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  • Obama considering limited military strike against Syria August 27, 2013

    US President Barack Obama is considering a limited military strike against Syria, as Washington accused Damascus of using chemical weapons against its own people, according to a media report on Tuesday. Even as the White House insisted that President Obama has made no such decision and is yet to take a...
  • Syria resumed shelling at site of chemical weapons attack: White House August 27, 2013

    The Obama Administration has alleged that Syria's Assad regime resumed shelling at the site of the reported chemical attack, soon after a team of UN investigators, gathering evidence from the site, returned. "The United Nations' team caravan was attacked en route to the site, and upon its return from its first...
  • Obama talks Syria with Australia's Rudd; Rice meets Israelis August 27, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama spoke with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd about possible international responses to the Syrian situation while his national security adviser discussed Syria and security with Israeli officials, the White House said on Monday. In a call with Rudd, "the two leaders expressed their grave concern about the...
  • Syria allows UN to inspect chemical attack sites; US questions credibility August 26, 2013

    Days after an alleged chemical attack left over thousands of people dead in Syria, the government has agreed to allow United Nations officials to inspect the site of the attack on Monday. However, the White House has now said that the offer has come too late for it to...
  • Why does Tom Cruise want a house in London? August 25, 2013

    Los Angeles: Actor Tom Cruise is reportedly looking to buy a house in London. He is eyeing up the upmarket Notting Hill and St. John's Wood areas. The 51-year-old has plans to set up a base in London so that he has a permanent place where his seven-year-old daughter Suri can...
  • LeT bomber Tunda sent to Judicial Custody till September 7 August 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The Lashkar-e-Taiba bomber Abdul Karim Tunda has been sent to Judicial Custody till September 7 after the Delhi police did not seek his custody for interrogation. The 70-year-old LeT ideologue, was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for special cardiac care on Friday after he...
  • Egypt military supporters rally at White House August 23, 2013

    About 500 protesters supporting Egypt's military are marching outside the White House. They are denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists and insisting the ouster of Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi was not a coup. The protesters are chanting "down with the Brotherhood" and demanding Obama not interfere with the military's crackdown. Twenty-four-year-old...
  • HDFC raises benchmark lending rate by 0.25 per cent on housing loans August 22, 2013

    Mumbai: Housing Development Finance Corp Ltd (HDFC), India's biggest mortgage lender, said on Thursday it will increase its retail prime lending rate by 0.25 per cent, effective Friday. Earlier on Thursday, ICICI Bank, the country's second-largest lender, became the latest bank to raise interest rates, lifting its base rate by 25...
  • DLF pays Rs 1.5 lakh compensation to allottee for delaying project, not refunding money August 22, 2013

    DLF Ltd has been directed by a consumer forum in New Delhi to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to an allottee as compensation for its "unfair trade practice" of not refunding money paid for booking a flat which was not handed over in time. The New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum...
  • NSA collected 56,000 emails by Americans every year, reveals documents August 22, 2013

    The National Security Agency may have unintentionally collected as many as 56,000 emails of Americans per year between 2008 and 2011 in a program that a secret US court subsequently said may have violated US law and the Constitution, according to documents released on Wednesday. The once-classified documents were released by...
  • NSA collected 56,000 emails of Americans a year: Documents August 22, 2013

    Washington: The National Security Agency may have unintentionally collected as many as 56,000 emails of Americans per year between 2008 and 2011 in a program that a secret US court subsequently said may have violated US law and the Constitution, according to documents released on Wednesday. The once-classified documents were released...
  • White House calls for UN probe of alleged Syria gas attack August 22, 2013

    Washington: The White House on Wednesday called on the United Nations to urgently investigate allegations of massive deadly chemical weapons use by Syrian government forces, an attack which if confirmed could increase pressure on President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria's civil war. Syria's opposition accused President Bashar al-Assad's loyalists of...
  • India, US agree to address bilateral issues before Manmohan Singh's visit August 21, 2013

    India and the US on Wednesday agreed to address their outstanding bilateral issues related to trade and investment before the September visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the United States. The US Trade Representative Michael Froman and India's Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma met on the sidelines of the...
  • Manmohan Singh to meet Obama on September 27 August 21, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on September 27, during which they will chart a course to enhance bilateral ties and defence cooperation. The announcement came after National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon met his US counterpart Susan Rice and US Defence Secretary Chuck...
  • Manmohan Singh to visit White House on September 27 August 21, 2013

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is due to meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House on September 27, the White House said on Tuesday. Singh has come under fire in India for quietly trying to restart peace talks with arch-rival Pakistan. Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for...
  • Delhi: Man slaps Abdul Karim Tunda in court August 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba's bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda was slapped by a man on Tuesday in the Patiala House Court complex. Police have detained five people for the attack. Out of the five, one person managed to reach near Tunda and slapped him on his back. The five...
  • Extract: The Professional by Ashok Ferrey August 21, 2013

