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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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

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. Read Full Story

Diwali was most talked about topic among Facebook users in 2016
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Diwali emerged as the most talked about topic from India on Facebook in 2016, the social networking giant revealed in its "Year in Review" top 10 list on Thursday. Read Full Story

Nepal's Supreme Court summons PM, Speaker over amendment Bill
Kathmandu, Dec 8 : Nepal's Supreme Court on Thursday summoned Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' and Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar on a plea that has challenged the Constitution Amendment Bill tabled in parliament. Read Full Story

Negativity at Heart of Asia exposed India, says Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 8 : India's "negativity" at the Heart of Asia conference last weekend "exposed" its claims of "commitment" to prospects of peace in Afghanistan, the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson said on Thursday. Read Full Story

George Clooney, wife ready for $300 mn divorce?
Los Angeles, Dec 8 : Actor George Clooney and his wife Amal are reportedly living separate lives and are ready for a $300 million divorce. Read Full Story

Five tips to create cosy living room
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Give the living room of your house a winter shield and makeover this winter season, says an expert. Read Full Story

'Deepwater Horizon': Perfunctory drama that engages (Movie Review)
Film: "Deepwater Horizon"; Director: Peter Berg; Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O'Brien, Kate Hudson, Ethan Suplee, Trace Adkins, Brad Leland, Joe Chrest, James DuMont, Dave Maldonado, Douglas M. Griffin, Jeremy Sande; Rating: **1/2 Read Full Story

How to protect hardwood floors in winter season
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Winter season can cause quite a bit of damage to hardwood floors. Keep a permanent thermostat setting, follow the no shoes policy and clean frequently to protect the floors from getting damaged, says an expert. Read Full Story

Madonna made out with Michael Jackson
Los Angeles, Dec 8 : Singer Madonna has revealed that she once made out with late King of Pop Michael Jackson. Read Full Story

Give a twist in taste to Norwegian salmon
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Ever eaten Norwegian salmon given a desi twist in flavour? How about having Amritsari tawa salmon or Norwegian salmon kebab with coriander yoghurt for a change in taste? Read Full Story

Bangladesh pushes back 135 more Rohingyas
Dhaka [Bangladesh], Dec. 9 : At least 135 Rohingyas were sent back by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) as they were trying to enter Bangladesh illegally. Read Full Story

Meghan Markle steps out in delight after getaway with Prince Harry
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 8 : Looks like Prince Harry's girlfriend Meghan Markle is in a ready position to give all her smiles away these days. Read Full Story

Be your own make-up artist on friend's D-Day
New Delhi, Dec 8 : If you don't wish to spend extra money hiring a beautician to look your best on your friend's wedding day, you can do your own make-up and still look flawless, says an expert. Read Full Story

India Abroad weekly newspaper sold in the US
New York, Dec 8 : India Abroad, the oldest continuously published Indian-American newspaper, has been sold by Rediff to 8K Miles Media, a company that publishes a Tamil magazine in Silicon Valley and runs a multilingual radio service, according to an editor's note in the newspaper. Read Full Story

Deepika Padukone named sexiest Asian woman
Mumbai, Dec 8 : Actress Deepika Padukone has been named the sexiest Asian woman in the world for the year 2016. She has dethroned actress Priyanka Chopra, who has won the title four times in the popular list that is annually published by Britain-based Eastern Eye newspaper. Read Full Story

Bolt's documentary film a boost for brand Jamaica: PM Holness
Kingston (Jamaica), Dec 8 : Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hailed 'I Am Bolt, the film documenting the life and successes of track and field icon Usain Bolt, as a big hit for Brand Jamaica. Read Full Story

Why most of us 'remember' events that never happened
London, Dec 8 : Repeatedly hearing fake events of the past such as taking a hot air balloon ride, playing a prank on a teacher or creating havoc at a family wedding during childhood, may push people into imagining them and believing that which never happened, researchers say. Read Full Story

