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Venezuela debuts new notes amid soaring inflation

CARACAS, Jan 17, (AP), VENEZUELANS stood in long ATM lines to take out new, larger-denominated bills that President Nicolas Maduro hopes will help stabilise the crisis-wracked economy.Maduro last month said that he was scrapping circulation of the mo..

More Sikhs now planning to join US Army after new rule

WASHINGTON, Jan 12, (PTI), SIKHS in America are now planning to join the US Army in large numbers after it issues a new regulation on religious liberty to accommodate people who sport turbans and beards for religious reasons. In a significant move to..

Pentagon tests swarm of 103 micro-drones successfully

WASHINGTON, Jan 10, (AFP), THE Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones.The important step in the development of new autonomous we..

Five killed as bus carrying Portuguese tourists crashes off highway in France

Lyon, Jan 8, (AFP), Five people were killed and 27 others injured on Sunday when a bus carrying Portuguese tourists crashed off a highway in central France known locally as the “road of death”, authorities said. The 40-seat bus was on it..

US Army allows servicemen to keep beards, turbans, hijabs

WASHINGTON, Jan 5, (PTI), The new set of rules allows religious accommodations to be approved at the brigade-level. Previously it was at the level of Secretary IN A significant move to enable all religious minorities in America including the Sikhs t..

Brand-new organ identified in human body

Brand-new organ identified in human body..

Google Doodle pays tribute to social reformer Savitribai Phule

MUMBAI, Jan 3, (IANS), GOOGLE dedicated a doodle on Tuesday to mark the 186th birth anniversary of India’s 19th century social reformer Savitribai Jyotirao Phule, among the country’s first to speak up for the rights of women. Savitribai ..

Hollywood sign vandalised to read ‘Hollyweed’ on New Year

LOS ANGELES, Jan 2, (PTI), THE famous Hollywood sign was vandalised early New Year morning to read “Hollyweed.”In an apparent New Year’s prank, a person climbed up the Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mount..

Fire in boiler real reason for Titanic’s sinking: Documentary

LONDON, Jan 1, (PTI), THE real reason for Titanic’s tragic sinking that claimed over 1,500 lives in 1912 was a fire in the ocean liner’s boiler room and not simply a collision with a giant iceberg, a new documentary has claimed. The Tita..

New Zealand PM John Key quits after wife’s advice

WELLINGTON, Dec 5, (IANS), According to the media, Key’s wife Bronagh asked him to step down due to the “extraordinary levels of intrusion” in the lives of their two children, daughter Stephie and son Max. NEW Zealand Prime Ministe..

2,00,000 Muslims take part in blasphemy protest in Jakarta

JAKARTA, Dec 2, (AP), Muslims were protesting against Jakarta’s Christian Governor Tjahaja to push for his arrest on accusations of insulting Islam AT least 2,00,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday i..

Cuba mourns death of Castro

HAVANA, Nov 27, (AFP), CUBA mourned revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Sunday as the communist island prepared to say its last goodbyes to the towering giant of its modern history with mass memorials and a four-day funeral procession. After the st..

Huge underground deposit of frozen water found on Mars

HOUSTON, Nov 23, (PTI), SCIENTISTS using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found a huge reservoir of water frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains of the red planet, which may prove to be a vital resource for astron..

17 killed as 56 vehicles pile-up due to snow in China

By K J M Varma, BEIJING, Nov 22 (PTI), AT LEAST 17 people were killed and 37 others injured after 56 vehicles collided due to snow on an expressway in north China's Shanxi Province.The accident took place on Beijing-Kunming expressway on Monday due t..

Lal Bahadur Shastri’s lifeinspires every Indian: Modi

Lal Bahadur Shastri’s life inspires every Indian: Modi..

NASA rover Curiosity finds silica mineral in Mars crater

NASA rover Curiosity finds silica mineral in Mars crater..

SC allows marine to go to Italy, imposes 4 conditions

SC allows marine to go to Italy, imposes 4 conditions..

