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Taiwan receives record visitors

Taipei, Aug 2 (IANS) Some 2.8 million people from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macau visited Taiwan in the first half of 2015. The number accounted for 55 percent of the nearly five million visitors to the island from January to June, Xinhua reported. The mainland was the biggest contributor of visitors to Taiwan in the six months. Japanese and South Koreans ranked second ...

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Where whiff of Kashmiri food revives fading memories of migration

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) A small cafe in Delhi is providing people from Jammu and Kashmir a space to sit, eat and talk. Otherwise, the fractured politics and the chequered history of the state do not always make it easy for people belonging to its different regions to brush shoulders with one another. At Samavar, however, the air bears a whiff of home for Kashmiris in Delhi. The conventio...

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800 kilos of endangered species seized in Mexico

Mexico City, Aug 2 (IANS/EFE) The Mexican attorney general's office seized more than 800 kilograms of endangered marine species from an Oriental restaurant and a private home in the Mexican state of Sonora, authorities said. Discovered in the restaurant and the residence on Saturday was seafood in the form of 19.16 kilos of dried seahorses, 1 kilo more of that species fresh and frozen, 2...

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Moderate rainfall in Himachal

Shimla, Aug 2 (IANS) Many areas in Himachal Pradesh received moderate rainfall on Sunday, while the Met Office has forecast heavy rainfall in some parts. The southwest monsoon, which hit the hill state on June 24, remained deficit by 20 percent till July 31, the weather office said. Salooni in Chamba district recorded the highest rainfall in the state at 58 mm, while it was 53 mm...

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Four killed in China flood

Beijing, Aug 2 (IANS) Four people were killed after a rainstorm triggered a flash flood in China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The flood occurred Saturday evening, when a downpour hit Liangcheng county and washed away a cart crossing a river, killing three people riding atop it, Xinhua reported. A forest worker was also killed. ...

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NASA captures Earth flyby of 'space peanut'

Washington, Aug 2 (IANS) NASA scientists have captured a peanut-shaped asteroid that approached close to Earth last weekend. The next time an asteroid will approach Earth this close will be in 2054. The asteroid named 1999 JD6 appears to be a contact binary -- an asteroid with two lobes that are stuck together. On July 24, the asteroid made its closest approach to Earth at a dist...

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Cloudy Sunday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) It was a party cloudy morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 29 degrees Celsius, the Met office said. It will remain partly cloudy here. Thunderstorms may occur in some areas of the city later in the day, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. According to the weather office, the maximum temperature...

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Defector's story: A stark look at North Korea's secretive, communist regime (To go with IANS Interview

Following are excerpts from the book: The Girl With Seven Names - A North Korean Defector's Story, by Hyeonseo Lee. Family and Relatives My mother was one of the eight siblings - four daughters and four brothers - all of whom possessed the characteristic Hyesan stubbornness. They were to have curiously diverse careers. At one extreme was Uncle Money. He was an executive at a succ...

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'My focus is to help North Korean defectors fleeing from a brutal regime'

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Hyeonseo Lee grew up brainwashed by the North Korean regime and endured the starving and suffering of people around her. She was 17 when she fled to China from her home country - a strictly monitored society that uses fear as a tool of oppression. Hyeonseo, in her book, writes about her growing up years, her escape from North Korea in 1997 till the time she reache...

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Ronaldinho off to winning start for Fluminense

Rio De Janiero, Aug 2 (IANS) Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner Ronaldinho helped Fluminense to a 1-0 win over Gremio in his first match for the Brazil club. The 35-year-old played the full 90 minutes at the Maracana stadium on Saturday, despite having only begun training with his new team mates on July 27. Playing in a free-roaming forward role, the former Barcelona s...

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300 Muslim Brotherhood loyalists jailed in Egypt

Cairo, Aug 2 (IANS) An Egyptian court sentenced 300 loyalists of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for three to 10 years in prison over violence charges. A criminal court on Saturday sentenced 31 people to 10 years and 269 to three years after being convicted of committing acts of violence, possessing weapons and belonging to the brotherh...

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Will get centre's help to nail Goa Congress scams: Parrikar

Panaji, Aug 2 (IANS) Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has promised assistance from the central government to help nail scams of the erstwhile Congress-led coalition government in Goa. At a party workers meeting near Panaji late on Saturday, Parrikar also targeted former Congress chief minister Digambar Kamat, who has already been questioned in connection with the $976,630 Louis Berger b...

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Louis Berger probe: Bribes camouflaged as engineering terms

Panaji, Aug 2 (IANS) Shedding new light on the manner in which money for bribes was requisitioned in the Louis Berger case, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that a code word related to engineering was used as a camouflage for bribery demands. Addressing a meeting of party workers near Porvorim late on Saturday, Parsekar said that the repeated usage of the word drawings found in...

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Chinese soldiers repair highway in Nepal

Lhasa, Aug 2 (IANS) An emergency squad of Chinese soldiers has been sent to Nepal to repair a highway blocked by landslides, authorities said. China's State Council and Central Military Commission decided to send 100 armed police officers on Saturday for the China-Nepal Highway repair after receiving an emergency aid request from the Nepalese government, Xinhua news agency reported. <...

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Demystifying Iran, a complex country of contradictions

Winston Churchill once described Russia as a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma - which is what most people recall - but he also went on to say ...but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest. This quote also seems valid for another long misunderstood country: Iran. What do we make of this perplexing country where crowds shout Death to America but was the...

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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu

Jammu, Aug 2 (IANS) Pakistan Rangers on Sunday fired at Indian positions on the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing at BSF (Border Security Force) outposts in Kotranka area of R.S. Pura sector, a police officer told IANS. The firing began at 1.30 a.m. The BSF retaliated effectively. Intermittent firing exc...

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Jake Gyllenhaal wants children

Los Angeles, Aug 2 (IANS) Actor Jake Gyllenhaal says he would love to have children after playing a father to 13-year old actress Oona Laurence in drama Southpaw. I would love it not to be fictional, people.com quoted Jake as saying. The actor also expressed his fondness for his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal's children, and how they inspired his work on the film. I have two ni...

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IOC elects members of Ethics Commission

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 2 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has elected the members of its Ethics Commission during the 128th session, a media report said. The election during the session on Saturday finalises the successful implementation of recommendations 30 to 32 of Olympic Agenda 2020, just less than eight months since its unanimous approval last December, Xinhua news agenc...

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Miley photographed in studio with Linda Perry

Los Angeles, Aug 2 (IANS) Singer Miley Cyrus has reportedly added Linda Perry to the list of collaborators for a current project. The former Disney star was photographed hitting the studio with the 50-year-old rock singer, who has previously crafted hits for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Pink and Celine Dion, reports aceshowbiz.com. The photograph of Cyrus and Perry was shared...

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Wolfsburg beat Bayern to win German Supercup

Berlin, Aug 2 (IANS) Wolfsburg shocked Bayern with the late 1-1 equaliser to wrap up the German Supercup 5-4 on penalties at Volkswagen Arena, a media report said. Wolfsburg clinched the first title of the season on Saturday as they overcame Bayern Munich in the Supercup, where the German Cup winners encounter the Bundesliga champions, Xinhua news agency reported. The Bavarians d...

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