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Areas under militants control in Iraq needs immediate aid

United Nations, Aug 29 (IANS) The United Nations Thursday said that there is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance in Iraqi areas sieged by the Islamic State militants. The World Food Programme (WFP), which has delivered food to more than 700,000 people since the start of the crisis in June, warns that there is an urgent need for assistance in areas under siege by armed groups, part...

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Martin Scorsese to helm Ramones documentary

Los Angeles, Aug 29 (IANS) Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese has been tapped to direct a documentary about the US punk band Ramones. To celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the band's debut album, the owners of the Ramones' estate are planning to release multiple projects in 2016. Jeff Jampol, who manages the estate, says the documentary will include exclusive videos ...

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Pitt, Jolie to film 'crazy sex scenes'

The couple, who got together after filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith, are currently preparing to start filming upcoming romantic drama in Malta, and an on-set source has revealed they are going to get very intimate in front of the cameras, reports usmagazine.com. The new film, which is being written and directed by the 39-year-old bride-to-be, will see Pitt and Jolie act out some steamy scenes ...

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Israeli opposition criticises Netanyahu's speech on Gaza war

Jerusalem, Aug 29 (IANS) Israeli opposition leader strongly criticised the speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the military operation in Gaza, saying it is a sad victory, media reported. On his Facebook page, Isaac Herzog, said Netanyahu lost the confidence of Israelis, especially those in the south and areas close to the Gaza Strip, MENA news agency reported citing the Radio ...

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Obama says mulling options against Islamic State

Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) US President Barack Obama said Thursday he has asked his administration to prepare a range of military options against the Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria. At a press conference in White House, Obama said he has ordered Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to prepare a range of options as he considers future military action, Xinhua reported. Th...

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Miley Cyrus invites Jesse Held to live with her

London, Aug 29 (IANS) Pop star Miley Cyrus is currently living with her homeless friend Jesse Held, whom she recently took to the MTV Video Music Awards. The Wrecking Ball singer shocked onlookers at the music awards in Los Angeles Sunday by turning up with a homeless friend, and Cyrus has now gone a step further by inviting Jesse to move into her home. This is all part of Miley'...

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Over 50,000 remain in shelters in Gaza

United Nations, Aug 29 (IANS) At least 54,000 people still remained in 78 United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) shelters in Gaza Strip, a UN official said. Stephane Dujarric, a UN spokesman, said at a daily news briefing here, quoting a report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that about 233,000 displaced people had left shelters in as of Wed...

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Alexa Chung may get a face lift?

Los Angeles, Aug 29 (IANS) Model Alexa Chung is worried about her wrinkled skin and says she has considered having a face lift in the future. The 30-year-old, who will turn 31 in November, says she worries about her skin as she grows older and has even thought about having a surgery to alter her looks. Sometimes I'm like, 'Oh my god, I'm going to get a facelift', but I don't thin...

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IS kills 160 Syrian soldiers in Syria: activists

Damascus, Aug 29 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) militants killed more than 160 Syrian soldiers captured by them in Syria's northern province of al-Raqqa, activists said. The militants captured the Syrian soldiers while fleeing the al-Tabaqa airbase when the airbase was recently seized by the IS, Xinhua reported citing the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Thursday. ...

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EU to discuss further sanctions against Russia: Merkel

Berlin, Aug 29 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday that the European Union will discuss further sanctions against Russia on its special summit in Brussels Saturday. We want diplomatic solutions and we will persist in our efforts. However, we realise that things have deteriorated again in the past few days, Xinhua quoted Merkel as saying during a press conference, re...

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George Clooney most gracefully ageing Hollywood star: Survey

London, Aug 29 (IANS) Actor George Clooney has been named Hollywood's most-gracefully ageing male, for refusing to dye his greying hair. The 53-year-old topped a list of Tinseltown's leading 'Mags' Men Ageing Gracefully - in a survey by a Britain-based hair transplant centre, reports hollywood.com. His close friend Brad Pitt, 50, came second in the list of male stars who have sta...

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Kenya set to destroy ship seized with drugs

Nairobi, Aug 29 (IANS) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday directed security agencies to sink a ship which was seized while carrying drugs in the coastal city of Mombasa. We do not care who owns the ship or the drugs, we will destroy them to teach lesson to those who bent on ruining our children, Kenyatta said. The drugs, valued at about $11 million, were seized in July by s...

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Human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week

Washinton, Aug 29 (IANS) The US government announced Thursday that it will start initial human trials of Ebola vaccine next week. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement that the phase one clinical trial will determine if a vaccine, co-developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is safe and induces an ad...

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Russian forces involve in operations inside Ukraine: NATO

Brussels, Aug 29 (IANS) The NATO Thursday released some satellite imagery to show that Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside Ukraine. Brigadier Gen. Nico Tak, director of the NATO Comprehensive Crisis and Operations Management Centre of Allied Command Operations in Mons, Belgium, said the images confirmed what NATO and its Allies had been seeing for weeks from other...

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Army chief to help end Pakistan's political crisis

Islamabad, Aug 28 (IANS) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahir-ul Qadri Thursday accepted the role of the army chief as a mediator and guarantor in solving the current political impasse in the country. Imran Khan and Qadri told the participants of their separate sit-ins here outside the Parliament House that in the next 24 hours, fr...

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Speaker greets people on Ganesh Chaturthi

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan greeted the people on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi festival that starts Friday. In her message Thursday, Mahajan said that Lord Ganesha embodies the virtues of wisdom, harmony, peace and prosperity. One may be rich or poor, Lord Ganesha removes all obstacles in one's worldly as well as spiritual pursuits and, as such, He i...

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Bank of America-Merill Lynch sees RBI cutting rates in 2015

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is expected to cut rates by 75-100 basis points starting early 2015, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch (BofA-ML) said in a report Thursday. With RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan recouping foreign exchange reserves, we see the RBI cutting policy rates even if Federal Reserve (US) chair Janet Yellen hikes from September 2015, the bank said.

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Police complaint against Dalmiya for dishonouring tricolour

Kolkata, Aug 28 (IANS) A police complaint has been lodged against Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya for dishonouring the national flag on Independence Day. The complaint was filed a few days back. The complainant alleged that the national flag had been dishonoured in the Cricket Association of Bengal's Eden Gardens headquarters during the Independence Day celebrati...

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Railway minister's son booked for raping actor, Gowdas deny charges

Bangalore, Aug 28 (IANS) In a fresh controversy for the Modi government, the son of Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has been booked for rape and cheating on a complaint by Kannada film actor Maithreyi. The Gowdas denied the charges Thursday, even as Maithreyi was summoned by police to record her statement but did not appear. We have booked a case against Karthik Gowda after the wom...

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Meghalaya CM refuses to speak on revolt

Shillong, Aug 28 (IANS) Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Thursday refused to speak about the reported move of Congress legislators to dislodge him. I have no time to react to those issues, as I am busy with government work which is in the interest of the public, Sangma told IANS a day after state party leaders met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and expressed displeasure at Sangma's...

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