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Rio unveils Olympic venues' legacy plan

Rio de Janiro, July 30 (IANS) Rio de Janeiro's Olympic venues will be transformed into public schools, sports facilities and leisure centres under plans unveiled by the local government. The initiative is part of a pledge to ensure next year's Games leave lasting benefits for Rio's inhabitants, according to City Hall secretary Pedro Paulo Teixeira, Xinhua reported on Wednesday. S...

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Stomach acid defends against food poisoning

Washington, July 30 (IANS) High levels of stomach acid not only help animals break down food, but it also defends them against food poisoning, a study has revealed. We started this project because we wanted to better understand the relationship between stomach acidity, diet and the microbes that live in the guts of birds and mammals, said corresponding author DeAnna Beasley, a post-docto...

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Drop in copper prices here to stay: Chile

Santiago, July 30 (IANS/EFE) Chile's deputy finance minister has said here that the drop in the price of copper, the country's main export, is here to stay. There's a serious situation, which is that margins have been sharply lowered due to the drop in copper prices and rising costs, Alejandro Micco said at a meeting with members of Chile's Metallurgic and Metal-Mechanic Industries Assoc...

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Negotiations with FARC progressing: Colombian president

Bogota, July 30 (IANS/EFE) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said that after over two-and-a-half-years of peace talks with rebel group FARC in Cuba, the government is seeking fresh ideas to reach a definitive bilateral ceasefire. We will be seeking other ways to come closer to that definitive bilateral ceasefire, Santos said on Wednesday The president said after 32 month...

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Connect 'silently' with friends over Yahoo's Livetext

New York, July 30 (IANS) Yahoo has introduced a new app called Livetext, which is described by the company as live video texting - a combination of self-facing live video and chat. Each Livetext starts as a live stream similar to Periscope, which is then overlaid with text messages typed by the user in real time, The Verge reported. We want to create the emotional connection. We ...

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US calls reports of Mullah Omar's death 'credible'

Washington, July 30 (IANS/EFE) President Barack Obama's administration has called reports about the death of Taliban leader Mullah Omar credible. We do believe the reports of his death are credible, assistant White House spokesman Eric Schultz said at a press conference on Wednesday. He said US intelligence agencies are currently reviewing those reports and the circumstances in w...

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River Plate tie Tigers 0-0 in first leg of Libertadores final

Monterrey (Mexico), July 30 (IANS) Argentine club River Plate held Mexican side Tigres UANL to a 0-0 draw in a dour first leg final of South America's Copa Libertadores premier football competition. Egidio Arevalo on Wednesday had the best of the first-half chances for the hosts when his deflected shot from distance cannoned off the crossbar, reports Xinhua. River Plate almost br...

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Tyga being sued for not paying rent

Los Angeles, July 30 (IANS) Rapper Tyga's landlord is reportedly suing him after he failed to pay his rent. The 25-year-old rapper is the subject of a lawsuit filed after failing to pay two months' rent on his house in the upmarket Calabasas area of California, with the amount totalling $50,000, reports tmz.com. If Tyga doesn't pay up by Saturday, the landlord will seek to have h...

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US-based fitness chain eyes expansion in north India

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) US-based fitness chain Anytime Fitness plans to open 10 gyms in north India by end-2016. It entered the Indian market in 2012 with its first centre here. Currently, there are nearly 15 Anytime Fitness clubs in India. After establishing its strong presence in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad, the brand has identified north India as its next key ma...

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Mumbai film fest to award quality writing on cinema

Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) To recognise quality writing in cinema, Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival has announced a new award category - the Book Award for Excellence in Writing on Cinema. The award seeks entries that showcase nuanced and imaginative film writing and publishing in South Asia. Book-length works written by authors from the sub-continent and published by an Indian publishing house...

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US Federal Reserve leaves interest rates unchanged

Washington, July 30 (IANS/EFE) The US Federal Reserve decided to leave the target range for its benchmark interest rate unchanged at between 0 and 0.25 percent. It also offered an optimistic assessment of the world's biggest economy and hinted that a rate hike remains on the short-term horizon. The labour market continued to improve, with solid job gains and declining unemploymen...

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Tom Cruise sets out on 'Mission: Impossible 6'

Los Angeles, July 30 (IANS) Actor Tom Cruise will return as Ethan Hunt for a sixth installment of Mission: Impossible. He says that shooting for the film could start as early as a year from now. Cruise made the announcement on Tuesday night's The Daily Show, where he was promoting Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, the fifth installment in the popular action spy series, reports variety....

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Tips to reduce weight in 10 days

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Do you wish to reduce weight within 10 ten days? If you eat right, perform the correct exercises and follow a healthy regime, you are bound to lose the excess pounds. Manish Dagar, an expert at fitness club Celebrity Fitness, has doled out some tips: * Diet: Diet rules for waist training are that a person has to be calorie deficit. Daily consumption of a...

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Soon, natural sunscreen lotion derived from algae

London, July 30 (IANS) With health risks associated with some commercially available sunscreen lotions coming to the fore, scientists have now turned to components found in algae in a bid to provide natural options. The researchers used algae's natural sunscreen molecules, which can also be found in reef fish mucus and microorganisms, and combined them with chitosan, a biopolymer from cr...

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26 killed in Nepal landslides

Kathmandu, July 30 (IANS) At least 26 people were killed and scores others were missing after landslides hit western Nepal, a media report said on Thursday. The authorities said that 20 people were killed and 36 have gone missing in Kaski district after landslides triggered by incessant rainfall on Wednesday night. In a statement, the Nepal Army said that it has deployed personne...

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SRK looking for 100 biggest fans

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Online fashion brand Yepme.com is giving a chance to fans to get closer to superstar Shah Rukh Khan with their latest association with the Bollywood baadshah's upcoming movie Fan. The brand is running a campaign, #iamfan contest, which began on Wednesday. The contest revolves around SRK being on the lookout or his 100 biggest fans who will get to be a pa...

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Yakub's body handed over to family

Nagpur, July 30 (IANS) The body of Yakub Memon, the Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict who was hanged here on Thursday, has been handed over to his family, the authorities said. Initially, the jail authorities were not inclined to hand over the body and planned to perform the last rites in an isolated spot in the jail campus. After the hanging, Memon's brother Sulaiman submitted a...

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Jay Z, Beyonce expecting second child?

Los Angeles, July 30 (IANS) Rapper Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles are reportedly expecting their second child together. It has been rumoured that she has conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF). The couple, who already have three-year-old daughter Blue Ivy together, are feeling incredibly lucky over their apparent impending arrival, reports femalefirst.co.uk. They've been tryin...

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Lithium detected from exploding star

Washington, July 30 (IANS) Giving fresh insights into the chemical evolution of our galaxy and the chemical elements associated with the stars in the Milky Way, lithium has been found for the first time in material ejected by a nova. Lithium is one of the few elements that is predicted to have been created by the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago. But understanding the amounts...

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Kashmir lawmaker protests Yakub Memon's hanging

Srinagar, July 30 (IANS) An independent lawmaker in Kashmir on Thursday criticised the hanging of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon and termed his execution as a selective one that smacks of communal bias. The way government of India and the judiciary showed urgency in convicting and subsequent hanging of Yakub Memon clearly shows a communal bias while dealing with the cases ...

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