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Meet the man who found woman with same name as ex for free world trip

Meet the man who found woman with same name as ex for free world tripNew York, Dec 18 - A man who had earlier made headlines for offering a free around-the-world air ticket to a woman with the same name as his former girlfriend has finally found his match.

Jordan Axani and his then- girlfriend Elizabeth Gallagher had booked heavily discounted around-the- world air tickets in May, but their relationship ended and he didn't want her ticket to go to waste, the New York Post reported.

The ticket had a strict no-transfer policy, but since passport information was not required when booking, any Canadian named Elizabeth Gallagher would have been able to use it.


PETA ropes in celebs for horse carriage ban ad campaign

PETA ropes in celebs for horse carriage ban ad campaignNew York, Dec 15 - PETA's latest ads to support Mayor de Blasio's proposed horse-carriage ban will feature Tim Gunn, Anjelica Huston, Edie Falco and Russell Simmons.

The organization said that the ads feature a horse that died on the street in 2011, with a photo of one of the celebs and a quote, the New York Post reported.

Fashion consultant Gunn said that carriage drivers have been filmed spewing racist, sexist and homophobic taunts at anyone who dares express concern for the unfortunate horses. (ANI)


Bank of America to pay 1M dollars to Florida couple over badgering robocalls

Bank of America to pay 1M dollars to Florida couple over badgering robocallsNew York, Dec 13 : A Florida couple, who sued Bank of America for harassing them with more than 700 collection calls, have won 1 million dollars in compensation.

According to New York Post, the couple, Nelson and Joyce Coniglio, said the bank badgered them after they had fallen behind on their house payments.

The couple reportedly sued the bank under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and was awarded a little over 1 million dollars by a federal judge in Tampa.

Nelson said that the bank treated them very badly and there was no two ways about it. (ANI)


New York tops 'most livable city' list for under-35s

New York tops 'most livable city' list for under-35sNew York, Dec 10 - A new survey has revealed that New York is the most livable city for people under 35.

The "Livability Index" by Vocativ took into account "lifestyle factors" such as the number of singles, racial diversity, LGBTQ-friendliness, cost of Wi-Fi, walkability, availability of takeout food and price of marijuana the New York Post reported.


2014 most brutal year for children: Unicef

2014 most brutal year for children: UnicefNew York, Dec 9 : The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today that 2014 has been "devastating" for some 15 million children caught up in violent conflicts around the world

According to a UN News Centre report, as many as 15 million children are caught up in violent conflicts in the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and in the Occupied Palestinian territories - including those displaced in their own countries or living as refugees outside their homeland.

"This has been a devastating year for millions of children," said Anthony Lake, Unicef Executive Director, in a press release issued by his organization.


Snowden reveals how NSA hacks mobile networks across world

Snowden reveals how NSA hacks mobile networks across worldNew York, Dec 08 - United States whistleblower Edward Snowden has provided documents to The Intercept that reveal how the National Security Agency (NSA) hacks mobile networks across the globe.

The NSA has spied on hundreds of companies globally including those that are close allies of the U. S., reported First Look Media.

The documents also reveal how the NSA plans to introduce new flaws secretly into communication systems in order to tap them into a controversial tactic which experts claim could be exposing the public to criminal hackers.


Steve Wozniak busts Apple garage being birthplace myth

Steve Wozniak busts Apple garage being birthplace mythNew York, Dec 8 - Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has revealed that the legend about the birthplace of the Apple I and Apple II computers is a myth.

According to New York Post, speaking to Businessweek's Brandon Lisy, Wozniak said the idea that Apple was started in Apple founder Steve Jobs' parents garage in Los Altos, California, was a bit of a myth.

The computer pioneer said that there were no designs created, no breadboarding, no prototyping, nor any planning of products in the garage.

He said that no manufacturing was done in the garage and that it did not serve much purpose, except making them feel like they were home. (ANI)


Here's Hillary Clinton's diva demands for speaking at gigs

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculationNew York, Nov 29 - Hillary Clinton is now asking for "hefty fees" and insists on a long list of " diva demands" for her speaking arrangements, it has been reported.

