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Scorching day in store for Delhi

 Delhi residents experienced a scorching hot Saturday, with both the maximum and minimum temperature shooting up sharply. No respite from the heat is likely on Sunday. The maximum temperature Saturday was 6 degrees above normal at 42.4 degrees Celsius, while the minimum also shot four degrees above normal to reach 31.5 degrees Celsius. The day’s maximum and minimum humidity readings ...

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UN ready to help flood-hit India, Bangladesh

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is prepared to support India and Bangladesh, South Asiain countries that are experiencing heavy rains and flooding, a top UN official said. “The office is monitoring the situation in both countries and stands ready to support if the authorities request international assistance,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said. According to OCHA, ...

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Thousands throw wine at each other in Spain fest

 Thousands of people took part Friday in the Haro Wine Battle in the Spanish Rioja region, during which they threw some 6,000 litres of wine at each other in mock combat. The traditional “battle” is celebrated every June 29 to commemorate a real conflict in medieval times between the inhabitants of the city of Haro and the adjacent town of ...

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Russia, France to jointly build armoured vehicle

Russia and France will jointly build a new armoured infantry vehicle, Russian arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport said. Igor Sevastyanov, the company’s deputy chief, said he was heading a working party incorporating new technology from both nations and that a model had been made. The vehicle will likely be made in the next 18 months. “We have a project under the ...

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Two Britons arrested for Hollywood-style heists

 Two Britons, arrested for trying to steal ATMs from three banks in Thailand, said they were inspired by the robbery shown in the Hollywood action movie “Fast Five.” They tried to emulate a robbery committed by the main characters in the “Fast Five” movie, who in one scene used two Dodge Challengers to drag a huge vault from a building ...

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Four of family gunned down in Bihar

 Four members of a family were shot dead Saturday over a land dispute in Bihar’s Madhubani district, police said. Nearly a dozen armed men barged into the house of Mohammad Ali in Gangauli village in Madhubani, about 200 km from here, and opened fire, killing him and his three sons. “His wife was seriously injured,” a police official said. Police ...

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Russia allows NATO to use air base

Russian has given the approval for the US and its NATO allies to use a Russian air base in Ulyanovsk city as a hub for transits to and from Afghanistan. Moscow had announced plans to create a NATO transit hub in Ulyanovsk in March, and the decision was taken June 25. The decision sparked protests in the city, the birthplace ...

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Russian teenager chokes to death in sunflower seeds

 In a bizarre tragedy, a 15-year-old boy working at a grain tower full of sunflower seeds, fell in and suffocated to death, officials said. The boy climbed the 35-metre-high storage facility to control the loading process, officers in Krasnodar region said. But he failed to keep his balance and fell inside, and sank to a depth of two metres. Other ...

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No restrictions for tourists in Egypt

There will be no ban on wearing bikinis or drinking alcohol by tourists coming to Egypt following the election of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood as president, an Egyptian official has said. Egyptian Ambassador to Russia Alaa El Hadidi told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily that Egypt would not restrict tourists since tourism accounts for about 12 percent of the ...

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Giant ocean found on Saturn’s moon

Around 100 km beneath the rocky crust on Saturn’s largest moon Titan is an ocean of water spanning the entirety of the celestial body, scientists said. The ocean was hypothesised in 2011, based on Titan’s rotation and orbital movement. The theory was confirmed by a study based on data from the Cassini-Huygens probe, published in Science magazine. The ocean theory ...

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Gomez meets ill kids

Singer Selena Gomez took some time out to meet ill children. The 19-year-old appeared at the meet-and-greet event to mingle with young fans through the Make-A-Wish foundation. Gomez posted a picture of herself with a young girl at the event on her Facebook page. “I had one of the best days in a long time, had a Make-a-Wish event at ...

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Mohun Bagan appoints Santosh Kashyap as coach

Santosh Kashyap is the new coach of Mohun Bagan for the coming soccer season, the club announced at a media meet Friday. Exuding confidence of measuring up to the hot seat, Kashyap – a former Air India coach – said he was looking forward to the challenging assignment. “I am confident of my training and skills. I am looking forward,” ...

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Sri Lanka to establish warning system for n-disasters

Sri Lanka’s Atomic Energy Authority is to set up nuclear disaster early warning system in the naval bases around the island in the wake of increasing nuclear power stations in the region, a spokesman said Friday. According to navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) jointly works with the Disaster Management Centre and the navy on taking ...

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With China on mind, India, Japan, South Korea hold trilateral

With China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea, India, Japan and South Korea – Asia’s three leading democracies – Friday held their first trilateral meeting here and pitched for freedom of seas and expanding their multifaceted cooperation. The three sides discussed a host of regional and global issues to cement their trilateral cooperation cutting across diverse areas, including maritime ...

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