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EU considers lifting fish export ban on Sri Lanka

Colombo, Jan 30 (IANS) The European Commission has offered Sri Lanka assistance to meet regulatory requirements for an early lifting of the ban on fish exports to the EU, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said Thursday. During the fruitful meetings, the European Commission offered Sri Lanka assistance in meeting the regulatory requirements that would enable an early lifting of the ban on f...

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I just want whatever Kim wants: Kanye wants

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Singer Kanye West said he wants whatever his wife Kim Kardashian West desires when it comes to having babies. The rapper admits he goes along with his wife's wishes when it comes to having kids and backed her up after she revealed that the pair have been trying to conceive a brother or sister for their daughter North, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Yeah, we...

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No plan to hand over Guantanamo to Cuba: US

Washington, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama does not plan to return the territory on which the Guantanamo Bay naval base is located to Cuba, although he aims at closing down the prison set up there, the White House said Thursday. During a speech Wednesday at the Community of Latin American and Carribean States (CELAC) summit in Costa Rica, Cuban President Raul Castro mentione...

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Robin Wright, Ben Foster back together

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) The engagement between actors Robin Wright and Ben Foster is said to be back on after they split in November last year. They are fully back together and really happy. Ben is the nicest guy. She knows she has a keeper, a source told Us Weekly magazine. Wright was previously married to Dane Witherspoon and has been working on a number of issues with the 3...

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Rivals agree to hold UN-sponsored talks in Libya

Geneva, Jan 30 (IANS) Participants of the UN-facilitated Libyan political dialogue have agreed on convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, media reported Thursday. Representatives of municipal and local councils from a number of towns and cities across Libya gathered in Geneva Wednesday to discuss how to support confidence-building measures agreed to in the earlier rounds of the poli...

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Paltrow?s mother doesn?t get `conscious uncoupling'

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Actress Gwyneth Paltrow's mother Blythe Danner says she doesn't exactly understand what her daughter means by conscious uncoupling. The dictionary meaning of conscious uncoupling is the act of ending a marriage or romantic relationship in a way which shows that the two people will remain friends and believe that this is a positive thing for their future lives.<...

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New Ebola cases at lowest level in seven months: WHO

Washington, Jan 30 (IANS) The number of new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the three worst-affected countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia has fallen to the lowest level since late June, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Thursday. The three countries had a combined total of 99 new cases for the week ending Jan 25, CNN reported , citing the WHO. Out of this to...

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Toll in Mexico gas explosion lowered to two

Mexico City, Jan 30 (IANS) The toll in the gas truck explosion Thursday at a maternity and children's hospital here has been lowered to two, correcting an earlier report, which said that seven people died in the incident. Speaking at a press conference, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said that a woman and a child were killed and 66 others were injured, of whom 22 were in a seriou...

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Sam Smith annoyed by comparisons to Adele

London, Jan 30 (IANS) Singer Sam Smith wants everyone to stop calling him the male version of Adele. The 22-year-old, who graces the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine, said he's annoyed with the comparisons to the Someone Like You hitmaker, reports aceshowbiz.com. We're very different, and I feel like the constant comparisons might piss her off. It just annoys me that peo...

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China urges Malaysia to continue MH370 search

Beijing, Jan 30 (IANS) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called on Malaysia to continue all efforts to find the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared in March last year while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. China's call came after the Malaysian government officially declared Thursday that flight MH370 met with an accident, and all the people on board were...

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EU extends sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Brussels, Jan 30 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has decided to extend the targeted sanctions against Russia by six months, until September, over the Ukraine crisis, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said here Thursday. She said that the EU would frame proposals within a week to expand this blacklist and start preparatory work on measures, which can be taken to ensure the impleme...

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Penn surprised to be in love at 54

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Actor Sean Penn is surprised he managed to find love in his 50s. Penn was earlier married to singer Madonna and later actress Robin Wright. He and actress Charlize Theron have been in a relationship for over a year now. I'm surprised to be in love, Penn, 54, told Esquire Britain magazine, reports eonline.com. Lot of reasons. Fifty-three years ol...

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Militant strikes in Egypt kill 20

Cairo, Jan 30 (IANS) Mortar attacks in Egypt's North Sinai province Thursday killed 20 people and injured 36 others, according to a report in Egyptian state TV. At least 20 were killed and 36 others injured in anti-security attacks in Arish city, the state TV quoted a health ministry official in North Sinai as saying. The casualties included security men and civilians, the offic...

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Clashes in eastern Ukraine leave 19 dead

Kiev, Jan 30 (IANS) At least 19 people have been killed and several others wounded in clashes, since Wednesday, in eastern Ukraine, underscoring an escalation of tension in the nearly ten-month conflict, according to reports Thursday. The situation remains tense. In the past 24 hours, armed groups carried out 103 attacks on Ukrainian positions, an official statement said. Intense...

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Lebanon against full-blown war with Israel

Beirut, Jan 30 (IANS) Lebanon Thursday called for avoiding a full-blown war with Israel, a day after a Hezbollah attack killed two Israeli soldiers in Shebaa Farms at the intersection of the Lebanon-Syria border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. According to Lebanese Information Minister, Tamzi Jreij, the cabinet discussed the situation in the southern part of the country and all p...

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Bieber apologises to fans for being 'arrogant'

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Singer Justin Bieber has apologised for his arrogant behaviour in the past year in a video. The 20-year-old shared the video on his Facebook page Wednesday night, after he made an appearance on the talk sow The Ellen DeGeneres Show, reports aceshowbiz.com. Here we go, Bieber captioned the video. In the video, the Baby hitmaker says: So, I just ...

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EU steps up assistance to tackle Syria crisis

Brussels, Jan 30 (IANS) The European Union (EU) increased its humanitarian assistance to deal with the Syria crisis by 136 million euros (about $154 million), the European Commission announced here Thursday. According to a Xinhua report, half of the funding was to go towards meeting the needs of people within Syria, and the other half to the Syrian refugees and host communities in neighb...

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Taylor Lautner dating a model

Los Angeles, Jan 30 (IANS) Actor Taylor Lautner, who was previously linked to actress Marie Avgeropoulos, is dating 20-year-old model Raina Lawson. It's new, eonline.com quoted a source as saying. Earlier this month, the actor and longtime girlfriend Avgeropoulos had split up. The Twilight star was also romantically linked to actress Lily Collins and singer Taylor Swift....

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IS destroys 10 Saddam-era palaces in Iraq

Baghdad, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) Islamic State (IS) militants blew up 10 palaces from the Saddam Hussein era (1979-2003) in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, the birthplace of Hussein, the late president of the country. According to police sources, among the palaces destroyed was Al Faruq, the largest presidential palace, which was built in Tikrit, the capital of the Saladin province, 170 km north of ...

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Minor raped by step-father in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 29 (IANS) A 10-year-old girl was raped by her step-father at her home here, police said Thursday. The accused has been arrested. Police said the complaint was lodged at Timarpur police station in north Delhi, after the victim informed her school teacher Thursday morning. The girl told police that her step father, who is a labourer, raped her in the absence of her m...

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