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17 migrants dead, 217 rescued off Libyan coast by Italian Navy

Rome, May 30 (IANS) The Italian Navy has found 17 dead migrants onboard a boat off the Libyan coast and rescued another 217 people from the same wreckage, a media report said. The Italian Navy reached the boat after an alert was launched by the migrants with a satellite phone, Xinhua reported, citing ANSA news agency, on Friday The boat had not capsized and the migrants died for ...

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Pharrell Williams buys $7 mn Hollywood home

Los Angeles, May 30 (IANS) Singer Pharrell Williams has purchased a new home in the Hollywood Hills for $7.14 million. It is designed by internationally-renowned architect Hagy Belzberg. The 11-time Grammy-Award winner snapped up the property towering over the Sunset Strip, a renowned area for music history, for almost $2 million less than the price tag. The property was listed i...

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'Iran won't discuss military sites' inspection in nuclear talks'

Tehran, May 30 (IANS) Iran will not discuss the issue of inspection of its military sites in the ongoing nuclear talks with the world powers, Iran's senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said. Iranian negotiators are committed to follow the decisive guideline of the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who recently rejected calls for the inspection of Iran's military sites as ...

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Burundian refugees turn to prostitution in Rwanda

Kigali (Rwanda), May 30 (IANS) Prostitution has spread among Burundian refugees in the neighbouring country of Rwanda, as life in the refugee camps is not easy for them, Rwandan authorities have revealed. Christella, a girl who once lived in the Mahama refugee camps in the south-eastern region, said she thought she could continue studies in a normal life, but was forced to work as a pros...

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Mother's death led Bono to create music

Los Angeles, May 30 (IANS) Singer Bono believes it was the death of his mother when he was just 14, which inspired him to form rock band U2 and become one of the biggest rock stars in the world. The U2 frontman's mother Iris died from a brain aneurysm four days after collapsing at her father's funeral in September 1974. Her death left a hole in his heart, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

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Militants kill 20 passengers in Pakistan

Islamabad, May 30 (IANS) A group of unknown militants on Friday night killed at least 20 passengers after kidnapping them in Pakistan's south-western province of Balochistan, a media report said. The incident took place when unknown militants stopped two buses and kidnapped 35 passengers in Mastung district of the province, Xinhua reported Soon after the incident, security forces...

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Brazil's Petrobras denies selling stakes in distribution network

Rio de Janeiro, May 30 (IANS/EFE) Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras said that the $13.7 billion divestment programme it unveiled two months ago does not include plans to sell a stake in its service station network. There's no divestment decision related to the asset Petrobras Distribuidora known as BR, Petrobras said in a statement on Friday, in response to reports indicat...

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Sharapova goes through to fourth round of French Open

Paris, May 30 (IANS/EFE) World number two and defending Roland Garros champion, Russia's Maria Sharapova, qualified for the fourth round of the tournament. She beat Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 40 minutes on Friday Sharapova will next face 11th-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova, who eliminated Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). --IANS/EFE m...

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Militants kill 15 passengers in Pakistan

Islamabad, May 30 (IANS) A group of unknown militants on Friday night killed at least 15 passengers after kidnapping them in Pakistan's south-western province of Balochistan, a media report said. The incident took place when unknown militants stopped two buses and kidnapped 35 passengers in Mastung district of the province, Xinhua reported Soon after the incident, security forces...

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Militants kill 31 Syrian forces in captured town

Damascus, May 29 (IANS) Militant groups killed as many as 31 Syrian forces in the northwestern town of Ariha, which fell in the hands of the militants on Thursday, a monitor group said on Friday. The so-called al-Fath Army, a coalition of several extremist groups mainly the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, executed 13 government forces, including one Hezbollah fighter, in Ariha in the southe...

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Tunis museum attack: Moroccan accused demands house arrest

Milan, 29 May (IANS/AKI) Lawyers for Abdelmajid Touil, who was arrested in Italy over the March 18 attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunisia, have asked for house arrest for the Moroccan national, according to officials cited by the national news agency Ansa. Touil should be given house arrest as there is no risk he will flee Italy because he came to the country to join his family, the lawye...

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Blatter re-elected FIFA president as Prince Ali withdraws

Zurich, May 29 (IANS) In spite of widespread criticism and calls asking him to step down after the recent scandal that rocked the football world, FIFA president Sepp Blatter was re-elected for a fifth consecutive four-year term after his lone rival Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan withdrew after the first round of voting at the end of the Congress here on Friday. The 79-year-old Blatt...

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Communal clash in Lucknow, security beefed up

Lucknow, May 29 (IANS) A communal clash broke in the state capital on Friday night after a minor spat between two communities over use of a loudspeaker during Friday prayers snowballed into pitched battles and incidents of vandalism, officials said. The violence took place at an area under the Bazarkhala police station in old city. Both sides pelted stones at each other, and fired blanks...

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FIFA President Blatter fact file

Zurich, May 29 (IANS) The following is the fact file of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who on Friday was re-elected as the head of world football governing body chief for the fifth consecutive time. Country of birth: Switzerland Date of birth: March 10, 1936 Professional career: 1975-1981 as FIFA Technical Director, 1981-1998 as FIFA General Secretary, 1998-present as FIFA ...

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Wawrinka advances to fourth round of French Open

Paris, May 29 (IANS) Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka proved himself resilient on Friday in the third round of Roland Garros when he beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 29 minutes to reach the tournament's fourth round. The winner of the 2014 Australian Open, Wawrinka, who last year was eliminated from Paris in the first round, will play the winner of the match betw...

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Paes, Mirza, Bopanna progress in French Open

Paris, May 29 (IANS) Indian tennis players Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna won their respective men's doubles matches while Sania Mirza also advanced to the women's doubles third round of the French Open, the lone clay court Major, here on Friday. Paes and his Canadian partner Daniel Nestor beat the German-Austrian combine of Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle 7-6(3), 6-2 in the men's doubl...

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Blatter re-elected FIFA president as Prince Ali withdraws

Zurich, May 29 (IANS) In spite of widespread criticism and calls asking him to step down after the recent scandal that rocked the football world, FIFA president Sepp Blatter was re-elected for the fifth consecutive term after his lone rival Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan withdrew after the first round of voting at the end of the Congress here on Friday. The 79-year-old Blatter, who ...

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List of FIFA presidents

Zurich, May 29 (IANS) Sepp Blatter was here on Friday re-elected as the FIFA president for the fifth successive time. The following is the list of FIFA presidents: 1904-1906: Robert Guerin (France) 1906-1918: Daniel Burley Woolfall (England) 1921-1954: Jules Rimet (France) 1954-1955: Rodolphe Seeldrayers (Belgium) 1955-1961: Arthur Drewry (England) ...

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Consumers must be empowered to file class action law suits: Jaitley

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Empowering consumers to file class action law suits against illegal practices of sellers and fortifying consumer forums against the backdrop of huge growth of e-commerce is the need of the hour to protect consumers, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday. With e-commerce trade set to increase, legislative intervention or judicial pronouncement should addres...

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FIFA approves measures to avoid Israeli obstacles to Palestinian football

Zurich, May 29 (IANS) The FIFA Congress here on Friday approved the creation of a mechanism to verify if Israel poses obstacles to Palestinian football and it will also devote time to the issue of teams from illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories that play in the Israeli Premier League. Of the 209 national football associations present, 168 voted in favour of the Pal...

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