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Obama repeats commitment to Israel

Washington, May 23 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama repeated on Friday that his commitment to the security of Israel is and always will be unshakeable, and that he will not accept a bad deal with Iran concerning its nuclear programme. No administration has done more to ensure that Israel can protect itself than this one, Obama said in a speech to an audience of almost 1,200 people in...

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Michael Caine 'never tempted to stray' from wife

Cannes, May 23 (IANS) Veteran actor Michael Caine says he has never been tempted to stray from his wife because he always brings her with him when he is working away from home. The 82-year-old has been married to wife Shakira, 68, for 42 years and insists that despite working alongside Hollywood beauties such as Rachel Weisz and Scarlett Johansson, he has never thought about cheating on ...

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Golfers Lahiri, Jeev share 52nd spot in BMW PGA championship

Virginia Water (England), May 23 (IANS) Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri and Jeev Milkha Singh shared the 52nd position after the second round of the BMW PGA Championship here on Friday. Current Asian Tour leader and world No.41 Lahiri and Jeev - both ha d scored identical par-72s on Thursday - came up with similar scores in the second round at the Virginia Water (England). Other I...

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IS takes responsibility for attack on Saudi Shia mosque

Riyadh, May 23 (IANS/EFE) Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for an apparent suicide bomb attack carried out on Friday at a Shia mosque in the town of Al Qudayh in the eastern Saudi Arabian, Shia-majority province of Al Qatif, in which at least 21 people were killed while 102 others were wounded, according to the Saudi health ministry. The ministry's statement said that 50 of the ...

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I don't jump out of a trunk naked in 'The Duff': Ken Jeong

Los Angeles, May 23 (IANS) The Hangover star Ken Jeong, who is set to entertain Indian audience with his role of Mr. Arthur, a high school teacher, in teen comedy film The Duff, says his character will be different from his previous works. Mr. Arthur is a journalism teacher in Malloy High School, and a mentor/surrogate father to Bianca (Mae Whitman), whose real father is absent following...

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Hillary Clinton's 296 emails published

Washington, May 23 (IANS) The US State Department has published online 296 emails from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's account. The emails were sent and received in the aftermath of the September 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including an ambassador. The emails we release today do not change the essent...

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Catholic priest abducted in Syria by IS-linked jihadis

Homs (Syria), May 23 (IANS/AKI) Jacques Murad, the Catholic priest abducted in central Syria this week was seized by jihadis linked to the Islamic State militant group, according to sources quoted by the Syrian pro-government radio station Sham Fm. Catholic news agency Fides reported on Friday that Murad, the prior of the Mar Elian Monastery on the outskirts of Qaryatayn in central Syria...

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Qualifier 2 scoreboard: RCB vs CSK

Ranchi, May 23 (IANS) The following is the scorecard of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings CSK) at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium here on Friday. RCB innings: Chris Gayle c & b Raina 41 Virat Kohli c Sharma b Nehra 12 AB de Villiers lbw Nehra 1 Mandeep Singh c Hussey b Ashwin 4 Dinesh Karthik c...

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Tunisia museum attack suspect claims innocence

Milan, May 23 (IANS/AKI) The Moroccan man wanted by Tunisia over the March 18 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, Abdelmajid Touil, told an extradition hearing in Italy on Friday that he was innocent. I've been in Italy since I arrived in February, Touil told the judge at his first hearing in Milan's San Vittore prison. He was arrested earlier this week near Milan on a warrant issued b...

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IPL: CSK beat RCB by three wickets to reach final

Ranchi, May 22 (IANS) Chennai Super Kings (CSK) reached the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the sixth time as they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by three wickets in the qualifier 2 of the Twenty20 tournament at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium here on Friday. Put in to bat, two-time runners-up RCB could only manage a modest total of 139/8 with left-handed ...

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Rajkumar Hirani produces his sister's play

Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who last directed the successful PK is now all set to produce his sister Anju Kishinchandani's play Growing Up based on puberty. Anju is quite excited to present her play in front of an audience. When I first heard Anju's concept of the storyline, I was immediately hooked. I connected with the thought and was very impressed with it...

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Congress not in favour of appealing against Jayalalithaa

Bengaluru, May 22 (IANS) Karnataka's ruling Congress on Friday advised its government not to appeal against the state high court verdict, acquitting AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa in a corruption case. The role of Karnataka is administrative and not judicial. Our state is not a party in any way of the proceeding trial before the special judge or in appeal, party state unit's legal and hu...

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Woman footballers Bembem, Bala and Ashalata Devi for Maldivian League

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Indian women footballers Oinam Bembem Devi, Ashalata Devi and Bala Devi are all set to play for New Radiant Club in the Maldivian League. The three will leave Indian shores on May 22 and will take part in the Maldivian League which runs from May 24 to June 6. I am on top of the world. This has been one of the best days in my life. I am excited to particip...

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Ideally would want to see a 16 team I-League: Constantine

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) Indian football team head coach Stephen Constantine wants the I-League to be a 16-team tournament so that the game can spread along evenly along the country. I would ideally want to see a 16-team I-League. The second division I-League should be held across five regions with the top two teams qualifying for the first division, that way we can spread the game across ...

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Ceat's net profit up by 50 percent during Q4

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) RPG Group owned tyre maker Ceat on Friday said its net consolidated net profit during the fourth quarter of 2014-15 rose by over 50 percent at Rs.93.91 crore against Rs 62.42 crore during the same period in 2013-14. The company's net sales rose to Rs.1,466.04 crore, as against Rs.1,443.87 crore during the same quarter a year ago. During 2014-15, the company...

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US-Cuba talks end without deal, more talks to follow

Washington, May 22 (IANS) The US and Cuba concluded their two-day talks here on Friday without a deal on reopening embassies, but agreed to meet more in the coming weeks. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, the chief US negotiator with Cuba, told reporters that the two countries were much closer toward their goals now, Xinhua news agency reported. Josefina Vidal, dir...

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Lupin to replace Tata Power in BSE Sensex from June 22

Kolkata, May 22 (IANS) Drug major Lupin will be replacing integrated power company, Tata Power Co Ltd in the S&P BSE Sensex from June 22. Asia Index Private Ltd. (AIPL) - a 50-50 partnership between S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) - in a statement, announced changes in major indices on the bourse's indices. According to the statement, in the ...

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Three-fourth of of private vehicles not insured: SC panel

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) More than 75 percent of privately owned vehicles including two wheelers do not have insurance cover, said a committee headed by former Supreme Court judge K.S.Radhakrishnan on implementation of various laws relating to road safety, describing the situation as alarming. Asking the government identify these vehicles, Justice Radhakrishnan on Friday said that this c...

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Gujjars 'agree' to hold talks with Rajasthan government

Jaipur, May 22 (IANS) A protest by Gujjars demanding five percent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions continued for the second day on Friday, but the community leaders agreed to hold talks with the Rajasthan government. We have conveyed to the state government to hold talks on the reservation issue, but talks can be held only in Bayana in Bharatpur district or Pil...

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Colombian rebels suspend ceasefire after army kills 26

Bogota, May 22 (IANS) Colombia's FARC rebels on Friday suspended their months-old unilateral ceasefire after 26 insurgents were killed in an army bombing raid on a guerrilla camp in the southwestern province of Cauca, Spanish news agency Efe reported. Suspension of the unilateral and indefinite ceasefire, declared as part of peace talks with the Colombian government, was not under consid...

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