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Iraqi forces preparing to liberate Mosul from IS

Baghdad, Feb 12 (IANS) New Iraqi army units have arrived in the semi-autonomous northern region of Kurdistan preparing to free the city of Mosul, the second-largest Iraqi city, from the Islamic State, a military officer said on Thursday. Troops, weapons and equipment have arrived in Makhmour area, just south of Mosul, for an offensive to liberate Nineveh province where Mosul is the capit...

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Ryan Reynolds wants nine daughters

Los Angeles, Feb 12 (IANS) Actor Ryan Reynolds, who already has 13-month-old daughter James with wife Blake Lively, says he wouldn't mind adding a number of girls to his brood as he grew up with three brothers. I can't get enough of that. If I could have nine daughters, I would be thrilled. My brothers and I, there's four of us, we would destroy the house. I was eight and I could patch a...

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Needs lot of help for givng birth: Liv Tyler

Los Angeles, Feb 12 (IANS) Actress Liv Tyler says she doesn't handle labour very well and will need a lot of doctors and midwives on hand when she gives birth to her third child later this summer. The 38-year-old actress is set to welcome her and her fiancé David Gardner's second child. It's (labour is) a wonderful, magic, amazing experience, but it's pretty f***ing scary; a lot...

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US sanctions three individuals working for IS

Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) The US Treasury Department on Thursday blacklisted three individuals working for the Islamic State group, in an effort to attack its finances and disrupt its ability to profit from illicit oil sales. The move targets senior IS oil official Faysal al-Zahrani, foreign fighter facilitator Husayn Juaythini, and senior IS official Turki al-Binali, the Treasury Depart...

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Gold rises to highest level in year as US equities fall sharply

Chicago, Feb 12 (IANS) Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose sharply on Thursday as US equities took a sharp downturn in reaction to a decreasing cost of oil. The most active gold contract for April delivery rose $53.2, or 4.45 percent, to settle at $1,247.80 per ounce. This settlement is gold future's highest level since February 5, 2015.

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Russia to continue its snap military drills: Putin

Moscow, Feb 12 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that current regular large-scale snap military drills were a success and such exercises should be continued. The practice of conducting such snap inspections should be continued. We are seeing that the practice itself works well and allows consistent raising of combat readiness of the army and navy, as well as coord...

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Tori Spelling urinates in public places

Los Angeles, Feb 12 (IANS) Reality TV star Tori Spelling says she has a drunk alter-ego called 'Terri' who thinks it is fine to urinate in public places when she's hit the bottle too hard. Appearing on reality TV personality Khloé Kardashian's new show Kocktails With Khloé, the former 90210 star said: When Terri comes to visit she is cray-cray and one of her things is she likes to pee ...

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Six killed in a Saudi office attack

Riyadh, Feb 12 (IANS) Six people were killed and a number of others injured on Thursday when a gunman attacked a government education office in the border city of Jazan, local media reported. The attacker was arrested, the report said, adding that five victims died at the scene, while the sixth died later in hospital. It was not immediately known what prompted the shooting, but s...

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Victoria, David Beckham separation slammed as 'all rubbish'

London, Feb 12 (IANS) Star couple David and Victoria Beckham were said to be spending over six months of 2016 on separate continents. A representative for Victoria has slammed it as nonsense. Fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria, 41, was allegedly preparing to embark on a tour of Italy, France and Hong Kong - where she is opening a brand new store. She was also report...

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US stocks plunge amid global rout

New York, Feb 12 (IANS) US stocks dived on Thursday as investors rushed to safe-haven assets amid a global rout in risk assets. By noon, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 333 points, or 2. 09 percent, to 15,581. The S&P 500 dropped 32 points, or 1.8 percent, to 1,819. The Nasdaq Composite Index moved down 54 points, or 1.27 percent, to 4,229. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index f...

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Karnataka hamlet mourns Siachen's brave-heart

Dharwad (Karnataka), Feb 12 (IANS) Hundreds of people gathered at the house of Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad at Betadur village near here on Thursday night to mourn his tragic death at an army hospital in New Delhi earlier in the day. When Koppad's mortal remains were brought on road from Hubbali airport around midnight, wrapped in a casket and draped in tri-colour, his extended family...

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Odisha to woo investors at Make in India week in Mumbai

Bhubaneswar, Feb 11 (IANS) Aiming to attract investments to Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will hold meetings with investors and foreign delegations from Japan, China and other countries in Mumbai on February 14. As part of the Make in India week being held in Mumbai, Odisha is set to woo the foreign and domestic investors by organising investor's meet on February 14, said a relea...

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Honda awards 14 IIT students

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Leading automobile major Honda Motor India Pvt (HMI) on Thursday conferred the ninth Young Engineers and Scientists (Y-E-S) award on 14 Indian students from the premier IITs. It has been our endeavour to promote and encourage young students to involve in higher research in the field of technology. We want to provide them the opportunity with Y-E-S awards so that ...

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Nargis Fakhri happy to learn about Maharashtrian culture for 'Banjo'

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Actress Nargis Fakhri is happy to involve herself with Maharashtrian food, music and people for her role in film Banjo also starring Riteish Deshmukh. I really love my character. I play an NRI coming from America, so I can totally understand all the issues that she goes through. So I feel very close to the character, and so it's been a lot of fun remembering all thi...

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India, UAE sign nine agreements, to boost ties further

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS/WAM) Nine agreements were exchanged between India and the UAE, including on cyber security and infrastructure investment, as the two sides agreed to further boost bilateral ties on Thursday, the second day of the three-day visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Apart from cyber security ...

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Swine flu kills fourth Palestinian this year

Ramallah, Feb 11 (IANS) Another Palestinian has died of swine flu or the H1N1 influenza virus, taking the toll due to the disease to four this year, the health ministry said on Thursday. This took the number of deaths in the West Bank from H1N1 to four since the beginning of 2016, while 355 cases have been registered, Xinhua reported. H1N1 cases were discovered in the West Bank i...

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Wipro buys US healthcare services arm for $460 million

Bengaluru, Feb 11 (IANS) Global software major Wipro on Thursday announced buying a healthcare services business in the US for $460 million (Rs.3,150 crore). We have signed an agreement to acquire HealthPlan Services from Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor, for providing business process as a service in the US health insurance market, the company said in a statement h...

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AIIMS resident doctors accuse professor of physical assault

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Residents doctors of the neuro surgery department at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Thursday alleged a senior professor of the institution had manhandled and verbal abused them and sought his removal. According to reports, the AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA) has also written to the institute's director M.C Misra over the issue.

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SC to hear Sonia, Rahul plea in Herald case on Friday

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday is likely to hear Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi and others' petition challenging the Delhi High Court order rejecting their plea against their summoning by a trial court here in the National Herald case filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. A bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice C. Nagappan ...

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BJP MP lodges FIR against 'anti-national' JNU students

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Maheish Giri, the BJP Lok Sabha member from East Delhi, on Thursday said he has lodged an FIR against 'anti-national' students of Jawaharlal Nehru University who opposed the death penalty to parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Gave a written complaint to @DCPSouthDelhi requesting him to lodge an FIR against Anti-India elements in JNU, Giri tweeted. He s...

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