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Tensions escalate as US blames Iran for tanker attacks in Gulf

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Washington: The US has blamed Iran for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday as the incident appeared to have escalated the ongoing tension with the Iranian regime. The latest incident came amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington which has pointed the finger at Iran over May 12 attacks on four tankers anchored in the Gulf of Oman off the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah. "It is the assessment of the US government that Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. He said the assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication. Damage caused by an explosion and a likely limpet mine on the hull of Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf ..
                 

Hong Kong protest turns violent as forces use rubber bullets, tear gas

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Hong Kong: Violent clashes broke out in Hong Kong on Wednesday as police tried to stop protesters storming the city's parliament, while tens of thousands of people blocked key arteries in a show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China. Many of those who have taken to the streets say they feel this is their last chance to protect the city's freedoms after years of slow strangulation by Beijing. Police beat back demonstrators — most of them young people and students — first with batons and pepper spray, then firing rubber bullets and bean bag rounds — small fabric bags filled with lead pellets — and dozens of rounds of tear gas as they cleared one side of the surrounded parliament building. Protesters carry an injured comrade (C) in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Pics/AFP Clashes broke out shortly after 3:00 pm (0700 GMT) — the deadline protesters had given for the government to abandon the controversial bill — and continued throug..
                 

Autistic Pride Day: Twitterati join hands to celebrate

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Autistic Pride Day is celebrated on 18th of June annually, across the globe. Autistic pride stands for pride in autism, which spreads the message that people suffering from autism are not diseased but different. Thus, this day acknowledges that autistic people are not sick or diseased but they have a unique set of characteristics. Autism is known as Autism Spectrum Disability (ASD), is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by communication difficulties, social impairments, restrictive and repetitive pattern of behavior. It is a lifelong condition which usually occurs in the first three years of life. According to National Health portal of India, the exact cause of autism is not known but it is known to be associated with genetic and environmental factors. Netizens took to Twitter to celebrate this day to show love and care for the people with this disability. Here are the holidays for today ~ Autistic Pride Day! Go Fishing Day! International Picnic Day! Internati..
                 

Pakistani blogger and journalist hacked to death

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Islamabad: A 22-year-old Pakistani blogger and journalist known for criticising the country's powerful military and the spy agency ISI was hacked to death by an unidentified men here, police said on Monday. Muhammad Bilal Khan, having over 16,000 followers on Twitter, 48,000 on his YouTube channel and 22,000 on Facebook, was with his uncle Ehtesham, when he received a phone call after which a man took him to the nearby forest on Sunday night, Dawn news quoted police as saying. Superintendent of Police Saddar Malik Naeem said Khan was attacked in the G-9/4 area of Islamabad and was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His uncle was severely injured and has been hospitalised, he said. The suspect used a dagger to kill him, Naeem said, adding that some people heard gunshot firing as well. Apart from being a social media activist, Khan was also a freelance journalist. He hailed from Gilgit-Baltistan and was a Shariah graduate from the International Islamic University o..
                 

Pakistan government accidentally live-streams presser on Facebook with cat filter

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan's political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had to face an embarrassing moment when they went live on Facebook to broadcast a government session. The provincial government Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa accidentally turned on the 'Cat filter' when they were live-streaming a press meet. The incident led to a trend #BandaBilliBanaHuaHai on Twitter. In the video, the ministers were seen conducting the meet sporting pink ears, cute whiskers and a button nose- which left Netizens laughing out loud. You can't beat this! Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt's live presser on Facebook with cat filters.. 😹 pic.twitter.com/xPRBC2CH6y — Naila Inayat नायला à¤Â‡à¤¨à¤¾à¤¯à¤¤ (@nailainayat) June 14, 2019 According to KP government’s social media t..
                 

