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Algerian troops hunt for kidnapped French tourist

Algiers, Sep 24 (IANS) The Algerian army has deployed more than 1,500 troops, including paratroopers, to search for a French man who was kidnapped Sunday, media reported. Herve Gourdil was hiking in a popular tourist place in the country, when he was abducted by militants in the upper hills of the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km east of capital Algiers, Xinhua reported citing TSA news website....

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Bin Laden's son-in-law sentenced to life in prison

Washington, Sep 24 (IANS/EFE) A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden was Tuesday sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on terrorism charges. US district judge Lewis Kaplan sentenced Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a 48-year-old Kuwaiti imam, for conspiracy to murder Americans and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist group. Abu Ghaith, who was extradited last year after...

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Jessica Alba relates to feelings of self doubt

Los Angeles, Sep 24 (IANS) Actress Jessica Alba says she can relate to feelings of self doubt and being judged. The Sin City: A Dame to Kill For actress has recently opened up about her insecurities as a young woman and has now teamed up with German consumer product Braun's 'Break Free' campaign in a bid to spread positivity amongst women, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She said of h...

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Ukraine protests third Russian aid convoy

Kiev, Sep 24 (IANS) Ukrainian foreign ministry Tuesday said it has lodged a protest against Russia over delivery of a third batch of humanitarian aid to Ukraine's eastern regions without Kiev's permission. The Ukrainian side considers such actions as a provocation, Xinhua quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Eugene Perebiynis as saying. Perebiynis said Russia delivered the third hum...

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CLT20: Big win for Hobart Hurricanes

Raipur, Sep 23 (IANS) Northern Districts suffered a dramatic batting collapse as they went down by 86 runs to Hobart Hurricanes in the Champions League T20 cricket tournament at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium here Tuesday. Chasing a taget of 179, a top order batting collapse saw Northern Districts reduced to 4/19. Scott Styris (37) and Tim Southee (21) tried to do t...

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China to announce post-2020 climate actions soon

United Nations, Sep 23 (IANS) China will announce its post-2020 actions on climate change as soon as possible, which will lead to marked progress in reducing carbon intensity, increasing the share of non-fossil fuels and raising the forest stock, Xinhua quoted Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli here as saying Tuesday. Zhang, who spoke at the UN Climate Summit as Chinese President Xi Jinping's spec...

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Spain's El Hierro island named Unesco Geopark

Madrid, Sep 23 (IANS) The island of El Hierro, one of the Spanish owned Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Africa, has been named as a Geopark by Unesco. El Hierro will be the 60th Unesco Geopark, an area which Unesco describes on its website as a territory that includes a particular geological heritage and a sustainable territorial development strategy supported ...

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Iran unveils combat drone

Tehran, Sep 23 (IANS) Iran has unveiled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) armed with air defence missiles suitable for aerial combats, a media report said Tuesday while showing a footage of the new drone. The combat drone has successfully passed operational tests and is now ready to be delivered to the country's armed forces, Xinhua quoted Iranian deputy Defence Minister Brigadier General...

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Serbia willing to support US fight against IS

Belgrade, Sep 23 (IANS) Serbia is willing to support the US in fight against the Islamic State (IS), Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in letter to US President Barack Obama Tuesday. Vucic Tuesday expressed his desire in a letter handed over to US ambassador to Serbia Michael Kirby, Xinhua reported citing a statement issued after their meeting. Serbian government suppo...

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Cairo to resume Palestinian-Israeli talks in October

Cairo/Jerusalem, Sep 23 (IANS) Egypt concluded Tuesday a new round of Palestinian-Israeli indirect peace talks in Cairo with both the sides approving the agenda of further talks scheduled for the second half of October, a media report said. The talks were held at the Egyptian Intelligence headquarters in Cairo, Xinhua reported. In late August, Cairo reached a comprehensive truce ...

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Sexual violence during civil war an open wound for Nepal

Kathmandu, Sep 23 (IANS/EFE) Hundreds of Nepalese women who suffered sexual abuse during the civil war are still waiting for justice, eight years after the end of the conflict, human rights organisations reported Tuesday. More than 200 women who were victims of sexual violence have been identified so far, said Kopila Adhikari of the Nepalese organisation Advocacy Forum in a press confere...

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Airstrikes against IS 'only the beginning': Pentagon

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) The airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria overnight Monday were only the beginning of a coalition effort of the US and its Arabic allies in the anti-IS fight, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday. I can tell you that last night's strikes were only the beginning, Xinhua quoted Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby as saying during a press briefing. ...

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Thousands of South Sudanese kids face starvation: Unicef

United Nations, Sep 23 (IANS) Thousands of children, up to five years age, are at a risk of dying from malnutrition in South Sudan, the Unicef has warned. About 1.5 million people will be at crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity from September through December, it added. Thousands of malnourished children who have not yet been reached remain in peril, Xinhua quoted Jona...

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'Sensitise public to respect animals, don't punish Delhi zoo tiger'

Kolkata, Sep 23 (IANS) Lamenting the lack of sensitisation among zoo visitors who tease animals and provoke them, wildlife experts and ace magician P.C. Sorcar Junior - who once had three Serengeti lions as pets - say the white tiger that mauled a man to death in the Delhi Zoo Tuesday is not to be blamed. The shocking incident was captured live on cameras. The Delhi zoo clarified that th...

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'Ebola could hit up to 1.4 mn West Africans'

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could reach as many as 550,000 to 1.4 million by Jan 20 in the worst-case scenario, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) warned in a report Tuesday. The report, however, also noted that the higher projections are very unlikely since measures to contain the outbreak are rapidly implemented and sustaine...

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Three killed in warehouse shooting in US

Washington, Sep 23 (IANS) Three people were killed in a shooting incident which took place in a warehouse in the US state of Albama Tuesday morning, authorities said. The incident occurred in a warehouse near the facility offices in Birmingham city, Xinhua quoted Birmingham Police chief A.C. Roper as saying. Roper said the police had a pretty good idea about what transpired, bu...

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Bring back body of fisherman shot in Qatar: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Sep 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the Indian embassies in Qatar and Bahrain to make arrangements for sending back the body of an Indian fisherman who was shot dead by the Qatar Coast Guard. In a letter to Modi, Jayalalithaa said: I request you to direct the Indian embassies in Qatar and Bahrain to take ur...

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Delhi to launch massive cleanliness drive

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) The Delhi government will kick off a three-week massive cleanliness drive Oct 2 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Swach Bharat Abhiyan. Building new toilets, especially for women, and repair and maintenance of existing ones will be the focus of the drive in the capital, said a Delhi government official. Chairing a meeting on the preparatio...

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Asian Games: India notch up five medals, gold remains elusive

Incheon, Sep 23 (IANS) Squash player Saurav Ghosal won a historic silver as India notched up five medals but the gold remained elusive for the third consecutive day in the 17th Asian Games here Tuesday. It was also an emotional day for Indian sports as Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra ended his shooting career with his first Asian Games individual medal, a bronze, and also inspired the 10...

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Kashmir waives tax on flood relief material

Srinagar, Sep 23 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday exempted, from entry tax, the relief material brought here from outside the state for free distribution among flood victims. Intending give impetus to relief and rehabilitation measures in the flood-ravaged state, the state government has granted exemption from levy of entry tax and toll on the import of relief material for...

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