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14-Nov-2018 Washington

Watch NASA's InSight spacecraft land on Mars

As NASA's InSight spacecraft touches down on the Red Planet on November 26, people from around the world will be able to watch the event live on NASA Television, the agency's website and social media platforms, including on YouTube, the US space agency...

10-Nov-2018 Washington

NASA to send organs-on-chips to space

NASA is planning to send small devices containing human cells in a 3D matrix -- known as tissue chips or organs-on-chips -- to the International Space Station (ISS) to test how they respond to stress, drugs and genetic changes.Made of flexible plastic, tissue...

10-Nov-2018 Washington

New US envoy to UN remain undecided : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump here on Friday said that the person to replace Nikki Haley as the new ambassador to the UN is still under consideration.I'll make the decision over the next few weeks, but by the end of the year, Trump told reporters at the White...

08-Nov-2018 Washington

12 killed in California bar shooting

At least 12 people, including a police officer, were killed after a gunman forced his way into a popular bar in the US state of California and opened fire, officials said. The shooter was later found dead at the scene.According to the police, the shooting...

08-Nov-2018 Washington

Solar Probe 'alive' after being closest ever to Sun : NASA

Parker Solar Probe, NASA's historic mission to solve the mysteries of the Sun, is alive and well after skimming by the Sun at just 15 million miles from its surface.This is far closer than any spacecraft has ever gone -- the previous record was set by Helios...

08-Nov-2018 Washington

NASA's Ralph to explore Jupiter's Trojan asteroids in 2021

NASA's Ralph, one of the most well-travelled scientific instrument, is set to explore Jupiter's Trojan asteroids aboard the Lucy spacecraft in 2021, the US space agency said.Ralph has made many discoveries since it first launched aboard the New Horizons spacecraft...

08-Nov-2018 Washington

Donald Trump fires Sessions, seizes Russia probe

US President Donald Trump has fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions a day after midterms, wrestling back control of the Russia probe by getting rid of the man who supported it, and choosing the one who has said all negative things about the investigation."At...

08-Nov-2018 Washington

'Stronger opinion' on Khashoggi case next week : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he will have a "stronger opinion" over the murder of a Saudi journalist next week.Trump told reporters on Wednesday during a White House press conference that he was "forming a very strong opinion" over the death of Jamal...

07-Nov-2018 Washington

Curiosity returns to old location, back to work : NASA

Besides over two weeks of scientific operations, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has conducted its longest drive since experiencing a memory anomaly two months ago, pushing its total odometry to over 20 kilometers.The rover is now located at the Red Planet's Lake...

06-Nov-2018 Washington

Facebook blocks more accounts 'meddling' in US mid-terms

Facebook has blocked 30 accounts on its platform and 85 accounts on Instagram that may be engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" from foreign entities into the US mid-term elections.According to the social networking giant, US law enforcement contacted...

06-Nov-2018 Washington

Donald Trump not sure if he will meet Vladimir Putin in Paris

US President Donald Trump has said he was not sure if he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Paris next week."I am not sure that we will have a meeting in Paris, probably not," Trump told reporters on Monday at the Joint Base Andrews as he was...

05-Nov-2018 Washington

NASA detects smiley in new galaxy

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a formation of galaxies that looks like a smiling face, said the US space agency.On Saturday, it posted an image on its Instagram handle that showed two yellow orbs above an arc of light -- painting a smiley face in...

04-Nov-2018 Washington

Donald Trump vows to stop immigrant caravan from entering US

US President Donald Trump said in a campaign rally in Florida that he won't allow a caravan of Central American migrants, which is heading towards the Mexico-US border, to enter the country.Speaking to supporters at the rally held on Saturday at a hangar...

01-Nov-2018 Washington

US could send up to 15,000 troops to US-Mexican border : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that up to 15,000 military personnel could be sent to the southern border with Mexico to help defend against a caravan of Central American migrants.Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said the number of troops...

31-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA podcast tracks lander on way to study 'inner' Mars

NASA has launched an eight-episode podcast series that follows the InSight mission as the robotic explorer journeys to Mars for a November 26 landing.The first two episodes of the "On a Mission" series are now available for download, the US space agency said...

31-Oct-2018 Washington

Donald Trump visits Pittsburgh synagogue amid protests

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited the Pittsburgh synagogue where on the weekend a gunman who has espoused anti-Semitic views online massacred 11 people, while hundreds of protesters denounced the president's seeming reluctance...

31-Oct-2018 Washington

Donald Trump plans to end birthright citizenship

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Tuesday that he is planning to put an end to what he called the "ridiculous" law that grants citizenship to all children born in US territory."We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby,...

30-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA's Parker Solar Probe closest ever to Sun

NASA's historic Parker Solar Probe -- enroute to the Sun to unravel its mysteries -- has become the closest spacecraft to it.The spacecraft passed the current record of 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface on October 29, as calculated by the Parker Solar...

