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Drogba returns to Chelsea

London, July 26 (IANS) Didier Drogba has signed a one-year contract with Chelsea, the club announced. It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me, Xinhua quoted Drogba as saying Friday. My desire to win is still the same and I look forwa...

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A mother's nightmarish quest for her missing son

Title: The Half Mother; Author: Shahnaz Bashir; Publisher: Hachette; Pages: 182; Price: Rs.295. There are many untold stories from the Kashmir Valley, and the ones that have been told are merely a dot in the vast expanse of lives permanently scarred with haunted memories, bitter experiences and mournful ambiguities. In between this unknown space is the story of Haleema - a dutifu...

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Beckhams, Ramsays' dinner date

Los Angeles, July 26 (IANS) Celebrity couple Victoria and David Beckham dined with Gordon Ramsay and his wife at Malibu's Nobu restaurant. The former footballer looked casual as he headed to the restaurant, while Victoria opted for a classic tuxedo jacket and white blouse for her outing while leaving their four-strong children at home Thursday, reports dailymail.co.uk. Gordon, 47...

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Toulouse set to sign Brazilian defender

Rio de Janeiro, July 26 (IANS) Brazilian defender William Matheus is set to join France's Toulouse on a permanent deal, media reports said Friday. The 24-year-old has been released by Brazilian club Palmeiras to undergo a medical with the Ligue 1 outfit, Lancenet reported. William joined the Sao Paulo-based club in January from their domestic league rivals Goias. He origi...

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US sanctions against Russia cause spike in sale of AK-47

Washington, July 26 (IANS) The sanctions imposed on the maker of AK-47 by the US Treasury Department last week has caused a spike in sale of the popular assault rifle in the country, media reports said Friday. Kalashnikov Concern, the company responsible for the eponymous gas-operated 7.62 caliber assault rifle, has been blacklisted by the US government. But gun sellers in the US say th...

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MJ estate sues movie memorabilia store

Los Angeles, July 26 (IANS) Michael Jackson's estate is suing a movie memorabilia store for auctioning off historic photos from the pop star's early days. The Estate claims Premiere Props, the store put the photos from the Jackson brothers' 1984 Victory Tour up for auction, and misled buyers into believing they would also own copyright on the pictures, as any buyer could make a fortune b...

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UN chief in talks on possible Middle East truce

United Nations, July 26 (IANS) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has been in intense discussions with a number of key interlocutors, including Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry and US Secretary of State John Kerry, to build support for a possible ceasefire in Israel and Gaza, a UN spokesperson said Friday. On the secretary general's diplomatic efforts in the region, Farhan Haq, the d...

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Zoe Saldana pregnant with twins!

Los Angeles, July 26 (IANS) Avatar fame actress Zoe Saldana, who is married to Marco Perego, is reportedly pregnant with twins. The couple is delighted with the news. The 36-year-old is around three months pregnant. She's thrilled! a source said, reports eonline.com. In 2012, Saldana shared that she hopes to have two to five children and it seems that she is going good on...

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Hezbollah to offer full support to Hamas

Beirut, July 26 (IANS) Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Friday pledged his full support to the Hamas movement during the latter's ongoing fighting with Israel in the Gaza Strip, despite their blatant difference regarding the Syrian crisis. We have always and will always stand by the Palestinian people and all resistance movements in Palestine, without exception. We tell our broth...

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Sandra Bullock too scared to stay in LA

Los Angeles, July 26 (IANS) Actress Sandra Bullock may move out of her house here after the armed stalker incident in June. She is reportedly planning to settle down in Austin, Texas. The 49-year-old was left shaken after learning that intruder Joshua Corbett managed to breach security at her Beverly Hills mansion and that he owns a machine gun among other deadly weapons, reports dailyma...

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Israel, Hamas agree on 12-hour ceasefire in Gaza

Gaza/Jerusalem, July 26 (IANS) The Islamic Hamas movement has agreed on a 12-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip starting from Saturday morning, a Hamas official said late Friday night. Hamas spokesperson in Gaza Sami Abu Zohri said in a statement that Hamas and other Palestinian factions have agreed to a 12-hour halt of fighting proposed by the UN, which starts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturd...

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I'm open to having children: Cameron Diaz

Los Angeles, July 26 (IANS) Actress Cameron Diaz is upset that her comment on motherhood has been misconstrued. She clarifies that she is not opposed to children. I've never said I didn't want kids...I said, 'I haven't had children thus far'. That sort of thing just kind of gets snipped up, contactmusic.com quoted Diaz as saying. The reason that I haven't had kids so far is becau...

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Paris Jackson asked to reconnect with family

Los Angeles, July 26 (IANS) Late pop star Michael Jackson's daughter Paris, who has returned here from her boarding school in Utah, has been advised to reconnect with her family. After she made an attempt to take her life, her doctors have advised her to create a family support system. Doctors want her to mend fences with Katherine, her siblings and other immediate family because they th...

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UN body concerned about impact of Gaza violence on women

United Nations, July 26 (IANS) The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Friday expressed its deep concern about the impact of the ongoing Gaza conflict on women's health and access to safe births. Reports of the destruction of hospitals and health facilities are particularly disturbing as some 45,000 pregnant women in Gaza are currently in need of maternity care, Xinhua quoted the UNFP...

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Love the idea of lots of kids: Radcliffe

New York, July 26 (IANS) If Daniel Radcliffe had his way, he'd have lots of kids in the years to come. Maybe because I'm an only child, I love the idea of lots of kids. But it will depend to a larger part on who I end up having kids with, the Harry Potter star told people.com in an interview. He also said: I think men would be a lot less excited about having kids if we had to act...

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Kyrgyz ex-president sentenced to life imprisonment

Bishkek, July 26 (IANS) A Kyrgyz military court Friday sentenced in absentia the country's former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, his brother Janysh Bakiyev and former prime minister Daniyar Usenov to life imprisonment. Reading out the verdict, Judge Damir Onolbekov said the court found the three guilty on several charges, including massive killing of demonstrators on April 7, 2010, Xinhua ...

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Why Lily Allen goes into shutdown mode?

Los Angeles, July 26 (IANS) Singer Lily Allen has decided to go into shutdown mode after receiving criticism on a social networking site. Allen says this is her way of coping with backlash, reports mirror.co.uk. The 29-year-old, who has got a lot of negetive music reviews on Twitter lately, says: I mean, that's the only way to deal with it I think. It's kind of boring talking abo...

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Five policemen killed in Al Qaeda attack in Yemen

Sanaa, July 26 (IANS) At least five Yemeni policemen were killed Friday evening when suspected Al Qaeda gunmen attacked a security checkpoint in the southeastern province of al-Bayda, an interior ministry official said. Heavily armed gunmen fired machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades on a checkpoint manned by police troops near the main entrance of al-Bayda province, leaving five po...

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China pledges more support for Afghanistan's development

Kabul, July 26 (IANS) China would like to see a smooth transition of power in Afghanistan and will give more support for the country's reconciliation and economic development, China's newly-appointed Special Envoy for Afghan Affairs Sun Yuxi said here Friday. Sun said he had had talks with President Hamid Karzai and presidential candidates -- former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and...

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Elton John reveals secrets for biopic

Los Angeles, July 26 (IANS) Singer Elton John has revealed the secrets of his rehab diaries for his upcoming biopic featuring Tom Hardy. Hardy is all geared up to portray the 67-year-old musician in the biopic, which will focus on the musician's struggle with addiction, reports contactmusic.com. Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall is the scriptwriter for the project and said that Elton ...

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