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U.S. condemns terrorist attack in Jordan

U.S. condemns terrorist attack in Jordan

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 19 : The United States has condemned the terrorist attack in Jordan's Karak city that killed at least 10 people and said that it stands in solidarity with the Government of Jordan, its security forces, and the Jordanian people.

Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, John Kirby said, "We offer our deepest condolences to all the victims and their families, and recognize the bravery of the Jordanian security personnel who died protecting their fellow citizens. We extend our hope for a full and speedy recovery to all the wounded."


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U.S. ups reward for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to USD 25 million

U.S. ups reward for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to USD 25 million

New York [USA], Dec. 18 : The United States has offered USD 25 million for information leading to the capture of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Department of State released a statement on Friday announcing the USD 25 million dollar reward for the self proclaimed caliph of the ISIS - more than doubling the reward announced previously, reports the CNN.


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China to return seized US underwater drone

China to return seized US underwater drone

New York [USA], Dec 18 : The Chinese Defense Ministry has said that it has decided to return a United States underwater drone it seized in international waters, saying Washington "hyped up" the issue.

Beijing's statement came on Saturday soon after President-elect Donald Trump weighed in on the matter, calling China's action "unprecedented."

"China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act," tweeted Trump.


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Aleppo now synonym for hell, we have failed Syria: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

Aleppo now synonym for hell, we have failed Syria: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

New York [United States], Dec. 17 : In his last press conference as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered stark warnings at the forefront of international concern that "the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience."

" Aleppo is now a synonym for hell," Ban said at UN Headquarters in New York, bidding farewell to the UN press corps.

"We have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen," he added.


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Warned Russia to 'cut it out' over election hacking: Obama

Warned Russia to 'cut it out' over election hacking: Obama

New York [U. S.], Dec. 17 : President Barack Obama on Friday all but named Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's alleged attempts to nose into the US election, adding that he personally warned the latter to "cut it out".

Without putting a direct finger on Putin if he ordered the cyberactivity that the US intelligence allege was meant to bolster Donald Trump, Obama asserted the Russian Government was tightly controlled by the President.


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UN pays tribute to Ban Ki-moon's 'never-tiring service to humanity'

UN pays tribute to Ban Ki-moon's 'never-tiring service to humanity'

New York [United States], Dec. 13 : The General Assembly paid a tribute to outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his "never-tiring service to humanity" over the past decade, while also swearing in his successor Antonio Guterres, who will assume his duties on January 1, 2017.


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U.S. condemns church bombing in Egypt

U.S. condemns church bombing in Egypt

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 12 : The United States has condemned the terrorist attack on Christian worshippers outside St Mark's Cathedral in Cairo that has killed more than 25 people and injured dozens more in the strongest possible terms.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call to his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.


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U.S.-Afghan policy must be secure from Pakistan's efforts to destabilize Kabul: Georgetown Varsity expert

U.S.-Afghan policy must be secure from Pakistan's efforts to destabilize Kabul: Georgetown Varsity expert

Washington D C [United States], Dec. 11 : Reflecting on the myriad policy challenges in South Asia, C. Christine Fair, Associate Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, has opined that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump would need to deepen its relations with Iran to ensure that U. S.-Afghan policy is secure from Pakistan's efforts to destabilise Kabul.


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US, India share belief that Pakistan is a problem for both: Georgetown University expert

US, India share belief that Pakistan is a problem for both: Georgetown University expert

Washington D C [United States], Dec. 10 : A leading American expert on security affairs Dr Christine Fair, Associate Professor at the Georgetown University has said that India and the United States have a shared belief that Pakistan is a problem for both.

In an article for the warontherocks. com web site, Fair opines that one of the key motivations for India - U. S. rapprochement is a shared belief that Pakistan is a problem for both India and the United States, even if they have long disagreed about how best to manage this problem.


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Unplanned events are more fun than scheduled ones: Study

Unplanned events are more fun than scheduled ones: Study

Washington D.C [US], Dec. 9 : A recent research has shown that planning events make them seem like work, thereby making them less fun.

In a series of studies published in the journal of Marketing Research, experts found that scheduling a leisure activity like seeing a movie or taking a coffee break led people to anticipate less enjoyment and actually enjoy the event less than if the same activities were unplanned.


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Trump says Air Force One aircraft too expensive

Trump says Air Force One aircraft too expensive

Washington, Dec 7 : US President-elect Donald Trump urged the government to cancel Boeing's new Air Force One plane in a Twitter post, saying it was too expensive.

"Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion," he tweeted.

"Cancel order!" he urged.

However, the $4-billion price tag Trump claimed for the cost of the new aircraft could not be immediately confirmed. So far there are no comments from both Boeing and the Pentagon.


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Narcissistic individuals use social media for self-promotion

Narcissistic individuals use social media for self-promotion

Washington D. C. [USA], Dec. 2 : A new statistical review of 62 studies with over 13,000 individuals has found that narcissism has a modest but reliable positive relationship with a range of social media behaviors.

The article has been published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture journal.

The largest effects were with the number of friends/followers narcissists had and frequency of status updates, followed by selfie postings, according to University of Georgia psychology researchers.


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Author Anne Rice dreams of TV adaptation of 'Vampire Chronicles'

Author Anne Rice dreams of TV adaptation of 'Vampire Chronicles'

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov.28 : Novelist Anne Rice is working on her next work of art and to every fan's excitement. It is the TV adaptation of her 'The Vampire Chronicles.'

In a Facebook post recently, the creator of 'The Vampire Chronicles' said that she has regained theatrical rights to the seminal series of novels that single-handledly redefined the vampire genre in the 1970s and 80s, and is now beginning work on a proposed television series adaptation, reports Deadline.


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US Black Friday online sales total $3.34 billion

US Black Friday online sales total $3.34 billion

San Francisco, Nov 27 : A digital marketing research group has recorded online sales at a record high of $3.34 billion during the Black Friday shopping spree in the United States.

Xinhua news agency on Saturday quoted Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) as saying that the total represented a 21.6 per cent increase from the same day of last year and $290 million above the predicted $3.05 billion sales for the traditional shopping day after Thanksgiving holiday.


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Protest breaks out on Black Friday in Chicago

Protest breaks out on Black Friday in Chicago

Chicago, Nov 26 : More than a hundred people took to the streets in central Chicago on Friday for the second year in a row, blocking entrance to Nike store on the iconic North Michigan Avenue to raise awareness about police misconduct towards minority groups.

Holding slogans like 'Boycott Black Friday' and 'Black Lives Matter', protesters lined up in front of the Nike store in an attempt to stop people from entering, while police officers formed another line separating protesters from the store's main gate and let customers through, Xinhua news agency reported.


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