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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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Russian food ban deals blow to Austrian pork farmers

Vienna, Sep 19 (IANS) Russian import ban imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis brought down the price of pork in Austria, affecting the farmers in the country. Alarm is growing among Austrian pig farmers in the country as the price of pork fell a further 10 cents to $1.77 per kg Wednesday evening, Xinhua reported. This came as a result of Russian im...

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Ebola hit countries to lose $809 million by 2015: World Bank

This projected loss will be the medium-term impact of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on these countries, Xinhua reported. A statement issued from the World Bank's Ghana office responsible for both Sierra Leone and Liberia said the bank finds that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, its economic impact c...

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Sharon Osbourne slit her wrist to prove love

Los Angeles, Sep 19 (IANS) TV host Sharon Osbourne says, back in her rocker girl days, she slit her wrist to prove her love for Ozzy Osbourne. The 61-year-old star has revealed she was hospitalised after cutting herself deeply with a steak knife while she was drunk and still has a scar, reports usmagazine.com. The Talk co-host opened up about the stupid incident for the first tim...

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Parliamentarians urges EU to cut off IS resources

Brussels, Sep 19 (IANS) The European Parliament Thursday urged the European Union (EU) to enforce sanctions against business bodies related to the Islamic State (IS) in a bid to cut off its resources. The creation and expansion of the Islamic caliphate and the activities of other extremist groups in Iraq and Syria, are a direct threat to the security of the European countries, Members of...

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Russia, Serbia are brotherly nations: Serbian president

Belgrade, Sep 19 (IANS) Brotherhood of Serbian and Russian nations is sealed by joint fight for freedom in the First World War, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said Thursday, Xinhua reported. He said it while unveiling a monument dedicated to soldiers of two countries that died defending Belgrade from 1914 to 1918. The marble monument consisting of a hollow cross with a sculpt...

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Border concerns dominate talks as India, China give fillip to trade, investment

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) India's concerns over Chinese troops' incursions remained at the forefront of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday even as the two nations charted a new chapter in economic ties with Beijing announcing $20 billion investment over the next five years. Addressing a joint media briefing after 90 minutes of res...

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'Khubsoorat': This one would make Hrishida smile

Film: Khubsoorat; Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Kirron Kher, Ratna Pathak Shah; Director: Shashanka Ghosh; Rating: **** Meet Mili Chakravarty, the doughty bindaas physiotherapist daughter of a Bengali father (played by an aptly nondescript actor) and a loudmouthed Punjabi mother (Kirron Kher), you know the kind Amrita Singh played in Two States recently? Everyone in my family h...

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Kings XI start CLT20 campaign with a dominating win

Mohali, Sep 18 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) finalists Kings XI Punjab started their Champions League T20 campaign with a dominating five-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here Thursday. Chasing a target of 145, Kings XI made 146 for five with 14 balls to spare after skipper George Bailey and all-rounder Thisara Perera remained unbeate...

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Russia seeks to keep out foreigners from media business

Moscow, Sep 18 (IANS) Russia will soon introduce a bill in parliament to restrict foreign ownership in Russian media, a media report said Thursday. The bill seeks to put a 20-percent ceiling on any foreign stake in Russian media, including those held indirectly through Russian partners, BBC reported. Russia's main media outlets are state-owned or controlled by loyal oligarchs.

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France ready to launch air strikes in Iraq: Hollande

Paris, Sep 18 (IANS) French President Francois Hollande Thursday said his country was ready to launch air strikes against the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Iraq soon. He, however, ruled out any plan to deploy ground troops in the conflict-torn country. Our goal is to contribute to peace and security in Iraq by weakening the terrorist. We will not go beyond (that). There wo...

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Stalked by ex-boyfriend Indian-origin woman falls to death

London, Sep 18 (IANS) A Indian-origin woman in Britain died after falling from a motorway bridge following weeks of harassment by her stalker ex-boyfriend and seeing him on a night out, an inquest was told Thursday. Kamaljit Sidhu died Oct 25 last year after the fall near junction 7 of the M6 following weeks of harassment, The Express & Star reported. The 29-year-old had bee...

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India, China keen for early resolution of boundary question: Mukherjee

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) India and China are committed to maintenance of peace and tranquillity on their borders and both would like to ensure that their dialogue mechanisms to resolve such issues are error proof, President Pranab Mukherjee said at the banquet speech in honour of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Mukherjee, who returned from a state visit to Vietnam on Wednesday, said that b...

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Saradha scam: Kunal Ghosh calls for questioning minister, MP

Kolkata, Sep 18 (IANS) Having already dragged the name of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Saradha scam, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh Thursday called for interrogating state Sports Minister Madan Mitra for unearthing the larger conspiracy. As Ghosh, who headed the Saradha Group's media arm, was presented before a city court on the expiry of his judicial re...

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France to help set up hospital in Guinea to fight Ebola

Paris, Sep 18 (IANS) French President Francois Hollande Thursday said his country would help set up a military hospital in Guinea to assist in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa. Hollande announced the decision to set up a hospital in the coming days in the forests of Guinea, in the heart of the outbreak, as part of France's responsibilities towards Africa, Xinhua re...

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IS releases video of British hostage

London, Sep 18 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) has released a video of a British hostage delivering a propaganda message on behalf of the militant group, a media report said Thursday. In the video titled Lend Me Your Ears, which the IS uploaded on YouTube, British press photographer John Cantlie is seen seeking public help to act to change this seemingly inevitable sequence of events, by f...

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Badal orders probe over Congress lawmaker's 'misbehaviour'

Chandigarh, Sep 18 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday ordered a probe after a Congress legislator allegedly misbehaved and used foul language with a woman bureaucrat. Patiala Division Commissioner Ajit Singh Pannu has been asked to conduct the inquiry into the incident allegedly involving Congress legislator from Fatehgarh Sahib, Kuljit Singh Nagra and sub-division...

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India-China want early resolution to border questions: Mukherjee

New Delhi, Sep 18 (IANS) Calling for greater cooperation between India and China, President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said the the two countries share the desire for early resolution of the outstanding issues, including boundary questions. Our nations share a desire for early resolution of the outstanding issues between our states - including the boundary question, Mukherjee said Thursda...

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