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H5N8 bird flu strain reported in Italy

Rome, Dec 18 (IANS) Highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu strain was reported at a turkey farm in northern Italy, media reported Wednesday. The outbreak was ascertained by local health authorities at the farm, which is located near the city of Rovigo, in Veneto region, Xinhua reported citing ANSA news agency. The virus was reported to present strong similarities with the outbreaks reg...

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Republicans slam Obama for Cuba decision

Washington, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) The leading Republican in the US House of Representatives Wednesday slammed President Barack Obama's decision to resume full diplomatic ties with Communist-ruled Cuba as a mindless concession to a dictatorship. Obama's decision to launch talks aimed at restoring full relations that were severed in 1961 has sparked outrage from House Speaker John Boehner and ...

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Wiz Khalifa's sex tape won't come in market

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Playboy model Carla Howe, who was trying to sell off a sex tape featuring herself with rapper Wiz Khalifa, has had a change of heart about it, reports tmz.com. The duo had filmed a home porn. According to tmz.com sources, Howe had a meeting set with Vivid Entertainment, which was prepared to make a big offer for the video. But she never took it forward....

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Brazilian Olympic hopeful banned for doping

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 18 (IANS) Brazilian Olympic sprint hopeful Vanda Gomes has been banned from competing for two years for doping. The 26-year-old was found to have traces of the prohibited hormone anastrozole in an out-of-competition test in September. She refused a request to provide a B sample. Brazil's superior sports justice tribunal delivered the unanimous verdict during h...

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Four killed in Egypt military plane crash

Cairo, Dec 18 (IANS) An Egyptian military plane crashed Wednesday during Egypt-United Arab Emirates (UAE)joint military drill, killing two Egyptian and two UAE officers, state-run Nile TV reported. Egypt's military spokesperson was quoted as saying that the crash happened at 7 p.m., and a technical failure should be the cause. Authorities are investigating the detailed cause of t...

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Bynes calls herself Britney Spears

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Troubled star Amanda Bynes has called herself pop star Britney Spears. The 28-year-old, known for her random tweeting style, posted: I'm Britney Spears, reports mirror.co.uk. It is not clear whether the actress is showing support for the Circus hitmaker or hinting she's going to make a comeback as the pop star. ...

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US, Cuba restoring ties very positive: UN chief

United Nations, Dec 18 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday heralded restoration of ties between the US and Cuba as positive news, thanking leaders of both countries for the very important step. The news is very positive. I would like to thank President Barack Obama of the United States and President Raul Castro of Cuba for taking this very important step towards normalising...

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'The Imitation Game' to release in India Jan 23, 2015

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Imitation Game, which has received five Golden Globe nominations, will hit Indian screens Jan 23, 2015. Being released in India by PVR Pictures, the film has a cast of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Charles Dance, said a statement. Cumberbatch plays the role of a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan T...

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Johann Luif becomes new commander of EU force

Sarajevo, Dec 18 (IANS) Major General Johann Luif became the new commander of the European Union Force, or EUFOR, during a ceremony in Camp Butmir near Sarajevo here Wednesday. Major General Dieter Heidecker completed his two-year tenure as EUFOR commander. The Operation Commander General Adrian Bradshaw handed over the command to General Luif, according to Xinhua. During his spe...

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Kendall Jenner eerie in behind-the-scenes video

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) From a cowboy look to a creepy nightgown-clad child -- model Kendall Jenner has displayed her ability to don different avatars in a new behind-the-scenes video from a recent magazine photoshoot. The short clip sees the 19-year-old star playing around with surrealist props as she rocks a series of strange wigs for the shoot for Dazed magazine, reports dailymail....

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Somalia president appoints new prime minister

Mogadishu, Dec 18 (IANS) Somalia's president Wednesday announced the appointment of former prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the country's new prime minister. Sharmarke, who is the current ambassador to the US, replaces the last premier, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who was relieved of his duties after parliament passed a vote of no confidence on him early December. Ahmed...

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Jennifer Lawrence finds new man?

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Lawrence, who recently split from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, was reportedly spotted spending time with filmmaker Gabe Polsky at his house here. According to a source, the Hunger Games star arrived at Polsky's house recently afternoon with her dog in tow, reports nydailynews.com. The 24-year-old spent about five hours at his residen...

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Obama announces new Cuba policy to normalise relations

Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Wednesday announced a historical, new policy toward Cuba, in a move to normalise relations and end more than five decades of estrangement between the two countries. We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests, Obama said in an address at the White House. Instead we will begin to normalise relati...

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230 bodies found in mass grave in Syria

Damascus, Dec 18 (IANS) More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) were found in a mass grave in Syria's Deir al-Zour province, a media report said Wednesday. The bodies are believed to be belonging to the members of a tribe that fought the IS, BBC reported citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Last month, ...

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Britney Spears's beau credits his past for their love

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Britney Spears's boyfriend Charlie Ebersol has credited his personal hurdles early on in life for helping him to be in a relationship with someone as loving as the pop singer. My personal life is my personal life, but I will say this: If I had not gone through what I've gone through, I would not have been prepared to be in a relationship of any kind, much less ...

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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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