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  • Indian-origin woman arrested in US for abducting her child 12-07-2014 10:11 PM

    New York: Police in US city of Dallas have recovered a child from the city airport who had been abducted by his Indian-origin mother nearly eight years ago and taken to India. The mother, Padmashini Devi Drees, 38, was arrested at the airport. Her son Drew Dees, now 10, was...
  • Will this US couple be the first humans to travel to Mars by 2021? 12-07-2014 04:53 PM

    If all goes well, a US couple can become the first humans to travel to Mars by as early as 2021. Founders of an Arizona-based private space company called Paragon Space Development Corporation, Taber MacCallum and his wife Jane Poynter are planning a round-trip flyby of the Red planet for...
  • Apple iPhone 'threat to national security': Chinese media 12-07-2014 04:23 PM

    Beijing: A Chinese state broadcaster has accused US technology giant Apple of threatening national security through its iPhone's ability to track and time-stamp a user's location. The "frequent locations" function, which can be switched on or off by users, could be used to gather "extremely sensitive data", and even state...
  • Congress downplays US invite for Modi, says it's his right as the PM 12-07-2014 02:56 PM

    A day after US President Barack Obama invited PM Narendra Modi to the US, the Congress has downplayed the invite saying that all Prime Ministers enjoy special privileges. "Narendra Modi's big wish was to go to America. His wish has been fulfilled. Obama's invitation is for a PM," Congress leader...
  • Lawmakers intensify campaign for Modi to address US Congress 12-07-2014 10:40 AM

    Washington: Top American lawmakers have intensified their campaign to get Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to address a joint session of the US Congress when he visits the US in September. US President Barack Obama on Friday extended a formal invitation to Modi for a visit to the US, and expressed...
  • Colin Montgomerie keeps lead at US Senior Open 12-07-2014 10:26 AM

    Colin Montgomerie shot an even-par 71 on his way to a one-stroke lead after the second round at the US Senior Open in steamy Oklahoma on Friday. The Scot bounced back from a poor start at Oak Tree National in Edmond to sit on a six-under total of 136, one...
  • Barack Obama jumps queue at famous barbecue joint where no one cuts the line, but pays for the two people he jumped ahead of 11-07-2014 01:28 PM

    US President Barack Obama apologetically jumped the queue at a famous barbecue joint in Austin, where no one cuts the line, so he could order takeout for his official travel party and paid for the two people he jumped ahead of. After a campaign-style speech in Austin yesterday to raise...
  • Obama invites PM Modi to Washington in September 11-07-2014 01:17 PM

    New Delhi: The first bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama is likely to take place in September. US Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns who met Modi on Friday in New Delhi extended Obama's invitation to the Prime Minister. US Secretary of State...
  • Snooping row: US promises to deal with it professionally 10-07-2014 10:46 PM

    New Delhi: The US on Thursday promised to deal "professionally" with India's "concerns" over reported snooping of BJP by American spy agency NSA. "We understand the concerns which has been raised, we will deal with them professionally," US Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns told reporters after meeting Finance...
  • Obama looking forward to meet Modi in September: US official 10-07-2014 09:45 PM

    New Delhi: President Barack Obama is looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September, which will be a "valuable opportunity" to renew the strategic partnership and spur trade between the two countries, a senior US official said on Thursday. US Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns, who...
  • USD 10 million for information on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: US 10-07-2014 10:44 AM

    Washington: The US has offered a USD 10 million reward for information leading to the conviction and arrest of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the "caliphate" on Iraq and Syrian territory. The award on al-Baghdadi has been since 2011. "Since October 2011 the Rewards for Justice programme has...
  • US warns of more sanctions against Russia 10-07-2014 09:33 AM

    Washington: The Obama administration on Wednesday threatened to slap additional sanctions against Russia "very soon", should Moscow fail to "change course" in eastern Ukraine. "We're ready to impose more costs, including targeted sector- specific sanctions, very soon if Russia does not decisively change course and break its support for separatists,"...
  • NSA spied on five Muslim-Americans including Indian-American 09-07-2014 11:32 PM

    Washington: The US National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI spied on five prominent Muslim-American activists, including an Indian-origin attorney, according to the leaked documents which showed use of objectionable religious slurs against these individuals. Based on the documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, online news site The...
  • US Open singles champions to get record 3 million dollars 09-07-2014 09:48 PM

    White Plains: The 2014 US Open men's and women's singles champions will earn a record $3 million apiece this year. The US Tennis Association also announced on Wednesday that the total purse for the tournament will be $38.3 million, an increase of 11.7 per cent from $34.3 million last year....
  • Top US diplomat headed to India ahead of strategic dialogue 09-07-2014 03:58 PM

