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Russian politician Boris Nemtsov killed in Moscow

Moscow, Feb 28 (IANS/TASS) Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed near Moscow's city centre Friday night, according to law enforcement agencies. An unknown person killed Nemtsov with four shots using a handgun on the slope near St. Basil's Cathedral in the Red Square, Tass quoted a law enforcement spokesperson as saying. An investigative team is working at th...

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Gas dispute with Russia not to affect Europe: Ukraine

Kiev, Feb 28 (IANS) Ukraine's state-run energy company Naftogaz said here Friday that a fresh flare-up in the gas dispute between Kiev and Moscow will not harm gas supplies to Europe. We see no linkage between supply of Russian gas to Ukraine and its transit to Europe, Xinhua quoted Naftogaz's head Andrey Kobolev as saying at a press conference. Kiev stands ready to ensure uninte...

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Robert De Niro hit with over $6mn tax lien

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) Veteran Hollywood actor Robert De Niro has been hit with a huge tax lien of over $6.4 million. According to New York City documents acquired by the website The Smoking Gun, the actor was issued with the bill totalling a whopping $6,410,449.20 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), reports femalefirst.co.uk. With an estimated fortune of over $200 million...

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John Travolta isn't creepy, says Scarlett Johansson

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) Actress Scarlett Johansson has spoken out to defend John Travolta, stating there's nothing creepy about the actor. Greeted on the red carpet at Oscars by a kiss from Travolta, the exchange looked awkward, but Johansson insists it was a pleasure, reports femalefirst.co.uk. (I haven't seen) John in some years and it is always a pleasure to be greeted by h...

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Rosamund Pike in talks for 'The Deep Blue Good-by'

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) Actress Rosamund Pike is in talks to play the female lead opposite actor Christian Bale in upcoming film The Deep Blue Good-by. Written by John D. MacDonald in 1964, The Deep Blue Good-by is a film adaptation of the first of 21 novels by the author, reports variety.com. Bale will play the role of Travis McGee, a salvage consultant who recovers others' ...

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West gets mother's birthdate inked

London, Feb 28 (IANS) Rapper Kanye West has got his late mother Donda West and his daughter North West's birth dates inked on his wrists. West's wife and reality TV star Kim Kardashian shared some photographs on Instagram Friday of the process, done at tattoo parlour Sang Bleu here, reports aceshowbiz.com. In the first photograph, West is seen getting the inking done by tattoo a...

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American actor Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Los Angeles, Feb 28 (IANS) American actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his portrayal of half-human science officer Spock in Star Trek, died here Friday. He was 83. The iconic actor died of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, CNN quoted his family members as saying. His Star Trek co-stars, including William Shatner and George Takei, expressed sadness at his death. In...

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Syria condemns IS attack on Christians

Damascus, Feb 28 (IANS) Syria's foreign ministry Friday condemned the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS) for carrying out attacks on the Christian Assyrian community in northeastern part of the country, Xinhua reported citing Syrian state news agency SANA. The ministry, in letters sent to the UN, pinpointed the terrorist acts of the IS group against the Assyrian community, according ...

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IS has not executed abducted Christians as yet: Activists

Damascus, Feb 28 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) militant group, so far, has not executed any of the Christian Assyrians it had abducted in Syria, a group monitoring war in Syria said Friday. Tribal leaders in Syrian province of al-Hasakah met Christian clergymen to mediate the release of around 220 kidnapped Assyrians, Xinhua quoted Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR...

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I-League: Bagan beat Shillong Lajong in a goal feast

Shillong, Feb 27 (IANS) Mohun Bagan went top of the I-League standings Friday as they beat Shillong Lajong FC 4-3 in a goal feast here at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. A brace from Bagan striker Balwant Singh was nullified by Lajong's Trinidadian marksman Cornell Glen, but then the visitors came back with their Japanese playmaker Katsumi Yusa and Cameroonian striker Pierre Boya to regain...

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Three killed in Afghan suicide attack

Jalalabad (Afghanistan), Feb 27 (IANS) At least three people -- two children and the attacker -- were killed and 13 injured in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, police said. The likely target of the attack was the motorcade of parliamentarian Farhidoon Mohmmand from the province (200 km from Kabul), Xinhua quoted police spokesperson as saying. But the legislator ...

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Skywalk to be built on Bengaluru airport road

Bengaluru, Feb 27 (IANS) A day after a college girl and a youth were fatally run over by a speeding tanker, civic authorities here Friday announced they would build a skywalk across the busy airport road for pedestrians' safety. We will soon build a skywalk at the Kempapura junction with escalators on both sides of the airport road to enable pedestrians cross over safely, Bruhat Bengalur...

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'Dum Laga Ke Haisha': So real and heart-warming, it smells like life

Film: Dum Laga Ke Haisha; Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pedneker; Written and Directed by Sharat Katariya; Rating: ****(4 stars) It's very interesting to see how comfortably the very talented Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa who played the lead in Rajat Kapoor's highly-lauded Ankhon Dekhi last year, fit into the peripheral parts of the hero's father and heroine's mother in Dum Laga Ke Hai...

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Most wanted drug lord held in Mexico

Morelia (Mexico), Feb 27 (IANS/EFE) A most-wanted leader of an infamous drug cartel was arrested here Friday, a media report said. Kingpin of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, Servando La Tuta Gomez Martinez, was arrested in Morelia, the capital of the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan, where the gang is based. The Mexican government had offered a 30-million-peso ($2 ...

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US, Liberia start human trials of Ebola drug

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) The US and Liberian governments Friday launched a clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an experimental Ebola drug on humans, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) said. Although ZMapp has been used to treat several Ebola-infected patients in recent months, we cannot determine if the drug actually benefited those pat...

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Telesur of Suriname inks agreement with YuppTV

Hyderabad, Feb 27 (IANS) Telesur, a telecommunications service provider in Suriname, and India's YuppTV, Friday signed an agreement to deliver over-the-top (OTT) internet television services in the South American nation. YuppTV, claimed to be a leading OTT content player for South Asian content, will provide a full turnkey technology solution to Telesur. It will aggregate existing local,...

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Roy to skip Trinamool meeting, says done no wrong by meeting Jaitley

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Sidelined Trinamool Congress national general secretary Mukul Roy Friday said he has not crossed any limits by calling on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and would skip the party working committee meeting Saturday due to the union budget presentation and personal work. Throwing veiled punches at the party leadership, Roy - once number two of Chief Minister Mamata B...

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HC notice to newspapers on defamation plea of Priyanka Vadra's son

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday issued notices to British daily and two Indian newspapers on a defamation suit filed against them by Raihan, son of Robert and Priyanaka Vadra, for carrying a news article speculating that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi may adopt him to finalize a succession plan in the Gandhi family. Apart from the British newspaper, Justice Man...

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No compromise on core of land ordinance: Naidu

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The government intends to give priority to passage of bills replacing six ordinances in the next week of budget session, Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu said here Friday. The government is willing to consider constructive suggestions concerning the land acquisition ordinance but will not compromise on its core, he added. Naidu, however, said tha...

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Gunfight erupts in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 27 (IANS) A fierce gunfight began Friday evening between two militants, holed-up in a house, and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said. A joint team of army's counter-insurgency force, the Rashtriya Rifles, and state police's special operations group (SOG) surrounded a house in Rathsuna village near Tral town of Pulwama, 45 km from here, on sp...

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