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French priest returns home after kidnap ordeal

French President Francois Hollande praises the "courage" of a Roman Catholic priest held hostage for seven weeks by Islamic militants in Cameroon as the cleric arrives home to a joyous welcome. Duration: 00:55 Jan 1, 2014
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Tea growers in Assam face threats from militant outfits

Assam, Jan 1 (ANI): 20-year-old Damu Gour, who works as a daily wager in a tea garden, was recently abducted and severely beaten up by suspected cadres of NSCN (K) outfit. He was kidnapped with three other workers. The motive was to extort money from the tea garden owner they were working with. Jan 1, 2014
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Brinda Karat condemns Madhyamgram gang rape case

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): CPI (M) Leader, Brinda Karat on Wednesday condemned the Madhyamgram gang rape case saying that it seems the government is for the security of the goons and not for the people. She further condemned the government saying that if the government had taken any proper measure, the girl would not have died. She also slammed the Kolkata Police for their refusal to hand over the body of the victim to her father for cremation. Jan 1, 2014
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BJPs Anurag Thakur meets CEC, seeks action against Virbhadra Singh

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): Stepped up attack on Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on corruption charges BJP MP Anurag Thakur on Wednesday met Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and handed over a memorandum demanding action against Singh and his MP wife Pratibha Singh. Jan 1, 2014
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Cong MP Sanjay Nirupam: Cut Mumbai power rates like AAP has

Mumbai, Jan 01 (ANI): Taking a chapter out of Delhi government's notebook regarding 50 per cent cut in power tariff, AICC secretary and MP Sanjay Nirupam on Wednesday demanded that Maharashtra government also reduce tariff for power consumption of less than 500 units per month in the city. Jan 1, 2014
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India cancels AgustaWestland deal; defence expert says it was predictable

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): India on Wednesday cancelled its Rs 3,600 crore deal with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland for supply of 12 VVIP choppers to the Air Force in view of charges that kickbacks to the tune of Rs 360 crore were paid in it. Speaking on the same, Defence Expert, Uday Bhaskar on Wednesday said that with the kind of investigation that has been carried out, it was almost predictable that it will be cancelled. He further said that the government must take a quick action on procedural transgression. Jan 1, 2014
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N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un delivers New Year address

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hails the recent execution of his powerful uncle Jang Song-Thaek, saying the removal of "scum elements" has helped cement unity among his people. Duration: 00:37 Jan 1, 2014
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India hopes for early resolution of legal tussle of GMR group with Maldivian government

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs has hoped for a resolution of issues between infrastructure firm, GMR and Maldivian government, with both at loggerheads over the Male airport issue. The new President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom would visit India from January 01 to 04. President Gayoom would be accompanied by a high level delegation. GMR, a subsidiary of Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure limited has been given seven days to leave the Indian Ocean island chain. In 2012, Maldives cancelled its biggest foreign investment project, a $511 million deal with Indian firm GMR Group to develop its international airport, raising questions over the future of foreign investment in the islands renowned for luxury resorts. MEA spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin said that it was important for both GMR and the government of Maldives to resolve their issues. Akbaruddin added that Maldives and India were committed for improving their bilateral relations. Jan 1, 2014
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India awaits response from US over diplomatic spat

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs has stated that response from the US over dropping of criminal charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragde was awaited but owing to the holiday season, things were delayed. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that the diplomatic channels in the United States as well as in India were trying to secure full diplomatic immunity for Khobragade by shifting her to its UN mission in New York, although such a move needs the US State Department approval. Akbaruddin told mediapersons that India was sharing every bit of information with their counterparts in the United States and the discussions were in progress. Jan 1, 2014