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Italian Serie A standings

Rome, Sep 22 (IANS) Following are the Italian Serie A standings after matches Sunday (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. 1. Roma 3 3 0 0 5 0 9 2. Juventus 3 3 0 0 4 0 9 3. Hellas Verona 3 2 1 0 3 1 7 4. AC Milan 3 2 0 1 8 6 6 5. Udinese 3 2 0 1 3 2 6 ...

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NASA spacecraft enters Mars' orbit to explore atmosphere

Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) After 10-month journey of 442 million mile, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission entered into Mars orbit, the US space agency has said. After a 33-minute engine firing, mission controllers received acknowledgment at about 10.25 p.m. that MAVEN was into the orbit, it said Sunday night. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to ex...

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Asian Games: Chinese team stripped of gold, Ayonika in final

Incheon, Sep 22 (IANS) India Monday finished sixth in the women's 10-metre air rifle event that saw the Chinese team being stripped of the world record and the gold medal after the disqualification of one of its shooters here in the 17th Asian Games. The Indian team comprising Ayonika Paul (417.7), Apurvi Chandela (413.8), and Raj Chaudhary (407.6) finished sixth with a tally of 1239.1. ...

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English Premier League standings

London, Sep 22 (IANS) Following are the English Premier League standings after Sunday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. 1. Chelsea 5 4 1 0 16 7 13 2. Southampton 5 3 1 1 9 3 10 3. Aston Villa 5 3 1 1 4 4 10 4. Arsenal 5 2 3 0 10 ...

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Jennifer Connelly shed 25 for husband's 'Shelter'

Los Angeles, Sep 22 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Connelly lost 25 pounds to play a homeless woman in her husband Paul Bettany's directorial debut Shelter. The Noah star not only researched to look convincing as Hannah in the film, she also learned how to use needles and drug paraphernalia for the role, reports contactmusic.com. There was so much to work to do about her (Hannah) and th...

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Thousands join climate change march in New York

New York, Sep 22 (IANS/EFE) New York City Sunday was the scene of a huge and colourful demonstration against climate change with more than 300,000 people turning out as part of an international initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of global warming. Preliminary estimates given by organisers said that 310,000 people showed up for the peaceful march, making it one of the largest...

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China stripped of world record after shooter's disqualification

Incheon, Sep 22 (IANS) The Chinese women's shooting team Monday was stripped of the world record and the gold medal in the 10-meter air rifle event after the disqualification of one of its shooters here in the 17th Asian Games. The Chinese trio of Yi Siling, Zhang Binbin and Wu Liuxi combined for 1253.8 points to win the team gold at Ongnyeon International Shooting Range, breaking the pr...

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Yemeni government, Houthi rebels sign truce deal

Sana'a, Sep 22 (IANS) The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels signed a ceasefire deal late Sunday after days of deadly clashes in the capital Sanaa, an official said. The two sides agreed to cease fire in Sanaa immediately, nominate a prime minister in a week and form a government within a month, Xinhua quoted an official as saying. The Houthi group, however, refused to hand over...

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'Golden Boy' director slams Sharon Stone

Los Angeles, Sep 22 (IANS) Italian director Pupi Avati, who was happy to team up with Sharon Stone in his low-budget movie Golden Boy, says the actress was a demanding diva on the set and gave him a hard time. Avati was thrilled that Stone agreed to act in the film, until her representative reached out with a lengthy list of demands, reports hollywoodreporter.com. It was a negoti...

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UN chief welcomes unity government deal in Afghanistan

United Nations, Sep 22 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday welcomed the conclusion of the presidential polls in Afghanistan as well as an agreement on formation of a national unity government in the country. The agreement between the candidates to form a government of national unity and the Independent Election Commission's announcement of the president-elect paves the way for...

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Miley flaunts chicken and waffles print bikini

Los Angeles, Sep 22 (IANS) It seems Miley Cyrus' latest style is inspired by food. The singer, who took a break from her Bangerz Tour, was spotted lounging in a chicken and waffles print bikini. The 21-year-old, who wraps up the Mexican leg of her international tour Sunday, worked up an appetite by sharing a selfie on her Instagram account Saturday that showed her lounging on a chair wit...

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Israel steps up cyber defence with new body

Jerusalem, Sep 22 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday announced the establishment of a new organisation that would spearhead the country's cyber defence operations. The decision was made pursuant to a comprehensive staff work, which indicated the need for a designated body to link the civilian with security spheres and lead Israel's overall defensive activity while ta...

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Wife of British hostage asks IS to free him

London, Sep 22 (IANS/EFE) The wife of a British taxi driver kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group last December Sunday asked the jihadis to show compassion and set him free. Barbara, the wife of hostage Alan Henning, said her husband was driving an ambulance loaded with food and water at the time he was abducted in Syria, Xinhua quoted a communique issued by the Briti...

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Clashes with IS continues across Iraq

Baghdad, Sep 22 (IANS) Fierce clashes continued between the Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist group across the crisis-torn country Sunday, security sources said. In western Anbar province, the Iraqi forces launched an offensive aimed at breaking the siege of more than 400 officers and soldiers, who were surrounded by IS militants for six days in Saqlawiyah,...

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Five Boko Haram terrorists surrender in Nigeria

Abuja, Sep 22 (IANS) Authorities in Nigeria Sunday confirmed that some Boko Haram terrorists have begun to surrender voluntarily following relentless onslaught by troops. At least five terrorists surrendered Saturday with all their weapons to troops in Borno state's Konduga pleading for mercy, Xinhua quoted the Nigerian Defense Headquarters (DHQ) as saying in a statement. Other c...

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Jemima, Russell Brand part ways

London, Sep 22 (IANS) All good things must end. The much-talked about affair between Jemima Khan and comedian Russell Brand, described as tiger ride, has reportedly come to end too. With her impressive social connections and elegance, Jemima always seemed an unlikely catch for Brand. And romancing each other for a year, the pair has gone their separate ways, reports dailymail.co.uk. ...

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Officials penalised for terrorist attack in China's Xinjiang

Beijing, Sep 22 (IANS) As many as 17 public officials, including police officers, were given penalities Sunday after they were held accountable for the terrorist attack in China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in July. The Xinjiang Regional Committee of the Communist Party of China gave a list of the penalised officials, including county and town officials, a vice secretary-general of...

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Thousands protest in Moscow against Russian intervention in Ukraine

Moscow, Sep 22 (IANS/EFE) Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Sunday in downtown Moscow against the war in neighbouring Ukraine and, in particular, against the Kremlin's support for the pro-Russian rebels there. The March for Peace, a demonstration organised by the extraparliamentary opposition most critical of the Kremlin, kicked off in Pushkin Square, where protesters gathered car...

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Pregnant Alicia Keys posts nude photo for a cause

Los Angeles, Sep 22 (IANS) Singer Alicia Keys posted a nude photo of her naked and pregnant belly with peace sign painted on the baby bump to draw eyes to a charity movement. The peace sign painted on the 33-year-old's baby bump was representative of the #WeAreHere movement, a charitable campaign. In the image, she gives the camera a gaze of intent with her braided and beaded hair fallin...

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51 militants killed in clashes across Afghanistan

Kabul, Sep 22 (IANS) At least 51 Taliban militants have been killed in fresh military operations across Afghanistan since Saturday, the country's interior ministry said Sunday. Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) carried out cleanup operations in Kandahar, Zabul, Logar, Ghazni and Helmand provinces over the past 24 hours. As a result, 51 armed Taliban members were killed, 32 wounded a...

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