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Russia disappointed at new sanctions

Moscow, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed disappointment over a new round of sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday. In a telephone conversation with his US counterpart John Kerry, Lavrov said the Ukraine Freedom Support Act signed Thursday by President Barack Obama could undermine a return t...

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Hull City defender Dawson out for one month

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Hull City defender Michael Dawson will be out of action for a month after tearing his hamstring, manager Steve Bruce said Friday. Dawson, who recently spent a month on the sidelines with an ankle problem, sustained the injury in the first 10 minutes of Hull's 0-2 loss at Chelsea last weekend, reports Xinhua. Hull are currently second from bottom in the Engli...

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Iran dismisses UN resolution as 'political'

Tehran, Dec 19 (IANS) Iran has criticised the UN General Assembly's political resolution on alleged human rights violations in the country. Iranian deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani Thursday dismissed the resolution as political, prejudicial and unbalanced following its approval by the UN General Assembly, Press TV reported Friday. Dehqani also protested that the...

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Ebola toll nears 7,000 in West Africa

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) The number of Ebola-related deaths has reached around 6,900 in the three most affected countries in West Africa --Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, a media report said citing the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US senator Chris Coons kicked off their tours of the Ebola-hit region late Thursday evening. ...

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India warns of trans-border terror threats to Afghanistan, elsewhere

United Nations, Dec 19 (IANS) As the UN-mandated international combat mission in Afghanistan enters its final days after a democratic transfer of power in Kabul, a Security Council debate put the spotlight on the terrorist threats to the fragile nation with India warning of the support extremists get from beyond borders and tying together the this week's deadly attacks in Kabul, Peshawar and Sydn...

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GST will be win-win for both centre, states: Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The goods and services tax proposed by central government will be a win-win situation for both state and central governments, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday. Speaking after a brief debate on the appropriation bills, he said: GST will be a win win situation for both state and centre. GST will be the single most important tax reform, with potential to co...

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More and more Indians travelling alone: Expert

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) More and more Indians are opting to travel alone as information dissemination has improved, a tourism industry expert said here Friday. According to Sandeep Kulshreshtha, director, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, new tourists have increased knowledge about their destinations, high purchasing power and are price and quality conscious. Earl...

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Court acquits ex-MP in rape case

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) A court here Friday acquitted former MP Dhananjay Singh of the charges of raping and criminally intimidating a woman. Additional Sessions Judge Sarita Birbal acquitted Singh after the woman who filed the rape complaint against him turned hostile, saying the MP had not sexually assaulted her. Singh, a former Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Jaunpur in Uttar Pra...

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Tata's Vistara airline to fly from Jan 9

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Tata's full service carrier in partnership with Singapore Airlines Vistara will take to the skies from January 9 by operating daily flights to Mumbai and Ahmedabad from here, a company official said Friday. We have started booking online and through distribution channels for daily service on Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Ahmedabad-Delhi routes from Jan 9 on board ...

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Anti-Muslim protest at Sydney siege site

Sydney, Dec 19 (IANS) A group of people in Australia, who went to pay their respects to the Sydney cafe siege victims Friday shouted anti-Islam slogans here, media reported. Four men waving Australian and Southern Cross flags shouted slogans including Islam is evil and not all cultures are equal -- Islam is inferior, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. They also accused Muslims ...

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Redmayne had a 'meltdown' while shooting 'The Theory of Everything'

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Actor Eddie Redmayne says he had a meltdown while filming The Theory of Everything. The actor plays physicist Stephen Hawking in the biopic, but struggled with his first day filming as he had to shoot several scenes at different stages of the professor's battle with motor neurone disease, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Speaking to Mr. Porter magazine, he s...

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Republican lawmakers, Cuban exiles unite against Obama

Miami, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) Cuban exiles in Miami and Republican legislators from Florida, outraged by the White House's about turn on Cuba, are preparing to block in Congress President Barack Obama's decision to establish diplomatic ties with Havana. Senator Marco Rubio and lawmakers Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, all Cuban-Americans, appeared before the media Thursday with the...

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Hong Kong ex-chief secretary found guilty of graft

Hong Kong, Dec 19 (IANS) Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan was found guilty Friday of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairman Thomas Kwok and two middlemen. The nine-member jury convicted Hui of three counts of misconduct in public office, one count of conspiracy of misconduct in public office and one count of conspiracy to offer ...

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Indian Terrain to raise Rs.75 crore

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) Tamil Nadu-based fashion brand Indian Terrain will raise funds to the tune of Rs.75 crore through issuance of public tradable shares and private securities, it informed the National Stock Exchange Friday. Besides, the company said it is convening an extraordinary general meeting of the members of the company early January for considering and obtaining the authority ...

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We are capable of defending HIL title: Delhi Waveriders coach

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Delhi Waveriders chief coach Cedric D'Souza Friday said his team is confident of retaining the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) title. In the second edition of the HIL, Waveriders qualified for the semi-finals after finishing second in the pool standings, eventually going on to clinch the title. In the final against Punjab Warriors, Waveriders rode on Germa...

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'You need driving licence, tourist permit? Everything can be done'

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Thousands of motor vehicle drivers across India don't have appropriate certificates, sometimes even licences, to get tourist permits to drive commercial and other vehicles. However, just by shelling out some extra bucks they manage to procure such documents fraudulently - often under the nose and with connivance of transport departments - that permit them to drive around ...

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Passenger air traffic rose 5 percent in 2014

Toronto, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has reported passenger air traffic increased by 5 percent this year and the volume of air cargo by 4.6 percent in comparison to 2013. In a statement, the Montreal-based ICAO said Thursday that in 2014, 3.2 billion people used air transport for travel and it expects that the number will double to 6.4 billion b...

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Pakistan PM chairs high-level security meeting

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday chaired a high-level meeting at the army headquarters in Rawalpindi to discuss national security in the aftermath of the Peshawar massacre that left 148 people dead. The prime minister met with Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif, and other senior military officials, Radio Pakistan reported. Nawaz Sh...

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US begins new era of relations with Cuba

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) The US has begun a new era in its relations with Cuba, which President Barack Obama began to work on after being elected to the White House in 2009, and could lead to official state visits between the leaders of both countries. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said at a press conference Thursday that a future visit by Cuban President Raul Castro to the ...

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Sensex makes healthy gains; capital goods stocks zoom

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets closed Friday's trade up 228.74 points or 0.84 percent as capital goods and information technology (IT) stocks gained. Healthy buying was observed in metal, bank, oil and gas and technology, entertainment and media (TECK) sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), wh...

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