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Why Sting didn't pen songs for eight years?

London, Oct 25 (IANS) Musician Sting says he didn't write songs for eight years because he was tired of displaying his private life in the lyrics of his tunes. Sting, who stopped penning songs after the release of Sacred Love in 2003, is back with the music for Broadway stage show The Last Ship, reports contactmusic.com. During his appearance on the US show Inside the Actors Stud...

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US probing reported chlorine gas attack in Iraq

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) The US is looking into reported chlorine gas attack carried out by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. I am not in a position to confirm it, but I can tell you that we take these allegations very, very seriously, Xinhua quoted Kerry as telling reporters after meeting South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. ...

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Zambian president pardons 975 prisoners

Lusaka, Oct 25 (IANS) Zambian President Michael Sata has pardoned 975 prisoners as part of 50 years of celebration of the country's independence from Britain, a senior official said in a statement Friday. This is exercising the powers vested in him by Article 59 of the Constitution of Zambia which empowers the Republican President to exercise prerogative of mercy, Xinhua quoted Ngosa Sim...

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For new line, Kim took inspiration from bloggers

Los Angeles, Oct 25 (IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian says she took inspiration from the internet while designing her latest collection. The 34-year-old, who is launching her third Kardashian Kollection for high-street retailer Lipsy, with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney, enjoys investigating bloggers. Now your everyday, average consumer can just be blogging and posting their ...

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Two dead in Washington school shooting

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) Two students were dead and four injured in a shooting incident Friday morning at Marysville Pilchuck High School north of Seattle, a coastal seaport city, in Washington state, police said. US authorities earlier confirmed that the lone shooter, a student of the school in Marysville, was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he opened fire on five other ...

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Katie Price to sell old breast implants for a cause

London, Oct 25 (IANS) Former model Katie Price, who had six surgeries in a bid to get perfect breasts, says she plans to sell her breast implants to raise fund for charity. The 36-year-old shared her plans in an interview with The Sun, reports mirror.co.uk. We should sell these implants for charity. I've got more pairs in the safe. I love them but I'd sell them in The Sun for a ...

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Scorsese to make documentary on Grateful Dead

Los Angeles, Oct 25 (IANS) Filmmaker Martin Scorsese will produce the Grateful Dead documentary to celebrate the rock band's 50th anniversary in 2015. Amir Bar-Lev has been roped in to direct it, reports contactmusic.com. Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one our...

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UN gives Rwanda $7.2 mn for policy planning

Kigali, Oct 25 (IANS) The government of Rwanda and One UN Rwanda Friday signed 7.2 million dollars financing deal to build capacity in data generation and enhance evidence based on policy planning. Speaking to reporters in Kigali, Rwanda's Minister of Finance Claver Gatete said the grant will strengthen the capacity of national and sub-national institutions to generate data and enhance e...

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Advani emerges World billiards champion

Leeds, Oct 24 (IANS) Pankaj Advani, the 29-year old from Bangalore, set a record of sorts when he defeated Peter Gilchrist 6-2 in the final of the World billiards championship (points format), here Saturday. It was Advani's 10th individual World title and his third of the year in different formats of the game, having won the World 6-Red Snooker and the World Team Billiards titles earlier...

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Advani clinches World billiards title

Leeds, Oct 24 (IANS) Displaying sublime touch, Pankaj Advani crowned himself World billiards champion for the 10th time when he overcame Peter Gilchrist 6-2 in the points format (150-up) final here Saturday. Advani, 29, thus avenged his 2-3 defeat in the league phase to the 46-year-old Gilchrist, the England-born Singapore resident who has three World titles to his credit. Gilchr...

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IRDA's Rs.50 lakh fine on ICICI Lombard

Chennai, Oct 24 (IANS) The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has fined private non-life insurer ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd. Rs.50 lakh for various violations, the regulator said. The penalty order signed by IRDA chairman T.S. Vijayan has ordered the insurer to pay the fine within 15 days and the penalty amount be debited to the shareholders' account.<...

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Telangana seeks PM's intervention over share of power from Andhra

Hyderabad, Oct 24 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao Friday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and ensure that the state gets its due share of electricity from power plants in Andhra Pradesh. It's your legitimate duty to see to it that the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act is implemented in letter and spirit, the chief minister told a news conference....

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NorthEast United drub Mumbai City 2-0 in ISL

Navi Mumbai, Oct 24 (IANS) Two goals in the second half were enough to propel NorthEast United FC to second position in the Indian Super League (ISL) standings, behind Atletico de Kolkata, when they defeated a nine-man Mumbai City FC 2-0 at the D.Y. Patil Stadium here Friday. Kondwani Mtonga's finish in the 57th minute and Felipe de Castro's strike in stoppage time gave the visiting team...

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Hyderabadi youth denies involvement in SIMI activists' case

Hyderabad, Oct 24 (IANS) Cleric Abdul Aleem Islahi has denied charges by Hyderabad Police that his son Motasim Billah motivated and was helping two SIMI activists from Maharashtra to go to Afghanistan for Jihad training. Islahi told reporters Friday that after failing in its previous attempts police is again trying to implicate his son in false cases. Claiming that Billah has no...

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Modi praises clean up efforts after Diwali firecrackers bursting

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday congratulated the public for their efforts towards cleaning up the dirt left behind after bursting of firecrackers on Diwali. In tweets posted on the Prime Minister's Office twitter handle, Modi said: Several friends told me that a lot of people cleaned the areas where they burst crackers during Diwali. I congratulate them for ...

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Japan's Kabuki theatre goes global through internet

Tokyo, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) Kabuki, the traditional Japanese theater, is seeking to become more global, and to that end, an online project was introduced Friday, a platform for connecting fans of this ancient discipline across the world. The online service, launched by the theatrical promoter Shochiku, and the OKWave internet operator, seeks to serve fans in 20 different languages helping t...

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Rare feline may be reintroduced to the wild

Lisbon, Oct 24 (IANS) Portugal plans to reintroduce the Iberian lynx, the world's most endangered feline species, into the wild, the country's environment ministry said in a statement Friday. The Portuguese Institute for Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) signed contracts with the owners of 2,000 hectares of land in Mertola, 180 km southeast of Lisbon, where the Iberian lynx will ...

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Shuttler Kashyap loses in French Open quarters

Paris, Oct 24 (IANS) After ousting top-10 competitors in the first two rounds, Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap had to bite the dust as he lost his men's singles quarter-final to China's Zhengming Wang but not before putting up a fight at the $275,000 French Open Super Series here Friday. Though Kashyap had beaten the Chinese the last time they played at India Open in April, the fifth s...

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Free Syrian Army to send 1,300 fighters to Kobane: Turkey

Ankara, Oct 24 (IANS/EFE) The Free Syrian Army (FSA), which fights against forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, will send 1,300 of its fighters to the town of Kobane in Syria to help its Kurdish defenders resist a siege by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Friday. We were careful to say that our attitude is highly positi...

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Modern habits leading to more gum disease: Study

London, Oct 24 (IANS) Modern people have far more gum disease than our predecessors, according to a British study of skulls published Friday. The surprise findings provide further evidence that modern habits such as smoking are damaging to oral health. Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is the result of a chronic inflammatory response to the build-up of dental plaque. Whilst much ...

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