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Latest hostage video shows ISIS fears US assault: experts

Washington: A dramatic change of tone in the latest hostage video released by the Islamic State has convinced experts that the jihadist group is isolated and fearful of a US assault. Where three previous clips ended with a masked militant slitting the throat of a kneeling hostage, the new release... read more »

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Terrorism raids could fuel anger in the Muslim community

At the rally at Lakemba station organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir in the aftermath of the terrorism raids on 25 houses, the anger was palpable. “Enough is enough of scapegoating the Muslim community,” Uthman Badar, one of the organisers, thundered. “We will not be fooled by the spin and... read more »

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As flood waters recede, life inches to normal in J-K

Life is limping back to normal in flood-hit Jammu & Kashmir with the help of central agencies while local authorities struggle to assess the damage two weeks after the state was devastated by its worst deluge in over 100 years. The Centre released data on Thursday underlining the security... read more »

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Shiv Sena-BJP alliance in Maharashtra almost over?

Mumbai: The tussle over sharing of seats for the forthcoming assembly elections in Maharashtra now threatens the 25-year-old ties between Shiv Sena and the BJP with reports on Friday suggesting that the two parties have decided to go alone in the electoral battle. Sources also claim that the two... read more »

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It’s United Kingdom: Scotland says ‘No’ to independence

Scotland has rejected the historic vote for independence as an overwhelming majority of the 32 areas rejected leaving the United Kingdom. Nearly all the votes have been declared so far and only 5 , including Glasgow, Dundee and West Dunbartonshire, said ‘Yes’ BBC showed that in the... read more »

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6 sneaky ways to make your room look bigger

From optical illusion to colour schemes and fine art, there are plenty of ideas to dig into for a more spacious-looking living space1. Don’t clutter with furniture“People tend to have too much furniture in their house in a bid to show off their taste. This... read more »

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Ayurvedic tips to keep skin problems away!

Avoid spicy and oily food: To keep your skin healthy in the monsoon season, avoid spicy, oily and sour foods. The high humidity levels cause the digestive system to weaken and heavy food can lead to an upset stomach. These types of food also aggravate pitta which is... read more »

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9 foods every man should eat

While many men are less conscious about what they eat, experts say that at times, eating healthy can mean different things for men and women because both sexes have their own set of dietary requirements. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are also known as superfoods because of their... read more »

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A New Digital Currency Whose Value Is Based on Your Reputation

Bitcoin turned money into something completely virtual. Using a worldwide network of machines and the power of pure mathematics, it put currency in the hands of computer programmers, free from the rules and regulations of big government and big banks. But J. Chris... read more »

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Fascinating Ways People Try to Leave Their Mark on the World

One day while driving along Highway 50 in Nevada, photographer David Gardner spotted a giant cottonwood tree draped with what seemed to be hundreds of pairs of shoes. It was a strange sight to find in the middle of nowhere, so naturally he got out and started taking... read more »

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A Celebration of Lady Java, a Coding Language to Rule Them All

Phones, laptops, tablets, even cars. They’re all so tightly connected to that ever-growing thing called the cloud. Today, we take that for granted. But just a decade ago, our phones weren’t that smart. We still kept our personal data on largely unconnected... read more »

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Deepika Padukone wishes Happy Birthday to Katrina Kaif on Twitter

Yes, this is true and we have proof! Deepika Padukone took to micro-blogging site Twitter to wish “Happy Birthday” to Katrina Kaif today. The two leading actors of Bollywood are seen as contemporaries and also have never really bonded in public. Another... read more »

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Varun Dhawan most versatile actor of our generation: Shraddha Kapoor

With her last two releases ‘Aashiqui 2′ and ‘Ek Villain’ entering the prestigious Rs 100 crore-club of Bollywood, Shraddha Kapoor is now gearing up to star opposite her childhood friend Varun Dhawan in ‘ABCD 2′. Shraddha feels Varun,... read more »

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5 Things a man will never ever tell you

We want you to like our friends, but not love them: A man would want his girlfriend to get along with his friends, but he may not like you hanging out with them all the time. Also, don’t make statements professing your love for his friends. - We don’t like... read more »

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How to become every man’s dream girl

Being good to a man simply isn’t the key ingredient. So many women make their mistake here. They give and give hoping it will endear them to the man. They bend over backwards pleasing him. This isn’t what makes a man fall in love. This is what makes you a... read more »

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Katrina Kaif says dancing with Hrithik Roshan was the biggest cha...

