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US sanctions two North Korean shipping companies

Washington, July 31 (IANS) The US government has imposed sanctions on two North Korean shipping companies for their attempt to import arms and related material from Cuba last year. The sanctions were imposed Wednesday on Chongchongang Shipping Company and Ocean Maritime Management Company, the US Department of Treasury said in a statement. According to the statement, the shipment...

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Modi's visit to Buddha's birthplace uncertain

Kathmandu, July 31 (IANS) The visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and a Unesco World Heritage Site in Nepal, has not been confirmed yet, a minister said. Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey told the media Wednesday that Modi's visit to Lumbini would be possible if the weather permitted. Apart from meeti...

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'Ebola could be a threat to Britain'

London, July 31 (IANS) The fatal Ebola virus, which has killed hundreds of people since February, could be a threat to Britain, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said. The disease has killed more than 600 people in West Africa, Xinhua reported. According to Hammond, no Britons have been affected so far and the government has been viewing the outbreak very seriously. In te...

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Ancient wine cup unearthed in Greece

Athens, July 31 (IANS) A team of Greek archaeologists have unearthed an ancient wine cup that dates back to the fifth century B.C. The team said that the cup was found Wednesday in a grave which was unearthed in Kifisia district, Xinhua reported. It is estimated that it dates back to the Greek Golden Age (495 - 429 BC) and the team believes that the cup belongs to Greek leader Pe...

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Three Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza

Gaza, July 31 (IANS) At least three Israeli soldiers were killed in the Gaza Strip, an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson said. Three IDF soldiers were killed Wednesday night in combat while uncovering an offensive tunnel shaft in south Gaza, Xinhua quoted the spokesperson as saying. The tunnel were booby-trapped with two explosive devices that detonated when the soldiers e...

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Sultry Thursday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) It was a sultry Thursday morning here with a minimum temperature of 28.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met Office has forecast light rainfall in the day. The sky will become generally cloudy with rain/thunder shower in some parts of the city, said an India Meteorological Department official. The day's maximum temperature is lik...

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NASA to reveal Mars 2020 rover instruments

Washington, July 31 (IANS) The US space agency is set to announce Thursday the instruments that will be carried aboard the agency's Mars 2020 mission rover. The announcement will take place at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC. The new roving laboratory is the successor to the widely celebrated Curiosity rover. The roving laboratory is powered by a radioisotrope generat...

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China to punish those growing or selling GM crops

Beijing, July 31 (IANS) In a move to prevent illegal sales and growing of genetically modified (GM) crops, which are prohibited in the country, Chinese authorities have vowed zero tolerance and harsh punishment against offenders. The step came following a media expose of GM rice being available on sale at a supermarket in central China. The ministry will punish any companies or i...

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US woman sues Facebook over 'revenge porn' images

New York, July 31 (IANS) A woman in the US has filed a $123 million case against social networking site Facebook for not deleting revenge porn images uploaded by her old friend. According to the lawsuit, Facebook ignored repeated requests from Texas-based Meryem Ali to remove lewd images purported to be of her, uploaded presumably by her friend Adeel Shah Khan of Illinois. Khan n...

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Shias in UP seek Azam Khan's removal

Lucknow, July 31 (IANS) The Shias here have asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to clear ambiguities in Waqf Board appointments, allegedly been done at the behest of Urban Development and Wakf Minister Azam Khan. A meeting between Shia cleric Kalb-e-Jawwad and the chief minister took place late Wednesday in which the issue was discussed. Sources said the Shia community is divided...

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Kenya to manage blood banks electronically

Nairobi, July 31 (IANS) Kenyans will soon be able to ascertain about their blood donation suitability via an electronically generated short message, as a blood agency is preparing itself for a digital mechanism to monitor its blood banks. As the country fails to meet its annual demand of 400,000 units of blood, it aims to increase the number of donors so that they are able to supply enou...

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Tino can still give his best on field: Sammy

Castries (St.Lucia), July 31 (IANS/CMC) St.Lucia Zouks captain Darren Sammy says temperamental Barbadian fast bowler Tino Best needs to live up to his seniority as a West Indian international following his on-field clash with Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik last week. The incident happened last Wednesday in Barbados during a Caribbean Premier League Match between the Barbados Tridents...

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Saharanpur clashes: Main accused arrested

Lucknow, July 31 (IANS) The main accused for instigating clashes in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh which left three people killed and dozens injured has been arrested along with six of his accomplices, police said Thursday. Moharram Ali allegedly incited a mob to pelt stones and fire at the Sikhs and had opened fire at Sahastra Pal, a constable who is battling for his life in a city hospit...

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China's yuan weakens

Beijing, July 31 (IANS) The value of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened by 30 basis points to 6.1675 against the US dollar in its central parity Thursday, authorities said. In China's foreign exchange spot market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by two percent from the central parity rate each trading day, reports Xinhua. The central parity rate of the yuan ...

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Lily Allen's 'Bridget Jones' soundtrack scrapped

London, July 31 (IANS) Singer Lily Allen's soundtrack for a planned Bridget Jones musical has been dropped. The Smile hitmaker penned a score for the stage show based on the novel by Helen Fielding, but after months of delays Allen has revealed she is out of the picture, reports contactmusic.com. I wrote some great music for it, but Helen Fielding wants to go back and write a who...

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Moscow urges Kiev for OSCE observers' safety

Moscow, July 31 (IANS) Russian government Wednesday urged the Ukrainian side to immediately stop military operations to ensure the security of observers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Continuing armed hostilities in the southeastern Ukraine pose a direct threat to hundreds of citizens of our countries as well as to officers at border checkpoints, Xinhu...

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US denounces shelling of UN school in Gaza

Washington, July 31 (IANS) The US Wednesday condemned the shelling of a UN school in Gaza but refused to pinpoint Israel for it. The US does condemn the shelling of a UN school in Gaza which reportedly killed and injured innocent Palestinians, including children and UN humanitarian workers, Xinhua quoted White House spokesperson Eric Schultz telling reporters aboard Air Force One en rout...

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Grondona's death sad day for football: Messi

Buenos Aires, July 31 (IANS) Argentine football star Lionel Messi Wednesday said the death of the longtime president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Julio Grondona, was a sad day for football. He was 82. A sad day for football, for all Argentina and for me, Xinhua quoted Messi as stating in a Facebook postposted on his Facebook page. The president of the AFA, Julio Grondona...

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'Brazil needs political reform, modernisation'

Brasilia, July 31 (IANS) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Wednesday that the country needed political reform and modernisation to limit state bureaucracy and spur economic activity. At a forum held at the headquarters of Brazil's National Confederation of Industry to hear the proposals of the country's presidential candidates, Rousseff, who is running for re-election in October, p...

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Downey Jr. want to go shopping for daughter

Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Actor Robert Downey Jr. wants to take out time to shop for his unborn baby girl. The 49-year-old and wife Susan Levin will welcome a daughter in November and the former is planning to shower her with blizzard of gifts, reports contactmusic.com. I haven't had much time to shop for her yet, but when I do it's going to be a blizzard, he said. The ...

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