Hong Kong leader apologises as massive rally chokes city

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Hong Kong: Hundreds of thousands of protesters choked Hong Kong's streets for a second straight Sunday in a defiant rebuke of a reviled extradition law, piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologised for causing "conflict" but refused to step down. The show of force saw huge crowds marching for hours in tropical heat, calling for the resignation of chief executive Carrie Lam, who was forced to suspend the bill as public anger mounted. Throngs of black-clad protesters snaked their way for miles through the streets to the city's parliament -- a repeat of a record-breaking demonstration last Sunday that organisers said more than a million people attended. As night fell the huge crowds had once more taken over multiple major thoroughfares, including outside the legislature, with the police seemingly ceding the streets to the jubilant masses. Critics fear the Beijing-backed law will entangle people in China's notoriously opaque and politicised courts and damage th..
                 

Hong Kong: Protests underway despite suspension of controversial bill

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Hong Kong: Thousands of protestors took to streets on Sunday demanding the permanent scrapping of the controversial bill that threatens to send criminal suspects to mainland China for prosecution, a day after the city government suspended it indefinitely. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam made a stunning reversal on Saturday and halted the controversial amendment from becoming a law, only days after vowing to push ahead with it. But, in addition to the scrapping, the protestors also called for Lam's resignation for pushing ahead with the law, Al Jazeera reported. Former Legislative Councillor and activist Lee Cheuk Yan told reporters that the now-dormant law "can be revived by Carrie Lam at any time", adding that it was important to continue opposing the government on the issue, particularly after the violence and arrests of Wednesday. A mass protest was staged in #HongKong on Juen 16 calling for the complete withdrawal of the government's extradition bill and the resignation of ..
                 

Twitterati celebrates Father's Day to show love to all dads across globe

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Father’s Day is observed across the globe on the third Sunday in the month of June, which falls on June 16 this year. This occasion is celebrated to show some gratitude and love to all the fathers in the world for their support, sacrifices and care they bestowed on their children all their lives. Netizens took to the social media site, Twitter to celebrate this special day and thank all the fathers for their great deeds. Best Scene To Celebrate The Father's Day ❤ï¸ÂLink : https://t.co/4szypzVTGA#HappyFathersDay2012 To All #Fathers Father's Day #HappyFathersDay#TeamOnlyYash pic.twitter.com/X9bMtQGhaJ — Only Yash ™ (@OnlyYashFc) June 16, 2019 #HappyFathersDay to all fathers pic.twitter.com/0LygeRRvoR — 💥Hana💥 (@hana_twits) June 16, 2019 I've said it before, but it's absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could..
                 

Homophobia now a crime in Brazil

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Brasilia: Brazil's Supreme Court voted Thursday to criminalise homophobia, an important step for sexual minorities in one of the most dangerous countries for LGBT people in the world. The Supreme Federal Court (STF), which voted eight to three in favour of the measure, classified homophobia as a crime similar to racism, until Congress -- which is held by a conservative majority and is strongly influenced by evangelical churches -- passes a law specifically addressing such discrimination. Brazil now joins a growing number of countries in the typically conservative and Catholic-influenced Latin American region that have passed measures in favour of LGBT rights. "All prejudice is violence. All discrimination is a cause of suffering," said judge Carmen Luzia while voting in favour of the measure. "But I learned that some prejudices cause more suffering than others." According to the NGO Grupo Gay de Bahia, which has collected national statistics for the past four decades, there were 387 mu..
                 

World Blood Donor Day 2019: Here's why and when it is celebrated, theme for this year

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Every year, June 14 is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day in order to raise awareness about blood donation, since its inception in 2005. The World Blood Donor Day event is one of eight global public health campaigns led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and serves to "thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood." World Blood Donor Day is also celebrated to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities across boundaries have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood. This year, the host country for World Blood Donor Day 2019 is Rwanda and the theme for World Blood Donor Day 2019 is 'Safe blood for all'. Also Read: Here's all you need to know about doctors strike across India Transfusion of blood and blood products have helped in saving millions of lives every year. And it is this very reason that in May 2005, during the Fifty-Eighth World Health Assembly, mi..
                 

