Trump family ups measures to resolve potential controversies; to dissolve charitable foundation

Trump family ups measures to resolve potential controversies; to dissolve charitable foundation

Washington [USA], Dec. 25 (ANI): Donald Trump and his family are speeding up efforts to resolve potential controversies - as the U.S. President-elect announced that he will shut down his charitable foundation, a response to repeated controversies over how it collected and disbursed funds.

In a statement on Saturday, Trump offered no timeline as to when his foundation would close down, but said he had directed his attorney to take the needed steps, reports the Washington Post.


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U.S. approves sale of night vision equipment to Pakistan: Media report

U.S. approves sale of night vision equipment to Pakistan: Media report

Washington [USA], Dec. 24 : According to Pakistani media reports, the U. S. Department of Defence has awarded a USD 284.6 million contract to Lockheed Martin to produce infrared target sight systems for the U. S. Navy and Pakistan.

The Pentagon announced on Friday that the system will be used for the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopters, which has proved very effective in combat against militants, particularly in difficult terrain, reports the Dawn.

The AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter is used by US Marine Corps Expeditionary Force.


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Trump receives Christmas wishes in a letter from Putin

Trump receives Christmas wishes in a letter from Putin

New York [USA], Dec. 24 : U. S. President-elect Donald Trump has shared a letter he received from Russian President Vladimir Putin to wish him "warmest Christmas and New Year greetings."

The letter also urged the next president "to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation".

"A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct. I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts, and we do not have to travel an alternate path," CNN quoted Trump as saying in a statement.


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Good news! Scientists identify new approach to recycle greenhouse gas

Good news! Scientists identify new approach to recycle greenhouse gas

Washington D. C. [USA], Dec. 24 : A team of researchers has discovered a key enzyme effective to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO) that can be adapted for commercial applications like biofuel synthesis.

The study was published online in journal of Nature Chemical Biology.

Researchers found that they could successfully express the reductase component of the nitrogenase enzyme alone in the bacterium Azotobacter vinelandii and directly use this bacterium to convert CO2 to CO.


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Israeli PM says will not abide by UN resolution

Israeli PM says will not abide by UN resolution

New York [USA], Dec. 24 : Expressing anguish at the recently passed UN resolution demanding the halt of settlement activity by Israel on occupied Palestinian territory, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the resolution shameful and anti-Israel.

He also said that Israel will not abide by the resolution.

The UN resolution was adopted Friday with 14 votes after the United States abstained from voting.


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Saddam Hussein's daughter praises Trump's 'political sensibility'

Saddam Hussein's daughter praises Trump's 'political sensibility'

New York [USA], Dec. 23 : Raghad, the daughter of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has said that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has a 'high level of political sensibility' and hopes that he will be different from his predecessors.

Raghad, who blames the United States for the chaos in Iraq, said in an interview to CNN, "This man (Donald Trump) has just arrived to the leadership ... But from what is apparent, this man has a high level of political sensibility that is vastly different than the one who preceded him.


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Trump names Kellyanne Conway as his Counsellor

Trump names Kellyanne Conway as his Counsellor

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 23 : President-elect Donald Trump has announced his selection of Kellyanne Conway to serve as Counselor to the President.

Conway has been serving as a senior member of the President-elect's transition team and previously served as the campaign manager of his successful run for the presidency.

In her position, Conway will continue her role as a close advisor to the president and will work with senior leadership to effectively message and execute the Administration's legislative priorities and actions.


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Trump calls for expansion of U.S. nuke arsenal

Trump calls for expansion of U.S. nuke arsenal

New York [USA] Dec. 23 : U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has called for strengthening and expansion of American nuclear capability.

"The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nuke," Trump tweeted on Thursday.

The President-elect's remarks has sparked fears about a new global nuclear arms race and came hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to enhance his country's nuclear forces, reports the CNN.


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Cyber security firm claims finding evidence against Russian hack

Cyber security firm claims finding evidence against Russian hack

Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 22 : Cyber security firm CrowdStrike has found a strong evidence of Russia's military intelligence arm links with the group that was behind the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hack.

DNC had hired CrowdStrike to investigate the hack and the firm linked malware used to hack and track an Android phone app used by the Ukrainian army in its battle against pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine from late 2014 through 2016 with the malware used in the DNC intrusion.


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Berlin attack: USD 104k award announced on Tunisian suspect

Berlin attack: USD 104k award announced on Tunisian suspect

New York [USA], Dec. 22 : The German Police has offered a reward of up to 1,00,000 euros ( about USD 104,000) for information about the whereabouts of a 24-year-old Tunisia native in connection with the Christmas market attack in Berlin.

Anis Amri is being sought in Monday's truck attack, which left 12 people dead and 48 injured at Breitsheidplatz, reports CNN.

According to the German authorities Amri may be "violent and armed" and had been in contact with radical Islamist groups.


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Russia tests anti-satellite weapon: Report

Russia tests anti-satellite weapon: Report

New York [USA], Dec. 22 : Russia has reportedly tested an anti-satellite weapon, according to U.S. sources with knowledge of the test.

According to the source, the U.S. tracked the weapon and it did not create debris, indicating it did not destroy a target, reports the CNN.

The Russian test could be seen as a provocative demonstration of Moscow's capability in space.

Russia has also demonstrated the ability to launch anti-satellite weapons in the past, including its Nudol missile.


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Berlin attack: Massive manhunt underway for truck's driver

Berlin attack: Massive manhunt underway for truck's driver

New York [U.S.], Dec. 21 : A massive manhunt has been launched for the person who was driving the truck which ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people dead and leaving 48 injured.

Meanwhile, authorities released a Pakistani asylum seeker who was arrested shortly after the attack, saying they did not have enough evidence to hold him.


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Black men more likely to be killed by police use of force: U.S Study

Black men more likely to be killed by police use of force: U.S Study

New York [U.S.], Dec. 21 : A new study has revealed the disturbing data on how much of a racial disparity there may be in police use of force, lack men are nearly three times as likely to be killed by legal intervention than white men.

According to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health on Tuesday, American Indians or Alaska Natives also are nearly three times as likely and Hispanic men are nearly twice as likely, the study suggests, CNN reports.


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Hurdle for Trump, Obama takes new action to ban Arctic drilling

Hurdle for Trump, Obama takes new action to ban Arctic drilling

New York [U.S.], Dec. 21 : Relying on a 63-year-old law to make his move, which will prevent future leasing of certain offshore areas for oil rights, U.S. President President Barack Obama took new action barring offshore drilling in areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans indefinitely, which is bound to be a stumbling block for his successor Donald Trump.

Trump, who has promised a policy allowing more US energy production, would face legal challenges if he attempted to reverse Obama's order.


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Berlin attack: ISIS claims it inspired deadly truck assault at market

Berlin attack: ISIS claims it inspired deadly truck assault at market

New York [U.S.], Dec. 21 : After releasing a suspect, the German authorities have intensified their manhunt for the culprit who plowed a tractor-trailer truck into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market leaving 12 dead and 48 injured, even as ISIS claimed that it inspired the attack.

CNN reports that the police said they didn't have enough evidence to hold the Pakistani national they'd earlier described as a suspect in the Monday night truck assault.


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