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Ed Miliband has challenged Russell Brand over his view that voting is "pointless" in a video interview conducted by the campaigning comedian. Taken to task by Brand about public disillusionment with politics, the Labour leader replied: "You implied... no change happened. That's just wrong." Prime Minister David Cameron called Miliband's...

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Saudi Arabia's new king has announced a major cabinet reshuffle that puts in place a new generation to succeed him. King Salman has appointed his nephew, the powerful Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as crown prince. The king's son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been made deputy crown prince and the foreign minister...

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The batting maestro is upset by speculation that his daughter Sara is joining showbiz.Sachin Tendulkar, who is making his film debut in a docu-feature on his life, is upset by speculation that his daughter Sara is joining showbiz. “My daughter Sara is enjoying her academic pursuits. Annoyed at all the baseless speculation about her joining films,” Tendulkar tweeted. Rumours were...

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Justin Bieber has settled out of court with a photographer who claimed he was assaulted bythe singer's bodyguard in 2013. The settlement between Bieber and photographer Jeffrey Binion was confirmed following anincident outside a South Florida recording studio two years ago.

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In the face of an uproar in the Rajya Sabha over a “son¬guaranteeing'' medicine “being sold by yoga guru Baba Ramdev's pharmacy'', the Government on Friday agreed to look into the issue and see how the product was issued a license. The matter was raised by Janata Dal (United) member K. C. Tyagi who wanted to know how a...

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CHENNAI/MADURAI: Scientists, philosophers and laymen have for at least 2,000 years pondered the mystery of why whales, expert navigators of the world's oceans, strand themselves in shallow water and on beaches, with some experts stating that, to all intent and purposes, the act appears deliberate — as if the magnificent giants, realising they are ill and are unlikely to live much...

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Cairo, Egypt (AFP)- An Egyptian court Wednesday jailed 69 Islamists for life for torching a church near Cairo in August 2013, as anger flared over a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.The Coptic church was set on fire and a police station was attacked when violence erupted in the town of Kerdasa on August 14 that year, after hundreds of Morsi supporters died in a crackdown

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Superstar Rajinikanth, yoga teacher Ramdev, BJP leader and veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha were among the 1,793 prominent persons whose names were recommended for this year’s Padma awards but ignored.Names of spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, former US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwil, filmstar Ajay Devgan, noted playback singer Udit Narayan and industrialist Brijmohan Lall Munjal were also recommended to the Padma awards selection committee but they were not selected.

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The newest generation of women in the United Arab Emirates looks a lot like Farha Alshamsi: educated and career-minded. The 31-year-old has two degrees, holds a senior position in a government agency and runs her own communications and advisory company on the side. “We have women working in all sectors and the government does a lot to support women…

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The greatest tragedy of Rana Plaza is that no-one should have died. Cracks had appeared the day before the eight-storey building outside the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, collapsed. The building had been evacuated, but the next morning managers at garment factories there demanded workers go back in.

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An Islamic center in Australia, attended by two teenagers charged with terrorism-related offences, has closed its doors. The al-Furqan Islamic center in south-west Melbourne said it believed that it was the best course of action given the “pressure” it had received.Five teenagers were arrested after anti-terror raids last weekend.

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More than 1,200 tourism enterprise representatives, tourism planners, experts and mediagathered in Beijing recently for the 2015 Conference for Tourism Retailers and Suppliers heldby Easytour International Travel Service (Beijing). They shared their experiences in keynote speeches about the tourism industry’s developmentand trends in the Internet era.

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Eight rail lines between Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen are creating special compartments for single female passengers to spare them the potential embarrassment and danger of sharing a closed sleeper room with unfamiliar males.“When passengers buy tickets, the system will automatically identify their gender based on their ID number and allocate seats in the special compartments...

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JAKARTA -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Thursday that his country stands ready to work with relevant parties to hammer out a fair, balanced and all-win agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue.He made the remarks in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, during which the Chinese president welcomed the recent framework deal Iran reached with the so-called P5+1 countries.

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An Indian jewelry advertisement with top Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been withdrawn after criticism that it was “racist” and promoted child slavery. The advertisement shows a black, emaciated child holding a red parasol over the fair, bejewelled actress.

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