Chinese President Xi Jingping to visit India for informal summit with Modi: MEA

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Bishkek [Kygryzstan]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jingping will have an informal summit in India later this year on the lines of the informal parleys that had in Wuhan in China last year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday told President Xi Jinping that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free from terror and take concrete action to end the scourge but does not see Islamabad doing it at this stage. This was decided at a meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting here. "The Prime Minister specifically conveyed to President Jinping and he agreed that both sides need to raise our expectations from the relationship. The Prime Minister welcomed him to India for the next informal summit and President Xi Jinping confirmed his readiness to visit India this year," Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said at a press briefing here. However, he said the date and venue of the summit is yet to be decided whil..
                 

Oil prices jump after 'incident' in Gulf of Oman

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Doha: Oil prices spiked by about three percent on Thursday after conflicting reports of an "attack" and an "accident" involving two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Iran's media reported that the country's navy rescued 44 crew members from the tankers, saying they caught on fire after an "accident". However, the US Fifth Fleet said it had received two distress calls after a "reported attack on tankers" in the Gulf. A merchant shipping information service run by Britain's Royal Navy meanwhile reported an "incident". "UK and its partners are currently investigating," the United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations (UKMTO) said on its website, without giving further details. Two oil tankers were hit in a suspected attack in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday and all crew members onborad were evacuated, the media reported. The tankers were struck in the same area where the US accused Iran of using naval mines to sabotage four other oil ships in an attack last month, reports say. The Iranian..
                 

Facebook says CEO did not ignore personal data issues

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San Francisco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not knowingly violate an agreement with the regulator supervising the company's management of users' personal data, the social media giant said Wednesday as it addressed an issue that has been under federal investigation for the past year. Facebook was required to provide the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with emails, some from 2012, suggesting that Zuckerberg was personally aware of but neglected to address the fact that external applications had access to massive amounts of personal data without Facebook users' knowledge, the Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper added that it did not have access to the documents but that anonymous sources had described their contents. "We have fully cooperated with the FTC's investigation to date and provided tens of thousands of documents, emails and files," said a Facebook spokesperson. "At no point did Mark or any other Facebook employee knowingly violate the company's obligations under the F..
                 

26 hurt as Houthis attack Saudi airport

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Dubai: An Indian woman was among 26 civilians injured in a missile attack carried out by Yemeni rebels on Abha international airport in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, a media report said. The attack came a day after Riyadh said it intercepted two drones fired by the Houthi rebels, which controls a large part of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa. The attack on the Abha airport took place in the early hours of Wednesday, the Arab News reported. The attack resulted in the injury of 26 civilians of different nationalities, the report said, adding that the wounded included one Indian woman and two Saudi children. Eighteen of those injured were admitted to hospital for treatment of minor injuries and at least six have been discharged. Airport operations and air traffic also resumed after being disrupted for few hours. Claiming full responsibility for the attack, the rebels through an announcement on a Houthi-affiliated television channel said a cruise missile was used to carry out ..
                 

Indian college intern sentenced to 6 years for providing tech support to telemarketing scam in US

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Washington: An Indian college intern in the US has been sentenced to five years in prison for providing tech support to a telemarketing fraud scheme that duped about two dozen senior citizens of their retirement savings amounting to nearly a USD one million. Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, 21, the ringleader of a group of Indian college students doing hospitality industry internships in the US, defrauded the senior citizens aged between 58 years to 93 years. The victims were duped of of their retirement savings ranging between USD 1,180 and USD 174,300, the Department of Justice said on Monday. Jha will face deportation proceedings upon the completion of his term of incarceration, it said. Over three months, the conspiracy defrauded individuals of at least USD 937,280, according to justice department officials. Federal prosecutors allege that the nearly two dozen victims, who believed that they had purchased technology support, were led to believe that money had been erroneously refunded to thei..
                 

Donald Trump slams NYT for 'false report' on Mexico immigration deal

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Washington DC: US President Donald Trump on Sunday hit out at The New York Times over the "shockingly false and untrue" report on the immigration deal reached with Mexico. "The Failing @nytimes story on Mexico and Illegal Immigration through our Southern Border has now been proven shockingly false and untrue, bad reporting and the paper is embarrassed by it. The only problem is that they knew it was Fake News before it went out. Corrupt Media!" he tweeted. On Saturday, The New York Times had reported that Mexico had already promised to take many of the actions agreed to in Friday's immigration deal with the US. "Friday's joint declaration says Mexico agreed to the deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border," the Times report read. "But the Mexican government had already pledged to do that in March during secret talks in Miami between Kirstjen Nielsen, then the secretary of homeland security, and Olga Sanchez, the Mexican secretary of the ..
                 

