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Padmanabhaswamy Temple dress code: Kerala HC reverses its ban on salwar kameez

The division bench of the Kerala High Court directed the officials to continue with the old rituals and customs of the Padmanabhaswamy temple. The Temple Administration was of the view that wearing churidar inside the temple was against the religious customs.

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Russia says over 8000 civilians leave eastern Aleppo

The development came after USA secretary of state John Kerry said he was hopeful about halting the siege of Aleppo after meeting Mr Lavrov at a conference of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Hamburg on Thursday. For years Aleppo was a key battleground and important rebel stronghold, but Assad s forces have recently made a concerted push to retake the city. Russia and the United States are close to reaching an understanding on Syria's Aleppo, the Interfax news agency ...

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Cowboys clinch playoff spot; will seek division title in Week 14

Foe what it's worth, Jones seemed to leave open the possibility that Tony Romo could get some late-season snaps ahead of Dak Prescott. "But I just think about the perception of it all". Remaining opponents: vs. Bears, at Giants , at Cowboys, vs. Packers. "They're definitely a better team, a more experienced quarterback". Dave: The Cowboys do not have a pass rush that would scare anyone, so a team that can pass the ball, do it efficiently and can avoid making mistakes or turnovers in ...

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Tsunami watch canceled for Hawaii

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 4:38 am (1738 GMT Thursday), was located 68 kilometres west of Kirakira, a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands, at a depth of 48 kilometres, USGS said .

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Mercedes runs job ad for F1 driver with 'proven track record'

Can he be put in the same league of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, a three-time champion, or the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, who have won four and two titles respectively? Bernie Ecclestone admits sport will miss Nico Rosberg even if he wasn't one of the greats.

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Rahul Gandhi on Demonetisation: If I speak in Parliament, natural disaster will occur

The Congress Vice President said that when he gets a chance to speak about demonetisation in the House, "the Prime Minister will not be able to even sit there". A senior Congress leader had then remarked: "Do you think opposition leaders would have come together like this if Rahul Gandhi was leading the protest?" "We want a vote (following debate) because people from BJP will vote for us on demonetisation".

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Explosion on Cairo thoroughfare kills 6 Egyptian police

A police conscript was seen prone at the blast site, an AFP photographer reported . The Hassam Movement, a militant group which has claimed a string of recent attacks, said it was behind the bombing, in a statement circulated on social media.

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French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is the new prime minister

The widely-respected lawyer was named to the post after President Francois Hollande accepted Mr Valls' resignation. "My candidacy is one of reconciliation", Mr Valls, whom polls now place fifth in the election, said in a speech in his political base in the gritty Paris suburb of Evry.

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Indonesia President Visits Quake Survivors, Vows to Rebuild

The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.The 2004 quake and tsunami killed a total of 230,000 people in a dozen countries, majority in Aceh.

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House OKs bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

Currently, abortions can not be performed past 24 weeks in Ohio . If Kasich vetoes the heartbeat bill while quietly signing a 20 week ban into law, he would seemingly take the more measured path. Only 133 abortions were performed past 21 weeks. In North Dakota, a federal appeals court overturned a six-week abortion ban. On the contrary, Kasich's hostility to reproductive rights extends well past his backdoor efforts to regulate legal abortion out of existence.

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South Korean lawmakers begin presidential impeachment vote

Ahead of a vote to impeach South Korean President Park Geun-hye, opposition members of parliament sat on the floor and chanted "Impeach" with raised fists. With the next presidential election originally slated for December 2017, if the court rules against Park, the country will have to re-schedule the race to an earlier date.

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Right to the end, Trump campaign spent less than Clinton's

In this scenario, if Florida was attached to the compact, you would still get their 29 electoral votes. Naturally, this level of openness has led to countless debates about how the Electoral College should operate, with many claiming statewide unity is essential for hearing the voice of Middle America .

