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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.

In UK, obesity overtakes two-thirds of male population

London, Feb 21 (IANS) The obesity epidemic in the United Kingdom has overtaken two-thirds of the male population, leaving less than a third in the ideal weight category, considering that there might also be those with less than normal weight, according to a new finding.

Ericsson to open plant in New Zealand

Wellington, Feb 21 (IANS) Telecommunications giant Ericsson is to build its second fiber ducting plant in New Zealand, the New Zealand government announced Thursday.

Big occasion won't get to me, says Wells

London, Feb 21 (IANS/CMC) In-form Bermudan striker Nahki Wells says he will not let the big occasion get to him and will "really enjoy it" when Division Two giant-killers Bradford City take on Premier League side Swansea in Sunday's League Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

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Switzerland News

Three cities final candidates for 2018 Youth Olympics

Lausanne (Switzerland), Feb 14 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Buenos Aires of Argentina, Glasgow of Britain and Colombia's Medellin have been shortlisted in the bid for the third Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2018.

Wrestling dropped from 2020 Olympics

Lausanne (Switzerland), Feb 12 (IANS) Wrestling, a sport that brought India medals from the last two Olympics, has been dropped from the 2020 Summer Games.

2013 to be make or break year: IMF chief

Davos (Switzerland), Jan 24 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief says 2013 will be a "make or break" year, a few hours after the IMF revised its forecast for this year's global growth rate down to 3.5 percent.

Anand Sharma meets leading Western firms' executives

Davos, Jan 23 (IANS) India's Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Wednesday met senior executives of leading firms, including BAE Systems chairman Richard Olver and Royal Philips Electronics president Frans A. van Houten, as part of an effort to woo overseas investments into the country.

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Germany News

Stuttgart win, Hannover tie in German Bundesliga

Berlin, Feb 18 (IANS) Stuttgart ended their run of losses thanks to a 1-0 victory over Hoffenheim while Nuremberg's substitute Sebastian Polter secured a late 2-2 draw with Hannover to close the 22nd round of the German Bundesliga.

Paulina Garcia says she has no hang-ups

Berlin, Feb 18 (IANS/EFE) Chilean actress Paulina Garcia, who won the best actress award at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival for her role in director Sebastian Lelio's film "Gloria", said that like the main character in the movie, she was a mature woman with no hang-ups.

Dortmund, Leverkusen victorious in Bundesliga

Berlin, Feb 17 (IANS) Dortmund and Leverkusen remain in the hunt of front-runners Bayern Munich as Dortmund cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Frankfurt and Leverkusen overcame Augsburg 2-1 at the 22nd round of the German football league, Bundesliga.

Scientists develop 'intelligent armchair'

Berlin, Feb 16 (IANS) German scientists have designed an intelligent armchair that keeps one active and fit while carrying out basic activities.

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France News

Exports buoy French fashion industry

Paris, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) France's exports of ready-to-wear clothing rose 3.4 percent in 2012, compared to the previous year, with market share growing in the US and Asia, while sales continued to decline domestically and across Europe, media reports said.

Flexible electrodes show promise in Parkinson's

Berne, Feb 18 (IANS) Tiny, ultra-flexible electrodes could be the answer to more successful treatment of Parkinson's, which afflicts an estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide.

Darkness could be therapy for vision

Montreal, Feb 16 (IANS) Darkness therapy may help restore vision in patients with the visual disorder amblyopia, says a Canadian study.

France looks to India to boost sagging economy

Paris, Feb 14 (IANS) Though France and India have advanced fairly significantly in their negotiations on both the Areva nuclear reactors and the Dassault Rafale combat aircraft, France is looking at India to help boost its sagging economy in several other sectors, notably manufacturing.

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Ireland News

Ireland minister meets Savita's husband amid missing medical notes

Dublin, Nov 23 (IANS) Ireland's Health Minister James Reilly had a private meeting with the husband of Savita Halappanavar, the Indian dentist who died in a Galway hospital last month after she was denied abortion, even as Praveen has alleged that his wife's repeated requests for a termination of pregnancy are missing from her medical notes.

Savita's husband wants independent inquiry

Dublin, Nov 20 (IANS) Even as the husband of the late Savita Halappanavar demanded an independent inquiry into the Indian woman's death, Irish Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said Tuesday the probe should be carried out by people directly involved along with outside experts.

