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American singer Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in literature

Updated: Oct 13, 2016 17:15 IST      
American singer Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in literature

London [US], Oct. 13 (ANI): American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan has been named the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in Stockholm for having created new poetic expressions with the great American song tradition.

Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said she hoped the Academy would not be criticised for its choice, reports the Guardian.

"The times are changing, perhaps. Of course he deserves it - he's got it. He is a great poet - a great poet in the English speaking tradition. For 54 years he's been at it, reinventing himself constantly, creating a new identity" she said.

Danius said the choice of Dylan may appear surprising, "but if you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it's the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it."

The winner of the Nobel Prize for literature is chosen by 18 members of the Swedish Academy, who are looking for "the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction."

Major writers believed to have been in the running for the award included the Kenyan Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, the American Don DeLillo and the Japanese Haruki Murakami.

Dylan becomes the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature since Toni Morrison won the same in 1993. (ANI)

Lahore's Ferozepur blast: Death toll reaches 25

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 19:15 IST     

Lahore [Pakistan], July 24 (ANI): The death toll in Lahore's Ferozepur blast has risen and 25 people have been reportedly killed, said a Pakistani official on Monday.

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Five injured in chainsaw attack in Swiss town of Schaffhausen

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 19:03 IST     

Schaffhausen [Switzerland], July 24 (ANI): Five persons were injured after a man carrying a chainsaw attacked people in an office building in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen on Monday.

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Lahore [Pakistan], July 24 (ANI): At least two people were killed and several others injured in an explosion near the Arfa Karim IT Tower on Ferozepur Road of Lahore on Monday.

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New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): Iraq Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday he was not sure about fate of 39 missing Indians, who were held captive by Islamic State in Mosul.

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Death toll in Kabul Suicide Bombing rises to 24

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 15:52 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], July 24 (ANI): The death toll in Kabul suicide car bomb blast has risen to 24.

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Growing dissent emerges against Nawaz Sharif in PML-N

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 15:18 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 24 (ANI): Growing dissent against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is out in the open, as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) activists over the last few days have put banners in Lahore asking the former to resign and let his younger brother become the premier of the country.

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Colombo [Sri Lanka], July 24 (ANI): Condemning the shooting attack aimed at the Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illanchelian, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to initiate a special program to strengthen the security of judges.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], July 24 (ANI): A total of 40 Pakistani teachers left for Beijing for a Chinese language training program on Sunday.

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Two Jordanians killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Amman

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 14:03 IST     

Amman [Jordan], July 24 (ANI): Two Jordanians were killed and an Israeli wounded in an incident at the Israel embassy compound in Amman on Sunday night, according to media reports.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], July 24 (ANI): The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the bombing that left more than 20 people killed in western Kabul on Monday.

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Beijing [China], July 24 (ANI): China on Monday urged India to immediately withdraw their troops from the Doklam Plateau for solving the current border standoff between the two sides. Beijing warned that it is determined to safeguard its territory.

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Banners favoring Sharif's brother as PM appear in Lahore

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 11:40 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], July 24 (ANI): Banners in favour of Punjab Chief Minister and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif have appeared in Lahore asking Sharif to let his younger brother become premier of the country.

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Foreign terror suspect brought to U.S. for trial

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 10:51 IST     

Philadelphia [United States], July 24 (ANI): An Algerian terror suspect from Spain has been brought to the United States by the President Donald Trump administration, to be tried in federal court rather than at the Guantanamo Bay naval prison

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Kabul: Over 20 killed in suicide car bomb attack

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 09:37 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], July 24 (ANI): More than 20 people were killed in an explosion in western Kabul on Monday.

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'Just want to go home': German teenager who joined ISIS

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 08:56 IST     

London [U.K.], July. 24 (ANI): A German teenager, who is suspected to have joined ISIS, has now expressed deep regret for her actions and wants to return to her family.

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Jerusalem [Israel], July 24 (ANI): U.S. envoy to the peace process Jason Greenblatt will today visit Israel to support de-escalation of tensions amid the backdrop of the Temple Mount row.

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Washington D.C. [USA], July 24 (ANI): A day after congressional leaders announced an agreement on a Russian sanctions bill, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the administration is supportive of the decision.

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Trump slams Republicans who won't 'protect' him

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 04:39 IST     

New Delhi [India], July 24 (ANI): U.S President Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at some members of his party who gained from his electoral win but now "do very little to protect" him.

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Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], July 24 (ANI): Amid the ongoing impasse, Saudi Arabia has allowed access to Qatari pilgrims for Hajj (annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) aboard all flights other than Qatar Airways, country's national carrier.

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One killed in shooting at Israeli embassy in Jordan

Updated: Jul 24, 2017 00:36 IST     

Amman [Jordan], July 24 (ANI): At least one person was killed on Sunday in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in Amman, according to media reports.

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