30-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA sets world record with Mars 2020 parachute

NASA has created a world record with its "supersonic parachute" for the Mars 2020 mission that survived 37,000 kg load and was deployed in just four-tenths of a second -- twice the speed of sound.Less than two minutes after the launch of a 58-foot-tall (17.7-metre)...

29-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA's Hubble completes first science operation after 3-week hiatus

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has returned to normal operations and completed its first science observations after a three-week hiatus owing to a failed gyroscope.The observations were of the distant, star-forming galaxy and were taken in infrared wavelengths...

28-Oct-2018 Washington

11 people killed, 6 injured in US shooting

At least 11 people were killed and six others were injured after a gunman opened fire Saturday morning inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh, US state of Pennsylvania, a city official said.No children were among the fatalities and the six injured include four...

27-Oct-2018 Washington

Donald Trump accuses US press of using mail bomb case

US President Donald Trump accused the American media of using the arrest of one of his apparent supporters in the mail bomb case to "score political points" against him, less than two weeks before the mid-term elections.At a rally on Friday in Charlotte,...

25-Oct-2018 Washington

Investigation underway into suspicious packages : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday a major federal investigation was underway to probe the suspicious packages sent to former President Barack Obama, the Clintons, CNN offices and others.Trump, speaking at an opioids event at the White House, first...

23-Oct-2018 Washington

US will build up n-arsenal : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has warned of bolstering the American nuclear arsenal to put pressure on Russia and China.Moscow has retaliated that it will respond in kind if the US develops more weapons, the BBC reported.Hinting at Russia's breach of the 1987...

22-Oct-2018 Washington

Six shot in Florida, suspect on run

Six people were shot, leaving three of them in critical condition, in Jacksonville in the US state of Florida, police said Sunday.All six victims were adults, Xinhua news agency quoted deputies as saying.Local reports said the incident took place blocks...

22-Oct-2018 Washington

NASA names new gamma-ray constellations after Godzilla, Hulk

NASA has used certain characters from modern myths such as the "Hulk" and "Godzilla" to name its new set of 21 gamma-ray constellations constructed in celebration of its Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope's 10th year of operations.Fermi has mapped about 3,000...

21-Oct-2018 Washington

US will pull out of nuclear treaty with Russia : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that his country will pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, a decades-old pact limiting strategic weapons development.Trump made the remarks to reporters after attending a rally in...

19-Oct-2018 Washington

It 'certainly' seems that Khashoggi is dead : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that it "certainly" seems that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared two weeks ago in Istanbul, is dead, adding that if this is confirmed there will be very serious consequences."It certainly looks...

16-Oct-2018 Washington

Donald Trump surveys areas devastated by hurricane Michael

US President Donald Trump undertook an aerial survey of areas in Florida devastated by hurricane Michael and said that the priority of the his government was to provide food, electricity and safety to the victims.Accompanied by his wife Melania, Trump on...

16-Oct-2018 Washington

Rogue killers may be behind Khashoggi's disappearance : Donald Trump

President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared on October 2 after entering his country's consulate in Istanbul.Trump told reporters on Monday that he had spoken...

14-Oct-2018 Washington

Donald Trump defends separating immigrant families at border

US President Donald Trump has defended his administration's policy of separating families that arrive in the country illegally, saying the fear of separation was an effective deterrent.Trump was addressing reporters on Saturday outside the White House as...

14-Oct-2018 Washington

Donald Trump considers lifting sanctions on Turkey after US pastor freed

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he will take a look at US sanctions on Turkey and will consider whether to lift them after the American missionary Andrew Brunson was freed this Friday after two years in prison imposed by the Turkish justice system.Questioned...

13-Oct-2018 Washington

Donald Trump: Will act if Saudis behind journalist's disappearance

US President Donald Trump on Saturday warned that his administration would inflict "severe punishment" on Saudi Arabia if the kingdom was found to have played a part in the disappearance of dissident journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.Trump...

13-Oct-2018 Miami

Hurricane Michael kills 17 in US

The death toll from hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the US mainland, has increased to 17, with coastal Florida cities damaged beyond recognition, and homes, businesses and agriculture torn or swamped from Georgia to...

13-Oct-2018 Washington

Trump hails Turkish court's decision to free US pastor

President Donald Trump welcomed on Friday's decision by a Turkish court to release US pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested two years ago on terrorism charges."PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!," the president wrote on Twitter after learning of...

13-Oct-2018 Washington

Donald Trump says he'll ask Saudi king about Khashoggi

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he plans to speak with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2."I will be calling...

10-Oct-2018 Washington

Considering several locations for summit with Kim : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he is considering three or four locations for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and joked that he would no doubt like to visit the magnate's luxurious Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida."It (the...

