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US Senate approves plan to train, arm Syrian rebels

Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) The US Senate Thursday approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels in the efforts to fight the Islamic State (IS) militant group, a day after the House of Representatives adopted the measure. The Senate voted 78 to 22 to give the president the authority, as part of a package that funds the federal government, xinhua reported. Th...

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Luke Evans wants to dine with Meryl Streep

Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) If actor Luke Evans had a chance, he would love to take Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep for dinner someday. He finds Streep to be quite lovely. I'd like to have dinner with Meryl Streep. I saw her speak at something once and she was just so relaxed in front of a huge audience. She's just so funny, I think she would be lovely to sit and have dinner wi...

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Obama pledges diplomatic resolution of Ukraine crisis

Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday pledged continued efforts to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. In addition to the concrete expressions of support through security assistance and economic assistance, we are going to continue to help mobilise the international community towards a diplomatic solution, Xinhua quoted Obama as telling reporters afte...

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Israel not to tolerate 'drizzle' of rockets: PM

Jetusalem, Sep 19 (IANS) Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Hamas knows well that Israel will not tolerate a drizzle of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, according to a statement released by the PM's office. Addressing an assembly of local council leaders ahead of the Jewish New Year, Netanyahu said that Israel's military operation in Gaza over the summer had de...

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Undelivered aid commitments hamper progress on MDGs: UN report

United Nations, Sep 19 (IANS) A UN report released here Thursday said that undelivered aid commitments by developed countries are holding back progress on the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs). According to the report titled The State of the Global Partnership for Development, while many MDG targets have already been met -- such as reducing povert...

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13 killed in bomb attacks in Iraq

Baghdad, Sep 19 (IANS) At least 13 people were killed in two suicide bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad Thursday evening, a police source said. A suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car into a checkpoint and blew it up near the entrance to Al-adala Camp in kadhimiyah district in northern Baghdad, leaving at least 12 people killed and 30 others injured, the source told Xinhu...

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Scottish referendum polls end, huge turnout reported

London, Sep 19 (IANS) Polling in the referendum to decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent country have closed and counting is under way, BBC reported. Counting will be carried out through the night. The final result is expected after 06:30 local time(05:30 GMT) Friday. A total of 4,285,323 people, which is 97 percent of the electorate -- registered...

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Iggy Azalea sues ex-boyfriend

Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) Rapper Iggy Azalea has filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend. Azalea is suing her ex-lover Maurice Williams for releasing music from her early career without her consent, reports hollywoodreporter.com. This news comes after Williams announced that he will release an EP (extended play) by Azalea, entitled Inizio, Sep 30. Tracks from the EP first appea...

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Nigerian troops capture Boko Haram leader

Abuja, Sep 19 (IANS) Nigeria army have arrested a senior commander of the Boko Haram sect, which is blamed for killing hundreds of people since 2009, the country's defence authority said Thursday. The commander, whose identity remain unknown, was captured Wednesday during a operation, and is receiving treatment at a military facility, Xinhua reported citing the statement. The st...

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Russian food ban deals blow to Austrian pork farmers

Vienna, Sep 19 (IANS) Russian import ban imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis brought down the price of pork in Austria, affecting the farmers in the country. Alarm is growing among Austrian pig farmers in the country as the price of pork fell a further 10 cents to $1.77 per kg Wednesday evening, Xinhua reported. This came as a result of Russian im...

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Ebola hit countries to lose $809 million by 2015: World Bank

This projected loss will be the medium-term impact of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on these countries, Xinhua reported. A statement issued from the World Bank's Ghana office responsible for both Sierra Leone and Liberia said the bank finds that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, its economic impact c...

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Sharon Osbourne slit her wrist to prove love

Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) TV host Sharon Osbourne says, back in her rocker girl days, she slit her wrist to prove her love for Ozzy Osbourne. The 61-year-old star has revealed she was hospitalised after cutting herself deeply with a steak knife while she was drunk and still has a scar, reports usmagazine.com. The Talk co-host opened up about the stupid incident for the first tim...

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Parliamentarians urges EU to cut off IS resources

Brussels, Sep 19 (IANS) The European Parliament Thursday urged the European Union (EU) to enforce sanctions against business bodies related to the Islamic State (IS) in a bid to cut off its resources. The creation and expansion of the Islamic caliphate and the activities of other extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, are a direct threat to the security of the European countries, Members of...

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Russia, Serbia are brotherly nations: Serbian president

Belgrade, Sep 19 (IANS) Brotherhood of Serbian and Russian nations is sealed by joint fight for freedom in the First World War, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said Thursday, Xinhua reported. He said it while unveiling a monument dedicated to soldiers of two countries that died defending Belgrade from 1914 to 1918. The marble monument consisting of a hollow cross with a sculpt...

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Border concerns dominate talks as India, China give fillip to trade, investment

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) India's concerns over Chinese troops' incursions remained at the forefront of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday even as the two nations charted a new chapter in economic ties with Beijing announcing $20 billion investment over the next five years. Addressing a joint media briefing after 90 minutes of res...

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'Khubsoorat': This one would make Hrishida smile

Film: Khubsoorat; Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Kirron Kher, Ratna Pathak Shah; Director: Shashanka Ghosh; Rating: **** Meet Mili Chakravarty, the doughty bindaas physiotherapist daughter of a Bengali father (played by an aptly nondescript actor) and a loudmouthed Punjabi mother (Kirron Kher), you know the kind Amrita Singh played in Two States recently? Everyone in my family h...

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Kings XI start CLT20 campaign with a dominating win

Mohali, Sep 18 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) finalists Kings XI Punjab started their Champions League T20 campaign with a dominating five-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here Thursday. Chasing a target of 145, Kings XI made 146 for five with 14 balls to spare after skipper George Bailey and all-rounder Thisara Perera remained unbeate...

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Russia seeks to keep out foreigners from media business

Moscow, Sep 18 (IANS) Russia will soon introduce a bill in parliament to restrict foreign ownership in Russian media, a media report said Thursday. The bill seeks to put a 20-percent ceiling on any foreign stake in Russian media, including those held indirectly through Russian partners, BBC reported. Russia's main media outlets are state-owned or controlled by loyal oligarchs.

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France ready to launch air strikes in Iraq: Hollande

Paris, Sep 18 (IANS) French President Francois Hollande Thursday said his country was ready to launch air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq soon. He, however, ruled out any plan to deploy ground troops in the conflict-torn country. Our goal is to contribute to peace and security in Iraq by weakening the terrorist. We will not go beyond (that). There wo...

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Stalked by ex-boyfriend Indian-origin woman falls to death

London, Sep 18 (IANS) A Indian-origin woman in Britain died after falling from a motorway bridge following weeks of harassment by her stalker ex-boyfriend and seeing him on a night out, an inquest was told Thursday. Kamaljit Sidhu died Oct 25 last year after the fall near junction 7 of the M6 following weeks of harassment, The Express & Star reported. The 29-year-old had bee...

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