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Obama 'cautiously optimistic' about Ebola

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) President Barack Obama Wednesday said he is cautiously optimistic about the Ebola situation in the US, as his government announced a new programme that will actively monitor for 21 days every person coming from West African nations hit by the deadly virus. The public health infrastructure and systems that we are now putting in place across the board around the ...

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Indian-American appointed to key counter spying job

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian-American Anita M. Singh has been appointed to a key post in the Justice Department's National Security Division (NSD) as part of a restructuring to counter state-sponsored economic espionage and proliferation, including through cyberspace. The strategic changes are designed to put additional focus on the protection of national assets from such threats an...

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Canada shooting 'a senseless act of violence': New Zealand

Wellington, Oct 23 (IANS) New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key Thursday described the shooting incident near Canadian Parliament as a senseless act of violence. The reasons behind the fatal shooting in Ottawa this morning are not yet known, but it is clearly a senseless act of violence, Xinhua quoted Key as saying in a statement. I wish to extend New Zealand's sincere condolence...

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Obama wishes all Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) President Barack Obama has in video message wished a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak to all those who celebrate the festival of lights saying it was a reminder that light will ultimately prevail. Obama, who in 2009 became the first US president to celebrate Diwali at the White House, recalled the wonderful time he and his wife Michelle had celebrating the festival...

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Ukraine lacks sufficient gas for winter

Kiev, Oct 23 (IANS) Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has said his country lacks sufficient natural gas for winter. We need an additional five billion cubic meters of gas, which we can buy from Russia, Xinhua quoted Yatsenyuk as telling a cabinet meeting Wednesday. If Ukraine and Russia fail to reach an agreement on gas deliveries, Kiev will seek ways to increase its reve...

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Karl Lagerfeld makes film with Pharrell Williams

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Designer Karl Lagerfeld directed singer Pharrell Williams in a movie, which will be presented in December. Chanel's chief designer directed the Happy hitmaker in a new fashion focused film, which will air alongside the designer's Paris-Salzburg pre-fall collection Dec 2, reports contactmusic.com. The movie, which was set in the designer's Parisian stud...

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S Club 7 reunite for a charity show

London, Oct 23 (IANS) The members of English group S Club 7 are reuniting and they will make an appearance on Children In Need charity show next month. The band, consisting of Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Paul Cattermole, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt, Tina Barrett and Rachel Stevens, disbanded in 2003. Taking to their official Twitter account, the members posted a short Soundcloud ...

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14 killed, 65 injured in Iraq bomb attacks

Baghdad, Oct 23 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed and 65 wounded in two car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital city Wednesday, a police source said. A car bomb went off near the National Theater in Baghdad's Karrada district in the evening, leaving five people killed and 28 wounded, and the toll could rise as ambulances and police vehicles evacuated the casualties to hospitals, Xinhua...

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Khamenei wants less reliance on oil

Tehran, Oct 23 (IANS) Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the country's officials Wednesday to formulate plans to cut Iran's dependence on oil revenues and manage the economy on the basis of the domestic capabilities. Instead of relying on the oil revenues, Iran should be governed by utilising domestic forces and the sources above the ground, Khamenei said, adding th...

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Syrian Air Force destroys old war jets captured by IS

Damascus, Oct 23 (IANS) The Syrian air force destroyed two timeworn war jets, which were captured by the Islamic State (IS) militants in an airbase in Syria's Aleppo province, a senior Syrian military source said Wednesday. The Syrian air force has destroyed two old war jets captured by the IS in the al-Jarrah airbase in Aleppo, Xinhua quoted the source as saying. He said the IS...

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Obama invites Afghan president, chief executive to Washington

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Wednesday invited Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah to visit the White House in the new year. Speaking with Ghani and Abdullah by video conference, Obama commended the Afghan leaders on their political agreement and reaffirmed US commitment to support the unity government, Xinhua quoted the Whi...

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Ed Sheeran has no hard feelings against Niall Horan

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran says he has forgiven One Direction band's Niall Horan after it was rumoured he got with his then-girlfriend Ellie Goulding. Sheeran had penned Don't about an old girlfriend cheating on him with a friend was apparently about his friend Horan and Goulding. And now he has forgiven the person, reports mirror.co.uk. When asked if he is a fo...

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When Nicole Scherzinger jumped out of a moving car

London, Oct 23 (IANS) Singer Nicole Scherzinger led to a car accident after she jumped off her moving limo because she was feeling sick. The singer was travelling through London after filming her new music video, Run, when she started feeling ill and asked the driver to stop, reports mirror.co.uk. According to The Sun newspaper, she tried to jump out the moving car and when the d...

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Nigerian parliament approves $1 bn loan to fight Boko Haram

Lagos, Oct 23 (IANS) The Nigerian House of Representatives Wednesday approved President Goodluck Jonathan's request to borrow not more than one billion dollars to tackle the security challenges facing the country. On Sep 25, the Nigerian Senate had approved the request made by the Nigerian leader to borrow the amount to tackle the national security challenges, Xinhua reported. Th...

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Modi condemns Canadian capital shootout as 'extremely disturbing'

New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Wednesday's shootout near the Canadian parliament in Ottawa as extremely disturbing. News of the attack in Ottawa is extremely disturbing. I pray for everyone's safety, he tweeted. Parliament Hill in Canada's capital Ottawa came under attack Wednesday after a gunman shot dead a soldier standing guard at the National ...

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Barack Obama condemns 'outrageous' attacks in Canada

Washington, Oct 23 (IANS) US President Barack Obama condemned the outrageous attacks that occurred in Canada in last three days and offered assistance to the US ally Wednesday during a phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Obama expressed solidarity with Canada in the wake of attacks on Canadian forces in Quebec Monday and shootings in Ottawa Wednesday morning, Xinhua q...

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Kanye's love for Kim beyond words

Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Singer Kanye West says his love for his wife Kim Kardashian can't be expressed in words. West posted a picture of his wife Tuesday night on his twitter page and captioned it Happy Birthday baby! Thank you for being the dopest wife & mom!, reports mirror.co.uk. Later, he posted again: Sometimes I feel like just saying I love you isn't strong enough t...

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Kenya to train 30,000 health workers on Ebola

Nairobi, Oct 23 (IANS) Kenya has plans to train 30,000 health workers on Ebola screening, prevention, control and case management, the health ministry said Wednesday. The training is being supported by 150 medical doctors specialized in infectious diseases control positioned across the country, Xinhua quoted Nicholas Muraguri, the director of medical services in health ministry, as sayin...

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Shootout near Canadian parliament, soldier dead

Ottawa, Oct 23 (IANS) Parliament Hill in Canada's capital Ottawa came under attack Wednesday after a gunman shot dead a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial, before seizing a car and driving to the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block nearby, a day after Canada sent an air fleet consisting of CF-18 Hornet fighters in support of the efforts to fight against the Islamic State (IS...

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Canadian soldier gunned down in Ottawa attack

Ottawa, Oct 23 (IANS) A Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa was gunned down and a security guard in the nearby parliament buildings wounded Wednesday, a day after Canada sent an air fleet consisting of CF-18 Hornet fighters in support of the efforts to fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. Parliament Hill came under att...

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