Misery of illness worse than misery of work

Misery of illness worse than misery of work

Washington D. C, Feb 3 : Brits are more miserable than when they are at work is when they are ill in bed, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics (LSE) analysed more than a million responses uploaded to a smartphone app, called Mappiness, that sporadically asks users questions such as how they are feeling, where they are and what they are doing.

Mappiness users receive a 'ding' on their smartphone at random times of the day, prompting them to complete a short survey, during which they rank their wellbeing using a sliding scale.

The researchers found that British people experience a 7-8 per cent drop in happiness while at work, compared to doing activities outside of work.


Women likelier than men to get irked at boorish behavior

Women likelier than men to get irked at boorish behavior

Washington D. C, Feb 3 : Women may be friendlier than men, but when it comes to irksome behavior, females are the ones more sensitive towards it than their male counterparts, according to a recent study.

The research led by a Michigan State University psychology professor suggests women are more likely than men to get irked at irritating or boorish behavior exhibited by acquaintances, friends or partners.

Researcher Christopher J. Hopwood said that women generally are more sensitive to other people's annoying behavior than men, adding that they're maybe more socially aware, on average, and so perhaps it's easier for them to pick out things that are annoying than men are.


Race for White House: Senator Ted Cruz trumps Donald Trump in Iowa; Hillary Clinton posts razor-thin victory

Race for White House: Senator Ted Cruz trumps Donald Trump in Iowa; Hillary Clin

Washington - In a stunning upset, Senator Ted Cruz beat controversial Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in the crucial Iowa caucuses while Democrat Hillary Clinton eked out a victory over Bernie Sanders as the race for the White House began on Tuesday.

As the results of the Iowa Caucuses poured in throughout the night, 45-year-old Texas Senator Cruz bagged 28 percent of the total votes with a lead of over 6,000 votes against Trump's 24 percent.

With almost all the votes counted, Marco Rubio stood at the third position with 23 per cent.

Among the Democrats, it was razor-thin contest between Clinton and Sanders till the last votes, with the former Secretary of State bagging 50 per cent votes and edging out her rival who secured 49 per cent votes.


WhatsApp crosses billion-user mark

WhatsApp crosses billion-user mark

San Francisco, Feb. 2: Smartphone messaging service WhatsApp which is owned by Facebook, has hit the billion-user mark, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday.

"One billion people now use WhatsApp. There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people. This milestone is an important step towards connecting the entire world," Zuckerberg posted on Facebook.

The ranks of people using WhatsApp have more than doubled since California-based Facebook bought the service for USD19 billion in late 2014.


US elections 2016: Clinton, Cruz claim early leads in Iowa caucuses

US elections 2016: Clinton, Cruz claim early leads in Iowa caucuses

Washington D. C., Feb 2 : Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton claimed early leads in the Iowa caucuses as voters begun meeting in schools, churches and other venues across the state.

Early results showed Cruz, the senator from Texas, holding a small but stable advantage over real estate mogul Donald Trump, The Washington Post reports.

Cruz was winning 28 percent of the vote to Trump's 25 percent, with 62 percent of the precincts reporting.

On the Democratic side, Clinton was leading 51 percent to Senator Bernie Sanders's 49 percent, with 69 percent of the precincts reporting.

Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley had negligible support.


First image from Vin Diesel's next arrives online

First image from Vin Diesel's next arrives online

Los Angeles - Hollywood action star Vin Diesel has shared on his official Facebook page first a couple of pictures from the shooting location of his next action film "XXX: The Return of Xander Cage".

One of the racy photos sees the actor on a motorbike with a bikini-clad girl in front of a green screen, reported Ace Showbiz.

"First day on the sound stage... Xander..," he captioned. The other shows him chilling with the crew on set."The Director, producers and myself sitting in wonder as we take in the artistry of the many craftsmen that have built these amazing sets," he wrote.

"You can tell the first day what level of crew you will be working with and it is clear that XxX has the very best Grateful for the opportunity to make magic."


Sharif to attend NSS summit in US

Sharif to attend NSS summit in US

Washington, Feb. 1: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will represent Pakistan at a nuclear summit in March this year when the outgoing Obama administration would try to reach some understanding with recognised and unrecognised nuclear states to control proliferation.

The Dawn reported that US President Barack Obama will host the fourth and the final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) on April 1 in Washington.

The NSS process has been Obama's flagship initiative since his first term when he underlined security of nuclear materials as a priority of his administration.

The summit meeting will discuss the future of the nuclear security summit process and will determine pathways to secure and build on the achievements of the whole process.


US polls: Trump, Clinton in lead heading into key Iowa caucuses

US polls: Trump, Clinton in lead heading into key Iowa caucuses

Washington : Heading into the crucial Iowa caucuses that will officially kick off the race for the White House tomorrow, controversial Republican presidential aspirant Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have leads over their respective opponents after days of political bickering.

