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image   Washington, Feb 17 - US President Barack Obama Sunday voiced his "deep disappointment" at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's plan to enact a legislation that would criminalise homosexuality, warning the move will "complicate" US relations with Uganda and would be a "step backward" for all Ugandans.

The warning came after Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said Saturday he would sign the bill into law following an explanation by "medical experts" saying "homosexuality is not genetic", Xinhua reported.

"The anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to t
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image   Amman, Feb 17 - Jordan's Lower House Sunday called for revoking the nation's peace treaty with Israel as the Israeli Knesset sought to end Jordan's role in the protection of the holy sites in Jerusalem.

The 150-member house called on the Jordanian government to submit a law to revoke the peace treaty, which Jordan and Israeli signed in 1994, Xinhua quoted a statement issued by the house's Palestine Committee as saying.

"The Israeli Knesset attempts to end Jordan's supervision and sovereignty over the sacred sites in Jerusalem are rejected, and Jordan, its people and its leadership will not accept them," it said.
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image Sujanpur, (Himachal Pradesh) Feb. 16 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday said that all the tainted ministers in the country belong ed to Congress.

"Do you want to be relieved of corruption? If you want then we need to remove this corrupt government in order to eliminate corruption," said Modi, while addressing a rally in Sujanpur.

"Yesterday the PM said there are so many BJP ministers in jail, and that the BJP has corrupt ministers whereas all the tainted ministers are in their government, and they are blaming us," he said.

"For the last 60 years, the Congress has captured the
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image   New Delhi, Feb 12 : The rule of law is not just a prerequisite for a vibrant society based on civil and human rights but also for robust bilateral and global economic and trade relations that are without uncertainties, said an expert Wednesday.

The rule of law is necessary not just for the civil rights and the human rights as is generally believed but even for business and commercial transactions, said James P. Duffy, a convenor of a three-day conference on "Threading the needle in US-India deals: Safe passage through formidable legal risk", starting here Thursday.

Duffy represents American Bar Association Section of International Law which is
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image   New Delhi, Feb 12 : Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath Wednesday termed as "unfortunate" the disruption during the rail budget, and said it was setting a bad precedent for the future Lok Sabhas.

"It is very unfortunate... the obstruction and creating disturbances and all kinds of unruly scenes... This is a very bad precedent for the future Lok Sabhas," Kamal Nath told reporters after the drama in the Lok Sabha during the railway budget presentation.

Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge could not read his entire speech and a couple of members nearly came to blows in the lower house Wednesday.

Asked if the governm
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image   Mumbai, Feb 12 : People without a bank account in India would soon be able to withdraw cash from an automated teller machine (ATM) with the use of mobile technology, Researve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan announced here Wednesday.

At present, only bank account holders can withdraw cash from an ATM.

"We have recently approved the in-principle setting up of a payment system which will facilitate the funds transfer from bank account holders to those without accounts through ATMs," Rajan said while speaking at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum on financial inclusion and technology.

"Essentially, the sender can have the
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image   Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily has called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ignorant and advised him to know how a government functions.

Moily hit-back at Kejriwal after he ordered Delhi's Anti-Corruption Branch to register FIRs against Moily some other high-profile personalities over irregularities in the pricing of natural gas from K G Basin.

When asked for a comment on the controversial development, Moily said, "I think I should sympathise with his ignorance. He should know how the government functions, how these things are done. He thinks that it's just like taking water through a bucket from a well. He cannot take oil like that.&
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image   A court in Europe is set to review the legality of the emergency bond buying programme that was launched by Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank in order to save the common currency.

Germany's constitutional court has been asked to review the programme as some believe that the European Central Bank's Open Market Transactions scheme might have breached a mandate in the European law. The court said that it is possible that the OMT was legal and the matter will be referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg, which is expected to offer repot next year.

The remarks come at a time when it is stated that the OMT is not
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image Washington, Feb 7 : George Clooney has confessed that he loves Sandra Bullock's four-year-old son Louis and believes that he is unbelievably great.

The 52-year-old actor bonded with the toddler on the set of the film 'Gravity' and thinks that she is a "really, truly fun" mother, People magazine reported.

'The Monuments Men' star said that he hasn't babysit for Louis, but has spent some time with him and he is a good kid, joking that he doesn't know about Bullock but the kid is good. (ANI)   Source: Top News
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image   New Delhi, Feb 6  : External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that India will take "necessary" action in the reports of alleged tax and visa violations by the American Embassy School here.

To a question on the media reports regarding alleged tax and visa violations by the American Embassy School in New Delhi, Khurshid, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha yesterday, said: "The Government has sought the relevant information from the School to examine compliance with relevant Indian laws by the School and its employees, and will take necessary action accordingly in this matter."

