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Political leaders remain affirmative as counting begins

Lucknow/New Delhi, May 16 (ANI): Political leaders from different political parties remained affirmative for a possible win as the counting for the results of 2014 general elections begin. BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that whatever the country has lost for the last 10 years will be gained back by BJP and good days will follow. Congress leader Meem Afzal said that though BJP has started preparing for a supposed win, the party will prove the exit polls wrong. AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal also remained positive for a victory in Varanasi. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Rajendra Chaudhary lashed out at BJP for being in hurry said that the party will perform better in UP. May 16, 2014
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Istanbul protest after blast kills hundreds of miners

A protest is held near Taksim Square in Istanbul as anger at Turkey's government boiled over Thursday after at least 283 workers died in one of the worst mining accidents in modern history. Duration: 00:55 May 16, 2014
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Kerry warns Russia,'proxies' against Ukraine interference

The United States and European partners are ready to impose tougher sanctions against Russia if it seeks to disrupt Ukraine's upcoming presidential elections, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Thursday. Duration: 00:58 May 16, 2014
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British FM tells Syria: More aid will go to opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria's moderate opposition, while the US said "raw data" suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict. Duration: 00:52 May 16, 2014
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Wildfires in California force evacuation of thousands

Thousands of people fled raging wildfires in roasting southern California on Wednesday as flames destroyed homes and triggered evacuations at a nuclear power plant, a military base and an amusement park. Duration: 00:48 May 16, 2014
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Demonstration in Ramallah for the 66th anniversary of the Nakba

Palestinians gathered in Ramallah to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the "Nakba", meaning "catastrophe", in reference to the birth of the state of Israel which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Duration: 01:02 May 16, 2014
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Protesters call for net neutrality ahead of key US vote

Protesters gathered outside the Federal Communications Commission in Washington on Thursday ahead of a vote which could pave the way for a two-speed internet, allowing providers to speed-up the delivery of paid content. Duration: 00:46 May 16, 2014
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Obama hails 'true spirit of 9/11' at new museum

US President Barack Obama Thursday hailed the love and sacrifice he said was "the true spirit of 9/11" as he inaugurated a searing Ground Zero museum about Al-Qaeda attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people. May 15, 2014
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Women leaders from SAARC countries come together in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, May 15 (ANI): Nepal recently hosted a "Conference on democracy and inclusive good governance for gender equality and sustainable development in South Asia" in capital Kathmandu. The programme opened with the SAARC anthem, a song penned by Kathmandu-based Indian diplomat Abhay Kumar. Nepal's education minister Chitralekha Yadav inaugurated the 3-day long event organized jointly by the South Asia Women's Network (SWAN), Stri Shakti and the Nepal based NGO, SEARCH. Women leaders from the 8 SAARC countries took part in the conference and discussed various issues concerning women and the problem of gender discrimination. May 15, 2014
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Shutdown in Kashmir against arrest and death of youths hits normal life

Srinagar, May 15 (ANI): Separatist leader and Chairman of hard-line Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, called for a shutdown in Srinagar on Thursday as a mark of protest against the arrest and death of youths who were allegedly involved in violence. The city wore a deserted look as shops and other business establishments remained closed. An irate resident, Safiz Ahmed, said the commuters had to face the brunt of the strike as many vehicles remained off the roads. Security personnel were deployed in large numbers to avert any untoward incident. The restive region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. May 15, 2014
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Sajjive Balakrishnan drew caricatures of Cancer patients bringing therapeutic effect

Kochi, May 15 (ANI): Renowned Indian caricaturist Sajjive Balakrishnan drew sketches of cancer patients at a government hospital in Kochi city of Kerala in an attempt to bring happiness to their lives and make them forget the pain for a while. Fascinated patients watched Balakrishnan sketch and were overjoyed to spend a day with him as he made their one-minute sketches with unparalleled artistry and finesse. The artist also interacted with the patients and staff at the hospital. Balakrishnan was in the hospital as part of its Arts and Medicine project. May 15, 2014
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BJP and DMK reject possibility of alliance

New Delhi/ Chennai, May 15 (ANI): The BJP and the DMK both rejected the possibility of alliance for government formation on Thursday. While the BJP said they do not need the DMK's support, the regional party confirmed that they would support a secular party. May 15, 2014