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Girls Aloud wouldn't let me dress them: Henry Holland

Los Angeles, May 28 (IANS) Fashion designer Henry Holland says members of band Girls Aloud refused to let him dress them when he was an aspiring stylist. The British designer has revealed that before he made it big in the fashion industry, the Something New hitmakers refused to take his advice as they arrived for a cover shoot at Smash Hits magazine, where he worked as a stylist before l...

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Taylor Swift in Forbes Power Women List

Los Angeles, May 28 (IANS) Singer Taylor Swift has made it on the Forbes Power Women List for first time this year, being placed at number 65 for her career achievements and charity work. The Bad blood singer has made her debut in the annual rankings, comprised by the business magazine, which has been topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the fifth time in a row, reports femalefi...

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US urges Ukraine to fight corruption amid crisis

Washington, May 28 (IANS) US Vice President Joe Biden has called on Ukraine to implement laws to fight corruption and push forward political reforms amid the current crisis. Ukraine needs to use all the tools at its disposal to limit the ability of the oligarchs to abuse their market position or exert pressure on government officials, Biden said on Wednesday in a speech at the Brookings ...

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'Irish vote for gay marriage a defeat for humanity'

Vatican City, May 28 (IANS) Last weekend's referendum vote in Ireland to approve same-sex marriage was a defeat for humanity, the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said. The Irish referendum is a defeat for humanity. I was deeply saddened by the result, he said on Wednesday in comments to Italian media, reports Efe. The archbishop of Dublin (Diarmuid Martin) ha...

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Israel appeals world to oversee Gaza rehabilitation

Jerusalem, May 28 (IANS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called upon the international community to establish a body to oversee rehabilitation in the Gaza Strip. I call on all the nations of the world to come and see how we can formulate an international initiative which will improve the lives and conditions of the residents of Gaza, the president said on Wednesday, according to a state...

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US not considering extending Iran n-talks

Washington, May 28 (IANS) The US said that it is not contemplating an extension of Iran nuclear talks beyond the June 30 deadline. The P5+1 countries -- the US, Britain, France, China, Russia, plus Germany -- are making efforts to reach a final deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme by the deadline, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said on Wednesday at a regular briefing, Xinhua r...

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Bieber has 'coolest' relationship with god

Los Angeles, May 28 (IANS) Justin Bieber's relationship with god has been the coolest thing despite the singer claiming that he is not religious. Vindicate me, my god, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked..., Bieber wrote on photo-sharing website Instagram, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I'm not religious nor do I think I ...

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Saudi Arabia adds two Hezbollah leaders on terrorist list

Riyadh, May 28 (IANS) Saudi Arabia has added two Hezbollah leaders, Khalil Harb and Muhammad Qabalan, in its terrorist list, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday. They both were accused of supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government by assisting and sending fighters, making payments to various factions within Yemen and serving as military leaders responsible for terrorist...

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US military accidentally sends live Anthrax to lab

Washington, May 28 (IANS) The US military has accidentally sent live Anthrax to a private lab in Maryland, US media reported. The US Defence Department was currently investigating the inadvertent transfer of samples containing live anthrax from a military lab at the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren was quoted as saying. Warren added the incident pos...

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UAE drops in IMD global competitiveness rankings

Dubai, May 28 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates has fallen to the 12th rank in the annual global competitiveness report by the Swiss-based executive business school IMD over the lower scores in the business factor. In an e-mailed statement, the IMD said while the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015 ranks the UAE high in the government efficiency, the fields of education, healthcare and sci...

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Khamenei backs Iran nuclear team against parliament critics

Tehran, May 28 (IANS) Iranian officials must stand firm on the country's stance during nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 countries to secure the nation's interests, Iranian supream leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said. On the nuclear issues, (Iran's) stance is the same as we have explicitly announced; the very same points have been announced to authorities verbally and in writing. ...

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Ricky Martin believes in `connect? before marriage

Los Angeles, May 28 (IANS) Singer Ricky Martin believes in the institution of marriage, but says feels it is first important to share a deeper connect with the person one decides to settle down with. For me that paper is important. I also love the romanticism behind it. I am single now after seven years. I meet people. I'm fine. I meet very handsome men. I like to have a conversation, lo...

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Mass public events to mark international Yoga Day in Belgium

Brussels, May 28 (IANS) Mass public yoga sessions in collaboration with Indian embassy will take place across several Belgian cities to mark the very first International Yoga Day on June 21, it was announced here. Several thousand people are expected to participate in free yoga events in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent, among other cities, Xinhua reported on Wednesday. Yoga is more t...

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'IS executes 20 at Palmyra archaeological site'

London, May 28 (IANS/AKI) Islamic State terrorists shot dead 20 people in the Roman Theatre of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, forcing local people to watch the executions, a monitor said. IS claimed those executed were Shia and Alawite Muslims from the Syrian armed forces and allied militiamen, said the UK-based Syrian Human Rights Observatory. Local activists in Palmyra sai...

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Tony Blair to step down as Middle East peace envoy

London, May 27 (IANS/EFE) Former British prime minister Tony Blair will step down from his post as representative of the Middle East Quartet in early June, a source close to the former British prime minister said. Blair, who has held the position for eight years, wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to inform him that he would be leaving the post, the source said. Blair, acc...

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Mobile, Twitter data can be used to estimate crowd size: Study

London, May 27 (IANS) In an era of mobile internet, data is a key element in many fields. Now researchers say they can even use geographical data from mobile phones and Twitter to estimate the size of a large crowd. Over a two-month long study in Milan, researchers from Britain's Warwick University analysed geo-tagged tweets and mobile phone use, based on the mobile data provided by loca...

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Manmohan Singh meets Modi

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Hours after rebutting the BJP's allegations of corruption and policy paralysis against the erstwhile UPA government, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. Manmohan Singh's office said the meeting took place on an invitation from Modi. It said the two leaders discussed the country's economic situation and ...

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France to cooperate in future Bengaluru, Kochi metro projects

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) France is looking to collaborate in a major way in India's sustainable urban development and smart cities projects, and has evinced interest in the phase II Metro projects in Bengaluru and Kochi as well as in the launch of Metro services in Nagpur, officials said here on Wednesday. French envoy Francois Richier, speaking at an event here, said bilateral cooperati...

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Wenger hits back at Mourinho for criticising Arsenal

London, May 27 (IANS) English football club Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Wednesday took a swipe at Jose Mourinho after the Chelsea manager criticised Arsenal's season during a speech at the Blues' awards dinner. In a speech that also involved the use of graphics, Mourinho suggested that Arsenal only played between January and April, while claiming that the team wanted to play with tw...

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Tabu will bring whole new energy to 'Fitoor': Abhishek Kapoor

Mumbai, May 27 (IANS) Tabu, who has replaced veteran actress Rekha in Fitoor, will bring a whole new energy to her part in the movie, director Abhishek Kapoor said on Wednesday. Tabu is a powerhouse of talent, having made her mark as a strong performer in this male-dominated industry of ours. Her wonderful performances in Indian and international shores are too many to be named. She is a...

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