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Jolie lacks 'patience' to cook Christmas dinner

Los Angeles, Dec 20 (IANS) Actress-director Angelina Jolie says she doesn't have the patience to cook a Christmas dinner, but her husband Brad Pitt is good at organising the repast. The actress gets too easily distracted to be in charge of such a huge and important meal, so she chops up vegetables instead and leaves her husband to organise lunch, reports femalefirst.co.uk. During...

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3D technology to help study environmental changes

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) A 3D virtual reality system at Utah-based Brigham Young University (BYU) is changing the way engineers are viewing environmental engineering challenges. It is like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, im...

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Suniel Shetty may produce films for his children

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Actor Suniel Shetty, who has had a taste of film production with his Popcorn Motion Pictures Ltd banner in the past, says he may enter the space again for his daughter and son, who have their eyes set on Bollywood. But for now, production has taken a backseat for him. There is definitely a no to production right now, the actor, who has produced films like Bhaagam Bh...

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Kerala BJP set to woo film personalities

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 20 (IANS) With BJP president Amit Shah on his second visit to Kerala - where the party is yet to open its account in the state assembly - it has been decided that the party will woo film personalities to get support in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might seek help from Guru Nair, a former office bearer of the Congress in Maharashtra, who has joined t...

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Kenyan star athlete Jeptoo to serve two-year doping ban

Nairobi, Dec 20 (IANS) Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya will have to forfeit her prize money and World Marathon Majors (WMM) jackpot after her sample B tested positive. A statement by Athletics Kenya (AK) Friday confirmed that Jeptoo indeed failed a dope test, which was contacted Sept 25, an out- of-competition test and will have to serve the mandatory two-year b...

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India blame poor practice wickets for injuries

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) The Indian cricket team Saturday blamed the poor quality of practice pitches at the Gabba for the injury to opener Shikhar Dhawan, which was instrumental in India's four-wicket defeat here. India are unhappy they were not allowed to use a fresh strip and were made to practice on worn-out wickets with uneven bounce despite asking Queensland Cricket several times fo...

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Lost memories can be restored: Scientists

New York, Dec 20 (IANS) In a new ray of hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have found that lost memories can be restored. In experiments conducted on marine snails that have cellular and molecular processes very similar to humans, the researchers were able to restore their memory. The findings suggest contrary to what neuroscientists have be...

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Thailand's alcohol ban over New Year scrapped

Bangkok, Dec 20 (IANS) Thailand's committee for National Alcohol Beverage Control has scrapped a proposal to ban all alcohol sales during New Year and Songkran holidays, a media report said Saturday. Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said the proposal required a more in-depth study and an intensive review as it would impact a large number of people, Bangkok Times reported.

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Cuban parliament approves restoring ties with US

Havana, Dec 20 (IANS) Cuba's parliament Friday unanimously approved a government decision to restore diplomatic relations with the United States, which was a long-time foe. More than 600 deputies of the National Assembly of People's Power voted for the bill, in sharp contrast with the backlash from conservative US legislators to such a decision by President Barack Obama, Xinhua reporte...

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Clear stand on conversions: Kejriwal to government

New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government should clear its stand on religious conversions in the country, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal said here Saturday. First of all, the government should clear its stand. The prime minister should clear his stand on it, Kejriwal said in response to his party's stand on the issue. He was speaking to reporters on the s...

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Christians in Pakistan's Chakwal not to celebrate X'mas

Islamabad, Dec 20 (IANS) Christians in Pkaistan's Chakwal district have decided not to celebrate Christmas this year to pay homage to the 148 people, including 132 children, who were massacred by terrorists in Peshawar on Tuesday. They also held a reference for the victims of the deadly attack. District Coordination Officer Asif Bilal Lodhi was the chief guest at the reference, D...

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Athletics Kenya says more runners doped in 2014

Nairobi, Dec 20 (IANS) More Kenyans were caught doping beyond the names released by International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Athletics Kenya (AK) president Isaiah Kiplagat declared here. As many as 16 more cases have not been reported because the AK did not track down the suspected athletes to hear their version of the story, reports Xinhua. So far 32 cases of do...

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Mother of Australia's stabbed children arrested

Sydney, Dec 20 (IANS) Police Saturday arrested the mother of seven of eight children who were found stabbed to death at a house in Australia's Cairns city, accusing her of murder. Mersane Warria, 37, was found after the horrific incident Friday with chest and neck wounds, Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said. Seven of the children found dead are siblings and the eighth c...

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Wasteful Windies batsmen must do better: Johnson

Centurion, Dec 20 (IANS/CMC) Rookie left-hander Leon Johnson has lamented the West Indies' wastefulness after their batsmen threw away good starts to be knocked over cheaply on the third day of the opening Test against South Africa. The top five batsmen all passed 20 but none managed to convert their innings into a major score as West Indies tumbled for 201 in their first innings Friday,...

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Joint body to unlock Kenyan football impasse

Nairobi, Dec 20 (IANS) The composition of Kenya's domestic top-flight league will be decided by a joint task force of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and administration body Kenyan Premier League (KPL) following FIFA mediated talks here Friday. FKF and KPL have been locked in bitter dispute with the former pressing to expand the competition to 18 teams and the latter adamant on sticking ...

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Eight Mahadalits converted to Christianity in Bihar

Patna, Dec 20 (IANS) Eight poor Mahadalits, including a woman, converted to Christianity in a village in Bihar's Munger district, an official said Saturday. It is a fact that eight of them converted to Christianity at Ratanpura village under Sangrampur block in Munger, about 180 km from here, a few days back, the official said. The converts told a team of district officials, who ...

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About a fifth of votes cast in Jammu

Jammu, Dec 20 (IANS) Braving the winter chill, about one-fifth of the voters Saturday exercised their franchise in the initial hours in the last phase of the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections, an official said. The Election Commission official said after a dull start, voters started to line up at many polling stations in Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts. Nearly 18 per...

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Bayern reap late 2-1 win at Mainz in Bundesliga

Berlin, Dec 20 (IANS) Bayern Munich secured a late 2-1 victory over Mainz thanks to the winner by Arjen Robben at the curtain raiser of the 17th round in Bundesliga. Josep Guardiola's men came from behind against courageous Mainz to earn their 14th victory from 17 matches thanks to Robben's late decider in the dying minutes of the game Friday, reports Xinhua. Mainz staged a hard ...

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I was a little boy guided by Anurag Kashyap: Ronit on 'Ugly'

Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Happy and excited that his long-pending film Ugly will hit the screens before 2014 ends, actor Ronit Roy says that while shooting the movie, he felt like a little boy who was being guided by director Anurag Kashyap. Ronit, who was last seen as Arjun Kapoor's autocratic dad in 2 States, says he has a complex and tough role in Ugly, which is a mystery and thriller mov...

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India go down fighting to hand Australia unassailable 2-0 lead

Brisbane, Dec 20 (IANS) Australia took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series with a four-wicket win over India on the fourth day of the second Test at the Gabba here Saturday. Chasing 128 for victory, the hosts were made to sweat but ultimately got over the finishing line, scoring 130 for six, leaving India rueing the opportunities they missed in the match. Things could have ...

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