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Obama's India visit helped boost bilateral ties: White House

Obama's India visit helped boost bilateral ties: White House

Washington - US President Barack Obama's visit to India provided an opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries and America is willing to work together with Indian government, the White House has said, a month after the historic trip.

"There is an opportunity for us to try to advance the interest of both our countries by working together and by coordinating our efforts. And the (US) President is certainly committed to that. In part because of the substantial economic benefits that could be enjoyed by the American people," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said yesterday.


IS opens English-speaking schools in Syria to teach children how to blend in to 'spread terror' overseas

United Nations

New York, Feb 24 - A United Nations official has said that Islamic State ( IS) militants have opened up two English speaking schools in Syria to teach their jihadi children how to blend in to "easily spread terror " while visiting other countries.

According to the New York Post, the official said that these people start off as "mini-jihadists" and grow up to become "adult jihadists".

The official also said, under the condition of anonymity, that the children who live in Raqqa are being targeted and are taught to become jihadists.

A picture of the advertisement was posted on Twitter by the activist group "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently" that shows that the militants are trying harder to transform the children into Islamic thugs. (ANI)


Meet the man who set bacon-eating record by gulping 182 pieces in 5 mins

Meet the man who set bacon-eating record by gulping 182 pieces in 5 mins

Washington, Feb 24 : A 22-year-old man gulped down 182 slices of bacon in mere 5 mins, setting a new milestone.

Matt "Megatoad" Stonie ate approximately 6 lbs of pork at the Daytona 500 in Florida, breaking the previous unofficial record set by Mark "The Human Vacuum" Lyle, who ate just 54 pieces in 5 minutes, the Mashable reported.

The competition was set up by Major League Eaters and they rank Stonie second in the world of competitive eating.

Stonie approach to eating bacon was grabbing a handful, bending it in half, chomping away and following it with a glass of water.


Two police officers removed from Sureshbhai Patel's lawsuit in US

Two police officers removed from Sureshbhai Patel's lawsuit in US

Washington - In a surprise move, the attorney for Sureshbhai Patel has amended the lawsuit against the Madison Police Department to remove names of the two police officers allegedly involved in the use of excessive force against the Indian grandfather who is now unable to walk.

The initial lawsuit of February 12 was filed against Madison City and the two at-that-time unidentified officers - John Doe and Jim Smith.

Now Madison trainee police officer Eric Parker is only named in the amended lawsuit filed by Hank Sherrod, attorney for Sureshbhai Patel, on Friday.

The two videos released by the Madison Police days after the incident clearly shows there police officers at the scene of the incident.


Experts say IS video showing mass beheading of Coptic Christians in Libya doctored

Experts say IS video showing mass beheading of Coptic Christians in Libya doctor

Washington, Feb 21 - Experts say that the video showing 7 feet tall Islamic State members killing Christians in Libya has been clearly doctored with.

According to FOX News, experts who watched the sickening, five-minute video of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians being marched along a Libyan beach before being beheaded by black-clad members of IS came to the conclusion that the footage was faked.

Experts say that several anomalies in the video posted online on Feb. 15 suggested that some part of the production was shot in the studio with "green screen" technique.

Veryan Khan, editorial director of the Florida-based Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium said that the Islamic State's manipulation of their high-production videos has become commonplace.


Social media abuzz with questions, comments over Kim Jong-un's new hairdo

Social media abuzz with questions, comments over Kim Jong-un's new hairdo

Washington, Feb 20 : North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been seen sporting a different hairdo that has triggered a range of comments and remarks on social network over his new look.

According to CNN, the reclusive leader modified his almost boyish over-the-top-flop to a higher, angular, more severe cut. The look first debuted at his New Year's address in January.

The tyrant's new haircut has become a topic of discussion for social media users, with some reportedly questioning if the new haircut was to honor his father and grandfather.

Amanda Taub wrote on Vox. com "Kim Jong Un has an amazing new haircut. We have many, many questions."

In another dig at the North Korean leader, Adam Taylor tweeted "The Joey Essex haircut goes drastically wrong as it reaches North Korea". (ANI)


IS making at least one million dollars each day by smuggling oil from Iraq and Syria, say sources

IS

Washington, Feb 20 - Islamic State (IS) militants are making one million dollars to two million dollars each day by smuggling oil into southern Turkey from refineries and wells in northern Iraq and northern Syria, according to sources.

According to CNN, the United States led coalition battle against the IS has repeatedly targeted the militant group's oil assets in order to destroy the group's financial sources.

IS militants produce around 44,000 barrels a day in Syria and 4,000 barrels a day in Iraq, according to Foreign Policy.

A Kurdish newspaper has listed the names of the people involved with IS and its oil enterprise wherein some people were associated to the enterprise under the former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein.


Detroit's 21 mile walking-man moves to safer home for security reasons

James Robertson

Washington, Feb 20 - James Robertson, who got a car as a surprise gift and donations of 350,000 dollars after walking 21 mile commute to and from work for 10 years, has been moved to a safer home by cops for security reasons.

