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US warplanes drop leaflets on Iraqi city

Baghdad, Sep 3 (IANS/EFE) US warplanes Tuesday dropped thousands of leaflets on the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, urging residents to keep clear of places occupied by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group that overran the city in June. The leaflets were signed by the Iraqi ministry of defence and warned that IS-occupied areas may be targeted in bombing raids. Mosul residents were likewi...

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Don't have a perfect body: Charlize Theron

Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Actress Charlize Theron says she doesn't have an ideal figure, but is happy with the way her body looks. The actress features on the cover of Modern Luxury's September 2014 issue and looks sultry as ever in the spread, but she believes there is room for improvement, reports eonline.com. I do not have a perfect body! I'm always finding things I can work o...

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Mali mine blast kills four UN peacekeepers

Bamako, Sep 3 (IANS) Four United Nations peacekeepers were killed and 15 others injured after their vehicle hit a landmine in Mali Tuesday, security sources said. The UN vehicle was hit by a landmine when the peacekeepers were leaving the country's northern city of Aguelhok, where they had accomplished peacekeeping missions, Xinhua quoted Malian army spokesperson Olivier Salgado as sayin...

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Kate, Cara new faces of Burberry's latest fragrance

London, Sep 3 (IANS) Supermodels Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne have been roped in as the new faces of Burberry's latest fragrance. The models are pictured in the campaign for the label's latest scent My Burberry, shot by famed photographer Mario Testino, which celebrates the brand's icons and provides customers with a more personal approach to buying perfume, reports contactmusic.com.

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Former Israeli PM on trial again for corruption

Jerusalem, Sep 3 (IANS) Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appeared before a Jerusalem court Tuesday after the state prosecution reopened a corruption case against him. Olmert was acquitted in what came to be known as the Talansky Affair in July 2012, after being charged with fraud and tax evasion for illegally receiving large sums of money in envelopes during fund-raisers from U...

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11 killed in Argentina van accident

Buenos Aires, Sep 3 (IANS/EFE) At least 11 people were killed Tuesday when a van carrying teachers collided with a truck in Argentina, police said. The accident occurred about 7.45 a.m. near El Simbol, 1,000 km north of Buenos Aires, when the van collided head-on with a gasoline tanker truck in the northern Argentine province of Santiago del Estero, Efe quoted Loreto district police comm...

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Rebels seeking total independence from Ukraine

Kiev, Sep 3 (IANS/EFE) Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine urged Kiev Tuesday to recognise their independence and denied that peace proposals presented a day earlier in Minsk contemplated any plan to stay within Ukraine. The self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk do not want to remain within the limits of Ukraine, whether in its territorial, political or financial aspect...

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Diana Ross hosts 'barbecue' for son-daughter-in-law

Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Legendary singer Diana Ross hosted a barbecue for son Evan Ross and his wife Ashley Simpson. The 70-year-old star threw the party Monday for the couple, who exchanged vows on Sunday, to wish them well on their journey into married life, reports femalefirst.co.uk. The bash took place at Ross' estate in Greenwich, Connecticut, where the couple got married....

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Britney Spears spends $31,000 on pets

Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Singer Britney Spears' pets are living the life most humans would envy - she reportedly spent over $30,000 on her dogs. Tmz.com reports that according to new legal documents filed in her conservatorship, Spears bought two tiny pups in 2013 that came with enormous price tags - more than $13K for both of them! She dropped $5,568 for what looks like a white...

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UN says Gaza destruction 'unprecedented'

United Nations, Sep 3 (IANS) The recent conflict in the Gaza Strip has caused unprecedented destruction, leaving hundreds of thousands people homeless, the UN said Tuesday, quoting the latest assessment after the ceasefire. Organisations on the ground report that the scale of destruction is 'unprecedented'. An estimated 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged,...

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Over 7,200 killed in Syria in August

Cairo, Sep 3 (IANS/EFE) As many as 7,219 people have been killed in Syria in August as fierce fighting continued due to the three-year-old civil war in the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday. At least 2,015 civilians, including 281 children and 138 women, were killed last month, while Free Syrian Army (FSA), rebels and other allied anti-government groups, lost ...

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Anastacia slams Kim, Kanye

Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Singer Anastacia slams reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband Kanye West saying their need for attention is just so ill placed. The 45-year-old hit out at the star couple for having an ill placed need for attention, reports femalefirst.co.uk. When asked which celebrity annoys her the most, she said: That's a very tough one, but it has to be Kimye...

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EU to decide on new sanctions on Russia

Brussels, Sep 3 (IANS) The incoming European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini Tuesday said the EU leaders will decide on new sanctions on Russia by Friday. The package (of further sanctions) will be presented by tomorrow (Wednesday) from the commission. The Coreper (permanent representatives committee) will meet again tomorrow, Thursday and by Friday a decision will be ...

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Israel 'stands by' new land appropriation in West Bank

Jerusalem, Sep 3 (IANS) Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Tuesday said his country stands by its decision to appropriate 1,000 acre land in the West Bank. Gush Etzion settlement bloc reflects a wide consensus in the Israeli society and it is clear to everyone that as part of any (possible future peace) agreement, Gush Etzion would remain a part of the state of Israel, Xinhua cit...

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Jolie's wedding dress featured her kids' drawings

Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Actress Angelina Jolie walked down the aisle in a wedding gown with various coloured illustrations drawn by her children. She married actor Brad Pitt Aug 23 in France and on her wedding day, she donned an ivory satin sleeveless gown adorned with the illustrations. Not only did Jolie's dress feature artwork drawn by kids Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Sh...

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UN chief welcomes lifting of Iraqi town siege

United Nations, Sep 3 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday welcomed the end of militant siege on the northern Iraqi town of Amerli, saying it averted a major humanitarian disaster. Ban welcomed the lifting of the siege on Amerli through the action of the Iraqi security forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga and others with air support from the United States, Xinhua quoted a statement i...

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Second beheading plunges Obama into top crisis

Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) Just two weeks after beheading American photojournalist James Foley, the Islamic State (IS) Sunni extremist organisation sent what it called A second message to America, with a video showing the beheading of another kidnapped American journalist. In the video released Tuesday Steven Sotloff, 31, a freelance journalist who was captured in northern Syria a year ago...

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11 killed in Pakistan building collapse

Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) At least 11 people, including women and children, were killed Tuesday when a roof of an old building collapsed in Pakistan, a media report said. As many as 18 people were wounded when a two-storey building collapsed in south Pakistan's Hyderabad city, Dawn online reported. Most of the deceased belonged to one family. Several victims have be...

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66 percent voters satisfied with Modi's performance, functioning: Poll

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of voters in a survey have expressed satisfaction with the Narendra Modi government's performance, and while more - 68 percent - approve of the prime minister's style of functioning. Conducted across 14 cities including the four metropolitan cities, major state capitals as well as other prominent cities like Surat and Varanasi, the o...

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Environment ministry eases clearance norms for coal mine expansion

New Delhi, Sep 2 (IANS) In a move to aid efforts to increase coal production, the union environment ministry has eased the clearance process to increase production for coal mines with 20 million tonnes per annum capacity. The ministry has decided to extend the exemption from holding public hearings for a one-time expansion of existing coal mines of 20 million tonnes capacity provided the...

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