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Pratto open to Argentina move to aid World Cup bid

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 18 (IANS) Sao Paulo striker Lucas Pratto has admitted he could be tempted to return to an Argentine football club in January to boost his chances of featuring in next year's FIFA World Cup. Capped five times since his international debut in August last year, Pratto has yet to represent his country under current head coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was appointed in June, rep...

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Paris 2024 unveils 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Week dates

Paris, Nov 18 (IANS) Paris 2024 has unveiled the dates of the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Week for youngsters, the first major event of formal Paris 2024 Organizing Committee. The 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Week will run between January 27 and February 3, following a successful inaugural edition in 2017, it was announced on Friday. For children of all ages across France, the Wee...

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Venus Williams' house burgled while competing at US Open

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) American tennis star Venus Williams had around $400,000 stolen from her home in Florida while she was competing at the US Open this year, the local media revealed on Friday. The 37-year-old was competing at Flushing Meadows when her home in a well-to-do community was raided by burglars between September 1-5. Police did not reveal what was stolen. They also said...

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Stuttgart down Dortmund 2-1 in Bundesliga

Berlin, Nov 18 (IANS) Borussia Dortmund's losing streak continued as they lost 1-2 away against newly promoted Stuttgart in the opener of the 12th round in Bundesliga football championship. Dortmund on Friday suffered their third consecutive defeat as goals from Stuttgart's Chadrac Akolo and Josip Brekalo secured their fifth victory of the season, reports Xinhua news agency. Pete...

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US military reports 20,348 sexual assaults in 4 years

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) The US military has reported a total of 20,348 sexual assaults from 2013 to 2016 at the country's defence installations around the world, the Pentagon said in a new report. The report, provided by the Department of Defence's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) on Friday detailed the number of sexual assault reports across the services and joint...

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19 arrested in Sri Lanka following violent clashes

Colombo, Nov 18 (IANS) Sri Lankan police on Saturday arrested 19 people after violent clashes erupted in Galle District. A police curfew which had been imposed in six areas across the district was lifted on Saturday morning. A police official told Xinhua news agency that the situation had not returned to normal and tight security would remain across the district throughout the d...

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Elizabeth II appoints first woman for parliamentary job

London, Nov 18 (IANS) UK's Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment of Sarah Clarke as the new Black Rod in the House of Lords, a job previously held by 60 men since the post was created in 1361. Clarke will be known as The Lady Usher of the Black Rod when she will formally take on the duties early next year, succeeding David Leakey, the current Black Rod who leaves the post at th...

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Trump adds five judges to Supreme Court nominees list

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has added federal appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh and four other jurists to his list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court, the White House has announced. The most notable new name, Kavanaugh is a judge in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, reports Xinhua news agencgy. Kavanaugh, 52, is a conservative, li...

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'Over 100 Rohingya killed fleeing Myanmar in two months'

United Nations, Nov 18 (IANS) More than 100 Rohingya refugees have drowned in shipwrecks and boat capsizes as they fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to a UN official. Stephane Dujarric, the chief UN spokesman, on Friday said that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has received reports of some 30 improvised rafts, carrying more than 1,000 people arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar, rep...

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6.9-magnitude quake strikes southern China

Lhasa, Nov 18 (IANS) An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.9 hit Nyingchi, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, in the early hours of Saturday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). No casualty has been reported after the quake which struck at 6:34 a.m. on Saturday (Beijing Time), Xinhua news agency reported. However, the quake caused power failure an...

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Texas unemployment rate in October hits record low

Houston, Nov 18 (IANS) The unemployment in the US state of Texas in October fell below four per cent for the first time in more than 40 years, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. The unemployment declined to 3.9 per cent from 4 per cent as employment growth accelerated to an annual rate of 2.6 per cent, nearly double the national rate 1.4 per cent, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Argentinean submarine loses contact with 44 crew on board

Buenos Aires, Nov 18 (IANS) An Argentinean submarine has lost contact in the South Atlantic with 44 crew on board, military authorities said. The ARA San Juan was carrying out a surveillance mission in Argentina's exclusive economic zone near Puerto Madryn, around 1,400 km south of Buenos Aires, Xinhua news agency reported. Argentina's naval commander for the Atlantic, Gabriel G...

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New findings may improve chemotherapy in cancer treatment

Chicago, Nov 18 (IANS) Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have found that human cells have a way of detecting and mending DNA damage caused by some common chemotherapy drugs and to knock out this mending function may increase the potency of certain chemotherapy drugs in treatment of cancer. The findings have been newly published in the journal Nature, Xinhua news age...

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Pakistan dispatches relief goods to Iran quake victims

Islamabad, Nov 18 (IANS) Pakistan has dispatched humanitarian relief assistance to the earthquake victims of Iran, said officials. A C-130 plane, carrying 12 tons of relief goods, was sent to Tehran on the directives of Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the country's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said on Friday, Xinhua news agency reported. The shipme...

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New global effort launched to end TB by 2030: WHO

Geneva, Nov 18 (IANS) Delegates from 114 countries have agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the WHO said. The announcement on Friday came as the delegates gathered in Moscow for the first WHO global ministerial conference on ending tuberculosis, Xinhua news agency reported. The delegates promised to achieve strengthen health systems and improve access ...

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Belt and Road: Italian, Chinese businesses eye growth opportunities

Milan, Nov 18 (IANS) The Belt and Road Initiative would provide long-term development chances for growing industry sectors in Italy and China, according to professionals. The issue was discussed at a recent forum held in Italian city of Milan which attracted Italian and Chinese entrepreneurs, officials and experts, Xinhua news agency reported. Titled Building a concrete roadmap f...

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US to sell Patriot missiles to Poland

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) The US State Department has approved a possible sale of the Patriot Anti-Missile System to Poland at an estimated cost of $ 10.5 billion, said the Pentagon. The proposed sale will increase the Polish military's defensive capabilities without altering the basic military balance in the region, Xinhua news agency quoted the Pentagon as saying in a statement on Frid...

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Oil prices jump but post weekly losses

New York, Nov 18 (IANS) Oil prices rebounded on Friday, but posted weekly losses amid concerns about oversupply, a media report said. Oil prices have slipped from the two-year highs earlier this week as the market worried that rising US crude oil inventories could potentially undermine the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)' efforts to tighten the market., Xinhua ne...

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China's green bond market goes to internationalization: Expert

London, Nov 18 (IANS) China's green bonds market has taken important steps towards its internationalization, an expert in this new financial sector said. The issuances by three of the largest Chinese banks of green bonds were one of these important steps, Xinhua news agency quoted Sean Kidney, CEO of the international non-profit Climate Bonds Initiative, as saying on Friday. The ...

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US seeks to strengthen trade ties with African nations

Washington, Nov 18 (IANS) The US is looking forward to expanding its relationship with Africa in trade and investment and countering terrorism, said a top diplomat. Africa is a growing market with vast potential and the current US administration will focus their bilateral economic relationship on trade and investment, Xinhua news agency quoted US State Secretary Rex Tillerson as saying w...

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