On Devyani Khobragade, an Indian diplomat wh
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image   Kolkata, Feb 5 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Wednesday slammed the idea of a Third Front and said it should be "rejected" as the concept would make India "third grade".

"Third Front will make India third grade and we need to reject them forever. Those talking about the Third Front in Delhi should come here and see which way the wind is blowing," the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said at a mammoth rally at the Brigade Parade grounds here.

The Gujarat chief minister said the absence of the Third Front was the "most important" reason why the western part of India has seen development.
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image   Copenhagen, Feb 5 : India-born Danish politician Manu Sareen, 46, continues to hold some of the most powerful and sensitive portfolios in the new Danish cabinet announced by incumbent Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Sareen is the first male minister in Denmark to hold the portfolios of social welfare, gender equality, church and Nordic cooperation affairs since his induction into the cabinet in 2011. A social-activist leader of the Danish left Social Liberal Party (the Radikale Venstre Partiet), he brings to the coalition of Thorning-Schmidt's Social Democrats and the Socialist People's Party great influence and much welcome electoral confidence, partic
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image   Washington: Just a day after Taliban peace talks were delayed, a report emerged on Wednesday suggesting that the United States has drastically scaled back drone strikes in Pakistan since December last.

A report in the Washington Post citing US officials, says that drone strikes on Pakistan have been drastically curtailed after a request from Islamabad as the country is set to hold peace talks with the Taliban, which was scheduled to begin yesterday but was delayed.

“That’s what they asked for, and we didn’t tell them no,” the Washington Post quoted a US official.

However, the report added that the US would continue
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image   Italy: Lazio president Claudio Lotito has received more than 50 death threats since the club sold midfielder Hernanes to Inter Milan at the end of the January transfer window, he said on Monday.

"Yesterday, I received between 50 to 70 to 80 telephone calls from pseudo-fans, in which they asked me to leave Lazio and made death threats against me," he told reporters.

"I live under escort," he added. "The supporters are part of the club but now they have overstepped the mark."

During the news conference, Lotito took a phone call which he said was from another angry Lazio supporter.

"Who`s the
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image Washington: The United States on Monday warned against moves to stage a military coup in Thailand and said it was "concerned that political tensions" are challenging the Southeast Asian nation's democracy.

"We certainly do not want to see a coup or violence... in any case of course. We are speaking directly to all elements in Thai society to make clear the importance of using democratic and constitutional means to resolve political differences," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said after disrupted weekend elections.

While there had been "peaceful and orderly polling" in most areas yesterday "but there were also distu
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image New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah and other accused in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh alleged fake encounter case on the plea of CBI seeking transfer of certain documents from Gujarat to a Maharashtra court.

"Issue notice to respondents returnable within four weeks," a bench of justices Ranjana Prakash Desai and Madan B Lokur said.

Shah was arrested by CBI on July 25, 2010 in connection with the case and had spent over three months in Sabarmati Jail in Ahmedabad before being granted the bail.

Besides Shah, suspended DIG D G Banjara, R K Pandiyan (both Gujarat cadre IPS officers
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image   New Delhi: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof C N R Rao will be conferred with the country`s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function here on Tuesday.

Master batsman Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket on November 16 last year, will be the first sportsman to be bestowed with the honour by the President at a function to be held in `Durbar Hall` of Rashtrapati Bahavan.

Tendulkar (40) and Rao (79), both of whom are recipients of Padma Vibhushan -- the country`s second highest civilian honour, will join a list of 41 eminent personalities who have been conferred with the award
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image   New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party government under Arvind Kejriwalwill hold a crucial cabinet meeting on Monday to clear the draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The Jan Lokpal Bill pushed by AAP has the office of the Chief Minister, legislators and bureaucrats under its ambit.

It also includes measures like stricter punishments if found guilty of corruption and provision of protection for whistle-blowers and witnesses.

However, the proposal to include DDA and Delhi Police is likely to be a bone of contention between the Delhi government and Union Home Ministry as the latter has the charge of the two departments.

After the Cabinet cl
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image   Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has received a mixed reaction from the media here after his interaction with Pakistani journalists, with one daily on Sunday calling him the "most unimpressive" Indian politician while another praised him for his simplicity.

Tearing into Kejriwal, The News daily reported: "India's new shooting star with dreams of another 'India Shining' appeared as of the country's most unimpressive politicians but with a most impressive agenda".

It said the Aam Aadmi Party leader, who was wearing his "Kejriwal muffler", was armed with a "mission of populist politics".
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image                                   Voters hold their identification cards and the chains that held the gate of the polling station closed, as they demand the right to vote during general elections in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. AP

Thailand held nationwide elections without bloodshed on Sunday despite widespread fears of violence. But the country's profound political crisis is far from over, and one of the next flash points is likely to be an effort to nullify the vote.

Although balloting was largely peaceful, protesters forced th
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