Hrithik Roshan, considered one of the best dancers in Bollywood is seen doing some high octane dance moves in his next ‘Bang Bang‘ and his co-star Katrina Kaif says she had to try hard to match... read more »

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Salman Khan’s new ‘Bigg Boss 8’ promo is out and h...

Despite all statements about his uncertainty in returning to the new season of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss’, Salman Khan is back on the small... read more »

Shah Rukh Khan praises Salman Khan for being courteous ...

SRK turns 48, thanks fans for birthday wishes

Mumbai: “Everybody is courteous and gracious and so is Salman Khan,” said Shah Rukh Khan reacting to the former’s friendly gesture. The two... read more »

Varun Dhawan and Sharddha Kapoor’s first look in ABCD2...

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The makers have released the first look of Varun Dhawan and Sharddha Kapoor from movie ABCD2.The movie, which is sequel of 2013 ABCD (Any Body Can Dance), is... read more »

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Chennai for I audio launch

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Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday arrived amidst tight security at the Chennai airport to attend the audio launch of Vikram-starrer I. The audio... read more »

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top 50 packing tips

Know the rules 1. Note the number of bags you can check in. In most cases it is one piece per person. You can check up to eight on easyJet but don’t get caught out: their combinied weight still... read more »

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Five ways to save money when travelling

Top tips for saving money while traveling. 1. Meal plan If you’re booking a resort holiday, it’s essential that you buy a meal plan. I... read more »

Solo travel : the best tour operators for singles

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The travel industry has been slow to catch on to the single-traveller market; this year though, there are more opportunities than ever to strike out on your... read more »

Thailand unrest likely to hit travel companies

Thailand unrest likely to hit travel companies

Mumbai – Travel companies and airlines are anticipating a major slowdown in travel to Thailand, after the government late Tuesday declared a 60-day... read more »

Travel advisory for foreign tourists a worry for Easter...

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Siliguri – Unfavorable travel advice issued by many western countries following sexual harassment to tourists in India has come as a major worry for the... read more »

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Want a ‘cakeless cake’ for your birthday?

Cakes are crossing the traditional fondant and frosting boundaries and getting into fun new avatars. A huge new trend is the ‘cakeless cake’, made with fruit. Victoria Beckham reportedly... read more »

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Recipe: Vegetable sweet corn soup

Ingredients: One cup fresh sweet corn, one finely chopped carrot, one tbsp chopped cabbage, half tsp sugar, half tsp green chilli sauce, half tsp... read more »

Recipe: Vegetable sweet corn soup

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Ingredients: One cup fresh sweet corn, one finely chopped carrot, one tbsp chopped cabbage, half tsp sugar, half tsp green chilli sauce, half tsp soya sauce,... read more »

Recipe: Tomato chicken with brown rice

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Tomato chicken with brown rice is a delightful blend of spices and tangy tomatoes. It is essentially chicken pieces coated with many fragrant spices like... read more »

Recipe: Russian Borscht

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Ingredients:Three cups of chicken stock (for non vegetarians) or plain water (for vegetarians)- 1 cabbage – 4 potatoes – 2 beetroots – 2... read more »

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Isro says India’s Mars Orbiter Mission is on target

Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) in Bangalore are preparing for a series of actions as the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will reach a crucial stage on September 24.... read more »

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‘God particle’ could demolish the universe, :Hawki...

