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  • Syrian army 'suspends Aleppo fighting'
    Damascus, Dec 9 : Syrian army has suspended combat operations in eastern Aleppo to allow the civilians to evacuate the battle zone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

  • Bethenny Frankel felt 'hopeless' during divorce
    Los Angeles, Dec 9 : TV personality Bethenny Frankel says that she was left feeling "hopeless" and "depressed" after her bitter divorce from Jason Hoppy.

  • Tumour found in 255 million-year-old mammalian ancestor
    Washington, Dec 9 : US researchers said on Thursday they have discovered a tumour in a 255-million-year-old mammalian ancestor called a gorgonopsian.

  • 5.5 tons of cannabis seized in northeastern Morocco
    Rabat, Dec 9 : Moroccan police said in a statement on Thursday that they have seized some 5.5 tons of cannabis in the northeastern city of Nador.

  • John Glenn, first US astronaut to orbit earth, dead
    New York, Dec 9 : John Glenn, who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

  • Paris limits traffic for fourth day
    Paris, Dec 9 : Vehicles are to be banned from circulating in Paris and in 22 neighbouring municipalities on Friday for the fourth successive day due to poor air quality, the city authorities said on Thursday.

  • Massive earthquake hits Solomon Islands, Tsunami possible
    Sydney, Dec 9 : A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 has struck off the Solomon Islands, prompting a tsunami alert for the region.

  • Pregnant Natalie Portman craves pineapples, burritos
    Los Angeles, Dec 9 : Actress Natalie Portman is craving pineapples and burritos during her pregnancy.

  • Rihanna denies Beyonce feud
    Los Angeles, Dec 9 : Singer Rihanna says she is not feuding with singer Beyonce Knowles after fans expressed outrage at the Grammy nominations announcement.

  • Magnitude 6.5 quake hits off California
    San Francisco, Dec 9 : A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean off the coast of northern California on Thursday.

  • Congress appoints 'young' leaders as district heads in Kerala
    Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 9 : In what could be a pointer to the future, the Congress high command on Thursday night effected a "generation change" with the 14 new district committee presidents being all below the age of 50.

  • Rs 43 lakh seized in MP, three held
    Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 8 : Three youth caught with Rs 43 lakh in new notes in this Madhya Pradesh district on Thursday were taken into custody and are being questioned, police said.

  • Telangana CM meets Jaitley
    New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday called on Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley here.

  • Dates of B'desh PM's visit to India yet to be finalised: MEA
    New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : After accepting the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dates to the India visit are yet to be fixed as the schedules of dignitaries from both the countries are yet to match.

  • PM hails Carter's contributions in strengthening defence cooperation between India, U.S
    New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : United States Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and briefed him on the progress in taking forward the decisions and understandings reached in June this year.

  • It takes two to tango: Abdul Basit on Indo-Pak ties
    New Delhi [India], Dec. 8: Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said until the so-called Kashmir issue is not resolved, it will be difficult to abridge the relations between the two countries.

  • Telangana Dy.CM bats for modernisation of educational facilities to improve results
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Dec. 8 : Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Kadiyam Srihari on Thursday inaugurated the Special officer Annual Conference Meet at Indira Priyadarshini Auditorium at Nampally in Hyderabad.

  • Gangster accused in murder of former Delhi legislator held
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : A gangster who was involved in murder case of former Delhi legislator Bharat Singh as well as around two dozen cases of extortion, murder, and other serious crimes has been arrested, police said on Thursday.

  • BJP blasts Congress, other parties over demonetisation
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : The BJP on Thursday hit out at the Congress and other parties opposed to demonetisation for disrupting Parliament and misleading people of the country.

  • Maoist violence has come down in Odisha: CM
    Bhubaneswar, Dec 8 : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said the overall law and order situation in the state has remained by and large peaceful while the Maoist violence has come down.

  • More than 5,500 complaints received against Air India
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : a total of 5,879 passenger complaints have been received against Air India from January to October 2016, Parliament was told on Thursday.

  • US designates India as 'Major Defence Partner'
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : Taking bilateral security ties to a new high, the US on Thursday designated India as its "Major Defence Partner".

  • Climate change will escalate migration in South Asia in coming year: Study
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : Cautioning the South Asian countries, especially India to prepare themselves, a study said on Thursday that migration in south Asia will escalate uncontrollably due to climate change.

