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15 killed in dark day for Mumbai daily train commute

Published On: July 19, 2019 09:30 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

MUMBAI, July 19:  Fifteen people were killed in separate train accidents in a single day in Mumbai, police said Friday, with the sharp toll underscoring the dangers of India's overburdened rail network.

Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher's order: police

Published On: April 19, 2019 01:15 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

DHAKA, April 19: A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday.

After the Moon in 2024, NASA wants to reach Mars by 2033

Published On: April 3, 2019 03:00 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON, April 3: NASA has made it clear they want astronauts back on the Moon in 2024, and now, they are zeroing in on the Red Planet -- the US space agency confirmed that it wants humans to reach Mars by 2033.

Call of Duty heading for Android and iOS

Published On: March 19, 2019 07:30 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

Activision announced a new Call of Duty entry today, but it isn't for the annual high-profile series. Call of Duty: Mobile is an Android and iOS exclusive free-to-play shooter that will feature content from the Modern Warfare and Black Ops games of the past.

Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease: UN

Published On: March 14, 2019 11:25 AM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

NAIROBI, March 14: A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state.

Salvation House -- where Hindus go to die

Published On: February 14, 2019 09:56 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

VARANASI, India, Feb 14, 2019: They arrive in battered cars, on crutches and sometimes on a stretcher barely able to breathe -- but salvation is close for thousands of Hindus who go to the holy city of Varanasi each year to die.

France launches nationwide probe into baby arm deformations

Published On: October 31, 2018 04:33 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

PARIS, Oct 31 France has launched a nationwide probe into incidents of babies being born with either missing or malformed arms after abnormal rates of deformations were detected in several regions of the country, a top public health official said on Wednesday.

Imran Khan wins vote but no majority

Published On: July 27, 2018 08:33 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

ISLAMABAD, July 27: Cricket hero Imran Khan has swept to an emphatic victory in a disputed Pakistan election, official figures showed Friday, but without a majority he will need to enter a coalition to take power in the nuclear-armed country.

US Senate rejects immigration proposals, reform in peril

Published On: February 16, 2018 09:32 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON, Feb 16: The US Senate blocked several immigration proposals Thursday including a bipartisan compromise opposed by President Donald Trump, dashing hopes that Congress will soon decide the fate of nearly two million migrants brought to the country illegally as children.

Climate change aggravates global hunger: UN

Published On: September 15, 2017 09:21 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

PARIS, Sept 15: Hunger is on the increase across the globe once again after a decade of declines, a UN report said Friday, thanks in part to climate change aggravating severe weather and conflicts. The slowdown in global growth in recent years, which led to a collapse in the prices of numerous commodities, also had a negative impact on the ability of people in many countries to feed themselves, it said.

No visitors allowed on Japan’s men-only UNESCO island

Published On: July 16, 2017 07:33 AM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

TOKYO, July 15: Visitors will not be allowed to set foot on a men-only UNESCO World Heritage island in Japan from next year, an official said Saturday.

Tech sector needs to prevent ‘1984’ future: Microsoft CEO

Published On: May 17, 2017 11:40 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said last week tech developers have a responsibility to prevent a dystopian ‘1984’ future as the US technology titan unveiled a fresh initiative to bring artificial intelligence into the mainstream.

Cyber kid stuns experts showing toys can be ‘weapons’

Published On: May 17, 2017 11:10 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

An 11-year-old ‘cyber ninja’ stunned an audience of security experts Tuesday by hacking into their bluetooth devices to manipulate a teddy bear and show how interconnected smart toys ‘can be weaponized’.

Kendrick Lamar scores biggest US album release of year

Published On: April 23, 2017 11:40 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

Kendrick Lamar pulled off the biggest US album debut this year with “DAMN.” which sold 603,000 copies or equivalent in streaming and downloads since April 14.

Investigators clear detained 'Islamist' over Dortmund blasts

Published On: April 14, 2017 04:15 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

DORTMUND, April 14: German federal prosecutors said Thursday that they had cleared the sole suspect in custody for the bomb attack against the Borussia Dortmund football team bus of involvement in the crime.

Dybala scores double as Juve stun Barcelona

Published On: April 12, 2017 03:00 AM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

TURIN, April 12: Argentina forward Paulo Dybala scored a delightful first-half double to eclipse his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi as Juventus recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Ed Sheeran smashes UK chart records

Published On: March 12, 2017 11:30 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

Ed Sheeran smashed a host of British pop records on Friday, taking the top five places in the singles charts and all 16 songs from his new album in the top 20.

Pressure mounts on Uber and CEO after missteps

Published On: March 8, 2017 11:30 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

After a series of embarrassing revelations, ridesharing giant Uber faces challenges in keeping growth on track, with top executive Travis Kalanick likely to face pressure to give up some control.

Dumb phones survive rise of the smart phone

Published On: March 1, 2017 11:30 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

Dumb phones -- handsets that just make calls and send texts were set to disappear as technology moved on, but they have survived in emerging markets and among nostalgics of simpler devices in the West.

Wearable gadgets seek permanent place in users’ lives

Published On: March 1, 2017 11:20 PM NPT By: Agence France-Presse

Consumers are snapping up fitness trackers, smart watches and other connected wearable gadgets but huge numbers wind up in drawers unused after just a few months once the novelty wears off.