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Gandhi statue to be unveiled in Britain's Parliament Square

London : A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled in Britain's prestigeous Parliament Square in London next month, a media report said Monday.

The memorial will be unveiled March 14 and will stand alongside those of Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela. The Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust has given one million pounds (over $1.5 million) for the sculpture.

Gandhi will be the first Indian, and the only person never to have been in public office, to be honoured with a statue in the square, BBC reported.

Greek programme must be realistically funded: EU commissioner

Paris : European Union (EU) Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici Monday said the reform programme that will be submitted by the Greek government has to be ambitious, but also realistically funded, and the commitments made by the country, not only the current government, must also be taken into account.

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Five killed in Nigeria market attack

Nairobi: At least five people were killed and 30 others injured Sunday in a suicide attack staged by a woman at a market in the northeastern Nigerian town of Potiskum, witnesses said.

The attack came about 1.25 p.m. when the terrorist blew herself up at the market entrance after getting into a dispute with the guards who were attempting to search her at the security checkpoint.

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Indian-American professor gets top US chemistry award

New York: Purnendu Dasgupta, a Jenkins Garrett professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education.

The national award recognises a scientist, who has enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students, developed and published innovative experiments, designed and improved equipment or teaching labs and published influential textbooks or significant articles on teaching analytical chemistry.

Boko Haram renews attack in Nigeria, 21 killed

Abuja: At least 21 people were killed as suspected Boko Haram fighters renewed armed attacks on three villages in northeast Nigerian state of Borno, witnesses and security sources said.

Militants stormed the villages Friday near Chibok Town, where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted 10 months ago in the southern part of Borno State, shooting sporadically, Dauda Ali, a Chibok resident who witnessed the attack, told Xinhua via telephone.

US woman detained in Germany for allegedly assisting Al Qaeda

Berlin: A US woman, accused of providing assistance to the members of Al Qaeda terrorist group with clothing, first-aid equipment and donations, has been arrested in the southwestern German town of Heilbronn.

Police in the federal state of Baden-Wurttemberg and Stuttgart prosecutors said in a joint statement issued Friday that the arrest took place Feb 10, in compliance with an order issued by authorities in the US.

US investigators accuse the woman, 42, of providing support to Al Qaeda from mid-2013 until earlier this year, in collaboration with others.

110 troops captured, 31 missing in eastern Ukraine: Kiev

Kiev : Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said here Friday that at least 110 Ukrainian troops are being held captive by pro-independence rebels in eastern Ukraine, while 31 soldiers are still missing.

"Now we are working to establish the whereabouts of our troops," Xinhua news agency quoted Seleznyov as telling reporters during a media briefing.

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Delay in school admission linked to poor academic performance

London : Delaying school entry for children could cause poorer academic performance, new research says.

Many parents are keen to hold their children back a year if they were born prematurely or in the summer months.

However, the new study has contradicted these findings and claimed that starting school a year later did not lead to better academic performance for pre-term or full-term children.

It could, in fact, cause poorer academic performance as the children get older.

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Over 40,000 displaced in Darfur in 2015

United Nations : Over 40,000 people have been displaced by conflict in Sudan's north and central Darfur region since the beginning of 2015, a UN spokesman said.

"The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the number of people in need of assistance and protection may be significantly higher because humanitarian organisations have largely been denied access to parts of the Jebel Marra area where some of the heaviest fighting is reportedly taking place," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Thursday.

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Venezuelan opposition mayor arrested for coup attempt, conspiracy

Caracas : Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that Caracas metropolitan mayor has been arrested for involvement in a thwarted coup attempt and of conspiring against the government.

"Antonio Ledezma was captured with an order from our prosecutor's office and he will be processed by justice for all crimes he has committed against the peace of our country and the Constitution," Maduro said Thursday.

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