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'EU needs long term Russia strategy'

Brussels, Dec 19 (IANS) European Council (EC) President Donald Tusk has said that the European Union (EU) needs to have a long term strategy for Russia. Tusk made the remarks Thursday after the EU's winter summit which he chaired for the first time since being at the helm from Dec. 1, Xinhua reported. We need a long perspective strategy because this conflict and this complex situ...

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Thierry Henry one of best footballers ever: Arsenal coach Wenger

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Friday spoke of his belief that recent retiree Thierry Henry, who played ever under his tutelage for eight years at the London club, was one of the best footballers he has ever witnessed. He's had a massive career and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for what he's done for the club.He was a combination of physical tale...

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Awaiting comeback call to play 2015 World Cup: Pietersen

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Former England captain Kevin Pietersen Friday took to Twitter to express his wish to play at the 2015 World Cup starting Feb 14 and said his phone will be switched 'on' as he hopes to get a come-back call. Pietersen wrote: The @ECB_cricket selectors meet today. Get @Eoin16 as captain and a little man called Kevin @KP24 into the side. Phone is on! In a Big Ba...

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Lok Sabha condemns Lakhvi bail, seeks pressure on Pakistan

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The Lok Sabha Friday passed a resolution condemning the release on bail of key 26/11 mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and asked the government to put pressure on Pakistan to bring the matter related to the Mumbai attack case to a satisfactory conclusion. We express grave concern of the Indian people that just after the tragic killing of innocent children and other...

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Saradha scam: Madan Mitra sent to judicial custody

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) West Bengal Transport and Sports Minister Madan Mitra - arrested in the Saradha scam - was Friday yet again denied bail and sent to judicial custody till Jan 2 by a court here. After hearing both the defence and the prosecution, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukherjee sent Mitra to judicial custody. ...

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Leaked too many runs to tailenders: Umesh Yadav

Brisbane, Dec 19 (IANS) After two days of cricket, India had the upperhand in the second cricket Test -- and the advantage was stretched further on the third morning, but the Australian tail came to the rescue and gave the hosts a 97-run lead by the end of their innings Friday. After having Australia six down for 247 runs, India let the lower-order off the hook -- Australia's last four w...

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Cambodia amends rules to see minority leader equals PM

Phnom Penh, Dec 19 (IANS) Cambodia's National Assembly Friday approved an amendment to henceforth recognise a parliamentary minority leader with a rank equal to the prime minister. The amendment was approved by a total of 102 lawmakers in parliament, Xinhua reported. Ruling Cambodian People's Party's (CPP) lawmaker Pen Panha said the head of an opposition party, holding at least ...

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Government tables GST bill in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The government Friday initiated legislation for the much awaited reform of the indirect tax system by tabling the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Lok Sabha. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced the constitutional amendment bill for implementing GST contending that the object of the legislation is the seamless transfer of goods and services across the...

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Kolkata take on Kerala in ISL finale

Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) After two-and-half months of engrossing football, Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) face Kerala Blasters FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) final here Saturday -- with both having fought their way through some memorable encounters to set up a mouth-watering summit clash for the inaugural competition. What will provide extra attention to what promises to be an enthralling c...

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Russia disappointed at new sanctions

Moscow, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed disappointment over a new round of sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict, the Russian foreign ministry said Friday. In a telephone conversation with his US counterpart John Kerry, Lavrov said the Ukraine Freedom Support Act signed Thursday by President Barack Obama could undermine a return t...

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Hull City defender Dawson out for one month

London, Dec 19 (IANS) Hull City defender Michael Dawson will be out of action for a month after tearing his hamstring, manager Steve Bruce said Friday. Dawson, who recently spent a month on the sidelines with an ankle problem, sustained the injury in the first 10 minutes of Hull's 0-2 loss at Chelsea last weekend, reports Xinhua. Hull are currently second from bottom in the Engli...

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Iran dismisses UN resolution as 'political'

Tehran, Dec 19 (IANS) Iran has criticised the UN General Assembly's political resolution on alleged human rights violations in the country. Iranian deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani Thursday dismissed the resolution as political, prejudicial and unbalanced following its approval by the UN General Assembly, Press TV reported Friday. Dehqani also protested that the...

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Ebola toll nears 7,000 in West Africa

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) The number of Ebola-related deaths has reached around 6,900 in the three most affected countries in West Africa --Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, a media report said citing the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US senator Chris Coons kicked off their tours of the Ebola-hit region late Thursday evening. ...

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India warns of trans-border terror threats to Afghanistan, elsewhere

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

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GST will be win-win for both centre, states: Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) The goods and services tax proposed by central government will be a win-win situation for both state and central governments, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Friday. Speaking after a brief debate on the appropriation bills, he said: GST will be a win win situation for both state and centre. GST will be the single most important tax reform, with potential to co...

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More and more Indians travelling alone: Expert

Kolkata, Dec 19 (IANS) More and more Indians are opting to travel alone as information dissemination has improved, a tourism industry expert said here Friday. According to Sandeep Kulshreshtha, director, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management, new tourists have increased knowledge about their destinations, high purchasing power and are price and quality conscious. Earl...

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Court acquits ex-MP in rape case

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) A court here Friday acquitted former MP Dhananjay Singh of the charges of raping and criminally intimidating a woman. Additional Sessions Judge Sarita Birbal acquitted Singh after the woman who filed the rape complaint against him turned hostile, saying the MP had not sexually assaulted her. Singh, a former Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Jaunpur in Uttar Pra...

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Tata's Vistara airline to fly from Jan 9

New Delhi, Dec 19 (IANS) Tata's full service carrier in partnership with Singapore Airlines Vistara will take to the skies from January 9 by operating daily flights to Mumbai and Ahmedabad from here, a company official said Friday. We have started booking online and through distribution channels for daily service on Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Ahmedabad-Delhi routes from Jan 9 on board ...

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Anti-Muslim protest at Sydney siege site

Sydney, Dec 19 (IANS) A group of people in Australia, who went to pay their respects to the Sydney cafe siege victims Friday shouted anti-Islam slogans here, media reported. Four men waving Australian and Southern Cross flags shouted slogans including Islam is evil and not all cultures are equal -- Islam is inferior, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. They also accused Muslims ...

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Redmayne had a 'meltdown' while shooting 'The Theory of Everything'

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Actor Eddie Redmayne says he had a meltdown while filming The Theory of Everything. The actor plays physicist Stephen Hawking in the biopic, but struggled with his first day filming as he had to shoot several scenes at different stages of the professor's battle with motor neurone disease, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Speaking to Mr. Porter magazine, he s...

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