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26-Apr-2017 New York

Eating less salt may not lower your BP, says study

Contrary to popular belief, consuming less sodium may not lead to lower blood pressure in the long term, show results of a new study that followed more than 2,600 men and women for 16 years."We saw no evidence that a diet lower in sodium had any long-term beneficial...

26-Apr-2017 Yerevan

Future technologies will reshape geopolitics : Hamid Ansari

Vice President M. Hamid Ansari on Wednesday said upcoming technologies like manufacturing of robotics and improved cost-efficiency in renewable energy will reshape geopolitics."Every two years, for example, solar installation rates are doubling, and photovoltaic-module...

25-Apr-2017 Islamabad

14 killed in Pakistan land mine blast

At least 14 persons were killed when a passenger van hit a land mine in Kurram agency in Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said.Local authorities said the van ran over the anti-tank mine on the roadside when it was travelling in Godar area of Kurram agency,...

25-Apr-2017 Nairobi

27 killed in Kenya road accident

At least 27 persons were killed on Tuesday in Kenya when an oil tanker collided with a bus on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, authorities said.The bus was travelling to Nairobi when it hit the tanker near Makindu in Kibwezi, Xinhua news agency quoted police...

25-Apr-2017 Buenos Aires

Argentina at risk of missing World Cup : Diego Maradona

Argentina face an uphill battle to qualify for next year's World Cup without their suspended talisman Lionel Messi, according to Albiceleste legend Diego Maradona.Messi has served one match of a four-game international ban for abusing an assistant referee in a...

25-Apr-2017 Islamabad

10 killed in Pakistan landmine blast

At least 10 persons were killed when a passenger van hit a landmine in Kurram Agency in Pakistan on Tuesday, authorities said.Yasir Hussain, who is injured in the attack, was bringing stones from a mountain when his vehicle hit the landmine in Godar area,...

25-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA's Cassini probe completes final Titan flyby

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has completed its last close brush with Saturn's hazy moon Titan and is now beginning its final set of 22 orbits around the ringed planet.In its final close approach to Titan on April 21, the spacecraft passed at an altitude of about...

25-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA's super pressure balloon takes off from Wanaka

After several unsuccessful attempts, NASA finally launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, on Tuesday.The super-pressure balloon test flight is now on a mission designed to run 100 or more days,...

24-Apr-2017 New York

Banks may have to swallow losses to resolve NPA issue : Arun Jaitley

Banks may have to take "haircuts" - swallow losses - as one of the measures to resolve the sector's problem of non-performing assets (NPA) and this is a top priority for the government, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here Monday.Speaking at the...

24-Apr-2017 New York

High BP drug could treat skin cancer

Researchers have discovered by accident cancer-fighting properties in a drug typically used to treat high blood pressure.The drug carvedilol can protect against the sun-induced cell damage that leads to skin cancer, the findings showed."What began as an experimental...

24-Apr-2017 London

Facebook not arbiter of truth : Sheryl Sandberg

Responding to the criticism that Facebook has been facing over dissemination of fake news on the platform, the social media giant's Chief Operating Officer (COO) has said that the company is not an "arbiter of truth".Speaking at BBC Newsnight, Sheryl Sandberg said:...

23-Apr-2017 Washington

Arun Jaitley raises H-1B visa issue with US authorities

The vexed issue of the Trump administration mulling curbs in H-1B visas has been taken up with by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with the American authorities during his ongoing visit, an Indian official said on Sunday.The issue was raised by Jaitley during...

23-Apr-2017 Sanaa

5 soldiers killed in Yemen explosions

Five soldiers were killed and 20 others injured in two explosions at military barracks in Yemen's Aden city, security officials said on Sunday.The explosions in Aden, which is a provisional capital for the government of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour...

23-Apr-2017 Washington

Arun Jaitley for urgent World Bank, IMF quota reforms

The World Bank needs to decide the issues of Selective Capital Increase (SCI) to reflect the increasing weight of Developing and Transition Countries (DTCs) and General Capital Increase (GCI) to expand its annual lending, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has...

22-Apr-2017 London

Researchers discover new cause of high blood pressure

Researchers have discovered a new cause of high blood pressure which could lead to major changes in managing the disease.In a study published in the journal JCI Insight, the researchers named the new cause as Connshing syndrome which is linked to the overproduction...

22-Apr-2017 New York

Liver carcinogen traced to sunflower seeds

Researchers have shown that sunflower seeds are frequently contaminated with a toxin which has the potential to cause live cancer.In the study published in the journal PLoS ONE, the team of scientists documented frequent occurrence of aflatoxin -- a toxin produced...

22-Apr-2017 Washington

India a major driver of emerging economies' growth : Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that emerging economies have become increasingly important, accounting for more than 75 per cent of global growth, and that India has been a major driver of global economic growth.Jaitley said India's growth is expected to...

