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US knew about India's secret missile programme: Snowden
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that US' NSA had information on two of India's nuclear-capable missiles years before they were successfully test-fired. According to a document, in 2004, an NSA site in Australia "successfully geolocated signals of a suspected Indian nuclear weapons storage facility." Another site in Thailand isolated the signals to confirm the same.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 11:26 am on 20 Sep
US declared war on terror in Afghanistan 16yrs ago post 9/11
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
On September 20, 2001, the then-US President George W Bush declared the 'war on terror' in Afghanistan against Taliban militants who had aided and abetted al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden in carrying out the 9/11 attacks. Taliban's requests for negotiations with the US were rejected and the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom began in Afghanistan.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:59 pm on 20 Sep
Saudi Arabia lifts ban on internet calling apps
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on voice and video calling apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, in a move aimed at boosting productivity and economic growth. The Ministry of Communications said the decision was "an important step in the kingdom's internet regulation". However, the authorities will continue to regulate the internet to restrict content that violates the kingdom's laws.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:06 pm on 20 Sep
Trump's UN address unacceptable and meddling: Cuba
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Cuba on Tuesday denounced US President Donald Trump's remarks about the Caribbean island nation during his first address to the UN General Assembly as "disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling". Trump had branded Cuba as "corrupt and destabilising" and said that the US will not lift its trade embargo on it until it makes "fundamental reforms" to its "cruel system".
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:47 pm on 20 Sep
Hurricane Maria blows away roof of Dominica PM's house
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Hurricane Maria made its first landfall as a Category 5 storm on Monday in the Caribbean island nation Dominica, blowing away the roof of PM Roosevelt Skerrit's official residence and causing widespread devastation. "The winds are merciless! I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane," the PM, who was later rescued from his flooded home, wrote on social media.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 11:50 am on 20 Sep
15 crore children in forced labour across the world: Study
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A study by the International Labour Organisation has revealed that over 15 crore children aged 5 to 17 years are currently involved in child labour, while at least 4 crore people across the globe live in modern slavery. Adding that slavery isn't "merely a historical relic", the study found that women and girls represent 71% of those affected by slavery.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:53 pm on 20 Sep
French Prez Macron flooded with calls after number leaked
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
French President Emmanuel Macron has received several calls and messages after his phone number was leaked online, according to reports. Macron's number was reportedly taken from a journalist's phone, which had been stolen. There was no breach of security involved with the leak as the number was for Macron's personal use, reports added.
short by Nandini Sinha / 10:32 pm on 20 Sep
Porn actor-turned-German spy sentenced for posing as radical
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A porn actor-turned-German intelligence agent has been given a one-year suspended sentence for attempting to share state secrets while posing as a jihadist online. He told the court that he pretended to be a jihadist planning an attack in online chatrooms because he was bored. "I never met with any Islamists...It was an escape from reality," he added.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:22 pm on 20 Sep
US will get horrible nuclear strike, its final ruin: N Korea
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
North Korea has threatened the US with a "horrible nuclear strike and miserable and final ruin" if it displays any signs of provocation. North Korea said that it is ready to destroy its enemies with a pre-emptive strike. Adding that it is "not afraid of sanctions and war," North Korea said, "it's a daydream that the DPRK can be shaken."
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 02:51 pm on 20 Sep
Mexico held safety drills 2 hours before 7.1-magnitude quake
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Two hours before being hit by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, Mexico held annual safety drills across the country to commemorate the 1985 earthquake which claimed around 5,000 lives on its 32nd anniversary. Alerts were sounded on the radio, television, and loudspeakers, and residents left for designated safe areas before Tuesday's earthquake that killed at least 217 people.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 11:06 pm on 20 Sep
Fencing borders reduced illegal migration by 100%: Hungary
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The razor wire border fences built along Hungary's borders have reduced illegal migration to the country by almost 100% since 2015, officials said. Hungary had started building the fences in 2015 during the migration crisis in Europe. "The system of technical barriers is the key to the success of border security," officials said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:59 pm on 20 Sep
Brazilian judge approves 'gay conversion therapy'
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A Brazilian judge's decision to approve "gay conversion therapy" has prompted widespread outrage in the South American nation. The judge overruled a 1999 decision by the Federal Council of Psychology forbidding psychologists from offering treatments that claim to cure gay people of their homosexuality. "There's no cure for what is not a disease," a Twitter user protesting the ruling tweeted.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:21 pm on 20 Sep
World is afraid of nuclear war with North Korea: UN chief
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres on Tuesday said that millions of people are living in fear due to North Korea's provocative nuclear and missile tests. Adding that global anxieties about nuclear weapons today are at the highest level since the end of the Cold War, Guterres said, "The use of nuclear weapons should be unthinkable."
