Robert Pattinson confused about ‘The Rover’

News4u-Entertainment Desk-Los Angeles: Actor Robert Pattinson says that he isn`t convinced whether his new movie “The Rover” will receive the same response from the fans like his previous film franchise “Twilight”.

The 29-year-old`s new film is dramatically different to the vampire franchise and the star concedes that he doesn`t know whether his fans will enjoy it, reports contactmusic.com.

“I`m curious to know whether people who liked the `Twilight` movies will come and see things like `The Rover`”.
“Hopefully they`ll enjoy it. I try to do ambitious projects but I don`t know if people are going to like them. You just try to do things which are challenging and hopefully people will appreciate that,” he said. IANS


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UN says 2,00,000 Iraqis flee after ISIS captures more towns

News4u-News Desk-London: Around 2,00,000 people have been forced to escape their homes after Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took over several towns in Northern Iraq, claimed the UN.

The ISIS militants have reportedly taken over the towns of Sinjar near Syria.

Islamic state captured large parts of Northern Iraq in an offensive in June.

According to the BBC, UN special envoy to Iraq Nickolay Mladenov said that a ‘tragedy’ was taking place in Sinjar.

The UN expressed concern for the safety of civilians in the area.

The situation of these civilians was reportedly miserable and they were lacking basic items like food and water.

Two Yazidi shrines were also destroyed in the area. ANI


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‘Qaeda’ suspects kill 4 Yemeni soldiers: Security

News4u-News Desk-Aden: Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen shot dead Monday four Yemeni soldiers in an ambush in southeastern Hadramawt province, a stronghold of the jihadists, a security official said.

The assailants opened fire at an army vehicle on the main road of the town of Qatan, killing the four soldiers on board, the official said.

He said the gunmen belonged to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered by Washington as the most dangerous affiliate of the jihadist network.

AQAP is active across several parts of Yemen, taking advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that ousted veteran president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In late April, the army launched a ground offensive against AQAP in the southern provinces of Shabwa and Abyan. AFP


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Israel security does not justify ‘slaughter of civilians’: France

News4u-News Desk-Paris: Israel’s right to security does not justify its actions in Gaza, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday, as he called for a political solution to be “imposed” by the international community.

“How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?” Fabius said in a statement.

“The tradition of friendship between Israel and France is an old one and Israel’s right to security is total, but this right does not justify the killing of children and the slaughter of civilians.” AFP


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Germany says halts Rheinmetall defence deal with Russia

News4u-News Desk-Berlin: Germany’s Economy Ministry has confirmed it has halted Rheinmetall’s export of combat simulation gear to Russia, going beyond recently imposed EU sanctions which block future defence contracts.

Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a Social Democrat (SPD), has blocked the deal which was approved by Germany’s previous government, the ministry said.

“I can confirm that in the light of the EU sanctions, permission to export a combat training centre has been revoked,” a spokesman said.

Rheinmetall said on Monday it was in talks with the German government.

Berlin’s intention to stop to the deal, flagged in March, has been delivered in writing, the company said. Rheinmetall declined to comment on the details of the contract worth some 100 million euros, nor on whether it might seek compensation from the government.

The company has repeatedly said that sanctions against Russia would not have a major impact on its business because the combat training centre, its only major contract with the country, has been largely delivered and paid for.

Germany’s Sueddeutsche newspaper said the combat training centre, which was to be built in the town of Mulino in the Volga region and was expected to go into service this year, could train 30,000 soldiers a year on high-tech simulators.

Tough new economic sanctions against Russia will hurt Germany’s economy but they are necessary for the sake of peace in Europe, Gabriel, who is also German vice chancellor, said in a television interview on Sunday.

In contrast, France is pressing ahead with a 1.2 billion euro ($1.6 billion) contract to supply Russia with a Mistral warship.

European Union sanctions that took effect on Friday target Russia’s banking, defence and energy sectors because of Moscow’s support for pro-Russian separatist rebels battling Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine. Reuters


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Bangladesh : ferry carrying about 200 people capsized

News4u-News Desk- Dhaka: Just two and half months after a ferry capsized in a river in central Bangladesh, another ferry with some 200 passengers on board sank on Monday, reports cited the police as saying.

