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China's yuan weakens

Beijing, July 31 (IANS) The value of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened by 30 basis points to 6.1675 against the US dollar in its central parity Thursday, authorities said. In China's foreign exchange spot market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by two percent from the central parity rate each trading day, reports Xinhua. The central parity rate of the yuan ...

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Lily Allen's 'Bridget Jones' soundtrack scrapped

London, July 31 (IANS) Singer Lily Allen's soundtrack for a planned Bridget Jones musical has been dropped. The Smile hitmaker penned a score for the stage show based on the novel by Helen Fielding, but after months of delays Allen has revealed she is out of the picture, reports contactmusic.com. I wrote some great music for it, but Helen Fielding wants to go back and write a who...

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Moscow urges Kiev for OSCE observers' safety

Moscow, July 31 (IANS) Russian government Wednesday urged the Ukrainian side to immediately stop military operations to ensure the security of observers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Continuing armed hostilities in the southeastern Ukraine pose a direct threat to hundreds of citizens of our countries as well as to officers at border checkpoints, Xinhu...

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US denounces shelling of UN school in Gaza

Washington, July 31 (IANS) The US Wednesday condemned the shelling of a UN school in Gaza but refused to pinpoint Israel for it. The US does condemn the shelling of a UN school in Gaza which reportedly killed and injured innocent Palestinians, including children and UN humanitarian workers, Xinhua quoted White House spokesperson Eric Schultz telling reporters aboard Air Force One en rout...

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Grondona's death sad day for football: Messi

Buenos Aires, July 31 (IANS) Argentine football star Lionel Messi Wednesday said the death of the longtime president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Julio Grondona, was a sad day for football. He was 82. A sad day for football, for all Argentina and for me, Xinhua quoted Messi as stating in a Facebook postposted on his Facebook page. The president of the AFA, Julio Grondona...

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'Brazil needs political reform, modernisation'

Brasilia, July 31 (IANS) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Wednesday that the country needed political reform and modernisation to limit state bureaucracy and spur economic activity. At a forum held at the headquarters of Brazil's National Confederation of Industry to hear the proposals of the country's presidential candidates, Rousseff, who is running for re-election in October, p...

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Downey Jr. want to go shopping for daughter

Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Actor Robert Downey Jr. wants to take out time to shop for his unborn baby girl. The 49-year-old and wife Susan Levin will welcome a daughter in November and the former is planning to shower her with blizzard of gifts, reports contactmusic.com. I haven't had much time to shop for her yet, but when I do it's going to be a blizzard, he said. The ...

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US House approves lawsuit against Obama

Washington, July 31 (IANS) The US House Wednesday approved a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over alleged abuse of executive power. The 225-201 vote fell along party lines, with five Republicans voting against the measure while no Democrats supported it, Xinhua reported. Last Thursday, the House Rules Committee approved at 7-4 vote a resolution allowing the full House to ...

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17 killed in Tanzania road crash

Dar Es Salaam, July 31 (IANS) At least 17 people were killed and 56 injured after a bus travelling to Dar es Salaam city collided with a lorry in Tanzania Wednesday, police said. The grisly accident occurred in the morning in central district of Kongwa when the bus travelling from Mpwapwa to Dar es Salaam collided head on with the lorry, killing both drivers, Xinhua reported. Thi...

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Four killed, 15 injured in Udhampur road crash

Jammu, July 31 (IANS) At least four people were killed and 15 injured in a road accident in Udhampur district of Jammu region late Wednesday. According to police, a passenger bus went out of driver's control in Udhampur's Pancheri area, and plunged into a deep gorge. The ill-fated bus was going to Khor Gali village from Udhampur town when the accident occurred at Pancheri. Police...

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G7 warns Russia faces more sanctions

London, July 31 (IANS) The G7 leaders in a joint statement Wednesday said Russia will face further economic sanctions if it continued to support rebels in Ukraine. The warning came after the EU added eight more Russians to its sanctions. The G7 nations of economic powers, comprising the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain, also said that Russia had undermined Uk...

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Kim Kardashian slams Rob's ex-girlfriend

London, July 31 (IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has hit out at brother Rob Kardashian's ex-girlfriend Adrienne Bailon for bad mouthing her sibling. Talking to a Latina magazine, the actress-and-singer, who dated Rob for two years, claimed that appearing on her ex-boyfriend's family's reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians did her career more harm than good, reports femalefirs...

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Few Americans believe US winning fight against terror: Poll

Washington, July 31 (IANS) Belief that the US is winning the fight against terrorism has dropped to its lowest level in more than a decade of regular tracking, a poll has found. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 27 percent of the likely US voters now believe the US and its allies are winning the fight against terrorism, the lowest level in more than a deca...

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Kohli's significant dinner date with Vaughan

Southampton, July 31 (IANS/RAY) Tuesday night, India batsman and vice-captain Virat Kohli had dinner with Michael Vaughan, former England captain, at a Brazilian restaurant in Southampton. This was revealed by the latter on BBC Radio. What they chatted about has become a matter of speculation. There was no word from either as to what they discussed, though sources close to them indicate ...

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Simon Cowell will be a great dad: Ex-girlfriend

Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Former Playboy model Carmen Electra says that her ex-boyfriend, Simon Cowell, will be a great father to his son Eric. The 54-year-old music mogul and his girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, welcomed their first child together in February. Electra said: I'm sure little Eric will get a lot of knowledge of entertainment and business. He'll absolutely have to ta...

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Reach out to others as friends: UN chief

United Nations, July 31 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has called upon all to reach out to one another as friends and build long-term foundations for lasting peace in the time of mistrust and violence. Marking the International Day of Friendship, the UN chief said that whatever the cause or however powerful the animosity, the human spirit must prevail, Xinhua reported. ...

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When Rita Ora forgot her lines

Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Singer Rita Ora found acting difficult as she kept forgetting her lines while filming her scenes for the upcoming erotica Fifty Shades of Grey. The 23-year-old singer, who is playing Mia Grey in the film, had someone feeding her script to her through an earpiece because she couldn't remember her lines, reports mirror.co.uk. She said: I had to have some...

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Liam Neelson yet to get over his wife's death

Los Angeles, July 31 (IANS) Actor Liam Neelson still hasn't got over his wife's death whom he lost five years ago. The Taken star was left heartbroken when he switched off Natasha Richardson's life support in 2009 following a tragic ski accident and he admits he still expects to hear her walk through the door at times, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Her death was never real. It still...

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Tunisian army chief resigns after soldiers' deaths

Tunis, July 31 (IANS) The Tunisian Army chief,Mohamed Salah Hamdi , has stepped down from his post as the highest commander, the defence ministry confirmed Wednesday. Hamdi had presented his letter of resignation July 23, less than a week after 15 soldiers were killed by militants along the Algerian border. He was leaving for personal reasons, Xinhua quoted Defence Minister Ghaz...

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Security Council renews UN mission in Cyprus

United Nations, July 31 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) Wednesday renewed a UN mission in Cyprus for another six months to continue assisting the parties in the country to bring the division of the island to a comprehensive and durable settlement. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Security Council expressed its full support for UNFICYP (the United Nations Peacekeep...

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