The elusive ‘God particle’ discovered by scientists in 2012 has the potential to destroy the universe, famed British physicist Stephen Hawking... read more »

Mars Mission completes 300 days in space

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In a major boost to the Indian scientific community, the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), on its maiden tryst with the red planet, has completed 300 days of... read more »

NASA’s Mars rover gets ready to have its ‘m...

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NASA’s Mars rover team has decided to reformat Opportunity’s flash memory, it has been reported. An increasing frequency of computer resets on... read more »

New experiment to test the nature of our universe

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WASHINGTON: A unique experiment called theHolometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe — including... read more »

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Overcome your iron deficiency with these foods

Experts say that millions of women around the world suffer from iron deficiency, more popularly known as anaemia. This nutritional insufficiency is known to cause fatigue, lethargy and even low work... read more »

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6 reasons to run a marathon

A lot of serious and regular runners will swear by the fact that running everyday, be it for a marathon or not, is the most rewarding experience that... read more »

Air pollution harming brains of urban young

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Researchers at the University of Montana found that when air particulate matter and their components such as metals are inhaled or swallowed, they pass through... read more »

Exercises that help you battle pain

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Walking for back pain: Got a nagging backache? Simply put on your sports shoes and walk. Numerous studies throw light on how walking lessens pain, boosts... read more »

8 healthy foods every woman must eat

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While eating healthy is essential for both the sexes, men and women have different dietary requirements. Here are some foods that every woman must include in... read more »

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Italy’s Catholic bishops try to put brakes on speedy divorce law...

ROME (RNS) Italy’s Catholic bishops have condemned a proposed law that is set to speed up divorce and do away with a three-year separation waiting period. Legislation to allow consensual divorce... read more »

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India showcases military might, culture blend on 6...

India’s powerful military punch and its rich cultural heritage were showcased at the 65th Republic Day parade on a bitterly cold Sunday, with... read more »

‘India’s political culture has crippled intelligence ag...

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British journalist Adrian Levy pieced together stories of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai — “the fourth largest city in the world under siege for three... read more »

India: Tourism event celebrates the ancient culture of ...

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Such festivals not only preserve the culture of the region but also promote tourism. A three-day long “Ethnique Festival” was held recently in the... read more »

Grammar of gender relations in India

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The contemporary discourse credits the modern world exclusively with improving the status of women. But thousands of years ago, Indian women had enjoyed high... read more »

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Jaswant Singh’s condition grave

Former union minister and expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singhcontinued to be in coma Wednesday, with doctors describing his condition as “grave”. A statement issued from the Army... read more »

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Vatican: Too early to confirm 2025 Orthodox-Cathol...

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican spokesman said it’s premature to suggest a gathering between Catholic and Orthodox faiths to mark the 1700th... read more »

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Earnings rise in Sabarimala temple

Thiruvananthapuram – Earnings at the famed Sabarimala temple in Kerala has shown a sharp increase. According to the Devasom Board, which manages the... read more »

A Christmas Tree that is India’s tallest – ...

A Christmas Tree that is India's tallest - and growing

By Quaid Najmi Mumbai – Gaily decorated with twinkling fairy lights, angels, reindeers and cotton snow, this is one Christmas tree that stands out... read more »

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Cambodian monks call for action against Buddha's relics theft

Phnom Penh – About 150 Buddhist monks Tuesday held a protest here, calling for the Cambodian government to take action against the theft of the... read more »

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Djokovic to skip Serbia’s Davis Cup tie against India

India’s chances of success in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie suddenly brightened considerably when World No.1 Novak Djokovic pulled out of the contest citing fatigue. The Serbian star,... read more »

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With nod to Goran Ivanisevic, Marin Cilic clinches...