The incident reportedly took place in Padma river in Bangladesh’s Munshiganj District.

The police said that 50 passengers had been rescued after the boat sank around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka. “We have heard that the ferry was overloaded with passengers and the river was rough,” local police chief Tofazzal Hossain told AFP.

The incidents comes just a couple of months after in May, a ferry carrying more than 100 passengers capsized and sank in Meghna river in central Bangladesh after being hit by a storm.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation, because of overcrowding, faulty vessels and lax rules.

In 2012, at least 150 people died when a ferry carrying about 200 people capsized at night in the river.

In 2003, an overcrowded ferry capsized in flood-swollen waters at the confluence of the Padma, Meghna and Dakatia rivers near the capital Dhaka. Up to 400 people died. Agencies


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Nearly 400 killed in China quake

News4u-News Desk-China on Monday rushed thousands of soldiers, police and firefighters as well as eight planes to its southwestern Yunnan province, which was devastated by a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 400 people.

The death toll from yesterday’s earthquake said to be the most powerful to hit the quake-vulnerable province in the past 14 years today stood at 398 with some people still missing.

The strong shallow quake has affected about 1.08 million others in Zhaotong City and Qujing City with about 1,801 injured.

The quake prompted an emergency evacuation of about 230,000 people, said the Yunnan Civil Affairs Department.

Nearly 80,000 houses had collapsed and 124,000 others were seriously damaged, the department said.

The deaths included 319 in Ludian County, 66 in Qiaojia County, one in Zhaoyang District and 12 in Huize County. Three are missing in Qiaojia.

Rescuers are racing against time to save lives after the quake struck at 4:30 pm yesterday at a depth of 12 kms.

The epicentre is in Longtoushan Township, Ludian County.

The Chinese governmentdispatched4,000 troops to conduct relief.

Premier Li Keqianghas reached the quake areas to supervise relief. Yunnan has sent 7,000 rescuers, including 5,000 soldiers, police officers and firefighters, to the quake-hit areas in Zhaotong City and Qujing City.

The rescue work has been hampered by continuous heavy rain which has disrupted traffic, lowered temperatures in the remote area, and made food and medicine shortages even more acute.

Thundershowers and downpours are expected in Ludian County, one of the worst-hit regions, over the next four days, and temperatures could drop to 17 degrees centigrade at night.

Rescuers are evacuating residents threatened by a quake lake, which was formed in Jiangbian Village, Zhixiang Township of Huize County and has inundated 20 village houses.

The water level of the lake is surging rapidly at a speed of one metre per hour.

The lake was formed following a landslide that occurred in the upper reaches of the Hongshiyan hydropower station, which is under construction.

Many survivors in Ludian County seat were seen sitting along the muddy roads waiting for food and medication.

Some half-naked survivors were trembling in the rain.


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Deputy British PM calls for limits on EU migration

News4u-News Desk- Migration to Britain from countries joining the European Union should be restricted, the deputy prime minister urged, entering a touchstone debate on immigration and Europe nine months from a general election.

Currently, new members of the EU can wait up to seven years before their citizens gain the right to live and work in other nations in the bloc.

But Nick Clegg, who leads the Liberal Democrats, junior poartner in Britain’s coalition government, is to propose an extension to this due to economic differences between countries, according to a released copy of a speech to be given later on Monday.

Additionally, countries like Britain should also have the right to curb admissions if too many migrants arrive once the time limit is over, the deputy prime minister will say. “It is only right - and I say this as a pro-European - that we reform freedom of movement to reflect these realities,” Clegg says in his speech.

“This is not about bolting the door, but it is about steadying the flow of people into Britain in a way that is careful and honest.”

“It is in everyone’s interests - British-born or not - for people living here to feel confident that, when a new member joins the EU, there will be no surprises and they have nothing to fear.”

Current EU candidate countries include Albania, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, but European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said there will be no new members over the next five years.

Clegg will also say that early entry for entrepreneurs should be ended, to stop immigrants abusing the rule by posing as businessmen and taking up low-paid jobs on arrival.

