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OPEC daily basket price closes higher

Vienna, Dec 19 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $56.30 a barrel Thursday, compared to $55.64 Wednesday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC reference basket comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Lib...

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Kim's fan spends $150k to look like her

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Kim Kardashian's 23-year-old fan Jordan James Parke has spent a whopping $150,000 on cosmetic procedures to look like the Reality TV star. Kim graces several magazine covers a month and has her own reality show, clothing and make-up brand so perhaps it's no surprise that Parke wants to be just like Kim. The British make-up artist has gone to extreme len...

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Here's why some people handle traffic better

London, Dec 19 (IANS) British researchers have identified a part of the brain that tells us the exact direction to travel while we navigate through the traffic. This part of the brain that signals which direction you are facing - called the entorhinal region, is also used to signal the direction in which you need to travel to reach your destination. In other words, we have found ...

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Sony e-mail hack reveals producer's remarks on Jolie

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Leaks of Sony e-mails have revealed that producer Scott Rudin claimed actress Angelina Jolie is seriously out of her mind for the ideas she put forward about the once-planned remake of Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra. In an email exchange originally between Rudin, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal and Jolie herself, the actiresss is at one point taken out of the chain o...

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Seven die in UP accident

Lucknow, Dec 19 (IANS) Seven people were killed Friday when a van rammed into a stationary truck in Uttar Pradesh, police said. Half-a-dozen people were injured in the accident at Shahjahanpur, about 170 km from here. Two of them were said to be in critical condition. ...

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Gerrard urges Sterling to stay at Liverpool

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has called on young striker Raheem Sterling to continue his impressive development by staying hungry and remaining at the Anfield. Sterling, whose contract expires in 2017, has so far turned down Liverpool's opening offer of an extended, improved deal, reports telegraph.co.uk. I hope he signs a new contract at the club becaus...

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RSS chief ducks queries on reconversion

Panaji, Dec 19 (IANS) RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat Friday avoided questions on the controversy over religious conversion, saying it was not his job to comment on such issues. Asked to respond on an issue that has stalled the Rajya Sabha for days, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader said: There others who are authorised to speak. It is not my job. Bhagwat was in Goa to attend a soci...

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Don't buy your children cheap, old car

New York, Dec 19 (IANS) Parents could be putting their children's lives at risk if they buy them a cheap and old car, say researchers. Almost half of teenage drivers killed on US roads in the past few years were driving vehicles that were 11 or more years old and often lacked key safety features, the researchers said. Given that teenage drivers are more likely to be involved in r...

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Distress migration of workers rampant in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Dec 19 (IANS) Tens of thousands of workers from Odisha migrate to other states in search of work, with activists alleging many of them are paid low wages for hard labour and exploited. The government says it is taking steps to arrest the migration and associated socio-economic problems. Most go out in search of employment to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, We...

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Fog disrupts train service in Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Dense fog in the national capital Friday morning delayed nearly 90 trains, an official said. The Northern Railway said 63 trains coming to Delhi and 27 leaving the national capital were rescheduled due to fog. An official said no train was cancelled. The fog also hit flights but marginally. Two departures were delayed by more than 15 minutes but no flight...

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Cameron Diaz wanted more time to prepare for 'Annie'

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Actress Cameron Diaz says she wanted a couple of years to prepare for her singing role in Annie. The actress portrays the evil Miss Hannigan in the remake of the 1982 classic but despises being a bad singer, and would have loved to have a spend more time to perfect her vocals, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, she said: I lo...

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'Amending constitution before GST consensus unacceptable'

Chennai, Dec 19 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam Friday categorically opposed the introduction of a constitution amendment bill on goods and services tax (GST) before evolving a consensus on its various aspects. In a letter to Modi, the text of which was released to the media here, Panneerselvam said the government's proposal to introduce a constitution amendment bill on...

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US drone kills eight militants in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) At least eight militants were killed in a US drone strike Friday along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a media report said. The drone targeted a militant compound in Cort village of Afghanistan's Nazyan district, reported Dawn citing intelligence sources. According to security officials, the militants based in Nazyan district had planned the devastating...

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Van Gaal's strong personality tailor-made for Man-U: Solskjaer

Manchester, Dec 19 (IANS) Former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has endorsed Louis van Gaal's strong personality, saying the Dutchman possesses the kind of mentality his ex-club requires. The Dutchman replaced mis-fit David Moyes at Old Trafford at the beginning of the new season in August and has led the Red Devils to third place in the English Premier League table after a run of six cons...

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Golfer Watson donates $9,250 to charity

Bangkok, Dec 19 (IANS) Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson has showed his generosity by donating all his prize earnings at the recent Thailand Golf Championship to the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation. The 36-year-old Watson, who has forged a strong friendship with three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai over the years, extended his gesture as a way to help young golfers and children ...

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Government has to make Goa drug free: Deputy CM

Panaji, Dec 19 (IANS) The government has to do better to ensure that drugs are not easily available in Goa and a lot more is to be done to make the state drug free, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said Friday. According to the CM (chief minister), lots of tourists come (to Goa) for drugs. Now that also means that drugs are available. You have to stop the availability of drugs, D'So...

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Commuters inconvenienced as Kolkata taxis go on strike

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Traffic in the eastern metropolis virtually came to a standstill Friday with trade unions calling a 24-hour taxi strike to press for a fare hike and to protest police excesses. This is the ninth strike by local cabs since August. Commuters were stranded and harried as taxis stayed off the roads again following the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and Al...

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BJP, Congress key players as Kashmir battle set to end

Jammu, Dec 19 (IANS) The fifth and final phase in Jammu and Kashmir's assembly elections ends Saturday, with the Congress and the BJP locked in a do-or-die battle in the Hindu-majority Jammu region. An estimated 1.83 million people are eligible to exercise their franchise that day in 20 constituencies of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts to bring the curtains down on the keenly watched...

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Lok Sabha condemns bail to Lakhvi

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The Lok Sabha Friday unanimously condemned the release on bail of 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur Rahman Lakhvi by a Pakistan court. During a discussion on the matter in zero hour, Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge said: After 132 children were killed in Pakistan, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said that all steps would be taken now to contain terror. But ...

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Stress triggering diabetes in developing nations

Our findings indicate that people who leave a rural lifestyle for an urban environment are exposed to high levels of stress and tend to have higher levels of the hormone cortisol, said one of the study authors Peter Herbert Kann from Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. This stress is likely contributing to the rising rates of diabetes we see in developing nations, Kann added.

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