Saudi youth, arrested at 13, faces possible execution

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Dubai: Amnesty International says a young Saudi man, arrested when he was 13, could get the death sentence for taking part in protests by minority Shiites demanding greater rights. The rights group says Murtaja Qureiris, now 18, is on trial for offenses that involve taking part in protests when he was just 10, including a rally that erupted at his older brother's funeral who was killed while protesting. Saudi youth, arrested at 13, faces possible execution: In April, Saudi Arabia carried out a mass execution of 37 men, which Amnesty says included a young Shiite male arrested at 16 https://t.co/oGjfjQchWb Haaretz pic.twitter.com/42ut1ZC7pL — Jewish Community (@JComm_NewsFeeds) June 10, 2019 Saudi prosecutors sought capital punishment for Qureiris back in 2018, but details of his case emerged after CNN reported he faces charges of joining a "terror group" and "sowing sedition." Saudi Arabia has intensified a crackdown on critics. In April, it carried out a mass execution of 37 me..
                 

Sri Lanka president holds up umbrella for Narendra Modi during rains. See photo

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The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena held up an umbrella for PM Narendra Modi as it rained during the latter's visit to Sri Lanka. The SL president also went on to share a picture of the same. He went on to caption the photo: Thank you @narendramodi, for your brief, but highly productive visit to our country today, thus proving you are a true friend of ours. I highly appreciate and value your kind gesture, support and cooperation extended to Sri Lanka. Thank you @narendramodi, for your brief, but highly productive visit to our country today, thus proving you are a true friend of ours. I highly appreciate and value your kind gesture, support and cooperation extended to Sri Lanka. pic.twitter.com/XiqoEMj4C4 — Maithripala Sirisena (@MaithripalaS) June 9, 2019 Commenting on the incident, Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted, "Together with you - come rain or shine." PM Modi had visited Sri Lanka after the Maldives. Prime Minister Na..
                 

Five teens arrested over attack on lesbian couple in UK get bail

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London: British police on Saturday released on bail five teenagers arrested following a homophobic attack on a lesbian couple who refused to kiss for a gang of youths on a London night bus. Melania Geymonat, 28, said she and her girlfriend Chris were robbed and left covered in blood after the incident on a bus in the north of the British capital last week. London's Metropolitan Police on Friday arrested four teens aged between 15 and 18 on suspicion of involvement in what a senior officer called the "disgusting attack". Officers then detained another 16-year-old male Saturday on suspicion of robbery. "(The) five arrested have been bailed to a date in early July," the Met said in a statement. "Officers are not currently looking for any other parties in connection with the incident." Geymonat told the BBC on Friday that the gang surrounded the couple while aboard the top deck of the bus. "They started saying really aggressive stuff, things about sexual positions, lesbians and claiming we..
                 

Narendra Modi meets Sri Lankan Oppn leader Mahinda Rajapaksa

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Colombo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the incumbent Sri Lankan Leader of Opposition and former President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his official visit to the nation on Sunday. Before the meeting, he had discussed issues of "mutual interest" with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during a bilateral meeting at the President's Secretariat. He also signed the visitor's book at the Secretariat in Sirisena's presence. Leader of Opposition and former President @PresRajapaksa called on PM @narendramodi. Discussed steps to further strengthen wide ranging bilateral relations between the two countries. pic.twitter.com/FVS85URbbR — Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 9, 2019 Reinforcing partnershipPM @narendramodi and President of Sri Lanka @MaithripalaS discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest. A banquet was hosted in honour of PM by President @MaithripalaS #Neighbourhoodfirst pic.twitter.com/lrz7jTuNdf — Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 9, 2019 "Reinforcing partnership...
                 