Polls show immigration to be a top concern for British voters ahead of a general election in May 2015.

Under pressure from the rise of the eurosceptic UK Independence party, Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to re-negotiate Britain’s ties with the EU and has promised a referendum on membership in 2017 if he is re-elected.


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Glittering event brings curtains down on Glorious Glasgow 2014

News4u-News Desk-A glittering closing ceremony brought the curtains down on the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Sunday with singer Kylie Minogue being one of styar performers during the gala event.

In presence of British Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and vice patron of Commonwealth Games Federation, declared the Glasgow 2014 closed as a representative of the head of the Commonwealth to mark the end of the biggest sporting extravaganza Scotland has ever hosted.

“Every four years, these Games bring the spirit of our Commonwealth alive. I called sportsmen and women from all nations and territories of the Commonwealth to come together in four years’ time to celebrate the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in Australia.

Until then, in the name of Commonwealth Games Federation, I proclaimed the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games closed,” he said.

Colourful fireworks on a cloudy Glasgow’s night skyline to signal the end of 11-day competition among 4929 athletes from 71 countries and territories of the erstwhile British Empire which was opened on July 23.

More than 2,000 volunteers sang and danced to several numbers of Scottish singers in front of a packed crowd who joined the show largely of laser light and sound at the Hampden Park National Stadium at the closing ceremony produced by global specialists of such events Jack Morton Worldwide.

The athletes were ushered in at the beginning of the show and remained at the field for the entire one-and-a-half hour show, many taking part and enjoying the rock concert like atmosphere.

The Indian contingent, led by flag bearer Seema Punia, who won a silver in women’s discus throw, took part in the closing ceremony, all of them wearing track suits.

CGF chief Prince Imran described the Glasgow 2014 as the best ever Games.

“Scotland and Glasgow, you have really delivered in every aspect the best Games ever,” he said in his brief speech to the applause of the crowd.

“We have seen superb sporting action supported by fantastic organisation. Glasgow you were pure, dead brilliant.”

Rhythmic gymnast from Wales, Francesca Jones, who won one gold and five silver, was awarded the David Dixon Award for the best athlete in the Glasgow Games.

CGF chief Prince Imran presented the award to her.

Australian Minogue’s performance symbolised the transfer of baton to Australia’s Gold Coast, which will host the 21st edition from April 4-15, 2018.

The show, with the theme ‘All Back To Ours’, opened with Scottish singer and actress Lulu coming out onto the star-shaped stage amid a mass of tents around the National Stadium at hampden Park and belting her famous ‘Shout’.

Suddenly the athletes came out of the tents to the amazement of the crowd and Lulu continued with her Shout with volunteers joining her.

Glasgow legends Deacon Blue took the centre stage belting out their famous song ‘Dignity’, which tells the story of an ordinary man — a worker. The workers of Glasgow was given pride of place with 220 of them entering the stadium carrying ‘Let Glasgow Flourish’ banner while Deacon Blue lead singer Ricky Ross asking the crowd to join him.

A fleet of assorted council vehicles, led by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, appeared from another gate and Glasgow 2014 mascot Clyde was in one of these vehicles.

Then, Glasgow rock band Prides hit the stage and they sang ‘Messiah’ to set the scene for thousands of Glasgow 2014 volunteers, known as clyde-siders, gathered around the CGF flag pole, before two pipe bands take their turn to show the more traditional Scottish culture.

In a spectacularly choreographed sequence, the volunteer performers began to clear the field of play and the tents were gradually moved to the side before the festival site was transformed into a huge star around the Star Stage for the dignitaries present to speak according to the protocol.

Representatives of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo entered the stadium playing ‘Wi a Hundred Pipers’ followed by ‘The Bloody Fields of Flanders’.

Lord Kelvin Smith KT, the chairman of the organizing committee, and CGF chief Prince Imran gave their speeches to the Commonwealth.

The CGF flag was lowered by two members of the tri-force military party, accompanied by Robert Burns song Ae Fond Kiss sung by Karen Matherson.

Seventeen athletes, each representing their country, formed an avenue of national flags down which the CGF flag travelled before it was folded by a tri-force military party.

