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Anti-terror raids conducted in Sydney

Sydney, Dec 19 (IANS) Australian counter-terrorism police confirmed Friday they raided five Sydney homes Thursday which were linked to a man's alleged plot to execute a random member of the public in Martin Place in the city's central business district. While Martin Place was the same location as this week's siege, the two events were not connected, police told the Australian Broadcastin...

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India warns of foreign-backed terrorist threats to Afghanistan

United Nations, Dec 19 (IANS) As the UN-mandated international combat mission in Afghanistan enters its final days after a democratic transfer of power, a Security Council debate put the spotlight on the terrorist threats to the fragile nation with India warning of the support extremists get from abroad and tying together the this week's deadly attacks in Kabul, Peshawar and Sydney. Indi...

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Obama signs bill targeting Venezuelan officials

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law a bill slapping sanctions on Venezuelan officials allegedly involved in a violent crackdown on anti-government protests in the South American country. The bill passed by both chambers of Congress last week targets Venezuelan officials who directed significant acts of violence or serious human rights abuses again...

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South Sudan peace talks resume in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Dec 19 (IANS) The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional body of eight east African states, launched the multi-stakeholder peace talks here Thursday to discuss the year-long conflict in South Sudan. IGAD has been mediating the peace process of South Sudan since the conflict erupted a year ago in the world's newest country, according to Xinhua. ...

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Charlie Sheen to reprise ' Ferris Bueller's...' role in sitcom

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen will be seen reprising his role of 'boy in the police station' from the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off in a TV show. Sheen, 49, will pay homage to the character in an upcoming episode of ABC's sitcom The Goldbergs, reports people.com. Sheen is reprising the role after nearly 30 years and the episode, which will be ai...

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Sony email hack scary, says Chris Rock

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Comedian Chris Rock says Sony hack case is just scary. He recently participated in a Q&A to promote his new film Top Five, and the conversation turned into a discussion about the Sony Pictures hack, reports eonline.com. Rock said that he is particularly nervous about his career because it's his job to say offensive things. Read my e-mails. I...

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Israeli PM slams Abbas over Palestinian UN draft resolution

Jerusalem, Dec 19 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday over the Palestinian-proposed UN draft resolution which calls for Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories by the end of 2017. Abu Mazen (Abbas) thinks he can threaten us with unilateral moves, Netanyahu said during a Chanukah holiday event for his office's empl...

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Barrymore shedding baby weight at her own pace

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Actress Drew Barrymore, who gave birth to her youngest daughter, Frankie, in April this year, is working hard to lose baby weight, but says she is in no hurry to get into shape. For the actress, who is married to Will Kopelman, family comes first. It's amazing. It's the driving force behind how I live my life, Barrymore, 39, told People magazine. Franki...

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Obama signs Russia sanctions bill

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) US President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law a bill aiming for tougher sanctions on Russia, but ruled out additional steps at the moment. The president said he had signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, but his administration has no intention to impose fresh sanctions against Russia under the law right now. Signing this legislation does n...

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Goulding to spend X-mas eve at homeless shelter

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Singer Ellie Goulding will spend Christmas eve volunteering at a homeless shelter here. I'm volunteering all day at a shelter. I've done it for a few years. It's fun and part of the reason I run my gigs, mirror.co.uk quoted Goulding as saying. She's had a fulfilling experience at the facility earlier. It's not just people who are homeless in the shel...

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Global life expectancy increases by more than six years

London, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) Life expectancy around the world increased by 6.2 years between 1990 and 2013, according to a study published by The Lancet. Men, on average, are living 5.8 years and women have gained an additional 6.6 years, due largely to decreasing mortality rates for infectious diseases and cardiovascular problems. The study, analysing major causes of death in 188 c...

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Pitt, Clooney raise a toast for their nuptials

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and George Clooney came together to celebrate their marriages over a dinner. Pitt and Clooney tied the knot earlier this year to their respective partners - actress Angelina Jolie and British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. They dined at Clooney's mansion here with their wives as they had been unable to attend one another's...

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UN peacekeepers' mandate extended in Golan Heights

United Nations, Dec 19 (IANS) The UN Security Council Thursday extended the mandate of the world body's peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights, and called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to cease military actions in the mission's area of operation. In a resolution adopted here, the council decided to renew the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for ...

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Hillary Clinton backs shift in US policy toward Cuba

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, widely considered the Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 White House race, said Thursday that she supported President Barack Obama's decision to change course in Washington's policy vis-a-vis Cuba. Despite good intentions, our decades-long policy of isolation has only strengthened the Castro regime's grip on pow...

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US slaps sanctions against militants in Egypt, Yemen

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) The US Thursday slapped sanctions on an Egyptian extremist group and a senior leader of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the State Department said in a statement. The State Department blacklisted the Ajnad Misr group and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh as specially designated global terrorists, a move that entails sanctions freezing all of their asse...

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Superseries Finals: Saina, Srikanth win matches

Dubai, Dec 18 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth won their respective group encounters of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals here Thursday. While the World No.4 Saina defeated South Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-12, 21-18 in 44 minutes in women's singles Group A contest, Srikanth, who Thursday jumped two places...

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Putin reiterates tough stance against western pressure

Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS) President Vladimir Putin reiterated Thursday that Russia will not bow to external political pressure and will stay firm to protect the national interests. The Berlin wall never really came down, Xinhua quoted Putin as saying at his 10th annual year-end press conference, adding the West has been erecting new barriers in the way of equitable ties with Russia. ...

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18 killed in car bomb attack in Yemen

Sanaa, Dec 18 (IANS) At least 18 people were killed in a suicide car bombing in Yemen's western port city of al-Hodayda late Thursday, security sorces said. An Al Qaeda off-shoot, Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), known locally as Ansar al-Sharia, claimed responsibility for the attack against a training institution run by the Shiite Houthi group, security sources told Xinhua. ...

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Sprinter Dutee allowed to take part in 2015 National Games

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Court of Arbitration (CAS) has allowed Indian sprinter Dutee Chand to participate in national and state level events till a final verdict on her appeal against International Amateur Athletics Association's (IAAF) hyperandrogenism policy, which resulted in her ban, is reached, an official statement said Thursday. The interim order allows Dutee to participate i...

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Standard Chartered, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank issued FEMA violation notice

Chennai, Dec 18 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED)Thursday issued notices to Tamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB) and Standard Chartered Bank for contravention of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in the transfer of TMB shares. The violation by the two banks is put at Rs.608.35 crore. In a statement issued here, the ED said during May 2007, certain non-resident investors acqu...

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