Donald Trump says Moon is part of Mars; NASA's epic response leaves internet in splits

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The President of the United States Of America, Donald Trump is known for his hilarious jokes and viral memes and once again his Tweet has become the talk of the town. Wonder why? Well, President of the USA just called the Moon a part of Mars, and obviously, netizens and Twitterati were left confused. For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2019 During the late hour last night, Donald Trump took to social networking site Twitter and wrote: For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!" 10 bucks said Jim’s heart stopped a little..
                 

Taiwan requests for US tanks and missiles, angers China

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Taipei: Taiwan on Thursday confirmed it is hoping to buy state-of-the-art tanks and portable missiles from the United States in a proposed deal that drew an angry rebuke from China. Taipei's defence ministry has formally asked for 108 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, more than 1,500 Javelin and TOW anti-tank missiles, and 250 shoulder-fired Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, it said in a statement. The request was proceeding "as normal", the ministry added. The US government has given Congress informal notification of its plan to sell the equipment in a deal worth USD 2 billion, Bloomberg News reported. Beijing said it had "serious concerns" about the sale. "We have repeatedly emphasised to the US to fully understand the extremely sensitive and damaging nature of their decision to sell arms to Taiwan, and abide by the One China principle," foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing on Thursday. Taiwan has been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 194..
                 

British Airways passenger forced to sit on seat with vomit; Airline gets trolled

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An airline passengers travel experience turned awry when he discovered he was forced to travel on a seat covered with dried vomit. 38-year-old Dave Gildea was travelling as a business class passenger from British Airways when his journey turned bad as he had to travel in a 10-hour flight on a seat plastered in vomit. @British_Airways have DM'd you but haven't gotten a response so will try here. This was my seat from London to Seattle yesterday, covered in dried in vomit, no offer to move seats, just insinuation from the attendant that I had done it even though it was dried in for days pic.twitter.com/i3iVvlsPdC — Dave Gildea (@thecloudranger) May 22, 2019 Dave Gildea, vice-president of a software company in San Francisco took to Twitter to share his horrific experience. Dave was travelling from London to Seattle when he reportedly upgraded to business class at Heathrow Airport. However, his dream of having a comfortable experience soon turned into dismay as he spotted vomit all..
                 

Indian-origin man faces jail for smugglling steroid in UK

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London: An Indian-origin man in the UK has been found guilty of being part of a criminal gang believed to be one of the world's most prolific smugglers of anabolic steroids. Gurjaipal Dhillon acted as a fixer for the group, arranging dozens of unlicensed shipments of drugs from India into Europe, according to Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) which led the investigation into the gang. The 65-year-old from Southall in west London faces years in jail after he was found guilty of conspiring to import a Class C drug following a six-week trial at the Old Bailey court in London on Wednesday. He, alongside Mumbai-based Danish national Jacob Sporon-Fiedler who has earlier pleaded guilty, are due to be sentenced on July 15. "Gurjaipal Dhillon was part of a conspiracy to illegally import huge amounts of anabolic steroids into the UK on an unprecedented scale. His role in that conspiracy was a crucial one, essentially organising the transport for the drugs and enabling them to be shipped to t..
                 

Barack Obama praises Sikh man with rainbow turban for Pride in California

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Washington: An Indian-origin Sikh neuroscientist, who is bisexual, has found praise from former US president Barack Obama for his rainbow turban to ring in this year's 'Pride Month' in the US. Jiwandeep Kohli, who is based in San Diego, shared an image of his elaborate creation of the rainbow turban that features the colours of the LGBT flag on Twitter. "I'm proud to be a bisexual bearded baking brain scientist," he captioned the image. "I feel fortunate to be able to express all these aspects of my identity and will continue to work towards ensuring the same freedom for others," he tweeted. I’m proud to be a bisexual bearded baking brain scientist. I feel fortunate to be able to express all these aspects of my identity, and will continue to work toward ensuring the same freedom for others. #PrideMonth  #PrideTurban #LoveIsLove pic.twitter.com/SVhc0iwDF0 — Jiwandeep Kohli (@jiwandeepkohli) June 1, 2019 Praising Kohli, Obama tweeted on Tuesday: "You've got a lot to be..
                 

