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Washington - Russia's recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia violates Georgia's sovereignty, the top industrialized democracies said Wednesday.
"Russia's recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia violates the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia," said the G7, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
The G7 called on Russia to pull its troops back into the disputed breakaway provinces, out of Georgian territory and adhere to an August 11 ceasefire agreement.
Washington, May 30 : Scientists at the University of Southern California have developed a quicker and cheaper breed of electronic detectors for viruses like SARS and other biological materials, which may prove very helpful in the battle against epidemics.
Project leaders Zhongwu Chou and Mark Thompson point out that the basic nanotube and nanowire biosensors consist of a piece of synthetic antibody attached to a nanowire that''s attached to an electrical base, immersed in liquid.
North-eastern state, Assam reported its first case of swine flu on Saturday after laboratory tests confirmed that a 22-year old Pune law college student tested positive with the A (H1N1) influenza.
Confirming the development, Joint Director of the state's Health Services Dr. G P Sarma said: “We have received the reports today and his samples have tested positive.”
The victim had been admitted to the isolation ward of the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati.
New Delhi - Soaring crude oil prices and inflation along with political uncertainty pulled down Indian markets Tuesday with both of the major share indices recording declines of over 3.5 per cent.
The Bombay Stock Exchange's sensitive 30-share Sensex dipped by 3.71 per cent to touch 12,961.68 points while the broader 50-share Nifty of the National Stock Exchange closed at 3896.75, down by 3.56 per cent.
This is the first time the Sensex closed below the 13,000 level and the Nifty below 3900 since April 2007.
Islamabad, April 8 : Archaeologists have recently found earthenware pottery from 7000-2000 BC, in excavations that took place at Sohr Damb/Nal, a prehistoric site in Balochistan, a province in Pakistan.
According to a report in the Daily Times, the finding was made by Dr Ute Franke, a German archaeologist, who has been following the prehistoric sites in Balochistan since 1981.
According to some reports, the authorities in Iran are struggling to find buyers for its crude oil in the international markets due to sanctions by the European countries and US.
Iran is aiming to sell additional 500,000 barrels per day of oil o refineries in India and China, according to reports citing industry sources. The crude oil is scheduled for delivery from the start of April, however the country is not offering any discount on the oil.
London, Feb 28 : Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has acknowledged the growing alarm about the company's struggling stock price, but said the tech giant was working on a pipeline of "great stuff".
He told Apple''s annual meeting that no-one enjoyed seeing the share price fall some 35 percent from its September high.
The fall has led to calls for Apple to give shareholders some of its 137 billion dollars cash pile.
Maribor, Slovenia - Tina Maze delighted a Slovenian home crowd on Saturday with victory in a World Cup giant slalom ski race.
Maze, 25, posted the fastest time in the second run for a winning total of 2 minutes 45.15 seconds.
It was her first win of the season, the first in her speciality discipline since October 2005 and a seventh overall in the World Cup. Her last success before Saturday came in a downhill 11 months ago.
First-run leader Denise Karbon of Italy had to settle for second place in 2:45.54 minutes and German Kathrin Hoelzl came third on the podium in 2:46.07 minutes.
Japanese electronics major, Sony has suspended 93,000 accounts on its PlayStation Network and other online entertainment services after it detected a large number of unauthorized attempts on the networks.
The Tokyo had quartered company had to temporarily lock about 93,000 accounts whose IDs and passwords were successfully verified by the hackers. The company has already sent email notifications and password reset procedures to the affected users PlayStation Network, Sony Entertainment Network and Sony Online Entertainment services.
Washington, July 09 : Lady GaGa has said that she is really flattered to find fans with tattoos of her inked on their bodies.
The `Poker-Face' singer described one such fan, who has her imprinted on his skin.
"This fan got this amazing tattoo on his arm, this massive Lady Gaga tattoo that was very intricate and very detailed and in it I was wearing this crystal outfit - but this thing was like an art piece. I was so flattered because tattoos are for life," Contactmusic quoted her as saying.
Taipei: Taiwan`s Acer Inc on Wednesday said it has appointed co-founder and board member George Huang as new chairman, tasked with overseeing the recovery of the PC maker`s near-dominant position in a shrinking industry.
The appointment was announced after Acer`s annual general investor meeting. It followed the retirement of co-founder Stan Shih, who returned to the company in November to lead a restructuring effort that welcomed a new chief executive and chief financial officer.
- Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel has extended his contract with
the German champions by a further season, the club confirmed Thursday.
"We have reached an agreement with Mark to extend his contract by a year," Bayern general managher Uli Hoeness said.
Van Bommel's current contract was due to run out at the end of the
season but the 31-year-old midfielder will now stay with Juergen
Klinsmann's side until the end of the 2010 season.
Johannesburg - The date for South Africa's general elections has been set at April 22, President Kgalema Motlanthe announced Tuesday.
South Africans will be called to vote in their fourth national and provincial elections since the end of apartheid in the early 1990s.
Motlanthe told the National Assembly in Cape Town he had agreed on the date with the Independent Electoral Commission.
"With this coming election, the maturisation of our democracy receives yet another shot in the arm," Motlanthe said.
Geneva - The spread of cholera continues unabated in Zimbabwe, where the death toll has risen to 2,755 since August, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Thursday.
The UN update issued in Geneva, which reflects the situation as of January 21, showed a total 48,623 people in the beleaguered southern African country, were infected with the waterborne disease.
On Wednesday alone, 36 deaths and 1,125 new infection cases were recorded, OCHA said.
Washington, Sept 19: According to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, survivors of breast cancer who took a weekly dose of risedronate, sold as Actonel, lost considerably less bone than those who did not take the drug.
The team consisting of Susan Greenspan, M.D., director of the Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Center and Bone Health program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and his colleagues, examined as a part of the study 87 women; the mean age being 50.
Bangkok - A Thai tour bus taking university students on a field trip overturned on a road ramp Friday, killing 22 people and injuring 27 others, police said.
The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle about 3 am when it was coming down a steep hill in Nadi district, Prachinburi province, 140 kilometres north-east of Bangkok, and it overturned after crashing into a road guard up a dirt ramp.
The driver died in the crash along with 18 male and three female students from Kaset Techno Khon Kaen University.
Prachinburi police chief Major General Sanchai Chaiamporn said authorities were investigating the cause of the accident.