Thoughts of death trigger buying impulse in shopaholics
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 8 : Are you a shopaholic? Do thoughts of death haunt you? Read Full Story

PIA announces Rs. 500,000 compensation for crash victims
Karachi [Pakistan], Dec. 8 : Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced an initial cash compensation of Rs. 500,000 to the families of each of the 47 people who were killed in a plane crash near Abbottabad on Wednesday. Read Full Story

The Weeknd all set to perform on 'The Voice' season finale
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 8 : The Weeknd could be turning the entire four chairs on 'The Voice' as he joins Sting and other guest performers on the season 11 finale. Read Full Story

Pakistan police, paramilitaries brutally assault Peace Committee activists in PoK
Muzaffarabad (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) [Pakistan], Dec.8 : Pakistan police and paramilitary forces brutally assaulted leaders and activists of the Peace Committee, a coalition of progressive and nationalist organisations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as they took part in a peace march near the Tatrinote crossing point in the Hajira-Poonch Sector. Read Full Story

Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson 'ready for duty' in first teaser of 'Baywatch'
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 8 : Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron recently took to social media to tease the trailer for their upcoming film 'Baywatch', which is very hot and steamy. Read Full Story

PVR Cinemas become largest Indian multiplex with eleven 4DX screens
Hong Kong [China], Dec.8 : PVR cinemas, the largest Indian cinema exhibition company, recently signed an agreement with CJ 4DPLEX to add ten more 4DX screens, at CineAsia 2016, retaining its position as the largest provider of 4DX in India with 11 theatres. Read Full Story

Japan, UNOPS Pakistan launch pilot project for development of women-specific transport service
Islamabad [Pakistan], Dec. 8 : The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) pilot has signed an agreement with the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan for the development of women-specific transport service in selected districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Read Full Story

DNA testing to be used to identify PIA crash victims
Islamabad [Pakistan], Dec. 8 : The victims of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crash which killed all the 48 people on the board will be identified by DNA testing, authorities said. Read Full Story

Kylie Jenner selling one of her Hidden Hills homes for $5.4 m
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 8 : Looks like Kylie Jenner, this time, is letting go one of her homes, but not before adding another million to her bank account prior to the holidays. Read Full Story

British hostage John Cantlie appears in new IS video
Baghdad, Dec 8 : British hostage John Cantlie has appeared in a new video released by the Islamic State (IS) terror group, reports an international group that tracks online activity of terrorist organisations. Read Full Story

Stone, Gosling make permanent mark on Hollywood
Los Angeles, Dec 8 : Actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling left their marks on Hollywood as they placed their hand and footprints in concrete in front of the TCL Chinese Theater. Read Full Story

Russell Crowe cleared in Azealia Banks case
Los Angeles, Dec 8 : Actor Russell Crowe has been cleared in a case relating to his getting into a fight with rapper Azealia Banks in a hotel. Read Full Story

World Bank cancels $100m loan to Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 8 : The World Bank has cancelled a $100 million loan approved for a natural gas efficiency project, citing a lack of interest on the part of a Pakistani gas distribution company. Read Full Story

Schlamme, Cantin to be honoured by Directors Guild
Los Angeles, Dec 8 : TV director Thomas Schlamme and film producer Marie Cantin will be honoured by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) for their service to the entertainment guild. Read Full Story

Heavy clashes in Mosul as Iraqi troops advance
Baghdad, Dec 8 : Fierce clashes have erupted in war-torn Mosul as Iraqi forces made gains against Islamic State (IS) militants deep inside the northern city, media reported on Thursday. Read Full Story

Pakistan lifts 'undeclared' ban on Indian cotton imports
Islamabad, Dec 8 : Pakistan has lifted an "undeclared" ban on imports of ginned cotton from India, pledging to strictly implement all phytosanitary and other conditions governing the fibre's imports on future shipments coming in via surface or sea. Read Full Story

