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Obama: US willing to help Iraq but will not send troops

US President Barack Obama said Friday that he is examining options short of sending ground troops to help Iraq counter a Sunni extremist offensive, but warned the country must heal its own divisions. Duration: 00:39 Jun 14, 2014
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Wildlife regulator: Africa surpasses Asia in ivory seizures

Several African countries have made great strides in clamping down on ivory smuggling, with large seizures for the first time exceeding those made in prime destination Asia, UN wildlife regulator CITES said Friday. Duration: 00:51 Jun 14, 2014
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Malawi's fish stocks in sharp decline

Chambo is a fish that's a staple for millions in Malawi but stocks are dwindling at an alarming rate due to over-fishing. There's also been a rapid drop in water levels of Lake Malawi driven by population growth and climate change. Duration: 01:21 Jun 13, 2014
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It Happens: Ganga Dussehra Record

Kanpur, June 13 (ANI): Hindu devotees in Kanpur city of India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday made an attempt to create a record by offering a 51,000 meter-long cloth to holy river Ganges to mark Hindu festival, 'Ganga Dussehra', which commemorates birth of the river on earth. The 51,000 meter-long cloth extends from Bramhavrat Ghat area at one end of Kanpur and touches Jajmau area at the city's other end and was organised by volunteers in collaboration with Kanpur's main shrine of Lord Shiv. Devout Hindus in Kanpur took a holy dip in the river Ganges, prayed for their ancestors and sought the blessings of the Hindu goddess Ganga to get rid of their sins. Priests performed traditional Hindu rituals and chanted hymns on the banks of the river. Women and girls offered prayers for the well being of their families. The first 10 days of the month of June are said to honour the presence of river Ganges in India. According to a myth, the Ganges was gifted to mankind in answer to the penance undertaken by King Bhagirath of the legendary Sagara dynasty. Bhagirath prayed for the Ganges to descend onto the earth to wash the ashes of his dead brothers to give them salvation. However, another event organiser, said the attempt is to make the new federal government of Prime Minister Jun 13, 2014
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It Happens: Mud Houses

Rajkot, June 13 (ANI): In an attempt to preserve and promote traditional mud houses which existed in the olden days of Indian civilization, an organic farmer in western Gujarat state built a 'mud house' residency using coconut wood and bamboo. Not a professional builder, but a true Gandhian at heart Shital Patel (44), constructed the state's first housing colony made purely of mud after his traditional mud house became a local tourist attraction. Planning to create an 'eco-friendly' colony on the outskirts of western Rajkot city, Patel added that the concept of mud houses has gained in popularity as these homes are well-insulated and remain cool in summers and warm in winters. The cost of making the mud homes ranges between Rs 5 lakhs to 6 lakhs approximately and it takes almost three to four months to make a mud house, which can withstand an earthquake, too. The concept has attracted the attention of many businessmen in the city who have expressed a keenness to invest in more such projects. They feel that such homes provide mental peace.Shital Patel's family has been living in a mud house since 1998 when he built a traditional mud house on his agricultural land. Each mud house also has an organic garden with drip irrigation for fruit trees, a library and a meditation hall. There Jun 13, 2014
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It Happens: Tibetan Artist

Dharamsala, June 13 (ANI): Renowned Tibetan musician, Jhola Tehchung, launched an upcoming musical event in India's hill town of Dharamsala on June 10 to promotes Himalayan artistes and music from across various genres, including folk to fusion to pop. The four-day musical concert 'Tashi Delek Concert'is organised by a newly formed Tibetan organisation, 'Himalayan International Traditional Arts' (HITA) from Japan and it will be held from 29th of June to 2nd of July in India's northern Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir province, inviting all prominent young musicians from the entire Himalayan region. Spokesperson of HITA, Tsering Dicky, said that the agency is formed by a Tibetan musician based in Japan with an aim to promote Tibetan and Himalayan artists. Music enthusiasts from all across the world are expected to attend the event. Jun 13, 2014
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High tidal waves flood Mumbai shoreline

Mumbai, June 13 (ANI): Strong tidal waves have led to water-logging in low lying areas of Mumbai. At some places, shanties were washed away and cars stood half-submerged in water. Several tiles along Marine Drive were damaged. Roads near Gateway of India and some areas in Mahim, Worli sea face and some parts of Dadar were flooded when hide tide measuring 4.56 meters hit the shores at 11:30 am today. Jun 13, 2014
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Delegation of BJP leaders meets home minister to discuss post-election violence in West Bengal

New Delhi, June 13 (ANI): A delegation of BJP leaders met Home Minister, Rajnath Singh on Friday (June 13) to present their report after visiting West Bengal in order to assess the spate of post-election violence and attacks on its members in the province. Several BJP supporters were injured in a clash with TMC workers, in the Sandeshkhali area of the the state on May 28. Due to a spur of violent clashes and a blast near the north 24 Parganas district polling booth, voter turnout in the area dropped. The five-member delegation of lawmakers included Babul Supriyo, in-charge of the party affairs in the province, Siddharth Nath Singh, S.S. Ahluwalia besides Naqvi and Lekhi. Jun 13, 2014
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Final decision on 'Maratha Samaj' reservations to be announced on June 21: Narayan Rane

Mumbai, June 13 (ANI): Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane has said that the Congress-NCP government would announce the final decision on 'Maratha Samaj' reservation on the 21st of June. Rane claimed that they would officially announce 20 percent reservation for Marathis in jobs this month. The move by the state government is being seen as a way to appease the people in the region ahead of the Assembly Elections that would be held later this year. Jun 13, 2014
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Tunisian ice hockey team makes debut

It's no mirage: these are Tunisian hockey players sliding across the rink, a thousand miles from the sand dunes of their country, and they're debuting their national squad. Duration: 01:47 Jun 13, 2014