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Obama pledges to support new Afghan government

Washington, Sep 22 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has pledged to support the new Afghan government emerging from disagreements over the result of a presidential run-off. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was declared president-elect by the Afghan Independent Election Commission Sunday, while his rival Abdullah Abdullah was named chief executive of a unity government they agreed upon earlier in the...

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Munich Oktoberfest attracts one million visitors

Munich, Sep 22 (IANS) The first weekend of the 181st edition of the Munich Oktoberfest has attracted about one million visitors, the German department of labour and economy said Monday. Besides local people, tourists have also come from Italy, Austria, the US, as well as Arab and Asian countries, Xinhua reported. During the two days, about one million litres of beer have been con...

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Nallamalapu Bujji to produce Srinivas's next?

Chennai, Sep 22 (IANS) Producer Bellamkonda Suresh, who suffered heavy losses from Telugu film Rabhasa, has handed over the reins of his son Srinivas's next project to Nallamalapu Bujji. Bujji, who is riding high on the success of Race Gurram, will now produce Srinivas's film, which will be directed by Boyapati Srinu. Suresh suffered heavy losses with NTR's 'Rabhasa'. He has a lo...

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Two Indians elected MPs in New Zealand

Wellington, Sep 22 (IANS) Two Indian-origin leaders have made it to parliament in the recently concluded general elections in New Zealand, media reported Monday. Mahesh Bindra and Parmjeet Parmar figured in the list of MPs, New Zealand Herald reported. Parmjeet Parmar has been elected to the New Zealand Parliament as a representative of the ruling National party. Mahesh B...

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Syria condemns US anti-terror coalition

Damascus, Sep 22 (IANS) Syria has criticised the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, accused it of lacking the true will necessary to confront terrorism in the region. The US' move to form an alliance outside the framework of the UN Security Council to fight the IS does not reflect a true will to confront terrorism, Speaker Jihad al-Laham said Sunday in a spee...

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Navdeep clocks decade in films, not too satisfied

Chennai, Sep 22 (IANS) Telugu actor Navdeep, who has done some good as well bad films in his decade-long career, says he's happy that he has managed to survive in the industry. However, he isn't too satisfied with his choice of films. I feel I could've been in a better position with solo hits to my credit. I could've been even more successful. On the contrary, I think I have successfully...

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Asian Games: Dipika loses in semi-final, settles for bronze

Incheon, Sep 22 (IANS) India's squash star Dipika Pallikal lost her semi-final women's singles match to World No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia and settled for the bronze medal in the 17th Asian Games at the Yeorumul Squash Courts here Monday. Dipika, World No.12, went down 11-4, 11-4 and 11-5 to the Malaysian in the match that lasted 25 minutes. ...

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Indian spacecraft enters Martian sphere of influence

Bangalore, Sep 22 (IANS) India's spacecraft Monday entered the Martian sphere of influence on way to the red planet's orbit early Wednesday, while cruising in the sun's orbit. Our navigators' calculation shows that our Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) has entered the gravitational sphere of influence of Mars around 9 a.m., a senior Indian space agency official told IANS here. The 475 k...

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Israel joins fight against Ebola in Africa

Jerusalem, Sep 22 (IANS) Israel has joined the international effort to help combat the Ebola outbreak across West Africa. Doctors from the country's leading medical institutions and other healthcare professionals are being sent to Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Liberia to treat infected patients and help prevent spread of the deadly virus, Xinhua reported. Two physicians are already ...

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CO2 emissions set to reach record high in 2014

London, Sep 22 (IANS) Ahead of the New York Climate Summit, researchers have revealed that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the main contributor to global warming, is set to rise again in 2014 - reaching a record high of 40 billion tonnes. The world leaders will meet at the UN headquarters in New York Tuesday to galvanise and catalyse action on climate change. The CO2 emissions fr...

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Asian Games: China's team gold reinstated, Ayonika seventh

Incheon, Sep 22 (IANS) India's Ayonika Paul Monday finished a disappointing seventh in the women's 10-metre air rifle event while China were confirmed winners of the team gold after judges overturned an earlier decision to disqualify them from the 17th Asian Games. The Chinese trio of Yi Siling, Zhang Binbin and Wu Liuxi combined for 1,253.8 points to win the team gold at Ongnyeon Intern...

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Jordan arrests 11 IS militants

Amman, Sep 22 (IANS) Jordan has arrested 11 Islamic State (IS) militants who entered the country from Syria. The militants after their arrest Sunday, admitted that they came from Syria acting upon orders from IS leaders to target key locations in Jordan and spread panic and chaos in the country, Xinhua reported Monday. A blast took place at a house where these militants were maki...

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Fiji coup leader to be sworn-in as PM

Suva, Sep 22 (IANS) Fiji coup leader in 2006, Voreqe Frank Bainimarama, will be sworn-in Monday as the prime minister of the country. Bainimarama's Fiji First party has won the 2014 general election, raking 293,714 of the total 496,364 votes cast, Fiji Times reported. President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will preside over the swearing-in ceremony scheduled to be held at 4 p.m. ...

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Japanese PM heads for UN General Assembly

Tokyo, Sep 22 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday left for New York to attend the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and is expected to have talks with his counterparts during the trip. According to government officials, Abe is also expected to pledge $50 million in humanitarian assistance to the Middle East, which will be used to help address the crisis caused there b...

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Asian Games: Indian women clinch 25m pistol bronze

Incheon, Sep 22 (IANS) Indian shooters kept up their fine performance in the 17th Asian Games with the women's team winning the bronze medal in the 25 metre pistol event at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range here Monday. The Indian team comprising Rahi Sarnobat (580), Anisa Sayyed (577) and Heena Sidhu (572) shot a total of 1,729 to claim the bronze medal. Rahi was the only Indian...

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Russia hopes dialogue continues in Ukraine

Moscow, Sep 22 (IANS) Russia said that the laws adopted by Ukraine last week would give impetus to the further development of peaceful dialogue in that country. An entire package of laws has been passed in Ukraine that gives a chance of settlement, Russian official Sergei Ivanov said Sunday. The Ukrainian parliament Tuesday approved two bills offering major concessions to indepen...

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Kerry meets Iranian foreign minister over n-issue

New York, Sep 22 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York over the current round of nuclear talks. Kerry Sunday said that the resumption of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US -- is an opportunity to work towards a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear programme, Xinhua...

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Clear day ahead in Delhi

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS) It was a pleasant Monday morning in Delhi with the minimum temperature recorded at 25 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season's average. The Met Office has forecast a clear day ahead. Sky will remain clear and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 36 degrees Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department. Humidity at 8.30 a...

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Sensex down 141 points; banking stocks dip

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Monday was trading 141.54 points or 0.52 percent down as banking stocks dipped. All the sectors were trading in red and heavy selling pressure was seen in banking, capital goods, IT and auto sectors. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,008.12 points,...

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Don't let down Modi: Shiv Sena to Muslims

Mumbai, Sep 22 (IANS) The Shiv Sena Monday urged Indian Muslims not to let down Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he praised the community for its patriotism and love for the country in an interview. Modi has lauded Indian Muslims for their patriotism...He has initiated a new chapter by giving a guarantee of the community's love for its motherland. Now, Muslims must not let him down, Sh...

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