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Cuba gets its first non-Castro President in 60 years
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
Cuba's National Assembly has appointed First Vice President Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez as the country's President, replacing Raúl Castro who retired on Thursday. The 57-year-old is the first leader outside the Castro dynasty to lead the country since the 1959 revolution. Raúl became Cuba's President in 2008 after taking over from his brother Fidel Castro.
short by Nandini Sinha / 07:05 pm on 19 Apr
Swaziland king renames country 'Kingdom of eSwatini'
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Swaziland's King Mswati III has changed the name of the country to the 'Kingdom of eSwatini'. The monarch made the announcement at the dual celebration to mark his 50th birthday and the African nation's 50 years of independence. The Kingdom of eSwatini, which was a British protectorate for more than 60 years, is Africa's last absolute monarchy.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:12 am on 20 Apr
Russia orders space be allotted for cats in apartment blocks
short by Nandini Sinha / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
Russia's Ministry of Construction has ordered to allot space for cats in the basement of all apartment blocks. Apartments will be required to construct 15-centimetre-wide passages to enable cats to leave and enter, thereby avoiding any risks of injury by entering through ventilation holes. Animal rights activists had demanded safety of cats who died after being stuck in basements.
short by Nandini Sinha / 11:07 am on 20 Apr
Doctor behind Asperger's helped Nazis kill children: Study
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
An eight-year study into Austrian Hans Asperger, after whom the autism syndrome is named, has claimed the doctor collaborated with Nazis during WWII in killing children to maintain "racial hygiene". The study by the Medical University of Vienna claimed that nearly 800 children died at the clinic from 1940-1945, many of whom were murdered under the notorious child "euthanasia" scheme.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 06:36 pm on 19 Apr
Trump nominee elected as new NASA chief in 50-49 vote
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
US President Donald Trump's nominee James Bridenstine was confirmed as NASA's 13th administrator after two days of voting, which saw a senator switching his decision to break the 49-49 tie. NASA had spent 15 months without a permanent chief, longest in the space agency's history. The 42-year-old former Navy pilot would be the first NASA chief with a non-scientific background.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:53 am on 20 Apr
India repeating surgical strike claim won't make it real: Pak
short by Radhika Chugh / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
Maintaining that India did not conduct surgical strikes against Pakistan in 2016, Pakistan said, "Constant repetition of a fallacious claim doesn't make it real. Indian government is increasingly sounding like a broken record." This comes after PM Narendra Modi termed Pakistan a "terror export factory" and said the surgical strikes were aimed at replying to Pakistan in its "own language".
short by Radhika Chugh / 10:20 pm on 19 Apr
China mulls economic corridor via Himalayas to reach India
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
China has proposed to build an economic corridor with India and Nepal through the Himalayas in a bid to enhance connectivity. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said trilateral cooperation will lead to the development and prosperity of all the three nations. China and Nepal have agreed to a multi-dimensional connectivity network through the Himalayas, under China's Belt and Road Initiative.
short by Nandini Sinha / 10:53 pm on 19 Apr
India to invest more than ₹9,000 crore in UK
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
The British government on Wednesday announced a new India-UK trade partnership wherein India will invest over ₹9,000 crore in the country. It said that India's investment will help create or safeguard nearly 6,000 British jobs. "It is clear that the opportunities for growth in trade with India are plenty," UK international trade secretary Liam Fox said.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:24 pm on 19 Apr
Hope PM Modi pays more attention: IMF chief on Kathua case
short by Nihal Thondepu / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
Describing the Kathua rape case as "revolting", IMF chief Christine Lagarde said, "I would hope that the Indian authorities, starting with Prime Minister Modi pay more attention." She added that she told PM Modi he didn't talk enough about women during his World Economic Forum speech in January. She later clarified that this was her personal position.
short by Nihal Thondepu / 11:09 pm on 19 Apr
Pak TV network back on air after negotiations with military
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
Pakistan's largest TV network, Geo News, has been allowed back on air after it agreed to show the military in a positive light, officials working for the channel said. The channel was also directed to stop its 'favourable' coverage of corruption-accused ex-PM Nawaz Sharif. Geo News was blocked in 80% of the country over its criticism of the military.
short by Nandini Sinha / 10:48 pm on 19 Apr
N Korea committed to complete denuclearisation: South Korea
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
North Korea has committed to achieve a "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said. North Korea has not attached any preconditions to give up its nuclear weapons but has demanded the end of hostile policies against it, followed by a guarantee of security, Jae-in added. This comes ahead of an inter-Korean peace summit.