  • 'Dangal' was't made to promote anyone, says Aamir
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : Superstar Aamir Khan, whose all set to portray Mahavir Singh Phogat in "Dangal" says the purpose to make the film is not to promote himself or the sports personality, but to make a "good film".

  • EC asks five poll-bound states to consult it on exam schedule
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : The Election Commission on Thursday asked the state Education Boards of poll-bound Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to frame their annual examination schedule with consultation with it to avoid any clash with the polling dates.

  • Tata governance framework needs urgent repair: Cyrus Mistry
    Mumbai, Dec 8 : Seeking support from shareholders of Tata Chemicals, ahead of December 23 extra-ordinary general meeting, Tata Sons ousted Chairman Cyrus P. Mistry on Thursday said the group's governance framework needs urgent repair.

  • 150 people rescued from Aleppo health facility: Red Cross
    Beirut, Dec 8 (IANS/MAP) Nearly 150 civilians, many disabled or sick, were evacuated overnight from a health facility in Aleppo's Old City after the army retook the area, the Red Cross said on Thursday.

  • UAE participating in Bali Democracy Forum
    Bali, Dec 8 : The United Arab Emirates is participating in the Bali Democracy Forum on December 8 and 9 with a delegation headed by Mohammed Abdullah Al Ghafli, UAE Ambassador to Indonesia.

  • Government has failed to give black money recovery amount: Asim Dasgupta
    Kolkata, Dec 8 : Lambasting the Narendra Modi government's demonetisation move and sops announced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to incentivise digital payments, noted economist Asim ADasgupta on Thursday said the central government has not been able to declare how much black money was recovered during the past month after the banning high value currency notes.

  • Junior Hockey World Cup: India thrash minnows Canada
    Lucknow, Dec 8 : India thrashed minnows Canada 4-0 to give their campaign at the 11th FIH Junior Hockey World Cup a rousing start here on Thursday.

  • S.Korean President faces impeachment vote
    Seoul, Dec 9 : South Korean President Park Geun-hye faces impeachment on Friday, with lawmakers due to vote on dismissing her from office.

  • Italian leaders discuss transitional government after PM resigns
    Rome, Dec 9 : Italian President Sergio Mattarella and party leaders have started talks over how to form a transitional government after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned on Wednesday.

  • Solomon Islands quake: Tsunami warning cancelled
    Sydney, Dec 9 : The US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre cancelled a tsunami alert it had issued for parts of the South Pacific soon after a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 struck off the Solomon Islands on Thursday.

  • Barcelona invite Chapecoense to play in friendly
    Rio De Janeiro, Dec 9 : Barcelona have invited the Brazilian football team decimated by last week's Colombia air crash to play in a friendly next August.

  • Kim, Kanye 'in good spirits'
    Los Angeles, Dec 9 : Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are "in good spirits" despite divorce rumours, according to close friend and reality personality Jonathan Cheban.

  • Niall Horan shops for girl child
    Los Angeles, Dec 9 : Former One Direction star Niall Horan was recently spotted buying presents for a girl child while his bandmate Liam Payne will reportedly welcome his first child with singer Cheryl.

  • Social media gone wrong for Maisie Williams
    Los Angeles, Dec 9 : "Game of Thrones" actress Maisie Williams has suffered a social media disaster, with topless photographs of her leaking online.

  • 10 Al-Shabaab terrorists killed in southwest Somalia
    Mogadishu, Dec 9 : The Somali army killed at least ten Al-Shabaab terrorists and injured several others on Thursday during fighting in Goof-Gaduud area near the southwestern town of Baidoa town, an army commander said.

  • 13 Cambodians die, 75 hospitalised after drinking tainted rice wine
    Phnom Penh, Dec 9 : Thirteen villagers have died and 75 others hospitalised in northern Cambodia after they drank homemade rice wine, which was suspicious of containing "high levels of methanol", a local police officer said on Thursday.

  • Turkey tests mid-range air defense missile
    Ankara, Dec 9 : Turkey launched a new medium-altitude air defense missile earlier this month, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Thursday.

  • 70 percent think demonetisation can help curb corruption: Survey
    New Delhi/Mumbai, Dec 9 : As many as 70 percent of respondents in a survey conducted last month agree that the Narendra Modi government's demonetisation initiative can help curb corruption in the long term, said multinational professional service Ernst and amp; Young (EY) on Thursday.

  • 40% respondent never attended ABAC training, says report
    Mumbai, Dec 8 : Ahead of the International Anti-Corruption Day, observed annually on December 9, a report released on Thursday showed that 40 percent of the respondents have never attended an anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABAC) training done by their organisation.

