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Troops allied to Houthis in Yemen rebel

Sanaa, March 30 (IANS) Yemeni security forces in the city of Taiz that have allied themselves with the Shia Houthi militia and supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, have rebelled, media reported on Sunday. Members of the military police in Taiz -- Yemen's third largest city -- refused to head to Aden, where the country's President Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has been holding cou...

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Rihanna not dissing Beyonce in new single

Los Angeles, March 30 (IANS) Singer Rihanna's team hase declined rumours that her latest track B**ch Better Have My Money is a diss song aimed at Beyonce Knowles. After the release of the song last week, there were reports that Knowles had heard the song and she immediately knew it was about her. Rihanna is in the midst of renogitating her contract with RocNation - which is up t...

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EU plans four more Galileo satellites in 2015

Brussels, March 30 (IANS) Four more satellites will be launched this year for the European Union's (EU) indigenous satellite navigation programme, Galileo, the EU said, following the successful launch of two satellites last week. The next launch of Galileo satellites was scheduled for September 2015, the European Commission (EC) stated, according to a Xinhua report on Sunday. Th...

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Rihanna to collaborate with Sam Smith

Los Angeles, March 30 (IANS) Fresh from her latest collaborations with Paul McCartney and Kanye West, singer Rihanna is next looking forward to do a duet with Grammy Award winner Sam Smith. Rihanna told The Sun newspaper that the two are planning to work together, reports mirror.co.uk. He is so talented, it would be amazing to work with him. No matter how busy we are, when two ar...

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Sri Lanka to resume road projects with China

Colombo, March 30 (IANS) Sri Lanka has decided to resume road development projects with China, an official said on Sunday. Udaya Ranjith Seneviratne, Secretary of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion, told Xinhua that the ministry had already made payments to Chinese contractors for the projects. Some Chinese companies had earlier decide...

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Makers plan 'Transformers' expansion

Los Angeles, March 30 (IANS) Paramount Pictures, filmmaker Michael Bay and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura have roped in writer Akiva Goldsman to help expand the Transformers franchise. Goldsman would not be writing, but instead assembling and overseeing a writers room to help make an idea for how to tackle a two-part sequel in the film's franchise in addition to potential spinoffs, repo...

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World powers push hard for Iran nuclear deal

Lausanne, March 30 (IANS) The world powers negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran have gone on the overdrive to clinch a framework agreement before the March 31 deadline, with the US, German and French representatives cancelling travel plans to attend the talks. US Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled a planned return to the US to attend an event honouring his late Senate colleague Edwa...

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Cate Blanchett's cruel co-star experience

Los Angeles, March 30 (IANS) Actress Cate Blanchett says she once had an unhappy female co-star being cruel to her. Without naming the actor, the 45-year-old told Grazia magazine that the co-actor's behaviour towards her was because of unhappiness, reports femalefirst.co.uk. I've only had one bad experience with an actress, quite early on. Sometimes when people are unhappy, they ...

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Will destroy all Houthi missiles within days: Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, March 30 (IANS) Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that all ballistic missiles of Yemen's Houthi rebels will be destroyed in the coming days, Xinhua reported citing Al Arabiya News. Warplanes of the Saudi-led 10-state coalition raided Yemen's capital Sanaa on Sunday, as the Decisive Storm military operation in Yemen against the Shia Houthi group entered the fourth day. The Saudi...

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Former Delhi legislator shot dead

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Bharat Singh was shot at by unidentified gunmen here during a religious programme on Sunday evening, and succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, police said. The 38-year-old Bharat Singh and two of his aides were injured when they were shot at around 8.10 p.m. while attending the programme at Abhinandan Vatika i...

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Four arrested for cricket betting in Kolkata

Kolkata, March 30 (IANS) Four people were arrested here on Sunday in connection with a cricket betting racket, police said. Following a tip off, police raided a flat in Ashwininagar in the Baguiati area in the city's north eastern outskirts and nabbed the four. Cash amounting to Rs.40,000, besides two laptops and 15 mobile phones were also seized. This is the second crick...

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Man on round-the-world journey dies in aircraft crash

Quito, March 29 (IANS/EFE) A 62-year-old Swiss pharmaceutical executive who was trying to complete a round-the-world trip in 20 months was killed when his ultra-light aircraft crashed in Ecuador, the General Civil Aviation Administration (DGAC) said. Eric Guilloud died on Saturday when his AEROSPOOL WT9 ultra-light plane went down in Cotopaxi, a province in central Ecuador, the DGAC said...

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World Women's Chess: Harika, Mariya's first semi-final game a draw

Chennai, March 29 (IANS) India's Grandmaster (GM) Harika Dronavalli on Sunday drew her first game in the World Women's Chess Championship 2015 semi-final round against Ukraine's Women GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk in 60 moves at Sochi in Russia. The 24-year-old Dronavalli (FIDE rating 2492), ranked 16th among the women chess players, drew the game fighting hard against the 23-year-old Muzychu...

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Bangladesh opposition calls 48-hour strike from Monday

Dhaka, March 29 (IANS) Bangladesh's main opposition alliance has called another round of nationwide strike from Monday morning demanding safe return of a leader who went missing several weeks ago. Barkat Ullah Bulu, Spokesperson of former prime minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), made the strike announcement through a press release on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

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EU ban on Tamil rebels to remain: Sri Lanka

Colombo, March 29 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government on Sunday said that it had managed to convince the European Union (EU) to maintain a ban on the Tamil Tiger rebels despite an earlier EU court decision to lift some sanctions on the group. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said that efforts of the new government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickrem...

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Former legislator shot at in Delhi, critical

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Bharat Singh was on Sunday battling for his life in a hospital along with two of his aides after they were shot at by unidentified gunmen here during a religious programme, police said. Bharat Singh was shot at around 8.10 p.m. when the 38-year-old was attending a religious programme at Abhinandan Vatika in south...

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Arab leaders agree to form unified force

Cairo, March 29 (IANS) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday said that Arab League (AL) member states have agreed on the formation of a joint Arab military force to counter growing security threats. A high level committee will be formed to start implementation of the joint Arab force decision, Sisi said. In his speech on the final day of the two-day Arab summit held i...

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30 IS militants killed in Iraq

Baghdad, March 29 (IANS) At least 30 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Sunday in clashes and US-led coalition airstrikes in the Iraqi provinces of Salahudin and Anbar, security sources said. In Salahudin province, the security forces backed by the US and Iraqi aircraft continued their battles to free the IS-held provincial capital city of Tikrit and made a slight advance in the...

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Six killed in blast in Andhra firecrackers unit

Hyderabad, March 29 (IANS) At least six people were killed and six others injured in an explosion on Sunday in a firecrackers unit in Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam district, police said The accident occurred in Gokulapadu village of S. Rayavaram mandal, about 100 km from coastal city of Visakhapatnam. Police said loud explosions were heard and fire destroyed the building. Fire t...

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World Women's Chess semi-final: Harika draws against Mariya in first game

Chennai, March 29 (IANS) India's Grandmaster (GM) Harika Dronavalli on Sunday drew her first game in the World Women's Chess Championship 2015 semi-final round against Ukraine's Women GM (WGM) Mariya Muzychuk in 60 moves at Sochi in Russia. The 24-year-old Dronavalli (FIDE rating 2492), ranked 16th among the women chess players, drew the game fighting hard against the 23-year-old Muzychu...

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