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Terror threats at home may prompt China to support Obama's ISIS plan quietly: Experts

Terror threats at home mayWashington, Sep 12 : Although China has long maintained a policy of non-interference in other countries' affairs but experts believe that growing threats from Islamist extremists on its homesoil may prompt Beijing to quietly support the United States' President Barack Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Chen Dingding, an assistant professor of government at the University of Macau said that China, a U. N. Security Council permanent member, is likely to quietly support U. S' plan to build a broad coalition to take on the IS because the group has openly listed the nation as a major threat to them, reported the CNN.


CIA claims number of ISIS fighters has trebled to 31,500 since June

CIA claims number of ISIS fighters has trebled to 31,500 since JuneWashington, Sep 12 - The Central Intelligence Agency, has reportedly said that the number of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters has increased three times the previous estimates.

A CIA spokesman said on Thursday that the militant group can muster 20,000 to 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, reported the CNN.

The spokesman said that the new figures reflect the increased recruitments since June after several battle field successes, declaration of a caliphate and additional intelligence.


Three babies' bodies found in filthy house in US: Prosecutor

Three babies' bodies found in filthy house in US: ProsecutorBlackstone - The bodies of three infants were found in a filthy house where four other children were removed by authorities last month, a Massachusetts prosecutor said.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr said authorities don't know when or how the babies died and no one has been arrested in connection with their deaths. He said the state medical examiner will conduct an investigation.

Early said examination of the remains and the house has been complicated by what he called "deplorable" conditions. He said investigators have found flies, bugs, vermin and "piles of used diapers as much as a foot or two high."


Infants' social learning may get shaped by diverse neighborhoods

Infants' social learning Washington, Sept 11 : A new research has revealed that diverse neighborhoods may help in infants' social learning.

In a new study, UChicago psychology researchers investigated whether the variety of languages in infants' neighborhoods affected their willingness to learn from people who are different from them.

Lead author Lauren H. Howard said that they were interested in linguistic diversity, that is, how many different languages babies might hear.

Howard added that babies in their study heard only English from their parents and caretakers, but they lived in neighborhoods where multiple languages were spoken.


Top NY golf clubs turned Obama down on Labor Day weekend, claims report

Top NY golf clubs turned Obama downNew York, Sep 11 : A report has claimed that President Barack Obama was turned down at several top golf courses in Westchester while he was visiting the area over Labor Day weekend.

Several golf courses including, the Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge rejected the President's request because they did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate Obama, reported NBC New York.

The President was in Westchester on August 29 to attend fundraising events in New York and Rhode Island.


Top U.S. officials say IS militant group not immediate threat to country

Top U.S. officials say IS militant group not immediate threat to countryWashington, Sep 11 : Top U. S. intelligence officials said on Wednesday that the Islamic State (IS) militants do not pose an immediate threat to the country.

Meanwhile U. S. President Barack Obama is set to give a speech describing his strategies to combat the IS militants in Iraq and Syria.

The undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, Francis X Taylor said that the Department of Homeland Security does not know of any credible threat from the Islamic State.

However, Taylor warned that the IS group could launch attacks without warnings and constitutes a serious threat within the region, reported the Washington Post.


Dog breeds featured in movies more popular amongst people

Dog breeds featured in movies more popular amongst peopleWashington, Sept 11 - A new research has revealed that dog breeds gain more popularity from movies featuring them.

New study from the University of Bristol, the City University of New York, and Western Carolina University showed that movies' influence was strongest in the early twentieth century and has declined since.

The researchers used data from the American Kennel Club, which maintains the world's largest dog registry totaling over 65 million dogs, and analyzed a total of 87 movies that featured dogs.


Obama vows to ' degrade, and ultimately destroy' ISIS in Iraq, Syria

Barack ObamaWashington, Sep 11 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama has reportedly said that the United States will "degrade, and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism plan.

In a nationally televised address, Obama said on Wednesday that the campaign would entail "an escalated U. S. military role" and the formation of a broad international coalition to support the Iraqi forces and troops from other allies in countering the ISIS in Iraq and Syria, reported the BBC.

He also said that the U. S. airstrikes that have been targeting the jihadists in Iraq will also be expanded to cover ISIS targets in Syria.


Indian man admits to sexually touching sleeping woman on plane

US Attorney Paul FishmanNew York - A 62-year-old Indian man has pleaded guilty to sexually touching a woman seated next to him aboard a flight from Houston to Newark and faces two years in prison.

The accused, Devender Singh, a resident of Louisiana, admitted before US District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark federal court to an information charging him with abusive sexual contact, US Attorney Paul Fishman said.

The charge carries a maximum potential penalty of two years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.


Sharing pain brings people closer

Sharing pain brings people closerWashington, Sept 10 : A new study has revealed that pain may actually have positive social consequences, acting as a sort of "social glue" that fosters cohesion and solidarity within groups.

According to researchers, the findings show that pain is a particularly powerful ingredient in producing bonding and cooperation between those who share painful experiences, which explains why camaraderie may develop between soldiers or others who share difficult and painful experiences.


ISIS obtaining weapons from across globe: Report

ISIS obtaining weapons from across globe: ReportWashington, Sep 09 : A report has revealed that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS) are in possession of a wide range of weapons which have been sourced from different parts of the world.

Their stockpile includes, American rifles, Chinese machine guns and Yugoslavian anti-tank rockets along with other weapons that were delivered to the Syrian rebels from across the globe, reported Mashable.

The researchers have identified 10 different types of weapons which they said they found "most interesting for now". They added that they will identify many more in the future. (ANI)


Lawyer wants independent probe in Indian couple's murder case

Lawyer wants independent probe in Indian couple's murder caseHouston - The attorney for an Indian-origin couple, found dead under mysterious circumstances in a house in Texas, wants an independent investigation into their deaths.

Attorney David Finn said yesterday he has no idea precisely what led to the death of Pallavi and Sumeet Dhawan last week but he knew they were under tremendous stress over accusations that the mother killed their 10-year-old son, Arnav.

He also demanded probe into their son's death.\


Majority of Americans fear massive ISIL terrorist attacks in US: Poll

Majority of Americans fear massive ISIL terrorist attacks in US: PollWashington, Sep 09 - A new poll says that a majority of Americans are of the view that members of extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant are residing in the United States and are capable of orchestrating a massive terrorist attack in the country at any given time.

According to Politico, the survey, released by CNN/ORC International on Monday, shows that 71 percent of respondents think that members of the militant group ISIL have the capability and resources to carry out terrorist plots in the US.


Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge

Two deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridgeSan Francisco - Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

The California Highway Patrol tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the deer were in the busier northbound lanes leading out of the city toward Marin County yesterday evening.

The deer briefly halted the evening commute as drivers slowed to give them space.

By 6 p. M. (local time), the officers on the way to the scene were called off because the deer were no longer in the road.


Meet the man who got jailed post 21,807 calls, texts to ex-girlfriend

Meet the man who got jailed post 21,807 calls, texts to ex-girlfriendWashington, Sept 6 : A France-based man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for calling and texting his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times.

The 33-year-old unnamed defendant, who began to harass the 32-year-old victim after she called off their relationship, wanted her to thank him for doing chores around their apartment, Mashable reported.

The man said that it was "stupid" of him to keep calling his ex more than 70 times a day as long as she wasn't returning his money, paying him for his work or at least thanking him.


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