  • Andaman requests air sorties to evacuate tourists, send supplies
    Port Blair, Dec 8 : With the deep depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal intensifying into a cyclonic storm, the Andaman and Nicobar administration on Thursday requested the Defence Ministry to provide air sorties to expedite the movement of tourists trapped in the islands and ensure essential supplies.

  • Earthquake of 6.5 magnitude jolts California coast
    California[U.S.], Dec. 8 : A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook the ocean floor about 100 miles off the northern California coast on Thursday morning, causing weak to light shaking in coastal communities in parts of that state and Oregon, the US Geological Survey(USGS) said.

  • Not a single truckload of goods arrive at Attari from Pakistan, courtesy demonetization
    Attari (Punjab) [India], Dec. 8 : There was no import of goods from Pakistan on Thursday, the consecutive second day after the suspension of work by porters at the Integrated Check Post (ICP) in Attari, as majority of Indian traders have asked Pakistani traders to freeze the movement of trucks until the cash flow normalises in India.

  • Dalai Lama dubs China's diktat to pilgrims to return before 'Kalachakra' as 'sad'
    Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Dec. 8 : As China recently issued directions to the Tibetans and Chinese pilgrims visiting India to come back before 'Kalachakra' (Wheel of Time) initiations by Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama on Thursday dubbed the diktat as "sad", saying it is an indication whether there is religious freedom or not.

  • Parrikar, Carter finalise India's designation as 'Major Defence Partner' of US
    New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Defence Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday finalised India's designation as a "Major Defence Partner" of the United States, institutionalising the progress made to facilitate defence trade and technology sharing with India to a level on par with the United States' closest allies and partners, and ensures enduring cooperation into the future.

  • PM must atone for unleashing financial anarchy in country: Congress
    New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 : Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "unleashing financial anarchy in the country" and "inflicting sufferings on millions of people" by demonetising Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 currencies, deputy leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma on Thursday said the Prime Minister should come to Parliament and accept his "blunder".

  • 10 missing as underconstruction building collapses in Hyderabad
    Hyderabad, Dec 8 : At least 10 people were missing when a multi-storied, underconstruction building collapsed here Thursday night.

  • AAP accuses government of partnering blacklisted currency paper supplier
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : The AAP on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of compromising national security by partnering with a currency paper supplier who was earlier blacklisted for working with a fake currency nexus. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley denied the allegations.

  • Don't believe in the title of perfectionist: Aamir
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : Superstar Aamir Khan, who is often called as "Mr. Perfectionist", says he doesn't believe in the title and says instead he should be called "Mr. Passionate" instead.

  • Modi appreciates US Defense Secretary's contribution to ties
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appreciated outgoing US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's contribution to bilateral ties.

  • Pakistan does not want perpetual hostility with India: Envoy
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Thursday said his country did not want "perpetual hostility" with India, but stressed that Kashmir is the "core issue" between the two countries.

  • Bank official among three arrested for money laundering
    Kolkata, Dec 8 : Three persons, including an Axis Bank official, were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation here on Thursday over their alleged involvement in money laundering after demonetisation, an agency official said.

  • Government's demonetisation drive biggest scam: Amit Mitra (Roundup)
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Thursday called the demonetisation drive started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government a "scam".

  • DGCA asks airlines to follow low visibility operations' guidelines
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : Civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday directed domestic passenger carriers to follow its guidelines on low visibility operations and not to plan flights to and from IGI airport during zero visibility periods.

  • Demonetisation a well considered step, says Manoj Tiwari
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : Delhi BJP leader Manoj Tiwari on Thursday said the decision of demonetisation is a well considered step of the central government and its objective is to create a clean economic system by ending black money.

  • FBI team in Kolkata to grill IS suspect
    Kolkata, Dec 8 : A team of US' Federal Bureau of Investigation sleuths is in the city to quiz suspected IS and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative Mohammad Masiuddin alias Musa, who was arrested by the West Bengal CID in July.

  • Ujjawala scheme to rehabilitate victims of trafficking: Minister
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : The Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing the Ujjawala scheme for rehabilitation and reintegration of the victims of trafficking, Krishna Raj, Minister of State, said here on Thursday.

  • Man held for killing his live-in partner
    New Delhi, Dec 8 : The Delhi Police have arrested a 48-year-old man for killing his live-in partner and dumping her mutilated body in two airbags in separate drains to conceal his crime, police said on Thursday.