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Meet worlds 'hottest' convict who got modeling contract after his mugshot went viral

Meet worlds 'hottest' convict who got modeling contract after his mugshot went v

Washington, Mar 05 : A felon, who has been marked as the world's hottest convict, has received a modeling contract after his mugshot went viral in June.

Jeremy Meeks was now represented by White Cross Management, the modeling and talent company, E! Online reported.

Meeks, who's also an actor, was arrested in June on felony weapons charges during a sweep in the Weston Ranch area of Stockton, Calif. He was sentenced to 27 months behind bars just a few weeks ago. (ANI)


Mohammed Emwazi's father says no proof his son is IS 'Jihadi John'

Mohammed Emwazi's father says no proof his son is IS 'Jihadi John'

Washington, March 05 - Father of Mohammed Emwazi, popularly known as Islamic state (IS) militant 'Jihadi John', has said that there is no proof that the masked executioner in video clips and footage is his son Mohammed.

According to CNN, Jassem Emwazi said that what is being circulated in the media were "false rumours".

Emwazi has hired an attorney and planned to sue anyone who claimed that his son Mohammed Emwazi is Jihadi John.

The lawyer said that Emwazi would soon hold a press conference and that he was a "victim of libel".

Two U. S. officials and two U. S. congressional sources had confirmed last week that Jihadi John was Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner. (ANI)


Boko Haram borrows IS' social media strategy, releases beheading video online

Boko Haram

Washington, March 03 - Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, responsible for several horrific attacks in West Africa, has reportedly posted a video purporting to show the beheading of two men who it said were suspected spies.

The six-minute-long video shows two men facing the camera with their arms tied to their backs and another man holding a knife above them, reported the CNN.

As the knife-wielding reaches towards the throat of one of the kneeling men, the clip switches scenes to show the bloody severed heads of the two men placed on their headless bodies.


US says not asked to provide airstrikes by Iraq in offensive against IS to retake Tikrit

US says not asked to provide airstrikes by Iraq

Washington, March 03 - The United States is not providing airstrikes against Islamic State ( IS ) militants in the latest offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Tikrit because the U. S. was not asked for the assistance by Iraq, said a Pentagon spokeswoman.

According to the Washington Times, Pentagon's Navy Cmdr. Elissa Smith said that the battle is Iraq's own that all US airstrikes are conducted in coordination with the Iraqi forces.

The Iraqi forces are backed by Iraqi jets with no involvement of U. S. airstrikes.

The government troops have retaken the two districts of al-Tin, near Tikrit university north-east of the city, and the district of al-Abeid, in the west. (ANI)


Bill Clinton's official portrait contains hidden Monica Lewinsky allusion

Bill Clinton

Washington, Mar. 03 - The artist who painted the official portrait of Bill Clinton currently hanging in the National Portrait Gallery admitted that he slipped in a sly reference to Monica Lewinsky in the picture.

In a recent interview with the Philadelphia Daily News, artist Nelson Shanks said that the shadow on the left side of the portrait was cast by a mannequin in a blue dress, a nod to the president's affair with his 22-year-old intern, ABC News reported.

Shanks, who described Clinton as "the most famous liar of all time," also mentioned that the shadow represents a metaphorical "shadow on the office he held."


Mukesh Ambani named richest Indian for 8th time in row by Forbes

Mukesh Ambani

Washington, March 03 - Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited Mukesh Ambani has retained his position as the richest Indian for the eighth year in a row and ranked 39 in Forbes magazine's annual ranking of global billionaires with a net worth of 21 billion dollars.

Ambani is closely followed by pharmaceuticals business tycoon Dilip Shanghvi who takes the 44th spot on the list with a net worth of 20 billion dollars and Azim Premji at 48th with 19.1 billion dollars.

Indians on the list include Shiv Nadar, 66th with 14.8 billion dollars, Hinduja Brothers, 69th Lakshmi Mittal, 82nd, Kumar Mangalam Birla, 142nd, Uday Kotak 185th, Gautam Adani 208th, Sunil Mittal, 208th and Cyrus Poonawalla 208th.

Anil Ambani is ranked 418th with a net worth of 4 billion dollars. (ANI)


Iraqi forces begin offensive against IS to recapture Tikrit

Iraqi forces begin offensive against IS to recapture Tikrit

Washington, March 02 : Iraqi forces have started an offensive against Islamic State (IS) militants to recapture the northern town of Tikrit in the country.

According to reports, Iraqi forces, attacking the city, are backed with artillery and airstrikes while militants were dislodged from some areas outside the city.

IS militants captured Tikrit that lies some 80 miles north of Baghdad along with the country's second largest city of Mosul, reported Fox News.

The reports of the offensive came hours after the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged tribal fighters to abandon IS. (ANI)


Historian files petition to make Billy the Kid's death date official

Historian files petition to make Billy the Kid's death date official

Washington, Mar 1 - An Arizona historian, who wants to settle questions about whether the infamous outlaw, Billy the Kid, was actually killed in 1881, has filed a petition at a district court in Fort Sumner a to make the death date official.

