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China's annual dog eating festival sets social media ablaze

China's annual dog eating festival sets social media ablaze

Washington, June 20 - China's annual dog eating festival Yulin Summer Solstice Lychee and Dog Meat Festival, where some 10,000 canines are said to be beaten and killed for human consumption, has set social media ablaze.

According to the Washington Post, the festival in China's Guangxi region Yulin marks the start of summer.

The annual festival is set begin this year on June 22.

According to animal rights advocates, dogs in Yulin are stolen from farms and family homes.

The government of China, however, said that "the so-called summer solstice lychee dog meat festival does not exist". (ANI)


George W. Bush's daughter honours him as 'Father of the Year'

Washington, June 19 : George W. Bush has been honoured by daughter as 'Father of the Year.'

During the 74th Annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon at the New York Hilton hotel, Barbara, made the presentation, with the former US President becoming one of three men receiving the title ahead of Father's Day, reported Fox News.

Bush got emotional as he took the award and paid tribute to his own father, former President George H. W. Bush.

Meanwhile, Morris Goldfarb, the head of the G-III Apparel Group also received recognition from the National Father's Day Committee, and David Gonzales of Jacksonville, Florida, was honoured as the Ashok Sani "All-Star" dad.

It recognises a special father who is committed to both his own children and his community.


White gunman kills nine in South Carolina's African-American church

White gunman kills nine in South Carolina's African-American church

Washington, June 18 - At least nine people have been killed in a gun attack at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reports state that a white gunman entered the church and opened fire during a Bible study class.

The shooting took place on Wednesday evening and the attacker is still absconding, reported the CNN.

Noting that the killing could have been a hate crime, Mayor Joe Riley said that there couldn't have been any other reason for someone to walk into a church and shoot people who were praying. (ANI)


Hong Kong lawmakers snub Beijing-backed electoral reform

Hong Kong lawmakers snub Beijing-backed electoral reform

Washington, June 18 - Hong Kong's legislature has reportedly rejected the Beijing-backed electoral reform package, which would have allowed the region to elect its leader, as long as the candidates contesting the election were vetted by Beijing.

The bill was rejected by 28 out of 37 lawmakers in a vote on Thursday, reported the CNN.

The proposal had touched off massive protests by pro-democracy activists in September last year that lasted for several months. (ANI)


'Discover Muhammad' campaign to heal Islam's tarnished image in US

'Discover Muhammad' campaign to heal Islam's tarnished image in US

New York, June 17 : An Islamic billboard campaign in the United States is seeking to bolster the religion's image in the country, tarnished by militant attacks, by urging the people to 'Discover Muhammad' and showcasing it as a religion of love and tolerance aimed at Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The campaign, initiated by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), is sponsoring billboards in cities to publicise Prophet Muhammad's messages to counter a surge in anti-Islamic sentiments marked by protests, advertising campaigns, vandalism and violence, reported Huffington Post.

The organisers said that they launched the campaign in response to the deadly attack by Islamist militants on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January.


World's most expensive gold-plated cheese sandwich in New York, costs USD 214

World's most expensive gold-plated cheese sandwich in New York, costs USD 214

New York: The world's most expensive sandwich - a cheese toastie dipped in gold and costing a whopping USD 214 - has been made at a ritzy restaurant here.

The gold-plated sarnie is essentially a cheese toastie, but in typical New York style and can be pre-ordered two days in advance.

The Serendipity restaurant in New York City is the proud owner of the new Guinness World Record.

"This is the most expensive sandwich in the world. We came up with the idea to create the world's most expensive sandwich on national sandwich day," chef Joe Calderoni was quoted as saying by Daily Express.


Libya says key terrorist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in U.S. airstrike

Libya says key terrorist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar killed in U.S. airstrike

Washington, June 15 - Libyan authorities have issued a statement saying that key terrorist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been killed in U. S. airstrike

The United States has also confirmed that it carried out an airstrike in Libya early Sunday against the mastermind of the 2013 terrorist seizure of an Algerian gas plant that left 38 foreign hostages dead.

American officials were quoted by the New York Times, as confirming that Belmokhtar was the target of the strike, carried out by multiple American F-15E fighter jets.

But, at the same time, they expressed caution about his fate, saying forensic proof was needed to declare with certainty that he had been killed.


Ex-LA Times editor John Carroll passes away

Ex-LA Times editor John Carroll passes away

New York, June 15 - Former editor of The Los Angeles Times, John S. Carroll, died Sunday of a rare neurological ailment. He was 73.

A widely admired newspaper editor who restored the reputation and credibility of The Los Angeles Times in the early 2000s, Carroll died at his home in Lexington, Kentucky.

Lee Carroll, his wife, was quoted by the New York Times, as saying that the cause of death was Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a rare neurological disorder.

