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United States military to cancel over $300 million in aid to Pakistan

Published On: September 2, 2018 10:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

WASHINGTON DC, Sept 2: The United States military has decided to cancel over $300 million (Rs 2,130 crore) in aid to Pakistan as Islamabad has failed to take action against militant groups, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

‘No factual basis’: China disputes UN report on Uighur discrimination

Published On: September 1, 2018 12:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

CHINA, Sept 1: China on Friday took issue with a UN report that called on Beijing to release ethnic Uighurs detained “under the pretext” of counterterrorism, saying its findings had “no factual basis”.

Asian markets in reverse as China-US row returns to fore

Published On: August 31, 2018 11:00 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

HONG KONG, Aug 31: Asian markets sank Friday as the China-US trade row burst back into view with a report that Donald Trump wants to impose tariffs on $200 billion of goods as early as next week.

Bees get hooked on harmful pesticide: study

Published On: August 29, 2018 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Bumblebees acquire a taste for food laced with a pesticide known to harm them, according to a study suggesting the chemicals pose an even greater threat to pollinators than previously thought.

Myanmar rejects UN probe on Rohingya abuses

Published On: August 29, 2018 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

MYANMAR, Aug 29: Myanmar rejected Wednesday the findings of a UN probe alleging genocide by its military against the Rohingya, in a strident government response to a damning report on the crisis.

For first time in decades, astronaut quits NASA training

Published On: August 29, 2018 10:13 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

For the first time in five decades, a NASA astronaut candidate has resigned from training, the US space agency said Tuesday.

Fish oil supplements don't prevent heart disease in people with diabetes

Published On: August 28, 2018 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Fish oil supplements do not help prevent heart attacks or strokes in people with diabetes, said a study Monday that adds to a growing body of research on the ineffectiveness of pills containing omega-3 fatty acids.

Toyota pours $500 mn into driverless car tie-up with Uber

Published On: August 28, 2018 12:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

UNITED STATES, Aug 28: Toyota will pump about $500 million into ride-share firm Uber as part of a deal to work together on mass-producing self-driving vehicles, the Japanese car giant said on Tuesday.

North Korea still 'serious and imminent threat': Japan

Published On: August 28, 2018 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

JAPAN, Aug 28: North Korea still poses a "serious and imminent threat", Japan said Tuesday in its first annual defence review since an outbreak of diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.

Isolated tribe members in Brazil spotted in drone footage

Published On: August 24, 2018 01:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PERU, Aug 24: In the sprawling greenery of the Brazilian Amazon, near the border with Peru, a group of people -- small in the distance -- walk through a clearing.

'Trash is gold' as Benin community turns waste into biogas

Published On: August 22, 2018 02:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BENIN, Aug 22: Garbage has never smelled so sweet for a small village in southern Benin since it opened a pilot waste treatment centre to turn household rubbish into gas -- and cash.

Business economists say Trump tariffs will harm US: survey

Published On: August 20, 2018 02:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

UNITED STATES, Aug 20: Business economists overwhelmingly worry President Donald Trump's trade wars will harm the US economy, according to a survey released Monday.

Drugs and late nights: micro-engraver carves out niche

Published On: August 20, 2018 01:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LONDON, Aug 20: Using Botox, beta-blockers and the stillness of the night, Graham Short produces miniature engravings like nobody else.

'Blast fishing' thrives in Libya's chaos

Published On: August 20, 2018 01:00 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

LIBYA, Aug 20: Residents of Tripoli's seafront wake up most weekends to loud blasts: fishermen using dynamite to maximise their catch, regardless of the damage they are causing to marine life.

'Everything is business': Rohingya crisis presents economic opportunity

Published On: August 19, 2018 12:30 PM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BANGLADESH, Aug 19: Captain Min Min, a Buddhist from Myanmar, looks on as a stream of Muslim Rohingya labourers zig-zag up narrow gangplanks hauling sacks of ginger from his boat onto Bangladeshi soil -- one of many seizing the economic opportunities presented by a refugee crisis.

Kofi Annan and Africa: from the scars of genocide to diplomatic success

Published On: August 19, 2018 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

Ghana-born Kofi Annan, who died Saturday aged 80, was the first UN chief from sub-Saharan Africa, and it was on this continent that he experienced both the most difficult moment of his career, as well as some of his biggest diplomatic successes.

Fresh 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island: USGS

Published On: August 19, 2018 11:13 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

INDONESIA, Aug 19: A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, sending people fleeing into the streets just two weeks after a quake which killed more than 460 people.

Murders leave Rohingya camps gripped by fear

Published On: August 17, 2018 11:30 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

BANGLADESH, Aug 17: A spate of bloody killings is fuelling unease in the Rohingya camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, where overstretched police are struggling to protect nearly a million traumatised refugees from violent gangs.

Rare 'bamboo rat' photographed at Machu Picchu

Published On: August 17, 2018 10:58 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

PERU, Aug 17: A rare rodent species known as a "bamboo rat" that lives around the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu in Peru has resurfaced after a decade of absence and been photographed for the first time.

US transgender woman wins Democratic nod for governor in Vermont

Published On: August 15, 2018 09:50 AM NPT By: AFP/RSS

"HISTORY MADE! @christineforvt just became the first trans/non-binary gubernatorial candidate from a major political party in American history!" tweeted the Victory Fund, an organization that supports LGBTQ candidates.Hallquist transitioned while heading the Vermont Electricity Coop, several years before launching her gubernatorial bid.In 2015, "Christine made the decision, after years of holding it inside, to come out as her true self, a transgender woman, becoming the first business leader in the country to transition while in office," according to her campaign's website. "Working to ensure that Vermont remains the special, inclusive and progressive place that it has always been... is what motivates Christine to seek the honor and opportunity to serve the people of Vermont as its next governor," it says.Hallquist beat out James Ehlers, a Navy veteran and environmentalist, and Brenda Siegel, the executive director of a dance festival, to win the Democratic nomination.Also among the primary candidates was 14-year old schoolboy Ethan Sonneborn, who took advantage of a quirk in the constitution of the bucolic northeastern state that imposes no age limit on running for governor.His website proclaims him a champion for middle- and working-class families, with "the right ideas" on healthcare reform, economic development and education -- never mind that he's still years from graduating high school.But despite praise for Sonneborn's "maturity" and political awareness, his campaign attracted calls for Vermont lawmakers to close the loophole."I think we should probably take a look at that to be perfectly honest," Governor Scott told reporters when asked if he thought 14-year-olds should be eligible to run."I think you should at least be able to get your driver's license at the time that you become governor."