Historian Robert Stahl believes that Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett shot and killed the notorious bandit, who had escaped from the Lincoln County Jail in New Mexico, in the morning of July 15, 1881, in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, the ABC News reported.

In the 29-page petition , Stahl requests that the state of New Mexico issue a death certificate acknowledging July 15, 1881 as the death date and Garrett as the shooter.


U.S. may launch month-long campaign of airstrikes against IS in Iraq to retake Mosul

U.S. may launch month-long campaign of airstrikes against IS in Iraq to retake M

Washington, March 01 : The United States military is considering launching a month-long campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State militants to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul before inserting ground troops, said officials.

According to Fox News, the on-the-ground fight to retake Mosul will not start until the fall.

U. S. military's Central Command official in February said that the U. S. and Iraq were considering beginning a campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, by April or May.

U. S. officials, talking about the campaign, said that the Iraqi military is far from conducting a successful operation. (ANI)


Pentagon relying on experimental deep web tool to dig out data on Islamic State group

Pentagon relying on experimental deep web tool to dig out data on Islamic State

Washington, Feb 28 : The Pentagon is reportedly relying on an experimental deep web tool to dig out data on Islamic State group and its supporters.

According to the Washington Times, Arati Prabhakar, a physicist and director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), disclosed some information about the tool, known as Memex, while speaking earlier this at a Washington, D. C. conference put on by the New America Foundation .

Prabhakar said Tuesday of a Dallas demonstration of the technology, Military. com that her colleagues working with the law enforcement were taken aback by how rich that data set was.

She said that through this tool, it was possible to see how the ever-expanding IS group was using that infrastructure similarly. (ANI)


Real-life `Notebook` couple dies hand-in-hand after 67-yr-long romance

Real-life `Notebook` couple dies hand-in-hand after 67-yr-long romance

Washington, Feb 28 : A California-based couple, who were married for 67 years, died within hours of one another, lying side by side and holding hands.

Floyd and Violet Hartwig, who got married on Aug. 16, 1947, died at home on Feb. 11 while holding hands, People Magazine reported.

The 90-year-old Floyd died first and the 89-year-old Violet followed five hours later. Their family noticed something was wrong when their synchronized breathing stopped.

Daughter Donna Scharton said the elderly couple wanted to go together and it was meant to be that way."


Oxford Dictionary adds 'Ride-share, ' unboxing' in list

Oxford Dictionary adds 'Ride-share, ' unboxing' in list

Washington, Feb. 28 - Oxford dictionary has added words "Ride-share" and "unboxing" in the new list.

"Ride-share" has been defined as to "participate in an arrangement in which a passenger travels in a private vehicle driven by its owner, for free or for a fee, especially as arranged by means of a website or app," PCWorld reported.

Other additions included bioprinting, defined as as "the use of 3D printing technology with materials that incorporate viable living cells, e. g. to produce tissue for reconstructive surgery."

And unboxing, a favorite past time for Apple enthusiasts especially: "An act or instance of removing a newly purchased product from its packaging and examining its features, typically when filmed and shared on a social media site."


Pak orders citizens to submit fingerprints or lose mobile phone services

Pak orders citizens to submit fingerprints or lose mobile phone services

Washington, Feb 27 - Authorities in Pakistan have reportedly issued an ultimatum to all cell phone users in the country, asking them to either verify their identity by submitting their fingerprints to the government or lose their mobile phone services.

According to Mashable, mobile use in Pakistan has skyrocketed over the past decade, and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority estimates that more than 100 million citizens use cell phones.

The move comes in the aftermath of the Peshawar school massacre in December, where the Taliban killed 132 school children and nine staff members.

Officials say that they hope to prevent similar attacks in the future by ensuring that every SIM card in Pakistan is traceable to an identity and a set of fingerprints, the report added. (ANI)


'China concerned about domestic unrest in Xinjiang, Tibet'

Xi Jinping

Washington : China is likely to remain concerned about potential unrest or terrorist acts in Xinjiang and Tibet regions leading to renewed human rights abuses, a top American offical told lawmakers here on Thursday who expressed concern over massive Chinese military modernisation.

Testifying before a Congressional committee on emerging global threats, James R Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, said though China will continue to pursue an active foreign policy, Chinese leaders will focus primarily on addressing domestic concerns.


'Modi's decisive leadership to bring India, US closer'

Narendra Modi

Washington : Praising the decisive leadership style of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts, a top American spy official today told lawmakers here that India under Modi would work more closely with the US on security, terrorism and economic issues, despite maintaining an independent foreign policy.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decisive leadership style, combined with the 2014 election of an absolute majority in the lower house of Parliament of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will enable more decisive Indian decision making on domestic and foreign policy," James R Clapper, Director of National Intelligence during a Congressional hearing.


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