Outrage on Twitter over Indian woman's death

Dublin/New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Sadness, anger and outrage ruled in the virtual world on the death of Indian woman Savita Halappanavar in an Ireland hospital after she was allegedly denied an abortion in the pro-life Catholic country.

Insect wing tougher than man-made substances

Dublin, Aug 23 (IANS) The seemingly fragile insect wings are much tougher than many man-made substances that combine the best of technology and the latest advances in science.

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Russia News

Tony Fernandes to step down as Caterham team principal

Oxfordshire (England), Nov 7 (IANS) Tony Fernandes will step down as Caterham team principal at the end of 2012 Formula One season.

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Russian Federation News

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.

Russia bets on transport investment to boost growth

Moscow, Feb 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Massive spending on transport infrastructure combined with measures to lure more foreign direct investment and improve the business climate could help boost Russia's flagging economic growth, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Thursday.

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Spain News

Dakota Johnson ready to work in Spain

Madrid, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) At 23, Dakota Johnson, the daughter of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, wants to follow in the family tradition and make it in the film world, and - in addition - she says she would like "to work in Spain".

Spain's budget deficit less than 7 percent of GDP: PM

Madrid, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) Spain's budget deficit came in below 7 percent of the gross domestic product last year, while the target agreed to with the European Commission was 6.3 percent, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said.

Alonso positive about the new Ferrari

Barcelona, Feb 20 (IANS) Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is preparing for the forthcoming season with renewed optimism, given that this year he will be racing with a faster car.

'Pattern of crying reveals baby's anger or pain'

Madrid, Feb 20 (IANS) Pattern of crying reveals whether a baby is experiencing anger, pain or fear, according to a Spanish research.

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Italy News

Sea levels may rise higher in Pacific due to ice loss

Rome, Feb 20 (IANS) Computer modelling has predicted parts of the Pacific experiencing the highest rates of rise in sea levels, while it may actually fall in some polar regions, owing to the interaction of sea, land and ice.

Berlusconi says will get drunk if Monti loses polls

Rome, Feb 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has said he will celebrate if caretaker premier Mario Monti and his allies lose the coming parliamentary elections.

Conclave for new Pope may begin before March 15

Rome, Feb 17 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI could start before March 15 if all the cardinals were already in Rome, the Vatican has announced.

Berlusconi's defence of bribes sparks backlash

Rome, Feb 14 (IANS/AKI) Italy's former premier Silvio Berlusconi Thursday drew criticism from the country's magistrates and centre-left politicians over his remarks defending bribery.

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Luxembourg News

High unemployment in eurozone

Luxembourg, Feb 2 (IANS/DAPD) The economic slowdown in Europe has kept unemployment in the eurozone at a record high.

ArcelorMittal to close parts of Belgium plant

Luxembourg, Jan 24 (IANS) ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel producer, Thursday announced it will close a coke plant and six production lines in its Liege facility in Belgium as demand has weakened further in Europe.

IMF forecasts not etched in bronze: Spain

Luxembourg, Oct 10 (IANS/EFE) The International Monetary Fund's forecast that the Spanish economy will shrink by an additional 1.3 percent in 2013 is "not etched in bronze", the Iberian nation's economy minister said here Tuesday.

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Netherlands News

PSV, Ajax open gap as Twente, Feyenoord drop points

The Hague, Feb 18 (IANS) PSV Eindhoven and Ajax Amsterdam made no mistake in the 23rd match round of the Dutch Eredivisie as they pulled away from rivals FC Twente and Feyenoord, who dropped points.

Del Potro grabs title in Rotterdam

The Hague, Feb 18 (IANS) Juan Martin Del Potro won the 40th edition of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam defeating Frenchman Julien Benneteau 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final.

Del Potro, Benneteau in Rotterdam final

The Hague, Feb 17 (IANS) Juan Martin del Potro and Julien Benneteau qualified for the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

Federer stunned in Rotterdam

Rotterdam, Feb 16 (IANS) Julien Benneteau caused a major surprise in the quarter-finals of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament here by beating top seed Roger Federer 6-3, 7-5.

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Turkey News

Russia, Turkey open Black Sea rail-ferry link

Samsun (Turkey), Feb 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia and Turkey officially opened the first railroad ferry link across the Black Sea Tuesday.

