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New Horizons probe eyes Pluto for historic encounter

New Horizons probe eyes Pluto for historic encounter

The American space agency's (Nasa) mission to Pluto is about to get under way in earnest. Its New Horizons probe will take the first of a set of critical pictures on approach to the icy world on Sunday. At a separation still of 200 million km, Pluto will be hardly discernable in these images -...

Asian giants are emerging

Asian giants are emerging

PEOPLE allege that America is destroying peace in the garb of making peace. It wants to continue to be the leader of the world and keep dividing nations by hook or by crook. That is why people say that America's dream is becoming a 'global nightmare?' The West led by America “is using...

Hasina nudges US

Hasina nudges US

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the US had made all-out efforts but failed to thwart the January 5 parliamentary election in Bangladesh. She also alleged that the World Bank cancelled its loan for the Padma Bridge project on Washington's instructions.

Protest spreads in US

Protest spreads in US

Protest marches sprang up across the United States yesterday, and police battled to stifle another night of unrest in Ferguson, ground zero of America's latest racially-charged riots. Violence erupted in the St Louis, Missouri suburb for a second night, after Monday's decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for...

We won't deport you

We won't deport you

Pledging to fix America's "broken" immigration system, President Barack Obama offered five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to emerge from the shadows and seek work permits. In a move that infuriated his Republican critics and drew unspecified pledges to counter it, Obama said nearly all undocumented people living in the...

Battle turning against IS, says US Gen

Battle turning against IS, says US Gen

America's top general has told US troops in Iraq that momentum is turning against Islamic State militants. Gen Martin Dempsey, on an unannounced visit, called the militants "midgets" but said the battle against them was likely to take years. The US has launched air strikes against IS and has more than 1,000 personnel in Iraq...

Muslims found Americas before Columbus: Turkish president

Muslims found Americas before Columbus: Turkish president

Muslims discovered the Americas more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. He made the claim during a conference of Latin American Muslim leaders in Istanbul, pointing to a diary entry in which Columbus mentioned a mosque on a hill in Cuba. Erdogan also said "Muslim sailors arrived in...

Washington Post ex-editor dies at 93

Washington Post ex-editor dies at 93

Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, has died aged 93. The newspaper reports he died at his Washington home of natural causes. As executive editor from 1968-1991, Bradlee was credited for transforming the Post into one the most respected newspapers in America. In 2013, he...

7.4 offshore quake hits Central America, 1 dead

7.4 offshore quake hits Central America, 1 dead

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck late on Monday off the coast of El Salvador and Nicaragua and was felt across Central America, killing at least one person, but there were no immediate reports of major damage. El Salvador's emergency services said a dozen homes in the department of Usulutan had been slightly damaged but that coastal areas appeared calm and the country's international airport was unaffected. Wilfredo Salgado, mayor of the city of San Miguel in El Salvador, said on his Twitter account that a man was killed when an electricity post fell on him. "It felt really powerful, suddenly the whole house started to move," said Xiomara Amaya, 30, who lives...

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An Indian-American circus

IN September every year, leaders of 190-plus nations, big or small, get a chance to make speeches at the United Nations General Assembly, which is usually attended by nobody except their diplomats and journalists. Their “patriotic” media dutifully reports their speeches. The world ignores them. So does the UN! Prime Minister Narendra Modi played out this charade when he spoke at a General Assembly hall which was two-thirds empty. He said nothing substantive. Yet the Indian media, in full attendance,...

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