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India for greater female participation in UN peace efforts

United Nations, Jan 31 (IANS) To protect women caught in conflicts, India has called for greater female participation in UN peace efforts and a broader approach that focuses on peacebuilding rather than concentrating on traditional peacekeeping operations. India's Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji told the Security Council Friday: The participation of women in all aspects of t...

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Kerry to travel to Ukraine amid escalating violence

Washington, Jan 31 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine Feb 5 as violence flared up in the country this month, according to a statement from the state department. The top US diplomat will meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, and members of Ukraine's parliament, Xinhua quoted state depar...

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Coal mine flooding kills five in China

Beijing, Jan 31 (IANS) Five miners were killed and two others remain trapped in a flooded coal mine in China's Anhui province, local authorities said Saturday. The accident happened in a shaft of a coal mine in Yongqiao district at 6.55 p.m. Friday when 34 miners were working underground, Xinhua reported. While twenty-seven miners managed to escape, seven others were trapped, ac...

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Disney introduces first Latina princess - Elena

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Disney has unveiled its first ever Latina princess, Princess Elena of Avalor. The fictional character is described as bold, caring, funny and clever...a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy-tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore, reports aceshowbiz.com. According to a statement released by Disney Channel, the...

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Christina Aguilera glad daughter is easy, calm

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Singer Christina Aguilera says her five-month-old beautiful baby girl Summer Rain is just a breeze because it's easy to handle her. I have a chill baby, she's just so calm and so easy to make laugh and smile, she's just a breeze, thank god, the pop star said while talking about her daughter with fiancé Matthew Rutler during an interview with Extra, reports eon...

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Russia looks to prevent US-NATO military superiority

Moscow, Jan 31 (IANS) Russia's top general said Friday that the country will take steps to prevent the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) from being militarily superior. The armed forces' priority is quality improvement of the strategic nuclear forces, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, said, according to a Xinhua report.

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Iggy Azalea criticises brand Steve Madden

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Singer Iggy Azalea has criticised the footwear brand Steve Madden for releasing photographs of her promoting the footwear range they produced together, without her knowledge. The 24-year-old took to Twitter Thursday to share a series of posts claiming the footwear brand released photographs via its Tumblr page without telling her, reports dailymail.co.uk.

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Obama details initiative to cure cancer, diabetes

Washington, Jan 31 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Friday unveiled the details of a bold new research effort, which brought doctors closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes. According to a Xinhua report, Obama said that the precision medicine initiative brings America closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes, and gives all of us access, potentially, to the personalis...

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Rihanna poses topless

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Singer Rihanna has gone topless for a magazine's latest issue. The 26-year-old What's my name hitmaker shared three photographs from i-D magazine's latest issue on photo-sharing website Instagram, reports aceshowbiz.com. In one image, she is seen stripping off her top, wearing only a pair of oversized denim pants. Her hair is styled in 1990s' dreads and...

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No consensus still on presidential candidate in Italy

Rome, Jan 31 (IANS) Italian political parties failed to reach a consensus on the candidate for the country's presidency, with two rounds of voting in the parliament remaining inconclusive Friday. A crucial fourth round of voting was due to take place Saturday, Xinhua reported. Over 500 blank ballots were cast in voting Friday, in a joint session of both houses of the Italian parl...

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Harry Styles to celebrate 21st b'day with Nadine Leopold

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Singer Harry Styles is reportedly in love with model Nadine Leopold and will celebrate his 21st birthday with her over the weekend. Styles turns a year older Sunday. According to a source, the 20-year-old, who has previously dated TV presenter Caroline Flack and singer Taylor Swift, is besotted with Leopold and the couple is spending most of the time to...

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UNSC slams Egypt terrorist attacks

United Nations, Jan 31 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) Friday condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Egypt's North Sinai peninsula, which killed over 30 people and injured several others. In a statement released here, the UNSC underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organisers and sponsors of the terrorist attacks to justice, and urged all states to cooper...

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Greece to shun auditors of EU-ECB-IMF 'troika'

Athens, Jan 31 (IANS) Greece was headed for a collision with its lenders, with the government announcing its intention to shun the auditors of the European Union (EU)--European Central Bank (ECB)--International Monetary Fund (IMF) troika. Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said after talks with the head of the Eurogroup of EU finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, that the govern...

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'Game of Thrones' season 5 trailer launched

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Revenge will be a key theme in the next instalment of Game of Thrones, the newly launched trailer of the show's fifth season has revealed. The trailer debuted during the IMAX screening of the show and was released online Friday. It sees some of the many characters of the show, including Lord Petyr Baelish, Sansa Stark, Lord Varys, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow a...

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Lebanon complains to UN against Israel

Beirut, Jan 31 (IANS) Lebanon Friday complained to the UN against Israel's retaliation, following the Hezbollah operation in Shebaa Farms, at the intersection of the Lebanon-Syria border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Lebanon's envoy to the UN, Nawwaf Salam, said Israel's shelling violated the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1701, according to a Xinhua report, which cited ...

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Minaj, Avicii, Drake to headline Wireless Festival

London, Jan 31 (IANS) Singers Nicki Minaj, Avicii and Drake are said to be headlining Wireless Festival this year. It will be Minaj's first return to the annual British music event this summer since her appearance in 2012, while Drake had to pull out of headlining the three-day music event last year due to illness, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Nicki is going to be the main attracti...

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Clashes in Iraq kill dozens of jihadis

Baghdad, Jan 31 (IANS/EFE) Dozens of Islamic State (IS) jihadis, and at least 16 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed, and 77 people were injured in intense fighting in several Iraqi provinces Friday. An Iraqi police source said that IS militants launched a major offensive on three different fronts against the city of Kirkuk, 250 km north of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad....

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Reputation tarnished by low and dirty stories, says Sujatha Singh

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Two days after she was abruptly relieved of her post, former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh said Friday that her reputation has been tarnished by adverse stories coming out about her on social media and that it was not necessary to get low and dirty. Singh, who sought early retirement after the Narendra Modi government appointed S. Jaishankar to replace her Wedn...

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Over 50 killed in Pakistan Shia mosque attack

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) More than 50 people were killed and around 50 others injured Friday when a suicide bomber ripped through a Shia mosque in Pakistan's Shikarpur district, media reports said. Quoting unknown hospital sources, Dunya TV said that a teenager suicide bomber blew up himself in the mosque where around 400 people were offering Friday prayers. According to the bomb...

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Jayanthi's charges against Rahul baseless: Digvijaya

Bengaluru, Jan 30 (IANS) Allegations by former central minister Jayanthi Natarajan that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had interfered in the functioning of the environment ministry were baseless, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh said Friday. It's absolutely wrong to say that our president Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi ever interfered in the functioning of the UPA government. ...

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