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Red carpets make Ariana Grande 'anxious'

Los Angeles, Aug 22 (IANS) Singer Ariana Grande, who is due to attend the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) Sunday, gets nervous before such events. She says she is working on becoming the best on the red carpet. I'm super anxious before these kinds of things because it's so nerve wracking. I'm still not the best on the red carpet. That is still something that I'm working on, but I'm not as ...

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Hurley wants to keep son away from 'The Royals'

Los Angeles, Aug 22 (IANS) Actress Elizabeth Hurley says her new TV show The Royals is too racy for her 12-year-old son Damian to watch. The 49-year-old portrays British monarch Queen Helena in The Royals and though she takes her son, who she has with former boyfriend Steve Bing, to the set, she says it is too sexy for him to tune in, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She said: This is ...

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Adele to perform on 'The X Factor'?

London, Aug 22 (IANS) If all goes as The X Factor bosses are planning, award winning songstress Adele could be a major attraction of the live shows of the British version of the music reality show later this year. Bosses are so desperate to accommodate the superstar that they're bending over backward to secure her performance, reports dailystar.co.uk. A whole week dedicated to th...

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Syrian army kills 140 IS fighters

Damascus, Aug 22 (IANS) At least 140 fighters of the Islamic State (IS) were killed Thursday in an ambush by the Syrian army near an airbase in al-Raqqa province, a media report said. The Syrian army ambushed the militants in the vicinity of al-Tabaqa airbase, which had been under attack by the Sunni militants since the beginning of this week to strip the government troops of their last ...

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10 killed as Ukrainian troops battle rebels

Kiev, Aug 22 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed in Ukraine as government troops stepped up their offensive against independence-seeking rebels, authorities said Thursday. Five Ukrainian servicemen were killed Wednesday overnight in clashes with rebels, Xinhua quoted National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andrei Lysenko as saying. Following the fierce battles, governme...

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Two US Ebola patients released from hospital

Washington, Aug 22 (IANS) Two US aid workers who contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in west Africa have been discharged from the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the hospital said Thursday. Nancy Writebol was released from the hospital Tuesday while Kent Brantly was discharged Thursday, Xinhua quoted a hospital statement as saying. After a rigorous and succes...

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Young Europeans less informed about 'legal highs': Survey

Brussels, Aug 22 (IANS) Young Europeans are less informed about legal highs and the effects of drugs compared to a few years ago, a survey said. More than a quarter of youngsters (29 percent) said they have not been informed in the past year about the effects and risks of legal highs, legal substances imitating the effects of illegal drugs, Xinhua quoted the Eurobarometer survey as sayin...

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Local polls announced in Taiwan

Taipei, Aug 22 (IANS) Electoral authorities in Taiwan Thursday announced the island's local polls in which over 10,000 public officials will be elected Nov 29. The island, for the first time, will be concurrently electing seven levels of local government officials, ranging from mayors of the six municipalities of Taipei, New Taipei, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Taoyuan to village chie...

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Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate accepts court ruling

Jakarta, Aug 22 (IANS) Former general Prabowo Subianto accepted the final ruling of the Constitutional Court that has summarily rejected all his allegations that challenged the result of Indonesia's presidential race, his party coalition spokesman said Thursday. Following the court's final decision Thursday, Tantowi Yahya, spokesman of Prabowo's party coalition, known as red and white co...

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Not interfering in Pakistan crisis, says US

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) The US Thursday rejected Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan's comment that Washington was interfering in the country's affairs. The US embassy in Islamabad said that it is not mediating between the Pakistani government and the opposition parties, who are protesting in Islamabad to seek resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Xinhua reported. ...

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Medical student held in Madhya Pradesh exam scam

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) A 31-year-old final year MBBS student has been arrested in connection with a scam related to medical college entrance examinations in Madhya Pradesh, police said Thursday. Santosh Chaurasia, who has a bounty of Rs.15,000 on his head, was arrested Wednesday from Connaught Place here. Chaurasia was involved in a scam related to entrance examination conduct...

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Former Brazialian minister Silva enters presidential race

Brasilia, Aug 21 (IANS/EFE) The Brazilian Socialist Party named former environment minister Marina Silva as its candidate for the Oct 5 presidential election, replacing Eduardo Campos, who died last week in a plane crash. I thank God for helping us through the difficult crossing represented by the loss of our candidate, of our leader, Silva said, while accepting the party's nomination at...

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Tourism could curb insurgency: Chhattisgarh minister

Raipur/New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Tourism Minister Ajay Chandrakar Thursday said expansion of the tourism industry in his state would generate employment opportunities for tribal youth and help in curbing Left-wing extremism. Addressing a conference of state tourism ministers in New Delhi, Chandrakar said Chhattisgarh should be given special category status like Jammu and Kash...

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DDA housing scheme likely to get nod Friday

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Delhi Development Authority's (DDA) housing scheme might be cleared Friday, said an official. Though the much-awaited scheme, which has 25,600 flats in various categories, was likely to be cleared Thursday, it was deferred due to the inclusion of some new clauses that were discussed at length in a meeting between Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and DDA officials. ...

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Congress elects district chiefs in Telangana

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Presidents of three district Congress committees in Telangana were elected Thursday, a party statement said. K. Mallesh and T. Jaya Prakash Reddy were elected presidents for Ranga Reddy and Medak districts, while B. Deshpande was elected as president for Adilabad district. ...

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20 IS militants killed in Iraq clashes

Baghdad, Aug 21 (IANS) As many as 20 militants were killed Thursday as Iraqi forces backed by local fighters resisted Islamist militants' offensive to control major towns across the conflict-torn country, security sources said. The Islamic State (IS), an Al Qaeda splinter group, launched an attack to seize Duluiyah town, 90 km from Iraqi capital Baghdad, but were repelled by police and S...

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Congress prepares 25-point charge sheet against AAP, BJP

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) The Congress Thursday said it will campaign against the AAP and the BJP in Delhi by taking 25 local issues where, it claims, both the parties have failed, to the public. We have prepared a 25-point charge sheet against the AAP and the BJP. The copies of the 25-point charge-sheet would be distributed in different parts of Delhi during the 'Jan Jagran Abhiyaan' mee...

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Lakhs vote in by-polls across four states

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Lakhs of people turned up to exercise their franchise as 18 assembly constituencies spread across four states went for by-elections Thursday. This was the first poll in India after the Lok Sabha elections. The by-polls remained largely peaceful, election officials in the states said. By-elections were held in 10 assembly constituencies in Bihar, three eac...

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Resolution to improve tourism sector adopted

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Creating a safe environment for tourists and focusing on cleanliness were two of the many areas that states and union territories Thursday agreed to work upon at a conference here Thursday. The day-long National Conference of Tourism Ministers deliberated on various issues faced by the tourism sector. It saw participation from 18 tourism ministers and 16 ...

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Afghan army chief meets IAF chief

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IANS) Afghan National Army's Chief of General Staff, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi called on Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha here Thursday and the two sides discussed ways to strengthen defence cooperation. Air Chief Marshal Raha, who is also chairman, chiefs of staff committee (COSC), presented a memento to Gen. Karimi. India and Afghanistan have a strategic par...

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