajya Sabha: During investigations into the Burdwan blast case, it has been disclosed that in three madrassas controlled by illegal ...

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Hamas off EU terror list, Israel furious

Brussels/Gaza/Jerusalem Dec 17 (IANS) The European Union (EU) General Court Wednesday cancelled measures that kept the Palestinian group Hamas on the EU list of terrorist organisations, a move hailed by the Hamas movement and slammed by Israel. The court, based in Luxembourg, said that the effects of the measures would be maintained temporarily to ensure the effectiveness of any possible...

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