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Nadal withdraws from Paris Masters

Paris, Oct 24 (IANS) World No.3 Spaniard Rafael Nadal Friday withdrew from the ATP Paris Masters, slated for next week, for personal reasons, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) announced. The 28-year-old joined US Open champion Marin Cilic of Croatia and World No.13 Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, both of whom pulled out of the tournament due to injuries, reports Xinhua. French Open ch...

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LA Lakers' Nash ruled out of new season

Washington, Oct 24 (IANS) Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash has been sidelined with a recurring back problem and the team doctor has advised him to quit the upcoming NBA season. The 40-year-old Canadian would play in his 19th season and he has been strongly tipped to retire after the 2014-15 campaign, reports Xinhua. Nash has battled numerous injuries since joining the Lakers i...

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Unesco chief condemns murder of Paraguayan journalists

Paris, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova Friday condemned the murder of Paraguayan journalist Pablo Medina Velazquez and his assistant Antonia Maribel Almada Chamorro, who were shot dead Oct 16 near Curuguaty in southeastern Paraguay. In a statement, Bokova called for the prosecution of those responsible for the murders, in order to prevent future acts of this kind, ...

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Patna Metro project to follow PPP model

Patna, Oct 24 (IANS) The Patna Metro rail will be developed on the public-private partnership (PPP) model, Urban Development Minister Samrat Choudhary said Friday. In view of high cost, we have decided to opt for PPP model to implement the Patna Metro project, Choudhary said. According to officials, the project cost has been reduced to Rs.15,000 crore from Rs.17,000 crore estimat...

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Will never manage Barcelona: Ancelotti

Madrid, Oct 24 (IANS) With just over 24 hours left for 'El Clasico' between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium here, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has fired the first gun in the war of words. Ancelotti said he would never coach Barcelona out of respect for his current club, something which can be taken as a shot at Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, who was a Rea...

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Mali confirms first Ebola case

Bamako, Oct 24 (IANS) The first case of Ebola virus was reported in western Mali town of Kayes, the country's health ministry has said. The statement Thursday from the health ministry said the victim, a two-year-old girl who had come from Guinea's Kissidougou town and admitted at Fousseyni Daou de Kayes Hospital, turned out positive after her blood samples were tested. The sick c...

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London police compensate undercover agent's victim

London, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) The London police department has paid 425,000 pounds ($681,000) in compensation to a woman who discovered that the man with whom she bore a child was actually an undercover police agent whose job was to spy on her activities, officials said Friday. Scotland Yard, also known as the Met, apologised unreservedly for causing pain and suffering to the woman, identifi...

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Student injured in Finland high school stabbing

Helsinki, Oct 24 (IANS) A stabbing incident in a Sami high school in Utsjoki, a northern town in Finland, around noon Friday, left one male student seriously injured, media reported. The stabbing occurred during school hours, the report said, with local police receiving an alert about the incident at around 12 noon, Xinhua reported citing Finnish News Agency STT. Police said that...

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Kidney stones may increase bone fracture risk

Washington, Oct 24 (IANS) People, especially women, who develop kidney stones may be at increased risk of experiencing bone fractures, finds a research. Those who form stones in the kidneys and urinary tract - a condition called urolithiasis - may have reduced bone mineral density and be at an increased risk of bone fractures, the findings showed. The significantly higher risk at...

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Lakers star Nash ruled out of season

Los Angeles, Oct 24 (IANS) Steve Nash, a veteran acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012, is set to sit out the upcoming NBA season because of a back problem. As disappointed as we are for ourselves and our fans, we're even more disappointed for Steve, said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, reports Xinhua. The 40-year-old Nash has been advised to retire after the 2014-2015...

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TDP seeks governor's intervention on farmers' issues

Hyderabad, Oct 24 (IANS) The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Friday sought the Telangana governor's intervention to address the problems faced by farmers. Blaming the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for the suicides of farmers, the TDP sought immediate steps to help the distressed farmers. A delegation of TDP leaders led by L. Ramana met Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan here Friday...

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Each One Direction member got 5.6 million pounds pay cheque

London, Oct 24 (IANS) English pop band One Direction earned over 49.1 million pounds last year, with each member drawing a salary of 5.6 million pounds. The group comprises of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson. These figures, however, don't take the band's American earnings into account, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Their earning power has rock...

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Highest altitude Ice Age settlement discovered

New York, Oct 24 (IANS) The highest altitude Ice Age human occupation anywhere in the world - nearly 4,500 metres above sea level (masl) - has now been documented in the Peruvian Andes. Despite the cold temperature, high solar radiation and low oxygen conditions at the altitude, prehistoric people colonised the remote, treeless landscapes about 12,000 years ago during the terminal Pleist...

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Hockey India announces team for Australia tour

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Asian Games champions India will play a four-match hockey Test series against Australia to prepare for the FIH Champions Trophy 2014 slated in Bhubaneswar Dec 6-14, Hockey India (HI) announced Friday. The 21-member India squad will depart for Australia Oct 29 and the series starts Nov 4, followed by matches on Nov 5, 8, 9 at the Perth Hockey Stadium. India will a...

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When Gaga made a slip of tongue

London, Oct 24 (IANS) Pop star Lady Gaga, who has been on a world tour for over six months, greeted the audience here saying Hello Manchester. But the audience was quick to put the faux pas behind as she lit up the stage and belted out her hits Thursday night, reports dailymail.co.uk. The 28-year-old singer wore a jeweled bodysuit, which featured what appeared to be a half a bowl...

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Malaysian state bars foreigners from cooking in roadside stalls

Bangkok, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Authorities in the northwestern Malaysian state of Penang have barred foreigners from cooking in popular hawker stalls in a bid to preserve local food and tastes, media reported Friday. Food stall owners have been given one year as of next January to adapt to the new regulation or face losing their licences. But foreigners will be allowed to work at the...

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Cognizant wins IT services deal from German firm

Bangalore, Oct 24 (IANS) US-based leading IT consulting major Cognizant Friday announced winning a multi-year deal to provide software services to Vorwerk group in Germany. Vorwerk has selected us to transform its IT infrastructure and provide application services for standardising and centralising its operations and reduce costs, the company said in a statement here but did not disclose...

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HK students seek referendum to decide future of protests

Hong Kong, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Pro-democracy leaders have convened a consultation among protesters to decide if they should accept the government's proposals to move forward with negotiations on possible electoral reforms in Hong Kong. Alex Chow, secretary of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, and Benny Tai, one of the founders of the Occupy Central protest movement, suggested the consu...

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Vietnamese prime minister to visit India

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will visit India next week, the external affairs ministry said Friday. Prime Minister of Vietnam will be on a state visit to India on 27th and 28th of October, external affairs minister spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Friday. The spokesperson added the visit will focus on increasing economic cooperation.

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Emotional Saldana pays tribute to mother

Los Angeles, Oct 24 (IANS) Actress Zoe Saldana got emotional while paying tribute to her mother, Asalia Nazario, during a surprise party, which was filmed for a TV series. The video will feature as part of AOL Originals' My Hero, which premiers Friday, reports eonlone.com. Saldana shared the video on her Twitter page Thursday where she and her sisters - Mariel and Cisely - have s...

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