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image   Obama acknowledged that there are going to be some issues where it's going to be tough to move forward.
President Barack Obama on Sunday said there is a good chance of pushing through contentious US immigration reform this year.

The reform, currently being debated in Congress, would pave the way for citizenship to 11 million undocumented people and accelerate the process of professionals from countries like India and China.

"I actually think that we have a good chance of getting immigration reform," Obama told a tv channel. Obama argued that this would not only create jobs, but also give a boost to the US economy.

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image   Islamabad, Feb 2 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in comments published Sunday in a Pakistani newspaper that the AAP targeted "corrupt politicians" for four reasons.

"There are four reasons," Kejriwal was quoted by the Dawn as telling a group of Pakistani journalists who called on him.

"We are against corruption among politicians," he said, listing the reasons.

"We are against their criminalization," he added. "We are against their commercialization. And we are also against dynastic politics."

Addressing a party conference Friday, the Aam Aadmi Party founder liste
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image Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat whose December arrest led to a major international dispute, holds no immunity from U.S. prosecution and should continue to faces charges of visa fraud, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in court papers filed on Friday.

Khobragade was arrested on December 12 on charges that she lied to U.S. authorities about what she paid her housekeeper. She was stripped-searched while detained in Manhattan federal courthouse, which led to a diplomatic firestorm between India and the United States that continued for weeks.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office argues in the court filings that Khobragade is a former diplomat a
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image New Delhi: Sky enthusiasts can gear up for another celestial treat as the second supermoon of 2014 is coming up this week.

According to Space Foundation, an organisation working for popularising astronomy, the second of the five supermoons of 2014 would be visible on Friday.

January is the only month with two supermoons until January 2018, the first supermoon of the year 2014 appeared on January 1.

The second supermoon of 2014, which will occur Friday would be visible around 3.30 pm.

While the remaining three supermoons will be visible July 12, August 10 and September 9, the August supermoon would be closest to Earth.

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image   Kiev: A day after it repealed an anti-protest law in order to placate the protesters, the Ukrainian Parliament on Wednesday will discuss granting amnesty to the detained protesters.

President Viktor Yanukovych had on Monday met three opposition leaders on Monday and agreed to grant amnesty only after the protesters on the streets stopped demonstrating and vacated buildings that they have occupied.

However, the opposition has demanded unconditional amnesty for the protesters besides wanting fresh eolections.

Yesterday, the Parliament agreed to scarp a contentious anti-protest legislation that had angered the demonstrators already miffed wi
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image Image Credit IBN Live Mumbai: The insensitivity towards women's rights appears to be not just limited to uncouth men. Maharashtra State Women Commission member and NCP member Asha Mirje exhibited similar disposition when she blamed women for not being “careful”.

Speaking at gathering of NCP's women's wing at Nagpur, Mirje questioned the Delhi gang-rape victim's intention in going out to watch a movie with a friend at 11 pm in the night.

"Did Nirbhaya really have go to watch a movie at 11 in the night with her friend? Take the Shakti Mills gang-rape case. Why did the victim go to such an isolated place at 6 pm?"
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image   Pyongyang: In a brutal purge to obliterate any trace of his uncle Jang Song-thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of all the blood relatives of the traitor uncle, said reports.

The North Korean regime carried out "extensive executions" of Jang Song-thaek's entire family, not sparing even children.

'Some relatives were shot to death by pistol in front of other people if they resisted while being dragged out of their apartment homes,' the Daily Mail quoted South Korea's Yonhap agency.

The mass execution was ordered by the leader to ensure that "no traces" of the 'traitor' un
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image New Delhi: Taking on Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Gujarat government was involved in 2002 riots.

Speaking to an English news channel on Monday, Rahul defended the Congress government for 1984 riots and said, "Gujarat government was involved in 2002 riots while Congress government tried to stop 1984 riots."

At the same time, he said that, "Some Congress men were probably involved in 1984 riots, legal process is on."

To questions whether he would apologise for the 1984 riots and whether he felt that there was no need for it, Gandhi said, &q
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image   New Delhi, Jan 25 : Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday congratulated President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on India's Republic Day and also expressed satisfaction at the "dynamic development" of ties between the two countries.

In a message on the eve of Republic Day, Putin said: "I note with satisfaction the dynamic development of Russia-india relations, which stepped up to the level of special and privileged strategic partnership."

He said he was convinced that through their joint efforts both will "ensure further expansion of the whole spectrum of their mutually beneficial bilateral ties and c
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image New Delhi, Jan 22 : Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade this year, the first ever Japanese dignitary to grace the occasion.

The Japanese Prime Minister will undertake an official visit to India from January 25 to January 27 at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.

Prime Minister Abe will meet Manmohan Singh for the Annual Summit between India and Japan.

Their discussions will add substance and content to the India- Japan Strategic and Global Partnership.

