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Ebola epidemic spiraling out of control: Obama

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is spiraling out of control and posing a potential threat to global security, US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday. If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us, Obama said as he visited Center...

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My son has taught me about patience: Hilary Duff

Los Angeles, Sep 17 (IANS) Actress Hilary Duff can't really remember life without her two-year-old son Luca and says he has changed her completely. The Chasing the sun singer credits Luca, her son with estranged husband Mike Comrie, for changing her priorities and outlook on life. I feel like I don't even remember who I was before I had him, femalefirst.co.uk quoted her as sayin...

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Scottish minister insists of using pound even if gets independence

Edinburg, Sep 17 (IANS) Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Tuesday insisted that an independent Scotland could not be prevented from using the pound. In an interview with Sky TV news, Salmond reiterated his desire to hold on to sterling, saying that the words about being able to be vetoed from using the pound actually is not true and no one can stop Scotland from using the pound.

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Portman 'honoured' to be face of Dior

Los Angeles, Sep 17 (IANS) Actress Natalie Portman says it is an honour to front campaigns for Dior and is constantly excited about working on new projects with the Parisian label. The Black Swan star, who has worked with the Parisian fashion house since 2010, gushed over her collaboration with the luxury label and admitted she feels constantly excited to get to work on the brand's lates...

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US does not rule out sending ground troops to Iraq

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that US ground troops could be called into battle against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria if circumstances require. So far, US President Barack Obama has deployed about 1,600 military advisors to Iraq, but has stressed that boots are not on the ground in a combat role. Howev...

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69th session of UN General Assembly begins

United Nations, Sep 17 (IANS) The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) started its 69th session at the UN Headquarters in New York Tuesday. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, Uganda's foreign minister who was elected president of the 69th UNGA session June 11, said in his opening remarks that the coming year will be a momentous time for the UN. We will commemorate the seventieth anniversary o...

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Spanish minister warns against Catalonia independence vote

Madrid, Sep 17 (IANS) Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo warned that if Catalonia region continues with plans to hold an independence referendum Nov 9, the regions status as an autonomous community could be at risk. The Catalan Parliament is pressing on with plans to hold the referendum, despite warnings from Madrid that the vote is illegal under the current ...

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Men are pigs: Kelly Brook

London, Sep 17 (IANS) Actress-model Kelly Brook targets at her ex-boyfriends Billy Zane and Jason Statham again by branding them as pigs. The Piranha 3D star released her tell-all memoir Close Up earlier this month in which she detailed her romances with Zane, Statham and British rugby star Danny Cipriani. She made personal revelations about all three men in the tome, and even re...

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Dutch Supreme Court upholds sentence in child abuse case

The Hague, Sep 17 (IANS) Dutch Supreme Court Tuesday upheld the 19 years jail sentence of a man, who abused 67 young children in a child care centre. In April last year Robert M. was sentenced to 19 years in prison and compulsory treatment for committing 80 sexual offenses, abusing 67 children while working at a child care centre in Amsterdam and for the distribution and making of child ...

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Kate Moss is Kristin Cavallari's style icon

Los Angeles, Sep 17 (IANS) Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari admires Supermodel Kate Moss' effortless dressing and describes her as the ultimate style icon. The former The Hills star, who gave birth to her second son, Jaxon, with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, in May this year, admires the Croydon-born supermodel. When asked to name her fashion inspirations, Cavallari tol...

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NASA to make major announcement about spacecraft contracts

Washington, Sep 17 (IANS) US space agency NASA said Tuesday it will make a major announcement regarding the awarding of contracts to build commercial spaceships that will send the country's astronauts to space soil by 2017. NASA is poised to announce the final phase of development and certification to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the International ...

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Ukraine grants self rule, amnesty to rebels

Kiev, Sep 16 (IANS) Ukrainian parliamentarians Tuesday granted self-rule to parts of two eastern regions -- Donetsk and Luhansk, and an amnesty to pro-Russian rebels, BBC reported. The law, affecting the two regions, is in line with the Sep 5 ceasefire. President Petro Poroshenko said the legislation grants special status to parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions for three-years. I...

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In Ho Chi Minh City, president extols transformation, praises Modi

Ho Chi Minh City, Sep 16 (IANS) Visiting Vietnam's business capital on the penultimate day of his state visit, President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday extolled the city's transformation to a regional economic hub after a tumultuous past, and also praised the Narendra Modi government back home for improving India's economy and its image aboard. Modi got a welcome boost from Mukherjee, who unex...

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Kashmir releases Rs.200 crore more to restore infrastructure

Jammu, Sep 16 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government Tuesday released Rs.100 crore each for the administrations in the Kashmir valley and the Jammu region for temporary restoration of infrastructure following the massive floods. The state government today (Tuesday) placed Rs.100 crore each for temporary restoration of infrastructure at the disposal of the divisional commissioners of Jam...

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Indian-origin British MP defends non-participation in Kashmir debate

London, Sep 16 (IANS/RAY) Priti Patel, a British MP of Indian-origin who has been appointed Indian Diaspora Champion by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Tuesday defended her non-participation in last week's Kashmir debate in the British parliament. While I would have been proud to represent the views of the British Indian community, longstanding parliamentary protocol prevented me f...

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National-level gymnast, coach booked for sexual harassment

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) A gymnast and his coach who are attending a national camp for the upcoming Asian Games, have been booked for allegedly sexually harassing a woman gymnast at the Indira Gandhi indoor stadium here, police said Tuesday. A case on charges of gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman and for criminal intimidation under various sections of the Indian Pen...

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Fuel rushed to Kashmir as Jammu-Srinagar highway reopens

Jammu, Sep 16 (IANS) The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Tuesday started despatching petroleum products to flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir following the reopening of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, officials said. As part of its efforts to restore normalcy in petroleum supplies in the flood-affected areas of Kashmir Division, IOC has loaded and dispatched about 400 kilo-litres (kl) of ...

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IAF chief carries out aerial survey of flood-hit Kashmir

Srinagar, Sep 16 (IANS) Chief of Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha Tuesday visited the flooded-affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir and carried out an aerial survey of these areas. A defence statement issued here Tueday said: The chairman, chiefs of staff committee (COSC) and chief of the air staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha visited the flood-affected areas of Jammu and ...

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Modi gets president's kudos for improving economy, India's global image

Ho Chi Minh City, Sep 16 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday got a welcome boost from President Pranab Mukherjee, who unexpectedly largely abandoned his prepared speech to a gathering of the Indian community in Vietnam and instead extolled the NDA government's steps to improve the economy and burnish India's global image. After the new government (led by Modi) came out with a mas...

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Johnson and Johnson's biggest plant coming up in Telangana

Hyderabad, Sep 16 (IANS) Global pharmaceuticals and consumer packaged goods manufacturer Johnson and Johnson's biggest manufacturing facility in India is set to come up in Telangana with an investment of Rs.400 crore. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will Thursday lay the foundation stone for the American multinational's plant in Penjerla village in Mahabubnagar district, ab...

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