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Selfie-taking tourists damage priceless Hercules statue

London, May 5 (IANS) Selfies are becoming a menace so much so that a couple of tourists' obsession with selfies claimed a priceless artefact in Italy. The tourists climbed onto a priceless marble statue of the mythical Greek hero Hercules at the Loggia dei Militi palace in the city of Cremona, Italy. The two put too much weight on the statue during their bid to snap a photo of th...

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Goa showcases coconuts, cashew to draw in domestic tourists

Panaji, May 5 (IANS) Finally, Goa appears to have given its indigenous coconuts and cashew nuts their due. In a bid to attract domestic tourists during offseason, Goa's tourism ministry last week conducted the inaugural edition of the 'Coconut and Cashew Festival', showcasing the two products and simultaneously making a popular statement about just how integral the nuts have been to Goa'...

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Former WBA World champion Lewis dies in road accident

Georgetown (Guyana), May 5 (IANS) Former (World Boxing Association) WBA World welterweight champion Andrew Lewis, from Guyana, died on Monday after he was involved in a vehicular accident here. Media reports said the 44-year-old lost control of his motorcycle while riding in East Bank of Demerara, and crashed into a car travelling in the other direction, reports CMC. He suffered ...

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'Can opener' exposes HIV virus like never before

Ottawa, May 5 (IANS) Researchers have found that a tiny molecule can act like a can opener to force the sealed tin of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to open up and to expose its vulnerable parts, allowing the body's immune system cells to then kill the infected cells. The findings open a new path in the fight against HIV and could ultimately lead to the design of a vaccine to prevent...

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Traders clash with police in Srinagar

Srinagar, May 5 (IANS) Traders clashed with police here on Tuesday after marching towards the secretariat to denounce the government's failure to compensate them following last year's devastating floods. Police intercepted the traders near Budshah Chowk, resulting in clashes between police and stone-pelting youths who joined the former from Maisuma locality. Police used tear smok...

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Outdated Bihar equipment prevented forecast of Nepal quake: Geologist

Pat May 5 (IANS) A Bihar-based geologist has claimed that he and his team of scientists could have predicted the killer earthquake which hit Nepal on April 25 if they had been provided with the latest equipment. The quake resulted in a loss of more than 7,000 lives, with over 14,000 injured. We could have predicted the earthquake in Nepal and parts of Bihar with perfect accuracy ...

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Obama selects Marine general to head joint chiefs

Washington, May 5 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama has selected Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US media reported. According to The Washington Post, CNN and FOX News, citing top government officials, Obama selected Dunford to replace General Martin Dempsey, who will leave the top job later in the year after serving for four years. <...

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Weight of responsibility motivated me: Darren Bravo

Bridgetown (Barbados), May 5 (IANS) Batsman Darren Bravo on Monday said he was guided by a strong sense of responsibility during his match-winning knock, which helped the West Indies stun England by five wickets in the third cricket Test here Sunday. The stylish left-hander struck 82 as the West Indies, set 192 for victory, coasted to their target late on the third day at the Kensington ...

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Playing in Champions League 'reward': Ter Stegen

Barcelona, May 5 (IANS) Spanish football club Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen considers his appearance in the Champions League and reaching the Copa del Rey final is a reward for his work. It's difficult for me, being in and out of the squad and not playing all the games. But that's part of the development of a player and I'm glad I can play in the Champions League and that we...

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Pakistan man gets 25 years in jail for blasphemy

Islamabad, May 5 (IANS) A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced a man to 25 years in prison after holding him guilty of desecrating sacred scriptures. The case was heard at a sessions court in Lahore, Dawn online reported. The court heard statements from witnesses and lawyers' claims and found Zulfiqar guilty of desecrating sacred scriptures. The court charged Zulfiqar with...

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Striker Guerrero to return for Corinthians after dengue setback

Rio de Janeiro, May 5 (IANS) Striker Paolo Guerrero is set to make his return for Corinthians after recovering from dengue fever, the Brazilian football club has said. The 31-year-old Peru international footballer has not played since being diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease on April 11, reports Xinhua. He returned to full training on Monday and is expected to start in Cor...

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Trott announces retirement from international cricket

Bridgetown (Barbados), May 5 (IANS) England batsman Jonathan Trott has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket following the conclusion of the series against the West Indies. This was a tough decision to make but I don't feel my game is at the level you need to be at to play for England. I was honoured to be given the opportunity to come back and play internation...

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SRH were exposed to tough conditions at Eden: Tom Moody

Kolkata, May 5 (IANS) Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) head coach Tom Moody believes that after losing a few quick wickets, his side's middle order was exposed to very hostile conditions at the Eden Gardens, where defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat them by 35 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Monday. We lost a couple of early wickets and then we got expo...

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A Year in Power: BJP plans to counter opposition onslaught

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) In a move to counter opposition parties' attack against the Modi government, the Bharatiya Janata Party is planning a major outreach programme involving its ministers and members of parliament. According to party insiders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all his ministers and BJP parliamentarians to visit their Lok Sabha constituencies and adopted villa...

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Premature birth changes key brain connections

London, May 5 (IANS) Premature birth can alter the connectivity between key areas of the brain, thereby making them vulnerable to disorders such as autism, says a study. The findings should help researchers to better understand why premature birth is linked to a greater risk of neurodevelopmental problems, including autistic spectrum disorders and attention deficit disorders. The...

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Ancelotti brought smiles back in Madrid: Casillas

Turin (Italy), May 5 (IANS) Spanish football club Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas praised Carlo Ancelotti, saying that the Italian manager brought the smile back to Madrid following the reign of Portuguese Jose Mourinho. He brought the smile back to Madrid. He gave us the 10th European Cup which we had been pursuing for 12 years. He closed a historical year (2014) with Real Madrid with...

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Blame yourself if your kid is a sleepwalker

London, May 5 (IANS) Parents who have been sleepwalkers in the past can expect their children to sleepwalk, says researchers. A new study among children born in the Canadian province of Quebec found that more than 60 percent of children developed sleepwalking when both their parents were sleepwalkers. Children with one parent who was a sleepwalker had three times the odds of beco...

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'KKR will miss Narine, but Botha, Hogg fill up the void'

Kolkata, May 5 (IANS) Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) dependable middle-order batsman Manish Pandey believes off-spinner Johan Botha and chinaman bowler Brad Hogg are more than capable of filling up the big void left by the absence of star tweaker Sunil Narine. West Indian Narine was reported for a suspect bowling action during an Indian Premier League match (IPL) and has been banned by the...

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Manipur readies for district council polls

Imphal, May 5 (IANS) Political parties in Manipur have stepped up campaigning for the June 1 elections to the six Autonomous District Councils (ADC) in the Congress-ruled state. The Congress, the BJP and the Naga Peoples Front (NPF) are the three main contenders for the 144 seats of the six ADCs of Senapati, Sadar Hills, Ukhrul, Tamenglong, Chandel and Churachandpur districts. De...

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Situation different from 2013 Barcelona clash: Boateng

Barcelona, May 5 (IANS) Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has admitted that he and his teammates enjoy reminiscing about the games against Barcelona in 2013 that resulted in an overall 7-0 aggregate win for the Bavarian giants, but warned that the current situation is different from the one two years ago. Naturally it is nice to remember how things were at that time. But now we have ...

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