short by Ankush Verma / 12:28 pm on 20 Sep
H-1B visa pleas were challenged 45% more under Trump
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Under President Donald Trump's administration, US immigration authorities issued 85,000 challenges seeking evidence to H-1B visa petitions since January till August this year. This is 45% more than the challenges issued over the same period last year. The challenges were reportedly issued at a greater rate in 2017 than at any time in the Obama administration except for 2009.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:29 pm on 20 Sep
Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment, must be changed: Trump
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the 2015 Iran nuclear deal an "embarrassment" and "a one-sided transaction" for the US. Adding that the deal must be changed for the US to remain in it, US State Secretary Rex Tillerson said, "Unfortunately, this is what (US) in the past did with North Korea...entered into agreements that were easily cheated on."
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 02:44 pm on 20 Sep
Russia unveils statue of AK-47 inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A 30-foot-high statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, was unveiled in Moscow on Tuesday in a ceremony attended by high-ranking Russian officials. The Kalashnikov quote, "I created a weapon for the defence of my fatherland," adorns the pedestal. The rifle is believed to have killed more people than all other types of modern weapons taken together.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:03 pm on 20 Sep
Melania ads removed in Croatia after threats of legal action
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A language school put up billboards featuring US First Lady Melania Trump with the slogan "imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English" in Zagreb, Croatia. They were removed after Melania's lawyer threatened legal action, claiming the pictures were used without permission. The school apologised, adding, "It was meant... to show her as a role model."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:28 pm on 20 Sep
Facebook bans Rohingya group's posts amid 'ethnic cleansing'
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Facebook has designated an insurgent group of Rohingya Muslims as a dangerous organisation and ordered moderators to delete any content "by or praising" it. This comes amid violence by Myanmar's security forces targetting the community in what the UN called "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Activists have accused Facebook of "silencing" the Muslim minority against Myanmar's military.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 11:28 pm on 20 Sep
Malaysia scraps beer fest over complaints by Islamic party
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
An annual beer festival has been cancelled by the authorities in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur over complaints by an Islamic party which claimed that it could lead to a spike in crime, rape, and illicit sex. "This will be a reminder to anyone who wishes to make Malaysia a hub of immoral activities," the party said.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:35 pm on 20 Sep
Spain imposes de facto emergency in Catalonia over referendum
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont has claimed that Spain has imposed a de facto state of emergency in the region ahead of its independence referendum. He further claimed that the government had implemented a "de facto suspension of Catalonia's self-governance" by tightening control over its finances. The Spanish government has termed the Catalonian independence referendum as illegal.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:50 pm on 20 Sep
Afghan Air Force gets its 1st US-made Black Hawk helicopters
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
The Afghan Air Force on Tuesday received its first four US-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of a planned replacement of its ageing fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters. The US, which has committed its military to fight Taliban militants, plans to supply a total of 159 Black Hawks to Afghanistan to boost the air force's capabilities.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:22 pm on 20 Sep
Russia, China hold joint naval drills near Korean Peninsula
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Russia and China on Monday began the second stage of the Joint Sea-2017 naval drills in waters near the Korean Peninsula. The week-long drills include submarine rescue and anti-submarine exercises, Chinese state media said. This comes amid increased tensions in the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
short by Nandini Sinha / 11:59 am on 20 Sep
Signed copy of Hitler's autobiography auctioned for ₹8 lakh
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A personally signed copy of Hitler's autobiography 'Mein Kampf' has been auctioned in the US for over ₹8 lakh. The book is signed by Hitler as "Only in battle will the noble man survive! Adolf Hitler on 18/August 1930". "Signed copies of Mein Kampf are difficult enough to obtain, copies with signed quote are rarely seen," the auction house said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 12:21 pm on 20 Sep
Pepe the Frog's creator sues alt-right sites for using meme
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
Creator of Pepe the Frog, Matt Furie, has sent takedown notices to alt-right-affiliated sites which have been using the symbol on their platforms in copyright infringement. Furie's legal representatives said the move is aimed at stopping the misuse of Pepe, which was created as a non-political character but was later used as a racist hate symbol in Internet memes.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 12:25 pm on 20 Sep
Migrants set up camp inside French university campus
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Sep 2017,Wednesday
A group of around 40 migrants has set up a camp at one of the campuses of the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne in northern France after they were forced to leave their makeshift shelters. The university has indefinitely suspended lectures at the campus, saying that access to the campus will be restored after "conditions of security have been re-established".
short by Ankush Verma / 09:45 pm on 20 Sep
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