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Kurds free large part of Iraq's Sinjar town from IS

Baghdad, Dec 22 (IANS) Kurdish forces took over most of the town of Sinjar in the Nineveh province in northern Iraq Sunday, the Kurdish official website and a security source said. A day earlier, the Kurdish forces gained foothold in the town after fierce clashes with the Islamic State (IS) militants. Heavy gunfire and loud explosions continued during the day in Sinjar, as the Ku...

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I'd never kick out Rob: Khloe Kardashian

Los Angeles, Dec 22 (IANS) Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian says she will never kick her brother out of her house until and unless he wishes to leave it. After reports circulated Friday that the 30-year-old star tried to evict her younger brother Rob, Khloe took to social media Saturday to decline the same, reports eonline.com. One of the best things about my house is that my bro...

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US reviewing naming North Korea as sponsor of terrorism

Washington, Dec 21 (IANS/EFE) The US is considering once again including North Korea on its list of countries that sponsor terrorism, President Barack Obama said in an interview released Sunday after Washington blamed Pyongyang for launching a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. We're going to review (it) through a process that's already in place, Obama said in an interview with CNN's Sunday ...

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IS militants recapture oil refinery town in Iraq

Baghdad, Dec 21 (IANS) A militant group of the Islamic State (IS) recaptured the oil refinery town of Baiji which was freed recently by the Iraqi security forces, a source from the province of Salahudin said Sunday. On late Saturday afternoon, dozens of IS militants carried out a massive attacks on several points of the main road that bisected the town of Baiji, some 200 km north of Iraq...

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Continue foodgrain supply to tea gardens, Gogoi urges Modi

Guwahati, Dec 21 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to continue the system of allocating bulk foodgrain to the tea gardens in the state till the implementation of the National Food Security Mission. Gogoi, in the letter, said suspension of the system of allocating bulk foodgrain to the tea gardens will affect the families of over 20 lakh t...

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Advani backs Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani has backed awarding the Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and said he regarded it as significant that the Narendra Modi government has decided to observe Dec 25, Vajpayee's birthday, as 'Good Governance Day'. In an interview to CNN-IBN news channel, Advani said: A Bharat Ratna for Atal Bihari Vajpayee should...

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Thousands arrested in China porn, gambling crackdown

Beijing, Dec 21 (IANS) Police in China's Guangdong province Sunday said they captured more than 30,000 suspects in a two-month crackdown on porn and gambling. As of Dec 15, a total of 3,014 people were arrested and more than 5,000 others put under criminal detention in the province, Xinhua quoted the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department as saying in a statement. In on...

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Naval light combat aircraft successfully tested

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) The first naval prototype of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), designed to operate from the decks of aircraft carriers, was successfully tested at a facility in Goa, the defence ministry said here Sunday. The LCA (Navy) Prototype 1 - or NP1 - the first indigenously designed and developed fourth-plus generation combat aircraft, was tested at the Ski-Jump facility ...

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CBI registers a fresh case in coal scam

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) The CBI Sunday registered a case against two private companies and some unidentified public servants in its ongoing probe in the alleged coal scam case and conducted searches at five places in West Bengal and Jharkhand. The agency registered the case against Electrosteel Castings Ltd, Electrosteel Steels Ltd and some unknown public servants under sections of chea...

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Bangladesh president visits Ajmer dargah

Jaipur, Dec 21 (IANS) Bangladesh President Mohammad Abdul Hamid Sunday visited the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty in Ajmer, and prayed for peace and harmony in the subcontinent, the shrine's officials said. He (Hamid) visited the dargah at around 3.35 p.m. and stayed for 15-20 minutes, offering prayers, Syed Manovar Chisty, a khadim (servitor) at the dargah, over 140 km from here, t...

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Kerala orders probe into religious conversion

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 21 (IANS) A report about 35 people getting converted to Hinduism Sunday would be probed by a senior police official, Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said. The conversion reportedly took place Sunday morning in Alappuzha and Kollam districts. In Alappuzha, members of eight Christian families - a total of 30 people - reportedly embraced Hinduism at a...

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Warangal, Amravati in heritage city development scheme

Hyderabad, Dec 21 (IANS) The central government has included Warangal in Telangana and Amaravati in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh under a scheme for development of heritage cities, union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu announced Sunday. They are among 12 cities across the country included in Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY). Naidu told r...

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Chilly Sunday in Delhi, similar Monday likely

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) It was a chilly Sunday in Delhi with the maximum temperature recorded at its lowest so far this winter - seven notches below average - at 15 degrees Celsius. The met department has forecast a foggy start to Monday which will be as chilly. Dense fog is expected Monday morning and sky will remain cloudy, said an official of India Meteorological Department. ...

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Rajasthan shivers due to cold wave

Jaipur, Dec 21 (IANS) Cold wave conditions intensified in the desert state of Rajasthan Sunday with Churu recording a minimum temperature of 0.5 degree Celsius. Mount Abu, the only hill station in the state, shivered at 2 degrees Celsius, while Sikar was chilly at 3 degrees Celsius. Dabok near Udaipur and Pilani in the Shekhawati region were cold at 3.4 and 3.8 degrees Celsius, respectiv...

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Will form next Kashmir government on our own, says PDP

Jammu, Dec 21 (IANS) The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sunday said it was confident of forming the next government in Jammu and Kashmir on its own and would not align with the Bharatiya Janata Party. Reacting to some media reports that said the PDP had said it was open to forming an alliance with the BJP if it does not get the needed simple majority of 44 in the 87-member state assembly...

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Pakistan minister: Supporters of terrorists live among us

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS) Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Sunday said every citizen was required to be vigilant as the sympathisers and supporters of these terrorists live among us. To fight terror, every Pakistani citizen has to play their part, Dawn online quoted Khan as saying at a press conference here as he urged all citizens to be vigilant with regard to the ter...

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Operation Milaap unites another girl with family

New Delhi, Dec 21 (IANS) The Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Delhi Police Crime Branch has succeeded in reuniting a 17-year-old girl with her family, as part of its Operation Milaap. The Operation Milaap aims to find missing children and unite them with their parents. The girl was staying at the Ashraya Family Home, a children's home in south Delhi's Madanpur Dabas area...

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Jordan hangs 11 murder convicts

Amman, Dec 21 (IANS) Jordan executed 11 men convicted of murder Sunday, ending an eight-year ban on death penalty in the country, media reported. Eleven criminals convicted in different cases of murder were executed at dawn, the state-run Petra news agency quoted the Jordanian interior ministry as saying, according to Xinhua. All those convicted were Jordanians. There have been s...

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Rutuja, Karman Thandi in tennis nationals main round

Pune, Dec 21 (IANS) Rutuja Bhosale and Karman Kaur Thandi picked up two of the eight qualifying spots with hard-fought wins in the Qualifying tournament for the NECC-ITF women's $25,000 tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana here Sunday. The 16th seed Rutuja was taken to the distance by Georgian Oksana Kalashnikova but the Indian prevailed 7-6 (3), 6-4. After being forced to pl...

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Chen Long emerges champion in BWF Superseries Finals

Dubai, Dec 21 (IANS) Reigning world Champion Chen Long of China demolished Denmark's Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-16, 21-10 to win the men's singles crown of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here Sunday. World No.2 Long was in his elements right from the start of the final against World No.11 Vittinghus. He played an aggressiv...

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