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Iraqi PM vows to clear IS this year

Munich, Feb 13 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi vowed on Friday that Iraqi security forces would clear terrorists of the Islamic State militants in his country this year. Addressing audience at the Munich Security Conference, Al-Abadi said Iraqi forces liberated more than half of areas occupied by the terrorists. We intend this year to make it the final year and the la...

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Kate Winslet 'determined' to win BAFTA

London, Feb 13 (IANS) Actress Kate Winslet is determined to win the Best Supporting Actress at the forthcoming BAFTA Awards, which will be aired on Sunday. The 40-year-old is nominated for the prestigious prize for her performance as Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs, the biopic about the late Apple co-founder, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I don't know if I'm necessarily hopeful (about ...

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Ferne McCann's vampire facial

London, Feb 13 (IANS) The Only Way is Essex star Ferne McCann has been left with a bloody face after she underwent a vampire facelift. She has taken a leaf out of reality TV star Kim Kardashian's book by opting to have the 750 pounds extreme treatment - a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that involves injecting the face with plasma from the blood to erase wrinkles - as her new beauty regi...

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US stocks surge on rising oil prices

New York, Feb 13 (IANS) US stocks rebounded strongly on Friday as investor sentiment was buoyed by spiking oil prices. The Dow Jones Industrial Average leapt 313.66 points, or 2.00 percent, to 15,973.84. The S&P 500 jumped 35.70 points, or 1.95 percent, to 1,864.78. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 70.68 points, or 1.66 percent, to 4,337.51. Oil prices spiked Friday, with th...

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Bieber is not my boyfriend: Hailey Baldwin

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (IANS) Model Hailey Baldwin, who is rumoured to be in a relationship with Justin Bieber, has set the record straight stating that the singer is not my boyfriend. The 19-year-old has shut down rumours of a possible link up. He's not my boyfriend. He's going on tour and relationships are just complicated, Baldwin told pagesix.com. Everyone is making this...

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Pope in historic talks with Russian Orthodox leader

Havana, Feb 13 (IANS) Pope Francis on Friday held a historic first meeting with Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, in Cuba. The meeting was the first between a Pope and a Russian Church head since the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity split in the 11th Century, BBC reported. The Russian Orthodox Church said earlier the persecution of Christians in t...

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Paris Hilton 'happy' with beau

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (IANS) Socialite Paris Hilton says she has never been happier than she is now with boyfriend Thomas Gross. The 34-year-old has relocated to Switzerland to be with Gross, who she has been dating for almost a year, and feels she is in a different place in her life. I am so happy. I've never been happier in my life, Hilton told eonline.com. I just feel li...

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UN launches electronic library

United Nations, Feb 13 (IANS) The Un launched Friday an electronic library, the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations, said a UN spokesman on Friday To begin with, the United Nations iLibrary, launched by the UN Publications, includes publications, journals and series comprising facts and expertise on in...

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Canada, US, Mexico to cooperate on climate change

Ottawa, Feb 13 (IANS) Canada, the US and Mexico signed a deal in Winnipeg, Canada, on Friday to tap into energy cooperation among the three countries, National Resources Canada said. The Memorandum of Understanding on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration was signed at the North American Energy Ministers Meeting, which was hosted by Canada's Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr, with...

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US dollar climbs against yen on upbeat data

New York, Feb 13 (IANS) The US dollar traded mixed against other major currencies and rose against the Japanese yen for the first this week on Friday as the economic data came out positive from the country. In late New York trading, the euro declined to $1.1256 from $1.1338 in the previous session, while the dollar bought 113.24 Japanese yen, higher than 112.21 yen of the previous sessio...

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Roberts, Aniston, Hudson shine in 'Mother's Day' trailer

Los Angeles, Feb 13 (IANS) Actresses Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson look adorable as mothers in the first official trailer of filmmaker Garry Marshall's upcoming film Mother's Day. The star-studded romantic comedy revolves around the struggles of modern-day women, reports aceshowbiz.com. Roberts plays a career-oriented woman named Miranda, who may or may not hav...

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Ban deplores UN base attack in Mali

United Nations, Feb 13 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned an attack against the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) early in the day that killed five peacekeepers and injured approximately 30, said a statement of Ban's spokesman. MINUSMA base in the northern Mali town of Kidal was attacked by mortars and a truck bomb on Friday, ...

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Bangladesh begins census of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees

Dhaka, Feb 13 (IANS) Bangladesh has started to conduct a census on Myanmar's Rohingya refugees living in the country's southeastern districts bordering Myanmar to determine their exact figure. Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) has began the listing of households as part of primary task in six southeastern districts - Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Pat...

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Lamar Odom makes first public appearance since overdose

New York, Feb 13 (IANS) Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian's estranged husband and former basketball player Lamar Odom made his first public appearance since an overdose left him in a coma in October last year, attending rapper Kanye West's launch of his new album at Madison Square Garden here. West released his new album The Life of Pablo on Thursday in the presence of Odom and other Kard...

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US House sends North Korea sanction bill to Obama

Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) US House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly passed a legislation to impose new sanctions on North Korea, sending the bill to President Barack Obama to sign into law. In a 408-2 vote, lawmakers approved legislation that requires the Obama administration to sanction anyone involved with Pyongyang's nuclear programme, luxury goods, money laundering and hum...

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Might compose music if gets confidence for it: Prakash Jha

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Filmmaker Prakash Jha says that he attempted acting when he got the confidence for it and might consider music direction if he gets a similar confidence. It wasn't since beginning that I wanted to become an actor. You have to be very engaged, because I also have to handle direction, production and writing, and there are numerous tasks associated with it, said Jha, w...

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Taxi driver who hit Meghalaya CM's car booked for murder attempt

Shillong, Feb 12 (IANS) A case of attempt to murder was registered against a tourist taxi driver for hitting the official vehicle of Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, police said on Friday. We have registered a case under Section 307 IPC (attempt to murder) against Jeskalur L. Mawdoh for hitting the chief minister's vehicle, said East Khasi Hills' Superintendent of Police Mariahom K...

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Modi government bullying JNU, says Rahul

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of bullying an institution like the Jawaharlal Nehru University because it will not toe to its line. In tweets, Gandhi said that while any anti-India sentiment was unacceptable, dissent and debate were part of democracy. While anti-India sentiment is unquestionably unacc...

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Indian women peacekeepers an inspiration, says Ban

United Nations, Feb 12 (IANS) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid tributes on Friday to Indian women peacekeepers who are completing this weekend their mission in Liberia as the first ever all-female police unit deployed in UN operations. He thanked the 125-member Indian women police contingent for inspiring all Liberians, as well as current and future generations of female police officer...

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CPI-M ex-leader, Dalmiya's daughter join Trinamool

Kolkata, Feb 12 (IANS) West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Friday got a shot in the arm with former state minister and one-time frontline CPI-M leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah, ex-Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla and deceased cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya's daughter Vaishali Dalmiya joining its fold. The troika joined Trinamool in the presence of its supremo and Chief Minis...

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