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Facebook CEO, wife donate 99 percent shares for humanitarian cause

San Francisco, Dec 2 (IANS) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares -- about $45 billion -- to advance human potential and promote equality for children. Declaring the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative as they welcomed their first girl child Maxima Chan Zuckerberg or Max, the couple on Tuesday said they have created a n...

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Key Indian equity indices open tad higher, trade flat

Mumbai, Dec 2 (IANS) Key Indian stock market indices opened marginally higher on Wednesday but the outlook was cautious on the back of weak global macroeconomic data, notably the contraction in US manufacturing sector to its weakest level since June 2009. The sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) opened at 26,239.39 points, against then previous close at 26,169.41 p...

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Chris Brown cancels Australian tour after visa denied

Canberra, Dec 2 (IANS) US rapper Chris Brown cancelled the Australian leg of his world tour after he was unable to secure a visa due to the country's hard-line stance on domestic violence. Chris Brown's tour to Australia and New Zealand would not go ahead, Ticketek, the rapper's Australian ticket sales distributer, said in a press release on Wednesday. The Australian government d...

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Oil prices steady ahead of OPEC meeting

New York, Dec 2 (IANS) Oil prices stabilised on Tuesday ahead of the OPEC gathering scheduled on Friday in Vienna. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh on Tuesday urged the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) members to respect the shared production ceiling of 30 million barrels a day, adding that the Iranian output is expected to increase next year when international...

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White House unveils five-year action plan on AIDS

Washington, Dec 2 (IANS) In support of the World AIDS Day, the White House released an action plan for combating AIDS in the US over the next five years. As part of the Federal Action Plan for 2016-2020, 170 action items will be assigned to agencies such as the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the AIDS epidemic, Xinhua cited the White House as saying on Tuesday...

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US manufacturing contracts to lowest level since 2009

Washington, Dec 2 (IANS) The US manufacturing Index in November contracted to the lowest level since June 2009 when the economy was caught up in the worst financial crisis in decades. The manufacturing index, also known as the purchasing managers index (PMI), fall to 48.6 in November after registering 50.1 in October, Xinhua cited the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) as saying on Tu...

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Russia unveils sanctions list against Turkey

Moscow, Dec 2 (IANS) Russia approved a resolution listing detailed sanctions against Turkey in response to downing of a warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border. The resolution signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, bans from January 1 imports of foodstuffs as well as cloves and table salt, Xinhua reported. It suspends activities of the Russian-Turkish trade and investment nego...

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US police chief fired amid tension over black's killing

Chicago, Dec 2 (IANS) Chicago's police chief Garry McCarthy was fired, a week after tensions flared up over the release of a video showing shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer. Superintendent McCarthy had become a distraction, and he was fired Tuesday morning, Xinhua quoted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel as saying. The mayor also said he created a task force and ap...

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Chinese yuan strengthens against dollar

Beijing, Dec 2 (IANS) The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, strengthened by 15 basis points to 6.3958 against the US dollar on Wednesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trading System. In China's spot foreign exchange market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by two percent from the central parity rate each trading day, Xinhua reported. ...

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Gigi Hadid defends relationship with Zayn Malik

Los Angeles, Dec 2 (IANS) Model Gigi Hadid slammed a social media user for calling her reconciled relationship with former One Direction band member Zayn Malik 'fake'. She questioned the user Who are you to say what is fake?, reports reports femalefirst.co.uk.A lot of speculation was made about the stars coming back together after they were clicked together holding hands on a date night ...

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French Ligue 1 results

Paris, Dec 2 (IANS) Following are the results of French Ligue 1 matches played on Tuesday: Lorient 0 Nice 0 Angers 0 Paris Saint-Germain Nantes 0 Lyon 0 Playing on Wednesday Troyes vs Toulouse Monaco vs Caen Montpellier vs Ajaccio Guingamp vs Reims Bastia vs Bordeaux ...

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Brazil great Ronaldo backs Neymar to win Ballon d'Or

Rio De Janeiro, Dec 2 (IANS) Brazil great Ronaldo has backed compatriot Neymar to win this year's Ballon d'Or award. Neymar has been named as a finalist for football's highest individual honour alongside his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristian Ronaldo, Xinhua reported on Tuesday. If I could bet, it would be on Neymar, for everything that he is doing, Ronald...

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Adele has no grudge against Phil Collins

London, Dec 2 (IANS) Singer Adele has buried the hatchet and moved on from the incident when Phil Collins called her a slippery little fish. She says there is no bad blood between them. Adele denied snubbing Collins for her album 25 after he called her a slippery little fish. Collins remarks came after Adele apparently dropped their collaboration, reports femalefirst.co.uk. The H...

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Facebook CEO pledges to give away 99 percent of company shares

San Francisco, Dec 2 (IANS) Facebook Inc. co-founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday he and his wife would give 99 percent of their Facebook shares to charitable purposes, Xinhua reported. Proceeds of the holdings by the couple, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, of the public listed US social network currently worth $45 billion and will be managed by a new o...

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Abu Dhabi to host `Star Wars: The Force Awakens? premiere

Los Angeles, Dec 2 (IANS) After hosting a portion of its shoot, Abu Dhabi will also host the Middle East premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 16 one day before its launch in the region. According to sources, the red carpet gala will be held at Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace. There might also be props from the film's Abu Dhabi shoot in the Liwa desert, reports variety.com.

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Saif scorches ramp for Rathore's ready-to-wear line

Mumbai, Dec 2 (IANS) Actor-producer Saif Ali Khan turned heads as he hit the fashion runway in a black achkan with fitted bottoms to support Bandhgala Baron Raghavendra Rathore, who showcase d his ready-to-wear collection here. Sporting the pencil-moustache from his upcoming film Rangoona, Saif still managed to look royal even in an outfit from a collection with a strong black and white ...

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Over 800 Iraqis killed in November, says UN mission

United Nations, Dec 2 (IANS) A total of 888 Iraqis were killed and 1,237 others wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in November, a UN spokesman said here on Tuesday. That toll includes nearly 500 civilians killed, Xinhua quoted UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying, who cited the figure released by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). Jan Kubis, the...

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Costa chooses Tina Desai to open men's fashion show

Mumbai, Dec 2 (IANS) Designer Troy Costa, whose menswear focuses on modern masculinity and flattering functionality, says he chose actress Tina Desai to open his show for men here as he sees women very differently. Donning a chic tuxedo, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel actress opened Costa's show at Van Heusen GQ Fashion Nights 2015 on Tuesday . I see a woman very different...

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Brad Pitt, George Clooney 'competitive' with each other

Los Angeles, Dec 2 (IANS) Brad Pitt says he and actor George Clooney tend to get competitive with each other in terms of work. With both actors having their own production houses, Pitt says that both often find themselves bidding against each other on books they want to adapt into movies, including Pitt's latest project The Big Short, reports femalefirst.co.uk. In all fairness, h...

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Ed Sheeran becomes second most streamed artist

London, Dec 2 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran has become the second most streamed artist of all time with over three billion streams on the music website Spotify, overtaking Eminem, says a report. Sheeran is also the most streamed artist in Britain this year with over 59 million listeners selecting his music on the platform, reports femalefirst.co.uk. With Canadian Rapper Drake topping ...

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