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Huckabee, TV-savvy ex-preacher, enters White House race

Huckabee, TV-savvy ex-preacher, enters White House race

Washington: Fox News personality Mike Huckabee threw his hat in the race for the US presidency today, joining a swelling crowd of contenders for the Republican nomination.

The conservative Huckabee, a former Baptist minister who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican ticket seven years ago, announced at his campaign debut that he is taking another shot at the world's top job.

"With your help and God's, we will make the journey from Hope to higher ground," Huckabee told a cheering crowd in his home town of Hope, Arkansas.

Huckabee, 59, is a former governor of Arkansas, the same post Bill Clinton held when he won the presidential election in 1992. Both men hail from Hope.


Ex-bodyguard of Fidel Castro claims leader headed illegal drug-smuggling schemes

Ex-bodyguard of Fidel Castro claims leader headed illegal drug-smuggling schemes

Washington, May 05 - A former bodyguard of the ex-Cuban leader has written in a new book about Castro's alleged luxurious lifestyle claiming that he headed illegal drug- smuggling schemes to the United States.

According to Fox News, in "The Double Life of Fidel Castro: My 17 Years as Personal Bodyguard to El Lider Maximo," Juan Reinaldo Sanchez talked about how he became disillusioned with the ex-Cuban leadership after 17 years of service.

Sanchez claimed that he overheard a meeting of Castro and former Cuban Gen. Jose Abrantes, who was stripped of his rank later, and the two discussed the drug trafficking business to the US.


President Obama wants to play dominoes with David Letterman post retirement

President Obama wants to play dominoes with David Letterman post retirement

Washington, May 5 : When the US President Barack Obama recently appeared on 'The Late Show' for the final time before David Letterman signs off, the two talked about potential retirement plans.

Obama jokingly suggested that when they're both gone from their current gigs they should play some dominoes together, go to the local Starbuck and swap stories, the Deadline reported.

Letterman shot back that he plays dominoes and is pretty good, adding "I know you think I'm not good at dominoes ."

Letterman, whose final day hosting CBS' Late Show is May 20, revealed that he plans to teach law at Columbia after his retirement, to which Obama responded that he'd be interested in sitting in on that class as that would be a hoot. (ANI)


Ex-CIA official says agency failed to see Al Qaeda's rebound post Bin Laden's death

Ex-CIA official says agency failed to see Al Qaeda's rebound post Bin Laden's de

Washington, May 04 : A new book written by the Central Investigative Agency's deputy director has claimed that the United States intelligence agencies "badly misjudged" Al Qaeda's ability to take advantage of the political chaos in the Middle East and regain strength across the region in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden's death.

Senior U.S. officials had earlier acknowledged failures to anticipate the Arab Spring movement that toppled several governments in the Middle East and North Africa but former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell claimed that the intelligence agency compounded those errors with optimistic assessments that the turmoil would prove to devastating to Al Qaeda, reported The Washington Post.


New lingerie to make breast cancer survivors feel 'sexy'

New lingerie to make breast cancer survivors feel 'sexy'

Washington, May 4 : An American fashion graduate and a breast cancer survivor came up with an innovative idea and launched a special lingerie line for breast cancer survivors to make them look sexy even after their surgeries.

Dana Donofree, who created AnaOno Intimates lingerie for breast cancer survivors, said that after undergoing treatment for breast cancer and reconstructive surgeries she found out that survivors are no longer able to wear their old bras as body changes in a way that it even affects ones apparel, People Magazine reported.

The 33-year-old fashion and design graduate added that after undergoing reconstructive surgeries cancer survivors aren't able to wear an underwire bra and are left very limited with some un-attractive sports bras.


German prosecutor probing spy agency's 'decade-long secret partnership' with NSA

 German prosecutor probing spy agency's 'decade-long secret partnership' with NS

Washington, May 04 : After the German parliament reportedly disclosed that the nation's electronic surveillance agency BND was aiding U.S.' National Security Agency (NSA) in spying on European politicians and defense contractors for over a decade, Germany's top public prosecutor has initiated a probe to determine if the country's partnership with NSA was violating any laws.

A spokesperson from the prosecutor's office said that a "preliminary investigation" into the matter had already begun, reported The Verge.

The BND provided sensitive data to the NSA including, communications between several German and French politicians, as well as defense contractors like Airbus, European Aeronautic Defense, and Space Company.


John Kerry pacifies worried Israel over nuclear deal saying will not let Iran 'move quickly to bomb'

John Kerry pacifies worried Israel over nuclear deal saying will not let Iran 'm

Washington, May 04 : US Secretary of State John Kerry has said to pacify Israeli worries over Iran nuclear deal that they will not let them "move quickly to a bomb".

According to CBS News, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been harshly criticizing the US-led framework of the Iran nuclear deal.

Israel considers Iran nuclear deal an existential threat while Iran has been emphasizing that the deal is for peaceful purposes.