short by Nandini Sinha / 10:09 pm on 19 Apr
Ex-Playboy model wins rights to share story of Trump affair
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
Former Playboy model Karen McDougal has reached an agreement with a media firm to share her story about an alleged affair with US President Donald Trump. McDougal had signed a deal with the firm in 2016, which gave the company exclusive rights to her story. McDougal had claimed she had a ten-month-long extramarital affair with Trump in 2006.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:28 pm on 19 Apr
Saudi launches its 1st commercial movie theatre in 35 years
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday launched its first commercial movie theatre, ending an over 35-year ban on cinemas. Saudi Arabia plans to open 350 theatres by 2030 as part of a social program launched by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Cinemas were banned in the conservative kingdom following opposition from clerics.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:44 pm on 19 Apr
Will walk out if talks with Kim Jong-un not fruitful: Trump
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
US President Donald Trump has said he will "walk out" if his planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are not "fruitful". He further said the US will continue its campaign of maximum pressure until North Korea denuclearises in a verifiable and irreversible way. Trump is expected to meet the North Korean leader in May or early June.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:10 am on 19 Apr
Village in Pakistan's Rawalpindi named after Malala
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
A village in Pakistan's Rawalpindi has been named after Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. The youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate, who recently visited Pakistan, had said during her visit that she plans to permanently return to the country after completing her studies. Malala shifted to London after she was shot by Taliban militants in 2012.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:23 pm on 19 Apr
I'm like a breakup Trump can't get over: Ex-FBI Director
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
After US President Donald Trump called James Comey a "slime ball" over his upcoming book 'A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership', the former FBI Director said, "I'm like a breakup Trump can't get over." Comey has made revelations regarding his interactions with Trump in the book. Earlier, he described Trump as a "stain" on everyone who worked under him.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:51 am on 19 Apr
UK to ban sale of plastic straws to tackle marine pollution
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
The UK has proposed to ban the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in a bid to tackle marine pollution. Calling plastic waste "one of the greatest environmental challenges", PM Theresa May said she would urge Commonwealth nations to fight against marine plastics. Nearly 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away in the UK every year.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:42 pm on 19 Apr
Kim Jong-un's wife referred to as 'First Lady' for 1st time
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
Ahead of North Korea's summits with South Korea and the US, the state media referred to leader Kim Jong-un's wife Ri Sol Ju as the "respected First Lady". It is the first time in more than 40 years that the title has been used. She was previously referred to as "comrade" by the country's state media.
short by Ankush Verma / 03:51 pm on 19 Apr
UK destroying evidence in ex-spy poisoning case: Russia
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
The Russian envoy to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, has said that British authorities are engaged in the systematic destruction of evidence related to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. He further said that the UK had crossed all boundaries by alleging Russian President Vladimir Putin's involvement in the incident.
short by Ankush Verma / 05:51 pm on 19 Apr
Trump, Kim Jong-un among TIME's 100 Most Influential People
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have featured on TIME magazine's annual list of 100 Most Influential People. While Jong-un was described as "the most dangerous person on the planet", Trump was referred to as "a flash-bang grenade". Other world leaders on the list include Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:13 pm on 19 Apr
New Zealand PM is a 'political prodigy': Facebook COO
short by Deepika Agrawal / on 20 Apr 2018,Friday
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern, who has featured on TIME magazine's annual list of 100 most influential people, has been described as "political prodigy" by Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg. "In a world that often tells women to stay small...Ardern proves how wrong those notions are," Sandberg added. Ardern will become the second PM in history to give birth in office.
short by Deepika Agrawal / 11:08 am on 20 Apr
US Congress warned against imposing sanctions on India
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
The Commander of the US Fleet Forces Command, Admiral Philip S Davidson, has warned the US Congress against imposing sanctions on India for purchasing defence equipment from Russia. Davidson said the move will pose a concern for US' defence ties in the Indo-Pacific. He further said the move could increase dependence of US partners on Russia.
short by Ankush Verma / 05:11 pm on 19 Apr
Video: House in US explodes after vehicle crashes into it
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
A video showing a house explosion in the US state of Texas after a vehicle crashed into it and struck a gas line has surfaced online. Police officials responding to the crash said they rescued three people from the house after the explosion. They also arrested the vehicle's driver for not having a valid driver's licence.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:34 am on 19 Apr
Oscar-winner makes fake Obama video, calls Trump 'dipshit'
short by Nandini Sinha / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
Oscar-winning writer and director Jordan Peele made a video that appeared to show former US President Barack Obama calling President Donald Trump "a total and complete dipshit." The video, made using Artificial Intelligence techniques and voiced by Peele, aimed to advise viewers against fake news on the Internet and about the "need to rely on trusted news sources."
short by Nandini Sinha / 10:45 pm on 19 Apr
US Senate votes to allow members to bring newborns on floor
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Apr 2018,Thursday
The US Senate on Wednesday voted to allow members to bring their newborns onto the chamber floor. The resolution, which permits members to bring children under the age of one, will also allow them to breastfeed the infants during votes. The move was proposed by Tammy Duckworth, who became the first senator to give birth while in office.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:22 pm on 19 Apr
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