Singer Sia separates from husband
Los Angeles, Dec 8 : Singer Sia and her husband Erik Anders Lang have split after two years of marriage. Read Full Story

Tom Hardy to get inked by DiCaprio after losing bet
Los Angeles, Dec 8 : Actor Tom Hardy has revealed that after losing a wager with actor Leonardo DiCaprio, he would now have to get a tattoo in DiCaprios handwriting. Read Full Story

Kylie to sell one of her houses for $5.4 mn
Los Angeles, Dec 8 : Reality TV star Kylie Jenner has put one of her Hidden Hills, California, houses on the market for a whopping $5.4 million. Read Full Story

Wear suitable footwear for your different wedding functions
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Complement your dresses with the suitable footwear during your wedding functions. Opt for neutral pumps, strappy block heels, mojaris at different functions, says an expert. Read Full Story

How to get happy feet this winter!
New Delhi, Dec 8 : The winter season can be a nightmare for our feet as they are the main victims to the chilly weather. Rough and cracked heels can be very painful to deal with. One must moisturise the affected area and massage with olive oil. Read Full Story

Breather for over 24,000 illegal Indian workers in Kuwait
Kuwait City, Dec 8 : In a rare gesture, the Kuwait government has stated it would not imprison or penalise over 24,000 illegal Indian workers if they report to the Interior Ministry for deportation or transfer of job visas. Read Full Story

Australia name unchanged squad for first Test against Pakistan
Melbourne, Dec 8 : Australia named an unchanged 12-man squad to face Pakistan in the first Test match at Brisbane starting next Thursday, keeping faith in the players that beat South Africa in Adelaide recently. Read Full Story

Pakistan wants 'result-oriented' dialogue with India
Islamabad, Dec 8 : Pakistan on Thursday said any dialogue with India should lead to "ultimate resolution" of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. Read Full Story

Simple tips to be winter ready
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Ready for the new winter look but not ready enough to go out in the cold? While the season is all about enveloping yourself in cozy quilts, sitting by the heater and sipping hot beverages, it's also about dealing with dry skin, chapped lips and cracked heels. Read Full Story

Naomi turns judge for fashion series 'The Face'
New Delhi, Dec 8 : Supermodel Naomi Campbell will be seen as one of the three jugdes for fashion reality TV series "The Face" on the lifestyle channel FOX Life. Read Full Story

Deepika Padukone named sexiest Asian woman
Mumbai, Dec 8 : Actress Deepika Padukone has been named the sexiest Asian woman in the world for the first time. She has dethroned actress Priyanka Chopra, who has won the title four times in the popular list that is annually published by Britain-based Eastern Eye newspaper. Read Full Story

Ashton Carter to discuss India's position as 'major defence partner'
New York, Dec 8 : US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has said that he will discuss with Indian officials the impact of India being conferred the status of a "major defence partner" as the two democracies are "destined to be strategic partners in the future". Read Full Story

Twitter chief's 'complicated' feelings on Trump tweets
San Francisco, Dec 8 : The co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Twitter Jack Dorsey has expressed his "complicated" feelings about US President-elect Donald Trump's tweeting hobby, media reported on Thursday. Read Full Story

All 48 onboard killed in PIA flight crash
Islamabad [Pakistan], Dec. 8 (ANI): All the 48 people who were onboard the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) that crashed near Abbottabad yesterday have been killed. Read Full Story

U.S, Cuba hold fifth bilateral commission meeting in Havana
Havana [Cuba], Dec. 8 (ANI): The United States and Cuba held the fifth Bilateral Commission meeting in Havana yesterday and reviewed the achievements of the commission since diplomatic relations were re-established in July 2015. Read Full Story

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' teaser: Tom Holland gets 'minor upgrade' from Tony Stark
Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 8 (ANI): Sony recently released a 17-second trailer tease of the much awaited 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'. Read Full Story

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