Indo-Pak talks likely in Lahore in July

Indo-Pak talks likely in Lahore in July..

Pakistan’s religious body recommends allowing husbands to beat wives

Pakistan’s religious body recommends allowing husbands to beat wives..

Salah Abdeslam moved to France

Salah Abdeslam moved to France..

US military conducts cyber attacks on IS

US military conducts cyber attacks on IS..

Trump, Hillary poised for White House battle after major primary victories

Trump, Hillary poised for White House battle after  major primary victories..

Power crisis forces 2-day work week in Venezuela

Power crisis forces 2-day work week in Venezuela..

Brazil President hit by new graft accusations

Dilma Rousseff     BRASILIA, Mar 16 (AFP) BRAZIL’S political drama took several new twists as a senator accused President Dilma Rousseff of offering hush money to contain a corruption scandal, and her predecessor considered a re..

China fumes as Argentina Navy sinks its vessel fishing illegally

Chinese fishing boat Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010, sank by Argentinian coast guard vessel GC-28 Prefecto Derbes while she was illegally fishing in Argentine territorial waters off Puerto Madryn. (AFP)     BUENOS AIRES, Mar 16 (AP) ARGENTINA&rsq..

Paris attack suspect killed in Brussels raid

Police officers walk at the site of a shooting in the southern Forest district of Brussels on Tuesday. (AFP)   BRUSSELS, Mar 16 (AFP) BELGIAN and French police have launched a vast manhunt for more possible suspects after a Kalashnikov-wiel..

Trump, Hillary score major victories, Rubio drops out

Hillary Clinton speaks during her election campaign.   Cleveland, Mar 16 (Agencies) AN epic clash between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the US polls seemed imminent as the front-runners on Wednesday took giant step..

North Korea fires short-range projectiles into sea

SEOUL, Mar 3 (AP), NORTH Korea fired six short range projectiles into the seaoff its east coaston Thursday,Seoul officials said, just hours after the UN Security Council approved the toughest sanctions on Pyongyang in two decades for its recent nucle..

9 killed, 150 hurt as twotrains collide in Germany

Aerial view shows firefighters and emergency doctors working at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling southern Germany TWO commuter trains crashed head-on onTuesday morning in a remote area in southern Germany, killing at least nine people and ..

UNSC to impose fresh sanctions on N Korea

North Korea’s rocket launch of the earth observation satellite at an undisclosed location in North Korea on Sunday. (AFP)     UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 (PTI) THE UN Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea’s l..

Won’t leave Syrian refugees to die: Turkey

A refugee child carries belongings at the Turkish border crossing gate on Sunday in Bab-Al Salam, near the city of Azaz. (AFP)   ONCUPINAR (Turkey), Feb 8 (AFP) TURKEY said on Sunday it would not abandon thousands of Syrians stranded on its..

35 migrants drown off Turkey, 4 rescued

ISTANBUL, Feb 8 (AFP) AT LEAST 35 migrants drowned in two accidents in the Aegean Sea on Monday as they tried to cross from Turkey to Greece, Turkish media said.Twenty-four died when their boat sank off the district of Edremit in the western province of B..

HAL’s Tejas fighter makes debut at Bahrain air show

Tejas during flight.     BENGALURU, Jan 21 (IANS) LIGHT combat aircraft Tejas, made in India by state-run company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), flew for the first time at the Bahrain International Air Show on Thursday.“Two Te..

Mob attacks Pakistanis, Syrian in Germany

Women hold signs reading ‘We are no fair game’ to protest violence against women during New Year’s celebrations in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday. (AFP)       BERLIN, Jan 11 (AP) A GROUP of Pakistanis and a Syrian..

Truck bomb claims at least 60 policemen, wounds 200 in Libya

Damaged cars are seen at the site of a suicide bombing on a police school in Libya. (AFP)   TRIPOLI, Jan 7 (AP) A TRUCK bomb exploded in the western Libyan city of Zliten near a police base, killing at least 60 policemen and wounding 200 on..