'Iran installing new uranium enrichment centrifuges'

Tehran, Feb 13 (IANS) Iran is continuing the installation of new uranium enrichment centrifuges at the central Natanz facility, the country's nuclear head said Wednesday.

Iran not to talk exclusively with US in Kazakhstan

Tehran, Feb 13 (IANS) Iran will not hold exclusive talks with the US on the sidelines of the upcoming nuclear negotiations with world powers in Kazakhstan, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has said.

N-talks to reconcile Russian, EU plans: Iranian minister

Tehran, Feb 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The upcoming talks on Iran's nuclear programme will be dedicated to reconciling Russian and European proposals on the issue, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said.

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Albania News

80-year-old Albanian kills teen pregnant with his child

Tirana, Oct 19 (IANS) An 80-year-old Albanian man shot dead and then beheaded his 19-year-old neighbour pregnant with his child, a media report said.

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Armenia News

Armenian president secures second term in office

Yerevan, Feb 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Incumbent Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has won Armenia's presidential election with over 58 percent of the vote, according to official results announced by the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) Tuesday.

Armenian presidential candidate recovers after shooting

Yerevan, Feb 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Armenian presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan is recovering from surgery after he was shot in the shoulder in an apparent assassination attempt, media reports said Friday.

Prasad, Sandeep in quarters of Youth World Championship

Yerevan (Armenia), Dec 3 (IANS) Lalitha Polipalli Prasad (49kg) continued his winning streak at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships here Monday.

Prasad in pre-quarters in Youth World Boxing Championships

Yerevan (Armenia), Dec 1 (IANS) Indian boxer Lalitha Polipalli Prasad (49kg) continued his purple patch at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships here.

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Austria News

Aim to be in top 30 at World Cup Finals: Shiva Keshavan

Innsbruck (Austria), Nov 21 (IANS) Asian Luge champion Shiva Keshavan, who is participating in the Luge World Cup series here this weekend, says that he aims to finish in top 30.

Azarenka thrashes Rus in Linz

Linz (Austria), Oct 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) World No.1 Victoria Azarenka thrashed Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in their first-round match in the Generali Ladies Linz tournament here.

Azarenka downs Goerges in Linz final

Linz (Austria), Oct 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) World No.1 Victoria Azarenka defeated Julia Goerges of Germany in straight sets to capture the singles tennis title at the Generali Ladies tournament here Sunday.

Azarenka, Goerges in Linz final

Linz (Austria), Oct 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) World No.1 Victoria Azarenka defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania in straight sets in the semi-final and will play Julia Goerges in the final of the Generali Ladies Tennis tournament here.

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Belarus News

Europa League: Fenerbahce draw with BATE

Minsk (Belarus), Feb 15 (IANS) Turkey's Fenerbahce secured a goalless draw with Belarus's BATE Borisov in an away game after playing with 10-men for 86 minutes in the first leg of a Europa League last 32 clash in Belarusian city Grodno.

Belarus KGB head sacked

Minsk, Nov 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed Vadim Zaitsev, head of the republic's State Security Committee (KGB), the presidential press service said Friday.

Belarusian goverment cut by a third

Minsk, Oct 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Monday said the state and government administration in the country will be downsized by 25 to 30 percent.

Belarus denies selling weapons to Syria

Minsk, Sep 20 (IANS) Belarus Thursday denied Washington's accusations of trying to sell weapons to Syria and violating a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution after the US imposed sanctions on a Belarusian state-owned company.

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Belgium News

Robbers who stole diamonds were disguised as cops

Brussels, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) The machine-gun-toting men who stole $50 million worth of diamonds from a Brink's armoured truck at Brussels international airport were wearing police uniforms, Belgian prosecutors said Tuesday.

EU should end carbon trading: Environmentalists

Brussels, Feb 19 (IANS/EFE) More than 75 environmental organizations Monday urged the European Parliament to end the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme, launched seven years ago as a market-oriented way of reducing pollution and greenhouse gases.

EU approves tighter controls on beef amid horsemeat scandal

Brussels, Feb 16 (IANS/EFE) The European Union has approved tighter controls on beef within its member states to determine the extent to which horsemeat is being fraudulently labeled as beef and sold to consumers.

EU, US announce plans for free-trade talks

Brussels, Feb 14 (IANS/EFE) The European Union and the US Wednesday announced plans to launch negotiations for a transatlantic trade and investment accord.

