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'Planet of the Apes ' left Andy Serkis in 'agony'

Las Vegas, Nov 22 (IANS) Actor Andy Serkis says his film Planet of the Apes left him in agony. Serkis played the chimpanzee in the 2011 sci-fi movie and its sequel, 2013's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He says he was relieved that the ape was older in the second movie because he couldn't physically handle putting as much extraordinary pressure on his shredded knees for a secon...

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Obama defends his immigration reform plan

Las Vegas, Nov 22 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama has defended his immigration reform plans, which could protect five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Obama was welcomed in Las Vegas Friday with cries of Si se puede (Yes We Can). He had earlier, resorted to unilateral executive action to fix America's broken immigration system. We're going to keep on...

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Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood demands leader's release

Amman, Nov 22 (IANS) Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has demanded the release of its detained leader Zaki Bani Rsheid. In a statement Friday, the group said that the security forces had arrested its deputy head Zaki Bani Rsheid Thursday, Xinhua reported. We are surprised by the arrest of Bani Rsheid and call for his release, said the statement. Bani Rsheid was arrested after ...

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Israel and Palestine agree on Gaza reconstruction: UN official

United Nations, Nov 22 (IANS) An agreement has been reached between Israel, Palestine and the United Nations (UN) under which nearly 25,000 homeowners in Gaza can access materials to repair their damaged homes starting next week. This was announced Friday, by the UN special coordinator for the Middle East, Robert Serry, according to a Xinhua report. The homes were damaged in the...

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Ed Sheeran likes Primark pants

Las Vegas, Nov 22 (IANS) Singer Ed Sheeran says since people don't see underpants thats why he prefers Primark. The 23-year-old doesn't see any point in splashing out on something that is only meant to keep your junk in, reports femalefirst.co.uk. On a day off, I'll just watch films and eat chocolate in my underwear, he told Q magazine. Primark. No one sees them, they're ...

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Lebanon won't celebrate independence day, owing to presidential vacancy

Beirut, Nov 22 (IANS) Lebanon has cancelled all official plans to celebrate its independence day, according to media reports. The decision was taken owing to the current vacancy in the country's presidency, Xinhua reported, citing the National News Agency. The country has remained without a president for nearly six months now. Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam issued a...

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Davis Cup final: Monfils upsets Federer, brings France level

Lille, Nov 22 (IANS/EFE) Gael Monfils of France stunned Swiss great Roger Federer 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 Friday to even up the Davis Cup final, after Stanislas Wawrinka had beaten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to give Switzerland the lead. The 28-year-old Monfils, ranked 19th in the world, used a powerful serve and ground strokes to thrill the crowd of more than 27,000 people that packed the Pierre Mauroy s...

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Noel Gallagher gave up cocaine because he was 'bored'

Los Angeles, Nov 22 (IANS) Singer Noel Gallagher says that while he still enjoys a bit of alcohol and cigarette, he no longer takes cocaine because he got bored. The 47-year-old says that he spent hours talking about pyramids, aliens and The Beatles and who shot JFK (US President John F. Kennedy) at nightly parties, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I had exhausted every avenue of conve...

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Bahrain set for first election since 2011 protests

Manama, Nov 22 (IANS) Bahrain will hold its first parliamentary elections Saturday, since a failed protest against the monarchy in 2011, though the Shiite opposition has called for a boycott of the elections. About 400,000 eligible Bahraini voters are expected to cast their ballots at 53 polling stations across the country in the parliamentary and municipal elections. In these elections,...

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Fiji a sincere friend and important partner: China

Nadi (Fiji), Nov 22 (IANS) China sees Fiji as a sincere friend and an important partner in the Pacific Islands region, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, during his visit to the island country. The Chinese president met his Fijian counterpart Epeli Nailatikau Friday and said that his country firmly supports the Fijian people in their efforts to independently choose a development path tha...

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Arpita & Ayush's wedding reception a star studded event

Mumbai, Nov 22 (IANS) After a starry wedding at Hyderabad, newly-wed Arpita Khan and Ayush Sharma had a star-studded reception Friday evening in Mumbai. The event was graced by the who's who from the film industry. While the entire Khan family, including Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Malaika Arora Khan and Salim Khan were present at this event, many celebrities who could not at...

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I felt the pressure of classism as child: Hilary Swank

Los Angeles, Nov 22 (IANS) Actress Hilary Swank says that she felt like an outsider at school because of her humble background. I think we've all felt like an outsider at some point in our lives, and for me, especially as a child, I felt the pressure of classism, femalefirst.co.uk quoted her as saying. I would be embarrassed for living in a trailer park, and I would watch movies ...

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Sharif urges Obama to take up Kashmir issue with India

Islamabad, Nov 22 (IANS) US President Barack Obama spoke to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over telephone Friday and urged him to take up the Kashmir issue with India. Sharif said an early resolution of the Kashmir issue would bring enduring peace, stability and economic cooperation to the south Asian region, Dawn online reported. Sharif apprised Obama of Pakistan's relatio...

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Bayern Munich's Schweinsteiger to be back in action

Berlin, Nov 22 (IANS) Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will recover in time for Saturday's Bundesliga home game against Hoffenheim. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola confirmed Schweinsteiger's return, but did not clarify whether he will start the match, Xinhua reported. The German international player has been sidelined from competitive football since helping his country ...

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Bird flu hits third poultry farm in Netherlands

The Hague, Nov 22 (IANS) An outbreak of bird flu was detected at a third Dutch poultry farm, the country's ministry of economic affairs announced Friday. The latest outbreak occurred at a poultry farm in Kamperveen and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) will cull all the 10,000 chickens in the farm, Xinhua reported. Poultry farms in a 10 km radius a...

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Meryl Streep a great actress: Julianne Moore

Los Angeles, Nov 22 (IANS) Actress Julianne Moore says she has always admired Meryl Streep and credited the 65-year-old for inspiring her to become an actress. I can remember when Meryl Streep was on the cover of Time magazine when I was in high school, and I said to my dad, 'I think I want to do this'. She is just such a great actress. And she's someone who has managed to have a family,...

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Hollande to visit Guinea next week, focus on fighting Ebola

Paris, Nov 22 (IANS) French President Francois Hollande will visit the West African countries next week, including the Ebola-hit Guinea-Conakry Nov 28 and will focus on ways to eradicate the deadly virus, media reported Friday. Hollande would implement an action plan to fight, to end the Ebola virus in Guinea, the president's office said, according to a Xinhua report. Hollande pl...

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Enrique bags three Latin Grammy Awards

Las Vegas, Nov 22 (IANS) Singer Enrique Iglesias received three trophies at the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards held at MGM Grand Garden Arena, here. The singer accepted the awards from half-way around the globe from Antwerp, Belgium after giving a speech via satellite Thursday, reports contactmusic.com. Iglesias wasn't able to pick up his honours in person because he was busy in...

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Choke financial support to IS, says Russia

Moscow, Nov 22 (IANS) The supply of funds for the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) must be cut off, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Friday. Financial flows to the IS must be cut off through approaches based on international law and respect for the sovereignty of related countries, Xinhua quoted Bogdanov as saying. He noted that the IS has become the most a...

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Carla Bruni to lend voice to combat Ebola

Paris, Nov 22 (IANS/EFE) Former model and former first lady of France, Carla Bruni, will lend her voice to the French version of the song Do They Know It's Christmas? to raise funds to help combat Ebola. Bruni, who works with the US-based label Mercury Records, the wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has signed for the initiative, her label announced Friday. The Fre...

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