According to Detroit Free Press, the 56-year-old from Detroit was moved to a safer place after he began telling friends that he was worried about his safety around roommates and neighbors.

2nd Deputy Chief June West said that people were actually asking Robertson for money.

Police said that Robertson took this decision after hearing news that Detroit police had arrested a man charged in the killing of an 86-year-old Detroiter who disappeared in December, three days after the elderly man was said to have won 20,000 dollars in a lottery game.


IS militants in Raqqa subjecting women to brutal, abnormal sex acts

IS militants in Raqqa subjecting women to brutal, abnormal sex acts

New York, Feb 19 - The Islamic State militants in the city of Raqqa have been subjecting their forcefully wedded wives to brutal and abnormal sex, according to a report.

New York Post reports that the supposedly ultra-conservative Muslim fundamentalists have been forcing women in the city of Raqqa to marry them and engage in savage sex acts that result in hospital treatment, the report from activists in the terror group's main Syrian stronghold says.

The activist group "Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently" said that members of the terror group have also been forcing their reluctant brides to try kinky lingerie.

A post on the group's website read that a large section of IS members suffer from sexual anomalies and brutal instinctive desire for sex."


Hindi, Greek among other Indo-European languages first emerged 6500 yrs ago

Hindi, Greek among other Indo-European languages first emerged 6500 yrs ago

Washington, Feb. 19 - A new study has revealed that Indo-European languages that comprises from English to Greek to Hindi, first emerged ca. 6500 years ago.

Linguists have long agreed that languages from English to Greek to Hindi, known as 'Indo-European languages', are the modern descendants of a language family which first emerged from a common ancestor spoken thousands of years ago.

Now, a new study has provided more information on when and where it was most likely used. Using data from over 150 languages, linguists at the University of California, Berkeley provide evidence that this ancestor language originated 5,500 - 6,500 years ago, on the Pontic-Caspian steppe stretching from Moldova and Ukraine to Russia and western Kazakhstan.


Reports of US not sharing info with Israel on Iran untrue: WH

Josh Earnest

Washington : The White House today refuted reports that the US is not sharing information with Israel over its negotiations with Tehran on the controversial nuclear programme.

"I know that there were some initial reports that indicated that the US is no longer communicating with our allies in Israel about the ongoing negotiations with Iran. That obviously is false," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

He said: "There are any number of meetings that have taken place in recent weeks and are scheduled for the weeks ahead that indicate the continued close communication and coordination between US national security officials and their Israel counterparts."


US government announces plans to counteract IS' propaganda on social media

US government announces plans to counteract IS' propaganda on social media

Washington, Feb 18 : The United States government has announced plans to counteract IS' propaganda on social media wherein the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications will manage Twitter accounts across the government and also coordinate with Muslim academics, scholars, and community leaders who oppose IS to leave a stronger impact on the militant group.

According to the Verge, the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications was created in 2011 to coordinate such communications.

A new group, called the Information Coordination Cell will be tasked with the efforts in the new operation on the social media.

The plan is expected to be detailed this week at a broad level.


Libyan ambassador says IS grew strong due to international disengagement post Qaddafi's fall

Libyan ambassador says IS grew strong due to international disengagement

Washington, Feb 18 - Libya's ambassador to the US said that the Islamic State militants in the country grew strong following international disengagement after the fall of former ruler Muammar Qaddafi .

According to FOX News, Ibrahim Dabbashi also expressed skepticism that the international community has the will to militarily get involved again in Libya.

The statement came as the terror group released a video online showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants on Libyan beaches.

Libya is yet to seek international military aid to fight the terror group.

Dabbashi said that the most important thing right now is to lift the arms embargo on Libya so that the national army has the means to battle Islamic State.


China building new islands in disputed South China Sea, new analysis shows

China building new islands in disputed South China Sea, new analysis shows

Washington, Feb 18 - China is building new islands with helipads, airstrips, harbors and facilities to support troops in disputed waters in the South China Sea through land reclamation, new analysis shows.

According to CNN, satellite images show that China is reclaiming a significant amount at three sites in the Spratly Islands along with two other sites.

According to an editor, it is "a methodical, well-planned campaign" to build sea and are capable fortresses across the Spratly Islands chain centre.

According to reports, in November, China was building an "air strip capable" island at least 3,000 meters long on Fiery Cross Reef.


Iran's supreme leader condemns 'American Sniper' movie as anti-Muslim propaganda

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

New York, Feb 18 - Iran's supreme leader has condemned the movie "American Sniper" that shows a US soldier fighting in Iraq saying that it is an anti-Muslim propaganda that encourages offences against Muslims.

According to the New York Post, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that he has not watched the film directed by Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper but had heard about its plot.

The movie revolves around the life of US Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle, who is considered the most lethal sniper in American military history.

The comments by the supreme leader of Iran came amid negotiations between Iran and the West over the country's contested nuclear program.

He also discussed the condition of Muslims in the West saying that neo-Nazis were attacking Muslims in Germany. (ANI)


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