Man carring knife tries to attack police station in Paris, shot dead

A video grab image shows a police and an anti-explosive robot standing beside the body of a man shot dead in front of a police station in Paris on Thursday.   PARIS, Jan 7 (AP) A MAN carrying a butcher’s knife and wearing a fake explo..

US, Japan, South Korea vow tough response to N Korea’s H-bomb test

WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (PTI) THE US, Japan and South Korea have decided to launch a united and strong global response to North Korea’s latest reckless behaviour after the reclusive nation claimed that it has successfully conducted first hydrogen bomb tes..

Footage of IS weapons lab shows making of missiles, car bombs

This undated image, taken from an IS training video shows a fighter building a heat-seeking, surface-to-air missile. (AP)   New York, Jan 7 (Agencies)New images of what is being called a “jihadi technical college” in the IS terr..

China flies two commercial jets to man-made island in South China Sea

Air strip at the disputed Spratly Islands. (File photo)     BEIJING, Jan 7 (Agencies)A pair of Chinese civilian jet airliners landed at a newly created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea in a test to see whether its a..

Bomb blasts in Syria claim at least 32 lives

Syrians check the rubble at the site of two car bomb attacks in the al-Zahraa neighbourhood of Homs on Monday.(AFP)   DAMASCUS, Dec 28 (Agencies)AT LEAST 32 people were killed and many wounded in massive bomb blasts on Monday in the central..

Seized papers reveal how IS functions

By Jonathan Landay, Warren Strobel and Phil StewartWASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters)ISLAMIC State has set up departments to handle “war spoils” including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of Gover..

PM inaugurates Afghan Parlt building in Kabul

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurate the new Afghan Parliament which has been built by India, in Kabul, on Friday. (PTI)  KABUL, Dec 25 (IANS) INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said th..

Clashes, air strikes kill 75 in Yemen

Armed Yemeni tribesmen from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, carry ammunitions as they hold a position in Sirwah on Saturday. (AFP)   SANAA, Dec 20 (AP) FIERCE fighting and air ..

NASA probe beams sharpest ever pics of Pluto

Pluto’s rugged, icy cratered plains. (AFP)   WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (PTI) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has sent back some of the sharpest images of Pluto, showing a wide variety of cratered, mountainous and glacial terrains, which ..

Colombia finds Spanish galleon laden with gold, silver and precious stones

The remains of the Spanish galleon San Jose that sunk off the Caribbean coast of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. (AFP)   CARTAGENA (Colombia), Dec 6 (AFP) COLOMBIA says it has found the shipwreck of a storied Spanish galleon laden with gold,..

IS ‘training video’ shows children killing captives

Militants   BEIRUT, Dec 4 (AFP)THE Islamic State (IS) group on Friday posted online a gruesome video showing six of its child soldiers killing Syrian security forces held captive by the jihadists.Titled “To the Sons of Jews,” th..

Pak-origin California gunman was in touch with extremists: FBI

WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (PTI)THE Pakistani-origin gunman who carried out the massacre of 14 people in California along with his Pakistani wife may have been radicalised as he was in touch with extremists, officials said on Friday, as an arms haul from their hom..

World’s richest 10% produce 50% of CO2

Climate   LE BOURGET (France), Dec 3 (AFP) THE richest 10 per cent of people produce half of Earth’s climate-harming fossil-fuel emissions, while the poorest half contribute a mere 10 per cent, British charity Oxfam said in a study r..

Mysterious radio pulses from outer space detected

Science   TORONTO, Dec 3 (IANS) ANALYSING over 650 hours of archival data, a team of astronomers has for the first time uncovered the most detailed record ever of a “Fast Radio Burst” from outer space.The research indicates that..