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Bosnia And Herzegovina News

US embassy attacker in Bosnia jailed for 18 years

Sarajevo, Dec 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Bosnian court has sentenced a gunman who opened fire on the US embassy in Bosnia in October last year to 18 years in prison.

Bosnian walks over 5,500 km on pilgrimage to Mecca

Sarajevo, Oct 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Bosnian Muslim Senad Hadzic's spiritual journey to perform the Haj took him 10 months as walked 5,650 km before reaching Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Bosnian media reported.

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Brussels News

Invest in Indian infrastructure: Kamal Nath to Europe

Brussels, Oct 13 (IANS) Kamal Nath, India's urban development minister, Wednesday said the next decade has to be called the 'decade of infrastructure' in India and stressed that they offer huge opportunities for Europe to participate.

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Bulgaria News

Milanov named Bulgaria's best footballer of 2012

Sofia, Dec 28 (IANS) Georgi Milanov, 20, became the youngest winner ever to be awarded the "Best Bulgarian Football Player of The Year" in a ceremony held here.

Nadia Petrova wins WTA Tournament of Champions

Sofia, Nov 5 (IANS) Nadia Petrova of Russia won the women's tennis Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions beating former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-2, 6-1.

Clinton talks military cooperation with Bulgarian PM

Sofia, Feb 6 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Sunday paid a short visit to Bulgaria and discussed energy issues and military cooperation with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Xinhua reported.

Third generation goalkeeper is Bulgaria's best footballer

Sofia, Dec 24 (IANS) Nikolay Mihaylov, a third generation goalkeeper and netminder of the Bulgarian national team and Dutch FC Twente, has been voted the best Bulgarian football player of the year.

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Croatia News

Injured Olic's Euro 2012 in doubt

Zagreb, June 4 (IANS) Croatian striker Ivica Olic may miss the Euro 2012 after he injured his right thigh in a friendly against Norway, the team doctor confirmed.

Croatia dark horses of Euro 2012

Zagreb, June 3 (IANS) Croatian coach Slavan Bilic is a man with his own management style and the 43-year-old former defender will hope to end six years as his country's national team coach by taking them further in the 2012 European Championships than they went four years ago.

Croatian priests held for acquiring child porn

Zagreb, Oct 22 (IANS/AKI) Two priests have been arrested in Croatia for allegedly acquiring child pornographic materials via the internet.

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Cyprus News

Anastasiades wins Cyprus presidential election: Survey

Nicosia, Feb 17 (IANS) Nicos Anastasiades, a Cypriot right-wing party leader, won the presidential election Sunday with 51.1 percent of the ballot tickets in his favour, a survey by state broadcaster said.

Cypriot voters to elect new president

Nicosia, Feb 17 (IANS) Cypriot voters went to the polls Sunday to elect a new president.

Assad must go: EU foreign ministers

Nicosia (Cyprus), Sep 9 (IANS) Foreign ministers of countries in the European Union (EU), who met for a two-day meeting in Cyprus, demanded the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Xinhua reported.

Cyprus takes over EU presidency

Nicosia, July 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Cyprus is assuming the European Union's rotating presidency for the first time Sunday, amid concerns about the country's ability to cope with its own economic problems and help steer Europe out of its financial crisis.

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Czech Republic News

Baros returns to Czech First League

Prague, Feb 19 (IANS) Czech striker Milan Baros returns to the Czech First League Banik Ostrava after leaving Galatasaray Istanbul.

Dominant Norway takes relay gold at Biathlon Worlds

Nove Mesto (Czech Republic), Feb 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Norway took a sixth gold medal from eight available at the world biathlon championships with a victory in the women's 4 x 6-kilometre relay.

No point in Nasheed being at the Indian mission: Minister

Males, Feb 13 (IANS) There is "no point" of Mohamed Nasheed being at the Indian High Commission, said a senior Maldives minister who assured that "everything is under control" in his country.

Davis Cup results

Prague, Nov 19 (IANS) The 2012 Davis Cup final had an exciting finish with the Czech Republic clinching it in the fifth rubber against defending champions Spain 3−2.

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Denmark News

Horse meat found in pasta of German supermarket chain

Copenhagen, Feb 19 (IANS) German supermarket chain Lidl in Denmark has found traces of horse meat in a pasta dish, the supermarket has announced.

