Bangladesh blogger seeks US help as threats escalate

Bangladesh blogger seeks US help as threats escalate

Washington: When Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls.

He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a militant website urged followers to "send this Ashif to Allah."

But Bangladeshi authorities told him they couldn't protect him, saying he'd need the kind of security usually reserved for the prime minister to keep him safe. Instead, they told him to take care of himself, and write something good about Islam and the government.


Obama recalls Osama's raid, says wanted to strike hideout before May 2

Obama recalls Osama's raid, says wanted to strike hideout before May 2

Washington, May 3 : U. S. President Barack Obama has said that he wanted to send Navy SEALs into Pakistan to strike at Osama bin Laden but waited until all members of his team had a chance to have their say.

President Obama and key members of his inner circle spoke to CNN's Peter Bergen about the raid that killed the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the fifth anniversary of the May 2, 2011 raid.

"On decisions like this, you're leaning in a certain direction. I had been inclined to take the shot fairly early on in the discussions. But you hold back the decision until you have to make it. And in the end, what I had very much appreciated was the degree to which we had an honest debate," Obama said.


Sighed with relief only after Bin Laden's body reached Afghanistan: Obama

Sighed with relief only after Bin Laden's body reached Afghanistan: Obama

Washington D. C., May. 3 : Speaking candidly about the severity of the risks involved in the operation to take out 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, United States President Barack Obama said that it was only after the terrorist's dead body landed on Afghan soil safely did the celebrations begin and states that it was a 'uniquely complicated' operation with high stakes.

Speaking exclusively to CNN on the fifth anniversary of bin Laden's death, Obama said that his advisors had raised the issue of the major risks involved in the top secret operation but added that he didn't consider aborting the mission, even when it started with a downed helicopter.


Pakistan knew about Osama Bin Laden's hideout: Hillary Clinton

Pakistan knew about Osama Bin Laden's hideout: Hillary Clinton

Washington D. C, May. 3 : Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made strong claims that senior officials in Islamabad knew about the hideout location of former Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, asserting that it was too much of a coincidence that the 'unusual-looking house' where the wanted terrorist was hiding, was surrounded by retired military professionals.

In an exclusive interview to CNN, Clinton stated that she believes that senior Pakistanis knew Bin Laden was hiding there.

"It was just too much of a coincidence that that house, that unusual-looking house would be built in that community near the military academy, surrounded by retired military professionals, even though, we couldn't prove it, " she said.


1 yr-old Princess Charlotte resembles brother George

1 yr-old Princess Charlotte resembles brother George

Washington, D. C., May 2 : Kate Middleton and Prince William's second and youngest child Princess Charlotte turns 1 today and Kensington Palace marks the big day by releasing her four new adorable pictures.

The first picture shows Charlotte dressed in a beautiful blue floral dress and cream rose-printed cardigan, paired with a blue ribbon, while holding onto the edge of a chair. Another snap depicts her sitting in a smaller chair, wearing the same outfit, E! Online reports.

Another one shows the little girl wearing an identical dress in pastel pink, paired with a white collared pink cardigan and a pink ribbon in her hair while in the fourth shot she is seen wearing the same outfit while playing indoors with David Ellwand's children's picture book 'The Wheels on the Bus'.


CIA director defends 9/11 report of possible Saudi link

CIA director defends 9/11 report of possible Saudi link

Washington, May 2 : CIA Director John Brennan has defended the classification of secret 9/11 congressional documents on the premise that their investigative findings were preliminary and not deemed to be accurate.

At the 'Meet the Press' last month, he said that the congressional findings weren't finalized and in the months after the attacks, just teed up issues were thoroughly investigated and reviewed by the 9/11 Commission.

That panel "came out with a very clear judgment that there was no evidence that indicated that the Saudi government as an institution, or Saudi officials individually, had provided financial support to al Qaeda," New York Post quoted Brennan as saying.


Uber to pay USD 2,25,000 as settlement in lawsuit

Uber to pay USD 2,25,000 as settlement in lawsuit

New York, May 1 : American multinational online transportation network company Uber has agreed to pay USD 2,25,000 over three years to the National Federation of the Blind to settle a lawsuit alleging discrimination against blind riders.

The settlement also requires Uber to notify drivers that they must provide transport to customers with service animals (a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability), the Verge quoted the company as saying in a statement.

The National Federation of the Blind will also have to take the blind customers to test rides to ensure the settlement is being followed.


This Mothers' Day order flowers for your mom using Amazon's Echo

This Mothers' Day order flowers for your mom using Amazon's Echo

New York, May 1 : With a week left for Mothers' Day, you still must be wondering what to gift your mom this year. Well, the American electronic commerce and cloud computing company Amazon. com's Amazon Echo (the wireless speaker and voice command device) has now unveiled its ability to order flowers from floral and gourmet foods gift retailer, 1-800-Flowers.

