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Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades

Sri Lanka goes to the polls in its tightest election in decades, with its strongman president battling for survival after accusations of corruption and a failure to bring about national reconciliation. Duration: 00:37 Jan 8, 2015
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Devotees throng ghost fair to be exorcised of evil spirits

Betul, Jan 08 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged a village in Madhya Pradesh for annual ghost fair. People from various states flocked Malajpur village, 300 kilometres from Bhopal city, to free themselves from evil spirits. The month-long fair begins on the tenth month according to the Hindu calendar. People, apparently, possessed by evil spirits are taken to Guru Deoji Maharaj temple where the priests and sorcerers perform various rituals. During the fair, devotees who are believed to be possessed by evil spirits dance in a state of trance. It is said that besides obviation from evil spirits, the devout visitors believe that all their wishes come true after praying at the temple. Jan 8, 2015
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Women police squads deployed in Srinagar to check crimes against women

Srinagar, Jan 08 (ANI): Police in Jammu and Kashmir have begun deploying women police squads at sensitive and crowded areas in Srinagar to check increasing crimes against women. The move comes in the wake of recent acid attack on a 21-year-old law student by three car-borne assailants outside her college in Srinagar's Nowshera locality in December. A member of the women police squad, Ruksana, said the incident forced the authorities to take this step. Applauding the move, students said they felt much safer now. Jan 8, 2015
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UN: Effectiveness of Ebola Fight in Liberia 'mixed'

Newly appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said he has 'mixed' impressions on effectiveness of the fight against Ebola in Liberia. Duration: 00:44 Jan 8, 2015
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World leaders react to deadly attack on French weekly

US President Barack Obama condemns the 'terrible' assault on a French satirical newspaper that left 12 dead, and expresses his 'deepest sympathies' to the people of Paris for what he calls a 'terrorist attack.' Duration: 01:13 Jan 8, 2015