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Sensex surges 258 points; capital goods stocks gain

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday surged 258.20 points or 0.95 percent as capital goods stocks gained. Good buying was observed in capital goods, banking, auto, IT, metal and consumer durables sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,292.55 points, was trading at 27,384.77...

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French Ligue 1 standings

Paris, Dec 19 (IANS) Following are the standings of French Ligue 1 ahead of this weekend's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), accordign to Xinhua. Marseille 18 12 2 4 36 16 38 Paris SG 18 10 7 1 32 13 37 Lyon 18 11 3 4 35 17 36 Saint-Etienne 18 9 6 3 19 12 33 Bordeaux ...

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Distancing the Dalai Lama: Is Vatican playing into Beijing's hands?

Nobel laureates gathered in Rome last week were dismayed that Pope Francis had surprisingly refused to grant an audience to the Dalai Lama so as to not incur Beijing's inevitable wrath. Earlier the meeting was to be held in Cape Town to commemorate the first death anniversary of Nelson Mandela. The South African government, which is facing a serious economic downturn and is heavily relia...

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Lunch Scoreboard: India vs Australia, day three

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) The following is the scoreboard at lunch on the third day of the second Test between Australia and India at the Gabba here Friday. India: Murali Vijay c Haddin b Lyon 144 Shikhar Dhawan c Haddin b M Marsh 24 Cheteshwar Pujara c Haddin b Hazlewood 18 Virat Kohli c Haddin b Hazlewood 19 Ajinkya Rahane c Haddin b Hazlewood 81

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Smith, Johnson take Australia to 351/6

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) A blistering unbeaten 104-run partnership between captain Steven Smith (batting 110) and Mitchell Johnson (batting 67) took Australia to 351 for six, trailing India by 57 runs at lunch on day three of the second Test at the Gabba here Friday. The Australians seemed to be in a spot of bother when overnight batsman Mitchell Marsh (11) and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin (6...

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Republican lawmakers threaten measures against Obama

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) Republican lawmakers in Florida Thursday announced that they were considering all types of action to block in Congress President Barack Obama's decision to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Appearing at a press conference held Thursday in Miami were Sen. Marco Rubio and lower house members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, all three of the...

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Pamela Anderson, Rick Salomon to spend X-mas together

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Actress Pamela Anderson and her husband Rick Salomon, who have had a tumultuous 2014, are looking forward to end the year on a good note. According to a source, the 47-year-old and Salomon are planning to spend a wonderful intimate Christmas together at home in Malibu, California, with her kids, reports radaronline.com. She is already back in town and o...

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Multiple IS leaders killed in Iraq: Pentagon

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) US air strikes have killed several senior Islamic State (IS) leaders in recent weeks, blunting the Sunni radical group's ability to fight Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the Pentagon said Thursday. I can confirm that since mid-November, targeted coalition air strikes successfully killed multiple senior and mid-level leaders within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Lev...

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Australia 351/6 at lunch, trail by 57 runs on day three

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) Australia fought back brilliantly through captain Steven Smith (batting 110) and Mitchell Johnson (batting 67) to reach 351 for six at lunch on day three of the second Test at the Gabba here Friday. An unbeaten 104-run partnership off just 84 balls between Smith and Johnson wrestled the initiative away from the Indians, who had picked up two early wickets in the m...

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Anti-terror raids conducted in Sydney

Sydney, Dec 19 (IANS) Australian counter-terrorism police confirmed Friday they raided five Sydney homes Thursday which were linked to a man's alleged plot to execute a random member of the public in Martin Place in the city's central business district. While Martin Place was the same location as this week's siege, the two events were not connected, police told the Australian Broadcastin...

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India warns of foreign-backed terrorist threats to Afghanistan

United Nations, Dec 19 (IANS) As the UN-mandated international combat mission in Afghanistan enters its final days after a democratic transfer of power, a Security Council debate put the spotlight on the terrorist threats to the fragile nation with India warning of the support extremists get from abroad and tying together the this week's deadly attacks in Kabul, Peshawar and Sydney. Indi...

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Obama signs bill targeting Venezuelan officials

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law a bill slapping sanctions on Venezuelan officials allegedly involved in a violent crackdown on anti-government protests in the South American country. The bill passed by both chambers of Congress last week targets Venezuelan officials who directed significant acts of violence or serious human rights abuses again...

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South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Dec 19 (IANS) The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional body of eight east African states, launched the multi-stakeholder peace talks here Thursday to discuss the year-long conflict in South Sudan. IGAD has been mediating the peace process of South Sudan since the conflict erupted a year ago in the world's newest country, according to Xinhua. ...

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Charlie Sheen to reprise ' Ferris Bueller's...' role in sitcom

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen will be seen reprising his role of 'boy in the police station' from the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off in a TV show. Sheen, 49, will pay homage to the character in an upcoming episode of ABC's sitcom The Goldbergs, reports people.com. Sheen is reprising the role after nearly 30 years and the episode, which will be ai...

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Sony email hack scary, says Chris Rock

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Comedian Chris Rock says Sony hack case is just scary. He recently participated in a Q&A to promote his new film Top Five, and the conversation turned into a discussion about the Sony Pictures hack, reports eonline.com. Rock said that he is particularly nervous about his career because it's his job to say offensive things. Read my e-mails. I...

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Israeli PM slams Abbas over Palestinian UN draft resolution

Jerusalem, Dec 19 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday over the Palestinian-proposed UN draft resolution which calls for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories by the end of 2017. Abu Mazen (Abbas) thinks he can threaten us with unilateral moves, Netanyahu said during a Chanukah holiday event for his office's empl...

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Barrymore shedding baby weight at her own pace

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Actress Drew Barrymore, who gave birth to her youngest daughter, Frankie, in April this year, is working hard to lose baby weight, but says she is in no hurry to get into shape. For the actress, who is married to Will Kopelman, family comes first. It's amazing. It's the driving force behind how I live my life, Barrymore, 39, told People magazine. Franki...

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Obama signs Russia sanctions bill

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law a bill aiming for tougher sanctions on Russia, but ruled out additional steps at the moment. The president said he had signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, but his administration has no intention to impose fresh sanctions against Russia under the law right now. Signing this legislation does n...

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Goulding to spend X-mas eve at homeless shelter

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Singer Ellie Goulding will spend Christmas eve volunteering at a homeless shelter here. I'm volunteering all day at a shelter. I've done it for a few years. It's fun and part of the reason I run my gigs, mirror.co.uk quoted Goulding as saying. She's had a fulfilling experience at the facility earlier. It's not just people who are homeless in the shel...

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Global life expectancy increases by more than six years

London, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) Life expectancy around the world increased by 6.2 years between 1990 and 2013, according to a study published by The Lancet. Men, on average, are living 5.8 years and women have gained an additional 6.6 years, due largely to decreasing mortality rates for infectious diseases and cardiovascular problems. The study, analysing major causes of death in 188 c...

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