NEW YORK: Marin Cilic, his first Grand Slam title in hand after a straight-sets pounding of Kei Nishikori in the US Open final on Monday, thanked... read more »

Bryan brothers win 5th US Open title, 16th major

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For their 100th tournament title, the Bryan brothers broke out a new victory celebration. Not that they planned it this way. The twins were so excited to win... read more »

Serena Williams makes it three in a row at US Open

Serena Williams named 2013 WTA Player of the Year for fifth time

Serena Williams won the 18th Grand Slam title of her career on Sunday, beating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to claim a third consecutive trophy at the US... read more »

Sania Mirza-Bruno Soares clinch U.S. Open mixed doubles...

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Sania Mirza clinched her third mixed doubles Grand Slam crown as she and partner Bruno Soares overcame a few anxious moments in the match tie-break to win the... read more »

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Coal India said to cut auctions to divert fuel to power stations

New Delhi: Coal India Ltd has cut the amount of the fuel it’s selling at competitive auctions to bolster supplies to power stations to meet demand, said people familiar with the matter.... read more »

The Jet Airways (India) Ltd today joined other airlines

Jet Airways to offer full services on all-economy subsidiary JetK...

New Delhi: In a bid to take on competition from Tata-SIA Airlines Ltd’s Vistara airline which is yet to start operations, Jet Airways India Ltd on Thursday announced launch of full... read more »

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Alibaba in funding talks with Snapdeal

BANGALORE: China’s Alibaba has been in talks with Snapdeal as it looks to enter India’s booming online retail industry, according to two people aware of the development.... read more »

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2 cops suspended for taking bribes from red sanders smugglers in Andhra Pradesh

An inquiry by AP Vigilance Department has revealed that two senior police officers tasked with monitoring activities of red sanders smugglers and protecting forest officers from them were... read more »

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MP: MLA caught on camera wiping hands off ex-BJP MP’s saree...

Bhopal: An Independent lawmaker Dinesh Rai in Madhya Pradesh has been caught on camera wiping his hands off the saree of a former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Neeta Pateriya during an... read more »

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Thane: Man Kills Youth Over Love Affair

THANE: A man allegedly shot dead a youth when he found him with a girl he was in love with, police said today. The incident took place when Arjun Ashok Tushankar (18), who worked as a house... read more »

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Asian Games 2014: Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu lead Indian challenge in badminton

Spearheaded by star shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap, India will aim to end a 28-year-old medal drought when they begin their campaign in the 17th Asian Games... read more »

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Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns cleaning bus shelters t...

Auckland: In a sad turn of events and also what many would say his fall from grace, New Zealand’s famed cricketer and once feared all-rounder Chris Cairns has taken to driving trucks... read more »

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Basketball: FIBA allowed players to wear religious head coverings

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on 16 September 2014 allowed players to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis. The permission was granted... read more »

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Federer edges del Potro at ATP World Tour Finals

Federer reaches US Open Semifinals

Roger Federer saved two match points while coming all the way back from a two-set deficit to beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday night and reach the U.S. Open semifinals... read more »

Djokovic to defend Australian Open title without `official preparation`

Djokovic beats Murray, enters 8th US Open semi in a row

Through a pair of back—and—forth sets, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray put on a display befitting a matchup of past U.S. Open champions. They tracked down would—be winners and somehow... read more »

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Makarova enters maiden Grand Slam semifinal

Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova reached the first Grand Slam semifinal of her career, downing former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday. Makarova, a left-hander ranked 18th... read more »

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Saudi vows $500m Gaza aid

GAZA CITY: Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million to help rebuild Gaza, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al Hamdallah said yesterday, with the full cost of post-war reconstruction expected to... read more »

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Floods shut down Philippine capital

MANILA, Philippines: Heavy rain due to a storm and the seasonal monsoon has caused widespread flooding in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government... read more »

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Obama anti-Islamic State coalition takes shape as France joins wa...

Washington/Baghdad: US President Barack Obama on Thursday hailed Congress for backing his plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels and France for signing off on air strikes in Iraq, victories for... read more »

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