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UN urges Pakistan to take immediate steps to improve healthcare in Waziristan

UN urges Pakistan to take immediate steps to improve healthcare in WaziristanNew York, July 11 - Human Rights Watch has said that Pakistan should take immediate steps to improve the healthcare needs of thousands of displaced people in violence-hit North Waziristan province.

Shortage of sanitation facilities, healthcare and potable water in the city of Bannu in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp had increased the risk of communicable diseases, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Pakistan Country Representative.


Four children, parents shot dead by lone gunman in Texas

Ron Lee HaskellHouston - Six members of a family, including four children were killed by a lone gunman following a domestic dispute here on Thursday as police pieced together details of the latest horrific shooting rampage in the United States.

Ron Lee Haskell, 33, the capital-murder suspect in the shooting deaths of six members of a family at their Spring home apparently posed as a delivery man to gain entry to the house, police said.

He was wearing a FedEx pullover shirt when he arrived at the home said Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman.


Obama urges Congress to pass immigration reform

Obama urges Congress to pass immigration reformWashington: US President Barack Obama has appealed to the Republican leadership of the Congress to pass the comprehensive immigration reform to address successfully in future problems like the current humanitarian crisis on the country's Southern border with Mexico.

"In the long run, the best way to truly address this problem is for the House of Representatives to pass legislation fixing our broken immigration system, which would include funding for additional thousands of Border Patrol agents," Obama said.


South-Asian organisations want US to end spying on Muslim-Americans

South-Asian organisations want US to end spying on Muslim-AmericansWashington: Expressing concern over reports that NSA and FBI monitored emails of prominent Muslim- Americans under procedures intended to target terrorists and spies, a coalition of South Asian organisations has appealed to the US to end surveillance on "innocent" community members.

The National Coalition of South Asian Organisations (NCSO), in a statement, said that it was deeply troubled by the reports that the US security agencies have engaged in surveillance of Muslim-American civic and civil rights leaders , including Indian and Pakistani Americans.


US pilot orders 50 pizzas for all passengers on delayed flight

US pilot orders 50 pizzas for all passengers on delayed flightLos Angeles: Flight delays can make passengers grumpy but not when the pilot orders pizzas for them as a treat.

That is exactly what a Frontier Airlines pilot did, when the airline's plane bound for the Mile High City, Colorado, from Washington was diverted after thunderstorms and lightning pummeled the Denver area.

Gerhard Bradner, the captain of the Airbus A320, ordered 50 pizzas -- enough for the whole plane -- when severe thunderstorms on Monday forced the plane to divert to southern Wyoming. He paid out of his own pocket for the pizzas.


Warren Harding's 'spicy' love-letter to mistress revealed

Warren Harding's 'spicy' love-letter to mistress revealedWashington, July 9 - The former President of the United States (U. S.) Warren G. Harding carried on a sensational correspondence with his mistress in a selection of love letters, it has been revealed.

The spicy love letters, that have been released by the New York Times, detail Harding's year-long affair with his one time neighbor Carrie Fulton Phillips, People Magazine reported.


Dating violence affects nearly 20 pc of teens: Study

Dating violence affects nearly 20 pc of teens: StudyWashington, July 8 : A recent study has revealed that teen dating is taking a violent turn as 1 in every 6 youngsters reports act of physical violence.

A survey carried out by University of Michigan Medical School of more than 4,000 adolescent patients ageing 14 to 20 seeking emergency care, indicated that dating violence was common and affected both genders.

The study Found out that those with depression, or a history of using drugs or alcohol, had a higher likelihood to act as the aggressor or victim.


Now, 'I MISS W' tees for those who miss George W. Bush

Now, 'I MISS W' tees for those who miss George W. BushWashington, July 7 - The Republican National Committee (RNC) is selling George W. Bush's t-shirts in a new fundraising pitch emblazoned with a picture of the former president next to the caption that says, "I MISS W."

A page on the RNC's website where users can buy the shirt explains that the former US president led their nation through some of the most challenging moments of their nation's history and they missed him and his leadership, CBS News reported.


U.S. tightens airline passenger restrictions in view of anticipated terror threat

U.S. tightens airline passenger restrictions in view of anticipated terror threatWashington/New York, July 7 - The Transportation Security Administration in the United States has tightened security restrictions further for passengers taking international flights into the country in view of an anticipated terror strike.

According to a CNN report, passengers will now have to pass their cell phones and other electronic devices through additional inspection before boarding planes.


China reportedly shows off next-gen submarine at PLAN

China reportedly shows off next-gen submarine at PLANWashington, July 6 - China reportedly showed off a mock-up of its next-generation nuclear-powered attack submarine at its submarine academy, People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Qingdao, China.

With this move, speculations are rife about China investing heavily on advanced submarines. According to The Washington Post, the show may just be a means of inspiring students at the academy. However; it also added that the move may also signify PLAN's preparation to bring out its next generation submarines.


Obama voted worst President since World War II

Obama voted worst President since World War IIWashington, July 03 - Thirty-three percent of American voters have voted President Barack Obama as the worst President since the Second World War in a poll. Only eight percent of voters voted Obama as the best in the list that included George W. Bush, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and others.

Released on Wednesday, the poll conducted by Quinnipac University revealed that Bush followed Obama closely as the second-worst at 28 percent. On the other hand, Nixon came third in the list with 13 percent of the votes.


HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarily

HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarilyNew York, July 3 - At least 142 Pakistanis arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June 2014 are being detained and are at risk of deportation, Human Rights Watch said today.

It further said that the Sri Lankan controller general of immigration should not deport members of Pakistani minority groups until the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has had full access to them and determined their need for international protection.


Obama worst US President since World War II: Poll

Obama worst US President since World War II: PollWashington: Barack Obama is the worst US President since World War II, 33 per cent of Americans have said in a new poll released today which gave negative grades for him for his handling of key issues like the economy, foreign policy, terrorism, heatlhcare and environment.

America would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, 45 per cent of voters say, while 38 per cent say the country would be worse off, according to the Quinnipiac University National Poll.


Barack thanks Spike Lee for helping woo Michelle on first date 25yrs ago

Barack thanks Spike Lee for helping woo Michelle on first date 25yrs agoWashington, June 30 : President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have thanked Spike Lee's ' Do the Right Thing ' which they watched on their first date 25 years ago.

During a screening held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the 57-year-old American film director cued up a clip of the 44th and current President of the United States and his wife where they opened up about their first date during which they went to see the groundbreaking and iconic film, People Magazine reported.


Woman charged with arson for setting fire to kill spider in US

Woman charged with arson for setting fire to kill spider in USNew York: A woman who tried to kill a spider by setting some towels on fire in her apartment has been arrested in the US state of Kansas on a charge of aggravated arson.

Ginny M Griffith was arrested on Friday after five Hutchinson Fire Department units were called out to extinguish a small fire in her half of a duplex at 121 West Seventh Avenue.

Although no one was injured, and there was no damage to the structure other than light smoke damage, Griffith was arrested on a charge of aggravated arson because the other half of the duplex also was occupied, authorities said.


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