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Britain to repay part of First World War debt

London, Oct 31 (IANS) British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne Friday announced that the British government will pay off part of the country's First World War debt as part of the redemption of bonds stretching as far back as the 18th century. The Treasury will redeem 218 million pounds ($350 million) of debt from the 4 percent Consolidated Loan Feb 1, 2015, Xinhua reported citi...

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Bahrain on alert over jihadi threat to school teachers

Manama, Oct 31 (IANS) A security alert has been issued by the US Navy warning of jihadi calls to attack Western school teachers in Bahrain. Drawing attention to the danger, the Naval Support Activity Bahrain in an Anti-Terrorism Force Protection advisory notice has highlighted an anonymous posting on a jihadist website encouraging attacks against American and Western teachers at internat...

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When Pierce Brosnan tried being Cary Grant

Los Angeles, Oct 31 (IANS) Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan has shared that he studied Cary Grant's movies very carefully to get inspiration in the initial years of his career. The former James Bond actor made the revelation in an interview to Loaded magazine, reports contactmusic.com. The first audition I went on was for (the 1982 US TV series) 'Remington Steele', and I got the job...

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Raja, others charged with money laundering, trial from Nov 11

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) The special court hearing the 2G spectrum allocation case has framed charges of money laundering against former telecom minister A. Raja, his party colleague and DMK MP Kanimozhi and others, and fixed Nov 11 for commencing the trial. Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge O.P. Saini framed the charges Friday. The accused have been booked under variou...

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Have fun working with Anupam: Akshay

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Akshay Kumar has worked with Anupam Kher in various films like Heyy Babyy and Special 26 and the action star says he enjoys shooting with the latter. The duo first shared screen space in the 1992 film Deedar. Then they went on to work together in the 1990s in movies like Dil Ki Baazi, Waqt Hamara Hai and Aflatoon. Most recently, they acted in Special 26 ...

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SC notice to Gujarat on farmers' suicides

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to the Gujarat government on a petition seeking compensation to families of debt-ridden farmers who committed suicide for being unable to come out of financial distress. Notice, said the apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit in their order as senior counsel Colin Gonsalves appearing for the NGO...

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Evelyn Sharma learns Thai boxing

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Actress Evelyn Sharma got an opportunity to learn Thai boxing from champion Sumlock Kamsing while she was shooting in Thailand. The Nautanki Saala! actress was in Thailand shooting for her new show Life Mein Ek Baar, and during her stay there she got to pick up the sport. It was fun. I never thought I can do something like Thai boxing. It is a great way t...

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ECOWAS calls for calm and dialogue in Burkina Faso

Accra, Oct 31 (IANS) Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) John Dramani Mahama Friday urged the political class in Burkina Faso to hold a dialogue to arrive at a political consensus. The Ghanaian president said the sub-regional body had followed with grave attention events unfolding in Burkina Faso and the tension around the process leading to the considerati...

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Anne Hathaway dazzles on chat show

London, Oct 31 (IANS) Actress Anne Hathaway, who is awaiting the release of her forthcoming movie Interstellar, looked beautiful in a strapless black dress as she joined her co-star Matthew McConaughey on chat show The Graham Norton Show here on Thursday. The 31-year-old star wore a strapless black frock, that sported a fitted bodice going down into a shapely full skirt showing off her e...

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Jha extends lead to six shots

Bangalore, Oct 31 (IANS) Local challenger Abhishek Jha blasted a seven-under-65 to zoom into a healthy six-shot lead in round three of the Asian Development Tour's TAKE Solutions India Masters golf tournament, at the Eagleton Resort, here Friday. Jha's third round effort at his home course included two eagles and took his tournament total to an impressive 19-under-197. R. Murthy ...

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PLO holds Israel responsible for Mideast peace failure

Ramallah, Oct 31 (IANS) A senior Palestinian official Friday held Israel responsible for the failure of the Middle East peace process due to the Jewish state's measures and practices on the ground. Saeb Erekat, the official in Palestine Liberation Organization and a veteran negotiator, said in an official press statement that the Israeli government was fully responsible for the current d...

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Will push for a Gurgaon Development Authority: Ministers

Gurgaon, Oct 31 (IANS) Union Minister Rao Inderjeet Singh and Haryana Cabinet Minister Rao Narbir Singh, Friday said separately that they will push for the establishment of a Gurgaon Development Authority (GDA). Union Minister of State (independent charge) Statistics and Programme Implementation, Planning and Defence, Rao Inderjeet Singh Friday flagged off and participated in the 'Run Fo...

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IS now teaching 'how to be good wives of jihad'

London, Oct 31 (IANS) The notorious militant organisation Islamic State (IS) appears to have started influencing women by providing guidelines on how to be the ultimate wives of IS fighters in Syria and Iraq. These guidelines are being distributed by the militant group's new media arm The Zora Foundation, the latest IS media group operating across social networks. IS regularly re...

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Boko Haram seizes control of Nigerian town

Nairobi, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) Militants of the Boko Haram radical Islamist group have seized the important northeastern Nigerian town of Mubi, days after the government confirmed that ceasefire negotiations were still continuing, media reported on Friday. Eyewitnesses said that Boko Haram attacked the second most populous town in the state of Adamawa Friday as the group's fighters clashed w...

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China pledges financial, training assistance to Afghanistan

Beijing, Oct 31 (IANS) China pledged to provide non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan (about $81.43 million) to Afghanistan this year at an international meeting on Afghanistan held in Beijing Friday. China will provide to Afghanistan non-reimbursable assistance of 1.5 billion yuan (about $244 million) over the upcoming three years, to help the country train 3,000 people in all...

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Poovamma eyeing gold at National Open Athletics

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) Fresh from her Asian Games double medal winning feat, athlete M.R. Poovamma Friday warned her rivals ahead of the National Open Athletics Championships starting Sunday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, stating she would settle for nothing less than gold. Poovamma won gold as a member of the 4x400 metre women's relay race and bronze in the 400m individual event at ...

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BJP urges Bengal governor to send report about violence on cadres

Kolkata, Oct 31 (IANS) The BJP Friday urged West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi to send a report to the central government about the violence unleashed on its workers in the state and ask Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee - who also holds the home portfolio - to put a stop to the attacks. A delegation of state Bharatiya Janata Party leaders - headed by its state president Rahul Sinha - calle...

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Central ride on strong opening stand to take 111 runs lead

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) A strong opening partnership by Faiz Fazal and Jalaj Saxena helped Central Zone to take a 111-run lead in the second innings against South Zone, who were bowled out for 379 on the third day of the final Duleep Trophy cricket match at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Friday. South, who were on overnight score of 308/4, suffered a batting collapse losing six wickets for 7...

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Women prefer vacations without their kids: Survey

New Delhi, Oct 31 (IANS) A vacation must mean a vacation in its truest sense. A majority of Indian women have admitted in a new survey that they prefer to go on a holiday without their children, primarily due to a lack of personal time with their spouse. The survey, by Happytrips.com, was spread across Karnataka, Maharashtra and Delhi NCR with a sample size of 1,000 females above 33 year...

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Watts, Fanning, Sarandon team up for 'Three Generations'

Los Angeles, Oct 31 (IANS) Actresses Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon have been roped in to star in the upcoming drama Three Generations. Scripted by Nikole Beckwith, the film's story is described as an exploration of identity and follows Ray (Fanning), a teenager in New York transitioning from a female to a male and her single mother Maggie (Watts), who is coming to terms wi...

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