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Messi to play in friendly match against Mexico

Mexico City, Aug 4 (IANS) Argentine star Lionel Messi will play the friendly match against Mexico, media reported. Messi, the forward in Spain's Barcelona, has not said he will not be available to play the friendly game against Mexico on September 8, Xinhua quoted Gerardo Tata Martino, coach of Argentina's national soccer team, as saying on Monday. After losing Copa America's fin...

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India, Pakistan trade heavy fire on border

Jammu, Aug 4 (IANS) India and Pakistan on Tuesday traded heavy fire on the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, police said. The Border Security Force noticed suspicious movements near a border outpost in Kanachak area of the Jammu district during the night, a police officer told IANS. BSF fired to thwart any possible infiltration attempt after which it was quiet till morni...

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Six killed in Thane building crash

Thane, Aug 4 (IANS) At least six people were killed and another 15 hurt when a residential building crashed here in Maharashtra early Tuesday, officials said. The three-storey, 50 year old building, Krishna Nivas, crashed around 2.30 a.m. when the residents were asleep. Thane Collector Ashwini Joshi, Guardian Minister Eknath Shinde rushed to the site to supervise relief operation...

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What's keeping Drew Barrymore busy?

Los Angeles, Aug 4 (IANS) Actress Drew Barrymore says she is being selective about her work as she wants to invest more time in her business and with her family. The 41-year-old, who owns Flower Beauty, is married to art consultant Will Kopelman and has two daughters Olive and Frankie. Flower has changed my life because it lets me be a mom the way I want to be and I still get to ...

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US honours Indian security guards killed in Afghanistan

New York, Aug 4 (IANS) The US has honoured two Indians who were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan while they were working as security guards for an American government contractor last year. Ponnappan Vengasseril Kuttappan and Raveendran Parambath were among six security personnel working for DynCorp International on behalf of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcem...

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Padalecki shows off abs for a cause

Los Angeles, Aug 4 (IANS) Supernatural star Jared Padalecki and his friend Stephen Amell weren't hesitant to go shirtless and show their six-pack abs to promote a charity t-shirt campaign for a good cause. The two actors struck poses on a dock without any shirts on while vacationing in Lake Austin, Texas over the weekend, reports aceshowbiz.com. In a photograph, which Padalecki ...

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Obama unveils aggressive climate change plan

Washington, Aug 4 (IANS) US President Barack Obama on Monday announced a tougher climate change plan for power plants amidst an overwhelming opposition from several states nationwide. By unveiling the final and tougher version of proposed regulations which the US Environmental protection Agency (EPA) announced in 2012 and 2014, the White House was hoping the Clean Power Plan could trigge...

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When Eliza Dushku had to give hotel room to One Direction

Los Angeles, Aug 4 (IANS) American actress Eliza Dushku has spent two months staying in Pittsburgh but had to give up her hotel room at the weekend because One Direction band members had booked out the entire floor. The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress is currently in Pittsburgh shooting Banshee and despite having spent two months staying in the same suite, she had to move on July...

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Over 13,000 people evacuated due to California fires

Los Angeles, Aug 4 (IANS/EFE) Drought-stricken California woke on Monday to a score of active fires after spending the weekend in a state of emergency because of blazes that have destroyed thousands of acres, burned dozens of homes and forced the evacuation of more than 13,000 people. According to the latest report by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire...

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Sofia Vergara glad to be young parent

Los Angeles, Aug 4 (IANS) Actress Sofia Vergara is glad she had her son when she was young because they are friends now that he is grown up. The Modern Family actress is close friends with 23-year-old Manolo, who she had with Joe Gonzalez when she was just 20 years old. She thinks having a baby when she did was ideal because she had so much energy to keep up with the demands of parenthoo...

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Dubai to build world's longest ski slope

Dubai, Aug 4 (IANS) Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum on Monday launched Meydan One, a tourism development project expected to feature a 1.2 km-long ski slope, an ice rink along with the world's largest fountain, said the ruler's media office. The project will cover an area of 3.5 million square metres. It will be located between the 829 metres-tall Burj Khalifa, the worl...

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Bieber flaunts chiselled physique

Los Angeles, Aug 4 (IANS) Pop star Justin Bieber has flaunted his chiselled physique in a shoot for a magazine. The singer, who caused jaws to drop when he modelled for Calvin Klein, has done the shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine, reports mirror.co.uk. While in one image, the 21-year-old is seen wearing a tight black vest, the rest have him completely shirtless. In fact, Bi...

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34 killed in clashes with IS militants in Iraq

Baghdad, Aug 4 (IANS) Iraqi security forces on Monday continued clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi province of Anbar, leaving a total of 34 people killed and 23 others wounded, a provincial security source said. In Iraq's western province of Anbar, fierce clashes erupted in the morning between IS militants and security forces backed by allied militias known as Hashd S...

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Former British PM named in child sex abuse case

London, Aug 4 (IANS) Former British prime minister Edward Heath was named in an alleged claim of historical child sexual abuse made in the 1990s, Britain's police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said on Monday. The IPCC said that it will investigate allegations concerning the handling of the claim by local police in Wiltshire, where Heath had lived for many y...

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China sets world record for largest umbrella

Beijing, Aug 3 (IANS) An umbrella company in China's eastern Jiangxi province has set a new Guinness World Record by creating the world's largest umbrella. The umbrella -- 23 metres in diameter and 14.4 metres in height -- was certificated by Chinese representatives of Guinness World Records on Monday in Xingzi county, Xinhua reported citing the county's publicity department. The...

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Russia launches hotline to prevent people from joining IS

Moscow, Aug 3 (IANS) A telephone hotline aimed at preventing people from joining the Islamic State (IS) militant group has been launched in Russia. Russians, who fear that their family members could be under the threat of being recruited by the IS, can address their concerns to the State Civic Chamber by phone or in writing, Xinhua quoted the chamber's press service as saying. Th...

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Naga peace accord signed, stakeholders welcome move

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) The central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah on Monday signed a historic accord that promises to bring peace in the northeastern state ravaged by violence for over six decades. Various stakeholders welcomed the move, saying it will bring a new dawn of peace and development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the accord was an in...

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Bengal floods: Toll over 70, Mamata blames discharge from dams

Kolkata, Aug 3 (IANS) The toll in the West Bengal floods on Monday shot up to over 70 and affecting 36 lakh people even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the release of water from barrages for the deterioration of the flood situation in two districts. At least 20 deaths were reported during the day from the flood-hit districts, said disaster management sources here. The fresh loss...

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Rishi Kapoor like a father to me, says Abhishek Bachchan

Mumbai, Aug 3 (IANS) Actor Abhishek Bachchan is extremely fond of his All Is Well co-star Rishi Kapoor who is like a father to him. You cannot bring your personal life in front of the camera. Personally I love him. He is like a father to me. I'm a huge fan of his. But I cannot bring it in the film because that is the opposite of what I'm meant to play with him in the film, said Abhishek ...

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Carborundum Universal Q1 profits rise by 21 percent

Chennai, Aug 3 (IANS) Abrasives, ceramics and electro-minerals manufacturing company Carborundum Universal on Monday reported a rose by 21.5 percent in net profit for the first quarter of 2015-16 at Rs.33.25 crore as against Rs.27.36 crore in the same period last year. According to the consolidated financial results, consolidated net sales dropped by six percent to Rs.487 crore from Rs.5...

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