22-Apr-2017 Jakarta (Indonesia)

1st ‘India Indonesia Energy Forum’ held in Jakarta

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal and H.E. Mr. Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia met on 20th April, 2017 for the 1st ‘India Indonesia Energy Forum’,...

21-Apr-2017 Islamabad

Over 400 militants surrender in Pakistan's Quetta

At least 434 militants have layed down arms in Quetta, the capital city of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province on Friday.The Geo TV said that a ceremony was held in Balochistan assembly to mark the inclusion of the militants in the national mainstream.Chief...

21-Apr-2017 Kabul

At least 50 Afghan troops killed in Taliban attack

At least 50 Afghan troops were killed on Friday and around 70 others were injured when a group of Taliban insurgents launched an attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, a military official said.Ten Taliban militants were also killed, an Afghan Army...

20-Apr-2017 Washington

Iran not complying with 2015 nuclear deal : Donald Trump

Despite his administration's certification of Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, US President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Iran of "not living up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal."They (Iranians) are doing a tremendous disservice to an agreement...

20-Apr-2017 Los Angeles

I love skiing : Hugh Jackman

Actor Hugh Jackman says he loves to ski, but is not great at it."I love skiing. I picked it up when I was 18 so never got great but tried to learn it," Jackman said in a statement. It was for this love that the actor opted to do several ski jumping scenes...

20-Apr-2017 Colombo

INS Darshak conducting joint survey of Sri Lankan bay

INS Darshak, the Indian Navy's hydrographic survey ship, is jointly with Sri Lankan Navy undertaking a joint hydrographic survey of Weligama Bay, the navy said in a tweet on Thursday.On a two-month deployment in the Sri Lankan waters, INS Darshak jointly...

20-Apr-2017 Damascus

37 killed in Syria clashes

At least 37 people were killed on Thursday in clashes between the Syrian army and rebel and Islamic factions in Syria's Hama province, a British-based war monitor reported.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that among those killed were...

19-Apr-2017 Bogota

Colombia mudslides leave at least 14 dead, 9 missing

Mudslides triggered by torrential rains in the western Colombian city of Manizales have left 14 people dead thus far and nine others missing, according to the latest Red Cross report on Wednesday."The situation is lamentable. I don't want to get ahead of the official...

19-Apr-2017 Ankara

Turkey reforms don't make me dictator : Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his plans to assume sweeping new powers do not make him a dictator.Erdogan, in an interview to CNN on Tuesday, said a constitutional reform package -- backed by a narrow majority of Turkey's voters in a referendum...

19-Apr-2017 New York

Air pollution ups risk of chronic sinus problems

People living in places like New Delhi or Beijing may be at greater risk of developing chronic sinus problems due to high levels of air polution in these cities, say researchers.In the study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular...

19-Apr-2017 New York

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ now in India, pre-order on Flipkart

Ending the Indian consumers' wait, Samsung India on Wednesday brought its flagship devices Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ for Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900, respectively.Packed with a voice assistant, the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ were listed on a Flipkart...

19-Apr-2017 San Francisco

Facebook's AR camera platform to empower developers

Giving a fresh impetus to its Augmented reality (AR) dream, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a new augmented reality platform for developers to encourage AR camera effects.Wearing his signature gray t-shirt and blue jeans on the first day of Facebook's...

19-Apr-2017 Washington

NASA orbiter spots strange secondary crater on Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has captured a region of Mars sprayed with mysterious secondary craters."Secondary craters form from rocks ejected at high speed from the primary crater, which then impact the ground at sufficiently high speed to make...

19-Apr-2017 Moscow

Cargo ship with 12 aboard sinks in Black Sea

A cargo ship with 12 persons aboard sank in the Black Sea on Wednesday, prompting a large-scale rescue operation.At least seven crewmembers of the dry cargo ship Geroi Arsenala are still missing, RT News reported.Over 120 rescuers and eight vessels are...

19-Apr-2017 San Francisco

Facebook is for all : Zuckerberg takes a jab at Snapchat

In an apparent reaction to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's purported disinterest in expanding business to "poor countries" like India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is for everyone and not just for "the high end".In a subtle jab at Spiegel, Zuckerberg...

19-Apr-2017 Sanaa

US drone strikes kill 7 Al Qaida suspects in Yemen

Two US drone strikes have killed at least seven suspected Al Qaida operatives in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib, a security official said on Wednesday."Two Al Qaida leaders, Saleh al-Awlaki and Saeed Ba-Kadir, were targeted and killed along with...

19-Apr-2017 United Nations

UN to issue 10 stamps of 'asanas' on International Yoga Day

The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) is issuing a set of stamps showing 10 yoga asanas (poses) to commemorate the International Day of Yoga on June 21 in New York.The 10 stamps of $1.15 denomination each depict a different yoga pose next to a large 'Om' in...

18-Apr-2017 New York

Cannabis compound could treat itching, other skin diseases

Anti-inflammatory properties in a cannabis compound could help treat itching and a wide-range of other skin diseases, say researchers.The new study, published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, summarises the current literature on the subject...

