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Kerry, Abbas discuss Gaza ceasefire

Ramallah, July 23 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed the possibilities of reaching a ceasefire to end the on-going violence in the Gaza Strip. Kerry phoned Abbas to discuss reaching a truce in Gaza based on the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, Xinhua reported. Late Tuesday, Abbas said that the Israeli offensive...

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Goa government faces flak over tourism junkets

Panaji, July 23 (IANS) The Goa BJP government faced criticism from all sections after documents tabled in the state assembly here revealed Rs.13.24 crore were spent on tourism junkets in the state, since the party came to power in 2012. The documents were tabled in the state legislative assembly Tuesday. The government had earlier faced flak for sanctioning a Rs.89 lakh World Cup...

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I am from northeast... but I am not Mowgli!

Does the Rajdhani Express go to Assam? I thought I had heard something wrong. When the question was repeated, I knew I heard it right. My blood came to a boil. But my conscience got the better of me as I realised that the person may genuinely not know much about Assam. I said instead: No, the Rajdhani goes only till New Jalpaiguri. On the Assam-Bengal border, we get off and take a bulloc...

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UEFA Champions League qualifying results

London, July 23 (IANS) Following are the results from the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg, according to Xinhua: FK Sutjeska (Montenegro), 0 FC Sheriff, Moldova, 3 Sheriff qualify 5-0 on aggregate Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2 FC Santa Coloma, Andorra, 0 Maccabi qualify 3-0 on aggregate Levadia Tallinn, Estonia, 1 Sparta Prague, Czec...

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Lady Gaga joins water conservation campaign

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) Singer Lady Gaga has joined a campaign urging the people of California to conserve water. In a new video for the Save Our Water campaign, the singer reveals she learned all about California's water shortage during a recent trip to the state, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She concludes her message by asking the Californians, Do your part to save water. ...

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Jada Pinkett Smith stands up against sexual assault

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has taken on cause of sexual assault after a family incident. Smith is speaking up for rape victims, a cause that nearly hit close to home for the actress, who revealed her niece was recently drugged, though fortunately not assaulted, reports people.com. The 42-year-old had first addressed the topic of sexual assault earlier...

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US approves probes against Chinese tires

Washington, July 23 (IANS) The US International Trade Commission (USITC) Tuesday approved the anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations against imports of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China. USITC's all six commissioners voted in the affirmative, saying, there is a reasonable indication that a US industry is materially injured by reason of imports of c...

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Eddie Murphy's namesake drops defamation lawsuit

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) Actor Eddie Murphy gets a clean chit after a comedian, who shares his last name, dropped a defamation lawsuit against the star. Brando Murphy had filed a $50 million lawsuit against The Nutty Professor actor, accusing him of jeopardising his stand-up career by criticising his act. He also alleged members of the star's entourage had threatened him, reports cont...

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Fighting in Gaza will end 'in very near future': UN chief

United Nations, July 23 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that he believed his talks with world leaders will lead to an end to the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas in the very near future. Ban made the remarks when he briefed the UN Security Council on the Gaza situation Tuesday morning via video conference from Ramallah in the West Bank, the fifth stop on his...

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Nigeria poverty level drops: Report

Lagos, July 23 (IANS) Poverty rate in Nigeria has dropped from 35.2 percent to 33.1 percent in 2013, a latest World Bank report said Tuesday. The decrease represents a dramatic drop from an estimated poverty rate of 62.2 percent recorded between 2009 and 2010 based on the Harmonised Nigeria Living Standard Statistics (HNLSS), John Litwack, the bank's acting country manager said, Xinhua r...

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UN agencies call for actions against polio in Syria

Geneva, July 23 (IANS) The World Health Organisation and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund Tuesday said in a report that actions are needed to protect children against polio in Syria as polio cases resurfaced in the conflict-stricken country. The first case of polio in Syria since 1999 was reported in October 2013. So far 36 children have been paralysed by the di...

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Kevin Spacey offered donation to turn vegetarian

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) Actor Kevin Spacey has been offered a donation of $6,000 to his theatre company by animal rights campaigners if he switches meat for vegetarian food at an upcoming fundraising barbecue. The 54-year-old is giving his fans an opportunity to pay and have barbecued ribs with him on the set of his drama series House of Cards, with proceeds going to the Geffen Playh...

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22 killed in Baghdad bomb attack

Baghdad, July 23 (IANS) At least 22 people were killed and 45 were wounded in a car bomb explosion in the capital Baghdad Tuesday, a source from the interior ministry said. A suicide bomber blew up himself at a checkpoint in a Shiite-majority district of Kadhimiyah area, north of Baghdad, killing 22 people and injuring 45 others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. ...

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Katie Price still loves cheating husband

London, July 23 (IANS) Former model Katie Price wanted to throttle her cheating husband Kieran Hayler, but that doesn't stop her from loving him. She was left broken hearted when she discovered her husband had cheated on her with two of her close friends, but admits that she will be staying with him through his rehab treatment for sex addiction, reports contactmusic.com. I could ...

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Iceland donates humanitarian relief funds to Palestinians

Rekjavik, July 23 (IANS) Icelan's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson announced here Tuesday that his country will donate $104,000 to the Palestinians suffering from the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The funds will go to two UN programmes operating in Gaza. Half of the funds will go to United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) while the other half will go to United Nations Relief and Wo...

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Cher Lloyd wants to confront Louis Walsh

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) Singer Cher Lloyd recently expressed her desire to confront Louis Walsh, who judges The X Factor, after the latter called her a spoilt child sparking a war of words between the two. Walsh had also labelled her difficult to work with when she appeared on the competition aged 16, reports contactmusic.com. It's something I find very strange, especially fr...

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Israel to destroy Hamas tunnels before ending offensive

Jerusalem, July 23 (IANS) The Israeli army Tuesday said that it will not cease its Gaza offensive before rooting out the terror tunnels that Hamas are using to sneak into Israel, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tried to broker a peace between the Jewish state and the Islamist Hamas movement. The end position of this mission needs to be at a level that these tunnels no longer pose a t...

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One Direction to release concert movie in 50 nations

Los Angeles, July 23 (IANS) One Direction band members are planning to release a concert movie in 50 countries in October. Touted to be the biggest concert movie ever, it will feature footages from their - Where We Are tour - in Milan. The Little things hitmakers will bring out Where We Are: The Concert Film Oct 11 and Oct 12 in over 50 countries. The band members - Niall...

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Over 100 candidates to compete for Iraqi presidency

Baghdad, July 23 (IANS) More than 100 candidates are vying for the Iraqi presidency as lawmakers prepare to choose the nation 's new leadership, and build an inclusive government while the country is severely divided by sectarian rifts and grappling with an ongoing Islamist insurgency. Over 100 people nominated themselves for the presidency in a legitimate competition and all the candida...

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Russia ready to join probe into airliner crash

Moscow, July 23 (IANS) Russia is ready to join the international investigation led by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) into the crash of the Malaysian Airlines MH17, Moscow said Tuesday. Russia is closely watching the investigation into the cause of the Malaysian plane accident, Xinhua quoted Russia's foreign ministry as saying in a statement. Russia welcomed ...

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