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Cuba restores ties with US but wants embargo ended

Havana, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Cuban President Raul Castro has announced the re-establishment of diplomatic ties with the US, broken since 1961, in a historic move that has taken Cubans by surprise but which paves the way towards the long-awaited end of the economic embargo choking the weakened Cuban economy. Castro announced Wednesday the resumption of diplomatic ties with the US after more ...

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After Peshawar massacre, Goa Police tighten security in schools

Panaji, Dec 18 (IANS) Goa Police have started a security drive across the state's schools in the wake of the massacre of students in Pakistan's Peshawar city by terrorists Tuesday. The police will interact with school managements, work out drills in case of emergencies as well as up security arrangements near school campuses, a senior police official said Thursday. Speaking to re...

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Watson must convert starts into big scores: Slater

Brisbane, Dec 18 (IANS) Former Australian Test opener Michael Slater said Thursday all-rounder Shane Watson must begin making big scores batting at the crucial No.3 position. Watson was dismissed for 25 runs on the second day of the second Test here Thursday, getting caught at mid-on by Shikhar Dhawan to spinner Ravichandran Ashwin while trying to force the pace. It marked the 35...

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Manchester United have the loudest fans

London, Dec 18 (IANS) Manchester United fans have been crowned the noisiest when following their team away from home in the English Premier League (EPL) in a survey conducted by brewing company Carlsberg. Louis van Gaal's side did not win a game on their away trips until Nov 22 at Arsenal - after five away matches and were fortunate to secure three points then, reports the dailymail.co.u...

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Four get life term in 1975 L.N. Mishra murder case

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Four followers of Hindu sect Anand Marg were Thursday sentenced to life by a court here for the 1975 murder of then railway minister Lalit Narayan Mishra. District Judge Vinod Goel, who passed the order, had Dec 8 held the four guilty of killing Mishra. ...

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OPEC daily basket price closes lower

Vienna, Dec 18 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $55.64 a barrel Wednesday, compared to $55.91 Tuesday, 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 (Libya), ...

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Militant Islam is never Islam: Mahesh Bhatt

Mumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who maintains close cultural links with Pakistan, feels its morale has hit an all-time low with the savage killing of children in Peshawar. On Tuesday Taliban militants attacked an army school and slaughtered 148 people including 132 children, in Pakistan's Peshawar city in retaliation to the army's operation against extremists in N...

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Poor, 'unrecognised' blind cricketers do India proud

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) They are blind, hail from financially weak backgrounds, lack training facilities and are not recognised by the Indian cricket board, but have more than made up for this with their fighting spirit. Their valour and confidence saw India's visually impaired cricketers emerging champions after beating Pakistan in the quadrennial 40-overs World Cup in South Africa. Th...

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Peshawar attack: How rescuers braved bullets for call of duty

Peshawar, Dec 18 (IANS) Unparalleled courage was displayed by a group of rescuers who put their lives at stake to move the dead and wounded out of the school building in Peshawar in Pakistan where terrorists unleashed a bloodbath Tuesday. In one of the worst acts of human savagery ever perpetrated, the Pakistani Taliban slaughtered 148 people, 132 of them children, in a brazen attack on ...

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Pakistani court grants bail to 26/11 key accused Lakhvi

Islamabad, Dec 18 (IANS) Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and one of the main accused in the 26/11 Mumbai attack, was granted bail Thursday by Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC). The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor disagreed with the bail request. However advocate Rizwan Abbasi, representing Lakhvi, appeared before the court as the bail pleas ...

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US-Cuban ties is Havana's victory: CPI-M

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The establishment of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba is a victory for the Cuban people and government, the CPI-M said Thursday. The Communist Party of India-Marxist said it welcomed the agreement between the two governments to take steps to normalize relations between them. The release of the three remaining 'Cuban Five' jailed in the US on false...

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'Most US children likely to live with unmarried mothers'

Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) More than half of all US children will likely live with unmarried mothers at some point before they reach 18, said a study by researchers from the Princeton University and the Harvard University, the US. The absence of a biological father increases the likelihood that a child will exhibit anti-social behaviour like aggression, breaking rules and delinquency. ...

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'Party like a Punjabi' not just for Punjabis: Manjeet Ral

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Manjeet Ral's new song titled Party like a Punjabi, for which he teamed up with actor-singer Gippy Grewal, will be out Dec 22. The Canada-based Punjabi singer says the dance track is not just for Punjabis but everyone. I wanted to create something that has an international sound that works with a cosmopolitan audience. This is my musical creation for all audience...

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GSI to look for coal reserves in Tripura

Agartala, Dec 18 (IANS) The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has undertaken a diverse study after a coal-like substance was found in Tripura, an official said here Thursday. Workers while digging earth for road construction recently found large coal-like substances at Thakukchuracherra village (under Gandacherra sub-division in northern Tripura), Gandacherra sub-divisional magistrate Bha...

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Plan of bowling fuller worked perfectly: Hazlewood

Brisbane, Dec 18 (IANS) After serious questions were asked of them on the first day of the second cricket Test, the Australian bowlers struck back impressively in the morning of Day Two by picking up the remaining six Indian wickets for barely 97 runs -- with the hero of the fightback 23-year old debutant pacer Josh Hazlewood saying the team's plan of bowling fuller worked to perfection. ...

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Peshawar attack: Pakistanis overwhelmed with India's solidarity

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) For the past two days, Indians have been constantly communicating with Pakistanis through Twitter condemning the Peshawar attack and showing solidarity in the hour of grief. This gesture has been acknowledged by Pakistanis who are overwhelmed with this humane, undiluted sign of love and kindness. Ever since the terror attack took place Dec 16 at a school in Pesha...

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Hostage reveals drama inside Sydney siege

Sydney, Dec 18 (IANS) Sydney hostage Joel Herat has revealed the drama that unfolded inside the cafe where he and 16 others were held at gunpoint by Islamist extremist Man Haron Monis. In an interview with Fairfax Media published Thursday, his father Bruce Herat said Joel told them Monis repeatedly said someone must die now when the first of the hostages escaped Monday afternoon. ...

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Myanmar population increases by over 200,000 in seven months

Yangon, Dec 18 (IANS) Myanmar's population increased by 237,975 in the first seven months (April-October) of the 2014-15 fiscal, media reported Thursday. The number of births during the seven months was 375,763, exceeding the number of deaths, which stood at 137,788, Xinhua reported citing the semi-official Global New Light of Myanmar. Quoting statistics from the ministry of imm...

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'Paddington' to hit Indian screens Jan 16, 2015

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Family entertainer Paddington, based on the bestselling and internationally loved series of children's stories by British author Michael Bond, will hit 150 screens across India Jan 16, 2015. Directed by Paul King and produced by David Heyman, the movie will be released in the country by PictureWorks, a statement said. The film has already opened to warm r...

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Botswana's track star Montsho waits her fate on doping

Gaborone, Dec 18 (IANS) Botswana's former World and Commonwealth Games champion Amantle Montsho is yet to know her fate five months after failing a drug test. Montsho tested positive for a prohibited substance, methylhexaneamine, at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July, reports Xinhua. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) immediately withheld her results from the event,...

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