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German footballer Reus fined for driving without licence

Dortmund, Dec 18 (IANS) German football club Borussia Dortmund's winger Marco Reus has been fined more than half a million euros for repeatedly driving without a licence. The 25-year-old German international was allegedly stopped by police several times and received speeding tickets on at least five occasions since 2011 before authorities realised he had been driving without a licence ev...

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Normal operations resumed, says Spice Jet

Chennai, Dec 18 (IANS) A day after its flights were grounded, budget airline SpiceJet Thursday announced resumption of normal operations on all its 230 flights scheduled to operate for the day. The airline also apologised for the disruptions in its flights that occurred Wednesday and Tuesday. SpiceJet is also pleased to announce that it is now able to take bookings through the en...

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4,000 birds slaughtered in Japan due to flu outbreak

Tokyo, Dec 18 (IANS/Prensa Latina) About 4,000 birds were slaughtered in Japan after an avian flu outbreak was confirmed in a poultry farm in the southern island of Kyushu, authorities reported. This is the first outbreak detected since April this year when a similar warning ended in the slaughter of more than 110,000 poultry. Tests applied on the farm in Kyushu revealed the infe...

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Former bodyguard against pardon for Mark Wahlberg

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Actor Mark Wahlberg does not deserve pardon for the assaults that he committed in the past, says his former bodyguard Leonard Taylor. Wahlberg is seeking a pardon for crimes that he committed back in 1988, when he struck a Vietnamese man on the head with a stick and punched another. However, Taylor, who claims he was also assaulted by the actor, says he should ...

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Mamata slams CBI, questions central inaction against chit funds

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Continuing her tirade against the CBI which is probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday listed some of its failures while questioning the central government's inaction in curbing similar chit funds. On a visit to the national capital, Banerjee also hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary S.N. Sin...

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Dilip Kumar grieves for Peshawar

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Bollywood thespian and now ailing Dilip Kumar, who was born in Peshawar, said Thursday that he longed to reach out to the parents of the children massacred in the Pakistani city. Speaking on his behalf, his wife and former actress Saira Banu said Dilip Kumar, who real name is Yusuf Khan, was shocked by the savagery at the Peshawar school. The 92-year-old Dil...

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Myanmar allows 13 more local, foreign firms to make investments

Yangon, Dec 18 (IANS) Myanmar has allowed two more domestic companies and 11 foreign firms in December alone to make investments in the country, the Myanmar Investment Commission said Thursday. Of the 11 foreign firms, two will invest in joint ventures with locals, Xinhua rported. The 13 companies will invest in sectors like manufacturing, finished-wood production, mobile phones ...

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Bangladesh president arrives on six-day visit

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Bangladesh President M. Abdul Hamid arrived here Thursday on a six-day official visit - the first visit by a ceremonial head of state of Bangladesh since 1972. Hamid is here on the invite of President Pranab Mulherjee, and will be a guest in Rashtrapati Bhawan. He was received at the airport by Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen V.K Singh (retd.).

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26/11 mastermind Lakhvi gets bail in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, was granted bail Thursday by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad. The Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) prosecutor disagreed with the bail plea, Dawn online reported. However, Lakhvi's lawyer Rizwan Abbasi, appeared before the court and sought bail for his client.

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Paraguay: Cash dispenser attacks spark heist fears

Asuncion, Dec 18 (IANS/Prensa Latina) After a wave of attacks on cash dispensers by well armed groups with explosives, Paraguayan police fear that Paraguayan and Brazilian criminals are preparing a giant operation to perform the robbery of the century. At least three cash dispensers were blasted with explosives in different areas of Gran Asuncion in recent weeks and armed groups used gun...

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Falcao keen to stay at Manchester United

London, Dec 18 (IANS) Striker Radamel Falcao asserted he still wants to stay at Manchester United next season despite his early difficulties at the club. The Colombian insisted he wants a permanent deal at United after his 250,000 pound-a-week loan arrangement expires at the end of the season, reports dailymail.co.uk. We talk a lot, the coach and I. He has a philosophy that I res...

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2015 will be year of change for me: Priyanka Chopra

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra, who has turned producer this year, says in the New Year she will enter into more interesting ventures. Next year I am entering into some new interesting ventures... when it comes to my music, when it comes to my company and a few things that I am doing. So, I think for me 2015 will be a year of change, a year of evolution and I am excited a...

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Son seeks new CBI probe into L.N. Mishra murder

Patna, Dec 18 (IANS) Assassinated railway minister L.N. Mishra's son termed the four followers of Hindu sect Anand Marg convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court Thursday innocent and demanded the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) re-investigate the 1975 case. We demand re-investigation by the CBI into the murder of my father because the court verdict has disappoi...

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Surajkund fair from Feb 1, Lebanon partner country

Chandigarh, Dec 18 (IANS) The 29th edition of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela (fair) will be held from Feb 1-15 at Surajkund near Faridabad, a senior Haryana official said here Thursday. Known for showcasing the richness and diversity of handicrafts, handlooms and the cultural heritage of the country, this time the fair will have Lebanon as the partner country and Chhattisgarh as...

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Mel B's husband breaks silence over assault rumours

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Singer Mel B's husband Stephen Belafonte has broken his silence over allegations he beat his wife and former Spice Girl Mel B saying no one has accused him of anything. The assault rumours hit the headlines when Mel B was admitted to a hospital with a mystery illness and then appeared on the talent show The X Factor over the weekend without her wedding ring and...

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The Backstreet Boys documentary trailer released

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) The official trailer of US band Backstreet Boys's upcoming documentary Backstreet Boys: Show Em What You're Made Of has been released on the internet. The two-minute trailer opens with a blast from the past montage of A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell at the peak of their fame in the late 1990s, and then quickly goes t...

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India on way to manned mission

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Dec 18 (IANS) India Thursday moved a step closer to sending its own manned mission to space when it successfully tested a next generation rocket and crew module -- in a five-minute flight. The country took forward its rocket technology with the successful flight testing of its heaviest next generation rocket -- the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mar...

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Pope Francis welcomes renewal of Cuba-US relations

Vatican City, Dec 18 (IANS/Prensa Latina) Pope Francis has welcomed the first step for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US, after more than half a century of bilateral rift. According to a communiqué released by the Holy See Wednesday, the Pontiff is strongly pleased with the re-establishment of relations, to overcome in the interest of citizens of both ...

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Rajya Sabha logjam over conversion row persists for fourth day

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha was Thursday stalled for the fourth consecutive day over the conversion row as the opposition insisted Prime Minister Narendra Modi should reply to a debate on attack on the country's secular fabric and the government blamed them for shying from the discussion. The first adjournment came during zero hour, and then question hour saw a 15 minute adj...

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India welcomes resumption of US-Cuba ties

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) India Thursday welcomed the resumption of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba after more than 50 years. In response to a media query, external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said: India, which enjoys excellent relations with the United States of America and the Republic of Cuba, welcomes the decision by both the countries to re-establish diplom...

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