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Toll in Mexico gas explosion lowered to two

Mexico City, Jan 30 (IANS) The toll in the gas truck explosion Thursday at a maternity and children's hospital here has been lowered to two, correcting an earlier report, which said that seven people died in the incident. Speaking at a press conference, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said that a woman and a child were killed and 66 others were injured, of whom 22 were in a seriou...

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Sam Smith annoyed by comparisons to Adele

London, Jan 30 (IANS) Singer Sam Smith wants everyone to stop calling him the male version of Adele. The 22-year-old, who graces the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine, said he's annoyed with the comparisons to the Someone Like You hitmaker, reports aceshowbiz.com. We're very different, and I feel like the constant comparisons might piss her off. It just annoys me that peo...

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China urges Malaysia to continue MH370 search

Beijing, Jan 30 (IANS) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on Malaysia to continue all efforts to find the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared in March last year while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. China's call came after the Malaysian government officially declared Thursday that flight MH370 met with an accident, and all the people on board were...

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EU extends sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Brussels, Jan 30 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has decided to extend the targeted sanctions against Russia by six months, until September, over the Ukraine crisis, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said here Thursday. She said that the EU would frame proposals within a week to expand this blacklist and start preparatory work on measures, which can be taken to ensure the impleme...

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Penn surprised to be in love at 54

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Actor Sean Penn is surprised he managed to find love in his 50s. Penn was earlier married to singer Madonna and later actress Robin Wright. He and actress Charlize Theron have been in a relationship for over a year now. I'm surprised to be in love, Penn, 54, told Esquire Britain magazine, reports eonline.com. Lot of reasons. Fifty-three years ol...

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Militant strikes in Egypt kill 20

Cairo, Jan 30 (IANS) Mortar attacks in Egypt's North Sinai province Thursday killed 20 people and injured 36 others, according to a report in Egyptian state TV. At least 20 were killed and 36 others injured in anti-security attacks in Arish city, the state TV quoted a health ministry official in North Sinai as saying. The casualties included security men and civilians, the offic...

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Clashes in eastern Ukraine leave 19 dead

Kiev, Jan 30 (IANS) At least 19 people have been killed and several others wounded in clashes, since Wednesday, in eastern Ukraine, underscoring an escalation of tension in the nearly ten-month conflict, according to reports Thursday. The situation remains tense. In the past 24 hours, armed groups carried out 103 attacks on Ukrainian positions, an official statement said. Intense...

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Lebanon against full-blown war with Israel

Beirut, Jan 30 (IANS) Lebanon Thursday called for avoiding a full-blown war with Israel, a day after a Hezbollah attack killed two Israeli soldiers in Shebaa Farms at the intersection of the Lebanon-Syria border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. According to Lebanese Information Minister, Tamzi Jreij, the cabinet discussed the situation in the southern part of the country and all p...

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Bieber apologises to fans for being 'arrogant'

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Singer Justin Bieber has apologised for his arrogant behaviour in the past year in a video. The 20-year-old shared the video on his Facebook page Wednesday night, after he made an appearance on the talk sow The Ellen DeGeneres Show, reports aceshowbiz.com. Here we go, Bieber captioned the video. In the video, the Baby hitmaker says: So, I just ...

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EU steps up assistance to tackle Syria crisis

Brussels, Jan 30 (IANS) The European Union (EU) increased its humanitarian assistance to deal with the Syria crisis by 136 million euros (about $154 million), the European Commission announced here Thursday. According to a Xinhua report, half of the funding was to go towards meeting the needs of people within Syria, and the other half to the Syrian refugees and host communities in neighb...

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Taylor Lautner dating a model

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Actor Taylor Lautner, who was previously linked to actress Marie Avgeropoulos, is dating 20-year-old model Raina Lawson. It's new, eonline.com quoted a source as saying. Earlier this month, the actor and longtime girlfriend Avgeropoulos had split up. The Twilight star was also romantically linked to actress Lily Collins and singer Taylor Swift....

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IS destroys 10 Saddam-era palaces in Iraq

Baghdad, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) Islamic State (IS) militants blew up 10 palaces from the Saddam Hussein era (1979-2003) in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, the birthplace of Hussein, the late president of the country. According to police sources, among the palaces destroyed was Al Faruq, the largest presidential palace, which was built in Tikrit, the capital of the Saladin province, 170 km north of ...

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Minor raped by step-father in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) A 10-year-old girl was raped by her step-father at her home here, police said Thursday. The accused has been arrested. Police said the complaint was lodged at Timarpur police station in north Delhi, after the victim informed her school teacher Thursday morning. The girl told police that her step father, who is a labourer, raped her in the absence of her m...

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Sujatha Singh's farewell note stresses on MEA's 'institutional strength'

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) Sujatha Singh, whose service as foreign secretary was curtailed seven months before her two-year term was to end, in her farewell letter to colleagues stressed on the institutional strength of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) and that no individual is larger than the institution. In a letter dated Jan 28 (Wednesday), she said she is seeking early retirement...

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Don't act mechanically with child trafficking, SC tells government

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday pulled up the central government for acting mechanically in forwarding to it the information furnished by the state governments on the steps taken by them for eradicating child trafficking without examining it. It can't be a mechanical thing. You are not a post office, said a bench of Justice Anil R. Dave, Justice Madan B. Lokur and Jus...

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Seven killed in Mexico gas explosion

Mexico City, Jan 29 (IANS) At least seven people, including four children, were killed when a gas explosion ripped through a government hospital here Thursday, a media report said. More than 50 people were injured, among them 22 children, CNN quoted Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera as saying. Besides, an unknown number of people were trapped inside the building, according to the ma...

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NGT refuses to revoke ban on Meghalaya rat-hole mining

Shillong, Jan 29 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Thursday did not revoke its interim ban on rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya, but extended the validity of royalty payment and transportation of extracted coal kept in the open. The tribunal's special circuit bench, eastern zone, comprising of Justice U.D. Salvi and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee also directed the Meghalaya gover...

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Jaishankar takes over as foreign secretary, Sushma says was in loop

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) S. Jaishankar, India's envoy to the US who was seen as having played a catalytic role in the turnaround in bilateral ties, Thursday assumed charge as foreign secretary, a day after the government in a late-night announcement curtailed the two-year tenure of incumbent Sujatha Singh seven months before her term was to end. Jaishankar, who took charge in the morning...

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Two Uttar Pradesh legislators unseated

Lucknow, Jan 29 (IANS) Two legislators in Uttar Pradesh were disqualified as members of the state assembly Thursday by Governor Ram Naik for their illegal acts, including taking government contracts while in office, an official said. Legislators are Bajrang Bahadur of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Uma Shankar Singh of the Bahujan Samaj Party. The Lokayukta had recommended termin...

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Pakistan shelling in Jammu district, three civilians injured

Jammu, Jan 29 (IANS) Three people were injured Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district following heavy shelling by Pakistan Rangers on the international border, police said. The Border Security Force retaliated to the firing. Pakistan Rangers used mortars to target civilian habitations in R.S. Pura and Arnia areas of Jammu district Thursday evening. Three people indentified as Bho...

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