Amid soaring LoC tensions, UN calls on India, Pak to find "common ground"

Amid soaring LoC tensions, UN calls on India, Pak to find "common ground"

New York [U.S], Nov. 25 : Following the recent spree of ceasefire violations and cross-border firings between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control, the United Nations has expressed concern and has called for restoration of stability in the region to prevent any further escalation.

A statement attributed to UN chief Ban Ki-moon's spokesman said that the former is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days.


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U.S. to provide USD 39 million assistance for refugees returning to Afghanistan

U.S. to provide USD 39 million assistance for refugees returning to Afghanistan

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 24 : The United States has announced to provide over USD 39 million to meet the extraordinary needs of Afghan refugees returning to Afghanistan. This brings the total U.S. contribution to the Afghan humanitarian response to more than $207 million since the beginning of FY 2016.

Since January, more than 3, 80,000 registered Afghan refugees have returned home.


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'Obama not to sign bill that undermines Iran nuclear deal'

'Obama not to sign bill that undermines Iran nuclear deal'

Washington, Nov 23 : The White House said on Tuesday US President Barack Obama would not sign any bill in his final months in office that would undermine the Iran nuclear deal.

"We certainly are not going to, however, sign a piece of legislation that would undermine the ability of the international community to continue to successfully implement the international agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Xinhua quoted White House spokesman Josh Earnest as saying.


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Facebook working on censorship tool to enter China: Report

Facebook working on censorship tool to enter China: Report

San Francisco, Nov 23 : Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly developing a software tool to surpass censorship and get back into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, media reported.

According to The New York Times, the censorship tool "suppresses users' posts from appearing in the News Feed in designated geographic areas".

Facebook has been banned in China since 2009.

The new feature prevents content from appearing in feeds in China in the first place.


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Trans-Pacific Partnership is in the best interest of U.S., other nations: Kirby

Trans-Pacific Partnership is in the best interest of U.S., other nations: Kirby

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 23 : In the wake of president-elect Donald Trump saying that the U.S. will leave Trans-Pacific Partnership, a spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, John Kirby has said that the Obama administration still believes in the strength of TPP and in the power of trade.

He described the TPP as being in the best interest of the United States and other signatory nations.

"It's not just the United States. It's not just this Administration that believes in the power of the TPP, but so do many others," Kirby said.


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Android users more honest than those glued to iPhone

Android users more honest than those glued to iPhone

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 22 : A recent study has found that people using Android smartphones are more honest and humble as compared to the iPhone users.

The study published this week is the first to find a link between personality and smartphone type.

Four out of five UK adults now have a smartphone with the market split 50/50 between the two rival operating systems.

Smartphones' connection with our personalities is so marked that psychologists say the device has become an extension of ourselves.


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U.S. issues travel alert for Europe after France thwarts ISIS-linked plot

U.S. issues travel alert for Europe after France thwarts ISIS-linked plot

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov.22 : A travel alert has been issued by the U.S. State Department urging its nationals to exercise caution at holiday festivals, events and outdoor markets in Europe in the coming weeks.

This comes in wake of an ISIS-linked plot being thwarted by the French security services day ago.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday that seven people were arrested by the authorities after carrying out anti-terror raids in Strasbourg and Marseilles on Sunday.


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Clinton's popular vote lead surpasses 1.7 million

Clinton's popular vote lead surpasses 1.7 million

Washington, Nov 22 : Hillary Clintons popular vote lead surged above 1.72 million on Sunday night, with millions of votes still to count.

Clinton's lead keeps rising on her strength in California, where her margin stands at 29 percentage points, up from President Obama's 23 percentage points 2012, The New York Times reported.

However, she has failed to close the gap in any of the swing states she lost. Trump's lead in Michigan has dwindled to 11,612 votes.


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First Hindu Congresswoman, a Democrat, meets Trump

First Hindu Congresswoman, a Democrat, meets Trump

New York, Nov 22 : The first Hindu elected to Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, crossed her Democratic party line to meet Republican-elect Donald Trump on Monday to discuss Syria, terrorism and national security matters and warn of the risk of a nuclear confrontation with Russia amid speculation that he may be checking out the war veteran for a position in his administration.


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You can now find nearby Wi-Fi with facebook

You can now find nearby Wi-Fi with facebook

New York, Nov 22 : Social networking giant, Facebook, is rolling out a new feature that lets users to find nearby wireless hotspots for enhanced real-time information sharing, it was reported on Tuesday.

Earlier Facebook used to ask "Pages" to list Wi-Fi locations at their physical addresses and that seems the backbone that the information is built on, the Next Web reported.


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Zuckerberg sells $95 mn in Facebook stock: Report

Zuckerberg sells $95 mn in Facebook stock: Report

New York, Nov 22 : Continuing on his goal to improve the world with his donations, Social networking giant Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sold $95 million in Facebook stock between November 17 and 18, according to regulatory filings.

The sale follows $190 million in Facebook stock sold by the same entities in October and another $190 million sold in September, Forbes reported on Monday adding that Zuckerberg has said that he will not sell or give away more than $1 billion in Facebook stock per year through 2018.


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Donald Trump unveils plan for first 100 days in office

Donald Trump unveils plan for first 100 days in office

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 22 : U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has unveiled plans for his first 100 days in office, promising as a first step to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, cancel environmental restrictions put in place by President Barack Obama, have the Labor Department investigate federal worker visas and impose broad new bans on lobbying by government employees.

The six items that president elect unveiled are to some extent easy to go with as they require only Trump's signature and do not need Congressional approval.


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Symantec acquires Lifelock for $2.3 bn

Symantec acquires Lifelock for $2.3 bn

New York, Nov 21 : Leading cyber security company Symantec Corporation has acquired LifeLock -- a leading provider of identity and fraud protection services -- for $2.3 billion in a deal that is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017.

The acquisition will create the world's largest consumer security business with over $2.3 billion in annual revenue based on last fiscal year revenues for both companies, the company said in a statement on Monday.


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Researchers convert waste carbon dioxide into biofuel

Researchers convert waste carbon dioxide into biofuel

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 21 : Carbon dioxide, the most troublesome greenhouse gas, cannot harm the climate anymore as a recent study uncovers new ways to turn the gas into biofuel.

The article has been published in Applied Catalysis B Environmental journal.

Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today. With the effectuation of the Paris Agreement, there has been a rising interest on carbon capture and utilization (CCU).


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Climate data rescue activities being undertaken in Australia

Climate data rescue activities being undertaken in Australia

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 21 : A new research draws attention to recent data rescue efforts undertaken in Australia to study the climate and climate change, in the southern latitudes.

The article has been published in published in Advances in Atmospheric Science journal.

Long-term weather data is the backbone of almost all research into climate change and variability.

The recovery of historical instrumental data is a well-established practise in the Northern Hemisphere, where observations are available for the past several centuries in many regions.


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