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Germany introduces a female quota for senior corporate posts

Berlin, Nov 27 (IANS/EFE) German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Grand coalition has agreed to introduce a quota for women in senior corporate positions. Minister of Family Affairs Manuela Schwesig Wednesday said the law was an important step for equality because it would bring about a cultural change in the workplace. The quota stipulates that 30 percent of members of boards of direc...

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Sensex trades flat; IT stocks gain

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Thursday was trading flat at 1.60 points or 0.01 percent up as IT stocks gained. Good buying was observed in IT and healthcare sectors, while selling pressure was seen in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 28,3...

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Japanese man sues women-only university for rejecting him

Tokyo, Nov 27 (IANS/EFE) A young Japanese man is suing an all-female public university for gender discrimination after being denied admission, according to a media reports. The man, aspiring to enroll in Fukuoka Women's University's bachelor of nutrition programme, has gone to court with the argument that gender discrimination in public institutions of higher studies violates the Japane...

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Brown case highlights alarming pattern: Rights panel

Miami, Nov 27 (IANS/EFE) The grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, spotlights an alarming pattern of law enforcement use of excessive force against people of colour, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has said. America must be honest with itself and acknowledge the profound...

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15 wins in a row great achievement: Ancelotti

Geneva, Nov 27 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has called Real Madrid's 15th straight victory a great achievement and said he expected Basel to advance in the Champions League. Real defeated Basel 1-0 Wednesday night to qualify for the knockout stage in the Champions League. Basel will take on England's Liverpool in the last group match with winner going to the last 16, reports ...

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Modi to campaign in Jammu Friday

Jammu, Nov 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here Friday to address election rallies ahead of the second phase of Jammu and Kashmir polls. Bharatiya Janata Party sources here said Modi will address poll rallies in Udhampur and Poonch districts of Jammu region. Like the Kishtwar election rally, we are expecting record a attendance of BJP supporters at these rallie...

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41 prisoners flee Venezuela jail

Caracas, Nov 27 (IANS/EFE) A total of 41 alleged criminals fled Wednesday morning from a jail in the central Venezuelan city of Los Teques in Miranda state. According to preliminary information, around 2 a.m. Wednesday a total of 41 prisoners took advantage of a hole in the wall of the jail at the Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas (CICPC) headquarters in ...

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Taxes may keep Jolie from buying British property

London, Nov 27 (IANS) Actress Angelina Jolie, who has been considering buying property in Britain, says the proposed 'mansion tax' could prevent her from doing so. The actress is a regular visitor to Britain due to frequent shoots at Pinewood Studios here and has said that the proposals for the mansion tax -- which will tax houses worth more than two million pounds -- could keep her from...

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Nigerian opposition criticise government for currency devaluation

Abuja, Nov 27 (IANS) The All Progressives Congress(APC), Nigeria's main opposition party, Wednesday criticised the government for its move to devalue the country's currency naira. ]The party objected that the policy would hurt the national economy which depends heavily on imports, Xinhua reported. Oil prices have lost a third since June, putting pressure on naira which devalued ...

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Army foils infiltration bids on LoC in Jammu

Jammu, Nov 27 (IANS) Army has foiled two infiltration bids on the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir during the last 48 hours. A senior army officer told IANS in winter capital Jammu today,A group of heavily armed terrorists tried to infiltrate at Panjni Nallah in Balakote sector in Poonch. Alert troopers foiled their attempt and pushed them back. Ther...

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Jolie spotted smoking post fight with Pitt

Sydney, Nov 27 (IANS) Actress Angelina Jolie was spotted smoking a cigarette on a hotel balcony here reportedly after she and her husband Brad Pitt engaged in a heated argument. According to weekly magazine In Touch, the 39-year-old, who has undergone a double mastectomy as a preventative measure against cancer, was caught with a cigarette in hand, reports dailymail.co.uk. The ne...

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Kate Moss plans Christmas 'glow'

London, Nov 27 (IANS) Supermodel Kate Moss is planning to spice up her look by adding more colourful metallics and shimmer to her beauty regime to give her skin a festive glow. The 40-year-old has decided to undergo an image makeover in the run up to the Christmas party season, adding her favourite St.Tropez products to her beauty regime to give her skin a radiant glow and conceal signs ...

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Britain deploys military helicopters to aid for Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

London, Nov 27 (IANS) Britain has deployed Royal Navy helicopters to deliver materials to northern Sierra Leone as the part of its ongoing efforts to tackle Ebola, the British Department for International Development (DFID) said Wednesday. Responding to a United Nations World Food Program (WFP) request, a Merlin helicopter from Britain's 820 Naval Air Squadron lifted urgent supplies for ...

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Cumberbatch wants new title for fans

Los Angeles, Nov 27 (IANS) Actor Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't want his fans to be called as 'Cumberbitches'. He wants a different name for them. The 38-year-old, who has a dedicated following of female supporters who call themselves 'Cumberbitches', is flattered by their attention, but he thinks they ought to choose a less rude nickname, reports people.com. It's funny and I'm fla...

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Ridley Scott misses his younger brother

Los Angeles, Nov 27 (IANS) Filmmaker Ridley Scott terribly misses his younger brother Tony Scott, who committed suicide in August 2012. The 76-year-old has confessed that he got very close to his sibling before he died, and so Tony's suicide left him devastated, reports variety.com. However, the Prometheus director is grateful that he had got to spend a lot of time with Tony, the...

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British couple arrested on suspicion of 'terror offences'

London, Nov 27 (IANS) A couple in Britain has been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences, police said Wednesday. The West Midlands Police Wednesday said the couplefrom Walsall in central England were detained Tuesday evening at Heathrow Airport by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit. The man, 20, and the women, 19, were seized after they got off a flight ...

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Putin says Russia to stay out of geopolitical conflict

Moscow, Nov 27 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday Russia is not a threat to any other countries, vowing that Russia will stay out of any geopolitical conflict. We are not threatening anyone and we are not going to get involved in any geopolitical gambling or intrigue, let alone conflict, Xinhua quoted Putin as saying at a conference with senior military officials in S...

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Spanish minister resigns after implicated in corruption case

Madrid, Nov 27 (IANS) Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato resigned Wednesday after a judge concluded she had benefited economically from a corruption scandal. I have decided to present my resignation as minister of health, social services and equality. I do not want my presence under any concept to be used to harm the government of Spain, its prime minister or the Peoples' Party (PP), Xinhu...

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Brothers sentenced on terrorism charges in Britain

London, Nov 27 (IANS) Two brothers from London have become the first Britons to be jailed for attending terrorist training in Syria, London's Metropolitan Police said Wednesday. Mohommod Hassin Nawaz,31, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and his 23-year-old brother Hamza Nawaz was sentenced to three years in prison after appearing at the Central Criminal Court here Wednesd...

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Nicole Kidman wants four more kids

Los Angeles, Nov 27 (IANS) Actress Nicole Kidman already has four children, and she'd love to have four more. The 47-year-old, who is a mother of an adopted daughter and son, Isabella and Connor from her previous marriage with actor Tom Cruise, and daughters Sunday and Faith with Urban, has said that she would love to increase her brood up to eight, even if her mother disagrees, reports ...

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