Monday , 16 July 2018

World News

UK counter-terror dept probes new deadly nerve agent poisoning

PTI   London Britain’s counter-terror officers were Thursday investigating how a couple fell critically ill from the same military-grade nerve agent that nearly killed a former Russian double agent and his daughter in March. Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, were taken ill on Saturday in the village of Amesbury, close to the city of Salisbury, where former double ... Read More »

Woman climbs Statue of Liberty to protest family separations

New York A woman was taken into custody after she climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty to protest against President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, prompting the separation of thousands of children from their immigrant parents. Authorities on Wednesday tried to talk the woman identified as Therese Patricia Okoumou, down but she refused to leave, reports ... Read More »

Kremlin not informed on ‘worrying’ new UK nerve agent case

AFP   Moscow Moscow Thursday said it has no information on the case of a couple in the UK who were exposed to what London believes is the same nerve agent used on a former Russian spy this year. “We do not have information about what substances were used and how they were used,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding ... Read More »

Soldiers to stay with Thai children trapped in cave

IANS   Bangkok A group of 10 soldiers will remain with the 12 children and their coach trapped in a partially flooded cave in Thailand until they are rescued, the authorities said on Wednesday. Ruetaiwan Patisen, spokesperson for the rescue teams, told Efe news that the children are in good health, despite going 10 days without eating and that the ... Read More »

Indian-American appointed as Acting Administrator of key federal agency

PTI   Washington Uttam Dhillon, an Indian-American top White House lawyer, has been appointed as the new Acting Administrator of the crucial Drug Enforcement Agency that combats the smuggling and use of narcotics in the US. Dhillon replaces Robert Patterson, who has retired after 30 years of service. Dhillon, who till recently worked in the White House as deputy counsel ... Read More »

Famous US highway to reopen

IANS   San Francisco California Highway 1, one of the most famous and scenic roads in the US, will reopen on July 20, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). A stretch of the highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the state has remained closed since a massive landslide on May 20, 2017, reports Xinhua ... Read More »

Bali’s Agung volcano spews ash, smoke

IANS   Bali Mount Agung in Indonesia’s Bali island erupted on Wednesday, sending thick plumes of ash and smoke into the sky. Indonesia’s Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said the eruption had lasted under two minutes, with the plume rising 2,500 metres above the summit, reports Efe news. Authorities have established a 4 km exclusion zone around the ... Read More »

Asset details from Musharraf, Zardari summoned

PTI Islamabad Pakistan’s Supreme Court Wednesday sought details of former presidents Pervez Musharraf and Asif Ali Zardari while hearing a case on the recovery of losses incurred because of the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). The apex court ordered that all respondents should declare their properties held abroad as well as foreign accounts and any offshore companies they own in ... Read More »

Indian-origin scientist wins funding for futuristic ‘brainy skin’ project in UK

PTI   London An Indian-origin scientist working on creating a robotic hand covered in so-called “brainy skin” that mimics the human sense of touch has won 1.5 million pounds in funding for the project. Professor Ravinder Dahiya, Professor of Electronics and Nanoengineering at the University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering, said the futuristic “thinking skin” concept is inspired by the ... Read More »

Merkel averts coalition government spilt over migrants

IANS   Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government remains intact after she reached a deal over the country’s migration policy, ending a political standoff with her Interior Minister. Minister Horst Seehofer dropped his threat to resign after hours of talks on Monday on the migration row that threatened to split Merkel’s four-month-old coalition government, the BBC reported. Seehofer, the ... Read More »