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Gunfight in Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 18 (IANS) A gunfight between the security forces and separatist guerrillas is on in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district Thursday, police said. Police said the security forces surrounded Salkoot village Thursday morning following information about the presence of a group of guerrillas there. When the security forces closed on the hiding militants they started firing...

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Olympic champion Dujardin sets new record at Olympia

London, Dec 18 (IANS) Reigning Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin broke her own grand prix world record at the London International Horse Show at Olympia. Dujardin, also a world and European champion, took the FEI World Cup grand prix class with a score of 87.460 percent Wednesday, reports Xinhua. Dujardin broke her previous mark of 87.129 percent at the World Cup final in Franc...

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Marta signs deal with Swedish champions Rosengard

Stockholm, Dec 18 (IANS) FC Rosengard have agreed a three-year deal with five-time Women's World Player of the Year Marta. The Brazilian international has played for the Swedish champions and UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finalists since June on an initial six-month contract, reports Xinhua. Marta posted on her Instagram page: I am very happy and proud to have signed a ne...

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Cruzeiro reject second Real Madrid offer for Lucas Silva

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 18 (IANS) Brazilian football club Cruzeiro have rejected a second bid from Real Madrid for midfielder Lucas Silva. The Belo Horizonte club's president, Gilvan Tavares, is said to be seeking at least 15 million euros for the Brazil under-21 international, who has also been linked with Arsenal, reports Xinhua. Although (Silva) has spoken positively regarding a p...

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Tyson Gay's former coach banned for eight years

Washington, Dec 18 (IANS) Jon Drummond, former coach of US sprinter Tyson Gay, has been banned for eight years after arbitrators ruled he possessed, trafficked and administered banned drugs to an athlete he coached. The US Anti-Doping Agency Wednesday announced the ban beginning Dec 17, reports Xinhua. The ban prohibits the 46-year-old former sprinter from coaching, training or a...

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Lunch Scoreboard: India vs Australia, day two

Brisbane, Dec 18 (IANS) The following is the scoreboard at lunch on the second day of the second Test between Australia and India at the Gabba here Thursday. India: Murali Vijay c Haddin b Lyon 144 Shikhar Dhawan c Haddin b M Marsh 24 Cheteswar Pujara c Haddin b Hazlewood 18 Virat Kohli c Haddin b Hazlewood 19 Ajinkya Rahane c Haddin b Hazlewood 81...

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Hazlewood takes fifer as India bowled out for 408

Brisbane, Dec 18 (IANS) A fifer for debutant pacer Josh Hazlewood helped Australia bowl out India for 408 at lunch on day two of the second Test at the Gabba here Thursday. India, who were in the driver's seat at stumps on day one, added 97 runs more runs to their overnight score but lost six wickets in the process. The visitors were put on the back foot almost immediately with A...

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Severe cold in Uttarakhand leaves 24 dead

Lucknow/Dehradun, Dec 18 (IANS) Intense cold wave conditions accompanied by snowfall have left 24 people dead in Uttarakhand, officials said Thursday. Officials in the hill state of Uttarakhand said two people have died in Haldwani, three in Nainital, six in Bhimtal and Bageshwar areas, while nearly 13 died due to the inclement weather in the Kumaon region since Tuesday. Snowfall...

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UN secretary general calls for international mobilisation against terror

United Nations, Dec 18 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for mobilising all resources and political will to fight terrorism in the wake of the massacre of 132 school children in Pakistan and said he will consider measures to help that country combat extremism. Answering a reporter's question at his year-end press conference here Wednesday about the attack, Ban said that ...

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Sharon Osbourne loses tooth during show

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) TV host Sharon Osbourne lost a tooth live on television while shooting The Talk. The host of The Talk was discussing topics of the day with her co-stars Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood, when her implant came loose, prompting her to shout: Oh s***! My tooth is falling off,, reports mirror.co.uk. As the rest of the team struggle...

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India bowled out for 408

Brisbane, Dec 18 (IANS) India added just 97 more runs to their overnight score before being bowled out for 408 at the stroke of lunch on day two of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba here Thursday. Debutant Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood took five wickets while Nathan Lyon took two as India threw away their initiative. ...

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H5N8 bird flu strain reported in Italy

Rome, Dec 18 (IANS) Highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu strain was reported at a turkey farm in northern Italy, media reported Wednesday. The outbreak was ascertained by local health authorities at the farm, which is located near the city of Rovigo, in Veneto region, Xinhua reported citing ANSA news agency. The virus was reported to present strong similarities with the outbreaks reg...

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Republicans slam Obama for Cuba decision

Washington, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) The leading Republican in the US House of Representatives Wednesday slammed President Barack Obama's decision to resume full diplomatic ties with Communist-ruled Cuba as a mindless concession to a dictatorship. Obama's decision to launch talks aimed at restoring full relations that were severed in 1961 has sparked outrage from House Speaker John Boehner and ...

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Wiz Khalifa's sex tape won't come in market

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Playboy model Carla Howe, who was trying to sell off a sex tape featuring herself with rapper Wiz Khalifa, has had a change of heart about it, reports tmz.com. The duo had filmed a home porn. According to tmz.com sources, Howe had a meeting set with Vivid Entertainment, which was prepared to make a big offer for the video. But she never took it forward....

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Brazilian Olympic hopeful banned for doping

Rio de Janeiro, Dec 18 (IANS) Brazilian Olympic sprint hopeful Vanda Gomes has been banned from competing for two years for doping. The 26-year-old was found to have traces of the prohibited hormone anastrozole in an out-of-competition test in September. She refused a request to provide a B sample. Brazil's superior sports justice tribunal delivered the unanimous verdict during h...

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Four killed in Egypt military plane crash

Cairo, Dec 18 (IANS) An Egyptian military plane crashed Wednesday during Egypt-United Arab Emirates (UAE)joint military drill, killing two Egyptian and two UAE officers, state-run Nile TV reported. Egypt's military spokesperson was quoted as saying that the crash happened at 7 p.m., and a technical failure should be the cause. Authorities are investigating the detailed cause of t...

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Bynes calls herself Britney Spears

Los Angeles, Dec 18 (IANS) Troubled star Amanda Bynes has called herself pop star Britney Spears. The 28-year-old, known for her random tweeting style, posted: I'm Britney Spears, reports mirror.co.uk. It is not clear whether the actress is showing support for the Circus hitmaker or hinting she's going to make a comeback as the pop star. ...

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US, Cuba restoring ties very positive: UN chief

United Nations, Dec 18 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday heralded restoration of ties between the US and Cuba as positive news, thanking leaders of both countries for the very important step. The news is very positive. I would like to thank President Barack Obama of the United States and President Raul Castro of Cuba for taking this very important step towards normalising...

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'The Imitation Game' to release in India Jan 23, 2015

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Imitation Game, which has received five Golden Globe nominations, will hit Indian screens Jan 23, 2015. Being released in India by PVR Pictures, the film has a cast of Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley and Charles Dance, said a statement. Cumberbatch plays the role of a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan T...

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Johann Luif becomes new commander of EU force

Sarajevo, Dec 18 (IANS) Major General Johann Luif became the new commander of the European Union Force, or EUFOR, during a ceremony in Camp Butmir near Sarajevo here Wednesday. Major General Dieter Heidecker completed his two-year tenure as EUFOR commander. The Operation Commander General Adrian Bradshaw handed over the command to General Luif, according to Xinhua. During his spe...

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