09-Oct-2018 Washington

Donald Trump apologises to Kavanaugh on 'behalf of nation'

US President Donald Trump apologised to Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family "on behalf of our nation" for what he called a desperate Democrat-led campaign of "lies and deception" intent on derailing his confirmation.Trump remarks...

03-Oct-2018 Washington

Scary time for young men in US : Donald Trump

Reiterating his support for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, accused of sexual misconduct, President Donald Trump has said it is a "difficult" and "scary" time for young men in the US.Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said: "My...

29-Sep-2018 Washington

Donald Trump orders FBI probe into Kavanaugh, Senate vote delayed

US President Donald Trump has ordered an FBI investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against his US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, throwing his confirmation into doubt.A Senate committee voted on Friday to approve Kavanaugh's nomination...

26-Sep-2018 Washington

Google discusses data privacy before Senate hearing

As US lawmakers geared up to grill tech giants again on data privacy, Google said the organisations must operate with respect for individuals' interests when they process personal information.In a three-page framework, Google said companies must be transparent...

24-Sep-2018 Washington

Donald Trump's tariffs on $200 bn of Chinese goods kicks in

The ongoing trade war between the US and China has escalated after American President Donald Trump's administration's new 10 per cent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods kicked in on Monday, spanning thousands of products, including food seasonings,...

21-Sep-2018 Washington

44 killed in Tanzania ferry capsize

At least 44 people were killed when a passenger ferry carrying hundreds capsized in Tanzania's Lake Victoria, officials said.The accident took place on Thursday between two islands in Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, which straddles the borders...

21-Sep-2018 Washington

US shooting : Woman kills three, turns gun on herself

A woman shot dead three persons and injured three more before turning the gun on herself in an attack at a warehouse complex in Maryland in the US, police said.The shooting happened on Thursday at a pharmacy distribution centre in Perryman, near Baltimore,...

20-Sep-2018 Washington

Donald Trump visits areas affected by Florence, promises residents aid

President Donald Trump on Wednesday visited the two states most heavily affected by Hurricane Florence and promised that "a lot of money" will be coming from Washington and significant resources will be invested in reconstruction in the region, although he also...

17-Sep-2018 Washington

15 killed as Florence pounds US East Coast

At least 15 people have been killed in North Carolina and South Carolina in the United States as a result of Hurricane Florence which is downgraded to a tropical storm.The weakened Florence is still battering the region with heavy rain on Sunday, causing...

16-Sep-2018 Washington

Toll in US storm increases to 13

The death toll from tropical storm Florence that made landfall in the US east coast, has increased to 13, with authorities warning of continued rains and flooding.Of the 13 victims, nine died on Friday night, while the rest were killed on Saturday, according...

15-Sep-2018 Washington

Donald Trump tells aides to move ahead with $200 bn China tariffs

US President Donald Trump is urging his administration to move ahead with slapping tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, according to an official.However, the timing of an announcement remains unclear, CNN quoted spokeswoman Lindsay Walters as saying...

15-Sep-2018 Washington

Hurricane Florence kills 5 in US

At least five people, including an infant, were killed in the US state of state of North Carolina as hurricane Florence made landfall, authorities said.After coming ashore in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, Florence downgraded to a tropical storm...

13-Sep-2018 Washington

Donald Trump OKs sanctions on countries that interfere in US elections

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a decree authorizing sanctions for countries that attempt to influence the November mid-term elections, while his administration denounced possible attempts to do so from Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.The...

10-Sep-2018 Washington

Grocery store shooting in US kills 2

Two men have been fatally shot at a grocery store in the US state of Minnesota, officials said.Police officers were called on Sunday to the shooting site at Emerson Food Market in north Minneapolis where they found one man was dead from an apparent gunshot...

10-Sep-2018 Washington

Small plane crash in US kills 2

Two people have been killed in a small plane crash in the US state of Florida, officials said.The accident happened before Sunday noon in Lake Worth, a coastal city in Florida. The police said the twin-engine Cessna C335 crashed at John Prince Park, Xinhua...

09-Sep-2018 Washington

Donald Trump again asks Apple to start manufacturing in US

After Apple hinted at increasing the price of its products owing to tariffs on China, US President Donald Trump has once again asked the iPhone maker to shift manufacturing from Beijing to Washington.Apple has written a letter to the Trump administration,...

09-Sep-2018 Washington

Donald Trump seeks to move past Stormy Daniels lawsuit

US President Donald Trump has sought to move past a lawsuit from pornstar Stormy Daniels, stating in a court filing that he would not seek to enforce a 2016 settlement agreement between Daniels and Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen.The so-called hush...

08-Sep-2018 Washington

Trump's China tariffs will hit our products hard : Apple

US President Donald Trump's proposed $200 billion tariffs on China-make products will make Apple Watch, AirPods headphones, HomePod smart speaker, Macs and key computer parts more expensive, the company has said.In a letter written to the US Trade Representative...

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