New rules adopted in rowing

Copenhagen, Feb 19 (IANS) Several new rules for rowing were adopted at the Extraordinary Congress of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) here.

New technique to convert biomass into crude oil substitute

Copenhagen, Feb 8 (IANS) A revolutionary new technique converts all kinds of biomass into high grade crude bio-oil, which can potentially replace fossil fuel, by the virtue of being similar to natural crude.

No India think tank in Global 50!

Not one Indian think tank figures in the Global 50 annual list for 2012 released by the University of Pennsylvania end-January. China beats India in this area as well and so do, in some specific cases, think tanks from such countries as Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Egypt and Argentina.

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Estonia News

Kanepi set to miss Australian Open

Tallinn (Estonia), Nov 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) World No.19 Kaia Kanepi is set to miss the Australian Open in January as she struggles to return from injury.

Estonian woman wins $470,000 while shopping

Tallinn, June 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) An Estonian retiree, who took shelter in a casino while on her way to buy a frying pan, has hit jackpot and won a record 378,270 euros (over $470,000), a local newspaper reported.

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Finland News

Finnair's load factor up 5.7 percentage points

Helsinki, Jan 30 (IANS) Nordic carrier Finnair has reported a 5.7 percentage point rise in its passenger load factor during December 2012.

New technology makes driving on ice safer

Helsinki, Jan 24 (IANS) An automatic detection system helps motorists avoid personal injuries and damage to vehicles on slippery roads caused by the presence of snow.

Finnair's November load factor up 4.5 percent

Helsinki, Dec 15 (IANS) Nordic carrier Finnair Saturday reported a 4.5 percent rise in its passenger load factor in November.

Finland takes lead in designing future cities

Helsinki, Dec 6 (IANS) The "World Design Capital" initiative launched in five Finnish cities a year ago in a bid to make the world a better place through design has achieved unprecedented international attention, the organisers say.

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Geneva News

China's imports set to double

Geneva, Nov 11 (IANS) China's imports are likely to be more than double in the coming five years, exceeding $8 trillion.

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Georgia News

Kasparov starts chess learning programme in Georgia

Tbilisi (Georgia), Feb 19 (IANS) A pilot computer programme on chess games designed by Gary Kasparov was launched in Georgia to assist the country's youth to learn about the game.

Stalin statue in Georgia daubed with pink paint

Tbilisi, Feb 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Vandals have daubed pink paint over a statue of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin near Tbilisi, the capital of his homeland, Georgia.

Georgia frees 190 political prisoners under amnesty

Tbilisi, Jan 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Some 190 inmates considered political prisoners have been freed in Georgia under amnesty which came into effect Sunday, following the parliament's overturning of the president's veto.

One mn Georgians sign petition for president's resignation

Tbilisi, Jan 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) More than one million Georgians, about one quarter of the country's population, have signed a demand for President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign.

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Greece News

Anti-austerity strike hits Greece

Athens, Feb 20 (IANS) Greece was Wednesday gripped by a one-day general strike, the first this year, in protest the austerity and reform programme introduced to lift the country up from a debt crisis.

Half of Greeks seek jobs abroad, says survey

Athens, Dec 24 (IANS) Every second Greek of working age seeks job abroad due to the prevailing debt crisis which has hit Greece hard over the past three years, a survey has found.

S&P upgrades Greece's credit rating

Athens, Dec 19 (IANS) Greece's sovereign credit rating was upgraded to B- with a stable outlook up from selective default by international rating agency Standard & Poor's Tuesday.

Three children die in Greece house fire

Athens, Dec 9 (IANS) Three children died early Saturday in northern Greece after a fire broke out at a farmhouse, authorities said.

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Hungary News

Budapest-Bamako rally off to a shaky start

Budapest, Jan 26 (IANS) The Budapest-Bamako rally got off to a shaky start from here amid warnings from authorities that drivers were heading to a war zone.

Hungary to appeal against FIFA sanction for racial slur

Budapest, Jan 9 (IANS) The Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) said that it will appeal against the sanction imposed by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.

Netherlands cruise to World Cup qualifier win against Hungary

Budapest, Sep 12 (IANS) The Netherlands made it two wins from two in FIFA World Cup qualifying round Group D with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Hungary in the Ferenc Puskas stadium here.

Olympic gold medallists' encore at Hungarian athletics meet

Budapest, Aug 21 (IANS) London Olympics gold medallists Sanya Richards-Ross, Krisztian Pars and Christian Taylor all won with ease at the Gyulai Memorial Athletic Meet here.

