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Colombia's FARC rebels announce unilateral ceasefire  (3 minutes ago)
Bogota, Dec 21 (IANS/EFE) The rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) began a unilateral and indefinite ceasefire Saturday, an unprecedented step in the history of Colombia's oldest insurgent movement.

Four Afghan Guantanamo prisoners sent home  (25 minutes ago)
Washington, Dec 21 (IANS) Four Afghans held at the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday.

Dianna Agron behind Caroline Flack, Jack Street's breakup?  (03:40)
Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Hollywood actress Dianna Agron is reportedly the reason behind the split of the “Strictly Come Dancing” star Caroline Flack from Jack Street, her boyfriend of 18 months.

China plans to boost civil aviation in Xinjiang  (03:18)
Beijing, Dec 21 (IANS) China vowed to make greater efforts to boost civil aviation in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Saturday.

China offers infrastructure support to five neighbours  (03:00)
Bangkok, Dec 21 (IANS) China will provide support to five neighbouring countries to improve infrastructure inter-connectivity and alleviate poverty, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced here Saturday.

No gifts between One Direction members  (02:22)
London, Dec 21 (IANS) British pop band One Direction members have revealed that they don't buy presents for one another.

Algerian troops kill three militants  (01:50)
Algiers, Dec 21 (IANS) Algerian troops killed three militants in the province of Boumerdes, 55 km east of capital Algiers, Saturday, media reported.

Depp, Heard to marry on New Year's Eve?  (01:26)
Los Angeles, Dec 21 (IANS) Actor Johnny Depp is set to spend New Year's Eve in the Bahamas with friends and family. This has sparked rumours that he might be tying the knot with fiancee Amber Heard to make the festival more memorable.

OIC voices support for Pakistan after school attack  (01:20)
Islamabad, Dec 21 (IANS/WAM) The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Saturday, extended full support to Pakistan, following Tuesday's terror attack on a Peshawar school that killed nearly 150 people.

ISL champions Atletico de Kolkata pocket Rs 8 crore  (01:06)
Mumbai, Dec 21 (IANS) Atletico de Kolkata not only laid their hands on the coveted Indian Super League (ISL) trophy, but also pocketed Rs 8 crore as champions' prize money, while their marquee player Luis Garcia was adjudged the tournament's most exciting player.

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Two students killed in Mathura road accident  (23:34)
Mathura, Dec 20 (IANS) Two B.Tech students of the GLA University were killed and another seriously injured in a road accident in this Uttar Pradesh town Saturday, police said.

Mamata congratulates Athletico, says ISL 'great morale booster'  (23:10)
Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday heaped praises on maiden Indian Super League (ISL) champions Atletico de Kolkata for their spectacular win and lauded the initiative for taking the sport to the grassroots.

Faster highways, more waterways to come: Gadkari (Lead)  (23:02)
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The central government aims to construct 30 km of highways every day in the next two years, and has also asked the industry to invest in development of inland waterways in the country, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said Saturday.

Money in elections root cause of corruption: ex-CEC Quraishi (Lead)  (22:58)
Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Money generated from scams has begun to play a role in the polling process in India while the need for funds for election is the root cause of corruption, former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said Saturday.

MPs, journalists bat for children's right to good health  (22:54)
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The second annual 'Batting for Life' Twenty20 cricket match between MPs and journalists was held Saturday where Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda called for making a "healthy India" along the lines of a "clean India".

Centre being partial in fertilizer allocation to states: UP  (22:52)
Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Saturday blamed the central government of being partial in supplying fertilizers to states.

Britain sends more armymen to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone  (22:50)
London, Dec 20 (IANS) Britain Saturday sent its first batch of army reserves to Sierra Leone to help tackle the Ebola outbreak, Britain's defence ministry said.

Scam money role problem in elections: ex-CEC Quraishi  (22:42)
Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Illegal funds obtained from scams are a new problem for the polling process in India, former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said Saturday.

North Korea denies being behind cyber attack on Sony (Lead)  (22:34)
Los Angeles/Pyongyang, Dec 20 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has said Sony Pictures Entertainment made a mistake in pulling the movie "The Interview" following a cyber attack even as North Korea denied the charge of being behind the attack.

Kolkata deluges in ecstasy as Atletico lift maiden ISL crown  (22:34)
Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) Incessant fireworks dazzled the Saturday night sky and loud cheers and claps filled the air as Kolkata soaked in ecstasy with city franchise Atletico de Kolkata defeating Kerala Blasters to lift the maiden Indian Super League (ISL) crown.

Advantage BJP in Jharkhand, PDP in Kashmir: Exit polls  (22:20)
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) The BJP has a clear advantage in Jharkhand and the PDP is projected to lead in Jammu and Kashmir, exit polls said after the five phase assembly polls in both states ended Saturday.

Substitute Rafique heads Atletico de Kolkata to ISL crown (Roundup)  (22:16) IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Dec 20 (IANS) Substitute Mohammad Rafique netted an injury time header as Atletico De Kolkata clinched the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL) crown with a 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters here Saturday.

Uma Bharti-Akhilesh Yadav discuss cleaning of Ganga  (22:02)
Lucknow, Dec 20 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Saturday met union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti at his official residence here and discussed irrigation projects and cleaning up of rivers.

India 'electoral superpower' despite complexities: ex-CEC Quraishi  (21:44) IANS Photo Service
Kolkata, Dec 20 (IANS) India's former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi Saturday termed the country the "electoral superpower" for the world despite the complexities involved in the voting process.

Chandy lauds Kerala Blasters for 'wonderful performance'  (21:42) IANS Photo Service
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 20 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Saturday congratulated the Kerala Blasters team for putting up a "wonderful performance" to finish as runners-up in the first Indian Super League (ISL) tournament.

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