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Pakistan, Iran agree on cooperation following border unrest

Islamabad, Oct 22 (IANS) Pakistani and Iranian officials Wednesday agreed on intelligence cooperation at the border between the two neighbouring countries. The two sides agreed to boost intelligence cooperation with regard to border security, said Khan Wasay, a spokesman for the Frontier Corps (FC). Cooperation between the two countries in battling terrorists is indispensable, Da...

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Give primacy to Coal India: CPI-M

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) The CPI-M Wednesday criticized the government decision to e-auction coal blocks and demanded that state-owned Coal India must be tasked to do all coal mining in the country. After the Supreme Court quashed the allocation of 214 coal blocks, the government seems to have decided to promulgate an ordinance empowering it to take back these blocks and reallocate them ...

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Mass demonstrations planned in Mexico over missing students

Mexico City, Oct 22 (IANS/EFE) Mexico was Wednesday bracing for a day of mass demonstrations by citizens outraged at the disappearance of 43 students almost a month ago. Dissatisfied with the official investigation into the case, families of the missing students and others will later Wednesday gather in Mexico City and all across the country. Protests were also planned as far awa...

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US probing arms seizure by IS

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS/EFE) The Pentagon is investigating if one of the 28 caches of weapons and medical supplies airdropped to Kurdish forces fighting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria has been seized by the radicals, officials said. We are very confident that the vast majority of the bundles did end up in the right hands except one, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told jo...

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Bangladesh elected to the UN Human Rights Council

Dhaka, Oct 22 (IANS) Bangladesh has been elected a member of the UN Human Rights Council for 2015-2017 term, media reported Wednesday. In the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council's highly competitive elections held in New York Tuesday, it was pitted against India, Indonesia, Qatar and Thailand in the Asia group, bdnews24.com reported. India came out on top with most votes in the gro...

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US ready to cooperate with Cuba in Ebola fight

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS/EFE) The US is ready to cooperate with Cuba in the international fight against Ebola in West Africa, a spokesperson for the US State Department confirmed to Spanish news agency Efe. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Cuba to face this Ebola outbreak, said the US official, who stressed the significant contribution made by Cuba in sending hundreds of do...

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Three injured in Pakistan blast

Islamabad, Oct 22 (IANS) Three people were injured Wednesday when a remote-controlled blast targeted a polio team in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region. Official sources said that the polio team was targeted in Dabara area of Mamond tehsil, Dawn online reported. On Tuesday, militants had threatened to target polio teams participating in the ongoing polio drive. Pamphlets wer...

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Release detained missionary, South Korea tells North Korea

Seoul, Oct 22 (IANS) Seoul Wednesday urged North Korea to release a South Korean Christian missionary who has been detained for about a year. Unification Ministry spokesman Lim Byeong-cheol said the government has been calling for North Korea to set free Kim Jong-wook, who has been detained in North Korea since October 2013, Xinhua reported. Lim urged North Korea to release Kim a...

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Briton found dead in Bali

London, Oct 22 (IANS) A British national was found dead in a ditch in Bali with his throat slit and feet tied, a media report said Wednesday. The body was found in Sedang village by a farmer Tuesday, The Jakarta Post reported. A mobile phone and cash were also found with the body. On the mobile phone, the police found several photographs of the victim at a hotel where he ...

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CBI registers case in RAW tent purchase deal

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) The CBI Wednesday booked three directors of a private firm and officials of the Cabinet Secretariat as well as Special Frontier Force (SFF) for repeatedly showing favours in the purchase of high altitude tents. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered FIR against three directors of Sai Baba Builders, consultants, unknown officials of Cabinet Secre...

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When Ethiopians joined hands with Indians to celebrate Diwali

Addis Ababa, Oct 22 (IANS) This year in Ethiopia, the celebration of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, started early in a unique way with many new participants, both Indian and Ethiopian. People like Muluken Belay, 35, an accountant at a private company, who have never been to an Indian function used to wonder how the festival looked like in reality after he saw it in movies. His dr...

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Violent, 3-D gaming ups aggression in players

New York, Oct 22 (IANS) People playing violent video games in 3-D tend to exhibit aggressive tendencies later on -- more than people who play using traditional 2-D systems, a new research has found. 3-D gaming increases anger because the players felt more immersed in the violence when they played violent games, said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and ...

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Three die in Yemen bombing

Sanaa, Oct 22 (IANS) At least three civilians were killed and two others injured Wednesday in a roadside bombing in Yemen. The early morning blast occurred near a military checkpoint in Shabwa province, an official told Xinhua. No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the official said suspected Al Qaeda militants were behind the attack. Yemen has been gripp...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, Oct 22 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $82.09 a barrel Tuesday compared to $82.37 Monday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonn...

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Cambodian peacekeepers leave for Central African Republic

Phnom Penh, Oct 22 (IANS) Cambodia Wednesday sent its first batch of 216 military personnel to join a UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). The peacekeepers will conduct their one-year mission in Bria town, about 600 km east of CAR's capital city of Bangui, Xinhua reported. They would work in de-mining, constructing roads, bridges and barracks, and digg...

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Wish Modi happy Diwali online

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday took to Twitter to share the link of a special page for exchanging Diwali wishes with people. Many friends are sending Diwali wishes. My thanks to them. Do visit this specially created page, he tweeted. In another tweet, the prime minister said people could send their special e-greetings on Diwali online. Diw...

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HCL Tech inks IT infra deal with De Beers

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) IT services provider HCL Technologies Wednesday announced that the company has signed an IT Infrastructure transformation contract with the De Beers Group of Companies. HCL will deliver end-to-end IT infrastructure solutions, including data-centre operations, multi-lingual service desk, local area network (LAN) management, security services, service management in...

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Get glimpses of Nobel laureates' inspirational lives

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) A bicycle and a book on mathematics belonging to economist Amartya Sen, a notepad of Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa and a wooden bear that was on the desk of Finnish politician Martti Ahtisaari - personal collectibles belonging to various Nobel laureates are coming to India, with the Stockholm-based Nobel Museum's exhibition making its debut in this country. ...

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Marital woes can make you fat

New York, Oct 22 (IANS) If you have a history of depression, picking up fights with your better half could increase the risk of obesity by altering how the body processes high-fat foods, says a new research. These findings not only identify how chronic stressors can lead to obesity, but also point to how important it is to treat mood disorders, said study lead author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser f...

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Boy kills child with father's revolver

Patna, Oct 22 (IANS) A 12-year-old boy playing with the revolver of his constable-father shot dead a child here Wednesday, police said. Prabhat Kumar fatally injured the five-year-old child of a neighbour in Birla colony. The victim succumbed to his injuries at a nursing home, Senior Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said. Police have lodged a case. ...

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