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Three US contractors killed in Afghanistan

Washington, Jan 30 (IANS/EFE) Three US contractors and an Afghan national have been killed when a man in an army uniform opened fire inside a military facility at Kabul's international airport, Pentagon sources said. The incident took place Thursday evening. A US Defence Department spokesman, declining to provide further details, said an investigation was underway to determine whether th...

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Pakistan blocks over two mn unverified SIM cards

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) Over two million mobile SIM cards have been blocked across Pakistan, a media report said Friday. The cards have been blocked under a campaign launched by the government for verification of mobile phone subscribers' details , Dawn online reported. Earlier this month, the government gave Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) 91 days to verify 103 milli...

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Jedinak believes Australia ready for Asian Cup final

Sydney, Jan 30 (IANS) Australia football captain Mile Jedinak believes the pressure will be on his side to prove they are worthy of lifting their first piece of major international silverware when they take on South Korea in the final of the AFC Asian Cup here Saturday. It is Australia's second consecutive Asian Cup final after losing to Japan in 2011. However, Jedinak Friday said on hom...

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India-US n-deal: Pakistan warns of arms race

Islamabad, Jan 30 (IANS) Pakistan has warned of a renewed arms race in South Asia after India and US reached a brreakthrough on nuclear trade. Pakistan is examining the imbalance (likely to be caused by these agreements) and the possible ways and means for redressing it, Pakistani Prime Minister's Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Thursday. He ma...

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Young Bermudians join Canada team for Sri Lanka tour

Hamilton (Bermuda), Jan 30 (IANS) Four young Bermudian cricketers have been chosen for a Canada team that will tour Sri Lanka for 12 days in March. The quartet - Sheldon Caesar, Cameron Jeffers, Antoine Seaman and Chare Smith - will join eight players from the Ontario Cricket Academy and Club (OCA&C) for the trip, reports CMC. Derek Perera, the former Canada player, will coac...

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Miller replaces Narine in Windies World Cup squad

St. John's (Antigua), Jan 30 (IANS) Seasoned left-arm spinner Nikita Miller has replaced Sunil Narine in the West Indies ICC Cricket World Cup squad. The 32-year-old Jamaican has not played for the West Indies in nearly a year but has the experience of 45 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), where he has taken 40 wickets, reports CMC. In the recent Super50 regional tournament, Miller t...

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'Singh Is Bling' perfect mix of comedy, action, romance: Akshay

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) Bollywood's action titan Akshay Kumar is excited to begin shooting for Singh Is Bling and says it will be a wholesome entertainer. The 'Khiladi' Kumar, whose espionage action thriller film Baby, released Jan 23, will soon begin shooting for the new film soon, in time for it to hit theatres on Gandhi Jayanti Oct 2. Pre-prod. on in full swing 4 #SinghIsBlin...

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SC upholds conviction of Kerala leader for pejorative

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday upheld the conviction of Kerala CPM leader M.V. Jayarajan for calling state high court judges idiots, but reduced the sentence from six months to four months. An apex court bench headed by Justice Vikramajit Sen upheld Jayarajan's conviction holding that he has no remorse for his utterances against high court judges. Jayarajan ha...

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Films don't need controversies to get mileage: Kay Kay Menon

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) Versatile actor Kay Kay Menon, whose next movie Rahasya is in the eye of storm for reportedly being based on the infamous Aarushi Talwar murder case, says movies do not need the push of a controversy to get an audience. Asked if pre-release controversies help a film in any way, on this, Kay Kay told IANS: I think that's a very wrong thought. I don't think a film nee...

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Jayanthi's letter to Sonia surprises Tamil Nadu Congress

Chennai, Jan 30 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu unit of the Congress has been taken by surprise by the outpourings of former union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan to party president Sonia Gandhi. I am reading her (Natarajan's) letter published by The Hindu. It is for the party high command to decide on the future course of action, a senior state party leader told IANS on condition of anony...

