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Five killed as IS attacks Iraq oil field

Five killed as IS attacks Iraq oil field

The Islamic State has attacked two energy plants in north Iraq, killing at least five people, says a report from Reuters.Armed militants, believed to be wearing suicide vests, attacked the Bai Hassan oil field near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. They have also taken four workers hostage, a senior security source in the city was quoted as saying by CNN.One attacker remains in the facility, while two were killed by security forces and another detonated himself when security forces ..., 20 minutes ago

First-ever refugee team ascends to Rio's Christ statue

IMAGE: Members of the Olympic refugee team including Yusra Mardini from Syria (C) pose in front of Christ the Redeemer on Saturday. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters Members of the first-ever Olympic refugee team visited Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ statue Saturday, with smiles as wide as their arms were outstretched, imitating the landmark's open embrace as they posed for photos. A mist of light clouds softened the afternoon light, giving the athletes who come from harrowing backgrounds a ...
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Three decades passed, memories of Hashimpura still haunt ex-SP

Rai says the story is a ‘sordid saga of the relations between the Indian state and minorities'. Nearly 30 years since the Hashimpura massacre, the then superintendent of police of Ghaziabad district has come out with a book giving his version of the gory incident in which 42 Muslims were gunned by jawans of the Provincial Armed Constabulary. ‘Still weighing heavy on my conscience is that horrifying night of May 22 in the humid summer of 1987. And the subsequent days, similarly, are ...
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Skydiver makes history by landing without parachute

A 42-year-old skydiver with more than 18,000 jumps made history when he became the first person to leap without a parachute and land in a net instead.After a two-minute freefall, Luke Aikins landed dead centre in the 100-by-100-foot net yesterday at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts of Simi Valley.As cheers erupted, Aikins quickly climbed out, walked over and hugged his wife, Monica, who had been watching from the ground with their 4-year-old son, Logan, and other family members."I'm ...
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Death toll in Kashmir clashes rises to 49; curfew continues

IMAGE: A security personnel questions children who went out on a deserted street during curfew in Srinagar on Sunday. Photograph: Umar Ganie The death toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir rose to 49 on Sunday as one of the injured persons succumbed at a hospital in Srinagar even as curfew in some parts and restrictions in rest of the Valley continued as a precautionary measure. Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, 17, who was injured during clashes in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on ...
 Rediff.com49 minutes ago Clashes in Kashmir, curfew lifted in many areas  Rediff.com15 hours ago

Two Russians appeal ban from Rio Olympics

IMAGE: Russia's Vladimir Morozov reacts. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Files/Reuters Russian swimmers Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobintsev have launched an appeal against the ruling banning them from next month's Rio Olympic Games even though they have never failed a doping test. The duo want the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overturn the decision of swimming's world governing body FINA to ban them for not falling within the IOC's new criteria on allowing Russian competitors to ...
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Gold at 29-month high, may touch Rs 32,500 mark

In dollar terms, however, gold prices jumped by 26 per cent this calendar year, following sharp jump in hedge funds’ long position Gold prices spurted to Rs 31,340 per 10 grams, a 29-month high, by surging Rs 540 in the bullion market on Saturday, following global demand for safe haven. With hedge funds strengthening their long positions on gold, prices for the precious metal are expected to surpass the Rs 32,500-mark in the near-term. Standard gold in Mumbai’s popular Zaveri ...
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Messi quiet but Barcelona stroll past Celtic

IMAGE: FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates a goal against Celtic during their friendly on Saturday. Photograph: FC Barcelona/Twitter A blond-haired Lionel Messi failed to get on the scoresheet but it hardly mattered as under-strength Barcelona taught Celtic a footballing lesson in a Dublin friendly. Strikes by Arda Turan and Munir El Haddadi, and an own goal by Efe Ambrose -- all before the break -- were enough to earn a 3-1 victory for Luis Garcia's men in what was their first game back ...
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Airlines oppose lower cancellation fees, quicker refunds to passengers

New rules will unnecessarily make the airlines responsible for reasons beyond their control Airlines have said the government’s moves to bring down cancellation fees and speed up refunds will affect their financial performance. According to new rules effective August 1, airlines have been asked to refund all taxes and fees in case of a cancellation or no show. Also, airlines cannot levy cancellation charges more than the basic fare and fuel surcharge. “We appreciate the ...
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Inconsistent Maxwell gets axe; Marsh, Henriques return for Sri Lanka ODIs

Australia have dropped out-of-form limited overs specialist Glenn Maxwell from the squad for the one-day international series in Sri Lanka next month, the country's cricket board announced on Sunday. Nicknamed ‘Big Show’, the 27-year-old all-rounder made 46 not out help Australia reach the final of last month's tri-series in West Indies but could only muster a combined tally of seven runs in three others innings in the tournament. "We know Glenn can be a match-winner for Australia ...
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