    The Professional by Ashok Ferrey is an exploration of the nature and meaning of love; of time, its circularity and its irreversibility; and the plain damned unreliability of what we call memory. Here's an extract from the book: The old man woke up in the middle of the night to the...
  • US didn't request Greenwald's detention in spite of having prior knowledge August 20, 2013

    The White House has confirmed that although it did have prior knowledge about the detention of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda at London's Heathrow Airport, it did not request his detention. Greenwald has broken most of the stories for 'The Guardian' about the US's secret surveillance programmes based...
  • Barack Obama welcomes new puppy named Sunny to White House August 20, 2013

    The White House announced a new resident on Monday. Sunny, a 1-year-old Portuguese Water Dog, moved into the Washington residence of President Barack Obama and his family, joining Bo, a male dog of the same breed, the White House announced on its website. That breed works well with the allergies...
  • Extract: A Cool Dark Place by Supriya Dravid August 20, 2013

    A mother daughter bond formed in the afterlife, memories stored in Ziploc bags and the horrific struggle to piece together a past that's been through the shredder A Cool, Dark Place is all of these plus the unsettling realization that ones life was ghost-written by two drunks. Here's an extract from...
  • Two moderate quakes hit Kishtwar-Doda region in J~~amp;amp;K August 19, 2013

    The quake, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale hit the area around 5.22 am, a MeT official said. It was followed by another tremor of 3.9 magnitude at 8.48 am, they said, adding that a minor aftershock was also witnessed around 6.42 am. However, there was no immediate report of any...
  • Couple killed in house collapse due to heavy rains August 18, 2013

    A middle aged couple was killed when their house collapsed due to heavy rains in Tadi village, police said on Sunday. Jai Rajbhar (40) and his wife Parmi Devi (38) died on the spot when their house collapsed on Saturday evening, they said. The bodies were taken out from the debris with...
  • Incessant rain claims 6 lives in Amritsar August 17, 2013

    Six persons were killed in the incessant rains in Amritsar in the last three days, officials said. Three persons, including a six-month-old child, died when a rented accommodation in which they were living in Bangla Basti near the Gate Hakima collapsed on Friday evening, police said. The victims in Bangla Basti...
  • Barack Obama says he is having a 'great time' with family on vacations August 17, 2013

    President Barack Obama says he's having a "great time as always" on vacation on Martha's Vineyard. Obama took his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha on a late morning bike ride on Friday through the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest in West Tisbury. The president made the comment during a...
  • Robert Pattinson changes house to avoid Kristen Stewart August 17, 2013

    Los Angeles: Actor Robert Pattinson has reportedly shifted his house from Los Feliz here to Beverlly Hills in California in order to avoid ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart, who also stays here. Pattinson ended their four-year-old relationship as he could not forgive the actress for having an affair with director Rupert Sanders while...
  • 8 killed, 1,500 houses damaged in Jammu floods; rains to continue till Monday August 17, 2013

    Eight people have died and over 1,500 houses suffered extensive damage due to floods caused by incessant rains in Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said on Saturday. Of those killed, five died in a house collapse while three were washed away by swollen rivers since Friday, an administrative...
  • NMMC demolishes controversial Glass House on HC's direction August 16, 2013

    The controversial 'Glass House' bungalow built illegally by nephew of a Maharashtra Minister on a 301 square metre CIDCO plot in neighbouring Navi Mumbai has been demolished, the civic body informed the Bombay High Court on friday. Hearing a PIL, the Court had earlier directed Santosh Tandel, nephew of Excise Minister...
  • 'The Butler': Movie on a man who served White House for 34 years August 16, 2013

    Forest Whitaker-Oprah starrer 'The Butler' is inspired from a man who has served the White House for 34 years. Eugene Allen has served eight US Presidents and bore witness to some of the most powerful figures and tumultuous times in the US history. ...
  • 25-year-old woman attempts suicide near Parliament House after not getting government job August 16, 2013

    A Jharkhand woman attempted suicide on Thursday afternoon by consuming a pesticide near the Parliament House in Delhi as she could not get a job in a central government undertaking on compassionate grounds after her father's death, said police. Sukumari, 25, consumed pesticide around 2 pm near a fountain at Vijay...
  • Obama played cards in White House on Osama raid day: Ex-aide August 15, 2013

    Barack Obama spent a large chunk of time playing cards on the day of the Navy SEALs raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan in which the al-Qaeda chief was killed, a former aide of the US President has said. The iconic photo of the raid on Osama bin Laden's...