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Situation not yet right for two-state solution: Netanyahu

Jerusalem, Feb 11 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the parliament on Wednesday that the situation is not yet right for a two-state solution aimed at ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a statement from his office read. In a speech during a special Knesset (parliament) session, Netanyahu said he supports the two-state solution, as he stated in his seminal 2009 Ba...

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Netanyahu's wife mistreated staff, court says

Jerusalem, Feb 11 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara mistreated household staff, a labour court has found, in a case brought by a former caretaker. The court accepted Meni Naftali's claim that he had been insulted and verbally abused, and awarded him 170,000 shekels ($43,700) in compensation, BBC reported. The ruling said Sara's angry outbursts and deman...

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Senate passes bill to expand sanctions on Pyongyang

Washington, Feb 11 (IANS) The US Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed the legislation to widen harsher sanctions on North Korea in response to its recent nuclear test and missile launch. The Senate legislation expands and tightens enforcement of sanctions against North Korea nuclear and ballistic missile development and other destructive activities, said Democratic Senator Robert Menen...

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Rabat supports Riyadh against interference in internal affairs

Rabat, Feb 11 (IANS) Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar said on Wednesday that his country supports Saudi Arabia against any interference in its internal affairs. We reiterate our full support of Saudi Arabia against any interference in its internal affairs, Xinhua quoted Mezouar as saying during a joint press conference with his Saudi counterpart Ad...

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Musician Matt Healy slams One Direction

London, Feb 11 (IANS) English musician Matt Healy of rock band The 1975 has lashed out at One Direction, saying the band lacks credibility. Oh, well... they're four guys who queued up outside an arena to sing in front of Simon Cowell. Do they really have any artistic credibility? That sounds like a mean thing to say, but it's a good question. Like, do they, Spin magazine quoted Healy as ...

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Dakota Johnson finds dating hard post 'Fifty Shades...'

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Actress Dakota Johnson feels men are scared to ask her out because of her role of a college graduate who has a sadomasochistic relationship with young business magnate in 2015 erotic romantic drama film Fifty Shades of Grey. The 26-year-old has been single since splitting from Drowners rocker Matt Hitt last year and is worried why men don't approach her.

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NATO to enhance its presence in eastern Europe

B0russels, Feb 11 (IANS) NATO defence Ministers on Wednesday agreed to enhance the military presence in eastern Europe at the ministerial meeting, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the press conference following the first day's meeting. He stated that NATO will continue adapting the deterrence and defence to meet threats from any direction, Xinhua reported. Effectiv...

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3,000 surgeries cancelled as British doctors strike

London, Feb 11 (IANS) A second wave of industrial action by thousands of junior doctors started on Wednesday after negotiations over pay and new contracts failed. The second 24-hour strike has led to the cancellation of almost 3,000 operations on Wednesday, though emergency care was still being provided, Xinhua reported. About 38,000 junior doctors in England went on strike last ...

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Israel's fences negative to peace: Palestinian

Ramallah, Feb 11 (IANS) The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday in a press statement that the Israeli walls and fences will not make peace with Palestinians. It is bridges of peace that bring security to all, said the statement, which also warned of the consequences and implications of the annexation and colonialist walls mentality adopted by Israeli government as a policy to ...

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US stocks end mixed amid Yellen's comments

New York, Feb 11 (IANS) US stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signalled that the Fed still keeps door open to further interest rate hikes, but flagging risks could delay any further moves. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 99.64 points, or 0.62 percent, to 15,914.74. The S&P 500 edged down 0.35 point, or 0.02 percent, to 1,851.86. The Nasdaq ...

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Idris Elba splits from Naiyana Garth?

London, Feb 11 (IANS) Actor Idris Elba is said to have split from his longtime girlfriend Naiyana Garth. According to a source, Elba, 43, has decided to move out of the London home that he shared with the make-up artist and their son Winston, reports dailymail.co.uk. He has now moved into a nearby apartment to remain close to his 22-month-old child. They've kept it very ...

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North Korea 'executes' its army chief

Payongayong, Feb 11 (IANS) North Korea has executed its army chief Ri Yong-gil, according to unconfirmed South Korean media reports. Senior officials in North Korea have previously been absent from view for long periods only to reappear. However, Gen Ri would be the latest of several high-ranking officials to be purged under leader Kim Jong-un. South Korean media reported...

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Qatar, Pakistan sign multi-billion dollar gas deal

Doha, Feb 11 (IANS) Qatar and Pakistan signed on Wednesday a multi-billion dollar gas deal to supply Pakistan with 3.75 million tonnes of liquified natural gas (LNG) annually for 15 years. Under the 15-billion-dollar agreement, Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Limited will supply 3.75 million tonnes of LNG to Pakistan State Oil Company from 2016 to 2031, with the first cargo expected to be de...

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Suicide bombings kills 60 in Nigeria

Abuja, Feb 11 (IANS) At least 60 people were killed in twin suicide bomb attacks at a refugee camp in the Dikwa town, some 90 km from the city of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, local officials said on Wednesday. Satomi Ahmad, chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, said two female suicide bombers on Tuesday sneaked into an internally displaced persons camp and d...

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Are Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna engaged?

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) TV personality Rob Kardashian and model Blac Chyna, who have been dating each other for a few weeks now, have sparked engagement rumours the latter was caught sporting a huge diamond ring on her finger. Chyna was seen flaunting the ring while partying with her friend Amber Rose at the Trinidad carnival on Monday. However, none of them have confirmed the...

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US stocks rebound amid Yellen's downbeat comments

New York, Feb 11 (IANS) US stocks rebounded on Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signalled that the risks to economy could delay the rate hikes. Financial conditions in the US have recently become less supportive of growth, with declines in broad measures of equity prices, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and a further appreciation of the dollar, Yellen said in...

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UAE creates ministry of happiness, tolerance

Dubai, Feb 11 (IANS) United Arab Emirates Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum announced on Wednesday the new Cabinet appointments, with two new portfolios on happiness and tolerance. Sheikh Mohammed made the announcement on his Twitter account, two days after he revealed plans to restructure the UAE Cabinet and to outsource most government services to ...

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Pakistan opposes preconditions for Afghan reconciliation

Islamabad, Feb 11 (IANS) A senior Pakistani diplomat on Wednesday emphasised a step-by-step approach and opposition to any precondition for the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. The comments came days after the four-nation meeting in Islamabad decided to set date for the Afghan peace talks by the end of February. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)...

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Pro Kabaddi: Bengal Warriors beat Pink Panthers to go atop table

Kolkata, Feb 10 (IANS) Bengal Warriors scored their third victory in four outings at home to leap to the top of the points table with 26 points by beating Jaipur Pink Panthers 34-20 in a Pro Kabaddi League contest here on Wednesday. The Panthers looked clueless on the day in the absence of their star raider Jasvir Singh who is nursing an injury. The losers remain in fifth place with 11 p...

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Anupam Kher celebrates Padma Bhushan with specially-abled kids

Mumbai, Feb 10 (IANS) Actor Anupam Kher, who was conferred the Padma Bhushan on this Republic Day, celebrated the fourth death anniversary of his father Pushkarnath Kher with over 700 specially-abled children. In attendance were Bollywood singers Shaan and Kailash Kher among others. My father celebrated my failures and successes with equal joy. He was my greatest fan and admirer....

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