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Five killed in China oil tanker explosion

Beijing, Oct 25 (IANS) Five people were killed after an oil tanker exploded in China's Hubei province, authorities said Saturday. Three people were also injured in the accident that happened Friday night in Zigui county, Xinhua reported citing a statement issued by the county government. The oil tanker overturned and exploded, killing its driver and villagers in the immediate vic...

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Hawking joins Facebook, wants people to be 'curious'

New York, Oct 25 (IANS) The famous theoretical physicist professor Stephen Hawking is now on Facebook, asking fans to be curious. In his first Facebook post, Hawking said: I have always wondered what makes the universe exist. Time and space may forever be a mystery, but that has not stopped my pursuit. Our connections to one another have grown infinitely and now that I have the c...

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Egypt declares state of emergency in Sinai

Cairo, Oct 25 (IANS) Egypt has declared a three-month state of emergency in Sinai after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers, according to the presidency. The presidency said in a statement Friday night that the measure will come into effect from 5 a.m. Saturday for a duration of three months due to security reasons, Xinhua reported. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also order...

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Queen Elizabeth sends first royal tweet

London, Oct 25 (IANS) Queen Elizabeth II has sent the first royal tweet under her own name to declare the opening of a telecommunications gallery at the Science Museum here. It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R, the tweet read. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Science ...

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Modi greets nation on Bhai Dooj

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday greeted the nation on the occasion of Bhai Dooj. Warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Bhai Dooj, the festival celebrating the special bond between a sister and brother, the prime minister said in a statement. ...

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NASA captures largest sunspot in two decades

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has spotted an image of a gigantic sunspot - the largest in last 24 years. The flare erupted from a particularly large active region dubbed as AR 12192. The sunspot soon grew to be the largest active region observed in the current solar cycle - a periodic change in the Sun's activity and appearance - which began in...

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PGA president fired for slur at Poulter

Palm Beach Gardens (United States), Oct 25 (IANS) Ted Bishop has been ousted as president of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America after he called Ian Poulter a lil girl on Twitter. Bishop wasn't happy with the remarks Poulter made in his book on the Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson this year, reports Xinhua. He referred to Poulter as lil girl. The...

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Nadal to defend Rio Open title

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 25 (IANS) Former world No.1 Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will defend his title at next year's Rio Open tennis. Tournament organisers made the announcement Friday, when the 28-year-old Spaniard revealed he was undergoing surgery to remove his appendix, reports Xinhua. I am thrilled to have the chance to return to the Rio Open and defend my title next year...

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Man United, Arsenal eye Brazil defender

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 25 (IANS) English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester United and Arsenal are eyeing Brazilian defender Mario Fernandes. Fernandes' club CSKA Moscow is understood to have placed a 20 million-pound price tag on the 24-year-old center-half, who can also play at right-back, reports Xinhua. CSKA is always open to offers, but the proposals submitted by European c...

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Nadal to skip Paris Masters

Paris, Oct 25 (IANS) French Open winner Rafael Nadal will be missing the Paris Masters 2014, the French Tennis Federation announced here. Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Masters 2014 due to personal reasons, said the statement Friday, reports Xinhua. The Spaniards place in the main draw will be taken by his countryman Pablo Andujar. As the last stop of the 2014 AT...

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Obama hugs nurse who survived Ebola

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama greeted nurse Nina Pham in the Oval Office with a big hug to celebrate her recovery from the Ebola virus, which she was the first person in the country to contract. Obama met with Pham, 26, in the White House, where photographers immortalised an embrace that reflected the president's wish to calm American citizens following the arri...

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Microsoft co-founder to donate $100 mn to fight Ebola

New York, Oct 25 (IANS/EFE) US billionaire Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft, will donate $100 million to the fight against the Ebola virus, the daily New York Times said. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, said in an interview with the newspaper Friday that he decided to announce the donation because he feels called to do something about the deadly epidemic that...

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Rain likely in Delhi Saturday

New Delhi, Oct 25 (IANS) It will be a partly cloudy Saturday here with the possibility of light rainfall in some areas, the Met Office said. The minimum temperature was 18.6 degrees Celsius, slightly above the season's average. The sky will remain partly cloudy. There is a possibility of one or two spells of rain and thundershowers in some parts of the city afternoon onwards, sai...

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Armstrong barred from non-competitive race

Los Angeles, Oct 25 (IANS) American cyclist Lance Armstrong has been barred from participating in a non-competition event sanctioned by USA Cycling. The Gran Fondo Hincapie, which is named after George Hincapie, is a 128 km ride for Saturday around Greenville, South Carolina, reports Xinhua. Armstrong is serving his lifetime ban for doping. ...

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Minister resigns in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Oct 25 (IANS) Sham Lal Sharma, senior Congress leader and Jammu and Kashmir minister for public health engineering, irrigation and flood control, has quit. I called on the state president of my party Saif-ud-Din Soz yesterday (Friday) evening and handed over my resignation. I have asked him to submit my resignation to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Sharma told IANS Saturday.

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Kenya to remove ghost workers from payroll

Nairobi, Oct 25 (IANS) The Kenyan government Friday said it will remove all ghost workers from its payroll in November. Ministry of Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru told a media briefing in Nairobi that the ongoing biometric registration exercise has so far captured 90 percent of all public servants, Xinhua reported. We have clearly indicated that those emplo...

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Pakistan Army again violates ceasefire

Jammu, Oct 25 (IANS) Pakistan Army again resorted to unprovoked overnight firing at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region using mortars and automatic weapons, an official said Saturday. Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire at Balakote in Poonch district during the night, defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta told IANS here. Pakistan started unprovoked fir...

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Two dead, including gunman, at US high school: Police

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) Two students were dead and four injured, three of them critically, in a shooting incident Friday morning at a high school in the US state of Washington, police said. Authorities had earlier confirmed that a lone shooter, a student of the school in Marysville Pilchuck High School north of Seattle, was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he opened fire ...

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Jail chat upsets Lindsay Lohan

London, Oct 25 (IANS) Actress Lindsay Lohan has been left upset and uncomfortable after appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show and being asked about the time in jail. The actress' team has now asked ITV (Independent Television) to remove sections of the interview from the show where Ross asks Lohan how long she's been in prison. Friends of Lohan claim that she felt upset and uncomfo...

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One killed, four injured in Washington school shooting

Washington, Oct 25 (IANS) One student was killed and four others wounded, three of them critically, Friday morning in a high school shooting in the US state of Washington, police said. The shooter, a student and identified as Jaylen Fryberg, shot himself dead after going on a shooting spree in the cafeteria of Marysville Pilchuck High School, north of Seattle, Xinhua quoted officials as ...

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