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US committed to aid Pakistan despite terrorism charge

Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Even as a top US lawmaker threatened to block proposed sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan over its alleged support for terrorist groups, the US said it was committed to deliver security assistance to its key ally. State Department Spokesperson Mark C. Toner Thursday declined to confirm whether Secretary of State John Kerry had received a letter from Senate Fo...

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'With gravitational wave detection, we can now listen to the stars'

Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) As the momentous news of gravitational waves being detected 100 years after Albert Einstein's prediction broke on Thursday, scientists discussing the significance of the major discovery revealed that this discovery would enable us not just to see the stars, but also to listen to them. Analysis of the gravitational waves - ripples in the fabric of spacetime - sug...

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ISI eyed BARC staff for classified information: Headley

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) Exposing plans to subvert the Indian nuclear establishment, Pakistani-American terrorist-turned-approver David Coleman Headley on Friday said that the ISI eyed staff of the sensitive Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai to procure classified information from them. Continuing his deposition for the fifth day via videoconference before Special TADA Court Judge G.A....

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Abducted Snapdeal executive flees from captors

Ghaziabad, Feb 12 (IANS) A female Snapdeal executive, who was abducted from the Vaishali Metro Station in Ghaziabad, managed to flee from her captors in Haryana's Karnal town. Deepti Sarna, 23, was abducted on Wednesday night. Her grandfather KN Sarna said that at 6.00 a.m. Deepti called-up her father Narendra Sarna from an unknown mobile number and told him that she had managed ...

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Increasing water on land slowing down rising seas

Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) While ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, climate change over the past decade has caused Earth's continents to soak up and store an extra 3.2 trillion tons of water in soils, lakes and underground aquifers -- temporarily slowing the rate of sea level rise by about 20 percent, scientists have revealed. New measurements from a NASA satellite have allowed res...

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Over 2,600 Australians victimised by online romance scams

Canberra, Feb 12 (IANS) Australia's consumer watchdog on Friday revealed that a total of 2,620 people fell victim to online romance scams in 2015. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released figures showing Australians were collectively swindled out of $16 million by scammers posing as potential lovers last year, Xinhua news agency reported. However, ACCC's...

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Brazil announces international partnership to produce Zika vaccine

Brasilia, Feb 12 (IANS) Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Castro has announced an international partnership to produce a vaccine against the Zika virus, the media reported on Friday. The virus has recently become an international health issue with suspected links to microcephaly. It is also believed to trigger Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease, in individuals with a propensi...

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China renews alert for cold front

Beijing, Feb 12 (IANS) China's national weather observatory on Friday renewed a blue alert for a cold front that will bring low temperatures and gales to most parts of the country. From Friday to Sunday, the strong cold air will sweep south-eastward across China, and strong wind, rain or snow will hit northern, central and eastern regions, said the National Meteorological Centre (NMC).

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Clear morning in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) It was a clear Friday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature settling at 10 degrees Celsius, the weather office said. According to an official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the day ahead would remain clear and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 26 degrees Celsius. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 90 percen...

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Sensex sheds 14 points in early trade

Mumbai, Feb 12 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), on Friday was trading 13.82 points or 0.06 percent down during the morning session. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 19.05 points or 0.27 percent down at 6,957.30 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), whi...

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No organised IS presence in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 12 (IANS) Despite intelligence warnings that the Islamic State (IS) is an emerging threat, the Pakistan foreign office insisted that the terror group has no organised presence in the country, the media reported on Friday. Let me reiterate that there is no organised presence of IS in Pakistan, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said during a briefing on Thursday.

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PIA starts action against strikers

Islamabad, Feb 12 (IANS) National flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has started taking action against some 165 of its employees for their involvement in a strike that caused week-long flight suspension, the media reported on Friday. The PIA management said 11 contractual employees were terminated from their positions on Thursday for their alleged role in the strike that ...

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Liv Tyler finds delivering baby 'scary'

Los Angeles, Feb 12 (IANS) Actress Liv Tyler said she does not handle labour very well and will need a lot of doctors and midwives on hand when she gives birth to her third child later this summer. The 38-year-old actress is set to welcome her and her fiance David Gardner's second child. It's (labour is) a wonderful, magic, amazing experience, but it's pretty f***ing scary; a lot...

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Tales of courage, humanity, philosophy and money

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Virtually everyone has stories to tell about what makes them extraordinary. Meet Bant Singh, an agrarian labourer with indomitable spirit despite being physically disabled; Mohammed Aamir Khan, who refuses to be defeated despite being framed as a terrorist and being jailed for 14 years; an IAS officer explains complex ideas of Indian philosophy in simple and acce...

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Pakistan launched $500 million projects for Afghanistan

Islamabad, Feb 12 (IANS) Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal announced that Pakistan has launched $500 million worth of projects for Afghanistan's education, health and infrastructure sectors, the media reported on Friday. Iqbal on Thursday said that 3,000 scholarships had been offered to Afghan students in different universities of Pakistan and 100 Afghan students...

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Taiwan quake death toll rise to 83

Taipei, Feb 12 (IANS) The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Taiwan on February 6 has increased to 83, authorities announced on Friday. According to an official update on the casualties, 81 victims were pulled out from the rubble of Tainan's city collapsed Wei Guan residential complex, the most seriously damaged, Xinhua news agency reported. The 6.7-magnitude earth...

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Sit-in lifted in Ghaziabad after police intervention

Ghaziabad, Feb 12 (IANS) The enraged Ghaziabad residents lifted a sit-in from outside a police office which blocked traffic on Hapur road here after the SP City assured of speeding up the recovery process of a kidnapped woman engineer. A 23-year-old woman engineer, working in the IT department of online shopping website Snapdeal, was abducted, police said on Thursday. Residents protested...

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Penelope Cruz takes offence

Los Angeles, Feb 12 (IANS) Actress Penelope Cruz takes offence after her 'ugly feet' are brought up during an interview. Presenter Savannah Guthrie wasn't aware it was a touchy subject when she interviewed the actress during an episode of Today on Wednesday, reports mirror.co.uk. The chat started off with Guthrie asking Cruz about her role in Zoolander 2. Then the host sp...

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World powers agree to implement 'cessation of hostilities' in Syria

Munich, Feb 12 (IANS) World powers have agreed on a cessation of hostilities in Syria that could serve as a bridge towards the resumption of genuine peace talks later this month. Emerging from a marathon meeting that stretched late into the night in Munich on Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the powers agreed on a plan that had the potential to change the daily lives of th...

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'Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein's prediction'

Washington, Feb 12 (IANS) Scientists said on Thursday they have detected the existence of gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity 100 years ago. The detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole, they said at a news ...

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