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RBI had rejected Headley's application to open business account

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India had rejected an application by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley seeking clearance to open a business account in June 2007, a Mumbai special court was informed on Thursday. Making this revelation, Headley said he had received funds for terror from both LeT and Pakistan's ISI which was used for gathering i...

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France posts record wine sales in 2015

Paris, Feb 11 (IANS) France posted record-breaking sales of wine and other spirits that earned the country a whooping 11 billion euros ($13 billion) in 2015, the media reported on Thursday. Sales increased by 8.7 percent over 2014. The rise mainly came from a 12-percent jump in champagne and a 20-percent surge in cognac sales, Xinhua news agency reported. Exports to China put up ...

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Cloudy Thursday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) It was a partly cloudy Thursday morning here, with the minimum temperature recorded at 10.2 degrees Celsius, the weather office said. The sky will remain partly cloudy throughout the day, an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 25 degrees Celsius. According to weather office...

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Brazilian scientists design Zika detecting test

Brasilia, Feb 11 (IANS) Brazilian researchers have developed a molecular test that allows the presence of the Zika virus to be detected in a patient in just five hours, the media reported on Thursday. The University of Unicamp said the exam allows the Zika virus to be detected in blood, saliva and urine samples, Xinhua news agency reported. This research was led by experts from U...

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Taiwan quake death toll rise to 55

Taipei, Feb 11 (IANS) The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on February 6 has increased to 55 with over 80 still reported missing. The collapse of Tainan's city Wei Guan residential complex, the most seriously damaged, accounted for 53 of the casualties, Xinhua news agency reported. The 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit Kaohsiung county. ...

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New show to explore train journey from India to Pakistan

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) India's Frontier Railways, a new TV series will explore the journey of passengers on the international trains that connect India to Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. The Discovery Channel show, premiering on Thursday, is a three-part series which will shine the spotlight on heart-warming stories of reunion, cultures, history and journey of people across borders.

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Austria to deport asylum seekers within one month

Vienna, Feb 11 (IANS) The Austrian government will start deporting rejected asylum seekers via the military transport planes within a month, Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil announced. He made the comments on Wednesday during a visit to a hangar of the planes at Hoersching in the state of Upper Austria, Xinhua news agency reported. Doskozil said each plane normally carries 92...

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TB vaccine unavailability in Pakistan putting children at risk

Islamabad, Feb 11 (IANS) Pakistan's Punjab province has not been able to acquire tuberculosis (TB) vaccine for two months as a result of which children may be more vulnerable to the disease, the media reported on Thursday. In a letter sent by the provincial government on Wednesday to the National Health Services (NHS) said that Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) syringes needed for their tr...

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Playing Jon Snow a 'rewarding experience' for Harington

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Actor Kit Harington, who is famous for playing Jon Snow in the hit HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, says his role has been extremely rewarding. I would say that Jon Snow is a young hero in a lot of ways. Personally, I think he has a lot of internal turmoil where he is fighting between his ambition to be someone and to make a mark on things. His ambition can ...

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Situation not yet right for two-state solution: Netanyahu

Jerusalem, Feb 11 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the parliament on Wednesday that the situation is not yet right for a two-state solution aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a statement from his office read. In a speech during a special Knesset (parliament) session, Netanyahu said he supports the two-state solution, as he stated in his seminal 2009 Ba...

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Netanyahu's wife mistreated staff, court says

Jerusalem, Feb 11 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara mistreated household staff, a labour court has found, in a case brought by a former caretaker. The court accepted Meni Naftali's claim that he had been insulted and verbally abused, and awarded him 170,000 shekels ($43,700) in compensation, BBC reported. The ruling said Sara's angry outbursts and deman...

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Senate passes bill to expand sanctions on Pyongyang

Washington, Feb 11 (IANS) The US Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the legislation to widen harsher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and missile launch. The Senate legislation expands and tightens enforcement of sanctions against North Korea nuclear and ballistic missile development and other destructive activities, said Democratic Senator Robert Menen...

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Rabat supports Riyadh against interference in internal affairs

Rabat, Feb 11 (IANS) Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar said on Wednesday that his country supports Saudi Arabia against any interference in its internal affairs. We reiterate our full support of Saudi Arabia against any interference in its internal affairs, Xinhua quoted Mezouar as saying during a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Ad...

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Musician Matt Healy slams One Direction

London, Feb 11 (IANS) English musician Matt Healy of rock band The 1975 has lashed out at One Direction, saying the band lacks credibility. Oh, well... they're four guys who queued up outside an arena to sing in front of Simon Cowell. Do they really have any artistic credibility? That sounds like a mean thing to say, but it's a good question. Like, do they, Spin magazine quoted Healy as ...

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Dakota Johnson finds dating hard post 'Fifty Shades...'

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Actress Dakota Johnson feels men are scared to ask her out because of her role of a college graduate who has a sadomasochistic relationship with young business magnate in 2015 erotic romantic drama film Fifty Shades of Grey. The 26-year-old has been single since splitting from Drowners rocker Matt Hitt last year and is worried why men don't approach her.

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NATO to enhance its presence in eastern Europe

B0russels, Feb 11 (IANS) NATO defence Ministers on Wednesday agreed to enhance the military presence in eastern Europe at the ministerial meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the press conference following the first day's meeting. He stated that NATO will continue adapting the deterrence and defence to meet threats from any direction, Xinhua reported. Effectiv...

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3,000 surgeries cancelled as British doctors strike

London, Feb 11 (IANS) A second wave of industrial action by thousands of junior doctors started on Wednesday after negotiations over pay and new contracts failed. The second 24-hour strike has led to the cancellation of almost 3,000 operations on Wednesday, though emergency care was still being provided, Xinhua reported. About 38,000 junior doctors in England went on strike last ...

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Israel's fences negative to peace: Palestinian

Ramallah, Feb 11 (IANS) The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday in a press statement that the Israeli walls and fences will not make peace with Palestinians. It is bridges of peace that bring security to all, said the statement, which also warned of the consequences and implications of the annexation and colonialist walls mentality adopted by Israeli government as a policy to ...

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US stocks end mixed amid Yellen's comments

New York, Feb 11 (IANS) US stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signalled that the Fed still keeps door open to further interest rate hikes, but flagging risks could delay any further moves. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 99.64 points, or 0.62 percent, to 15,914.74. The S&P 500 edged down 0.35 point, or 0.02 percent, to 1,851.86. The Nasdaq ...

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Idris Elba splits from Naiyana Garth?

London, Feb 11 (IANS) Actor Idris Elba is said to have split from his longtime girlfriend Naiyana Garth. According to a source, Elba, 43, has decided to move out of the London home that he shared with the make-up artist and their son Winston, reports dailymail.co.uk. He has now moved into a nearby apartment to remain close to his 22-month-old child. They've kept it very ...

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