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Terrorists strike Dilsukhnagar for second time in 10 years

Hyderabad, Feb 21 (IANS) The serial blasts that rocked Hyderabad Thursday killing 12 people and injuring 80 others is one of the worst terror attacks in the city in recent years.

Terror returns to Hyderabad, 12 die in twin blasts

Hyderabad/New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Twin bomb blasts rocked Hyderabad Thursday evening, killing at least 12 people and injuring over 50 others, the union home ministry said. The Andhra Pradesh chief minister however put the toll at 11 while eyewitnesses reported 18 deaths.

Hockey World League: Indian men escape with 3-2 win over Ireland

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India were lucky to escape with a 3-2 win over Ireland and continued their winning streak in the men's Hero Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Thursday.

Gang-rape victim's family to get flat

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The central government Thursday approved the allotment of an apartment free of cost to the family of the Delhi gang-rape victim.

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Scientists engineer unique gel to repair heart tissue

San Diego, Feb 21 (IANS) A less-invasive and biocompatible gel that can repair damaged tissue in heart attack patients has been developed by American scientists.

Mexican actor Joaquin Cordero dies

Mexico City, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) Actor Joaquin Cordero died at his home in the Mexican capital, the secretary of the ANDA actors guild told EFE. He was 89.

'Seals require only half of their brain to fall asleep'

Toronto, Feb 20 (IANS) Believe it or not, seals require only half of their brain to fall asleep, thanks to the presence of specific chemicals, suggests a biological study.

Chinese-built trains to run in Argentina

Buenos Aires, Feb 20 (IANS) Argentina will receive Chinese-built trains next year as part of a push to modernize its ageing metropolitan railway network that links the capital Buenos Aires with its main suburbs, a minister said.

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Pakistan announces ODI team for South Africa tour

Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced a 16-man squad for the upcoming One-day International (ODI) series against South Africa, recalling former captain Shahid Afridi back to the team.

Ranatunga may run for Sri Lanka board president

Colombo, Feb 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka's former World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga said he will decide by next week if he will contest for president of the Cricket Board or not.

Daily despairs lack of leadership in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 20 (IANS) A leading Pakistani daily is upset over the cowardice of civilian leaders who don't "name and shame" those responsible for terror attacks.

Look beyond India for Karachi lit fest: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 19 (IANS) The Karachi Literature Festival may be better served by reaching out more to authors, writers and performers from beyond India, said a leading daily Tuesday.

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16 die in Damascus suicide car bombing

Damascus, Feb 21 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed and 208 wounded Thursday when a suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives at a busy intersection close to the ruling al-Baath Party headquarters in capital Damascus, the state media reported.

CProlonged crisis drives up divorce rate in Syria

Damascus, Feb 21 (IANS) Divorce rate has gone up by 45 percent and marriage rate has dropped over 40 percent in Syria since the outbreak of protests against the government, show a media survey.

UNHRC urged to probe Sri Lanka 'war crimes'

Geneva, Feb 20 (IANS) Human Rights Watch Wednesday urged the UN Human Rights Council to launch "an independent, international investigation into war crimes" committed in the final months of the Sri Lankan conflict.

N-test self-defence against US threat: North Korea

Geneva, Feb 20 (IANS) The nuclear test Feb 12 was a "self-defence" measure in reaction to America's ever increasing threat, a North Korean diplomat said here.

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AFC vows to fight match fixing

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 20 (IANS) Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has vowed to combat match fixing in Asian football, at a time when European football has been hit with the scandal.

Singapore, Malaysia to build high-speed rail link

Singapore, Feb 19 (IANS) Singapore and Malaysia have agreed to build a high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur by 2020, the prime ministers of the two countries announced Tuesday.

Google launches indoor maps feature in Singapore

Singapore, Feb 19 (IANS) Google launched its indoor maps feature in Singapore Tuesday, making the city state the second country in Asia to have it.

10 killed in Indonesia

Jakarta, Feb 17 (IANS) Landslide and floods in Manado in central Indonesia Sunday killed 10 people, officials said here.

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UAE, Turkmenistan hold talks

Ashgabat, Feb 17 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkmenistan Saturday held discussions over enhancing bilateral relations in the fields of investment and partnerships.

Kyrgyz ex-president gets 24-year jail term

Bishkek, Feb 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A military court in Kyrgyzstan Tuesday sentenced ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev in absentia to 24 years in high security prison over office abuse while being in power.

Uzbek bankers arrested over foreign currency deals

Tashkent, Feb 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The heads of several Uzbekistan banks have been detained for making illegal foreign currency transactions, police said Thursday.

Uzbekistan bans foreign currency trading

Tashkent, Feb 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Uzbekistan has made trading with foreign currency a criminal offence, the latest in a string of measures aimed at preventing the global market slump from eating into the Central Asian republic's reserves.