18-Apr-2017 Tehran

Military for deterrence, not aggression : Hassan Rouhani

Iran is not an aggressive power and the country's armed forces are for deterrence and not aggression, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.The President made the remarks on the occasion of the country's Army Day, Press TV reported.The Iranian Army is...

18-Apr-2017 Damascus

23 killed in Syria airstrikes

At least 23 people were killed in airstrikes in Syria allegedly carried out by the US-led international coalition in areas under the Islamic State (IS) terror organisation's control in Syria, said a British war monitor on Tuesday.The Syrian Observatory...

18-Apr-2017 Moscow

Indians can enter Russia's far east without visa : Dmitry Medvedev

Citizens of India are eligible to visit Russia's far east without visas, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.According to a TASS report, Medvedev said on Monday tourists and businessmen from 18 nations -- India, the UAE, Algeria, Bahrain, Brunei,...

18-Apr-2017

24 die in Philippines accident

At least 24 persons were killed and many injured when a passenger bus plunged into a deep gorge in northern Philippines on Tuesday, police said.According to police, the bus carrying more than 50 passengers crashed in Capintalan village in Nueva Ecjia province,...

18-Apr-2017 Yangon

285 killed, 1,073 injured during Myanmar's water festival

A total of 285 people were killed and 1,073 others injured across Myanmar during a four-day water festival, media reports said.The deaths were 13 more than that of last year's event.Meanwhile, a total of 1,200 criminal cases were also registered during...

17-Apr-2017 Lisbon

5 killed, 4 injured in Portugal plane crash

At least five persons were killed and four others injured when a small airplane crashed near a supermarket in a residential area on the outskirts of the capital city of Lisbon on Monday, local media reported.The crash took place around 11 a.m. (local time)...

17-Apr-2017 Colombo

Search continues for Sri Lanka garbage dump victims, toll now 30

Sri Lankan authorities on Monday continued search operations to find more victims buried under the rubble of a garbage dump near here, after the toll from its collapse rose to 30.Rescue officials by Monday morning had recovered 30 bodies and the army said...

17-Apr-2017 Madrid

Andy Murray stays at top of ATP rankings

British tennis ace Andy Murray continued to lead the men's Association of Tennis Professionals world singles rankings, released on Monday.Serbian Novak Djokovic came in second, followed by Swiss Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer in third and fourth place,...

17-Apr-2017 Beijing

13 die in China accident

At least 13 persons were killed and six injured when a bus plunged into a river in China's Guizhou province on Monday, an official said.The 19-seater bus, en route from Kaiyang to Weng'an county, fell into the river in Kaiyang, Xinhua news agency reported.An...

17-Apr-2017 London

12 injured in London club 'acid attack'

At least 12 people suffered burn injuries in a suspected acid attack at a club in London, police said on Monday.Hundreds of revellers were evacuated from Mangle E8 in Sidworth Street, London Fields, after police were called at about 1.10 a.m., the BBC reported.The...

17-Apr-2017 Islamabad

People accusing others of blasphemy need education : Grand Mosque Imam

People who are illiterate and falsely accuse others of blasphemy should be educated and strictly dealt with, the Imam of Makkah's Grand Mosque, Shaikh Saleh Bin Muhammad Ibrahim, has said.The visiting Imam-e-Kaaba told Geo News in an interview aired on Sunday...

17-Apr-2017 Wellington

NASA balloon launch further delayed

NASA has postponed its fifth attempt to launch a giant stadium-sized super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, due to poor weather, the media reported.The wind was again unsuitable to launch the balloon at the latest scheduled launch time of...

16-Apr-2017 Damascus

Toll from attack on Syrian evacuees rises to 112

The death toll from a massive explosion that struck a convoy of evacuees on the outskirts of Syria's Aleppo city rose to 112, a British war monitor said on Sunday.On Saturday, the blast, carried out by a suicide bomber driving a booby-trapped potato truck,...

16-Apr-2017 London

UK coming together after Brexit : Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday said the country and its people were coming together following the country's vote to exit the European Union (EU), the media reported."This year, after a period of intense debate over the right future for our country,...

16-Apr-2017 New York

Exploits leaked by Shadow Brokers addressed : Microsoft

Microsoft has said that the vulnerabilities exposed by anonymous hacking group Shadow Brokers were addressed by prior patches, a media report said.Microsoft researchers were working till late on Friday and addressed the issue for systems running Windows 7 and...

15-Apr-2017 Damascus

22 killed as blast hits buses evacuating Syrians

At least 22 persons were killed on Saturday when a car bomb struck an area near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo where an evacuation operation was underway.According to Xinhua news agency, 48 persons were also wounded in the blast which targeted the rebel-held...

15-Apr-2017 Tehran

Iranian President Rouhani to seek second term

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Friday registered to run for a second four-year term in the upcoming presidential election in the country.At the Interior Ministry's headquarters in Tehran, Rouhani said he had fulfilled the promises he made to the Iranian...

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