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Latvia News

Latvia may lose independence through EU: President

Riga, Jan 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Latvian President Andris Berzins has said the country may not be able to preserve its independence if it followed EU directives.

Lithuanian cavers lost in world's deepest cave

Riga, Aug 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Communications have been lost with a party of Lithuanian cave specialists exploring the deepest cave in the world, Krubera-Voronja in Abkhazia, a spokeswoman for the expedition told Lithuanian media Friday.

Young BMX rider dies after crash

Riga (Latvia), July 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A 17-year-old Latvian freestyle BMX rider has died of injuries sustained in a crash during a competition here, organisers said Sunday.

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Macedonia News

Janevksi replaces Toshack as Macedonia coach

Skopje (Macedonia), Aug 23 (IANS) Macedonia has appointed Cedomir Janevksi as the new coach of the national football team.

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Monaco News

Beckham would perfectly fit AS Monaco

Monaco, Nov 30 (IANS/RIA Novosti) David Beckham would make a perfect addition to AS Monaco, the director general of the French side said.

Bolt up for fourth World Athlete title

Monaco, Nov 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Kenya's David Rudisha and US hurdler Aries Merritt are in the running for the World Athlete of the Year Award.

Bolt, Farah nominated for athletics awards

Monaco, Oct 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Mo Farah are among the Olympic track and field stars nominated Tuesday for the World Athlete of the Year award.

Chelsea get tricky draw; Madrid, City in group of death

Monaco, Aug 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Reigning champions Chelsea face tricky matches in the group stages of the Champions League while Spanish champions Real Madrid were drawn against Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund in the group of death.

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Norway News

App can be used for psychological testing

Oslo, Feb 10 (IANS) An iPhone app, known as iDichotic, places psychological testing at your fingertips, yielding results as reliable as lab tests, says a new study.

EU leaders see Nobel as incentive for more accomplishments

Oslo, Dec 10 (IANS/EFE) The representatives of the European community institutions Sunday defended the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the European Union after six decades of stability on the continent.

Retired Norwegian cyclist admits to doping

Oslo, Oct 24 (IANS) Retired Norwegian cyclist Steffen Kjaergaard admitted that he had used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

Colombian government, rebels hold peace talks

Hurdal (Norway), Oct 19 (IANS) The Colombian government and the leftist guerilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have held a new round of peace talks here.

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Poland News

UAE team meets Polish PM

Warsaw, Feb 6 (IANS/WAM) A UAE delegation led by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, minister of economy, held a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in Warsaw Wednesday for the first Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation between the UAE and Poland.

Now Ramayana in Polish language

Warsaw, Jan 14 (IANS) Ramayana, the great Indian epic, is now available in Polish language, courtesy Janusz Krzyzowski, an Indologist in Poland who has translated the monumental work.

Why pregnant women better be teetotallers

Warsaw, Nov 26 (IANS) Alcohol use by expectant mothers can impair the mental and physical development of their babies, in what is known as foetal alcohol syndrome, show results available through advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Terror attack on Polish president foiled

Warsaw, Nov 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Poland's law enforcement agencies foiled a terrorist attack against President Bronislaw Komorowski and top government organs earlier this month, officials have revealed.

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Portugal News

Two Indians among six kidnapped off Nigerian coast

Lagos, Feb 20 (IANS) Gunmen attacked a vessel off southern Nigeria and kidnapped six foreigners on board, including three Ukrainians, two Indians and a Russian, police said Wednesday.

Horse meat scandal spreads to Portugal

Lisbon, Feb 20 (IANS) Traces of horse DNA in meat products were detected for the first time in Portugal in a pre-cooked lasagne made by Nestle and sold exclusively to hotels and restaurants known as Horeca.

Indian firm to train 1,500 IT engineers in Nigeria

Lagos, Feb 15 (IANS) An Indian information technology company will train 1,500 computer aided designs and drafting (CADD) engineers in Nigeria annually.

30 killed in Nigeria oil pipeline fire

Lagos, Jan 13 (IANS) At least 30 people, suspected to be fuel thieves, died in a pipeline fire in Nigeria, Xinhua reported Sunday.

