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US House approves new sanctions against Russia
short by Ankush Verma / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 419-3 to approve new sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential elections, despite President Donald Trump objecting to the legislation. The bill would also levy new sanctions against North Korea and Iran over the nations' ballistic missile programs. White House officials said they are reviewing the bill.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:40 am on 26 Jul
Woman behind Sweden's largest data leak fined half month pay
short by Vani Vivek / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
The civil servant responsible for Sweden's largest-ever data leak was punished with a fine equivalent to just half a month's salary or about ₹5.5 lakh. Discovered nearly 18 months ago, the leak has affected private data of every Swedish citizen with a driver's license. The data was exposed after Sweden's transport agency outsourced the management of its unencrypted database.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:03 pm on 25 Jul
UK nuclear submarine replacement plan unachievable: Watchdog
short by Nandini Sinha / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The UK government's plan to replace the Trident nuclear submarines with new upgrades has been labelled "unachievable" by the country's spending watchdog. The Infrastructure and Projects Authority reported that major nuclear projects run by the government are over-budget, poorly managed, and had technical problems. "Overall affordability" was the main impediment to the submarine program, it said.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:27 am on 26 Jul
We want to maintain stability in South China Sea: China
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday said that his country wants to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters. China has been criticised for constructing artificial islands in the energy-rich South China Sea on which several nations including Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia have laid territorial claims.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 03:14 pm on 25 Jul
China to build 100 panda-shaped solar plants on Silk Road
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A Chinese energy company is planning to build 100 panda-shaped solar power plants along the country's Silk Road project which aims at reviving ancient trade routes between Asia and Europe. An investment of $3 billion will be required for 100 such plants which are expected to generate 320 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy over 25 years, the company has said.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 08:52 am on 26 Jul
Pentagon slammed for wasting ₹180 cr on Afghan Army uniforms
short by Ankush Verma / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
US Defence Secretary James Mattis has criticised Pentagon officials for spending over ₹180 crore of taxpayer money on private label uniforms for soldiers with the Afghan National Army, citing a report that found the uniforms were ineffective. Urging the Pentagon to learn from its mistake, Mattis said, "I expect all organisations to take steps to end waste in our department."
short by Ankush Verma / 08:23 am on 26 Jul
UK's largest cannabis-growing operation busted
short by Ankush Verma / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Police officials in the UK have arrested a gang of 15 criminals who ran the largest cannabis-growing operation in Britain through a network of drug farms built inside industrial facilities. The gang grew cannabis with a street value of over £50 million a year between 2013 and 2015. All the members have been convicted of conspiracy to produce illegal substances.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:59 pm on 25 Jul
Italian bank robbers wear Donald Trump masks for heists
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Italian police on Monday said they had arrested two brothers suspected of robbing dozens of cash machines while wearing masks of United States President Donald Trump. The brothers were inspired by the 1997 film 'The Jackal' and had painted their white Mercedes black, the police added. CCTV footage showed one of them planting an explosive in a bank's cash dispenser.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:48 pm on 25 Jul
Ivanka Trump trolled for tweet misquoting Albert Einstein
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka has been trolled for a 2013 tweet which quoted Albert Einstein as saying, "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts." After the tweet resurfaced, his estate clarified, "Einstein never said this quote," and suggested she purchase a book on his quotes. Meanwhile, a user tweeted, "Behold! It's the 2013 birthplace of #alternativefacts!"
