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Musk overtakes Obama as most followed Twitter account

Published On: March 31, 2023 09:34 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, March 31: Elon Musk has surpassed former US president Barack Obama as the most followed account on Twitter, five months after he bought the platform in a tumultuous takeover.

Musk and experts call for halt in 'giant AI experiments'

Published On: March 30, 2023 08:06 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PARIS, March 30: Billionaire mogul Elon Musk and a range of experts called on Wednesday for a pause in the development of powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems to allow time to make sure they are safe.

Russia announces deal to boost oil supplies to India

Published On: March 30, 2023 08:05 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MOSCOW, March 30: Russian energy giant Rosneft announced a deal on Wednesday to ramp up oil sales to India, as Moscow seeks new buyers in the wake of tensions with the West over the Ukraine conflict.

UK's Queen consort Camilla: from palace margins to royal limelight

Published On: March 28, 2023 01:50 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LONDON, March 28: Queen Consort Camilla is taking her first steps on the international stage as wife of the British monarch, marking the end of a long and sometimes bumpy journey from palace margins to royal limelight.

N. Korea's Kim calls for ramping up production of 'weapon-grade nuclear material'

Published On: March 28, 2023 01:37 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

SEOUL, March 28: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for his country to expand production of "weapon-grade nuclear materials" and build more powerful weapons, state media reported Tuesday.

IMF chief warns risks to financial stability have increased

Published On: March 27, 2023 09:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BEIJING, March 27: International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva warned on Sunday that risks to financial stability had increased and stressed "the need for vigilance" following the recent turmoil in the banking sector.

Ukraine says 'managing to stabilise' battle for Bakhmut

Published On: March 26, 2023 09:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

KYIV, Ukraine, March 26: Kyiv said its forces were "managing to stabilise" the situation around Bakhmut, a now-destroyed city in eastern Ukraine that has seen the longest battle of the Russian invasion.

How Vietnam is trying to stop rice warming the planet

Published On: March 26, 2023 07:51 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

CAN THO, Vietnam, March 26: As a child, Dong Van Canh watched while the rice fields of Vietnam's Mekong Delta were set alight to make way for the next crop, blackening the sky and flooding the air with potent greenhouse gases.

Large asteroid to zoom between Earth and Moon

Published On: March 25, 2023 08:38 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PARIS, March 25: A large asteroid will safely zoom between Earth and the Moon on Saturday, a once-in-a-decade event that will be used as a training exercise for planetary defence efforts, according to the European Space Agency.

US chocolate factory explosion kills 2, leaves 9 missing

Published On: March 25, 2023 03:29 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, March 25: An explosion at a chocolate factory in the US state of Pennsylvania has killed two people and left nine others missing, according to local media.

Xi departs Moscow, Russia strikes Ukraine school

Published On: March 23, 2023 08:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

KYIV, Ukraine, March 23: A Russian drone attack on a school near Kyiv killed at least four people before Chinese leader Xi Jinping left Moscow on Wednesday at the close of a summit with President Vladimir Putin.

Drought, floods and sickness: Key takeaways from UN's water report

Published On: March 23, 2023 07:29 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

United States, March 23: Billions of people experience water-related issues on a daily basis -- from contaminated drinking water, to droughts and floods -- with a UN report warning Tuesday that the risk of a global crisis is "imminent."

Xi arrives in Moscow to discuss Ukraine conflict

Published On: March 21, 2023 07:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MOSCOW, March 21: Xi Jinping hailed his landmark visit to Moscow Monday as giving "new momentum" to Chinese-Russian ties ahead of talks with Vladimir Putin on Beijing's proposals to stop the fighting in Ukraine.

Mountain forests disappearing at alarming rate: study

Published On: March 19, 2023 09:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, March 19: Logging, wildfires and farming are causing mountain forests, habitat to 85 percent of the world's birds, mammals and amphibians, to vanish at an alarming rate, according to a study published on Friday.

Minnesota nuclear plant leaked radioactive water in November

Published On: March 18, 2023 09:45 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON, March 18: The operator of a nuclear facility in Minnesota said on Thursday the plant suffered a leak last November of water containing radioactive tritium, but that contamination was largely limited to the plant itself.Xcel Energy, operator of the nuclear plant northwest of Minneapolis in the Midwest state of Minnesota, did not say why it waited more than three months to acknowledge the leak to the public.

Arrest warrant suspended for ex-Pakistan PM Khan

Published On: March 18, 2023 09:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LAHORE, Pakistan, March 18: An arrest warrant for former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan was suspended Friday, his lawyers said, clearing the way for him to end a holdout at his residence that led to bloody clashes between supporters and police earlier this week.

WHO sees Covid posing similar threat to flu this year

Published On: March 18, 2023 08:16 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

GENEVA, March 18: The Covid-19 pandemic could settle down this year to a point where it poses a threat similar to flu, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Dengue treatment advances in animal trials

Published On: March 17, 2023 10:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

TOKYO, March 17 : A new dengue treatment that could become the first to prevent and treat the virus has proven effective in initial trials in monkeys, according to new research.

Banned from school, Afghan girls turn to madrassas

Published On: March 17, 2023 09:15 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

KABUL, March 17: In a madrassa in the Afghan capital, rows of teenage girls rock back and forth reciting verses of the Koran under the watchful eye of a religious scholar.

Credit Suisse bounces back but investors still cautious

Published On: March 17, 2023 08:31 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

ZURICH, March 17: Credit Suisse rallied on the stock market Thursday after grabbing a $54 billion central bank lifeline in a bid to restore investor confidence but analysts remain wary about the major lender's future.