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Firefighters Investigate Smoke At The Shard

About 900 people have been evacuated from London skyscraper The Shard after smoke was discovered in the basement. Firefighters are now investigating what caused the smoke at the 1,004ft-high building – the tallest in Western Europe. The mass evacuation came after a fire alarm went off. But a spokesman for The Shard said there had not been a fire. A…

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Bryan Cranston developing ‘Dangerous Book for Boys’ TV series

Having finished his development in what is widely considered one of the best shows around today, Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston is looking to move on to another series. This time, however, this is not in front of the camera, but behind it, as Cranston has just…

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G7 expresses concern over Asian maritime tensions

Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialised nations have said that they are deeply concerned by tensions in the East and South China Sea. The G7 leaders meeting in Brussels yesterday had warned against any use of…

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US suspends Iran oil sanctions for six months

With Iran complying with the commitment on its controversial nuclear weapons programme, US President Barack Obama has suspended his action on Iranian oil sanctions for the next six months. Even though there is enough oil in the international market for countries like India and China to reduce their dependence on Iranian oil, to avoid US…

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U.S. may stay in Afghanistan 10 more years

While some 9,800 troops are slated to stay until then, plans are being formulated to continue a U.S. presence through diplomatic and intelligence assets, as well as the hiring of private security contractors. The contractors would undertake training and provide security in the more isolated areas of the country. As was done in Iraq, private military contractors, or PMC’s, would ...

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Assad wins Syrian election with 88.7% of vote

Syria’s parliament yesterday announced that incumbent Bashar al-Assad won Tuesday’s presidential election, winning 88.7 per cent of the vote (10.3 million votes). An hour before the final result was proclaimed a rising ripple of celebratory machine-gun fire rolled across Damascus after Syrian television declared 73.4 per cent, or 11.6 million of Syria’s 15 million registered voters had cast ballots in ...

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Boko Haram Attack in Nigeria Killed 400 Villagers, Official Says

By Gbenga Akingbule Bloomberg News An attack by suspected militants from the Boko Haram Islamist group left at least 400 people dead in three villages in northeastern Nigeria, according to a local official. The…

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Bombings strike busy areas in Iraq, killing 25

BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings tore through busy areas in the Iraqi capital and cities to the north and south on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people, officials said. Iraq is experiencing its worst surge in violence since the sectarian bloodletting of 2006 and 2007, which pushed the country to the brink of civil war. The U.N. mission in Iraq said ...

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Modi asks top babus to get rid of archaic laws

NEW DELHI: In his bid to encourage top babus to work, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the 10 year’s fatigue will end and the “talented” officers would enjoy the days ahead, sources told TOI. Modi was interacting with the 72 secretaries on…

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PM meets secretaries to outline governance agenda

Tweet New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday met the secretaries of all government departments to outline his agenda of governance to the top bureaucrats. In a first for a…

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