The Iowa caucuses loom tomorrow the first votes after 1,500 candidate rallies, 60,000 TV ads and a nail-biting tightening of the polls here.

The state's voters are poised to play a significant role ever in both parties' nominating contests.


US warship passes through South China Sea to counter 'excessive' claims

US warship passes through South China Sea to counter 'excessive' claims

Washington: A US guided missile destroyer on Saturday sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island in the disputed South China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam "to challenge excessive maritime claims" that restrict freedom of navigation.

The "freedom of navigation operation" was conducted near Triton Island in the South China Sea, rich in natural resources and a major shipping lane. Over half of the world's commercial shipping passes through the Indo-Pacific waterways including one-third of the world's liquefied natural gas.


U.S.: One killed, seven injured in shooting at Denver motorcycle show

U.S.: One killed, seven injured in shooting at Denver motorcycle show

Washington D. C,. Jan. 31 : A person was killed and around seven were left injured after a shooting and a stabbing broke out at a motorcycle show in Denver.

According to CNN, two rival motorcycle clubs were "possibly" involved in the violence at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo.

A video taken after the shooting, showed police talking to groups of men wearing jackets with motorcycle club patches.

About 10,000 people were inside the National Western Complex hall when shots were fired.

One person was fatally shot and three were wounded by gunfire, while one person was stabbed and three other people suffered injuries probably caused in a fight, but not by weapons.

No arrests have been made but people are being questioned. (ANI)


Obama to visit mosque in Baltimore, hold talks with Muslim community

Obama to visit mosque in Baltimore, hold talks with Muslim community

Washington D. C., Jan. 31: The White House announced that U. S. President Barack Obama is set to make his maiden visit during his presidency to an American mosque.

According to the Washington Post, his visit is part of the administration's push to 'promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing'.

The President will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, which is one of the Mid-Atlantic region's largest Muslim centres and describes itself as aspiring "to be the anchor of a growing Muslim community with diverse backgrounds, democratically governed, relating to one another with inclusiveness and tolerance, and interacting with neighbours in an Islamic exemplary manner."


Oscar host Chris Rock opens about being black in America

Oscar host Chris Rock opens about being black in America

Los Angeles: Comedy star Chris Rock is all set to host this year's Oscars that are hit by outrage over the nominees' lack of diversity, but even before it all started he opened up about being a "black" in the US.

The 50-year-old actor said he admires Janay Palmer, the wife of disgraced NFL pro Ray Rice, who was punched unconscious by her husband in a hotel elevator, which probably feels same like being in America with 'the' skin colour, reported People magazine.

"Mrs Ray Rice ? it's not the punch in the face that eats your soul; it's having to defend the person that punched you in the face that eats. Oddly enough, this is what it feels like to be a black man in America," Rock said.


Terrorist safe havens in Pakistan a serious challenge: US

Terrorist safe havens in Pakistan a serious challenge: US

Washington: A top US general has said it is difficult to destroy the "enemy" in Afghanistan if terror groups like the Haqqani network and Taliban have sanctuaries in Pakistan.

"When an enemy enjoys sanctuary like that, it's very difficult to defeat them," General John "Mick" Nicholson, who has been nominated by the Pentagon as Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, during confirmation hearing yesterday.

Nicholson said he views the terrorist safe havens inside Pakistan as a serious problem.


Important to 'enlist' Pakistan for defeating Afghan terrorists: Nicholson

Important to 'enlist' Pakistan for defeating Afghan terrorists: Nicholson

Washington, Jan. 30 : A Senior United States General John William Nicholson, nominated to head US and NATO troops in Pakistan, has said that it is important to 'enlist' Pakistan for defeating terrorists in Afghanistan.

Nicholson said that Pakistan's military operations in Fata were 'critical to defeat insurgency', reports Dawn.

Nicholson acknowledged that Pakistan's ongoing counter terrorism operations in Fata had reduced the militant ability to use Pakistani territory as a safe haven for terrorism and base of support for the insurgency in Afghanistan.

The US General added that he would work to improve the capacity to track and disrupt terrorist financing originating in Afghanistan and Pakistan.(ANI)


Seven email chains sent from Clinton's private server withheld

Seven email chains sent from Clinton's private server withheld

Washington : The US State Department has withheld release of "seven email chains" sent from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's private server, admitting for the first time that her home server contained closely guarded government secrets.

The State Department will be denying in full seven email chains found in 22 documents, representing 37 pages. "These documents were not marked classified at the time that they were sent," the State Department Spokesman John Kirby said.

He added that the department was now investigating whether the information in them was classified at the time it passed through her private email account run on a server in her home.


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