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English Premier League standings

London, Dec 21 (IANS) Following are the English Premier League standings after matches on Saturday (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, goals difference, points), reported Xinhua. 1 Chelsea 16 12 3 1 36 13 39 2 Manchester City 17 12 3 2 36 14 39 3 Manchester United 17 9 5 3 30 18 32 4 West Ham Uni...

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Russia vows to retaliate against US, Canadian sanctions

Moscow, Dec 21 (IANS) Russia vowed to take retaliatory measures against fresh US and Canadian sanctions, calling the moves an evidence that the West lacks interest in settling the Ukraine crisis. The United States and Canada still cannot put up with the results of free declaration of will in Crimea and Sevastopol, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Saturday in ...

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North Korea to boost defence capabilities to counter US

Pyongyang, Dec 21 (IANS) North Korea vowed to boost its defence capabilities, including nuclear capabilities Saturday, saying that denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula had lost its meaning amid a hostile US policy. On Thursday, the UN General Assembly voted in favour of referring the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC...

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Brandon Flowers aspired for valet job

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Brandon Flowers used to have aspirations to be a valet parker when he was younger, but he's is glad he became a musician instead. The Killers' frontman has revealed his dream occupation as a youngster was to park other people's cars because he thought they were paid lots of money, reports femalefirst.co.uk. He told NME magazine: You can't label people w...

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Real Madrid win Club World Cup football title

Marrakech, Dec 21 (IANS) Spanish football club Real Madrid defeated San Lorenzo of Argentina 2-0 Saturday to win the Club World Cup and secure their fourth trophy of 2014. Real Madrid dominated the final with Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale getting on the scoresheet, Xinhua reported. The Spanish giants added the trophy to their Champions League, Copa del Rey and European Super Cup t...

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Madonna releases six new songs post leak

London, Dec 21 (IANS) Pop star Madonna released six tracks from her new album Rebel Heart over one night after demos of the songs were leaked earlier this week. She says this her early Christmas gift for her fans. The singer's album is due to release in March, reports mirror.co.uk. The 56-year-old took to Twitter, and said: X-mas is coming early! Pre-order my album and download 6...

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Cuba open to reciprocal dialogue with US

Havana, Dec 21 (IANS) Cuban President Raul Castro informed the parliament Saturday that his government is willing to have reciprocal dialogue on any topic with the US. We reiterate our willingness for respectful and reciprocal dialogue concerning disagreements, Castro said, according to a Xinhua report. We have strong convictions and a lot of concerns about what happens in the US...

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Kutcher, Kunis get cosy during basketball match

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) New parents Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, who welcomed their daughter in October, indulged in public display of affection while they came here to watch a basketball game. The basketball game regulars packed on the moment as the Lakers took on Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Centre in Downtown here, reports mirror.co.uk. Kunis looked stunning dress...

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Lone gunman kills two New York police officers

New York, Dec 21 (IANS) Two New York police officers were shot dead by a lone gunman in Brooklyn Saturday, apparently to avenge the death of African-Americans Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of white police personnel. According to investigators, it was an execution-style mission, the New York Post reported. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers were worki...

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'The Hobbit' spin-off on Orlando Bloom's mind?

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) A spin-off film based on The Hobbit-- the elves especially -- seems to be on actor Orlando Bloom's mind these days. The star, known for playing Legolas in the movie franchise, seemed too keen keen to make a home movie spin-off version of the fantasy film, where violent, tantric sex-loving elves could get down and dirty, reports femalefirst.co.uk. During...

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Colombia's FARC rebels announce unilateral ceasefire

Bogota, Dec 21 (IANS/EFE) The rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) began a unilateral and indefinite ceasefire Saturday, an unprecedented step in the history of Colombia's oldest insurgent movement. We've received with satisfaction the constructive reaction of the vast majority of public opinion regarding our decision to unilaterally and indefinitely cease hostilities ...a...

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Four Afghan Guantanamo prisoners sent home

Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) Four Afghans held at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday. It marked the latest move in the efforts by the US administration to close the military prison. The four prisoners, identified as Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir, were unanimously approved for transfer afte...

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Dianna Agron behind Caroline Flack, Jack Street's breakup?

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Hollywood actress Dianna Agron is reportedly the reason behind the split of the Strictly Come Dancing star Caroline Flack from Jack Street, her boyfriend of 18 months. It is said that they both had an amicable split, but a cryptic Twitter message has suggested otherwise, reports mirror.co.uk. Last week, Flack, 35, wrote to her ex: @jackb_street easing y...

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China plans to boost civil aviation in Xinjiang

Beijing, Dec 21 (IANS) China vowed to make greater efforts to boost civil aviation in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Saturday. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said in a guideline that it would improve aviation infrastructure in Xinjiang by supporting an expansion of the established airports and constructing new ones, Xinhua reported. The CAAC will speed u...

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China offers infrastructure support to five neighbours

Bangkok, Dec 21 (IANS) China will provide support to five neighbouring countries to improve infrastructure inter-connectivity and alleviate poverty, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced here Saturday. The offer includes $1 billion for infrastructure inter-connectivity, $490 million in grant for poverty alleviation and $10 billion in special loans, Li said, according to a Xinhua report.

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No gifts between One Direction members

London, Dec 21 (IANS) British pop band One Direction members have revealed that they don't buy presents for one another. Harry Styles revealed the news and claimed that the members stopped getting each other gifts three years ago. The last time we got each other Christmas presents was 2011, he told the Daily Star newspaper. Liam Payne added: We are not very good at buying...

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Algerian troops kill three militants

Algiers, Dec 21 (IANS) Algerian troops killed three militants in the province of Boumerdes, 55 km east of capital Algiers, Saturday, media reported. The army had besieged a terrorist group for three days in the locality of Sahel Boubrak, east of Boumerdes, and killed three of the terrorists Saturday, according to reports by the local media, which were cited by Xinhua. The governm...

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Depp, Heard to marry on New Year's Eve?

Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Actor Johnny Depp is set to spend New Year's Eve in the Bahamas with friends and family. This has sparked rumours that he might be tying the knot with fiancee Amber Heard to make the festival more memorable. Stars like Steven Tyler, Marilyn Manson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Tim Burton are just some of the famous faces that have received an invitation, asking th...

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OIC condemns Pakistan school attack, voices support

Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS/WAM) The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Saturday, extended full support to Pakistan, following Tuesday's terror attack on a Peshawar school that killed nearly 150 people. In one of the worst acts of human savagery ever perpetrated, the Pakistani Taliban slaughtered 148 people, 132 of them children, in a brazen attack on the Army Public School in Peshawa...

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ISL champions Atletico de Kolkata pocket Rs 8 crore

Mumbai, Dec 21 (IANS) Atletico de Kolkata not only laid their hands on the coveted Indian Super League (ISL) trophy, but also pocketed Rs 8 crore as champions' prize money, while their marquee player Luis Garcia was adjudged the tournament's most exciting player. Mohammad Rafique, whose 94-minute header sealed the deal for Atletico in the final, bagged the prize for the hero of the match...

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