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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)


New 'smart bullets' can self steer to hit moving targets

New 'smart bullets' can self steer to hit moving targets

Washington, Apr. 29 - New smart bullets have recently been developed that can adjust and self-steer its path in mid-air to hit a moving target.

DARPA stated that the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system seeks to improve sniper's efficiency and improve troop safety by allowing greater shooter standoff range and reduction in target engagement timelines, the Verge reported.

The tech would help snipers quickly identify targets in hostile and remote locations, where high winds and dusty terrain would otherwise send rounds off course. (ANI)


Hezbollah suspects placed on special US terror list

Hezbollah suspects placed on special US terror list

Washington : Three Hezbollah suspects -- two of whom are accused in a deadly 2012 bombing targeting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria -- have been placed on a special US terror watch list, Washington announced today.

The State Department named Meliad Farah, Hassan el-Hajj Hassan and Hussein Atris as "specially designated global terrorists."

The terror designation makes it illegal for US citizens to engage in any transactions with the three men, and freezes any property they might possess within the United States.

All three men are Lebanese by birth, but Farah was identified as an Australian national, while Hassan el-Hajj Hassan is Canadian.


Custody death victim's family condemns violence in Baltimore as city engulfed in looting, fires

Custody death victim's family condemns violence in Baltimore as city engulfed in

Washington, Apr. 28 - The family of Freddie Gray in Baltimore has condemned the violence that spread across the city after his funeral following his death in police custody a week ago.

According to CNN, Gray's mother said that she wanted people to demand justice for her son but violence was not the way towards it.

Gray's twin sister also denounced the violence calling it "wrong".

Fifteen Baltimore city police officers were injured as protesters clashed with the police , which resulted in chaos and violence.

According to reports, riots have ensued in the city. A city-wide curfew has been put in place by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake effective for a week, in order to restore order.

The Mayor has also called in the National Guard to address the problem. (ANI)


Obama reportedly authorized more flexibility to conduct drone strikes in Pak than other countries

Obama reportedly authorized more flexibility to conduct drone strikes in Pak tha

Washington, Apr 27 : US President Barack Obama has reportedly given the CIA more flexibility to carry out drone strikes in Pakistan against terror suspects than any other country after approving more restrictive rules in 2013.

According to Fox News, Obama reportedly approved a waiver that exempted the CIA from proving that militants targeted in Pakistan posed an imminent threat to the US.

The CIA conducts drone strikes in Pakistan as well as in Yemen, where it works alongside the military.

According to reports, the CIA's Pakistan drone strike program was initially exempted from the "imminent threat" requirement until the end of US and NATO combat operations in Afghanistan. (ANI)


Obama's popularity equivalent to Ronald Reagan's, say analysts

Obama's popularity equivalent to Ronald Reagan's, say analysts

Washington, Apr 27 : US President Barack Obama has reached the popularity level of the former President Ronald Reagan , according to analysts, as Obama's job approval rating stands at 46.4 percent, his highest mark in nearly two years.

According to Washington Times, analysts said that Obama's bounce can be attributed to the fact that he is fading into the political background as the next presidential race kicks into high gear.

Obama is way above George Bush's job approval ratings, that sunk to 35 percent during his 25th quarter in office.

Obama trails President Clinton, who held 64 percent approval ratings at this point in his term.


FBI investigating possible IS terror threat in US

FBI investigating possible IS terror threat in US

Washington, Apr 27 : The FBI is investigating a possible terrorist threat by Islamic State in the United States, said law enforcement officials.

According to CNN, the investigation originated from intercepted chatter and other intelligence information that led officials to believe a possible plot could be in the works.

However, it is not yet clear whether the threat is real and no arrests have been made so far.

The exact nature of the threat is also not clear yet.

One official said that the threat is focused on parts of California where security has been stepped up. (ANI)


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