With a gentle demeanor that belied his passion for ambitious investigative stories, Carroll, according to the NYT, helped deliver 13 Pulitzer Prizes to The Times during his five-years as editor, which ended in 2005.

It was the last of three daily newspapers he edited over more than four decades.


At first campaign rally, Hillary Clinton vows to champion cause of 'everyday Americans'

Hillary Clinton

New York, June 14 - Addressing her first major rally in her 2016 presidential campaign United States Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton on Saturday vowed to help "everyday Americans".

Outlining her key policies in a speech to thousands of supporters on New York City's Roosevelt Island, Clinton pledged to support working families, saying: "America can't succeed unless you succeed."

She promised to make the economy work for everyday Americans, not just those at the top if elected president next year.

She said prosperity can't be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers; democracy can't be just for billionaires and corporations.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter Chelsea were also present, reports the BBC


'Unstable' Libya an 'entry point' for ISIS

'Unstable' Libya an 'entry point' for ISIS

Washington, June 13 : The Islamic State is said to be using Libya, which is gradually becoming the most unstable country in the region, ?as an 'entry point' into Europe.

Fox News quoted intelligence sources on the ground in Africa as saying that at least 30 ISIS fighters who left from the country have been picked up by the Italians in recent weeks.

U.S. President Barack Obama had earlier this week authorized up to 450 additional U.S. troops to deploy to Iraq to help the local security forces in the fight against ISIS there.

With American foreign policy focusing on the ISIS operations in Syria and Iraq, many in the region and in American intelligence have expressed concern over Libya giving the ISIS its best opportunity for entry to the West.


King Felipe VI revokes sister's `Duchess` title amid fraud case

King Felipe VI revokes sister's `Duchess` title amid fraud case

Washington, June 13 : King Felipe VI of Spain has withdrawn the title of 'Duchess of Palma de Mallorca' from his sister Cristina de Borbon following charges of fraud being levelled against her.

As per the official statement released by the palace, the official journal of the state will publish a royal decree by which his majesty the King will strip the use of the royal title by Her Royal Highness the Infanta Cristina,Us Magazine has reported.

The 50-year-old princess is accused of being involved in a huge tax-evasion scheme involving her former Olympic handball player husband Inaki Urdangarin, who apparently embezzled millions of public funds through his Noos Foundation.


Obama considering financial sanctions against Chinese hackers

Obama considering financial sanctions against Chinese hackers

Washington, June 13 : United States President Barack Obama is reportedly considering financial sanctions against alleged Chinese hackers who gained access to files of millions of federal workers.

According to the New York Times, investigators are saying that Chinese hackers have allegedly obtained personal data from more than four million current and former federal employees in one of the boldest invasions into a government network.

Officials further said they believed that a separate computer system at the agency was breached by the same hackers, putting at risk not only data about the federal employees, but also information about friends, family members and associates that could number millions more.


Here's how to spot pedophiles

Here's how to spot pedophiles

Washington, Jun 11 : A new study has suggested that pedophiles are more likely to have superficial facial flaws, known as Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs) and are also more likely to be left-handed.

The University of Windsor study adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests pedophilia develops prenatally, around the same time that such physical flaws develop.

Researcher Fiona Dyshniku said that evidence is steadily accumulating to support a neurodevelopmental basis of pedophilia, adding that if people find that pedophilia has a biological basis, with a very early, even prenatal onset, this will influence and hopefully improve methods of treatment for this group.


White House evacuated following telephoned bomb threat

White House evacuated following telephoned bomb threat

Washington, June 10 - The White House was evacuated on Tuesday following a telephoned bomb threat, hours after a Senate hearing was interrupted by a similar threat.

According to The Washington Times, the press briefing room was evacuated immediately after a Secret Service agent interrupted ongoing proceedings to say that the room needed to be evacuated.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was in the midst of his regular daily briefing with reporters shortly after 2 p. m. when the Secret Service interruption came

Earnest said that US President Barack Obama was in the room but was not evacuated.

The Secret Service gave the "all clear" signal about 30 minutes later. (ANI)


Voldemort beats Presidential candidates in popularity poll

Voldemort beats Presidential candidates in popularity poll

Washington, June 10 - Apparently American citizens prefer Voldemort over the group of Republican candidates, who are in line of becoming their next President.

In a recent poll, conducted by the Washington Post, the one who 'Must Not Be Named' was declared a better alternative than Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump Chris Christie and their rivals Ted Cruz and George Bush, reported E! Online.

Hollywood's popular villains, Darth Vader, the Terminator and the Shark received positive scores in the poll leaving the politicians far behind. Donald Trump came in dead last with Chris Christie following closely behind.


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