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Libya sends reinforcements against militants in oil crescent

Tripoli, Dec 22 (IANS) The Libyan army and forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar sent military reinforcements to the oil crescent region to fight Libya Dawn militias, officials said Sunday. A military official told Xinhua that a total of 16 new armoured vehicles were sent to the oil-rich region. General Saqr Al-Jroshi, Haftar's air force commander, announced that two Su-24M figh...

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Algeria goes after militants along borders with Libya, Niger

Algiers, Dec 22 (IANS) A large scale military operation was launched Sunday by the Algerian forces to track down extremist groups along the country's borders with Libya and Niger, a security source said. The source told Xinhua on the condition of anonymity that the operation aimed at combing the southeastern borders of the country, following information of an intrusion by militants and a...

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Sharon Stone spotted kissing David DeLuise

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone and actor David DeLuise recently put on a public display of affection here. The duo didn't seem to care who saw them as they recently kissed and cuddled outside Hugo's Restaurant here, reports dailymail.co.uk. They had evidently enjoyed a lunch date. It's the first time they have been seen together, but the two didn't se...

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Israeli drone downed over Syria province

Damascus, Dec 22 (IANS) Syrian forces downed an Israeli drone over the province of al-Qunaitera in the southern part of Syria Sunday, media reported. According to a military source, the Skylark 1 drone was downed near the town of Hadar in the al-Qunaitera province, which borders the Israeli-occupied region of Golan Heights, Xinhua reported, citing the state-run al-Ekhbairia TV. ...

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London X-mas for Naomi Campbell

London, Dec 22 (IANS) Supermodel Naomi Campbell will spend Christmas here because she wants to relax. The 44-year-old, who divides her time between Britain and the US, is looking forward to being with her family over the festive season for a break, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She said: I'm going to be in London (for Christmas) - it's so important to be still from time to time. ...

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Harry Styles dating Victoria's Secret model?

New York, Dec 22 (IANS) Singer Harry Styles fuelled rumours of a romance with Victoria's Secret model Nadine Leopold as they recently enjoyed night out together here. Fans spotted them spending time together here for the second day in a row this week, reports dailymail.co.uk. The 20-year-old and the Austrian model were seen together grabbing a coffee in Starbucks Thursday and fan...

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Pakistan rejected Russia's plea to not execute citizen

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Pakistan turned down Russia's request to postpone the execution of its citizen Akhlaque Ahmed, who was hanged to death in Faisalabad Sunday. Russia repeatedly approached Pakistani authorities with a plea to reconsider the sentence for Akhlaque, said a statement issued by the Russian embassy in Islamabad Sunday, according to the Dawn online. Russia said th...

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Sri Lanka floods displace over 40,000

Colombo, Dec 22 (IANS) More than 40,000 people have been displaced in the north central and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka as heavy torrential rains made dams overflow and hampered transport services, an official said Sunday. The town of Batticaloa was the worst hit, with an estimated 30,000 people displaced from their homes, according to a report in Xinhua. Thousands more had to...

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'Home Alone 2': Johansson's favourite holiday film

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) It's holiday season and actress Scarlett Johansson, a lover of old movies, says she enjoys watching Home Alone 2 during vacations. For the The Avengers star, the best thing about Christmas is getting to see my family all in one place, reports people.com. I travel so frequently for work, it's one of the only times we all get together, she said. ...

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Iraqi army retake military airbase outside Tal Afar

Baghdad, Dec 22 (IANS) The Iraqi army retook control of a military airbase outside the town of Tal Afar in the province of Nineveh in northern Iraq, as they continued to fight the Islamic State (IS) militants, media reported Sunday. The Iraqi Special Operations Forces, known as the Golden Division, carried out an attack on the airbase, Xinhua reported, citing the state-run Iraqiya channe...

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Kurds free large part of Iraq's Sinjar town from IS

Baghdad, Dec 22 (IANS) Kurdish forces took over most of the town of Sinjar in the Nineveh province in northern Iraq Sunday, the Kurdish official website and a security source said. A day earlier, the Kurdish forces gained foothold in the town after fierce clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants. Heavy gunfire and loud explosions continued during the day in Sinjar, as the Ku...

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I'd never kick out Rob: Khloe Kardashian

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian says she will never kick her brother out of her house until and unless he wishes to leave it. After reports circulated Friday that the 30-year-old star tried to evict her younger brother Rob, Khloe took to social media Saturday to decline the same, reports eonline.com. One of the best things about my house is that my bro...

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US reviewing naming North Korea as sponsor of terrorism

Washington, Dec 21 (IANS/EFE) The US is considering once again including North Korea on its list of countries that sponsor terrorism, President Barack Obama said in an interview released Sunday after Washington blamed Pyongyang for launching a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. We're going to review (it) through a process that's already in place, Obama said in an interview with CNN's Sunday ...

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IS militants recapture oil refinery town in Iraq

Baghdad, Dec 21 (IANS) A militant group of the Islamic State (IS) recaptured the oil refinery town of Baiji which was freed recently by the Iraqi security forces, a source from the province of Salahudin said Sunday. On late Saturday afternoon, dozens of IS militants carried out a massive attacks on several points of the main road that bisected the town of Baiji, some 200 km north of Iraq...

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Continue foodgrain supply to tea gardens, Gogoi urges Modi

Guwahati, Dec 21 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to continue the system of allocating bulk foodgrain to the tea gardens in the state till the implementation of the National Food Security Mission. Gogoi, in the letter, said suspension of the system of allocating bulk foodgrain to the tea gardens will affect the families of over 20 lakh t...

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Advani backs Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani has backed awarding the Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and said he regarded it as significant that the Narendra Modi government has decided to observe Dec 25, Vajpayee's birthday, as 'Good Governance Day'. In an interview to CNN-IBN news channel, Advani said: A Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee should...

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Thousands arrested in China porn, gambling crackdown

Beijing, Dec 21 (IANS) Police in China's Guangdong province Sunday said they captured more than 30,000 suspects in a two-month crackdown on porn and gambling. As of Dec 15, a total of 3,014 people were arrested and more than 5,000 others put under criminal detention in the province, Xinhua quoted the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department as saying in a statement. In on...

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Naval light combat aircraft successfully tested

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) The first naval prototype of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), designed to operate from the decks of aircraft carriers, was successfully tested at a facility in Goa, the defence ministry said here Sunday. The LCA (Navy) Prototype 1 - or NP1 - the first indigenously designed and developed fourth-plus generation combat aircraft, was tested at the Ski-Jump facility ...

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CBI registers a fresh case in coal scam

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) The CBI Sunday registered a case against two private companies and some unidentified public servants in its ongoing probe in the alleged coal scam case and conducted searches at five places in West Bengal and Jharkhand. The agency registered the case against Electrosteel Castings Ltd, Electrosteel Steels Ltd and some unknown public servants under sections of chea...

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Bangladesh president visits Ajmer dargah

Jaipur, Dec 21 (IANS) Bangladesh President Mohammad Abdul Hamid Sunday visited the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty in Ajmer, and prayed for peace and harmony in the subcontinent, the shrine's officials said. He (Hamid) visited the dargah at around 3.35 p.m. and stayed for 15-20 minutes, offering prayers, Syed Manovar Chisty, a khadim (servitor) at the dargah, over 140 km from here, t...

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