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35 killed in attack on mosque in Nigeria

Abuja, Nov 29 (IANS/EFE) At least 35 people were killed and 150 others wounded Friday in a bomb blast at a mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, police said. Kano police chief Samuel Lemu offered a provisional casualty report hours after the city's central mosque was rocked by three explosions. The blasts occurred around 2.00 p.m., moments before chief imam Sani Zahradeen...

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Chris Hemsworth to shoot in London

London, Nov 29 (IANS) Actor Chris Hemsworth will join fellow co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hiddleston here in January to film new scenes for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hemsworth (who plays Thor), Downey Jr (Iron Man), Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Paul Bettany (The Vision), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) have been asked to keep their schedul...

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UN chief condemns atttack on mosque in Negeria

United Nations, Nov 29 (IANS) The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday condemned the attack on the central Mosque in the Nigerian state of Kano. The secretary-general calls on the authorities to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. He reiterates that there can be no justification for attacks on civilians, Xinhua quoted a statement released by UN chief's spokesperson. Ban...

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Katie Price fragile post breast surgery

London, Nov 29 (IANS) Singer Katie Price returned here looking fragile following a breast reduction surgery that she underwent in Belgium. The surgery was Price's Christmas gift to herself, reports dailymail.co.uk. Price was so upbeat about going under the knife that she even tweeted shots of her new implants while preparing for the surgery. She shared her excitement from her hos...

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Former Portuguese politician Duarte Lima jailed

Libson, Nov 29 (IANS) Former leader of Portugal's Social Democrat party(PSD) Duarte Lima was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for alleged fraud and money-laundering. Judge Filipa Valentim said Lima had recurred to inexplicable victimisation and relied on his son to commit the criminal offences, Xinhua reported. The former Member of Parliament said before the sentencing he e...

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13 suspected jihadis arrested in police operation in austria

Vienna, Nov 29 (IANS) Austrian authorities arrested 13 suspected jihadis in police operations as part of a large-scale crackdown on suspected militants Friday. The operation began in the early hours of Friday morning, with 16 persons targeted for arrest on the basis of suspicion of their involvement with terrorist organisations and recruitment of young people for the Syrian civil war.

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Fanning plans 'stay at home' birthday

Los Angeles, Nov 29 (IANS) Actress Dakota Fanning will soon turn 21, and while several stars plan lavish birthday parties or trips much in advance, the actress says she has no plans as of now I have no idea what to do. It's been such a talked-about thing for so long, like, what are you gonna do for your birthday, that I think by the time it rolls around I'm just going to stay home with f...

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Mexican comedian Chespirito dies at 85

Mexico City, Nov 29 (IANS/EFE) Mexican legendary comedian, screenwriter and television director Roberto Gomez Bolanos, better known by his pseudonym Chespirito died from heart attack Friday, family sources said. He was 85. The creator of characters such as Chespirito, El Chapulin Colorado and El Chavo del Ocho died at 1.15 p.m. Friday at his home in the city of Cancun. Chespirito...

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Jailed Colombian rebels launch hunger strike

Havana, Nov 29 (IANS/EFE) More than 100 jailed guerrillas in Colombia initiated a hunger strike this week to protest neglect and abuse behind bars, representatives of the FARC rebel group said here Friday. Four other rebels sewed their mouths shut as an extreme manifestation of outrage and desperation, according to a statement from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) delega...

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Will.i.am finds old taste in new music

Los Angeles, Nov 29 (IANS) Former Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am seems to be bored with the current state of music, and he's planning to energise his batteries to bring something fresh. The singer feels that the records that are hitting the charts sound similar to the music that was released over 10 years ago, he said in an interview to nypost.com. Everything around music right...

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Albania opens Communist-era nuclear bunker to public

Tirana, Nov 29 (IANS/EFE) The Albanian government has opened to the public the country's biggest Communist-era nuclear bunker, a secret symbol of the 40-year Cold War and the extravagances of the Communist regime. Up to 6,000 people from Albania and other countries have visited this mysterious fortress, which has been turned into a historical and artistic site going by the name of Bunk A...

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Madonna's new track leaks online

London, Nov 29 (IANS) Singer Madonna's latest track Rebel heart has leaked online, and fans are less than impressed with the song. Madonna has been hashtagging #rebelheart in her Instagram photos for months. The track was produced by Swedish DJ Avicii and recorded around March. A Twitter account named @RebelHeartLeak claimed it would be leaking the song soon after it was recorded...

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Alleged flu vaccine-related deaths spark fears in Italy

Rome, Nov 29 (IANS) At least nine people were reported to have died in Italy for reasons allegedly linked to a flu vaccine which has been suspended by the Italian competent authority for drugs AIFA, media reported Friday. On Thursday, AIFA prohibited the use of two lots of the Fluad vaccine, produced at a plant of Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis in the city of Siena, ...

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Ireland to repay 9 billion euros IMF loans by year end

Dublin, Nov 29 (IANS) Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said Friday his country will repay 9 billion euros ($11 billion) of the bailout loans it owed to the International Monetary Fund(IMF) by the end of the year. On Monday Ireland will inform the IMF of its intention to repay the first tranche repayment of approximately 9 billion euros, Xinhua quoted Noonan as saying. To fac...

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Britain to curb EU migrants benefit to reduce immigration

London, Nov 29 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that immigrants from the EU need to work in Britain for four years so they could claim benefits in the country. Cameron made the speech after the number of net migration till June this year reached 260,000, significantly increased 78,000 from the previous year, Xinhua reported. Thus, Cameron's target of reduc...

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Expect more 'Hunger Games' films, says director

Los Angeles, Nov 29 (IANS) If director Francis Lawrence is to be believed, more films in The Hunger Games movie franchise are being talked about. Lawrence, who took over the director's chair with Catching Fire last year, and will stay with the franchise until it concludes next year, has also said he would be open to talk about any future projects, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Talki...

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Kim Kardashian thanks Khloe for hosting Thanksgiving

Los Angeles, Nov 29 (IANS) Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has thanked her sister Khloe, for hosting the family's Thanksgiving dinner. On the auspicious occasion of Thanksgiving Day Thursday, the 34-year-old, who celebrated the festivities with family at Khloe's house, took to social media to thank her younger sister for the dinner, reports contactmusic.com. The Keeping Up With Th...

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France to recognise Palestinian state if peace talks fail

Paris, Nov 29 (IANS) French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius Friday said his country would officially recognise the Palestinian state if diplomatic efforts to bring about peace fail. We must act to make progress in the implementation of peace which should be based on the co-existence of two sovereign and democratic states living side-by-side in peace and security, Xinhua quoted Fa...

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Designer Ritu Beri gets Spain honour

New Delhi, Nov 29 (IANS) Fashion designer Ritu Beri was Friday bestowed the 'Order of Civil Merit', a civilian award by the Spanish government here at the Embassy of Spain. The Delhi-born fashion mogul was honoured the merit by Gustavo de Aristegui, Ambassador, Embassy of Spain on behalf of the Spanish monarch Felipe VI, and by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. Beri ded...

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Plane carrying MH17 victims' remains arrives in Netherlands

The Hague, Nov 29 (IANS) A Dutch military plane carrying the remains of victims onboard the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at the Eindhoven Air Base in Netherlands Friday. After a ceremonial tribute attended by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and relatives of the victims, six coffins onboard the plane were transferred to the Corporal Oudheusden Barracks in Hilversum for identifica...

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