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Niall Horan shops for girl child

Los Angeles, Dec 9 (IANS) Former One Direction star Niall Horan was recently spotted buying presents for a girl child while his bandmate Liam Payne will reportedly welcome his first child with singer Cheryl. Horan was seen carrying a box of gifts, but it wasn't clear who he'd bought them for, reports mirror.co.uk. The 23-year-old is a doting uncle to his brother's child, and he w...

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Paris limits traffic for fourth day

Paris, Dec 9 (IANS) Vehicles are to be banned from circulating in Paris and in 22 neighbouring municipalities on Friday for the fourth successive day due to poor air quality, the city authorities said on Thursday. On December 9, cars with uneven license plates, in a addition to car pools, emergency vehicles like ambulances, police cars, or vehicles used for delivering food won't be affec...

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Social media gone wrong for Maisie Williams

Los Angeles, Dec 9 (IANS) Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams has suffered a social media disaster, with topless photographs of her leaking online. Williams wanted to share some images with her inner circle via Facebook. However the images ended up leaking to Reddit -- and causing major buzz online, reports pagesix.com. The photographs show the 19-year-old posing topless on a...

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Massive earthquake hits Solomon Islands, Tsunami possible

Sydney, Dec 9 (IANS) A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 has struck off the Solomon Islands, prompting a tsunami alert for the region. The earthquake, which struck at 17:38 UTC on Thursday, was centred about 68 kilometres (42 miles) southwest of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands, or 211 kilometres (127 miles) southeast of Honiara. It struck at a shallow depth of just 48...

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10 Al-Shabaab terrorists killed in southwest Somalia

Mogadishu, Dec 9 (IANS) The Somali army killed at least ten Al-Shabaab terrorists and injured several others on Thursday during fighting in Goof-Gaduud area near the southwestern town of Baidoa town, an army commander said. Gen Ibrahim Yarow told reporters the army and South West State forces repulsed the terrorists and recovered weapons during the fight, Xinhua reported. Al-Shab...

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Pregnant Natalie Portman craves pineapples, burritos

Los Angeles, Dec 9 (IANS) Actress Natalie Portman is craving pineapples and burritos during her pregnancy. Portman, who is expecting her second child with husband Benjamin Millepied, has revealed that she has been addicted to the sour fruit and the not-so-healthy Mexican food wrap, reports etonline.com. Talking about her cravings on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, Portman ...

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13 Cambodians die, 75 hospitalised after drinking tainted rice wine

Phnom Penh, Dec 9 (IANS) Thirteen villagers have died and 75 others hospitalised in northern Cambodia after they drank homemade rice wine, which was suspicious of containing high levels of methanol, a local police officer said on Thursday. According to the latest figures, 10 men and three women had subsequently died since last week after they drank tainted rice wine, which was sold in th...

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Rihanna denies Beyonce feud

Los Angeles, Dec 9 (IANS) Singer Rihanna says she is not feuding with singer Beyonce Knowles after fans expressed outrage at the Grammy nominations announcement. Rihanna was accused of dissing Knowles over Instagram after she liked a post on the photo-sharing website which highlighted the fact she had received eight Grammy nominations while Beyonce was up for nine awards, reports femalef...

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Turkey tests mid-range air defense missile

Ankara, Dec 9 (IANS) Turkey launched a new medium-altitude air defense missile earlier this month, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday. Turkish Defense Ministry announced in a statement that the Hisar-O, produced in Turkey under a project to meet the Land Forces Command's air defense needs, was launched on December 3 in Aksaray, central Turkey, Xinhua news agency reported. <...

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Magnitude 6.5 quake hits off California

San Francisco, Dec 9 (IANS) A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northern California on Thursday. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake at 6:49 a.m. local time was centred 172 kilometres west of Ferndale at a depth of 12.1 kilometres, Xinhua reported. The USGS initially put the magnitude at 6.8. Ferndale is a northern Californian city with le...

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70 percent think demonetisation can help curb corruption: Survey

New Delhi/Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) As many as 70 percent of respondents in a survey conducted last month agree that the Narendra Modi government's demonetisation initiative can help curb corruption in the long term, said multinational professional service Ernst & Young (EY) on Thursday. The sample size was 650. EY's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services launched the survey r...

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Congress appoints 'young' leaders as district heads in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 9 (IANS) In what could be a pointer to the future, the Congress high command on Thursday night effected a generation change with the 14 new district committee presidents being all below the age of 50. Also woman leader Bindu Krishnan, who had earlier contested both the Lok Sabha and assembly elections unsuccessfully, was nominated to head the Kollam DCC - the firs...

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40% respondent never attended ABAC training, says report

Mumbai, Dec 8 (IANS) Ahead of the International Anti-Corruption Day, observed annually on December 9, a report released on Thursday showed that 40 percent of the respondents have never attended an anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) training done by their organisation. The report, released by EY India, said that the cost of corruption has risen significantly over the last few years, ...

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Andaman requests air sorties to evacuate tourists, send supplies

Port Blair, Dec 8 (IANS) With the deep depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal intensifying into a cyclonic storm, the Andaman and Nicobar administration on Thursday requested the Defence Ministry to provide air sorties to expedite the movement of tourists trapped in the islands and ensure essential supplies. In view of the inconvenience faced by the tourists who are held up in Havelock ...

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Rs 43 lakh seized in MP, three held

Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 8 (IANS) Three youth caught with Rs 43 lakh in new notes in this Madhya Pradesh district on Thursday were taken into custody and are being questioned, police said. According to information from the local police, an Innova coming from the direction of Itarsi was stopped for checking in the afternoon and the cash found in a bag in the vehicle. Acco...

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10 missing as underconstruction building collapses in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Dec 8 (IANS) At least 10 people were missing when a multi-storied, underconstruction building collapsed here Thursday night. The incident occurred in Nanakramguda, an information technology suburb under the limits of Cyberabad police commissionerate limits. Police said a seven-storied building collapsed. Construction workers and their families who were asleep were trap...

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Gangster accused in murder of former Delhi legislator held

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) A gangster who was involved in murder case of former Delhi legislator Bharat Singh as well as around two dozen cases of extortion, murder, and other serious crimes has been arrested, police said on Thursday. The Special Cell late Wednesday late night arrested Manjeet Singh from Dwarka area of west Delhi following a tip off after he came to meet one of his associat...

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BJP blasts Congress, other parties over demonetisation

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The BJP on Thursday hit out at the Congress and other parties opposed to demonetisation for disrupting Parliament and misleading people of the country. In an official release, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked the Congress and the opposition parties for their irresponsible statements and anti-development stand. The Congress and (its Vice President)...

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AAP accuses government of partnering blacklisted currency paper supplier

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The AAP on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of compromising national security by partnering with a currency paper supplier who was earlier blacklisted for working with a fake currency nexus. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley denied the allegations. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that De La Rue, a Britain-based banknote manufacturer, security prin...

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Don't believe in the title of perfectionist: Aamir

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Superstar Aamir Khan, who is often called as Mr. Perfectionist, says he doesn't believe in the title and says instead he should be called Mr. Passionate instead. Asked if his title gives him any pressure, Aamir told reporters in a group interview here: It puts no pressure on me because I don't believe in the title only. So the title is an inaccurate title. So, it ...

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