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Maharashtra landslide toll touches 50

Pune, Aug 1 (IANS) The toll in a landslide disaster in Maharashtra's Malin village touched 50, with another 22 injured, an official said here Friday. So far we have recovered 50 bodies. The relief and rescue work continues on a war-footing, Pune Collector Saurabh Rao, who is monitoring the situation round-the-clock, told IANS. The village was entirely swept under a landslide Wedn...

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Watch your waistline for diabetes risk

London, Aug 1 (IANS) A British health report has warned that adults with a large waistline are five times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. In its report, the Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of Britain's Department of Health, said they encourage people to monitor their waistline and assess risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to the report, men hav...

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Woman kills sons, self after quarrel with husband

Bhubaneswar, Aug 1 (IANS) A woman in Odisha killed her two minor sons before hanging herself to death after a quarrel with her husband over some trivial matter, police said Friday. The incident took place Wednesday at Raipanka village in Gajapati district, about 300 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. But it came to light after a family member informed the police a day later. Jhum...

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Guerrillas snatch security guard's weapon

Srinagar, Aug 1 (IANS) Separatist guerrillas Friday snatched the weapon of a guard posted for the security of a judge here, an official said. Militants snatched the service weapon of a guard posted on protection duty with a district and sessions judge, a police official told IANS. The incident occurred at the residence of the judge in the city outskirts, the officer added.

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I was fortunate with all leading ladies, except one: Douglas

Los Angeles, Aug 1 (IANS) Actor Michael Douglas says he always enjoyed a great rapport with all his female co-stars, except one. Although he didn't reveal the name of that one actress, the the 69-year showered praise on Diane Keaton, who plays his love interest in And So It Goes. She's like a muse. She's so bright, yet not threatening. She's got that wonderful laugh and laughs at...

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Hamas accepts UN-proposed ceasefire in Gaza

Gaza, Aug 1 (IANS) Islamic Hamas movement and other Palestinian factions accepted early Friday a UN-proposed ceasefire for 72 hours with Israel, a senior Hamas official said. Izzat al-Resheq, member in Qatar based-Hamas politburo and closed to Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, confirmed the three-day humanitarian truce deal on his personal Facebook page, Xinhua reported. Responding to...

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Assad vows persistent fight against 'terrorism' in Syria

Damascus, Aug 1 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that his administration's war against terrorism is a battle of existence, state media reported. Assad made the remarks in a speech marking the 69th anniversary of the Syrian army, during which Assad stressed that there would be no leniency in fighting terrorism. Today we are more determined to stand in the face...

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Offensive on Gaza big gamble for Israelis: Hamas

Gaza, Aug 1 (IANS) The Islamic Hamas movement said Thursday that the continuation of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip is a big gamble for the Israelis. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to resume the military operation is a gamble that pushes the Israeli army to the unknown, Xinhua quoted Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhhoum as saying in a statement. Netany...

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Mexico, California to build new border crossing

Mexico City, Aug 1 (IANS) Mexico and the US state of California agreed Thursday to build a new vehicle border crossing to help boost trade, Mexican authorities said. Vice Minister Raul Murrieta Cummings and the secretary of the California Transportation Agency, Brian P. Kelly, signed a memorandum of understanding to build and put into operation the Otay II-Otay Mesa East International Bo...

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Israel confirms 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza

Jerusalem, Aug 1 (IANS) Israel confirmed Friday it has accepted a proposal for a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas, which starts at 0500 GMT. Israel has accepted the U.S./UN proposal for a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire beginning 8.00 a.m. Friday (local time), Xinhua quoted a senior Israeli official as saying while requesting anonymity. Earlier, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon and ...

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15 killed, 233 injured in Taiwan gas leak explosions

Taipei, Aug 1 (IANS) At least 15 people, including fire fighters, were killed and 233 injured in gas leak explosions that hit Taiwan's Kaohsiung city Thursday. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said that the incident was the worst of its kind in recent decade, Xinhua reported. The island's fire-fighting authority said gas leaks were reported in the city's Cianjhen district at around 9.00 ...

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Kelsey Grammer wants more kids

Los Angeles, Aug 1 (IANS) Actor Kelsey Grammer, who recently became father for the sixth time and is also a grandfather, is keen to expand his family even at the age of 69. His young wife Kayte gave birth to the couple's second child, Gabriel, July 22, and the proud father is already planning for more kids, reports contactmusic.com. The former Frasier star told Closer magazine: I...

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China accuses US over military reconnaissance

Beijing, Aug 1 (IANS) China Thursday accused the US of regular reconnaissance by naval ships and aircraft in Chinese waters and airspace. Vessels and aircraft of the US military have for a long time carried out frequent reconnaissance in waters and airspace under Chinese jurisdiction, which seriously affects China's national security and could easily cause accidents, Xinhua quoted defen...

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UAE provides $544 mn for needy West Bank families

Dubai, Aug 1 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has provided two million Dirham (544 million dollars) in aid to more than 4,400 needy families in the West Bank during holy month of Ramadan. The aid was provided through country's aid fund Human Appeal International (HAI). The 4,400 beneficiary families are based in the cities of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Qalqilya and Tulkarem and To...

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Iggy Azalea to make film debut in 'Fast and Furious 7'

Los Angeles, Aug 1 (IANS) Singer-model Iggy Azalea is all set to make her acting debut. She will be seen in a cameo in the forthcoming movie Fast and Furious 7, actor Vin Diesel has revealed. The 47 year-old actor made the announcement via an interview with a radio show, saying: Iggy Azalea, I just worked with her two weeks ago. I guess you'll be the first person that knows this - we cas...

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Kelly Osbourne sued by former landlord

Los Angeles, Aug 1 (IANS) Kelly Osbourne's former landlord has sued her by claimed that the singer caused damages worth $70,000 to his property after she let her dogs defecate all over the apartment. The Fashion Police host earlier took legal action against the landlord for keeping her security deposit when she moved out of the apartment. He has now fired back and is suing the singer for...

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China lifts military controls delaying flights

Beijing, Aug 1 (IANS) China's civil aviation authority has decided to abort control measures from Friday in place for flights in the country's eastern, central and southern regions while a military exercise goes on in southeast coastal areas. After flight delays attributable to the controls, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said flights in these regions will return to normal op...

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Now SEPA to facilitate euro payments

Brussels, Aug 1 (IANS) The European Commission said Thursday that the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) would become fully operational in all euro zone countries from Aug 1, 2014 onwards. SEPA, the largest payments initiative ever undertaken within Europe, would also apply to euro-denominated transactions in non-euro zone countries from October 30, 2016, it added. The SEPA would ...

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Russia to host 'highest-level' FIFA World Cup

Moscow, Aug 1 (IANS) Russia vowed Thursday to hold its first FIFA World Cup in 2018 at the highest level possible. A working group from the Russia-2018 organising committee has stayed in Brazil for the whole duration of the 2014 World Cup, from June 12 to July 13, Xinhua quoted Russian Football Premier League head Sergei Pryadkin as telling reporters, adding the group had gained necessa...

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Iran denies agreement on Arak, Fordow n-sites

Tehran, Aug 1 (IANS) Tehran and the six world powers have not made any agreement on Iran's heavy water nuclear power plant of Arak and the underground bunker of Fordow uranium enrichment establishment, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator said here Thursday. In principle, no agreement has been made on any topics pertaining to the nuclear issues of Iran yet. And the difference over Arak he...

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