Jul 18

Clinton maintains advantage over Trump, show polls

Washington: Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is maintaining a distinct advantage over Republican rival Donald Trump headed into the two upcoming national party conventions this month, according to three national opinion polls. The surveys released on Sunday all showed Clinton with a single-digit lead, from 4 to 7 points, Politico reported. An ABC

Ex-US Marine kills 3 policemen in Louisiana

Washington: A former African-American US Marine killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on his birthday, in an incident similar the July 5 Dallas attacks, where another former black soldier killed five policemen. On Sunday, a man identified as Gavin Long of Kansas city went on a shooting rampage on his 29th birthday that

Clinton leads Trump in four states: Poll

Washington: Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is leading Republican rival Donald Trump in four crucial swing states, a new poll has revealed. A swing state is a US state where the two major political parties have similar levels of support among voters, important in deciding the final result of a presidential election. The

US voices concern over Turkey situation

Washington: The US on Friday said it was viewing with “gravest concern” the attempted coup in Turkey and monitoring the fluid situation. “The United States views with gravest concern events unfolding in Turkey. We are monitoring a very fluid situation,” the US State Department said in a tweet. Earlier, President Barack Obama on Friday night

New Zealander quits job to become full-time Pokemon hunter

London: A New Zealander quit his job last week in Auckland to become a full-time Pokemon hunter. Every morning he fills a flask with coffee, packs a rain jacket and cut lunch in his backpack and heads into the wilderness to hunt Pokemon — come hail, rain or snow. Tom Currie, 24, quit his job

Two Indian-Americans attend Kids State Dinner at White House

Washington: Two Indian-American children have attended the annual state dinner for kids at the White House, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama to promote healthy food among children. While mouthwatering Chicken Tikka Pita with Cucumber Raita landed Shakthi Ramachandran, 8, from Indiana to the White House; Priya Patel, 10, from Texas was invited to

British PM appoints new cabinet, Boris Johnson as Finance Minister

London: Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson was Wednesday night appointed Foreign Secretary by Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May. Until now a back-bencher, the promotion will cascade Johnson onto the world stage. Johnson served as Mayor of London from 2008 until this year when he was replaced by Sadiq Khan. He was elected last

Three men shot at during Facebook Live streaming in US

New York: In a bizarre incident, three men in the US who were streaming a video on Facebook Live ended up recording their own shooting. The video of the shooting that took place in the Berkley neighbourhood of Norfolk, Virginia, was posted online and immediately went viral, RT.com reported on Wednesday. In the video, three

‘Kangaroos cause more road accidents in Australia’

Canberra: Australia’s most iconic native animal, the kangaroo, causes more road accidents in the nation than all other animals combined, according to a new data. Statistics released by one of Australia’s leading general insurance providers — AAMI — revealed that kangaroos are responsible for nine out of 10 road accidents involving animals, Xinhua news agency

UN plans to issue Yoga Day stamps next year

United Nations: The UN plans to issue stampsnext year in commemoration of the International Yoga Day, celebrated annually on June 21, after the world body adopted an India-led resolution in 2014. “United Nations celebrates International Yoga Day, plans to issue stamps on this topic in 2017,” UNPA (UN Postal Administration) tweeted. UN stamps are issued

Spanish bullfighter gored to death

Madrid: A Spanish matador was gored to death when a bull’s horn pierced his chest — the first matador fatality in the ring in Spain this century. Victor Barrio, 29, a professional bullfighter, on Saturday suffered a mortal blow during his performance in Spain’s Teruel town, the Daily Mail reported. His shocked wife, Raquel Sanz,

California man arrested on spy charges involving satellites

Los Angeles: A California man charged with allegedly attempting to sell sensitive information used in military and commercial satellites to the Russians was ordered jailed without bail. Gregory Allen Justice of Culver City was arrested Thursday by FBI agents. Authorities say the 49-year-old engineer, who worked for a Los Angeles defense contractor, provided proprietary software

Iran criticises US for blocking sales of passenger aircraft

Tehran: Iran’s Foreign Ministry has criticised the US House of Representatives for blocking the sale of Boeing passenger aircraft to Tehran, the media reported. Washington should be committed to its obligations under the nuclear agreement which endorses the removal of sanctions, including allowing the sale of passenger aircraft to Iran, Xinhua news agency quoted Foreign

Switzerland enforces burqa ban

London: A ban on burqas has been enforced in Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region with anyone wearing a full face veil being subjected to fines. The authorities in Ticino rolled out the restriction on July 1, banning people from wearing the burqas in shops, restaurants and public buildings, the Daily Mail reported on Friday. The local

10 killed, 100 hurt in Pak while performing bike stunts on Eid

Lahore: At least 10 people have been killed and more than 100 injured while performing dangerous stunts by riding bikes rashly in between the traffic in Pakistan’s different cities on the occasion of Eid, officials said today. Seven persons lost their lives while performing stunts on motorcycles in Punjab province’s Faisalabad, two in Bahawalpur and

Elderly Indian-American jailed for 15 months for fraud

Washington: A 61-year-old Indian-American businessman has been jailed for 15 months and fined for conspiring to commit fraud in the US by illegally obtaining over USD six million in contracts meant for small and disadvantaged businesses in the country. Tarsem Singh, a businessman from Fairfax in Virginia, pled guilty to the charge in last December

Double-car bomb attack kills six near Aden airport: Military

Dhaka: The Islamic State terror group on Wednesday issued a new chilling video warning the Bangladesh government of more attacks in the country and across the world until Shariah law is established globally, saying last week’s gruesome attack on a cafe here was just “a glimpse”. The video message believed to be issued from Raqqa,

Suicide bombings shake Saudi Arabia, four dead at holy site

Riyadh: Three suicide bombings have struck across Saudi Arabia in a single day, including a shocking attack at Islam’s second holiest site, the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, where four security guards were killed. Monday’s attacks on Islam’s spiritual home came as Muslims prepare for the feast this week marking the end of the holy fasting

Ostrich relative that lived 50 mn years ago traced

New York: Analysis of fossil remains dating 50 million years represent a new species that is a previously unknown relative of the modern-day ostrich, researchers say. The bird fossils were found more than a decade ago, completely intact with bones, feathers, and soft tissues in a former lake bed in Wyoming in the US. “This

Shorten demands Turnbull’s resignation

Melbourne: Australia’s opposition Laborleader Bill Shorten today demanded Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s resignation, describing him as “the David Cameron of the southern hemisphere” who has made a “bad situation worse”. With the prospect of a hung parliament still looming, Shorten said that Turnbull should resign because he cannot command his own party and the voters have