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Former German President Richard Von Weizsaecker dies

Berlin, Feb 1 (IANS) Former German President Richard von Weizsaecker died in Berlin Saturday, Germany's Office of the Federal President announced. He was 94. Weizsaecker was West Germany's head of state from 1984 and became the first president of the reunited Germany, following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and German reunification a year later. He stepped down in 1994. A s...

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Katy Perry guarded against defamation

London, Feb 1 (IANS) Pop star Katy Perry plans to open up about her feud with singer Taylor Swift because she refuses to allow anyone to defame her character. The Dark Horse hitmaker, who is reportedly planning to take aim at her 24-year-old rival at the Super Bowl Sunday with her new song She's So Creepy, admits she won't hold back when it comes to defending herself, reports femalefirst...

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Somalia air strike kills over 40 Al-Shabaab militants

Mogadishu, Feb 1 (IANS) Over 40 Al-Shabaab militants were killed and several others injured in an air strike targeting a militant base in southern Somalia, officials said Saturday. Abdulkadir Mohamed Nor Sidi, Governor of the Lower Shebelle region in southern Somalia, told Xinhua that the air strike hit an Al-Shabaab convoy and a training camp in the Dugale village. Over 40 milit...

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Russia lowers 2015 growth forecast, amid oil price slump

Moscow, Feb 1 (IANS) Russia revised its economic growth projection for 2015, predicting a 3 percent contraction in its GDP, in the wake of a slump in global oil prices. According to a Xinhua report, based on a presumed global oil price of $80 a barrel, the Russian economic development ministry had earlier estimated that the country's GDP would fall by 0.8 percent for the year. The revise...

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Gautam Gulati wins 'Bigg Boss Halla Bol'

Mumbai, Feb 1 (IANS) Actor Gautam Gulati Saturday night emerged the winner of reality show Bigg Boss Halla Bol, which was an extension of Bigg Boss 8. The grand finale saw a mix of celebrities, including host Farah Khan, and item girl Malaika Arora Khan, giving a push to the entertainment quotient. An overwhelmed Gautam was welcomed with open arms by his friends and family members as hos...

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Nine Indians held at Turkey-Syria border, deported

Bengaluru, Jan 31 (IANS) Nine Indians from three southern states were detained at the Turkey-Syria border and deported to India where they were being questioned on their motives, police said Saturday. Turkish authorities detained the nine-member Indian group at the border while attempting to cross over to Syria and deported them to India late Friday, city Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi s...

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10 killed in fire in Bangladesh capital

Dhaka, Jan 31 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and several others injured in a major fire in a plastic packaging factory in Dhaka Saturday, police said. We have come to know that 10 bodies have been kept at the morgue of state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital, Xinhua quoted a Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) officer as saying. Sources said the fire started at 5.25 p.m. at t...

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British healthcare worker to be monitored for Ebola

London, Jan 31 (IANS) A British military healthcare worker came back to Britain from Sierra Leone for Ebola monitoring after he suffered a needle-stick injury when treating a person diagnosed with Ebola, the Public Health England (PHE) said Saturday. The PHE said the person, who suffered a needle-stick injury when treating a person diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone, was transferred by...

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Bomb blasts near Khaleda Zia's office

Dhaka, Jan 31 (IANS) Three handmade bombs exploded Saturday near former Bangladesh prime minister Khaleda Zia's office here despite a police presence there, reports said. The blasts took place around 9.15 p.m. (local time) within 150 yards of the office, where the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief has been living since Jan 3, bdnews24.com reported. About 50 police personne...

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Shootout in Delhi: Criminal killed, two policemen injured

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) An 18-year-old suspected criminal was shot dead and his accomplice injured in a shootout in Delhi late Saturday evening, police said. Two policemen were injured in the incident. A police official said a police team raided a house in Sadar Bazar area in north Delhi around 6 p.m on a secret tip-off about presence of a wanted criminal there. As police burst ...

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IS kidnaps 78 people in Iraq

Baghdad, Jan 31 (IANS/EFE) Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapped 78 people Saturday in northern Iraq, including 15 workers from a state oil company in Kirkuk, officials said. IS combatants attacked Kirkuk Friday and briefly occupied the North Oil Company field located 25 km southeast of Kirkuk city before abducting 15 workers, an Iraqi police spokesperson told Efe. Peshmerga fo...

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PM pats officials on reach of LPG subsidy transfer scheme

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Reviewing progress of the PaHaL scheme for paying consumers subsidy on cooking gas (LPG) directly into their bank accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday congratulated officials on coverage attained in the world's largest cash transfer programme. PaHaL, which covers more than 9.75 crore (90.75 million) LPG consumers, is perhaps the world's largest cash tr...

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BJP threatening Mukul, Subhendu of arrest in Saradha scam: Mamata

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) Accusing the BJP of threatening her party leaders Mukul Roy and Subhendu Adhikari of arrest over the Saradha scam if they did not quit the Trinamool Congress, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said she had done nothing wrong and was not afraid of going to jail. Banerjee's comments at the Trinamool core committee meeting came a day after party all-...

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Hyderabadi girl planning to join ISIS returns home

Hyderabad, Jan 31 (IANS) Hyderabad police Saturday said that a city girl residing in Qatar planned to join ISIS and went up to Turkey but came back without joining the terror group. The teenager has returned to her parents in Hyderabad and police have counselled her. Commissioner of Police M. Mahendar Reddy, however, clarified that she neither joined the terror outfit nor underwe...

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BJP calls for Mamata's grilling in Saradha scam

Kolkata, Jan 31 (IANS) The BJP Saturday called for the interrogation of Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the Saradha scam, a day after party general secretary Mukul Roy was grilled by the CBI. Referring to Banerjee's alleged meeting with Saradha chief and scam kingpin Sudipta Sen at Delo in Darjeeling district in March 2012, Bharatiya Janata ...

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Getting lot of messages of support from colleagues: Sujatha Singh

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh Saturday said she was getting a lot of messages of support from her colleagues in the ministry of external affairs after she was abruptly relieved of her post three days ago. In her second television interview in as many days after her tenure was curtailed Wednesday night, seven months before the two-year term was to end, Si...

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India, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh explore scope for power trade

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) The joint working group (JWG) on sub-regional cooperation between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal Saturday explored the scope for power trade and inter-grid connectivity between the four countries, an official statement said. The delegations from the participating countries discussed potential for closer cooperation at a sub-regional level in water resources ...

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Serena wins Australian Open, notches 19th Grand Slam title

Melbourne, Jan 31 (IANS) Neither illness, nor second-ranked Maria Sharapova could stop the unyielding titan of women's tennis, Serena Williams, from getting her hands on her 19th Grand Slam crown after a straight sets win in the Australian Open final here Saturday. A weary Williams fought off a chest infection and a fast-finishing Sharapova but maintained the upper hand to take her sixth...

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BJP poses third set of questions for AAP

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) The BJP Saturday posed its third set of five questions for AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ananth Kumar asked the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief to answer why power tariff was raised by 7 percent in his 49-day rule last year and why the subsidy was given to the power companies directly. Noting that 189 value added tax (VAT) rai...

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Four more die of swine flu in Telangana, Andhra

Hyderabad, Jan 31 (IANS) Four more people died of swine flu in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Saturday, officials said. While three people died at the government-run Gandhi Hospital here, one woman succumbed at Ongole in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. With this, the toll in Telangana rose to 27 and in neighboring state to three this month. Three people including two w...

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