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Smart foam gives robotic hand ability to self-repair

Singapore researchers have developed a smart foam material that allows robots to sense nearby objects, and repairs itself when damaged, just like human skin.

Israel aims for ‘chaos’

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani yesterday accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a “mercenary” for the US and seeking to create chaos, blaming it for the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist.

BUSHFIRES IN AUSTRALIA / Heatwave renews worries

Australia was bracing for a heatwave to sweep across the country’s fire-ravaged southeast in the coming days, with the forecast stoking fears the soaring temperatures could inflame bushfires.

Many’ dead as Myanmar military sinks boats carrying kidnapped troops

Myanmar’s army sunk several boats carrying dozens of soldiers and police officers taken hostage by rebels in the restive western Rakhine state, the Arakan Army says, adding that many had died.

Lost idol: New wave of Myanmar youth activists look beyond Suu Kyi

Myanmar youth activist and television host Thinzar Shun Lei Yi would once have called herself one of Aung San Suu Kyi’s greatest fans. Now, she is one of her most vocal critics.

US voters give verdict on Trump

After a divisive campaign marked by fierce clashes over race, immigration and other cultural issues, Americans vote to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency.

Russian journalist turns up alive after reported murder

A Russian dissident journalist who was reported murdered in Kiev dramatically reappears alive and well today in the middle of a briefing about the killing by the Ukrainian state security service.

US increases sanctions pressure on Iran

The United States imposed sanctions against six individuals and three companies it says were funneling millions of dollars to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force, just days after President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Farashuddin elected member of UN civil service body

Former governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr Mohammed Farashuddin has been elected as the member of the International Civil Service Commission (ISCS) for a four-year term starting from January 1, 2017.

Autism study shows lasting benefits of early interaction

A year-long training programme to help parents communicate with their very young autistic children reduced symptoms of the disorder up to six years later, according to a follow-up analysis.

Too hot to handle? Ghost pepper leads to torn Esophagus

A word to the wise: Stay away from ghost peppers.

2 Bangladeshis among 6 injured by Yemen shells in KSA

Shells fired from Yemen hit a water plant in Najran, the southwestern region of Saudi Arabia, injuring six expatriate workers including two Bangladeshis.

70 killed in Pakistan hospital blast

A bomb blast has killed 70 people at a hospital in the city of Quetta in south-west Pakistan, officials say. Dozens of people are injured in the attack, which happened at the entrance to the emergency department where the body of a prominent lawyer shot dead earlier on Monday was being brought.

US health researchers test Zika vaccine as funds run low

US government researchers say they have begun their first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine while the Obama administration told lawmakers funds to fight the virus would run out in the coming weeks due to congressional inaction.

Clinton must become president: Sanders

Bernie Sanders urges Democrats to put Hillary Clinton in the White House, in a speech to the party convention.

Indian minister caught on cam touching woman inappropriately

Madhya Pradesh of India Home Minister Babulal Gaur has struck again. This time the minister was caught on camera inappropriately touching a woman during an event in Bhopal, reports India Today.

13 North Koreans working abroad defect to South

Thirteen North Koreans working at a restaurant based outside the country have defected to South Korea, the Unification Ministry says, marking the first mass defection since the United Nations passed powerful economic sanctions against the communist country last month.

Happy birthday, Mozart!

January 27, 2016 is the 260th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most prolific, influential and genius composers and pianists of all time.