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Madagascar strongman clears way for elected successor

Madagascar leader Andry Rajoelina stood down Friday, symbolically handing over power ahead of his elected successor's inauguration, a move designed to steer the Indian Ocean island out of crisis. Duration: 00:59 Jan 25, 2014
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American dream increasingly found in cities, not suburbs

For decades, the American dream for many has been to live in a family home in the suburbs, but more and more families now choose to live in city centres, forcing the suburbs to work hard to appeal to young people. Duration: 02:32 Jan 25, 2014
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Argentinians irked after their currency is devaluated

Argentina on Friday lifted restrictions in place since 2011 that limited the purchase of foreign currency, a day after the peso suffered its worst single-day dive since the 2002 financial crisis. Duration: 00:47 Jan 25, 2014
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DCW's actions political & motivated, Barkha Singh from Congress: Somnath Bharti

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): Reacting to the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Barkha Singh's meeting with Lieutenant Governor to seek action against Delhi Law Minster Somnath Bharti, Bharti said that Singh was a member of Congress, and that the decision of the DCW was motivated and political. DCW had summoned Bharti over the controversial midnight raid led by him, in which four Ugandan women were allegedly mistreated. Jan 25, 2014
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Pak suspends Shi'ite pilgrimage to Iran after suicide attacks

Pakistan, Jan 25 (ANI): Pakistan has suspended buses carrying Shi'ite pilgrims from travelling through Baluchistan to Iran due to security concerns after a suicide attack killed at least 27 pilgrims, officials said, as mourners buried their dead. Earlier, a suicide bomber drove his car into a bus killing 27 Shi'ite pilgrims and prompting hundreds of Hazaras to take to the streets to protest against the violence. The leaders of the Hazara Shi’ite community in Quetta called off their protest later after two union ministers, including Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, met with protestors and vowed to launch a ‘targeted operation’ against militants targeting the Shi’ites. Jan 25, 2014
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Muslims across world assemble for Bishwa Ijtema in Bangladesh

Tongi (Dhaka), Jan 25 (ANI): Muslims across the globe thronged a small village in Bangladesh for the annual Bishwa Ijtema (world congregation), the second biggest mass gathering after Haj, joining their hands in a special prayer to promote peace, tranquillity, spirit of brotherhood and understanding among Islamic nations. Streams of devotees arrived at the venue on the bank of the Turag River at Tongi, near Dhaka. The event focuses on prayers and meditation and does not allow political discussion. Another follower from a remote district of Bangladesh, Borhanuddin, said that he was going to pray for the Muslims, who lost their lives in violent clashes or war zones across the world. Jan 25, 2014
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Security tightened at Indo- Nepal border ahead of Republic Day

Siliguri, Jan 25 (ANI): Ahead of India’s Republic Day on January 26, paramilitary forces have been put on high security alert along the Indo-Nepal border in West Bengal. The security was stepped up along the international border near villages in Siliguri district. Inspector general of an Indian paramilitary force, Kuldiep Singh said that the patrolling along border was intensified as a result of the alert issued to check infiltration and ensure safety. This year, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the chief guest at Republic Day celebrations. Jan 25, 2014
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Alagiris suspension will never affect DMKs poll prospects: Karunanidhi

Chennai, Jan 25 (ANI): Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) President M Karunanidhi said that suspension of his son MK Alagiri from the post of organizing secretary, would not affect party’s prospects in the upcoming general elections. Earlier, DMK announced its decision to expel Alagiri on charges of going against the party's stand and airing divergent views on the issue of stitching an alliance with Vijaykant's DMDK. Responding to a question on whether Alagiri’s suspension would affect DMK’s election prospects, especially in Madurai where he has been a popular figure, Karunanidhi said many such disciplinary actions were taken before and have never affected the party. Jan 25, 2014
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BJP accuses Congress of lifting Narendra Modis slogan

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): The BJP accused the Congress of copying lines of Narendra Modi’s 2011 slogan in an advertisement featuring Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. The ad appeared in national dailies ahead of general elections in April, with a tagline, ‘not I, we’. BJP pointed out that Modi used this slogan in 2011 by releasing a copy of the event. Congress refuted the charge saying it always believed in collective responsibility. BJP's strong showing in the recent polls in four states has boosted the momentum for Modi in the run-up to the national election due by April 2014. Jan 25, 2014
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Government makes efforts to promote handloom sector in the northeast

Agartala, Jan 24 (ANI): Tripura recently hosted the 15-day-long National Handloom Expo at the Purbasha grounds in Agartala with an aim to encourage the handloom industry. The annual event is organized jointly by the Development Commission for handlooms, under the Ministry of Textiles and the Department of handlooms, handicraft and sericulture of the Government of Tripura. All together 60 stalls from 14 states and one from neighbouring Bangladesh were put up, showcasing the amazing handiworks of weavers and craftsmen. People were excited to get a chance to sample quality products from various places. The Northeastern region has a rich heritage of handlooms and handicrafts and the government has been laying considerable emphasis on uplifting the sector. Jan 25, 2014
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Manipur fashion extravaganza' - a blend of tradition and modernity

Manipur, Jan 24 (ANI): 'Manipur Fashion Extravaganza 2014' A blend of modern with traditional designs is the creation of Manipur's rising stylist Robert Naorem. Renowned local female models with top models from outside sashayed down the ramp wearing traditional Manipuri costumes, including bridal dress, phanek or wrap and evening gown. Models and designers from Bhutan also participated in the event. The main objective was to promote and raise awareness about the rich culture and traditions of the state. During the event, a renowned designer Rimchong Mareem also showcased the tribal fusion collection.The male models were seen wearing tribal attires.Miss World Runner Up, Parvathy, Former Miss India Shobata and Diana Irrapa, Miss Photogenic titleholder of Femina Miss India 2010 and top model Archana Akhilkumar were crowd pullers at the show. This was the second time that Diana Irrapa walked the ramp in Imphal. Jan 25, 2014