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31 killed in attack near school in Syria

Beirut, Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) Several children were among the 31 people killed in a pair of bombings near a school in the central Syrian city of Homs, a Syrian official said. Seventy-four others were injured in the blasts. The official said that 15 minutes after a car loaded with C4 explosives and gas cylinders blew up near the Akrima Makhzumi School in the Akrima Yadide district of H...

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'Rush Hour' to hit small screen as TV series

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan's blockbuster film franchise Rush Hour is heading to the small screen. Warner Bros. Television team has recruited Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Mad Men producer Blake MCCormick to adapt the action films for television, reports contactmusic.com. The series will follow the style of the movies and feature the adventures of a ...

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'Twilight' to return as short films

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Twilight is set to return in the form of five short films that will be broadcast exclusively on social-networking site Facebook. It's been revealed five female directors will be selected to make their own short film based on the iconic characters for The Storytellers - New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga. The directors will be mentored by a group of...

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Lavrov charges Ukraine with war crimes after mass graves found

Moscow, Oct 2 (IANS/EFE) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused Ukraine of committing war crimes after pro-Russian separatists allegedly discovered several mass graves in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. This is obviously a war crime. Already more than 400 bodies have been discovered in graves outside Donetsk and we hope that Western capitals will not hush up these facts ...

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Obama, Netanyahu talk focus on peace, Iran and terrorism

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House Wednesday and held discussion over some thorny issues including peace with the Palestinians, Iran's nuclear programme and the battle against the Islamic State Sunni radical group. We meet at a challenging time, Obama told his guest ahead of their talks, calling for effo...

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Dominic Cooper, a caring boyfriend

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Dracula Untold actor Dominic Cooper believes that when he's in a relationship, he tries to give his best by being caring and understanding. His former girlfriend Amanda Seyfried recently commented that she was too uptight in her relationship with Cooper for their relationship to work long term. Reacting to this, Cooper said in a statement: I like to thin...

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US sends 700 soldiers to Liberia to fight Ebola

Washington, Oct 2 (IANS) US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorised the deployment of 700 soldiers to Liberia to help with the fight against the Ebola epidemic there, the Defence Department said in a statement Wednesday. The troops will be deployed in late October to supervise the construction of Ebola treatment units, conduct site surveys and provide engineering expertise in an are...

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15 killed in tribal clashes in Libya

Tripoli, Oct 2 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and 55 were injured in fighting between local tribes near Libya's southern city of Sebha, security sources said Wednesday. The deadly clashes took place between members of the Awlad Suleiman and the Qaddadfa tribes. Local residents said that many houses were destroyed and continuous bombing was heard over the last two week, Xinhua repo...

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Pitt enjoys fatherhood, feels like the richest man

Los Angeles, Oct 2 (IANS) Actor Brad Pitt says that fatherhood has not only made him more generous and alive, it also makes him feel like the richest man alive. The 50-year-old has six children - Maddox, 13; Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 6. In the November issue of the Psychologies magazine, he spoke about what he's learned from raising children and more, re...

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Seven killed in grenade attack in Azerbaijan

Baku, Oct 2 (IANS) Seven people were killed and two seriously injured in Azerbaijan after a grenade was thrown into a house, authorities said Wednesday. The attack took place in the country's Goranboy region, around 320 km west of Baku, Wednesday. The suspected attacker, Rafig Huseynov, 36, threw a grenade into the house where his father-in-law lived. Huseynov's wife was also in...

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UN extends its mission in Liberia

Monrovia, Oct 2 (IANS) The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) till September 15 next year keeping in view the Ebola outbreak in the country, a senior UN official said Wednesday. Karin Landgren, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's special representative for Liberia, made the announcement in Liberia's capital Monrovia, Xinhua report...

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Israel approves new settlement in East Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Oct 2 (IANS) An Israeli committee has granted approval to the construction of a massive Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, Israeli settlements watchdog Peace Now said Wednesday. The approval by Jerusalem District Committee came shortly before the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington for a meeting with US President Barak Obama. The move is expected ...

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Catalonia to go ahead with peaceful referendum

Madrid, Oct 1 (IANS) President of Spain's Catalonia autonomous community Artur Mas Wednesday said he has not changed his mind about the region's independence referendum despite the Spanish Constitutional Court declaring it unconstitutional. The court declared Catalonia's proposed referendum invalid following an appeal by the Spanish government. In a counter move, the Catalan gove...

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Show cause notice to over 10,000 associations

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The union home ministry has issued show cause notice to around 10,300 associations registered under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 for not filing mandatory annual return, a statement said Wednesday. The defaulting associations are being asked to submit the proof of submission of returns within one month and in case they have not filed the returns, jus...

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NIIT to partner Microsoft to train women for IT industry

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Leading talent development major NIIT Ltd. is partnering with global software firm Microsoft to train and certify girl students and women through skill enhancing courses for the Indian IT industry. As the learning partner of Microsoft India, we will offer eight new software courses to develop talent pool for the IT industry through scholarships for girls students ...

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Desmond Tutu urges support for Hong Kong protests

Johannesburg, Oct 1 (IANS/EFE) South African Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu Wednesday called on all those who believe in democracy to support the student-led protests demanding that genuinely democratic elections be held in Hong Kong. I salute the courage of the hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens who have participated in mass demonstrations in the territory in recent days to...

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US, India to collaborate on Mars, Earth missions

Washington, Oct 1 (IANS) US and India have agreed to enhance cooperation in Mars exploration and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore the red planet besides launching a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents for this purpose in...

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Centre issues notification to regularise e-rickshaws

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) The Union Road Transport and Highway Ministry Wednesday issued a notification to regularise e-rickshaws, sources said. The gazetted notification by the ministry was aimed at re-starting the operation of e-rickshaws. BJP Delhi president Satish Upadhyay welcomed the notification. Upadhyay said as a result of the efforts of Road Transport and Highway ...

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81 killed in Iraq as security forces launch offensive

Baghdad, Oct 1 (IANS) At least 81 people were killed Wednesday in airstrikes and clashes between the Iraqi forces and militants, security sources said. In Salahudin province, north of Baghdad, Iraqi security forces backed by allied forces launched an offensive in the early morning hours against militants of the Islamic State (IS). The Al Qaeda offshoot has been seizing a cluster ...

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Modi to launch 'Swachh Bharat Mission' Thursday

New Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Swachh Bharat Mission here Thursday, which is aimed at creating a 'Clean India' in the next five years. Modi would symbolically wield a broom Oct 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and reach out to all Indians to make cleanliness a mass movement. Preparations are being made in government offices and als...

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