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Sarah Jessica angers homeowners association

New York, Oct 22 (IANS) Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has come under fire from a homeowners association here after she staged a photoshoot for her shoe line on the steps of the house that featured in her hit TV show Sex And The City. The property on Perry Street in Manhattan is frequently visited by fans, who wish to see where Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw lived, and the owners have ...

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Palestine seeks UN action to end Israeli occupation

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) A Palestinian envoy to the UN Tuesday called on the UN Security Council to support its initiative to end Israel's occupation within a time frame and protect the Palestinians. At an open debate of the Security Council on the situation of the Middle East, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, said that it is high-time to move b...

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Tahirul Qadri ends protest in Islamabad

Islamabad, Oct 22 (IANS) Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri ended his sit-in protest Tuesday, only to restart its new stage in December in the port city of Karachi. Addressing the participants of his sit-in in Islamabad, he told them to pack their belongings and return to their homes. The sit-in lasted for over two months, Geo News reported. Qadri announced to sta...

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Britain sends drones to fly over Syria

London, Oct 22 (IANS) The British defence ministry Tuesday confirmed that unmanned drones would fly in surveillance missions over Syria. Britain's remotely piloted aircraft systems, Reaper and Rivet Joint aircraft will be authorised to head out on surveillance missions in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants, Xinhua reported. Michael Fallon, Britain's secr...

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Pitbull to host 2014 American Music Awards

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Singer Pitbull has been finalised to host the 2014 American Music Awards (AMA) again. The rapper, who had hosted it last year, will front the awards show from the Nokia Theatere here Nov 23. He admits he is thrilled to be back, reports hollywood.com. Pitbull said: World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row. The harder I wo...

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India ready for agreements on nuclear no first use

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) Reiterating its policy of not using nuclear weapons first and not targeting non-nuclear weapons nations, India has offered to enter into agreements incorporating the two principles. As a responsible nuclear power India has a policy of credible minimum deterrence based on a No First Use posture and non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states,...

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Iran supports Iraq's new government: supreme leader

Tehran, Oct 22 (IANS) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday said the Islamic republic fully supports the new Iraqi government. The current situation in Syria and Iraq is the result of irresponsible policies of some trans-regional powers and some regional countries, Khamenei said in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Xinhua reported. Kha...

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Eddie Murphy replaces Jackson in 'Cook'

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Actor-comedian Eddie Murphy has been tapped to replace Samuel L. Jackson in an upcoming drama called Cook. According to Empire magazine, Jackson was originally slated for the lead role, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, and now Murphy has agreed to replace him, reports contactmusic.com. Cook will centre around Murphy's character, who is hired...

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Ben is charming, says LaBeouf

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Actor Shia LaBeouf finds Armageddon star Ben Affleck charming. LaBeouf also credits Affleck, who produced his 2003 comedy-drama The Battle of Shaker Heights, for helping him. Ben is a really charming dude, he said in the November cover story for Interview magazine, reports people.com. He was the first guy who really took me off to the side and...

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UN Security Council extends EU force in CAR

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) The UN Security Council has decided to extend its authorisation of the EU operation in Central African Republic (CAR) until March 15, 2015. Under a resolution drafted Monday, the Security Council determined the situation in the CAR continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security, and therefore decided to extend the operation, Xinhua repo...

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Poroshenko, Putin stress value of ceasefire in East Ukraine

Kiev, Oct 22 (IANS) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin underlined the importance of ceasefire in eastern Ukraine during a phone conversation Tuesday, Ukrainian presidential press service said. President of Ukraine and Russian President stressed the need for a comprehensive ceasefire and the regime of artillery silence, Xinhua quoted Poroshenko...

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Not really a confident actor: Shia LaBeouf

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Actor Shia LaBeouf, who grabbed headlines because of his erratic behaviour while shooting for his forthcoming movie Fury, says the recent bouts stemmed from lack of confidence in his own acting abilities. I'm not a really confident actor. I don't have faith in my abilities, theguardian.com quoted the star as saying. The 28-year-old actor slashed his ow...

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Jennifer Lawrence gets 'tough' in 'Serena'

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Lawrence is seen as a tough lady in a promotional video of her upcoming movie Serena. In the video, Lawrence picks up an axe to cut a tree after she spots a man struggling to do the job. The video of the movie was released Monday, reports eonline.com. Set in the 1920s, Serena is based on a novel with the same name by Ron Rash,...

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India re-elected to UNHRC, PM expresses joy

New Delhi/United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) India was Tuesday re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for the term 2015-2017 in a keenly contested election in the UN General Assembly in New York. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed joy on India's re-election. A tweet from the Prime Minister's Office said that the PM has expressed joy on India being re-elected t...

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India marks 50 years of ITEC development aid programme

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) India celebrated 50 years of a unique initiative -- of sharing its developmental experience gained since its independence -- with other nations in the form of the ITEC programme. Under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and its sister programme -- the SCAAP or Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme, and the Technical Cooperation Sc...

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India re-elected to UNHRC for two years

United Nations, Oct 21 (IANS) India was Tuesday re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the term 2015-2017 in a keenly contested election in the UN General Assembly in New York. Other countries in the fray were Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand and Qatar for four seats in the Asia-Pacific Group. India secured the highest number of votes - 162. Indi...

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Coal block reallocation must give level-playing field: Industry

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Even as the ordinance allowing reallocation of coal blocks cancelled by the Supreme Court received presidential approval Tuesday, the Indian industry welcomed the move saying reforms towards a transparent allocation system must provide a level-playing field for both public and private sectors. The ordinance, unveiled on expiry of the model code of conduct in forc...

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Gurdwara closed in Belgium

Brussels, Oct 21 (IANS) The mayor of the town of Vilvoorde in Belgium, Hans Bonte, has ordered the closure of the local gurdwara, Guru Nanak Sahib, for one month. Belgian media Tuesday charged that the Sikh temple appears to operate as a magnet for Indians staying in Belgium illegally. The Flanders news and radio VRT website said that during a recent police raid 11 illegal imm...

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Spanish nurse cured of Ebola

Madrid, Oct 21 (Xinhua) Spanish nursing auxiliary Teresa Romero was pronounced cured of the Ebola virus disease according to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines after the results of a second test confirmed Tuesday that she no longer had the virus in her blood. The 44-year-old, who Oct 6 became the first person outside of Africa to be infected by Ebola, had previously tested negati...

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Air strikes kill 28 militants in Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 21 (IANS) At least 28 militants were killed when the Pakistani army launched an air strike in the country's northwest tribal town of Datta Khel Tuesday, military said. In a statement, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of the Pakistani army, said that the operation was launched in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, a militancy-infested tribal area on ...

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