According to documents obtained by the Washington Post, when UCLA leaders asked her to speak, and requested a discounted price, they were stunned to find that her "special university rate" was 300,000 dollars, the New York Post reported.

Guy Wheatley, a UCLA development official, wrote in an email that the amount was 50k dollars more that her husband, Bill Clinton.


IS collected 45 mln dollars in ransom last year

IS collected 45 mln dollars in ransom last yearNew York, Nov 26 : The Islamic State ( IS) has received up to 35 to 45 million dollars in ransom last year, a United Nations expert monitoring sanctions against Al Qaeda said.

While addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee on Monday, Yotsna Lalji said that about 120 million dollars were received by terror groups as ransom payments between 2004 and 2012, reported New York Post.


Obama to allow more expansive role for U.S. army in Afghanistan post 2015 pullout

Barack ObamaNew York, Nov 22 : United States President Barack Obama has decided to authorize a more expansive role of the U. S. army in Afghanistan in 2015 as opposed to the original plans.

According to the New York Times, U. S. troops would have a direct role in battling in the war torn country for at least one year.

According to several administrations, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the President's decision, Obama's orders would allow the American forces to carry operations against the Taliban and other militants groups that threaten the U. S. or the Afghan government.


An intercepted call led to probe against pro-Pak US diplomat

An intercepted call led to probe against pro-Pak US diplomatNew York - A former State Department official, known for her strong pro-Pakistan leanings, was placed under a probe for espionage after US authorities intercepted a call this year in which a Pakistani official said that his government was receiving American secrets from a US diplomat, a media report here said.

Robin Raphel, 67, considered one of the leading American experts on Pakistan, was placed under federal counter intelligence investigation earlier this month.


Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourism

Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourismNew York - A rule change allowing Chinese visitors to return to the US multiple times over a 10-year period is being hailed as a boon to American tourism, with the federal government predicting the economic impact could be USD 85 billion by
2021.

Chinese visitors are already familiar faces in major US destinations such as New York City, San Francisco and Las Vegas, but other parts of the country could also see a boost.


Meet the world's 'oldest couple' with combined age of 217

Meet the world's 'oldest couple' with combined age of 217New York, Nov 19 : A Chinese pair with combined age of 217 is the " oldest couple in the world," it has been revealed.

The 109-years-old Ping Muhu and his 108-yearsold wife, Zhang Xinniu are two gray-haired lovebirds in China, whose combined age spans more than two centuries, the New York Post reported.

The pair has more than 60 children and grandchildren.

Muhu, who recently celebrated his 109th birthday, told Central European News that although it's a bit hard to keep track of them all, especially with his sight not being what it was, but they certainly don't suffer from a lack of affection.


Meet the mom-daughter duo who gave give birth on same day in same hospital

Meet the mom-daughter duo who gave give birth on same day in same hospitalNew York, Nov 14 : A woman from southwest Florida and her daughter both gave birth at the same hospital on the same day.

Heather Penticoff and her daughter Destinee Martin each found out that they were pregnant on the same day and even had same due dates and, for separate medical reasons, doctors at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers decided to induce both of them Tuesday, the New York Post reported.

Penticoff's daughter Madeline was born first and Destinee's son Damien was born almost three hours later, making Penticoff's grandson roughly the same age as her newborn daughter. (ANI)


India calls for text negotiations for UNSC reform by 2015

India calls for text negotiations for UNSC reform by 2015New York - Describing the unreformed UN Security Council as a "seriously impaired organ," India has emphasised the urgent need to achieve reform of the powerful body by next year, saying a text should be tabled to begin "actual negotiations" on its reform and expansion.

Highlighting the shortfalls of an unreformed Security Council, India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Asoke Mukerji said that even in the area of its core competence, the 15-nation body is unable to act with credibility essentially due to its unrepresentative nature.


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