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Cuba open to reciprocal dialogue with US

Havana, Dec 21 (IANS) Cuban President Raul Castro informed the parliament Saturday that his government is willing to have reciprocal dialogue on any topic with the US. We reiterate our willingness for respectful and reciprocal dialogue concerning disagreements, Castro said, according to a Xinhua report. We have strong convictions and a lot of concerns about what happens in the US...

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Kutcher, Kunis get cosy during basketball match

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) New parents Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, who welcomed their daughter in October, indulged in public display of affection while they came here to watch a basketball game. The basketball game regulars packed on the moment as the Lakers took on Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Centre in Downtown here, reports mirror.co.uk. Kunis looked stunning dress...

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Lone gunman kills two New York police officers

New York, Dec 21 (IANS) Two New York police officers were shot dead by a lone gunman in Brooklyn Saturday, apparently to avenge the death of African-Americans Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of white police personnel. According to investigators, it was an execution-style mission, the New York Post reported. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers were worki...

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'The Hobbit' spin-off on Orlando Bloom's mind?

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) A spin-off film based on The Hobbit-- the elves especially -- seems to be on actor Orlando Bloom's mind these days. The star, known for playing Legolas in the movie franchise, seemed too keen keen to make a home movie spin-off version of the fantasy film, where violent, tantric sex-loving elves could get down and dirty, reports femalefirst.co.uk. During...

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Colombia's FARC rebels announce unilateral ceasefire

Bogota, Dec 21 (IANS/EFE) The rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) began a unilateral and indefinite ceasefire Saturday, an unprecedented step in the history of Colombia's oldest insurgent movement. We've received with satisfaction the constructive reaction of the vast majority of public opinion regarding our decision to unilaterally and indefinitely cease hostilities ...a...

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Four Afghan Guantanamo prisoners sent home

Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) Four Afghans held at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday. It marked the latest move in the efforts by the US administration to close the military prison. The four prisoners, identified as Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir, were unanimously approved for transfer afte...

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Dianna Agron behind Caroline Flack, Jack Street's breakup?

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Hollywood actress Dianna Agron is reportedly the reason behind the split of the Strictly Come Dancing star Caroline Flack from Jack Street, her boyfriend of 18 months. It is said that they both had an amicable split, but a cryptic Twitter message has suggested otherwise, reports mirror.co.uk. Last week, Flack, 35, wrote to her ex: @jackb_street easing y...

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China plans to boost civil aviation in Xinjiang

Beijing, Dec 21 (IANS) China vowed to make greater efforts to boost civil aviation in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Saturday. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a guideline that it would improve aviation infrastructure in Xinjiang by supporting an expansion of the established airports and constructing new ones, Xinhua reported. The CAAC will speed u...

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China offers infrastructure support to five neighbours

Bangkok, Dec 21 (IANS) China will provide support to five neighbouring countries to improve infrastructure inter-connectivity and alleviate poverty, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced here Saturday. The offer includes $1 billion for infrastructure inter-connectivity, $490 million in grant for poverty alleviation and $10 billion in special loans, Li said, according to a Xinhua report.

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No gifts between One Direction members

London, Dec 21 (IANS) British pop band One Direction members have revealed that they don't buy presents for one another. Harry Styles revealed the news and claimed that the members stopped getting each other gifts three years ago. The last time we got each other Christmas presents was 2011, he told the Daily Star newspaper. Liam Payne added: We are not very good at buying...

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Algerian troops kill three militants

Algiers, Dec 21 (IANS) Algerian troops killed three militants in the province of Boumerdes, 55 km east of capital Algiers, Saturday, media reported. The army had besieged a terrorist group for three days in the locality of Sahel Boubrak, east of Boumerdes, and killed three of the terrorists Saturday, according to reports by the local media, which were cited by Xinhua. The governm...

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Depp, Heard to marry on New Year's Eve?

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Actor Johnny Depp is set to spend New Year's Eve in the Bahamas with friends and family. This has sparked rumours that he might be tying the knot with fiancee Amber Heard to make the festival more memorable. Stars like Steven Tyler, Marilyn Manson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Burton are just some of the famous faces that have received an invitation, asking th...

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OIC condemns Pakistan school attack, voices support

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS/WAM) The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Saturday, extended full support to Pakistan, following Tuesday's terror attack on a Peshawar school that killed nearly 150 people. In one of the worst acts of human savagery ever perpetrated, the Pakistani Taliban slaughtered 148 people, 132 of them children, in a brazen attack on the Army Public School in Peshawa...

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ISL champions Atletico de Kolkata pocket Rs 8 crore

Mumbai, Dec 21 (IANS) Atletico de Kolkata not only laid their hands on the coveted Indian Super League (ISL) trophy, but also pocketed Rs 8 crore as champions' prize money, while their marquee player Luis Garcia was adjudged the tournament's most exciting player. Mohammad Rafique, whose 94-minute header sealed the deal for Atletico in the final, bagged the prize for the hero of the match...

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Two students killed in Mathura road accident

Mathura, Dec 20 (IANS) Two B.Tech students of the GLA University were killed and another seriously injured in a road accident in this Uttar Pradesh town Saturday, police said. The accident occurred when a car driver lost control of his vehicle as a passenger vehicle ahead of him suddenly braked and hit a group of students. One student died on the spot, another on way to the hospital whi...

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Mamata congratulates Athletico, says ISL 'great morale booster'

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday heaped praises on maiden Indian Super League (ISL) champions Atletico de Kolkata for their spectacular win and lauded the initiative for taking the sport to the grassroots. Atletico de Kolkata clinched the inaugural ISL crown with a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters at the D.Y. Patil stadium in Mumbai Saturday. ...

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Faster highways, more waterways to come: Gadkari

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The central government aims to construct 30 km of highways every day in the next two years, and has also asked the industry to invest in development of inland waterways in the country, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said Saturday. Right now, one km of road is made in a day. We aim to construct at least 30 km per day in two years, Gadkari said ...

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Money in elections root cause of corruption: ex-CEC Quraishi

Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Money generated from scams has begun to play a role in the polling process in India while the need for funds for election is the root cause of corruption, former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said Saturday. Quraishi said scams related to money are one of the new issues plaguing the electoral process and monitoring the funds prior to the electoral proces...

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MPs, journalists bat for children's right to good health

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The second annual 'Batting for Life' Twenty20 cricket match between MPs and journalists was held Saturday where Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda called for making a healthy India along the lines of a clean India. Emphasising the need for measures to reduce the high infant and child mortality rates in India, Nadda underscored the gravity of the issue and that t...

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Centre being partial in fertilizer allocation to states: UP

Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Saturday blamed the central government of being partial in supplying fertilizers to states. At a meeting here to review availability of fertilizers, specially urea in the rabi season, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asked officials to collect data so that a letter could be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. Officials apprised ...

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