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Chinese company signs Rio 2016 uniform deal

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 23 (IANS) Chinese sports apparel maker 361 will be the official uniform supplier for the Rio 2016 Olympics, the organizers have said. The company will provide more than 106,500 uniforms to the technical staff, volunteers, test event personnel and torch relay participants, Xinhua cited from a statement on the Rio 2016 website. With the responsibility of supplyi...

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'Fake' Chelsea footballer jailed for four years

London, Oct 23 (IANS) An impostor who pretended to be a Premier League club Chelsea footballer has been jailed for four years. Medi Abalimba, 25, posed as Gael Kakuta and spent 20,000 pounds on a spree in Selfridges, stayed at top hotels and even hired a helicopter, Xinhua reported local media as saying Wednesday. Manchester Crown Court heard Abalimba, of Burton Street, London, o...

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Modi to celebrate Diwali with soldiers at Siachen Glacier

Srinagar, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will begin his Diwali visit to Jammu and Kashmir Thursday by celebrating the festival of lights with the soldiers at the Siachen Glacier. Government sources said the prime minister will first arrive at the Siachen Glacier to celebrate Diwali with the soldiers guarding the world's highest battlefield for the country. The prime m...

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US air defence forces on alert after attack on Canadian parliament

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) Air defence forces were put on high alert and cities across the US increased security after Wednesday's deadly shooting attacks on the Canadian parliament in the capital city of Ottawa. Shortly after the attack, President Barack Obama spoke to Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the phone and offered any assistance Canada needed in responding to these atta...

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Gabriel fires Flamengo to victory over Internacional

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 23 (IANS) Flamengo eased their relegation fears after a Gabriel double gave them a 2-0 victory over Internacional in Brazil's Serie A championship. On Wednesday, the midfielder struck twice in the second half at the Maracana stadium as the Rio club rose to 10th in the standings, nine points clear of the drop zone, reports Xinhua. The result left Internacional ...

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European Champions League standings

Paris, Oct 23 (IANS) Following are the European Champions League standings after third round of matches finished Wednesday (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, against, points), according to Xinhua. Group A Atletico Madrid 3 2 0 1 8 3 6 Olympiakos 3 2 0 1 4 4 6 Juventus 3 1 0 2 2 2 3 Malmv FF ...

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To me, he's like another species: Sofia Vergara on Manganiello

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Actress Sofia Vergara thinks her beau and actor Joe Manganiello is from another species. Vergara admits that the actor's physique is incredible, reports femalefirst.co.uk. To me, he's like another species. I look at him, and it's like I feel like I am like in the movie 'E.T.' Remember? When an alien lands ... and I'm the one who gets to play with it, th...

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UN envoy calls for peace process in South Sudan

United Nations, Oct 23 (IANS) A UN envoy Wednesday called on the international community to help push for peace talks between warring parties in South Sudan, stressing that the untold suffering of the people of South Sudan must stop. There is no alternative to silencing the guns and concluding without further delay a comprehensive peace agreement in order to return the country towards th...

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Obama 'cautiously optimistic' about Ebola

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) President Barack Obama Wednesday said he is cautiously optimistic about the Ebola situation in the US, as his government announced a new programme that will actively monitor for 21 days every person coming from West African nations hit by the deadly virus. The public health infrastructure and systems that we are now putting in place across the board around the ...

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Indian-American appointed to key counter spying job

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian-American Anita M. Singh has been appointed to a key post in the Justice Department's National Security Division (NSD) as part of a restructuring to counter state-sponsored economic espionage and proliferation, including through cyberspace. The strategic changes are designed to put additional focus on the protection of national assets from such threats an...

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Canada shooting 'a senseless act of violence': New Zealand

Wellington, Oct 23 (IANS) New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key Thursday described the shooting incident near Canadian Parliament as a senseless act of violence. The reasons behind the fatal shooting in Ottawa this morning are not yet known, but it is clearly a senseless act of violence, Xinhua quoted Key as saying in a statement. I wish to extend New Zealand's sincere condolence...

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Obama wishes all Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) President Barack Obama has in video message wished a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak to all those who celebrate the festival of lights saying it was a reminder that light will ultimately prevail. Obama, who in 2009 became the first US president to celebrate Diwali at the White House, recalled the wonderful time he and his wife Michelle had celebrating the festival...

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Ukraine lacks sufficient gas for winter

Kiev, Oct 23 (IANS) Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has said his country lacks sufficient natural gas for winter. We need an additional five billion cubic meters of gas, which we can buy from Russia, Xinhua quoted Yatsenyuk as telling a cabinet meeting Wednesday. If Ukraine and Russia fail to reach an agreement on gas deliveries, Kiev will seek ways to increase its reve...

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Karl Lagerfeld makes film with Pharrell Williams

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Designer Karl Lagerfeld directed singer Pharrell Williams in a movie, which will be presented in December. Chanel's chief designer directed the Happy hitmaker in a new fashion focused film, which will air alongside the designer's Paris-Salzburg pre-fall collection Dec 2, reports contactmusic.com. The movie, which was set in the designer's Parisian stud...

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S Club 7 reunite for a charity show

London, Oct 23 (IANS) The members of English group S Club 7 are reuniting and they will make an appearance on Children In Need charity show next month. The band, consisting of Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Paul Cattermole, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt, Tina Barrett and Rachel Stevens, disbanded in 2003. Taking to their official Twitter account, the members posted a short Soundcloud ...

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14 killed, 65 injured in Iraq bomb attacks

Baghdad, Oct 23 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and 65 wounded in two car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital city Wednesday, a police source said. A car bomb went off near the National Theater in Baghdad's Karrada district in the evening, leaving five people killed and 28 wounded, and the toll could rise as ambulances and police vehicles evacuated the casualties to hospitals, Xinhua...

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Khamenei wants less reliance on oil

Tehran, Oct 23 (IANS) Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the country's officials Wednesday to formulate plans to cut Iran's dependence on oil revenues and manage the economy on the basis of the domestic capabilities. Instead of relying on the oil revenues, Iran should be governed by utilising domestic forces and the sources above the ground, Khamenei said, adding th...

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Syrian Air Force destroys old war jets captured by IS

Damascus, Oct 23 (IANS) The Syrian air force destroyed two timeworn war jets, which were captured by the Islamic State (IS) militants in an airbase in Syria's Aleppo province, a senior Syrian military source said Wednesday. The Syrian air force has destroyed two old war jets captured by the IS in the al-Jarrah airbase in Aleppo, Xinhua quoted the source as saying. He said the IS...

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Obama invites Afghan president, chief executive to Washington

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Wednesday invited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to visit the White House in the new year. Speaking with Ghani and Abdullah by video conference, Obama commended the Afghan leaders on their political agreement and reaffirmed US commitment to support the unity government, Xinhua quoted the Whi...

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Ed Sheeran has no hard feelings against Niall Horan

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran says he has forgiven One Direction band's Niall Horan after it was rumoured he got with his then-girlfriend Ellie Goulding. Sheeran had penned Don't about an old girlfriend cheating on him with a friend was apparently about his friend Horan and Goulding. And now he has forgiven the person, reports mirror.co.uk. When asked if he is a fo...

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