By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan has turned away thousands of Syrian refugees in the past week in the first such clampdown since the crisis in Syria began more than two years ago, diplomats, activists and aid workers said on Tuesday. Jordan, due to host an international conference on Syria on Wednesday, has already taken in 473,587 Syrians out of a total of 1.5 million who have fled the conflict in an exodus that has accelerated in the past four months, U.N. figures show. ...
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- Oklahoma lowers tornado death toll amid frantic search Reuters
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- IAS officers politicking, will complain to PM: Parrikar IANS
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- Trinamool destroying development, democratic systems: Left Front IANS
Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) West Bengal's Left Front Tuesday charged the Trinamool Congress government with destroying the process of development and participatory More »
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By Tom Bergin LONDON (Reuters) - Apple's ability to shelter billions of dollars of income from tax has hinged on an unusual loophole in the Irish tax code that helps the country compete with other countries for investment and jobs. A U.S. Senate investigation revealed on Monday that Apple, maker of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, had channelled profits into Irish-incorporated subsidiaries that had "no declared tax residency anywhere in the world". Over the past three years, the American company paid a tax rate of 2 percent on $74 billion in overseas income, its annual reports show. ...
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By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Forty-one years ago, a crazed Hungarian named Laszlo Toth jumped an altar railing in St. Peter's Basilica and dealt 12 hammer blows to Michelangelo's Pieta, severely damaging the Renaissance masterpiece. To mark the attack on May 21, 1972, the Vatican Museums held a day-long seminar on Tuesday on the statue, the incident, and what subsequently became one of the most delicate and controversial art restorations in history. ...
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By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celebrity chef, author, entrepreneur and television personality Curtis Stone said fatherhood provided some of the inspiration for his fifth cookbook, "What's for Dinner? Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life." "I'm a new Dad," said Stone who has appeared on TV shows including "The Biggest Loser" and "Celebrity Apprentice," among others, and who is the host of cable TV's Top Chef Masters. "You quickly realize how busy you are when you have a little one. ...
- Oklahoma lowers tornado death toll amid frantic search Reuters
By Carey Gillam and Ian Simpson MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Emergency workers searched for survivors in the rubble of homes, schools and a hospital in an Oklahoma town hit by a powerful tornado, but officials on Tuesday sharply lowered the number of deaths caused by the storm. The Oklahoma state medical examiner's office said 24 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage of Monday's storm, down from the 51 they had reported earlier. The earlier number likely reflected some double-counted deaths, said Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer for the medical examiner. ...
- Ireland rejects blame for Apple's low tax rate Reuters
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- Sensex hits one-week low; doubts creep in after rally Reuters
By Abhishek Vishnoi MUMBAI (Reuters) - The BSE Sensex tumbled for a second consecutive session on Tuesday hitting its lowest close in a week as recent outperforming blue-chips such as ITC fell on doubts about whether foreign investors will continue their strong buying so far. These doubts come as Asian shares were largely subdued ahead of Wednesday's release of minutes of the Federal Reserve's last meeting and chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony in Congress the same day. Those events are expected to provide cues about the future of U.S. ...
- Obama sends U.S. disaster chief to Oklahoma, plans statement Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama sent his top disaster relief official to Oklahoma on Tuesday to help manage recovery efforts after a devastating tornado, the White House said. The president was being briefed on the emergency response in Moore, Oklahoma, and planned to make a 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) statement, it said. Obama spoke Monday night with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and U.S. Representative Tom Cole to express sympathy and condolences, the White House said. He has approved federal disaster funding to help victims support recovery efforts. ...
- UK's Cameron committed to ruling in coalition until 2015 - spokesman Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to governing as part of a two-party coalition until the next national election in 2015, his spokesman said on Tuesday, days after Cameron raised the prospect of the alliance breaking apart. Cameron has ruled with the Liberal Democrats, his junior coalition partner, since 2010, but the two have taken increasingly different positions on issues such as Britain's role in Europe and Cameron on Sunday for the first time raised the possibility that the coalition might not last until 2015. ...
- Singer George Michael under observation for head injuries Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - British singer George Michael remains in hospital under observation for head injuries, five days after a car accident, his publicist said on Tuesday. "I can confirm that George remains in hospital but purely as a standard precaution for observation because he suffered some bumps and cuts to his head. But he's making good progress, he's fine and he's really looking forward to getting home," the spokeswoman said. ...
- Omaxe raises $9 million in partially subscribed share sale Reuters
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- Madhya Pradesh beat Chandigarh junior national hockey IANS
Bhopal, May 21 (IANS) Defending champions Madhya Pradesh girls defeated Chandigarh 2-1 in their opening match of Pool A of the Hockey India Sub-Junior Men's and Women's National Championship (Final) on Day 1 at the Aish Bagh Hockey Stadium here Tuesday.
- Sreesanth bought Rs.1.95 lakh-worth apparel from spot-fixing money IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Tainted cricketer S. Sreesanth went on a shopping spree with the money he earned from spot-fixing, buying apparel worth Rs.1.95 lakh for himself and a mobile phone costing over Rs.40,000 for his girlfriend, Delhi Police said Tuesday.
- Two women arrested for molesting six-year-old IANS
Gurgaon, May 21 (IANS) Two women employees of a private school here were arrested for sexually molesting a six-year-old Class 3 student for the last few months, police said Tuesday.
- People should oppose FDI in retail: Mahasweta Devi IANS
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- IPL: Chennai opt to bat, Mumbai without Tendulkar IANS
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- Lok Sabha bypoll from Himachal's Mandi June 23 IANS
Shimla, May 21 (IANS) The by-election to the Lok Sabha from Himachal Pradesh's Mandi constituency will be held June 23, election officials said here.
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- A Mughlai treat to rejuvenate taste buds IANS
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- Tennis: Easy for seeded players IANS
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- Two Ghaziabad cops arrested for extortion IANS
Ghaziabad, May 21 (IANS) Two police constables were arrested in Ghaziabad for harassing a newly-married couple and extorting Rs.8,000 from them, police said Tuesday.
- Delhi cops to quiz Sreesanth for five more days IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) A Delhi court Tuesday extended by five days the police custody of cricketer S. Sreesanth, his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila and eight bookies for alleged spot-fixing in the ongoing IPL.
- Delhi records season's hottest day, no respite ahead IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) With the maximum temperature settling five notches above average at 45.1 degrees Celsius, Delhi recorded the season's hottest day Tuesday and also the hottest May 21 in the last five years. The Met office has forecast hotter days in store.
- 'The Hangover Part III' revisits Las Vegas IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) The third installment of "The Hangover" series will take the lead characters of the movie back to Las Vegas, where the plot of the first movie was sketched.
- Pune Warriors pull out of IPL IANS
New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Pune Warriors India, owned by Sahara India Parivar, Tuesday announced they were pulling out of Indian Premier League (IPL).
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