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Campaigning ramps up for Madagascar presidential polls

Madagascar will hold the first round of a divisive presidential election on Friday October 25. The polls will aim to end the political crisis that has continued since March 2009 when President Marc Ravalomanana was ousted in a coup. Oct 21, 2013
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The toad that turned into a nice little earner

Once upon a time a poisonous cane toad lived in the South Sea Islands, unloved and unwanted. Then one day a Polish fairy waved her wand and the plain old cane toad turned into a precious fashion accessory... Oct 21, 2013
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Australia crews battle to tame wildfires

Firefighters are battling an enormous blaze in southeastern Australia, with officials warning it could merge with another to create a "mega-fire" if weather conditions worsen. Oct 21, 2013
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France to summon US ambassador 'immediately' over spy claims

France's foreign minister announced Monday the "immediate" summoning of the US ambassador over claims leaked by former US contractor Edward Snowden that American spies eavesdropped on millions of calls made by French citizens. Oct 21, 2013
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Veteran Luxembourg PM leads polls but loses ground

Luxembourg's veteran Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker took a clear lead at snap elections Sunday, but after 18 years in office Europe's longest-serving leader lost ground, official figures showed.Duration: 00:45 Oct 21, 2013
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Deported Roma girl, family attacked in Kosovo

Unidentified assailants attack a Roma schoolgirl, whose deportation from France sparked controversy, along with her family in Kosovo where they have been living since their eviction. Duration: 01:07 Oct 21, 2013
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Dussehra brings Hindus and Muslims together

Aligarh, Oct 21 (ANI): India is a land of colourful and festive hues. And Dussehra is one such festival that is celebrated in the country with great fervour and enthusiasm. Dussehra or Vijaya Dashami celebrates the victory of good over evil. Hindus observe the day through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the goddess Durga, who is considered as Shakti or cosmic energy. Legend has it, when demon King, Mahishasur, vanquished the gods, their king, Indra, approached the Holy Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. They in turn sought the help of the divine mother Durga who, equipped with lethal weapons fought with Mahishasur for nine days and nights and eventually killed him on the tenth day. And thus every year, people across the country celebrate the day as Dusshera. Be it Jammu & Kashmir or Uttar Pradesh, everywhere goddess Durga bind together Hindus and Muslims with the thread of communal amity. Muslims in Aligarh make the effigies of goddess Durga with equal fervour and devotion. Dusshera in Doda region of Jammu & Kashmir is celebrated in different manner. As the occasion is also believed to be the day when Lord Rama vanquished the ten-headed demon king Ravana. Thus, here Hindus and Muslims together participate in Ramleela, a theatrical performance where the life story of Oct 21, 2013
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Sufi Saint Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani uniting one and all

Srinagar, Oct 21 (ANI): The socio-cultural ethos of Kashmir or Kashmiriyat is steeped in a tradition of religious tolerance, social harmony and brotherhood. It was influenced by the advent of Sufism in Kashmir in early 14th century. Sufi saints were both popular and influential because they identified themselves with established traditions and never opposed the blending of different religious customs, practices and beliefs. As a result, they attracted many followers. Even today, several Sufi shrines dot the state, drawing people from different religions in large numbers. The shrine of Hazrat Mir Syed Ali Hamdani in Srinagar attracts people from different communities. Legend has it that the saint was a mystic who devoted his entire life for the betterment of mankind and preached communal harmony. His message has been internalised and is visible in the form of devotees from different faiths that come here from near and far throughout the year to pay homage to the saint. The shrine is flocked by devotees who visit it in the hope that their wishes will be fulfilled here. Oct 21, 2013
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Unnao Fort: SC not to interfere in ASI's gold hunt

New Delhi, Oct 21 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere in the ongoing Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavation for gold reportedly buried under the ruins of a 19th century fort in UP's Unnao district, saying it cannot pass an order on the basis of assumption. Oct 21, 2013