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Romania News

Three arrested for art heist

Bucharest, Jan 23 (IANS/EFE) Romanian police arrested three people suspected of having participated last year in stealing the works of artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Monet and Gauguin from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, the Mediafax news agency reported Tuesday.

Romania to auction over 500,000 tonnes of gold concentrate

Bucharerst, Nov 10 (IANS) Romania's insolvent National Mining Company Remin will put up for auction 506,540 tonnes of gold concentrate with a high arsenic content, the company announced.

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Serbia And Montenegro News

Theft at home of Tito's widow

Belgrade, Feb 19 (IANS) The Belgrade villa where the widow of the former Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito has lived for the past 30 years was broken into during a brazen day-time robbery, reported Radio Television Serbia.

Croatia recognises Syrian opposition coalition

Belgrade, Jan 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Croatia has recognised the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SNCROF) as the only legitimate representative of the Syrian people, the Croatian foreign ministry said.

Russia, Serbia ink gas supply deal

Belgrade, Oct 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia and Serbia signed Saturday an agreement on deliveries of Russian natural gas to Serbia until 2021.

Serbian Muslim football fans protest anti-Islam film

Belgrade, Sep 22 (IANS/AKI) Thousands of football fans in Serbia's Muslim-majority Sandzak region held a peaceful march against a film deemed insulting to Islam.

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Slovenia News

Slovenian accordionist sets new world record

Ljubljana (Slovenia), Aug 28 (IANS) Slovenian accordionist Zoran Zorko has set a new Guinness world record with a marathon accordion performances that lasted 35 hours and 32 minutes, Xinhua reported.

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Sweden News

Volvo Car to cut 1,000 jobs

Stockholm, Feb 21 (IANS) Volvo Car Company announced that it will lay off 1,000 employees by the end of this year to help implement its saving plan of 1.5 billion Swedish kronor ($238 million).

Caffeine tied to low birth weight babies

Stockholm, Feb 19 (IANS) Caffeine, the primary constituent of coffee has been found to be associated with low birth weight babies and may also prolong pregnancy, says a Swedish study.

Mood-altering drugs produce fishy effect?

Stockholm, Feb 15 (IANS) Medicinal drugs that end up in the world's waterways after being excreted, flushed and treated at wastewater treatment plants may unexpectedly alter fish behaviour, says a new finding.

5,000-year-old temple found in Peru

Lima, Feb 14 (IANS/EFE) A team of archaeologists discovered a temple and a hearth some 5,000 years old at the El Paraiso archaeological complex east of Lima.

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Ukraine News

Ukranian battle tank engines for Pakistan

Kiev, Feb 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Ukraine will deliver 110 tank power plants "engines and related parts" to Pakistan under a $50 million contract, state-run arms exporter Ukrspetsstroi has said.

Plane crashlands in Ukraine, five killed

Kiev, Feb 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least five people were killed when an An-24 plane with 45 people onboard made a crashlanding and caught fire in Ukraine, the emergencies service said Thursday.

50,000-year-old bison skull found in Ukraine

Kiev, Feb 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Ukrainian expedition team has discovered a 50,000-year-old bison skull in a cave in the country's Crimea peninsula, said a senior expert related to the study of caves.

Man steals jewellery in Soviet movie-style robbery

Kiev, Feb 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Police in western Ukraine detained a man suspected of stealing jewellery and hiding it in bandages on his arm, in a style reminiscent of the cult Soviet comedy, "The Diamond Arm", the Ukrainian interior ministry reported on its website.

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Vatican City News

Pope was injured during Mexico-Cuba trip: Vatican

Vatican City, Feb 14 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI fell and hit his head during a March 2012 trip to Mexico, the Vatican authorities confirmed Thursday.

Benedict to stay at pontifical summer residence

Vatican City, Feb 13 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI will stay at the papal summer residence outside Rome when he officially steps down Feb 28 before moving into a former nunnery within the Vatican walls, the Holy See announced.

Pope to meet top Syrian opposition leader

Vatican City, Sep 18 (IANS/AKI) Pope Benedict XVI will meet a top leader of the Syrian opposition at his summer residence near Rome.

Vatican rejects Bulgarian envoy for writing 'homosexual act'

Vatican City, Aug 6 (IANS/AKI) The Vatican rejected the candidacy of a Bulgarian diplomat to become the next ambassador of his country because he is the author of a best-selling novel containing a homosexual act, Italy's La Republica newspaper reported.

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