Amazon offers its own flower delivery service, but it's not clear why Alexa is working with 1-800-Flowers instead of that, the Verge reports.

Amazon had recently announced that its voice command device would also add events to the Google calendar by voice.

Amazon Echo also supports Swedish commercial music streaming, podcast and video service Spotify.


F-16s 'right platform' for Pak's counter-terrorism efforts: US

F-16s 'right platform' for Pak's counter-terrorism efforts: US

Washington, May 1 : A day after Congress suspended US funding for the F-16s deal with Pakistan, the State Department acknowledged that Islamabad needs those for its anti-terrorism activities.

"Well, you know where we come down on that. We believe the F-16s - I mean, we believe they're the right platform to support Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts, and have been a part of the successful pushback, if you will, or in past operations against some of the militant groups that are active in Pakistan," US department's deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a press briefing.

Toner said Washington recognizes Pakistan's effort in trying to fight against the terror groups that threaten all Pakistanis.


US wants Pakistan to have dialogue with neighbours

US wants Pakistan to have dialogue with neighbours

Washington: The United States wants Pakistan to have dialogue with its neighbours to resolve differences, a top State Department official has said underlining that the country's ties in the region have seen "some ups and downs".

"We do believe, frankly, that Pakistan's relations with its neighbours and with the region ? frankly, there's been some ups and downs, but we believe it's trending towards greater dialogue to resolve differences. We want to see that continue," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said.

Responding to a question on the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, Toner said in these arms transfers, the US takes into account regional security and "a range of other factors."


John Kerry calls Bangladesh PM, seeks probe into USAID worker killing

John Kerry calls Bangladesh PM, seeks probe into USAID worker killing

Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry called Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and asked her to ensure a thorough investigation into the recent killing of a USAID worker, his spokesman said on Friday.

"Kerry called Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina on April 28 to offer US support for the investigation into the attack that killed human rights advocate and US Embassy employee Xulhas Mannan, along with Tonmoi Mahbub, earlier this week," the State Department said.

Kerry also condemned other incidents in a recent spate of violence.


Facebook reports surge in revenue from ads

Facebook reports surge in revenue from ads

California, Apr. 29 : Social networking giant Facebook has announced an increase of 15 per cent in active users and as a result surge in advertising revenues as well by 57 per cent.

"We had a great start to the year. We are focused on our 10-year roadmap to give everyone in the world the power to share anything they want with anyone," said founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Last month, the site announced that it would be letting people order things within its chat services. People can head to the Messenger app and chat to their favourite flower or pizza company, the independent reports.


PM Modi invited to address joint session of US Congress on June 8

PM Modi invited to address joint session of US Congress on June 8

Washington, Apr. 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by US House of Representatives speaker Paul Ryan to address a joint meeting of Congress on June 8.

"The friendship between the United States and India is a pillar of stability in an important region of the world," Ryan told the mediapersons during his weekly press conference.

"This address presents a special opportunity to hear from the elected leader of the world's most populous democracy on how our two nations can work together to promote our shared values and to increase prosperity. We look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to the US Capitol on June 8," he added.


Now Google Calendar to 'Find Time' for your office meetings

Now Google Calendar to 'Find Time' for your office meetings

California, Apr. 28 : With Google's free online calendar, it is easy to keep track of life's important events all in one place. But what if the Google Calendar also fixes time for your office meetings.

Yes, the American tech giant has announced a new feature, 'Find a Time', which examines the schedules and suggests times when everyone is free for meetings and get-togethers.

The Android app would examine the schedules of everyone you want to attend an office meeting and pick out a window where everyone's free, the Verge reports.

Google Calendar is a time-management web application and mobile app created by Google. It became available on April 13, 2006, and exited the beta stage in July 2009. Users are required to have a Google Account in order to use the app. (ANI)


`Low-fat, melt-in-your-mouth` chocolate comes closer to reality

`Low-fat, melt-in-your-mouth` chocolate comes closer to reality

Washington D. C, Apr 28 : Chocoholics and chocolate lovers rejoice! A team of researchers has brought the tasty version of "guilt-free" chocolate a step closer to us.

Reducing the fat content of chocolate can make it harder and less likely to melt in your mouth. But now, the team has shed light on how adding limonene could improve lower-fat versions' texture and ability to melt.

Flavor and sweetness make strong contributions to the pleasant experience of eating chocolate, but so do look and feel. Reducing the fat in chocolate, however, often ruins its texture and viscosity.


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