Glasgow 2014 representatives handed the flag back to the CGF, who entrusted it to the representatives of Gold Coast, the Australian city which will host the Games from April 4-15, 2018.

Then the final moment came with the Earl of Wessex, the third son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Duke of Edinburg, declaring the 2014 Commonwealth Games closed with a colourful fireworks adorning the cloudy Glasgow sky.

The rock concert-like party continued with Minogue performing on her seven songs one after another, beginning with the ‘Look’ with a playful love story scene during a typical night out in Glasgow as the backdrop.


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Modi addresses Nepal Constituent Assembly

News4u-News Desk- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addresses Nepalese Parliament, begins address in Nepali language and said this country has rich cultural heritage.

Modi met his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala at Singha Durbar Secretariat and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in key sectors like trade and investment, hydropower and agriculture, the news agency reported.

During a meeting with Nepal Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Modi expressed his commitment to extend all possible support for Nepal’s socio-economic development, as per news report.

Not only people of Nepal but also those who believe in the power of democracy are looking at Nepal and this Assembly, says Modi.

Modi said, “I congratulate all those who gave up the bullet and chose the ballot in Nepal”.

Modi further said’ “King Asoka went in search of peace. I congratulate you all that you chose the path of “Buddha” rather than “yudh.”

Our relations with Nepal are as old as the Himalayas and the Ganga, says Narendra Modi.

Modi said, “There is a temple in Kashi where priest is from Nepal, & there is a temple in Nepal where priests are Indian, such is our bond”.

Modi offered condolences after a landslide killed at least eight people in Nepal.

Modi said, “I began my tenure as PM in Kashi, now I stand at the feet of Pashupatinath”.

PM Modi also reunited with Nepalese youth Jeet Bahadur, with parents after 16 years

Assuring Nepal that India did not want to interfere in its internal affairs, Narendra Modi, the first Indian Premier to visit the Himalayan nation in 17 years, today emphasised that their border should be a “bridge” and not a barrier even as he announced USD 1 billion Line Of Credit to this country.

As India makes efforts to deepen its diplomatic and economic engagement with its neighbours, Modi said he wanted to see Nepal become a developed nation and was ready to work with that country in all its efforts and offered a “HIT” mantra- Highways, I-Ways and Transways for its development.

Allaying fears of Indian interference in Nepal’s affairs, the Prime Minister said, “Nepal is a truly sovereign nation. We have always believed that it is not our job to interfere in what you do but to support you in the path you decide to take.”

Modi, who arrived here on a two-day visit to Nepal, was addressing the Nepalese Constituent Assembly.

It is only the second time that a foreign leader was addressing the Parliament with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl being the first to have the honour to deliver a keynote speech in 1990.

Modi was given a thunderous applause as he began his 45-minute speech telecast live nationally with few sentences in Nepali language just hours after his talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sushil Koirala during which the two sides signed three agreements.

“I have come here with the goodwill and love from one and a quarter billion people of India,” Modi said in Nepali, which prompted members to thump their desks.

Stating that India’s relations with Nepal is as old as the Himalayas and the Ganga, Modi said, “border should be a bridge not a barrier between the two neighbours.”

“India has decided to provide Nepal with NRs 10,000 crore (USD 1 billion) as concessional Line Of Credit for various development purposes.”

“This amount is separate from the previous assistance that India has already provided to Nepal,” Modi said.

Earlier, India had provided USD 250 million Line Of Credit to Nepal through the Exim Bank of India.

The new grant will be utilised for infrastructure development and energy projects as per Nepal’s priority, according to Nepalese Foreign Ministry.

He said these three combined together would pave the way for rapid development of the country and India wants to “give this gift at the earliest”.

Modi was earlier given a rousing welcome with his counterpart receiving him at the Tribhuvan International Airport, deviating from protocol for the purpose.

After their talks at Singha Durbar Secretariat, Modi and Koirala witnessed the signing of three agreements including one regarding the amendment of Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project on the Mahakali river.

India will provide a grant assistance worth NRs 69 million to supply iodated salt to curb goitre and other diseases related with iodine deficiency under another agreement.


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