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Hillary Clinton backs shift in US policy toward Cuba

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS/EFE) Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, widely considered the Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 White House race, said Thursday that she supported President Barack Obama's decision to change course in Washington's policy vis-a-vis Cuba. Despite good intentions, our decades-long policy of isolation has only strengthened the Castro regime's grip on pow...

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US slaps sanctions against militants in Egypt, Yemen

Washington, Dec 19 (IANS) The US Thursday slapped sanctions on an Egyptian extremist group and a senior leader of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the State Department said in a statement. The State Department blacklisted the Ajnad Misr group and Ibrahim al-Rubaysh as specially designated global terrorists, a move that entails sanctions freezing all of their asse...

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Superseries Finals: Saina, Srikanth win matches

Dubai, Dec 18 (IANS) Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and leading male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth won their respective group encounters of the $1,000,000 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Superseries Finals here Thursday. While the World No.4 Saina defeated South Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-12, 21-18 in 44 minutes in women's singles Group A contest, Srikanth, who Thursday jumped two places...

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Putin reiterates tough stance against western pressure

Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS) President Vladimir Putin reiterated Thursday that Russia will not bow to external political pressure and will stay firm to protect the national interests. The Berlin wall never really came down, Xinhua quoted Putin as saying at his 10th annual year-end press conference, adding the West has been erecting new barriers in the way of equitable ties with Russia. ...

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18 killed in car bomb attack in Yemen

Sanaa, Dec 18 (IANS) At least 18 people were killed in a suicide car bombing in Yemen's western port city of al-Hodayda late Thursday, security sorces said. An Al Qaeda off-shoot, Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), known locally as Ansar al-Sharia, claimed responsibility for the attack against a training institution run by the Shiite Houthi group, security sources told Xinhua. ...

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Sprinter Dutee allowed to take part in 2015 National Games

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Court of Arbitration (CAS) has allowed Indian sprinter Dutee Chand to participate in national and state level events till a final verdict on her appeal against International Amateur Athletics Association's (IAAF) hyperandrogenism policy, which resulted in her ban, is reached, an official statement said Thursday. The interim order allows Dutee to participate i...

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Standard Chartered, Tamilnad Mercantile Bank issued FEMA violation notice

Chennai, Dec 18 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED)Thursday issued notices to Tamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB) and Standard Chartered Bank for contravention of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in the transfer of TMB shares. The violation by the two banks is put at Rs.608.35 crore. In a statement issued here, the ED said during May 2007, certain non-resident investors acqu...

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East Bengal only Indian side in top 100 of AFC's new club rankings

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 18 (IANS) City giants East Bengal are the only Indian team to feature in the top100 of the new club rankings announced by the Asian Football Confederation Thursday. East Bengal are ranked 79th, while four other Indian outfits have found a place lower down in the list which comprises the top 147 clubs of the continent. Churchill Brothers (103), Dempo (113), Pune...

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Sonia Gandhi hospitalised after infection, stable

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi was Thursday admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition was stable, a hospital official said. Sonia Gandhi was today (Thursday) admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital around 8.30 p.m. She has an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition is stable and she is u...

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26/11 mastermind Lakhvi gets bail, shocked India asks Pakistan to act

Islamabad/New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad Thursday granted bail to Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a key mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, triggering shock and indignation in India which asked Pakistan to take steps to reverse the decision. Lakhvi's lawyer Rizwan Abbasi appeared before the court and sought bail for his client. Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA...

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Alastair Cook should be replaced as captain: Nasser Hussain

London, Dec 18 (IANS) Alastair Cook should be immediately taken out from captaincy ahead of the World Cup before time runs out, former England skipper Nasser Hussain has said. England's one-day series defeat in Sri Lanka was their fourth in a row under Cook, who scored 119 runs in six games. England went down to the islanders 2-5 in the seven-match series that ended Tuesday. It w...

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CBI searches BSNL general manager's house, offices

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The CBI Thursday searched the residence and offices of BSNL general manager A.K. Gupta, who was allegedly running three companies without taking permission from the government. The searches were conducted at two locations in Noida in Uttar Pradesh and one at Hauz Khas in Delhi. The companies were allegedly being operated by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limite...

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Abducted Mexican lawmaker rescued

Mexico City, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Police in the central Mexican state of Morelos rescued a lawmaker hours after he was abducted by members of a drug cartel, Governor Graco Ramirez said Thursday. Legislator David Martinez has been rescued, the governor said on Twitter. Martinez, a member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), was beaten and subjected to psychological tortur...

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Iraqi premier drops lawsuits against journalists

Baghdad, Dec 18 (IANS/EFE) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Thursday ordered the withdrawal of all pending government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets that were filed by his predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki. A statement released by Abadi's office said the decision not to proceed with the legal action is an indication of the new prime minister's keenness to ensure freedom o...

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Italian actress Virna Lisi dies at 78

Rome, Dec 18 (IANS) Famed Italian actress and winner of numerous awards Virna Lisi died Thursday in Rome. She was 78. During her career which started as a teenager in 1953, Lisi played memorable roles in European and Hollywood films, receiving many awards including a career Golden Globe in 2004 and two David di Donatello Career Awards in 1996 and 2009, Xinhua reported. Lisi won t...

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Woman judge's sexual harassment: SC quashes probe panel

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday quashed a two-judge panel set up by Madhya Pradesh chief justice to probe allegations of sexual harassment levelled by a woman district judge against a high court judge. The woman judge later resigned. A bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra quashed the panel, saying the state chief justice constituted it imprope...

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Sonia Gandhi hospitalised, stable

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi was Thursday admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here for an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition was stable, a hospital official said. Sonia Gandhi was today (Thursday) admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital around 5 p.m. She has an infection in the lower respiratory tract. Her condition is stable and she is unde...

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Decision on raw sugar export incentives soon: official

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The government will take a decision soon on extending incentives for raw sugar exports, an official said Thursday. We will soon consider export incentive for raw sugar, Food Secretary Sudhir Kumar told a meeting of mill owners here organised by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA). The government gave financial incentives of up to Rs.3,371 a tonne fo...

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Lakhvi bail no surprise, Pakistan has to decide its course: Experts

New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Even as India termed as very unfortunate Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi getting bail from a Pakistani court, experts and former envoys to Pakistan evinced no surprise over the development, saying it was all part of a pattern and that Islamabad needs to decide which way it was going, especially after the terror attack on a Peshawar school. Home Min...

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'MTV Roadies' now lifestyle for youth, says Rannvijay

Kolkata, Dec 18 (IANS) Popular video jockey-turned-actor Rannvijay Singh Thursday spoke about the originality of reality TV show MTV Roadies, and said the series has become a lifestyle for youngsters. It has become a lifestyle for the youth who talk of the 'Roadie spirit'. They might not be on the show but they comment on the spirit when someone does something extraordinary in real life....

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