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Putin promises economic recovery, digs in on Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin tries to quell fears of economic collapse and vows rapid recovery from the worst financial crisis of his rule but stresses that his position on Ukraine has not shifted. Dec 18, 2014
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Cuban prisoners freed in swap are heroes at home

The three Cubans released in a prisoner exchange that paved the way for a historic breakthrough in Havana's Cold War standoff with the United States are celebrated as heroes back home. Dec 18, 2014
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Merkel says Russia sanctions remain 'unavoidable'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Thursday that Europe's goal remains a free and whole Ukraine and that Western sanctions against Russia remain unavoidable until that goal is reached. Dec 18, 2014
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Stones hurled at Navjot Singh Sidhu's caravan in Jammu

Bohr Camp, Dec 18 (ANI): People on Thursday pelted stones at former cricketer and BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's caravan in Jammu and Kashmir. The angry crowd also vandalized a car and the security personnel were injured. People even shouted against Sidhu. According to the reports, Sidhu remained unhurt in the brawl. Sidhu was attacked while campaigning in Bohr camp today apparently over a statement he gave in Uttar Pradesh a month back. On Wednesday, Sidhu had reportedly appealed to the people of Jammu to 'disband' the Congress, People's Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) from the state, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had envisaged a vision for the state in which Jammu and Kashmir would compare favourably with Gujarat. Dec 18, 2014
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India calls Pak court's decision to grant Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi bail 'incorrect'

New Delhi/Mumbai, Dec 18 (ANI): India on Thursday called Pakistan court's decision to grant 26/11 Mumbai terror attack accussed Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi bail 'incorrect'. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the decision taken by the Pakistan court is not right. Mumbai Terror Attack Public Prosecutor Ujjawal Nikam appealed the Pakistan prosecution agency to put a stay on the decision of bail and said that Pakistan is being double faced with their distinction of Taliban and the terrorists involved in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Dec 18, 2014
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Pak court grants bail to 26/11 accused Lakhvi, India condemns

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused of plotting the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai in 2008, has been granted bail by an anti-terror court in Pakistan. The decision came a day after Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif pledged to root out terrorism. Meanwhile, cutting across party lines, political leaders in India condemned the decision and said this shows the double face of Pakistan. Dec 18, 2014
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After snowfall, Himachal Police asks tourists not to visit Manali

Shimla/ Bhopal/Amritsar, Dec 18 (ANI): Incessant snowfall and cold wave over the last five days have thrown normal life out of gear in Himachal Pradesh including the popular tourist resort town of Manali in the Kullu valley. Police has issued an advisory requesting the tourists not to visit Manali for the next few days as a two to three feet snow cover is there. The dip in mercury due to snowfall in the upper reaches has even impacted northern states such as Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Officials of meteorological department in Himachal Pradesh state have forecast similar weather conditions for the week. Meanwhile, dense fog has disrupted life in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh states. Flights and trains are running late due to low visibility. Dec 18, 2014
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Rajnath Singh terms bail granted to Lakhvi as 'unfortunate', hopes that Pak govt will appeal against

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday termed the bail granted to 2008 Mumbai attack accused and LeT commander Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi as 'very unfortunate'. Singh hoped that Pakistan government will appeal in a higher court so that the bail is cancelled. Meanwhile, India is also working with its mission in Pakistan to prepare a strong response against granting of bail to LeT commander Lakhvi. The decision comes a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to announce a 'national plan' to tackle terrorism within a week. Dec 18, 2014
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Navjot Singh Sidhu targets at Badal govt for stone pelting at his convoy in Jammu

Jammu, Dec 18 (ANI): BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday targeted the Parkash Singh Badal and his government in Punjab for the attack at his convoy in Jammu. Sidhu said that they cannot politically attack him and claimed that Punjab government is fuelling drug trade in the state. He further said that he won't bow down in front of these tactics and will continue to believe in democracy. Earlier in the day, the convoy of Sidhu was attacked with stones. Sidhu was present in the area to campaign for the BJP. Dec 18, 2014