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China braces for tests as new leadership completes 100 days

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) Change has been seen in China "though there are still tests and expectations ahead", said Chinese news agency Xinhua as the country's new leaders complete 100 days of governance.

China to tax carbon emissions

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) China will impose a new tax on carbon-dioxide emissions as part of policies aimed at protecting the environment and improving air quality, the finance ministry said.

China sends surveillance ships in South China Sea

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) A fleet of Chinese marine surveillance ships departed Monday to carry out regular patrol missions in the South China Sea, the country's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said Wednesday.

China to shut 5,000 non-coal mines over security

Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China's safety watchdog has said it will suspend or shut down operations in over 5,000 non-coal mines this year over their failure to meet required safety standards, Xinhua reported.

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Russians to get awards over meteorite response

Moscow, Feb 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) State awards will be given to people who distinguished themselves in responding to the recent meteorite strike in Russia's Chelyabinsk region, a minister has said.

Russian party wants fines on use of foreign words

Moscow, Feb 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) has submitted a bill imposing fines of up to 50,000 rubles (about $1,700) on officials for using American and British "loan-words" that have Russian equivalents.

Russia, NATO to hold anti-piracy exercise

Moscow, Feb 22 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian Navy's Udaloy I class anti-submarine destroyer Severomorsk will take part in a NATO anti-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden, a navy spokesman said.

Giant asteroid's hit changed Earth forever

London, Feb 21 (IANS) A gigantic asteroid that slammed into Australia more than 300 million years ago changed the face of the Earth forever, says a British media report.

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Tiniest planet shows sun-like stars can host smaller planets

Sydney, Feb 21 (IANS) Kepler-37b, the tiniest planet ever spotted, demonstrates that sun-like stars in our galaxy are capable of hosting much smaller planets than anything detected so far, say researchers.

Buchanan says Aussie pacers hold key

Sydney, Feb 19 (IANS) Cricket coach John Buchanan feels Australia's pace attack and not spinners will be the key to their success in India.

Australian economy starts to respond to rate cuts

Sydney, Feb 19 (IANS) Recent interest rate cuts have started to boost under-performing sectors of the Australian economy, according to the minutes of the February Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) board meeting released Tuesday.

Climate change, severe threat to marine turtles

Sydney, Feb 19 (IANS) Scientists have sounded the alarm over the mounting threat to marine turtle populations worldwide from climate change and coastal development.

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WICB president says Windies showing clear signs of progress

Gros Islet (St.Lucia), Feb 20 (IANS/CMC) West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief Julian Hunte believes the regional women's team victory over Australia in the super-six stage of the ICC Women's World Cup is proof of their development.

Rare cold front chills Cuba

Havana, Feb 19 (IANS) An unusual cold front chilled parts of Cuba Monday with the temperature dropping to as low as four degrees Celsius, Cuba's Meteorology Institute (Insmet) said.

Kim Collins arrested over child support issue

Basseterre (St.Kitts), Feb 12 (IANS/CMC) Iconic sprinter Kim Collins says he does not owe any money in child support following his arrest for allegedly not making adequate arrangement to support his children while he goes overseas.

Cuba, Brazil to enhance sports cooperation

Havana, Feb 12 (IANS) Cuba and Brazil agreed to boost their bilateral sports cooperation after establishing a working group to follow an activity program scheduled for the years 2013-2016.

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Botswana cricket team to compete in Uganda

Gaborone, Feb 21 (IANS) Botswana's cricket national team will depart for Uganda Thursday to compete in the International Cricket Council (ICC) - Africa Cricket Association (ACA) Twenty 20 Division One tournament that starts Sunday.

Pistorius' bail ruling postponed again

Pretoria, Feb 21 (IANS) The second day of paralympian Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing ended without a court ruling on his application.

South Africa to push African agenda at BRICS summit

Cape Town, Feb 21 (IANS) The South African government has said it will push the African agenda at the 5th BRICS summit to be held in Durban March 26-27.

Three dead in Nigeria suicide attack

Abuja, Feb 21 (IANS) At least three people were killed and two injured in a suicide bomb attack Wednesday in Nigeria's Maiduguri city, Xinhua reported. The dead included the suicide bomber.

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NBA: Lakers beat Celtics 113-99 to honour Jerry Buss

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) With their owner Jerry Buss passing away Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers posted an emotional win over the Boston Celtics in NBA league.

Reality show remains Kim's top priority

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Socialite Kim Kardashian, who is pregnant with her first child with rapper Kanye West, says her reality TV show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" is still her first priority.

Kris Jenner feels guilty

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Socialite Kim Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner says she feels guilty as she finds it difficult to divide her time equally between her six children.

It's kids over career for Mila Kunis

Los Angeles, Feb 21 (IANS) Actress Mila Kunis, who is dating actor Ashton Kutcher, says she might quit acting in favour of having a family in the near future because she wants to focus on enjoying a normal life.

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Hockey World League: Indian men escape with 3-2 win over Ireland
Gang-rape victim's family to get flat
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