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US House backs spending bill, fate in Senate unclear

That could put many federal operations out of business for the weekend, or potentially longer. "Everybody just had to get out of town today", Manchin said . Rejecting the bill puts the miners in danger of losing their benefits on December 31, McKinley said. "While I am disappointed that we are not voting on a permanent solution that ensures both health care and pension promises to miners are kept", Davis said, "having this provision in the continuing resolution ensures miners will not ...

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President Mahama Seeks a Final Term as Ghana Votes

President Mahama has campaigned on a platform pushing for political stability and the continuity of government policies and programs. Results will trickle in over the day, with the final victor expected to be announced at the earliest late Thursday.

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Smoke in metro coach causes panic, passengers safely evacuated

As per sources, the high-voltage electric wires above the coaches are very old and one of them at Patel Nagar station caught fire while the metro was passing through. "It was found that the air conditioning in vehicle number M3B10 was emitting smoke due to a probable fault in the control circuit. But terming it as a fire would be an exaggeration", a DMRC spokesperson said.

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Does Sasikala Natarajan Eyes on Jayalalithaa's Seat?

Adding more fuel to the speculations, newly appointed Chief Minister O Panneerselvam along with several senior AIADMK leaders visited Poes Garden and met Jayaa's heir apparent Sasikala twice in less than 24 hours. With Jayalalithaa gone, Sasikala has returned with increased clout among the party workers. The state government has announced a week of mourning while the central government has announced one day of mourning.

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2nd officer shot in Georgia dies after suspect found dead

Wednesday morning. The man who allegedly shot the two police officers in Georgia is now dead, police said. Smarr died shortly after the shooting. The officer who died was an Americus police officer and the wounded officer was a Georgia Southwestern University public safety officer, who was listed in "very, very critical condition" after the shooting near campus, according to WXIA-TV in Atlanta.

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South Korea impeaches President Park Geun-hye

Some political analysts said they expect them to be joined by at least 29 members of Park's ruling party after its leaders said that they would allow members of their caucus to vote their conscience in the secret ballot. It also indicated showed that 81% of those polled supported her impeachment. The hearing aimed to gather evidence relating to a presidency-threatening scandal centering on years of undue influence on government affairs by Park confidante Choi Soon-sil.

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Search underway for Pakistan plane reported missing with more than 40 aboard

PIA said about 40 people were aboard the Islamabad-bound ATR-42, a twin-turboprop build by a European consortium. Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan has expressed grief over deaths in Havelian plane crash and prayed that the families are blessed with courage to bear the loss.

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Ghana goes to the polls in closely-fought election

Mahama, who led the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) to power in 2012 has about 3,765,537 representing 44.8% of the total votes from 214 constituencies, making it statistically hard to obtain the required 50% plus 1 mark. Authorities already extended early voting to a second day after thousands of names were missing from voter lists on the day set aside for security personnel, election officials and journalists.

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Final jury selection begins in Dylann Roof case

The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a SC church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer's racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury.

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Red Cross mobilizing aid for Aceh quake victims

The sole hospital in Pidie Jaya was quickly overwhelmed, with patients treated on the grass out front or sent to neighbouring districts with better facilities. "We immediately ran outside the house but it crumbled. I looked around and all my neighbours' homes were completely flattened". Another two people died in neighboring Bireuen district.

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School named after Sen. John Glenn remembers him after death

The former astronaut had been admitted more than a week ago to the university's James Cancer Hospital, according to the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Our thoughts are with his beloved wife Annie, their children John and Carolyn and the entire Glenn family. But Glenn wasn't content to appear on cereal boxes or be a NASA figurehead.

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Death toll in quake rises to 25 in 1 district

Excavators were trying to remove debris from shop houses and other buildings where people were believed buried. Many residents in Pidie District, about 18 kilometers (11 miles) southwest of the epicenter, and the nearby town of Lhokseumawe ran out of their houses in panic.

