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US pledges support in fight against Boko Haram

Washington, April 2 (IANS) US President Barack Obama on Wednesday pledged continuing US support to Nigeria and its regional partners in the fight against extremist group Boko Haram, a media report said on Thursday. In a separate telephonic talks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, Obama highlighted the need for Nigeria and its regional partners...

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Zayn Malik's Twitter popularity falls

London, April 2 (IANS) Thousands of One Direction fans have unfollowed former band-member Zayn Malik on Twitter following the release of his first solo track I Won't Mind. Malik lost 50,000 followers on the micro-blogging site after a rough version of the track emerged on music sharing platform SoundCloud, reports dailymail.co.uk. The release of I Won't Mind on Monday evening cam...

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Over 40 killed as trawler sinks off Russia

Moscow, April 2 (IANS/TASS) At least 43 people died when a trawler with 132 people on board sank off the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, a rescue official said, according to media reports on Thursday. The official added that 63 people were rescued. All in all, 106 people (those who had died and the survivors) have been taken aboard the ships participating in the rescue operatio...

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Jamie Dornan stalked a woman to prepare for role

Los Angeles, April 2 (IANS) Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan says he stalked a woman on the tube rail to understand his role as a serial killer on the TV series The Fall. Dornan's role as Paul Spector, a serial killer, challenged him to act like an actual serial killer in real life. He told Los Angeles Times newspaper that he stalked a woman just to know how it felt like t...

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Israel approves 2,200 homes for Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Jerusalem, April 2 (IANS) Israel has approved a plan to construct 2,200 housing units for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, an official said on Wednesday. The move was hailed as a victory for Arab residents of the city, according to a Jerusalem municipality spokesperson, Xinhua reported. The new neighbourhood, called Arab al-Sawahra, would mark the largest construction project for ...

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Watching 'Furious 7' without Walker upsets Vin Diesel

Los Angeles, April 2 (IANS) Actor Vin Diesel admitted he struggles to watch the Fast and Furious franchise following his co-star Paul Walker's death. Paul was killed in a car crash on November 2013 when the Porsche he was travelling in as a passenger hit a tree and caught fire. Diesel admitted he can't help feeling sad when he watches the films and sees Walker. Telly host...

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Jordan assumes UNSC presidency for April

United Nations, April 2 (IANS) Jordan on Wednesday assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for April. Dina Kawar, the permanent representative of Jordan at the UN, took over the rotating presidency from Francois Delattre, the French ambassador to the UN, who had held the UNSC presidency for March, according to a Xinhua report. In April, a ministerial-lev...

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Nine Britons trying to enter Syria detained in Turkey

Ankara, April 2 (IANS) Nine British nationals trying to illegally enter the conflict-ridden Syria through Turkey have been detained, and handed over to judicial authorities, Turkish officials said on Wednesday. The Britons were trying to cross into Syria from the Hatay province in southern Turkey, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement, according to a Xinhua report. The Br...

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Over 2,000 evacuated as fire breaks out in London

London, April 2 (IANS) Over 2,000 people were evacuated from a number of buildings in central London on Wednesday after an electrical fire broke out under a pavement, according to media reports. Fire crews are dealing with an electrical fire among cables under the pavement on Kingsway, Holborn, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said in a statement, according to the Xinhua news agency.

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Police headquarters targeted in Turkey, attacker killed

Ankara, April 2 (IANS) The police headquarters in the Turkish city of Istanbul was targeted by two attackers on Wednesday, and one of the attackers was killed, while the other was arrested, according to media reports. The slain attacker was a woman, Xinhua reported, adding that two policemen were wounded in the incident. Traffic was closed on Vatan Street, on which the Istanbul p...

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Vanessa Hudgens got 'mean' to Efron's fans

Los Angeles, April 2 (IANS) Actress Vanessa Hudgens, who was in a relationship with co-star Zac Efron, says she grew increasingly fed up with the female attention that he was receiving and couldn't help but be hostile to his admirers. I went through a phase when I was really mean because I was so fed up. Girls were running after him, and I was giving them death stares, she said, reports ...

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Martial law lifted in Thialand

Bangkok, April 2 (IANS) Martial law was lifted in Thailand on Wednesday with immediate effect, according to media reports. King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the request of Thailand Prime Minister and junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha to revoke martial law throughout the country, The Bangkok Post reported. Thailand's ruling junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), annou...

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Dave Chappelle sues man for throwing banana peel

Los Angeles, April 2 (IANS) American comdian Dave Chappelle pressed charges against a man who threw a banana peel at his leg during a show in Mexico. The man was charged with disorderly conduct, and was imprisoned in Santa Fe County Detention Center on Monday night, reports aceshowbiz.com Andrea Dobyns, a Santa Fe police spokewoman, said that the incident began when Chappelle not...

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Iran nuclear talks extended until April 2

Lausanne, April 2 (IANS) Negotiations over the Iranian nuclear programme has been extended for the second time after the world powers and Iran missed the March 31 deadline for a preliminary accord. The talks will now continue into Thursday. US state department spokesperson Marie Harf said progress had been made in the talks, adding that US Secretary of State John Kerry would be staying u...

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Iran talks productive, progressing: US

Washington, April 2 (IANS) The US said on Wednesday that the Iran nuclear talks underway in Switzerland that are aimed at laying the groundwork for a potentially historic agreement have been productive and making progress. The sense that we have is that, yes, the talks continue to be productive and that progress is being made, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday, accordi...

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Yemen evacuation: Over 350 head home on two IAF flights

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The Indian evacuation efforts of its stranded nationals in strife-torn Yemen was in full swing on Wednesday, as two Indian Air Force flights took off from Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, carrying over 350 Indian nationals back home even as a naval ship went back to a Yemeni port to ferry more Indians to safety. A Globemaster transport plane took off from Djibou...

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Israel's new missile defence system to be operational by 2016

Jerusalem, April 1 (IANS) A new Israeli missile defence system may enter service as early as next year, the defence ministry announced on Wednesday. David's Sling or Magic Wand was successfully tested and could become operational as early as 2016, Xinhua cited the ministry as saying in a statement. The new system will undergo a final test in the near future, the ministry added.

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Human resources can become dividend if utilised properly: President

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) With India set to have over half of the world's working population, this human resource can become a dividend if it is utilised properly, President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Wednesday. While the population of Europe and China are ageing, India will have more than half of the working population of the world. This human resource can become a dividend if it is ut...

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Centre using smokescreen of deception: Jairam

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has targeted the central government for using smokescreen of deception reflected in the land acquisition bill, and said that in contrast, the UPA regime was second to none in promoting rural development. Ramesh also said the Congress never objected to a debate or shied away from a public discourse as alleged by union Road Transport ...

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Friendly ties with Bangladesh not at cost of troopers' lives: Rajnath

Kolkata, April 1 (IANS) Calling the BSF's non-lethal strategy a myth, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said friendly relationship with Bangladesh cannot be at the cost of lives of Indian troopers. There is nothing like a non-lethal strategy. What is paramount that our borders need to be protected? I cannot allow that the jawans are attacked and they cannot fire in self-defence, s...

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