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44 detained UN peacekeepers safe: UN

United Nations, Aug 30 (IANS) The 44 UN peacekeepers detained Thursday by militants in the Golan Heights are safe and in good health, a UN spokesman said late Friday. The United Nations has received assurances from credible sources that the 44 peacekeepers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), who were detained Thursday morning, are safe and in good health, Xinhua...

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Brazil's Gremio bans five fans over racist abuse

Rio De Janneiro, Aug 30 (IANS) Brazilian club Gremio have banned its five fans from attending home matches after they were found to be involved in racially abusing a player. Santos goalkeeper Aranha was racially abused by the supporters of the club during a Copa do Brasil match in the southern city of Porto Alegre Thursday. Gremio vice-president Nestor Hein said another five fans...

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Pregnant Shakira thanks fans best wishes

Los Angeles, Aug 30 (IANS) Pop star Shakira has thanked fans for their wishes on her second pregnancy. The Waka Waka singer has confirmed she is expecting her second child with soccer star Gerard Piqué, with whom she has 19-month-old son Milan, reports contactmusic.com. She tweeted: Yes, we are expecting our second baby!! Thank you all for your well wishes! (sic) The 37-...

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Modi embarks on Japan visit

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Japan Saturday morning on his maiden bilateral visit outside the Indian subcontinent. Modi and his entourage will touch down at Kyoto airport where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will receive the Indian head of government. My visit to Kyoto reflects the ancient foundations of our contemporary relations and will a...

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Russia intensifies efforts inside Ukraine: Pentagon

Washington, Aug 30 (IANS) Russia continues to build up along its border with Ukraine and has moved sophisticated weapons systems into the country, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday. Russian forces are facilitating the movement and then helping the separatists to use the weapons, if not using it themselves in support of separatists, Xinhua quoted John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, as sa...

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Modi leaves for Japan

New Delhi, Aug 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Japan Saturday morning on his first bilateral visit outside the Indian subcontinent. Modi and his entourage will touch down at Kyoto airport where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will receive the Indian head of government. Abe will be hosting a dinner for his Indian counterpart later Saturday. This is Mod...

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Madonna slams Gaga in leaked song

London, Aug 30 (IANS) Pop star Madonna has reportedly called Lady Gaga a copycat in the lyrics of her leaked track Two Steps Behind Me. The 56-year-old wrote the song about the Pokerface hitmaker in which she describes her as a copycat and compares her to a messed-up sister, reports mirror.co.uk. Madonna sings: You're a copycat, Where is my royalty? You're a pretty girl, I'll giv...

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Over three million flee Syria since 2011: UN

Geneva, Aug 30 (IANS/EFE) The number of Syrians forced to flee their country as a result of the civil war that began in 2011 topped three million Friday, UN refugee agency said. Journey out of Syria is becoming tougher as many people are forced to hefty sums ($100 per head or more) at armed checkpoints proliferating along the borders, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a s...

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Moscow threatens to retaliate against Poland

Moscow, Aug 30 (IANS) Moscow Friday threatened to take retaliatory measures against Poland, after its authorities refused permission to a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to enter its airspace. The jet was carrying Shoigu to Russia from Slovakia, where he took part in a ceremony. However, the plane was later allowed to over Poland. The press secretar...

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UN peacekeepers injured in Mali landmine explosion

United Nations, Aug 30 (IANS) A number of UN peacekeepers were injured Friday when their vehicle hit a landmine in northern Mali, a UN spokesman said. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) reported that around 12 noon, the mission's military vehicle hit a landmine in Aguelhok of Kidal region, Xinhua quoted UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric...

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Seacrest hopes to have 'great marriage' like parents

London, Aug 30 (IANS) Anchor-producer Ryan Seacrest, who is dating Shayna Taylor, says he would like to have a fantastic marriage just like his parents. The 39-year-old admires his parents - Connie and Gary - and hopes to emulate them one day, reports dailymail.co.uk. The radio personality was recently spotted holidaying with his bikini-clad girlfriend on a luxury boat off the co...

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Militants take hostate 44 peacekeepers in Golan

United Nations, Aug 30 (IANS) At least 44 peacekeepers have been taken hostage by the militnts in the Golan Heights, a UN spokesperson said Friday. The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) reported that 44 Fijian troops were detained and 72 Filipino troops still stranded in the region, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said at a daily briefing. The United N...

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Putin, Poroshenko agree on aid delivery to Ukraine by railway

Moscow, Aug 30 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he has agreed with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on the proposal of delivering humanitarian assistance to southeastern Ukraine by train. We agreed that we will implement Poroshenko's plan in his way for aid provision to people in Lugansk and Donetsk, and send products and supplies by railway, Putin said of the Tues...

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Jessica Chastain demands a female superhero movie

Los Angeles, Aug 30 (IANS) Actress Jessica Chastain demands a female superhero movie, which should have Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. The acclaimed actress, who starred in the 2013 horror film Mama, says Marvel Studios should make a movie in which Johansson and her Black Widow character play the central role, reports contactmusic.com. The 37-year-old actress told The Wrap:...

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850,000 displaced in one month in Iraq

Geneva, Aug 30 (IANS/EFE) The Islamic State minlitants advancements have forcibly displaced 850,000 people in one month, the International Organisation for Migration(IOM) said Friday. The total number of people who have been evacuated their homes since January have increased to 1.6 million. Most of those who have fled have found refuge in the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan,...

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US identifies citizens fighting for Islamic State

Washington, Aug 30 (IANS/EFE) US intelligence and law enforcement agencies have identified around a dozen of its citizens, who have traveled to the Middle East to join jihad led by the Islamic State, officials said. As the group has grown stronger in recent months, more foreigners have gone to Syria to fight in its ranks, which has forced European and US authorities to dedicate more reso...

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Keira Knightley goes topless

London, Aug 30 (IANS) British actress Keira Knightley showed her upper body for a racy magazine photoshoot. The Pirates of the Caribbean actress stripped off for fashion magazine Interview. In the photo, she appears in black lace gloves and black trousers while sporting soaking wet hair and a belly button piercing, reports dailymail.co.uk. The 29-year-old was clicked by fashion p...

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UN human rights report on Ukraine distorts facts: Russia

Moscow, Aug 30 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) The latest report of office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights distorts the situation on the Russia-Ukraine border, Russia's foreign ministry said Friday. The authors of the document continue to follow their selective approach to the tragedy in the east of Ukraine and bluntly spin facts concerning the situation on the Russia-Ukraine border, Alex...

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Happy to call Brad Pitt my son-in-law: Voight

Los Angeles, Aug 30 (IANS) Actor Jon Voight is happy that now he can call Brad Pitt his son-in-law. Voight is happy about the wedding of his daughter Angelina Jolie to her partner of nine years and although he wasn't invited to the ceremony, which was held in Chateau Miraval, France, he can't wait to catch up with them soon, reports femalefirst.co.uk. In an interview to ITV's Goo...

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Gunmen kill two officials in Yemen

Sana'a, Aug 30 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen shot dead two officials in Yemen's southern province of Lahj Friday, a security official said. An official of the General People Congress party and another official of Lahj local government were gunned down by masked attackers riding a motorbike when they were traveling toward the neighbouring southern province of Aden, a local security official ...

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