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Sri Lanka hasn't asked for help for its reconciliation bureau: UN spokesman

United Nations, Sep 19 (IANS) Sri Lanka has not asked the UN for help for the Special Bureau of Reconciliation it is setting up to deal with the legacy of the civil war that ravaged the island nation, a UN spokesman said Thursday. The spokesman said in answer to a reporter's question that while the UN's Department of Political Affairs provides technical expertise requested by member stat...

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Obama names Indian American Richard Rahul Verma as envoy to India

Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, President Barack Obama has nominated Richard Rahul Verma as the new ambassador to India, the first Indian American to be named to the New Delhi post. Verma, a former key aide to then secretary of state Hillary Clinton, will be the second Indian American to be put in charge of a job involving India. Current ...

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Rio Olympic village 50 percent complete: Officials

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 19 (IANS) Construction work at Rio's 2016 Olympic village has reached 50 percent completion, authorities said. Located in the neighbourhood of Barra da Tijuca, west of Rio's city centre, the village will accommodate 18,000 athletes and officials, reports Xinhua. Work at the venue began in July 2012 and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016, acc...

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Brazil, Colombia rise in FIFA rankings

Rio de Janeiro, Sep 19 (IANS) Brazil has overtaken Uruguay to move to the sixth spot in the latest FIFA rankings. The Selecao's rise follows 1-0 victories over Colombia and Ecuador in the United States earlier this month, reports Xinhua. Despite the loss to their regional rivals, Colombia jumped one spot to third, equalling their highest ranking. Germany, who won the Worl...

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Why didn't Katie be Katona's bridesmaid?

London, Sep 19 (IANS) Former model Katie Price was upbeat about being a bridesmaid at Kerry Katona's wedding, but she pulled out last minute because her size eight dress didn't fit her. Price gave birth to daughter Bunny just five weeks ago and her post-baby body, which she has been flaunting via sensual selfies, became furious after she couldn't squeeze into gown she had been to wear fo...

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Thousands evacuated in Philippines amid massive floods

Manila, Sep 19 (IANS) Thousands of families in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Philippines were evacuated to higher places due to flooding triggered by heavy rains, authorities said Friday. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), heavy rains were spawned by tropical storm Fung-Wong (local name Mario), which was movi...

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Gaga shocks with outrageous act at airpot

New York, Sep 19 (IANS) Pop star Lady Gaga channeled Birth of Venus painting while leaving the airport in Athens, Greece. The singer sashayed her way through the airport wearing a blonde wig, a see-through skirt with a thong and a seashell brassiere as she channeled Sandro Botticelli's painting Wednesday, reports nypost.com. Gaga and her crew put on a small show for waiting fans ...

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Kristen Wigg dating Scott Speedman?

Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) Actress Kristen Wiig is rumoured to be dating former Felicity actor Scott Speedman. Wiig, who split from rocker Fabrizio Moretti last year after dating him for 18-month, and Speedman have been hooking up lately. The 41-year-old actress was spotted holding hands with the 39-year-old actor at an after-party for the comedy St Vincent at the Toronto Interna...

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Anti-terror raids not against Muslim community: Abbott

Melbourn, Sep 19 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday the ongoing counter-terrorism raids are against crimes and not against religion. The remarks came while hundreds of furious Australian Muslims launched protest claiming they were terrorised by the operation, Xinhua reported. They (the raids) were about (fighting against) potential terrorism and they were...

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Jay Z, Beyonce renew wedding vows

Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) Singers Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles, who have been surrounded by rumours that their marriage is in trouble, reportedly renewed their wedding vows when the latter celebrated her 33rd birthday earlier this month. The couple had a small ceremony in Corsica, France, with only family and close friends in attendance, a source told Grazia magazine, reports femalefirst.c...

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Security ramped up after terror plot on Australian Parliament revealed

Melbourne, Sep 19 (IANS) Australian authority Friday has ramped up security in the capital of Canberra after potential terror attack plot against the Parliament House and the country's top leaders was traced. According to intelligence officers, intelligence departments and police have intercepted chatter regarding random attacks on the heart of the country and authority fears Prime Minis...

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US Senate approves plan to train, arm Syrian rebels

Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) The US Senate Thursday approved President Barack Obama's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels in the efforts to fight the Islamic State (IS) militant group, a day after the House of Representatives adopted the measure. The Senate voted 78 to 22 to give the president the authority, as part of a package that funds the federal government, xinhua reported. Th...

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Luke Evans wants to dine with Meryl Streep

Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) If actor Luke Evans had a chance, he would love to take Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep for dinner someday. He finds Streep to be quite lovely. I'd like to have dinner with Meryl Streep. I saw her speak at something once and she was just so relaxed in front of a huge audience. She's just so funny, I think she would be lovely to sit and have dinner wi...

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Obama pledges diplomatic resolution of Ukraine crisis

Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday pledged continued efforts to seek a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. In addition to the concrete expressions of support through security assistance and economic assistance, we are going to continue to help mobilise the international community towards a diplomatic solution, Xinhua quoted Obama as telling reporters afte...

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Israel not to tolerate 'drizzle' of rockets: PM

Jetusalem, Sep 19 (IANS) Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Hamas knows well that Israel will not tolerate a drizzle of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, according to a statement released by the PM's office. Addressing an assembly of local council leaders ahead of the Jewish New Year, Netanyahu said that Israel's military operation in Gaza over the summer had de...

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Undelivered aid commitments hamper progress on MDGs: UN report

United Nations, Sep 19 (IANS) A UN report released here Thursday said that undelivered aid commitments by developed countries are holding back progress on the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs). According to the report titled The State of the Global Partnership for Development, while many MDG targets have already been met -- such as reducing povert...

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13 killed in bomb attacks in Iraq

Baghdad, Sep 19 (IANS) At least 13 people were killed in two suicide bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad Thursday evening, a police source said. A suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car into a checkpoint and blew it up near the entrance to Al-adala Camp in kadhimiyah district in northern Baghdad, leaving at least 12 people killed and 30 others injured, the source told Xinhu...

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Scottish referendum polls end, huge turnout reported

London, Sep 19 (IANS) Polling in the referendum to decide whether Scotland should stay in the UK or become an independent country have closed and counting is under way, BBC reported. Counting will be carried out through the night. The final result is expected after 06:30 local time(05:30 GMT) Friday. A total of 4,285,323 people, which is 97 percent of the electorate -- registered...

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Iggy Azalea sues ex-boyfriend

Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) Rapper Iggy Azalea has filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend. Azalea is suing her ex-lover Maurice Williams for releasing music from her early career without her consent, reports hollywoodreporter.com. This news comes after Williams announced that he will release an EP (extended play) by Azalea, entitled Inizio, Sep 30. Tracks from the EP first appea...

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Nigerian troops capture Boko Haram leader

Abuja, Sep 19 (IANS) Nigeria army have arrested a senior commander of the Boko Haram sect, which is blamed for killing hundreds of people since 2009, the country's defence authority said Thursday. The commander, whose identity remain unknown, was captured Wednesday during a operation, and is receiving treatment at a military facility, Xinhua reported citing the statement. The st...

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