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China reportedly shows off next-gen submarine at PLAN

China reportedly shows off next-gen submarine at PLANWashington, July 6 - China reportedly showed off a mock-up of its next-generation nuclear-powered attack submarine at its submarine academy, People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Qingdao, China.

With this move, speculations are rife about China investing heavily on advanced submarines. According to The Washington Post, the show may just be a means of inspiring students at the academy. However; it also added that the move may also signify PLAN's preparation to bring out its next generation submarines.


Obama voted worst President since World War II

Obama voted worst President since World War IIWashington, July 03 - Thirty-three percent of American voters have voted President Barack Obama as the worst President since the Second World War in a poll. Only eight percent of voters voted Obama as the best in the list that included George W. Bush, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and others.

Released on Wednesday, the poll conducted by Quinnipac University revealed that Bush followed Obama closely as the second-worst at 28 percent. On the other hand, Nixon came third in the list with 13 percent of the votes.


HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarily

HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarilyNew York, July 3 - At least 142 Pakistanis arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June 2014 are being detained and are at risk of deportation, Human Rights Watch said today.

It further said that the Sri Lankan controller general of immigration should not deport members of Pakistani minority groups until the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has had full access to them and determined their need for international protection.


Obama worst US President since World War II: Poll

Obama worst US President since World War II: PollWashington: Barack Obama is the worst US President since World War II, 33 per cent of Americans have said in a new poll released today which gave negative grades for him for his handling of key issues like the economy, foreign policy, terrorism, heatlhcare and environment.

America would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, 45 per cent of voters say, while 38 per cent say the country would be worse off, according to the Quinnipiac University National Poll.


Barack thanks Spike Lee for helping woo Michelle on first date 25yrs ago

Barack thanks Spike Lee for helping woo Michelle on first date 25yrs agoWashington, June 30 : President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have thanked Spike Lee's ' Do the Right Thing ' which they watched on their first date 25 years ago.

During a screening held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the 57-year-old American film director cued up a clip of the 44th and current President of the United States and his wife where they opened up about their first date during which they went to see the groundbreaking and iconic film, People Magazine reported.


Woman charged with arson for setting fire to kill spider in US

Woman charged with arson for setting fire to kill spider in USNew York: A woman who tried to kill a spider by setting some towels on fire in her apartment has been arrested in the US state of Kansas on a charge of aggravated arson.

Ginny M Griffith was arrested on Friday after five Hutchinson Fire Department units were called out to extinguish a small fire in her half of a duplex at 121 West Seventh Avenue.

Although no one was injured, and there was no damage to the structure other than light smoke damage, Griffith was arrested on a charge of aggravated arson because the other half of the duplex also was occupied, authorities said.


New tell-all book claims Hillary Clinton shared trick to get pregnant with Chelsea

New tell-all book claims Hillary Clinton shared trick to get pregnant with ChelseaWashington, June 28 : Hillary Clinton was so keen on becoming a grandmother that she shared tips on how to conceive with her daughter Chelsea, according to a new tell-all book.

Edward Klein has claimed in ' Blood Feud: The Clintons vs the Obamas' that the former First Lady had been urging her daughter to get pregnant and advised her to get away from all the stress she was under to make it happen, Radar Online reported.


Obama seeks authorization for direct military training of Syrian rebels

Obama seeks authorization for direct military training of Syrian rebelsWashington, June 27 - The Obama administration has asked the U. S. Congress to authorize the release of 500 million dollars to allow the U. S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels.

According to the Washington Post, if this amount is sanctioned, it could significantly escalate American involvement in the civil war in Syria.


Experts warn that U.S. drone strikes may create a more unstable and violent world

America Drone StrikeWashington, June 27 - America's drone strike program may create a more unstable and violent world, a group of former military and government officials have said in a report.

According to thw report published in the Verve, these experts have said that the use of relatively low-risk, but increasingly common missile strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could result in an escalation of conflicts and increasing instability as other countries might want to emulate the United States strategy of targeting suspected terrorists even outside official war zones.


US under direct threat from al-qaeda: Report

US under direct threat from al-qaeda: ReportWashington, June 26 : The al Qaeda-linked army is ready to make its Islamic state a launching pad for its next US attack and is invading territory in Iraq and Syria, says a new congressional report.

Four analysts at the Congressional Research Service cited intelligence reports and the words of the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Abu Nakr al-Baghdadi.

Al-Baghdadi threatened US that the US will not benefit from a proxy war in the Levant or Iraq and that they will be in warfare, reports Washington Times.


'Copyright piracy has reached alarming level in China,India'

'Copyright piracy has reached alarming level in China,India'Washington: An influential Congressional caucus in a latest report has expressed concern over alarming level of copyright piracy in four countries China, Russia, Switzerland and India.

It has added India to the 2014 Watch List. The report "2014 International Piracy Watch List," by International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus highlights the high levels of piracy and the lack of legal protections for copyright in China, Russia, Switzerland and India.

"India continues to present a seriously flawed environment for the promotion of copyright and Intellectual Property," the report said.


US negotiating MoU with India on women's issues

US negotiating MoU with India on women's issuesWashington: The US is in the process of negotiating a memorandum of understanding with India on women's issues, a top Obama Administration official has informed lawmakers, saying they are "horrified" at the recent incidents of gang-rape and murder of two girls in UP.

"We are in the process of negotiating an MoU with the Indian government on women's issues and I think that we're fairly optimistic going forward," Ambassador At Large For Global Women's Issues, Catherine M Russell, said yesterday.


US appeals court: Utah can't ban gay marriage

US appeals court: Utah can't ban gay marriageDenver - A US appeals court today ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel in Denver found it "wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of the love and commitment between same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples."


Boko Haram abducts 60 more females, 31 boys in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram abducts 60 more females, 31 boys in Northeast NigeriaWashington, June 24 : The Islamist terror group Boko Haram has reportedly abducted 60 girls and women along with 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria.

While security forces have denied reports of kidnapping, a local anti-Boko Haram group member said that the abductions took place on Saturday in an attack in which four villagers were killed, ABC News reported.

The Islamist group, earlier, abducted more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April.

Their abduction triggered international outrage, with people protesting and urging governments across the globe to help rescue the girls.


Investigators eye pilots' actions in Asiana crash

Washington - Nearly a year after Asiana Flight 214 crashed while landing in San Francisco, the National Transportation Safety Board is meeting to determine what went wrong, who's to blame and how to prevent future accidents.

Among the issues raised by the crash of the South Korean airliner are some that long have concerned aviation officials, including hesitancy by some pilots to abort a landing when things go awry or to challenge a captain's actions.

Other issues include an over-reliance on automated controls that perform functions like maintaining airspeed, and the growing complexity of automated systems, which can confuse pilots.


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