Negotiators begin dialogue to carve out climate deal

French President Francois Hollande (2ndL) poses with participants in the Climate Generations area at Le Bourget near Paris. (AFP)   By Tuhin DuttaPARIS, Dec 1 (PTI) BITTERLY divided negotiators from nearly 150 countries began talks on Tuesd..

Will fulfil all responsibilities on climate change: Modi to Obama

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in a meeting during CoP 21, UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on Monday. (PTI)   By Tuhin DuttaPARIS, Nov 30 (PTI) PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India will fu..

India to host International Solar Alliance initiative

French President Francois Hollande greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Le Bourget, outside Paris on Monday. (PTI)   PARIS, Nov 30 (PTI) PRIME Minister Narendra Modi along with French President Francois Hollande on Monday jointly launched..

Oppn disrupts Kosovo Parlt with tear gas

Tear gas used by Opposition in Pristina on Monday. (AP/PTI)   PRISTINA, Nov 30 (AP) OPPOSITION lawmakers in Kosovo have again disrupted Parliament with tear gas, in a continuing protest against deals with Serbia and Montenegro.Glauk Konjufc..

Madhesis submit 11-point demand to Nepal PM to end agitation

Nepalese activists carry placards during a protest rally against the ongoing dispute between Nepal and India, in Kathmandu. (AFP)   KATHMANDU, Nov 30 (PTI) NEPAL’S Indian-origin Madhesi leaders on Monday submitted their 11-point deman..

Israel tests Barak-8 missile co-developed with India

Representational picture   By Harinder MishraJERUSALEM, Nov 27 (PTI) THE Israeli military has conducted another successful test of the Barak-8 missile, jointly developed with India, as it intercepted a small drone simulating an “enemy..

IS claims attack on Shia mosque in Bangladesh

Blood stains are seen on the floor of a Shiite mosque after a shooting in Bogra, on Thursday night. (AFP)   By Anisur RahmanDHAKA, Nov 27 (PTI) THE Islamic State (IS) on Friday claimed responsibility for the attack on a Shia mosque in Bangl..

France, Russia to cooperate in fight against Islamic State

Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens as France’s President Francois Hollande speaks to him as they leave their news conference following the talks in Moscow, Russia, on Friday. (AP/PTI)   MOSCOW, Nov 27 (IANS) RUSSIAN and French ..

Pope slams elite few over dreadful injustice to poor

Pope Francis stands on the popemobile as he arrives to celebrate a mass at the campus of the University of Nairobi on Friday as part of his trip to Africa. (AFP)   NAIROBI, Nov 27 (AFP)POPE Francis on Friday lashed out at wealthy minorities..

Venezuela Opposition leader shot dead at election rally

New Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa. (AFP)   CARACAS, Nov 27 (AFP) A VENEZUELAN Opposition leader was shot dead during an election rally, the political leaders said on Thursday, raising tensions ahead of a legislative vote tha..

Robot to help passengers find way at Amsterdem airport

Robot being tested at the research center.   LONDON, Nov 27 (IANS) IF YOU are travelling to Amsterdem this week, you might find a robot guiding you around at the busy Schiphol airport.The robot is being developed as part of “Spencer&r..

Hostage crisis in French town ends; one gunman killed

Police cordon off the area close to where armed men took hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix, on Tuesday. (AFP)   PARIS, Nov 25 (Agencies) ONE suspected gunman was found dead when a hostage-taking situation in the northern Frenc..

Over 100 killed in Myanmar landslides

YANGON, Nov 22 (AFP) AROUND 100 people have died in a huge landslide in a remote jade mining area of northern Myanmar, officials said on Sunday, as search teams continued to find bodies in one of the deadliest disasters to strike the country’s shado..

Nepal police shoot dead 4 Madhesis in fresh clashes

KATHMANDU, Nov 22 (PTI)NEPAL police shot dead four Indian-origin Madhesis blockading a key highway in Terai over the new Constitution as violence returned to the country already reeling under acute shortage of essential goods, prompting India to express &..