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Iggy Azalea criticises brand Steve Madden

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Singer Iggy Azalea has criticised the footwear brand Steve Madden for releasing photographs of her promoting the footwear range they produced together, without her knowledge. The 24-year-old took to Twitter Thursday to share a series of posts claiming the footwear brand released photographs via its Tumblr page without telling her, reports dailymail.co.uk.

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Obama details initiative to cure cancer, diabetes

Washington, Jan 31 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Friday unveiled the details of a bold new research effort, which brought doctors closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes. According to a Xinhua report, Obama said that the precision medicine initiative brings America closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes, and gives all of us access, potentially, to the personalis...

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Rihanna poses topless

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Singer Rihanna has gone topless for a magazine's latest issue. The 26-year-old What's my name hitmaker shared three photographs from i-D magazine's latest issue on photo-sharing website Instagram, reports aceshowbiz.com. In one image, she is seen stripping off her top, wearing only a pair of oversized denim pants. Her hair is styled in 1990s' dreads and...

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No consensus still on presidential candidate in Italy

Rome, Jan 31 (IANS) Italian political parties failed to reach a consensus on the candidate for the country's presidency, with two rounds of voting in the parliament remaining inconclusive Friday. A crucial fourth round of voting was due to take place Saturday, Xinhua reported. Over 500 blank ballots were cast in voting Friday, in a joint session of both houses of the Italian parl...

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Harry Styles to celebrate 21st b'day with Nadine Leopold

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Singer Harry Styles is reportedly in love with model Nadine Leopold and will celebrate his 21st birthday with her over the weekend. Styles turns a year older Sunday. According to a source, the 20-year-old, who has previously dated TV presenter Caroline Flack and singer Taylor Swift, is besotted with Leopold and the couple is spending most of the time to...

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UNSC slams Egypt terrorist attacks

United Nations, Jan 31 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) Friday condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Egypt's North Sinai peninsula, which killed over 30 people and injured several others. In a statement released here, the UNSC underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organisers and sponsors of the terrorist attacks to justice, and urged all states to cooper...

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Greece to shun auditors of EU-ECB-IMF 'troika'

Athens, Jan 31 (IANS) Greece was headed for a collision with its lenders, with the government announcing its intention to shun the auditors of the European Union (EU)--European Central Bank (ECB)--International Monetary Fund (IMF) troika. Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said after talks with the head of the Eurogroup of EU finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, that the govern...

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'Game of Thrones' season 5 trailer launched

Los Angeles, Jan 31 (IANS) Revenge will be a key theme in the next instalment of Game of Thrones, the newly launched trailer of the show's fifth season has revealed. The trailer debuted during the IMAX screening of the show and was released online Friday. It sees some of the many characters of the show, including Lord Petyr Baelish, Sansa Stark, Lord Varys, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow a...

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Lebanon complains to UN against Israel

Beirut, Jan 31 (IANS) Lebanon Friday complained to the UN against Israel's retaliation, following the Hezbollah operation in Shebaa Farms, at the intersection of the Lebanon-Syria border and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Lebanon's envoy to the UN, Nawwaf Salam, said Israel's shelling violated the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1701, according to a Xinhua report, which cited ...

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Minaj, Avicii, Drake to headline Wireless Festival

London, Jan 31 (IANS) Singers Nicki Minaj, Avicii and Drake are said to be headlining Wireless Festival this year. It will be Minaj's first return to the annual British music event this summer since her appearance in 2012, while Drake had to pull out of headlining the three-day music event last year due to illness, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Nicki is going to be the main attracti...

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Clashes in Iraq kill dozens of jihadis

Baghdad, Jan 31 (IANS/EFE) Dozens of Islamic State (IS) jihadis, and at least 16 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed, and 77 people were injured in intense fighting in several Iraqi provinces Friday. An Iraqi police source said that IS militants launched a major offensive on three different fronts against the city of Kirkuk, 250 km north of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad....

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Reputation tarnished by low and dirty stories, says Sujatha Singh

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) Two days after she was abruptly relieved of her post, former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh said Friday that her reputation has been tarnished by adverse stories coming out about her on social media and that it was not necessary to get low and dirty. Singh, who sought early retirement after the Narendra Modi government appointed S. Jaishankar to replace her Wedn...

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Over 50 killed in Pakistan Shia mosque attack

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) More than 50 people were killed and around 50 others injured Friday when a suicide bomber ripped through a Shia mosque in Pakistan's Shikarpur district, media reports said. Quoting unknown hospital sources, Dunya TV said that a teenager suicide bomber blew up himself in the mosque where around 400 people were offering Friday prayers. According to the bomb...

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Jayanthi's charges against Rahul baseless: Digvijaya

Bengaluru, Jan 30 (IANS) Allegations by former central minister Jayanthi Natarajan that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had interfered in the functioning of the environment ministry were baseless, party general secretary Digvijaya Singh said Friday. It's absolutely wrong to say that our president Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi ever interfered in the functioning of the UPA government. ...

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Has compensation been paid to Bilaspur sterilisation camp victims, asks SC

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday inquired if families of 14 women who lost their lives Nov 11, 2014, following botched-up sterilisation operations at a Chhattisgarh government-sponsored family planning camp in Bilaspur hospital were paid compensation as directed by its 2005 order. The social justice bench comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit sou...

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Fiscal deficit exceeds budget estimates in 9 months

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Indian government's fiscal deficit has exceeded the budget estimate within the first nine months of the current fiscal, data showed Friday at a time it has recovered ground somewhat by earning over Rs.22,000 crore from disinvestment in Coal India. Latest data by the Controller General of Accounts shows that deficit during April-December period was over Rs.532...

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Elderly parents held for killing son

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) An elderly couple, long tormented by violent acts of their 27-year-old alcoholic son, killed him and dumped his body in a drain after chopping it into small pieces and sought to mislead police about his whereabouts but finally confessed to the crime, police said Friday. Nand Kishore, 68, a mason, and his wife Asha Devi, 60, have been arrested for killing their so...

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Modi election rallies to be held in high security

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Following intelligence inputs of terror threats during Delhi elections, security has been stepped up for the upcoming four rallies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in separate parts of the national capital, an official said. Over 5,000 personnel will be deployed in and around the grounds where Modi will address partt rallies. This include the officials of Spec...

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Building smart cities is challenging but doable: Minister

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Friday asked the states to be ready to make their cities and towns smart under the central government's initiative of building 100 smart cities. Addressing a meet 'Consultation workshop with states and stakeholders' organised by his ministry to take states on board before launching the smart cities initiative, Naidu so...

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SC upholds Kerala CPI-M leader's conviction for contempt

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday upheld the conviction of Kerala CPI-M leader M.V. Jayarajan for using unparliamentary words against state high court judges but reduced the sentence from six months to four weeks simple imprisonment. A bench of Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice C. Nagappan while upholding the conviction of Jayarajan said: He has shown ...

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