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India calls for more transparency in Security Council's working

United Nations, Nov 22 (IANS) Pressing ahead with its calls for reforming the UN Security Council and expanding its membership, India has called for more transparency in its workings, accountability and openess to participation by the world body's membership, especially in mandating peacekeeping operations. India's Permanent Representative Asoke Kumar Mukerji told the UN General Assembly...

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Thick fog closes highways, airport in China

Beijing, Nov 22 (IANS) A heavy fog shrouded many parts of China's Shandong province Saturday, closing highways and delaying flights, authorities said. The provincial meteorological observatory issued a yellow alert for heavy fog Saturday morning, forecasting visibility of less than 500 metres in its northwestern and northern areas, Xinhua reported. More than 70 toll stations of 1...

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Spanish La Liga standings

Madrid, Nov 22 (IANS) Following are the standings of the Spanish first division soccer league after Friday's match (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua. Real Madrid 11 9 0 2 42 11 27 Barcelona 11 8 1 2 25 5 25 Valencia 11 7 3 1 23 9 24 Atletico Madrid 11...

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Modi wishes Samajwadi Party chief on birthday

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday wished Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav a long and healthy life on his 75th birth anniversary. On Mulayam Singh Yadav ji's birthday I extend my greetings to him and pray that he is blessed with a long and healthy life, Modi posted on his personal twitter account. Yadav turned 75 Saturday and the Samajwadi Par...

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Pleasant Saturday morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IANS) It was a pleasant Saturday morning in the capital with a minimum temperature of 9.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season's average. The Met Office has forecast the sky will be clear in the day. There was shallow fog in the morning. However, the sky during the day will be mainly clear, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. ...

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Plague kills 40 in Madagascar

Antananarivo, Nov 22 (IANS) At least 40 people were killed in an outbreak of plague in Madagascar, a media report said Saturday. The disease may spread rapidly as fleas on the island have been found with high levels of resistance to a leading insecticide, BBC reported citing a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning. Humans usually develop the bubonic form of the plague (swollen ...

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Republicans sue Obama administration over health care reforms

Washington, Nov 22 (IANS/EFE) The Republican majority in the US House of Representatives filed suit against the administration of Barack Obama over the use of executive orders to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - also known as Obamacare - after Congress approved the legislation in 2010. The lawsuit brought against Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Treasury S...

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Major powers, Iran racing against time for nuke deal

Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) The world's major powers and Iran are racing against time to reach a deal over Tehran's nuclear programme, with another extension of the negotiations not being the focus. White House spokesman Eric Schultz Friday said Secretary of State John Kerry was in Vienna, Austria, for talks in his last-ditch efforts to close the remaining gaps, as the Nov 24 deadline is f...

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Ebola could be contained by mid-2015: Ban Ki-moon

Washington, Nov 22 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus could be contained by mid-2015. Ban made the observation Friday and said that the Ebola outbreak could be contained by continuing to scale up the global fight against the disease. Addressing a press conference at the World Bank headquarters, the UN secretary-general empha...

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'Planet of the Apes ' left Andy Serkis in 'agony'

Las Vegas, Nov 22 (IANS) Actor Andy Serkis says his film Planet of the Apes left him in agony. Serkis played the chimpanzee in the 2011 sci-fi movie and its sequel, 2013's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He says he was relieved that the ape was older in the second movie because he couldn't physically handle putting as much extraordinary pressure on his shredded knees for a secon...

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Obama defends his immigration reform plan

Las Vegas, Nov 22 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama has defended his immigration reform plans, which could protect five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Obama was welcomed in Las Vegas Friday with cries of Si se puede (Yes We Can). He had earlier, resorted to unilateral executive action to fix America's broken immigration system. We're going to keep on...

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Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood demands leader's release

Amman, Nov 22 (IANS) Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has demanded the release of its detained leader Zaki Bani Rsheid. In a statement Friday, the group said that the security forces had arrested its deputy head Zaki Bani Rsheid Thursday, Xinhua reported. We are surprised by the arrest of Bani Rsheid and call for his release, said the statement. Bani Rsheid was arrested after ...

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Israel and Palestine agree on Gaza reconstruction: UN official

United Nations, Nov 22 (IANS) An agreement has been reached between Israel, Palestine and the United Nations (UN) under which nearly 25,000 homeowners in Gaza can access materials to repair their damaged homes starting next week. This was announced Friday, by the UN special coordinator for the Middle East, Robert Serry, according to a Xinhua report. The homes were damaged in the...

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Ed Sheeran likes Primark pants

Las Vegas, Nov 22 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran says since people don't see underpants thats why he prefers Primark. The 23-year-old doesn't see any point in splashing out on something that is only meant to keep your junk in, reports femalefirst.co.uk. On a day off, I'll just watch films and eat chocolate in my underwear, he told Q magazine. Primark. No one sees them, they're ...

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Lebanon won't celebrate independence day, owing to presidential vacancy

Beirut, Nov 22 (IANS) Lebanon has cancelled all official plans to celebrate its independence day, according to media reports. The decision was taken owing to the current vacancy in the country's presidency, Xinhua reported, citing the National News Agency. The country has remained without a president for nearly six months now. Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam issued a...

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Davis Cup final: Monfils upsets Federer, brings France level

Lille, Nov 22 (IANS/EFE) Gael Monfils of France stunned Swiss great Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 Friday to even up the Davis Cup final, after Stanislas Wawrinka had beaten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to give Switzerland the lead. The 28-year-old Monfils, ranked 19th in the world, used a powerful serve and ground strokes to thrill the crowd of more than 27,000 people that packed the Pierre Mauroy s...

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Noel Gallagher gave up cocaine because he was 'bored'

Los Angeles, Nov 22 (IANS) Singer Noel Gallagher says that while he still enjoys a bit of alcohol and cigarette, he no longer takes cocaine because he got bored. The 47-year-old says that he spent hours talking about pyramids, aliens and The Beatles and who shot JFK (US President John F. Kennedy) at nightly parties, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I had exhausted every avenue of conve...

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Bahrain set for first election since 2011 protests

Manama, Nov 22 (IANS) Bahrain will hold its first parliamentary elections Saturday, since a failed protest against the monarchy in 2011, though the Shiite opposition has called for a boycott of the elections. About 400,000 eligible Bahraini voters are expected to cast their ballots at 53 polling stations across the country in the parliamentary and municipal elections. In these elections,...

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Fiji a sincere friend and important partner: China

Nadi (Fiji), Nov 22 (IANS) China sees Fiji as a sincere friend and an important partner in the Pacific Islands region, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, during his visit to the island country. The Chinese president met his Fijian counterpart Epeli Nailatikau Friday and said that his country firmly supports the Fijian people in their efforts to independently choose a development path tha...

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Arpita & Ayush's wedding reception a star studded event

Mumbai, Nov 22 (IANS) After a starry wedding at Hyderabad, newly-wed Arpita Khan and Ayush Sharma had a star-studded reception Friday evening in Mumbai. The event was graced by the who's who from the film industry. While the entire Khan family, including Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan and Salim Khan were present at this event, many celebrities who could not at...

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