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Morocco boat capsize kills nine migrants

Rabat, Dec 20 (IANS) At least nine migrants, including three babies were killed, when a makeshift boat they were travelling in sunk in the waters of northern Morocco Friday, authorities in Tangiers said. There were 30 migrants in the makeshift boat that was heading for Spain, according to a Xinhua report. Twenty-one other migrants were rescued and transfered to a local hospital in Tangie...

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US resurgence is real, we are better off: Obama

Washington, Dec 20, (IANS) US President Barack Obama said that the US economy is looking up and underlined America's leadership role around the world, in his year-end conference here Friday. As a country, we have every right to be proud of what we've accomplished -- more jobs, more people insured, a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy -- pick any metric...

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Kate Hudson's role models - mom, children

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Actress Kate Hudson says she takes inspiration from her mother and actress Goldie Hawn and her two children. Hudson said Hawn is her hero, reports peoplestylewatch.com. She's kind of awesome, she said. My (role model is) easy, mine's my mom, the 35year-old added. She also looks up to her children - sons Bingham, 3 and Ryder, 10. <...

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Guetta sweeps Noida fans off their feet

Greater Noida, Dec 20 (IANS) Grammy Award-winning DJ and music producer David Guetta swept his adoring fans off their feet as he belted out some of his popular numbers at a concert here Friday night. From teenagers to adults, all the audience were seen swaying to the beats of the French DJ as he performed here at the Buddh International Circuit grounds. The singer, dressed casual...

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FIR registered against Lal Masjid chief cleric

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) A case was registered against Lal Masjid's chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz Friday following his statement in which he refused to condemn the Peshawar school massacre, media reports said. Civil society had exerted pressure on police to register a case against the cleric in response to his statement. The non-bailable FIR was registered under section 506 (2) of Paki...

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Arrested Bengal minister denied bail again, hospitalised

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra, arrested in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, was Friday again denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a court here. He was admitted to hospital later after complaining of chest pains. Arrested Dec 12 by the CBI for criminal conspiracy, cheating and deriving undue financial benefits, Mitra's ba...

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Cook removed as England ODI captain

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Alastair Cook has been removed from England's One-Day International (ODI) captaincy, media reports said. He will be replaced by fellow batsman Eoin Morgan who will lead the side in the tri-series in Australia after Christmas and the subsequent 2015 World Cup, which is less than two months away. The decision to replace Cook was taken by England and Wales Cri...

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Arrested Bengal minister hospitalised

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Arrested West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, who was sent to judicial custody Friday, was admitted to a hospital after he complained of illness, a doctor said. Mitra, arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the multi-crore rupee scam, was taken to Alipore Central Correctional Home following his remand to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a cou...

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Two terrorists hanged in Pakistan

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Two convicted Pakistani terrorists were executed Friday, in the first capital punishment carried out in the country since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted the 2008 moratorium on the death penalty in wake of the Peshwar school attack. The executed terrorists were Usman, a former soldier of the Army Medical Corps who was sentenced to death for his role in the 200...

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Ananda Vikatan chairman Balasubramanian dead

Chennai, Dec 19 (IANS) Ananda Vikatan group of publications chairman and film producer S.Balasubramanian died of a heart attack here Friday. He was 79. Balasubramanian, son of famous film producer late S.S.Vasan, was groomed to take over the mantle of Gemini Studios and the publication group at an early age. On Vasan's death in 1969, Balasubramanian headed the movie studio and th...

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Saina, Srikanth in semis of Superseries Finals

Dubai, Dec 19 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth Friday entered their respective semi-finals of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here. World No.4 Saina defeated No.8 Bae Yeon Ju of South Korea 15-21, 21-7, 21-17 in an hour and nine minutes to top her group with three straig...

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Nigerian Ebola patient cured in the Netherlands

The Hague, Dec 19 (IANS) The Nigerian UN peacekeeper infected with Ebola has been cured after treatment in the Netherlands, it was announced Friday. The Nigerian patient who was admitted Dec 6 has been cured of Ebola. He will stay at a military hospital of Dutch defence ministry until he can return home, Xinhua reported citing a statement from the Dutch National Institute for Public Heal...

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India remained positive, proactive in Lima: Javadekar

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India was positive and proactive in its approach to climate change negotiations that were concluded in Lima last week, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Friday. Unveiling a publication on climate change adaptation, he said in view of India's insistence in Lima on promoting adaptability as a measure to combat the global scourge, the publication was tim...

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Commuters left stranded as Kolkata taxis go on strike

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) Commuters were left in a lurch again Friday with trade unions calling a 24-hour taxi strike - the ninth since August - to press for a fare hike and to protest police excesses. Unions have hinted at another strike Jan 6. Commuters were stranded and harried as taxis stayed off the roads again following the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India Trade Unio...

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Rajesh Khanna a remarkable person: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid Friday termed the late Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna a remarkable person whom he had tried to emulate. Unveiling Rajesh Khanna: The Untold Story of India's First Superstar, a biography penned by journalist Yasser Usman, Khurshid said that he had the privilege of knowing the actor personally. I knew him ...

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Pakistan to set up military courts for terror trials

Islamabad, Dec 19 (IANS) Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif Friday said that military courts were being established for trials of terrorism related cases, media reported. Asif said carrying out of death penalty against terrorists would begin soon, adding that the government had consciously decided to lift moratorium on capital punishment, Dawn online reported. He said that the...

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China investigates executive of Nissan joint venture

Beijing, Dec 19 (IANS) China's corruption watchdog Friday opened an investigation against an executive of the state-owned Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DMC). The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Communist Party of China said in a statement that Ren Yong, assistant general manager of Dongfeng, is suspected of serious law and discipline violations. Ren ...

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Ukrainian president announces major police reform

Kiev, Dec 19 (IANS) Ukraine will carry out a major reform of its law enforcement agencies to improve their effectiveness and ensure the country's security, President Petro Poroshenko said here Friday. I have initiated perhaps the most ambitious law enforcement reform in the history of Ukraine, Xinhua quoted Poroshenko as saying during a ceremony in preparation for the upcoming Day of U...

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Home ministry asks schools to follow SOP in terror attack

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) In the wake of the terrorist attack at an army-run school in Pakistan, the union home ministry has asked schools in India to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued in 2010 for dealing with any terrorist attack, an official said Friday. The SOP was issued to all the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). In th...

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India outraged over bail to Mumbai terror mastermind

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) India was outraged Friday over a Pakistani court's decision to give bail to the Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing shock in parliament. But even as the Pakistani government, after widespread flak, said Lakhvi had been detained anew under the Maintenance of Public Order in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, In...

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