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Israeli jets target Hamas post in Gaza

Gaza, Dec 20 (IANS) Israeli war jets struck a Hamas military post Saturday in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, security officials said. The security officials and eyewitnesses said that the Israeli jets struck with four missiles at a training post that belongs to the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas in Gaza, Xinhua reported. No injuries were however, reported...

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I'm a fighter: Mel B

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Singer Mel B says she's a fighter and is proud of everything that she has achieved in life. The 39-year-old, whose marriage to husband Stephen Belafonte is on a roller coaster, admits she has had ups and downs in life, but she has come out of it as a stronger person, reports femalefirst.com. I am a fighter, I'm proud of what I've achieved, not just in m...

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Balloting begins in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 20 (IANS) Polling began Saturday in the fifth and final phase of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. Twenty constituencies spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts of Jammu region will elect their representatives to the 87-member legislative assembly in this phase. Votes will be counted Dec 23. ...

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Second Test: India slump to 157/7 versus Australia

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) A dismal batting performance by the Indians saw them collapsing to 157 for seven, leading by just 60 runs, at lunch on day four of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Saturday. It all went wrong for the Indians on the fourth morning. Overnight batsman Shikhar Dhawan (batting 41) was injured after he was hit on the wrist while batting in the...

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When fan served up a treat for Bill Murray

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) A fan of actor-comedian Bill Murray was so happy to meet him at a bistro here that he reportedly paid the former's breakfast bill. Murray was at Lexington Brass bistro Thursday with his filmmaker friend Sol Friedman when the stranger approached them, reports New York Post's Page Six. A source said that a diner interrupted their meal to tell Murray he was a...

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Voting begins in Jharkhand assembly polls

Ranchi, Dec 20 (IANS) Balloting began Saturday in 16 of the 81 assembly constituencies in the last round of the five-phase elections in Jharkhand, officials said. Over 36 lakh voters, including more than 17 lakh women, will decide the fate of 208 candidates -- 16 of them women -- in the fray. Balloting will take place at 3,773 polling booths out of which 833 booths have been decl...

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Second Test: India slump to 157/7 at lunch on day 4 versus Australia

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) India slumped to 157 for seven, only 60 runs ahead of Australia at lunch on the fourth day of the second Test at the Gabba here Saturday. India lost six wickets in the session for 86 runs and all but handed the Test match with lacklustre batting. Shikhar Dhawan was unbeaten on 41, while Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets.

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Stop terrorists benefiting from transnational organised crime: UNSC

United Nations, Dec 20 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has called for global and regional cooperation and strategies to stop terrorists from reaping the benefits of transnational organised crime. In a resolution, the UNSC expressed its concern that terrorists benefit from transnational organised crime, including trafficking of arms, persons, drugs and artifacts, and illicit trade i...

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Polling begins in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Dec 20 (IANS) Voting began Saturday in the fifth and final phase of the assembly elections in Jharkhand, officials said. Sixteen of the 81 assembly constituencies will vote in this phase. Votes will be counted Dec 23. ...

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Arming Ukraine will endanger peace process: Russia

Moscow, Dec 20 (IANS) Russia has warned that possible arms supplies to Ukraine would disturb the peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. The international community should not further disturb the situation in Ukraine, but foster a peaceful settlement, a constitutional reform and a dialogue between Kiev and the insurgents in eastern Ukraine, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexe...

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Sting, Trudite share love life secret

London, Dec 20 (IANS) Musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, whose private lives have been much talked about over the years, have revealed that even 30 years into their romance, their love life is intact She said that they make love often and they make it interesting with bedroom antics. In an interview host Andy Cohen on his show Watch What Happens Live, the duo discussed se...

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Russia's military doctrine to stay defensive: Putin

Moscow, Dec 20 (IANS) Russia will follow a defensive military doctrine, in spite of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) building up its military presence in eastern Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. Our military doctrine, with an absolutely defensive nature, remains unchanged, while Russia will consistently and determinedly protect its security, Putin said, at ...

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Canada imposes new sanctions against Russia

Ottawa, Dec 20 (IANS) Canada will impose restrictions on the export of technology, in relation to Arctic, deep water and shale oil exploration and extraction, to Russia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said. The new export restrictions will be applied under Canada's Special Economic Measures Act, Xinhua reported Friday. The sanctions ban the export, sale, supply or shipment of ...

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US bans new investments in Crimea

Washington, Dec 20 (IANS) The US imposed a ban on new investments in Crimea Friday, and barred trade in goods, technology or services with the Ukrainian region annexed by Russia. US President Barack Obama noted in his executive order that the move was taken to address the Russian occupation of the Crimea region of Ukraine and that he authorised sanctions on individuals and entities opera...

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Ebola, jihadis main threats for Africa in 2015

Nairobi, Dec 20 (IANS/EFE) Outbreak of the Ebola virus, jihadi attacks and other humanitarian and health-related crises will be the major threats to political stability and economic progress in sub-Saharan Africa, in 2015. The Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea Conakry and Sierra Leone has infected more than 18,600 people so far; killing 7,000 of the victims and creating a public health e...

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What relaxes Kevin Hart?

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) American actor Kevin Hart says that he tries to spend as much time as possible with children to relax himself. It's simple, man: quality time with my kids, people.com quoted him as saying when asked about what makes him relax. Hart, who has two children, daughter Heaven, 8, and son Hendrix, 7, says that his idea of unwinding isn't quite what most peopl...

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Turkey may start training Syrian opposition before March

Ankara, Dec 20 (IANS) Turkey may start training the Syrian opposition before March 2015, as part of the efforts to degrade and defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday. We have reached a clarified framework on the training and equipping of the Syrian opposition, in negotiation with the US, Cavusoglu said, according to a Xinhua report.<...

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Israeli gunfire injures six Palestinians in Gaza

Gaza, Dec 20 (IANS) At least six Palestinians were injured Friday when Israeli forces opened fire near Israel's border with eastern Gaza, medics and eyewitnesses said. According to Ashraf al-Qaida, spokesman for the Gaza-based health ministry, six young Palestinian men were injured by Israeli gunfire in the eastern part of Jabalia near the border with Israel. Witnesses said dozen...

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When Carmen Electra tried pole dancing act

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Model-actress Carmen Electra recently turned heads as she pole danced at a nightclub in West Hollywood here. The 42-year-old was not afraid to take centrestage at the celebration of her new single Around the world, held at The Abbey in West Hollywood, reports mirror.co.uk. Wearing a glitzy red two piece, Electra got up close and personal with a fellow b...

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Arrest warrant in Turkey against US-based cleric

Ankara, Dec 20 (IANS) A court in Turkey issued an arrest warrant against the US-based cleric Muhammed Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of trying to topple him, media reported. This was reported by Xinhua Friday, citing the Turkish daily Hurriyet and the ruling comes after 23 people were detained by the Turkish police in a crackdown on media in 13 cities ac...

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