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:59 pm on 25 Jul
Russian pranksters dupe US official to talk about pig manure
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Russian pranksters fooled US Energy Secretary Rick Perry into believing he was discussing American coal exports and pig manure with Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman. The pranksters convinced Perry that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had invented a new biofuel made using pig manure and home-brewed alcohol. Perry called the idea "interesting," saying he looked forward to meeting Poroshenko.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:47 pm on 26 Jul
Video: Protester asks Trump's son-in-law to sign Russia flag
short by Nandini Sinha / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A video showing US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner being asked by a protester to sign a Russian flag has surfaced online. This comes after Kushner testified before a Senate committee over alleged collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election campaign. The protester also called for Trump to resign immediately.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:42 am on 26 Jul
Nelson Mandela book withdrawn after outrage from widow
short by Ankush Verma / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
A new book detailing Nelson Mandela's last days has been withdrawn after it was condemned by his widow, the publisher Penguin Random House has announced, saying that it was in no way intended to be disrespectful. The book revealed several undignified episodes at the end of Mandela's life as well as family quarrels over his care and legacy.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:37 pm on 25 Jul
Australian minister resigns over Italian citizenship
short by Ankush Verma / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Australian Minister for Resources Matthew Canavan became the third politician to resign over dual citizenship after learning that his mother had signed him up for Italian citizenship when he was 25. "I had no knowledge that I had become an Italian citizen," Canavan said. Notably, Australian politicians are not eligible to be elected to Parliament if they hold dual citizenship.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:18 am on 26 Jul
US court allows Trump commission to collect voter data
short by Nandini Sinha / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A US court has ruled that President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud can resume collecting voter information from all states. The commission had asked states to provide publicly available data including registered voters' names, birth dates, and social security numbers. However, an advocacy group filed a lawsuit against the commission citing privacy concerns.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:23 am on 26 Jul
Senators ask Putin to sanction Poland over anti-monument law
short by Ankush Verma / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Russian lawmakers have urged President Vladimir Putin to sanction Poland over a bill ordering the demolition of Soviet monuments. The legislation is part of Poland's 'de-communisation' law and states monuments "cannot pay tribute to persons, organisations, events symbolising communism or totalitarian systems". Notably, over 6 lakh Soviet soldiers died liberating Poland from the Nazis during WWII.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:28 pm on 25 Jul
We don't care at all about US travel ban: N Korea
short by Ankush Verma / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
North Korean officials have said they do not care "at all" about the US' ban on its citizens travelling to the country, saying that it will have no effect on its tourism industry. The ban, which will reportedly be enacted this week, comes after the death of a US student who was arrested while on a North Korea tour.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:12 am on 26 Jul
US mulls sending 'defensive weapons' to Ukraine
short by Nandini Sinha / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
The US is considering sending "defensive weapons" to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed rebels, US envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker said on Tuesday. Claiming that the move was not "provocative", Volker said it could change Russia's approach towards Ukraine. Volker added that a “new strategic dialogue” would be required to restore peace in the disputed region in Ukraine.
short by Nandini Sinha / 01:06 pm on 26 Jul
Vietnam halts drilling in South China Sea post China threat
short by Nandini Sinha / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Vietnam has reportedly stopped oil drilling in a disputed area of the South China Sea after China threatened to attack Vietnamese bases in the Spratly Islands if the drilling did not stop. China claims indisputable sovereignty over the islands which it calls the Nansha Islands. Notably, several countries including the Philippines, Vietnam and others dispute China's claim over the region.
short by Nandini Sinha / 09:18 pm on 25 Jul
Saudi Arabia blacklists Qatari charity groups over terrorism
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on Tuesday blacklisted nine charity groups and nine individuals with ties to Yemen, Qatar and Libya, labelling them "terrorist" over suspected ties to Islamist extremism. This comes amid the ongoing Qatar crisis in which the Arab states suspended diplomatic ties with Qatar last month, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 03:35 pm on 25 Jul
Australian pastor calls Islam 'a cancer we must destroy'
short by Ankush Verma / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
An Australian Baptist church has come under fire after a video surfaced of its pastor describing Islam as "a cancer we must destroy". Keith Piper described the Quran as "a virus infecting the brains [of Muslims]", adding that Islam is "culturally incompatible with western Christian values". He further called for a ban on Muslim immigration.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:59 pm on 25 Jul
Trump slams Republicans for not protecting him
short by Ankush Verma / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
US President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed some members of his party for not protecting him. "It's very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President," Trump tweeted. This comes after Republicans struggled to come together on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:21 am on 26 Jul
Polish man killed by 'superman punch' from teen, court hears
short by Nandini Sinha / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A Polish man was killed after a teenage boy hit him with a "superman punch" that caused him to fall and hit his head on the ground, a court has heard. The accused reportedly punched the deceased for mocking his English accent. The victim was knocked unconscious and later died in hospital from head injuries.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:30 am on 26 Jul
French protesters build wall around hotel to stop migrants
short by Nandini Sinha / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Protesters in Séméac, France have built a wall around a hotel to prevent it from being used as a migrant shelter. Accusing the authorities of failing to discuss the plan with them, protesters claimed that the town will be unable to cope with the new arrivals. The French government has bought several hotels to house migrants sleeping on streets.
short by Nandini Sinha / 08:44 am on 26 Jul
UK to scrap homeopathy treatments to stop 'misuse of funds'
short by Nandini Sinha / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
UK's National Health Service (NHS) has announced plans to stop doctors from prescribing homeopathic remedies. Aiming to save around £200 million a year, the NHS chief described homeopathy as “at best a placebo and a misuse of funds”. The plans also list 17 other items that will no longer be prescribed for reasons ranging from low clinical to low cost-effectiveness.
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:13 pm on 25 Jul
Maldivian Opposition blocked from entering Parliament
short by Nandini Sinha / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
The Maldivian Opposition has alleged that it was blocked from entering the Parliament on Monday to take part in an impeachment vote against the Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed, after the military locked it down on the orders of President Yameen Abdul Gayoom. The Opposition is trying to oust the Speaker for blocking requests to summon government officials accused of corruption.
short by Nandini Sinha / 03:17 pm on 25 Jul
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