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Democrats Calling on Obama to Pardon Illegal Immigrants

There are some people I will be appointing and I have appointed that he thought very highly of", Trump said , "I have asked him what he would think of this one and that one. In the Senate, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who are trying to defend Dreamers said they were "encouraged" by Mr. Trump's new tone. While Trump had called for resuming waterboarding , Obama underlined that the method does not work.

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Jennings hits fifty on debut as England make strong start

Therefore, it would be a herculean task for the visitors to stage a comeback against India , which is looking dominant enough to clinch the series with both their batters and bowlers performing exceedingly well. England searched for wickets but the two batsmen didn't waver in their resistance. The only wicket to fall in the afternoon session was that of Joe Root (21) caught at slip off Ravichandran Ashwin (155).

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People, politicians, stars bid adieu to Amma

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Jayalalithaa's efforts for the betterment of her state's women made her " Amma " (mother) in the truest sense. It also announced Rs 50,000 for a party functionary who allegedly attempted self-immolation and a similar amount to another person who cut his finger off following Jayalalithaa's demise on Dec 5.

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Syria Rebels Rule out Withdrawal from Aleppo

Clashes raged in the Old City itself, which has always been split between government and rebel-held areas, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. "We will continue bilateral negotiations (with Russia) to relieve the suffering in Aleppo , but we have not reached a breakthrough because Russian Federation wants to keep its military gains", she added.

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Germany's Merkel re-elected as conservative party leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due Tuesday to outline her battle strategy to counter a wave of populism that has consumed key allies overseas, as she launches into campaign mode for next year's elections. Merkel added that the world needed a coordinated worldwide fight against the "asymmetrical threat of Islamist terrorism". But she also hit out at anti-migrant and anti-government protesters who chant "We are the people!" or post hate messages on social media.

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Aid groups descend on Indonesia quake zone; deaths reach 102

Puteh A Manaf, the chief of the local disaster management agency said that "Several mosques, other public facilities, and houses collapsed due to the quake, but we still don't have the exact number of how many buildings damaged". "The search and rescue operations are still underway, but we have offered the technical assistance and the ability to assess damage", she said. Japan, a major investor in Indonesia, has said it's ready to provide assistance if requested.

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Trump Spent $3M on Family Business as Expenses in Campaign's Final Weeks

As it did after the far more divisive 2000 election, this has led many to call for an end to the Electoral College in favor of a system where the President would be elected via a nationwide popular vote, something that would obviously require a Constitutional Amendment.

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Parrikar writes to Mamata: Please don't drag Indian Army into controversy

He further said that such exercise is being carried out by all formation of the army throughout the country for many years according to the dates convenient to them in consultation with concerned agencies of the state governments. In the regards, he tweeted that the army was collecting money from toll tax booths in the states; a claim which was later denied by the army. It did that after Banerjee wondered whether the Army's presence+ at toll plazas was "a military coup" in revenge for her ...

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Don't bet big on health law changes when mulling coverage

Asked about Senate Republicans' plans for addressing the Cadillac tax and, more broadly, the Affordable Care Act, Scott said he and his colleagues are "strongly headed in the same direction we've been before, which is repealing Obamacare". But without an adequate replacement, the study's authors note, a partial repeal through reconciliation would reverse the government-subsidized coverage gained by an estimated 22.5 million Americans under the law while also destabilizing the private insurance ...

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Assad rejects pleas for ceasefire in Aleppo

Russia, which backs the army with bombing raids, also wants the United States to use its influence to urge rebel fighters to abandon their territory and accept transport out, which the Syrian government has provided to fighters who agreed to lay down arms in other parts of the country.

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Trump Starts War Of Words With Indiana Union Leader

Trump had boasted that his intervention with Carrier persuaded the company to preserve more than 1,100 jobs in IN that were previously moving to Mexico. Carrier's parent company is United Technologies UTX, -1.14%. Of course, it isn't news that Trump's deal with Carrier has been more bang than buck.


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