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Windies trio victimised by WICB, claims lawyer

Bridgetown (Barbados), Dec 22 (IANS/CMC) A lawyer retained by some West Indies players during the recent strike impasse has accused the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) of victimisation in the axing of the experienced trio of Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard from the one-day squad to face South Africa. Barbadian Ralph Thorne QC, who still represents Bravo, said his client ha...

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US may not target Taliban leaders after Jan 2

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) The US said that American forces in Afghanistan would not target Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders after Jan 2 unless they posed a direct threat to the country, a media report said Monday. Being a member of the Taliban doesn't mean that the US is going to prosecute operations against you for that reason alone, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.<...

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Don't write off Windies just yet, warns Ramdin

Johannesburg, Dec 22 (IANS/CMC) Captain Denesh Ramdin has warned detractors not to write the West Indies off just yet following their innings defeat in the first Test against South Africa. The tourists were humiliated by an innings and 220 runs on the fourth morning of the opening Test at Centurion Saturday, to send them 1-0 down in the three-Test series, reports CMC. The West In...

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Coldest Monday in Delhi in five years

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Delhiites Monday woke up to a chilly Monday accompanied with dense fog. The minimum temperature was recorded at 4.2 degrees Celsius, four notches below the season's average. It was the coldest Monday in the last five years, the Met Office said. The thick fog reduced visibility to 50 metres, that led to the delayed arrival of 50 trains and the rescheduling of 12.<...

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Security of Pakistan's Lal Masjid cleric withdrawn

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Official security provided to Pakistan's Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz has been withdrawn, The Dawn reported. Aziz was provided security since 2011, said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in a press conference Sunday. In reply to a question about the threats being hurled from Lal Masjid, the minister said nobody would be allowed to challeng...

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Bird flu alert in UP: import of poultry products banned

Lucknow, Dec 22 (IANS) Following reports of a bird flu case in Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh banned the import of chicken, eggs and all forms of poultry from other states, an official said Monday. The state government has also ordered thorough inspection of all poultry units across the state. Chief Veterinary Officer Vipin Kumar Agarwal while confirming the alert sounded by the state...

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Winter chill continues unabated, all schools closed in Lucknow

Lucknow, Dec 22 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh continued to shiver as the cold wave further intensified Monday, a development which led to the closure of all schools up to standard 12 in the state capital. The district administration ordered their closure after parents complained that the weather was too harsh for children to go up to their schools early in the morning. Icy winds blowing ...

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Belgian Jupiler Pro League standings

Brussels, Dec 22 (IANS) Following are the standings of the Belgian Pro League after Sunday's games (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against and points), reported Xinhua. 1. Club Brugge 20 11 8 1 48 21 41 2. Anderlecht 20 10 7 3 35 24 37 3. Kortrijk 20 11 1 8 33 28 34 4. Genk 20 8 8 4 ...

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Another police officer killed in US

Miami, Dec 22 (IANS/EFE) A police officer was killed in the US Sunday, a day after two New York police officers were shot dead by a gunman in Brooklyn. The latest incident happened in the town of Tarpon Springs, 20 miles (about 32 km) north of Tampa, Florida, according to local authorities. The Pinellas County Sheriff's department confirmed the killing of Charles Kondek. ...

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Dutch Eredivisie standings

The Hague, Dec 22 (IANS) Following are the standings of Dutch league after Sunday's matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), reported Xinhua. PSV Eindhoven 17 14 1 2 48 14 43 Ajax 17 12 3 2 43 17 39 Feyenoord 17 9 4 4 30 15 31 FC Zwolle 17 9 2 6 31 21 29 AZ Alkmaar ...

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Kris, Corey make public appearance together

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) Socialite Kris Jenner and her boyfriend Corey Gamble were spotted together for the first time since the former's divorce from Bruce Jenner finalised. The 59-year-old looked sombre as she stepped out Saturday with the 33 yer-old Corey for the wedding of singer-actor Lance Bass and his partner Michael Turchin, reports mirror.co.uk. Kris, who ended her 22-...

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Libya sends reinforcements against militants in oil crescent

Tripoli, Dec 22 (IANS) The Libyan army and forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar sent military reinforcements to the oil crescent region to fight Libya Dawn militias, officials said Sunday. A military official told Xinhua that a total of 16 new armoured vehicles were sent to the oil-rich region. General Saqr Al-Jroshi, Haftar's air force commander, announced that two Su-24M figh...

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Algeria goes after militants along borders with Libya, Niger

Algiers, Dec 22 (IANS) A large scale military operation was launched Sunday by the Algerian forces to track down extremist groups along the country's borders with Libya and Niger, a security source said. The source told Xinhua on the condition of anonymity that the operation aimed at combing the southeastern borders of the country, following information of an intrusion by militants and a...

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Sharon Stone spotted kissing David DeLuise

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone and actor David DeLuise recently put on a public display of affection here. The duo didn't seem to care who saw them as they recently kissed and cuddled outside Hugo's Restaurant here, reports dailymail.co.uk. They had evidently enjoyed a lunch date. It's the first time they have been seen together, but the two didn't se...

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Israeli drone downed over Syria province

Damascus, Dec 22 (IANS) Syrian forces downed an Israeli drone over the province of al-Qunaitera in the southern part of Syria Sunday, media reported. According to a military source, the Skylark 1 drone was downed near the town of Hadar in the al-Qunaitera province, which borders the Israeli-occupied region of Golan Heights, Xinhua reported, citing the state-run al-Ekhbairia TV. ...

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London X-mas for Naomi Campbell

London, Dec 22 (IANS) Supermodel Naomi Campbell will spend Christmas here because she wants to relax. The 44-year-old, who divides her time between Britain and the US, is looking forward to being with her family over the festive season for a break, reports femalefirst.co.uk. She said: I'm going to be in London (for Christmas) - it's so important to be still from time to time. ...

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Harry Styles dating Victoria's Secret model?

New York, Dec 22 (IANS) Singer Harry Styles fuelled rumours of a romance with Victoria's Secret model Nadine Leopold as they recently enjoyed night out together here. Fans spotted them spending time together here for the second day in a row this week, reports dailymail.co.uk. The 20-year-old and the Austrian model were seen together grabbing a coffee in Starbucks Thursday and fan...

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Pakistan rejected Russia's plea to not execute citizen

Islamabad, Dec 22 (IANS) Pakistan turned down Russia's request to postpone the execution of its citizen Akhlaque Ahmed, who was hanged to death in Faisalabad Sunday. Russia repeatedly approached Pakistani authorities with a plea to reconsider the sentence for Akhlaque, said a statement issued by the Russian embassy in Islamabad Sunday, according to the Dawn online. Russia said th...

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Sri Lanka floods displace over 40,000

Colombo, Dec 22 (IANS) More than 40,000 people have been displaced in the north central and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka as heavy torrential rains made dams overflow and hampered transport services, an official said Sunday. The town of Batticaloa was the worst hit, with an estimated 30,000 people displaced from their homes, according to a report in Xinhua. Thousands more had to...

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'Home Alone 2': Johansson's favourite holiday film

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) It's holiday season and actress Scarlett Johansson, a lover of old movies, says she enjoys watching Home Alone 2 during vacations. For the The Avengers star, the best thing about Christmas is getting to see my family all in one place, reports people.com. I travel so frequently for work, it's one of the only times we all get together, she said. ...

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