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Rihanna, Drake back together?

New York, Aug 21 (IANS) Singer Rihanna and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Drake were recently spotted flirting at a party here. The duo, who were rumoured to have split in May, spent almost two hours in deep conversation inside a nigh club before leaving 10 minutes apart at 3 a.m., reports femalefirst.co.uk. Their night out comes one month after Drake hinted he was still casua...

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Russia suspends four McDonald restaurants

Moscow, Aug 21 (IANS) Russia's consumer rights watchdog said Wednesday it has temporarily shut down four McDonald's restaurants here, including the first ever outlet in the country, citing sanitary violations. During the snap inspections on Aug 18-20, sanitary rules violations have been detected in those fast-food outlets. Administrative cases have been initiated and will be passed to th...

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Humanitarian convoy to Ukraine ready to advance: Russia

Moscow, Aug 21 (IANS) A day after Ukraine agreed to ensure safe passage for the humanitarian aid convoy in areas controlled by government forces, a senior diplomat Wednesday said the Russian convoy for Ukraine's eastern regions is ready to resume its travel. Common understanding of readiness to start the convoy has been registered, Xinhua quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rya...

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UN chief condemns American journalist's killing

United Nations, Aug 21 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of American journalist James Foley by extremist Islamist militants, calling it an abominable crime. The secretary-general condemns in the strongest terms the horrific murder of journalist James Foley, an abominable crime that underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State of Ira...

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Nicki Minaj gives lap dance to Drake in video

New York, Aug 21 (IANS) Rapper Nicki Minaj has spiced up the video of her song Anaconda with a lap dance for Canadian rapper Drake. The new clip features Minaj and some more ladies. In the climax, Drake gets a lap dance, and then he even dares to lay his hands on Minaj's posterior, reports nypost.com. ...

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World appalled by American journalist's beheading: Obama

Washington, Aug 21 (IANS) The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday. Obama said he had spoken to the Foley family and told them that we are all heartbroken at their loss, and join them in honouring Jim and all that he did, Xinhua reported. The statement came shortly after the authenticity of a video sho...

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Lindsay Lohan's credit card declined

London, Aug 21 (IANS) Singer-actress Lindsay Lohan had an embarrassing moment when her credit card was declined at a nightclub here recently. Lohan, who is going to work in David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow, was dismayed when the incident happened. She was attempting to pay the $2,500 bill for her table and bottles of vodka, but her card got rejected. Lindsay freaked out ...

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Why Aguilera named daughter Summer Rain Rutler?

Los Angeles, Aug 21 (IANS) Christina Aguilera chose a name as unique as Summer Rain Rutler for her newly born daughter because it sounded creative, said a source close to the Beautiful actress. Aguilera gave birth to her daughter Aug 16 and announced the name next day. Christina wanted something different and unique for the baby's name, eonline.com quoted a source as saying. <...

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Pakistan government holds talks with Imran Khan, Qadri teams

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) After talking to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) party of Tahir-ul-Qadri, the Pakistan government has begun a dialogue with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party of Imran Khan, Geo News reported late Wednesday. The dialogue between the PTI and the government side began at a private hotel in Islamabad in which the government is being represented by Federal Informatio...

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Pakistani government holds talks with Tahir-ul-Qadri

Islamabad, Aug 21 (IANS) Pakistan government Wednesday held talks with Tahir-ul-Qadri, a cleric and opposition leader, who is leading thousands of supporters in a sit-in in Islamabad and demanding resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Qadri, leader of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek(PAT), who launched anti-government protest Aug 14, had earlier refused to hold talks with the government....

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White House says beheading video authentic

Washington, Aug 20 (IANS/EFE) The Barack Obama administration Wednesday confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the decapitation of a US journalist who was abducted in November 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria. The US intelligence after analysing the recently released video showing James Foley and Steven Sotloff have reached the judgment that this video is authentic, Nati...

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Pakistan SC restrains Imran, Qadri amid political crisis

Islamabad, Aug 20 (IANS) The Pakistan Supreme Court Wednesday restrained Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahir-ul-Qadri from illegal trespassing of prohibited zones even as the PTI agreed to hold talks with the government. The petition was filed by the Lahore High Court's Multan Bar Association, Dawn online reported. The petitione...

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CCEA approves increase in minerals royalty rates

New Delhi Aug 20 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs Wednesday approved the long-pending increase in royalty rates of minerals. Cabinet in-principle approved revision of mineral royalty. There are 55 such items but this excludes coal, lignite and sand for stowing, Telecommunications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the CCEA meeting. We are sat...

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RIL to source ethane annually from US

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) Wednesday announced plans to source 1.5 million metric tonnes of ethane a year from the US to attain feedstock supply for its crackers. The shale gas industry in north America has grown exponentially in the past five years. As a result, ethane has become the dominant feedstock for crackers replacing liquids. Reliance'...

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Pakistan violates ceasefire again

Jammu, Aug 20 (IANS) Pakistan again violated the ceasefire Wednesday by firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said. Police told IANS that the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked firing at Indian positions in Hamirpur sector of the LoC in Rajouri district. Two houses and a mosque were hit, following which the Indian Army retalia...

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Mohun Bagan stands by East Bengal after official's arrest

Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) On a day when one of its top officials was arrested by the CBI in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam, city soccer outfit East Bengal Wednesday got the backing of arch rivals Mohun Bagan. A top Bagan official said the prestigious club cannot be held liable for the wrongdoing of an individual. The club can't be made liable. It is ind...

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Police kill two near Assam-Nagaland border, judicial probe ordered

Guwahati, Aug 20 (IANS) Two people were killed Wednesday when police fired at protestors in Assam near the border with Nagaland, leading to curfew in Golaghat district, officials said. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered a judicial probe into the firing, while regional political party AGP has called for a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk shutdown Thursday. Hundreds of men and women took to the st...

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US fighters to temporarily guard Bulgarian airspace

Sofia, Aug 20 (IANS) The Bulgarian government Wednesday allowed 12 US aircraft to temporarily guard the country's airspace under the integrated NATO air defence system. The US aircraft will conduct limited missions together with the Bulgarian Air Force during the joint flight training Thracian Eagle 2014 which will end Sep 12, Xinhua reported. The missions will consist of aerial ...

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Sun Group officially withdraws from ISL

Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) The Sun Group, owner of the Bangalore franchise in the Indian Super League (ISL), Wednesday officially opted out of the maiden leg of the tourney slated to begin early October. The announcement came in the form of a joint statement issued by the Sun Group, as also league organisers IMG Reliance and Star India. This decision was taken on the mutual consent of...

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Ukraine seeks combined IMF aid tranches

Kiev, Aug 20 (IANS) Ukraine Wednesday voiced hope that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will consider a possibility of combining the third and fourth tranches of its aid programme for Kiev. We want to combine the third and fourth tranches. We expect it would be about $2.2 billion. We hope to receive the aid by the end of the current year, Xinhua quoted Finance Minister Alexandr Shla...

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