Kerry said the deal would not affect American options to counter any possible effort by Iran to build atomic weapons. (ANI)


New York cop in critical condition after being shot, suspect arrested

New York cop in critical condition after being shot, suspect arrested

Washington, May 03 : A New York Department officer is in critical condition after being shot on duty in the Queens Village section of the city while a suspect has been captured, said city officials.

According to the Verge, the officer was on duty as part of an anti-crime unit when he was shot at around 6:30, said police.

According to a preliminary investigation, the suspect fired at least two rounds into the unmarked car the on-duty officer was riding in and then escaped on foot, said a police spokeswoman.

The officer was rished to Jamaica Hospital Center and was visited by Mayor Bill de Blasio .

A massive manhunt on foot was sparked after a male suspect fled the scene. (ANI)


Obamas congratulate Will-Kat on birth of new princess

Obamas congratulate Will-Kat on birth of new princess

Washington, May 3 : President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama congratulated Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton on the birth of their baby girl.

Obama said in a statement that he and Michelle were delighted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, and all the people of the United Kingdom on the birth of the Royal Princess, People Magazine reported.

The POTUS added that on behalf of the American people, they wish the Duke and Duchess and their son George much joy and happiness on the occasion of the arrival of the newest member of their family.

The little girl, whose name has not yet been released, was born 2nd May and weighed in at 8 lbs., 3 oz. (ANI)


Arab states demand weapons, security guarantees from US in lieu of backing Iran nuke deal

Arab states demand weapons, security guarantees from US in lieu of backing Iran

Washington, May 03 : The leaders of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council have been demanding major new weapon systems and security guarantees from the United States in lieu of backing a nuclear agreement with Iran, U. S. and Arab officials said.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are planning to use a high-level meeting with U. S. President Barack Obama later this month to demand additional fighter jets, missile batteries and surveillance equipment, reported Fox News.

They also intend to press for defense agreements between the U. S. and the Gulf nations that would outline terms and conditions under which Washington would intervene if they are threatened by Iran, officials said.


NYC museum presents Nepal installation

NYC museum presents Nepal installation

New York : New York's Rubin Museum of Art will present artworks from its collection that highlight the cultural heritage of Nepal.

The museum says the special art installation will include Nepalese objects that reflect that country's contribution to Buddhist and Hindu art.

It's free to the public and opens on Monday.

The museum also plans a series of other events and education programs in response to the earthquake that hit the South Asia region last month.

It has created a dedicated website where people can obtain information about making donations for victims of the earthquake.

The Rubin Museum is dedicated to the art of the Himalayas, India and neighbouring regions. (PTI)


Obama nominates Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

Obama nominates Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

Washington: President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Gayle Smith as the Administrator of USAID and if confirmed by the Congress she would replace Indian-American Raj Shah as the head of the American aid agency.

"I've worked closely with Gayle for nearly a decade, and for the past six years Gayle has served as a senior leader on international development, humanitarian crisis response, and democracy issues on my National Security Council staff," Obama said.

"Gayle's energy and passion have been instrumental in guiding America's international development policy, responding to a record number of humanitarian crises worldwide, and ensuring that development remains at the forefront of the national security agenda at a time when USAID is more indispensable than ever," he said.


Pope Francis finds it 'scandalous' that women earn less than men

Pope Francis finds it 'scandalous' that women earn less than men

Washington, Apr 30 - Pope Francis has added his voice to the feminist anthem of equal pay and has said that it's "scandalous" that women earn less than men for the same job.

The Pope of the Catholic Church also lambasted the attitude of some who blame the crisis in families on women getting out of the house to work, Fox News reported.

The 78-year-old Pope asserted that husband and wife must be complementary and they should support with decisiveness the right to equal pay for equal work.

Pope added that such attitudes were a form of "machismo" that shows how men wanted to dominate women. (ANI)


Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch passes away at 91

Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch passes away at 91

Washington, April 30 - Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch has passed away. She was 91.

Nidetch, who is believed to have died in the Ft. Lauderdale area of natural causes, had given birth to the innovative idea in 1961 to help herself as she weighed 214 lbs at the time with 5'7 height, TMZ. com reported.

Following basic tips like not skipping meals, including fish in diet 5 times a week, veggies, etc, she started inviting friends and idea took off in 1963 with the company coming to life.

After that, Nidetch, who is known as first lady of Weight Watchers International gained popularity, even appeared on Johnny Carson's show.

The organization was sold to the Heinz Co. 1978 for 71 million dollars.


Kingmaker calls Bobby Jindal 'dark horse' for 2016 GOP presidential bid

Kingmaker calls Bobby Jindal 'dark horse' for 2016 GOP presidential bid

Washington, Apr. 29 - A former GOP operative who now runs the "Iowa Republican" website has said that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is the " dark horse" for 2016 GOP presidential bid.

According to Washington Times, Craig Robinson said that Jindal has everything he needs to be the candidate.

Kingmakers said that if Jindal can continue making successful on-the-ground stops such as one last weekend in Iowa then he can earn the support.

Jindal was appointed as the age of 24 to be Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and also served as a top adviser to the secretary of the Health and Human Services under former US President George W. Bush. (ANI)


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