Myanmar handling northern Rakhine, a lesson in how to make 'bad situation worse': UN

Myanmar handling northern Rakhine, a lesson in how to make 'bad situation worse': UN

New York [United States], Dec. 17 : Expressing concern over the situation in Myanmar's northern Rakhine, the top United Nations human rights official warned that the Government's "short-sighted, counterproductive, even callous" approach to the handling of the crisis could have grave long-term repercussions for the country and the region.


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Israelis and Palestinians must 'rebuild trust in each other': Ban Ki-moon

Israelis and Palestinians must 'rebuild trust in each other': Ban Ki-moon

New York [United States], Dec. 17 : Calling on the international community to spare no effort in revive the waning support for the long-sought two-state solution for Middle East peace, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the United Nations Security Council that "ultimately, it is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians to make peace," and called on the two sides to "rebuild trust in each other."


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Pakistan not to accept any changes to Indus Waters Treaty

Pakistan not to accept any changes to Indus Waters Treaty

Washington [United States], Dec. 17 : Pakistan has firmly stated that it will not accept any alterations or changes to the Indus Waters Treaty ( IWT) after India had said that it is ready to engage in further consultations with Islamabad on the matter of resolving current differences over the Kishenganga and Ralte projects under the Indus Water Treaty.


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Aleppo now synonym for hell, we have failed Syria: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

Aleppo now synonym for hell, we have failed Syria: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

New York [United States], Dec. 17 : In his last press conference as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered stark warnings at the forefront of international concern that "the carnage in Syria remains a gaping hole in the global conscience."

" Aleppo is now a synonym for hell," Ban said at UN Headquarters in New York, bidding farewell to the UN press corps.

"We have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen," he added.


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Warned Russia to 'cut it out' over election hacking: Obama

Warned Russia to 'cut it out' over election hacking: Obama

New York [U. S.], Dec. 17 : President Barack Obama on Friday all but named Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's alleged attempts to nose into the US election, adding that he personally warned the latter to "cut it out".

Without putting a direct finger on Putin if he ordered the cyberactivity that the US intelligence allege was meant to bolster Donald Trump, Obama asserted the Russian Government was tightly controlled by the President.


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Researchers discover planet-eating star, similar to Sun

Researchers discover planet-eating star, similar to Sun

WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 16 : In a recent research, a team of scientists from the University of Chicago has made the rare discovery of a planetary system with a host star similar to Earth's sun.

Published in the Astronomy and Astrophysics journal, what's most intriguing about the research is the star's unusual composition, which indicates it ingested some of its planets.


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Despite prevalent usage, LEDs reduce profitability for manufacturers

Despite prevalent usage, LEDs reduce profitability for manufacturers

WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 16 : A recent survey conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports that despite residential and commercial industries widely adopting energy-efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs), the drop in LED prices is driving away manufacturers because of decreased profitability, dramatically dislocating and restructuring the solid-state lighting marketplace.


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Scientists discover safer lithium-ion batteries

Scientists discover safer lithium-ion batteries

WashingtonD.C [US], Dec. 16 : In a recent research, scientists have discovered a safe alternative to the flammable liquid electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries.

In the study published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, researchers have identified nearly two-dozen solid electrolytes that could someday replace the volatile liquids used in smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.

"Electrolytes shuttle lithium ions back and forth between the battery's positive and negative electrodes," said study lead author Austin Sendek.


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When in trouble, horses ask humans for help

When in trouble, horses ask humans for help

Washington D.C. [USA], Dec. 16 : A Japanese researcher team has found when horses face problems that they cannot solve, they use visual and tactile signals -- touching and pushing -- to get human attention and ask for help.

The findings, published in journal of Animal Cognition, suggest that horses alter their communicative behavior based on humans' knowledge of the situation.


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Putin, Abe discuss security ties, disputed islands

Putin, Abe discuss security ties, disputed islands

New York [US], Dec. 16 : Russian President Vladimir Putin in a 90 minute meeting on Thursday night with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed economic and security issues.

Speaking after the initial meeting, Abe said both leaders also discussed their countries' 71-year dispute over the Kuril Islands, to Japan's north, reports the CNN.

Abe said he presented letters to his counterpart from former islanders, in both Japanese and Russian.


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Intel analysis suggests Putin approved U.S. election hack

Intel analysis suggests Putin approved U.S. election hack

New York [USA], Dec. 16 : A U.S. official familiar with the intelligence assessment of the Russia election-related hacking has said that the operation was carried out with sophisticated hacking tools which suggest that Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved in the incident.

The tools were equivalent of those used by the U.S. National Security Agency and a person familiar with the matter said that the use of the advanced tools suggests Putin was involved in the hacks, adding that it was more than a U.S. intelligence assumption at this point, reports the CNN.


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AVX gets 2015 supplier quality excellence award from General Motors

AVX gets 2015 supplier quality excellence award from General Motors

South Carolina, [United States], Dec.15 : AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer and supplier of passive components and interconnect solutions, has received a 2015 Supplier Quality Excellence Award from General Motors.


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Aleppo: US envoy asks Syria and its allies - 'Are you truly incapable of shame?'

Aleppo: US envoy asks Syria and its allies - 'Are you truly incapable of shame?'

New York [USA], Dec. 15 : United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power, in a scathing attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies, has questioned their consciousness over ongoing bloody battle in Aleppo where reports of mass executions by pro-regime forces have surfaced.


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Security Council 'strongest when united,' says Ban Ki-moon as he bids farewell

Security Council 'strongest when united,' says Ban Ki-moon as he bids farewell

New York [United States], Dec. 15 : In its farewell to the outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council acknowledged his contribution to international peace, security and development, in particular his exceptional efforts to solve international problems in economic, social, environmental and cultural fields.

Adopting a resolution by acclamation, the Council also acknowledged his endeavours to meet humanitarian needs and to promote and encourage respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.


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Gambia: UN chief 'dismayed' at military takeover of electoral commission

Gambia: UN chief 'dismayed' at military takeover of electoral commission

New York [United States], Dec. 15 : Expressing dismay at the takeover of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) premises by the military in Gambia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the security forces to immediately vacate the Commission and to refrain from any further acts that could jeopardise efforts towards peaceful transfer of power.


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