    Washington: Deputy Secretary of William J Burns "will be the highest-level Administration official to visit since the inauguration of the new Indian Government" headed by Modi, who for long had been persona non grata in Washington before his "resounding" electoral victory in May. Burns, who will be in India July...
  • Chinese court rules against Apple in patent case 09-07-2014 02:08 PM

    Beijing: US technology giant Apple has lost a lawsuit against a Chinese state regulator over patent rights to voice recognition software such as the iPhone's "Siri", a Beijing court said. The legal battle begun in 2012 when Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology pursued Apple for allegedly infringing its Chinese patent with...
  • China, US vow to end old rivalries 09-07-2014 10:52 AM

    Beijing: China and the United States on Wednesday launched high-level talks, with Chinese President Xi Jinping urging the world's two biggest economies to break old patterns of confrontation. Given their different histories and cultures "it is natural that China and the US may have different views and even frictions on...
  • Sensex tanks by over 300 points; capital goods, metals down 09-07-2014 10:45 AM

    Mumbai: The benchmark Sensex on Wednesday fell 137.30 points to end at over one-week low of 25,444.81 on concerns highlighted by the Economic Survey and diminishing expectations from the Narendra Modi-led government in its maiden Union Budget on Thursday. Weakness in global equities also dampened the sentiment. "After slight disappointment...
  • Rupee edges up to 59.75 vs US dollar ahead of Budget 09-07-2014 10:18 AM

    Mumbai: On the eve of Narendra Modi-led government's maiden Union budget, the rupee on Wednesday rose for the second day and ended three paise higher at 59.75 against the dollar on sustained selling of the US currency by exporters and some capital inflows. However, weak trend in local equities and...
  • Top US diplomat to visit India ahead John Kerry's trip 09-07-2014 07:31 AM

    Washington: In advance of the bilateral strategic dialogue, a top US diplomat will be visiting India this week as a part of preparation for the highest level talks between the two countries. According to the State Department, Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns will be in India on a...
  • Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site 09-07-2014 07:23 AM

    United Nations: Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. Iraq's...
  • Two dead in shooting at Washington state medical center: Police 08-07-2014 11:20 PM

    Washington: US Police said that two people died on Tuesday in a shooting at a medical center in Spokane, Washington, and that it appeared a man shot a woman before taking his own life. The Spokane Police Department said on Twitter that officers were securing the area. Local broadcaster KHQ...
  • Iraq crisis led to rupee depreciation: Government 08-07-2014 04:16 PM

    New Delhi: The recent Iraq crisis has led to marginal depreciation of the rupee and government is calibrating "appropriate policy responses" to cope with the situation, Parliament was informed on Tuesday. "Since the escalation of the Iraq crisis in the second week of June 2014, the exchange rate of the...
  • Abdullah claims victory as Afghan election crisis deepens 08-07-2014 03:42 PM

    Kabul: Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed victory on Tuesday in Afghanistan's disputed election, blaming fraud for putting him behind in preliminary results as fears rise of instability and ethnic unrest. Abdullah told a rally of thousands of rowdy supporters in Kabul that he would fight on to win the presidency,...
  • Iran needs 19 times more centrifuges than US wants: Khamenei 08-07-2014 12:27 PM

    Tehran: Iran will need 19 times more nuclear centrifuges than Washington is seeking to restrict it to in a long-term deal with major powers, its supreme leader said on Tuesday. "Their aim is that we accept a capacity of 10,000 separative work units, which is equivalent to 10,000 centrifuges of...
  • US says Indian steel threaded rod being dumped, subsidised 08-07-2014 12:19 PM

    Washington: The US department of commerce on Monday said that imports of steel threaded rod from India have been dumped and subsidised. Such a determination by the Commerce Department paves the way for imposing anti-dumping duty by the United States in Indian steel threaded rod by International Trade Commission -...
  • New York is 23rd US state to allow medical marijuana 08-07-2014 09:03 AM

    New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed a bill making New York the 23rd US state to legalize marijuana for medical use, in a growing momentum. The state's law requires a medical prescription for marijuana and limits its use to help treating patients with cancer, HIV, Lou Gehrig's disease,...
  • Ghani's Afghan election win engulfed in fraud dispute 08-07-2014 08:57 AM

    Kabul: Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan's presidential election, according to preliminary results on Monday, but his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the outcome as "a coup against the will of the people". Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed...
  • US will deport child migrants 08-07-2014 08:09 AM

    Washington: Most of the unaccompanied kids attempting to enter the United States through the southern border will not likely qualify for humanitarian relief and will be deported, the White House has said. "It's unlikely that most of the kids who go through this process will qualify for humanitarian relief, which...
  • Experts in talks with Syria over chemical weapons 08-07-2014 07:44 AM

    United Nations: The head of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons has said the next step is investigating possible discrepancies in Syria's declaration of its stockpile, as well as the destruction of its production facilities. Sigrid Kaag briefed the UN Security Council by videoconference less than...