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Diwali festivities begin in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Oct 22 (IANS) Early morning festivities were witnessed across Tamil Nadu as people woke up to the sounds of crackers and the visual treat of diyas on Diwali - the festival of lights - Wednesday. People had special sesame oil bath and wore new clothes. Relatives and friends asked one another Ganga Sthanam Aachha? - is bathing with the water of holy river Ganga over? Peopl...

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When Rihanna dressed like 'Harry Potter'

New York, Oct 22 (IANS) Singer Rihanna was spotted here in a Harry Potter style costume. She wore the wizard-like get-up while heading for a business meal here Monday, reports mirror.co.uk. The 26-year-old combined a black coat with a funky pair of blue and pink striped gloves. She finished the look with a pair of plastic-rimmed glasses. She has often made many heads turn...

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Germany raises humanitarian aid to Iraq

Berlin, Oct 22 (IANS) Germany has pledged a further 20 million euros (about 25.5 million dollars) in humanitarian aid to Iraq, the foreign ministry said in a statement Tuesday. The additional funds are immediately available and will be used primarily in the context of winter assistance for refugees and internally displaced people in Iraq, Xinhua quoted the German foreign ministry as sayi...

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Palestine, Israel urged at UN to halt unilateral initiatives

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Tuesday called on Palestine and Israel to overcome differences and halt unilateral initiatives that fuel mistrust, so as to pursue long-term stability in the region. Making the appeal at a quarterly open debate of the Security Council on the Middle East, Ban briefed the participants on the Gaza reconstruction efforts and his...

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Airstrikes help ground forces fight IS: Pentagon

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) Kurdish forces are in control of the majority of the Syrian city of Kobane despite efforts by the Islamic State (IS) to take the town, a spokesperson for US defence department said Tuesday. Coalition airstrikes in and around the city on Syria's border with Turkey have been augmented by an airdrop of arms to Kurdish forces fighting the terror group, Xinhua quote...

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India calls on Israel, Palestine to resume peace process

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) India has called upon Israelis and Palestinians to resume the peace process as dialogue remains the only viable option to address the issues confronting the region. In a brief statement at the UN Security Council Tuesday, India's Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji said, We remain hopeful that the current ceasefire will be sustainable and both sides will resume t...

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Cinematographer Ashok Kumar passes away

Chennai, Oct 22 (IANS) Ace southern cinematographer Ashok Kumar Agarwal, who was battling for life here for over the last six months with health-related issues, passed away Wednesday. Cinematographer-director Ashok Kumar Agarwal passed away due to health problems this morning. He was undergoing treatment in hospitals in Chennai and Hyderabad over the last six months, a family source told...

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China urges Israel to create conditions for peace

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) Chinese government has called on Israel to create necessary conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Palestine. At an open debate of the Security Council on the situation of the Middle East, Chinese envoy Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, urged Israel to put an end to the construction of settlements on occupied territories, lift...

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Sarah Jessica angers homeowners association

New York, Oct 22 (IANS) Actress Sarah Jessica Parker has come under fire from a homeowners association here after she staged a photoshoot for her shoe line on the steps of the house that featured in her hit TV show Sex And The City. The property on Perry Street in Manhattan is frequently visited by fans, who wish to see where Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw lived, and the owners have ...

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Palestine seeks UN action to end Israeli occupation

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) A Palestinian envoy to the UN Tuesday called on the UN Security Council to support its initiative to end Israel's occupation within a time frame and protect the Palestinians. At an open debate of the Security Council on the situation of the Middle East, Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN, said that it is high-time to move b...

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Tahirul Qadri ends protest in Islamabad

Islamabad, Oct 22 (IANS) Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri ended his sit-in protest Tuesday, only to restart its new stage in December in the port city of Karachi. Addressing the participants of his sit-in in Islamabad, he told them to pack their belongings and return to their homes. The sit-in lasted for over two months, Geo News reported. Qadri announced to sta...

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Britain sends drones to fly over Syria

London, Oct 22 (IANS) The British defence ministry Tuesday confirmed that unmanned drones would fly in surveillance missions over Syria. Britain's remotely piloted aircraft systems, Reaper and Rivet Joint aircraft will be authorised to head out on surveillance missions in order to gather intelligence on Islamic State (IS) militants, Xinhua reported. Michael Fallon, Britain's secr...

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Pitbull to host 2014 American Music Awards

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Singer Pitbull has been finalised to host the 2014 American Music Awards (AMA) again. The rapper, who had hosted it last year, will front the awards show from the Nokia Theatere here Nov 23. He admits he is thrilled to be back, reports hollywood.com. Pitbull said: World, who would have thought Pitbull hosting the AMAs two years in a row. The harder I wo...

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India ready for agreements on nuclear no first use

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) Reiterating its policy of not using nuclear weapons first and not targeting non-nuclear weapons nations, India has offered to enter into agreements incorporating the two principles. As a responsible nuclear power India has a policy of credible minimum deterrence based on a No First Use posture and non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states,...

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Iran supports Iraq's new government: supreme leader

Tehran, Oct 22 (IANS) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday said the Islamic republic fully supports the new Iraqi government. The current situation in Syria and Iraq is the result of irresponsible policies of some trans-regional powers and some regional countries, Khamenei said in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Xinhua reported. Kha...

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Eddie Murphy replaces Jackson in 'Cook'

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Actor-comedian Eddie Murphy has been tapped to replace Samuel L. Jackson in an upcoming drama called Cook. According to Empire magazine, Jackson was originally slated for the lead role, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, and now Murphy has agreed to replace him, reports contactmusic.com. Cook will centre around Murphy's character, who is hired...

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Ben is charming, says LaBeouf

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Actor Shia LaBeouf finds Armageddon star Ben Affleck charming. LaBeouf also credits Affleck, who produced his 2003 comedy-drama The Battle of Shaker Heights, for helping him. Ben is a really charming dude, he said in the November cover story for Interview magazine, reports people.com. He was the first guy who really took me off to the side and...

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UN Security Council extends EU force in CAR

United Nations, Oct 22 (IANS) The UN Security Council has decided to extend its authorisation of the EU operation in Central African Republic (CAR) until March 15, 2015. Under a resolution drafted Monday, the Security Council determined the situation in the CAR continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security, and therefore decided to extend the operation, Xinhua repo...

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Poroshenko, Putin stress value of ceasefire in East Ukraine

Kiev, Oct 22 (IANS) Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin underlined the importance of ceasefire in eastern Ukraine during a phone conversation Tuesday, Ukrainian presidential press service said. President of Ukraine and Russian President stressed the need for a comprehensive ceasefire and the regime of artillery silence, Xinhua quoted Poroshenko...

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Not really a confident actor: Shia LaBeouf

Los Angeles, Oct 22 (IANS) Actor Shia LaBeouf, who grabbed headlines because of his erratic behaviour while shooting for his forthcoming movie Fury, says the recent bouts stemmed from lack of confidence in his own acting abilities. I'm not a really confident actor. I don't have faith in my abilities, theguardian.com quoted the star as saying. The 28-year-old actor slashed his ow...

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