The visiting dignitary will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee , and witness the Repub
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image   Bharatiya Janata Party's electoral fortunes in the southern state of Karnataka is unlikely to see brighter days in near future even with the return of once party strongman and former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa. In an ironic twist of destiny it was Yeddyurappa, who led the saffron unit to victory for the first time in 2008, had to resign as chief minister over allegations of corruption and quit the party later. The BJP miserably failed to fill the vacuum created after Yeddyurappa's exit allowing Congress to win the Assembly elections. Now the lotus, BJP's poll symbol, also stares at a defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Karnataka, which has 28 seats in Lok Sabha,
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image Patna, Jan 20 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday directly attacked BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi by saying that neither can the 2002 Gujarat riots be forgotten nor people behind it be forgiven.  He also ruled out his JD-U's alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls.

"One thing is certain.  Neither 2002 Gujarat riots can be forgotten nor people behind it be forgiven," Nitish Kumar told media persons after his weekly "janata darbar" here.

Without naming Modi or the Bharatiya Janata Party, he said some vested interests are trying to ensure that killing of innocent people in the Gujarat communa
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image London, Jan 18  : A brain surgery specialist has reportedly claimed that Formula One legend Michael Schumacher will be a completely different person than he was should he survive the severe head injuries he suffered in a skiing accident in December.

The seven-time German world champion, who retired in 2012, is currently being treated in Grenoble University Hospital for brain injuries he suffered in an accident while skiing off-piste in Meribel in the French Alps.

According to The Independent, although doctors have begun tests on Schumacher, who has been in a medically-induced coma for over two weeks since he struck his head on a rock that left his helmet sp
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image New Delhi, Jan 18 - Shashi Tharoor, minister of state for human resource, was hospitalised after he complained of chest pain early Saturday, a day after his wife Sunanda Pushkar was found dead in a hotel here.

Tharoor who was initially admitted to the ICU was later shifted to a ward at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).

Tharoor is now stable, an AIIMS official said.

"Everything is normal. The chest pain was normal now and his condition is stable," AIIMS PRO M. C. Mishra told IANS.

Tharoor complained of chest pain late Friday night following which he was taken to AIIMS.

His wife Sunanda Pushk
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image NEW DELHI: Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Union minister Shashi Tharoor, has reportedly been found dead in a five-star hotel here.   Pushkar's body was found in room number 345 of Leela Hotel. The incident came to fore around 8pm after the hotel authorities informed the police.    The special commissioner of police Deepak Mishra confirmed to TOI about the incident. However police were yet to ascertain if it was a suicide. Further investigations are on. The room in which Pushkar was staying has been sealed by the police  The shocking news comes just a day after Sunanda and her husband Shashi Tharoor were involved in a Twitter controversy, also involving a Pakistani
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image New Delhi, Jan 16 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will lead the party's 2014 poll campaign.

"This meeting of CWC declares that the 2014 election campaign will be led by Rahul Gandhi," party spokesperson Janardan Dwivedi said.

While several Congress Working Committee (CWC) members were keen that Gandhi be anointed the party's prime ministerial candidate, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi intervened to say that it was not the tradition of the party to declare the candidate.

She said Rahul Gandhi would lead the party campaign for 2014, Dwivedi told reporters after the CWC meet. (IANS) Source: Top News  
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image New Delhi, Jan 15 : Finance Minister P.  Chidambaram on Wednesday said that India's fiscal deficit will be contained at 4.8 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the current fiscal ending March, and hinted at possible cuts in government spending.

Chidambaram expressed his "unflinching commitment" to contain the fiscal deficit, at a time when the deficit in the first eight months of the fiscal year has touched 93.9 percent of the full-year target.

"On more than one occasion, I have reiterated our unflinching commitment to contain the fiscal deficit to 4.8 per cent of GDP in the current year, and I'll do so
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image New York, Jan 14 : The stage is set for one of the brightest light show ever in our universe.

The NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has focused its eyes on a dying star that is about to self destruct as a blazing supernova any day now.

Billed as SBW1, this star is located 20,000 light-years from earth and features an enigmatic double-ringed planetary nebula.

The rings are gases that have been blasted from the outermost layers of the blue supergiant star in the nebula's core.

The star is going through its final death throes before a supernova is initiated.

For people on earth, there is nothing to worry as the super
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image Washington, Jan 14 : Asia's two economic giants, India and China, have been rated "unfree" and ranked 120th and 137th respectively, in the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom by US think tank Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal.

"The foundations for long-term economic development continue to be fragile in the absence of effectively functioning legal frameworks," the editors of the Index wrote.

"Progress with market-oriented reforms has been uneven and has often backtracked at the urging of those with a political interest in maintaining the status quo."

The world's largest economy, the United States, fel
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image (CNN) -- In the final weeks of his brief life, little Myls Dobson suffered unspeakable acts of neglect and violence.

A New York criminal complaint released Friday at the arraignment of Kryzie King, 27, with whom the 4-year-old had been staying since mid-December, said the boy had burn marks and abrasions on his head, neck, face and testicles. There were bruises and numerous marks made by an object on his abdomen and legs and wrists -- bruises consistent with being restrained -- lacerations to his fingers, abrasions to his armpit, and bruises and scars on his back. The child appeared malnourished, the complaint said.

Myls suffered "horrific injuries sustaine
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