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UN chief deplores airstrikes on UN compound in Yemen

United Nations, June 30 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki- moon on Monday deplored coalition airstrikes on a UN compound in Aden, Yemen, urging a full investigation into the incident. The airstrike that happened on Sunday seriously damaged a UN Development Programme office and injured a guard, UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said, Xinhua reported. The inviolability of UN premi...

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Taylor Swift reaches out to sick fan

Los Angeles, June 30 (IANS) Taylor Swift offered the biggest hug to a fan named Emily after she detailed how the singer's music had helped her while battling medical problems caused by a congenital heart defect. After her Barclaycard British Summer Time show at Hyde Park here, she posted on Twitter: I think it's amazing that you're so honest about how it's affected you. It's impo...

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Rihanna adopts stray puppy at nightclub

Los Angeles, June 30 (IANS) Singer Rihanna adopted a stray puppy she found in a bathroom as she partied at a nightclub here. The 27-year-old pop star and her friends documented their find in a number of videos which they posted on the photograph and video sharing application Snapchat. Rihanna has even expresses her disbelief at finding the puppy in the restroom, reports femalefirst.co.uk...

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IS families escape into Turkey from northern Syria

Ankara, June 30 (IANS/EFE) At least 20 members of families living under Islamic State crossed from Syria into Turkey amidst the Kurdish advance on al-Raqqa, the main stronghold of the radical group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Monday. The London-based NGO noted that the family members included 13 women, one of them is a Tunisian doctor, and that initial reports...

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Tunisia makes arrests over Sousse terror attack

Tunis, June 30 (IANS/AKI) Tunisia has arrested a significant number of suspects in the terrorist attack on foreign tourists at the beach resort of Sousse that killed at least 38 and injured dozens, Interior Minister Mohamed Najem Gharsalli said on Monday. Gharsalli said the first part of the network responsible for the gun attack at the beachfront Imperial Marhaba Hotel had been detained...

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Austria's Donauinselfest music festival attracts 3.3 mn visitors

Vienna, June 30 (IANS) The 32nd Donauinselfest (Danube Island Fest) held here over the weekend, attracted a record 3.3 million visitors, its organisers said on Monday. The previous attendance record for the annual three-day open-air music festival, one of the largest in Europe, was 3.2 million in 2013, according to Xinhua. Festival organiser Thomas Waldner said the atmosphere on ...

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Top IS leader killed in coalition airstrikes in Iraq

Baghdad, June 30 (IANS/EFE) A prominent Islamic State leader was killed in airstrikes launched by the US-led international coalition west of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. General Najim al-Jabouri, commander of security operations in the Nineveh province, said on Monday that coalition aircraft targeted the car belonging to Abdullah Mohamed al-Huran, the military commander of Mosul's e...

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My journey has been convoluted till now: Konkona

Mumbai, June 29 (IANS) Actress Konkona Sen Sharma's journey in the industry has been straightforward, largely displaying her tremendous acting skills in non-'masala' cinema nut shje terms it convoluted. Attending a special initiative Career Konnect: Power to Women aimed at encouraging working mothers, Konkona said: My journey has been a convoluted one till now. I didn't know what I wante...

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European Parliament leaders call for resuming Greek talks

Brussels, June 29 (IANS) The political group leaders of the European Parliament (EP) on Monday called Greece and the creditors to return to the negotiating table before the end of Tuesday. As the Greek debt talks deadlocked again, EP President Martin Schulz and political group leaders gathered in Brussels to discuss the latest situation on Greece with European Commission President Jean-C...

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World ignores 'atrocious' persecution of Christians: Pope

Vatican City, June 29 (IANS/AKI) Pope Francis on Monday deplored the atrocious, inhumane and inexplicable persecution of Christians still taking place in many parts of the world and often beneath the eyes and sealed lips of all. Pope Francis made the remarks during a sermon as he celebrated mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome as it marks the feast day of its patron saints, Peter and Pau...

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DU releases second cut-off, admissions remain open for most courses

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The Delhi University on Monday released the second cut-off list for the 2015 academic session, announcing a dip of up to one percent in arts and commerce and up to three percent in science courses giving hope to scores of students who were unsuccessful in securing a seat in the first list. The Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), which closed admissions for B.Co...

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Greece lacks will to compromise: Merkel

Berlin, June 29 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday accused Greece of a lack of willingness to compromise, calling on the government in Athens to take self-responsibility in dealing with its debt issue. Merkel made the remarks at a press conference after meeting her cabinet members and German party leaders to discuss recent developments of the Greek debt crisis, Xinhua repor...

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Top Ramen noodles too withdrawn from market

Bengaluru, June 29 (IANS) Indo Nissin Foods Ltd. on Monday announced the withdrawing of its instant noodles brand Top Ramen from the market on the direction of regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). We are withdrawing our instant noodles Top Ramen from the market as our application for regulator approval is still pending with the FSSAI, a company official told IA...

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India inks agreement for setting up Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Beijing/New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) India on Monday signed the Articles of Agreement for establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at a ceremony in Beijing. At the event held at the Great Hall of the People, 57 prospective founding member countries gathered for the ceremony and 50 countries signed the Articles of Agreement. The Articles will remain open for s...

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Gharat to be public prosecutor in hooch tragedy case

Mumbai, June 29 IANS) Pradeep Gharat, who secured the conviction of Bollywood actor Salman Khan in the drunken driving and hit-and-run case as special public prosecutor, has been given the same responsibility in Maharashtra's worst-ever hooch tragedy, it was announced on Monday. So far, 103 people have lost their lives in the Malwani hooch tragedy case of June 17. Eight accused have been...

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'Ishq-E-Ibaadat' about two parallel love stories: director Noor Mani

Mumbai, June 29 (IANS) Ishq-e-Ibaadat, all geared up to go on floors, is about two love stories running parallel in time, says director Noor Mani. It is a romantic love story. Currently we are in pre-production. We are auditioning and getting songs completed with Arijit Singh, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam, Noor to IANS. He said the film, under the flag of Amee Patadia's A...

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India, Thailand ink agreement on avoiding double taxation

Bangkok/New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) India and Thailand on Monday exchanged the Instruments of Ratification of the extradition treaty and also an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation after talks in Bangkok between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn. The two leaders also reviewed the bilateral ties during the Seventh Th...

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27 killed in air strikes, bomb attacks in Iraq

Baghdad, June 29 (IANS) At least 27 people were killed and 27 wounded on Monday in bomb attacks and air strikes by the US-led coalition and Iraqi aircraft targeting Islamic State (IS) militants across the country's western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said. In one air strike, 15 IS militants were killed and nine injured when warplanes bombarded the phosphate facility ...

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No new deadline for Iran n-talks: France

New York, June 29 (IANS) French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has dismissed rumours that a new date may be set for the conclusion of a deal on Iran's nuclear programme as ongoing negotiations are expected to go past the June 30 deadline. We agreed not to set a date, Fabius told reporters in New York, where he was to attend a UN event on climate change, adding that the negotiators have ...

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One more farmer's suicide rocks Karnataka legislature

Belagavi (Karnataka), June 29 (IANS) Suicide by a debt-ridden farmer and a similar attempt by another in Karnataka on Monday rocked the state legislature on the first day of the 10-day monsoon session in this northern city. Even before the day's proceedings began here in Belagavi, over 500 km from Bengaluru, news came from Mandya, about 100 km from the state capital, that 52-year-old far...

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