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Heavy drinking ups stroke risk more than BP, diabetes

London, Jan 30 (IANS) More than two drinks a day in middle-age may raise your stroke risk more than traditional factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, warns a study. Regular heavy drinking of any kind of alcohol can raise blood pressure and cause heart failure or irregular heartbeats over time with repeated drinking, in addition to stroke and other risks. For mid-aged ...

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Barred from organising conversion, party threatens action

Chennai, Jan 30 (IANS) Accusing the Tamil Nadu government of preventing voluntary conversions to Hinduism, a political outfit - Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) - said Friday it would seek legal recourse. Speaking to IANS, HMK president Arjun Sampath said: I have been kept under house arrest in Anna Nagar here. Large numbers of police have been deployed outside the house where I am staying. ...

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Ye Shiwen spearheads China in four-nation swim meet

Canberra, Jan 30 (IANS) Olympic swimming champion Ye Shiwen spearheads China's hunt for top medals as the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series opened in the western Australian city of Perth Friday. Ye Shiwen leads the 24-member Chinese team which also includes backstroke specialist Fu Yuanhui and world championships runner-up Lu Ying, reports Xinhua. Olympic champions Sun Yang and J...

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South Korean sports officials meet over Park's doping hearing

Seoul, Jan 30 (IANS) A team of South Korean sports officials met Friday to discuss preparations for an upcoming doping hearing for Park Tae-hwan, a beleaguered swimmer who recently tested positive for testosterone. Representatives from the Korean Olympic Committee, the Korea Swimming Federation and from Park's camp met behind closed doors here Friday, according to South Korea's Yonhap ne...

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Kerala gears up for 35th National Games

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 30 (IANS) All is in place as Kerala waits with bated breath for the start of 35th National Games 2015 Saturday. Over the next two weeks, new records would be created and new champions crowned. Full credit has to be given to the organisers for hosting this mega event - and that too in a very short span of time. However, there have also been some unnerving ...

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Frequent sex no bar for the elderly in Britain

London, Jan 30 (IANS) Contrary to popular misconceptions, a significant study has found that older people are continuing to enjoy active sex lives well into their seventies and eighties. According to researchers from the University of Manchester and Britain's leading independent social research institute NatCen Social Research, more than half (54 percent) of men and almost a third (31 pe...

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Athletic Club, Villarreal, Espanyol join Barca in Cup semis

Madrid, Jan 30 (IANS) Villarreal will face FC Barcelona in the semifinal of the King's Cup knockout competition after beating Getafe 2-0 on aggregate in the quarterfinals while Athletic Club Bilbao and Espanyol will square off in the other tie. A goal from Gerard Moreno 11 minutes from time gave Villarreal a 1-0 win Thursday night on the back of their 1-0 win in the first leg, reports Xi...

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Saradha scam: CBI questions Mukul Roy

Kolkata, Jan 30 (IANS) Trinamool Congress general secretary and former railway minister Mukul Roy Friday appeared before the CBI for questioning in the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam. I am here to cooperate with the CBI, said Roy while entering the probe agency's office at the CGO Complex here. Summoned by the by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Jan 12, Roy had twice obt...

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Must give importance to mobile governance: Modi

New Delhi, Jan 30 (IANS) To successfully implement e-governance, the country must think about 'mobiles first' and give importance to mobile governance, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday. Addressing the 18th National Conference on e-Governance through Twitter, Modi said: I urge you to explore ways to provide as many services as possible through mobiles. Let us bring the world into ...

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Microsoft launches new Outlook app for iOS, Android users

New York, Jan 30 (IANS) Taking Gmail and other email apps head on, Microsoft has launched a new Outlook app for iOS and Android devices. The new app is basically a replacement for San Francisco-based email startup Acompli that was acquired by Microsoft for $200 million in December last year, New York Daily News reported. Outlook will support Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Yah...

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