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  • Putin says Russia, U.S. nearing Syria pact

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia and the United States are close to reaching an agreement on Syria despite differences about how best to resolve the conflict, Bloomberg news agency reported on Friday. In an interview two days before a G20 meeting in China with U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders, Mr. Putin said ongoing talks between Moscow and Washington were very difficult but on the right track. “In my view, we are gradually moving in the right direction,” Mr. Putin was quoted as saying in a transcript of the interview released by the Kremlin. “I do ..

  • Driverless cars with something to say

    There are plenty of unanswered questions about how self-driving cars would function in the real world, like understanding local driving customs and handing controls back to a human in an emergency.  Driverless cars Now a start-up called Drive.ai, based in Mountain View, California, is trying to address how an autonomous car would communicate with other drivers and pedestrians. The company is emphasising what is known in the artificial intelligence field as “human-machine interaction” as a key to confusing road situations. How does a robot, for example, tell everyone what it plans to do in intersections when human drivers and people ..

  • India confirms 13 of its nationals have tested positive for Zika in Singapore

    The Ministry of External Affairs confirmed on Thursday that 13 Indian nationals had tested positive for the Zika virus in Singapore, after an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease that at first affected three dozen workers at a construction site. “According to our mission in Singapore, 13 Indian nationals have tested positive for Zika,” Vikas Swarup, spokesman of the Ministry, said in response to a Reuters inquiry. U.S. health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.

  • Trump failed his first foreign test: Hillary Clinton

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has failed in his first foreign policy test, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton said as the real estate tycoon returned from Mexico City after meeting the Mexican President. “Trump just failed his first foreign test. Diplomacy isn’t as easy as it looks,” said 68-year-old Ms. Clinton in a tweet. Mr. Trump (70), has almost no experience in foreign policy as compared to Ms. Clinton who served as the US Secretary of State during the first term of the Obama Administration. Ms. Clinton’s critical comment came after a controversy erupted on building a wall along the ..

  • Myanmar holds historic peace talks with ethnic groups

    Hundreds of representatives of Myanmar ethnic tribes gathered Wednesday in the country’s capital for historic peace talks with the government aimed at ending decades of separatist insurgencies that have claimed thousands of lives. The delegates, dressed in traditional garb and headgear, streamed into a conference hall in Naypyitaw for the five-day talks called by the new government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Although her title is state counsellor she is seen as the country’s real leader. Ms. Suu Kyi, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the head of armed forces Gen. Min Aung Hlaing are scheduled to give speeches at ..

  • IS says its spokesman killed in Syria

    The Islamic State’s spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the group’s attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the IS announced on Tuesday. The IS-run Aamaq news agency said Abu Muhammed al-Adnani was “martyred while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns in Aleppo,” and vowed to avenge his death. It did not provide any further details on when or how he died. If confirmed, it would be a major blow to the extremist group, which has been on the retreat in Syria and Iraq, where the borders of ..

  • Launch Date of iPhone 7 confirmed

    iPhone 7, the next version of Apple’s smartphone and most talked device of this year, will be officially launched on September 7th. Apple might launch iPhone 7 in three versions – iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro. Chances of even the launch of Apple Watch (2n Generation) along with these new models can’t be ruled out as of now. From September 9th, iPhone 7 will be available for Pre-Orders. It could reach the stores by September 16th. 4.7-inch Screen, 256GB Storage, Dual Camera, Pressure Sensitive Home Button, Bluetooth Supportive Head Phones, Dual Speakers and Type-C Interface are ..

  • Modi praised at Baloch meet in Washington

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent comments on Balochistan that sought to bring international attention to human rights violations in the Pakistani province were praised by Baloch nationalists in exile, at an event in U.S. capital organised by Ahmar Mustikhan, a Baloch activist and founder of ‘American Friends of Balochistan’. modi,modi,modi Mr. Mustikhan thanked Mr. Modi and “mother India” for the support to Baloch people. Switzerland-based Nawab Brahumdagh Bugti, leader of the Baloch Republican Party — grandson of Nawab Akbar Shahbaz Khan Bugti, the leader of the movement who was killed in 2006 — said: “It is for the first time ..

  • Silk Road’ train to reach Afghanistan

    The first cargo train from China is set to reach Afghanistan on September 9, signalling Beijing’s effort to consolidate ties with Kabul, as part of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative along the ancient Silk Road. The train left China’s eastern city of Nantong on August 25, to cover a 15 day journey to Hairatan, on Afghanistan’s border with Uzbekistan. On the way, it is crossing the Alataw pass on the China-Kazakhstan border before heading into Uzbekistan towards Termez. From Termez, once the springboard of Soviet Union’s intervention in Afghanistan, branch lines also head towards Dushanbe, the capital of ..

  • France restaurant refuses to serve Muslim women

    A video, widely shared on social media, showed the restaurateur telling the hijab-wearing women: “Terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists,” BBC reported on Sunday France restaurant A restaurateur in a Paris suburb who apparently refused to serve two Muslim women sparked anger in France and called for protest, a media report said. A video, widely shared on social media, showed the restaurateur telling the hijab-wearing women: “Terrorists are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists,” BBC reported on Sunday The incident took place at Le Cenacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France on Saturday.France restaurant , France restaurant On Sunday, the restaurateur apologised to ..

  • John Kerry in Bangladesh news

    Mr. Kerry will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Opposition and civic leaders during the one-day visit, his first to Bangladesh as Secretary of State. news U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Bangladesh on Monday to discuss security cooperation after a series of killings by Islamist militants, as well as economic development and human rights. Mr. Kerry will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Opposition and civic leaders during the one-day visit, his first to Bangladesh as Secretary of State. While security cooperation between the United States and Bangladesh is not new, the Bangladeshi government has insisted the latest attacks, ..

  • Colombia ceasefire news

    News The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday issued the order for its fighters to observe the ceasefire from Monday midnight. A historic midnight ceasefire on Sunday is set to end a 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and FARC rebels. news Hundreds of thousands of Colombians have died since 1964 as rebel armies and gangs battled in the jungles in what is considered Latin America’s last major civil armed conflict. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday issued the order for its fighters to observe the ceasefire from midnight (0500 GMT Monday). “I order all ..

  • North Korea Threatens To Fire At US, South Korean Troops

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA:  North Korea on Saturday threatened to aim fire at the lighting equipment used by “provocative” American and South Korean troops at a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas. The North’s Korean People’s Army accused US and South Korean soldiers of “deliberate provocations” by aiming their lights at North Korean guard posts at Panmunjom since Friday evening. The KPA said in a statement that the soldiers’ actions have seriously threatened the safety of North Korean troops and disrupted their normal monitoring activities. It said the activities have further raised the anger of North ..