Viral Video: This cat plays guitar to wake-up his human has the internet captivated

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Cats are delightfully strange creatures and a great pet. During waking hours Cats seem to want little to do with their owners unless they have a sudden need for food or attention. However, a cat in Brooklyn has a unique talent to grab his owner's attention. Brooklyn-based journalist Chelsey B. Coombs took to Twitter to share a video, in which her cat plays the guitar to wake her up every morning. The video which she had shared garnered over 1.11 million views, 92,000 “likes” and over 33,000 retweets. The tweet reads, “My cat wakes me up every morning (and at 4:30 AM sharp) by playing my guitar." My cat wakes me up every morning (and at 4:30 AM sharp) by playing my guitar pic.twitter.com/A5d3SXfgr3 — c b c 🍓 (@chelseybcoombs) June 2, 2019 In a series of tweets, the journalist revealed that her adorable feline is a rescue cat and his name is Creature. Here are the tweets: I’m glad you’re all enjoying my cat’s talents! You can see me sing an..
                 

Man buys Villa online for Rs 6 lakh, turns out it was a small strip of land

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In a shocking incident, a man from Florida experienced the worst deal of his life where he was ripped off Rs 6 lakh for a palm tree-lined villa in an online auction. The victim identified as Kerville Holness brought a land online for a great deal but when he reached the spot, he was shocked to know the land was only 1-foot-wide and 100-foot-long. Also Read: Mumbai police busts fake Book My Show website, two arrested South Florida man says he paid $9,100 in online auction for what he thought was a villa. What he got was a 1-foot-by-100-foot strip of land. https://t.co/CSGrGADUGm pic.twitter.com/LbO5D2nVNT — WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) June 15, 2019 The land on auction valued at only Rs 3,000 and it begins on a curb and goes under a wall separating two villas and then out to the back of the lot. The strip of land was never attached to either of the adjoining properties. "It’s deception," stated Holness, a first-time auction bidder from Tamarac. "There was no dema..
                 

Golan Heights is now Ramat Trump

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Ramat Trump (Golan Heights): The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a tiny Israeli settlement in the Israel-controlled Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet convened in this hamlet Sunday to inaugurate a new settlement named after President Donald Trump in a gesture of appreciation for the U.S. leader's recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the territory. The settlement isn't exactly new. Currently known as Bruchim, it is over 30 years old and has a population of 10 people. Israel is hoping the rebranded "Ramat Trump," Hebrew for "Trump Heights," will encourage a wave of residents to vastly expand it. "It's absolutely beautiful," said U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, who attended Sunday's ceremony. Noting that Trump celebrated his birthday on Friday, he said: "I can't think of a more appropriate and a more beautiful birthday present." Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war an..
                 

Monkey just photobombed a family picture, photo goes viral on social media

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An Australian family went on vacation to Bali, Indonesia where they experienced a hilariously funny moment when a monkey photobombed their family picture. Judy Hicks along with her husband Simon and three children - Elijah, Jimmy and Kayleigh, decided to spend their holiday at the Ubud Monkey Forest last year. After enjoying their time in the forest, the hicks family wanted a family picture to remember the beautiful trip. The local guide, who was hired by the family, took their family photo, but the commemorating shot was interrupted by a primate. We love this pic of a monkey photobombing one family's holiday snap in Bali recently - have you ever had an unexpected guest in your photo? 📸🐒 pic.twitter.com/zQ1nowqNlK — This Morning (@thismorning) June 14, 2019 When the local guide was taking the picture of the Hicks family, a monkey suddenly jumped in attracted by the peanuts in the guide’s hand. The monkey was not only interested in the peanuts but also in the photo. ..
                 

Israel PM's wife convicted of misusing public funds

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Jerusalem: A Jerusalem magistrate court on Sunday sentenced Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to pay a fine of more than $15,000 for misusing state funds. The sentencing comes after she agreed to a plea bargain that ended the years-long saga of just one of the high-profile corruption cases involving the prime minister's family. The court ruling settled allegations that Sara had misused some $100,000 in state money on lavish meals. She was indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust last year after the State Attorney's office accused her of running up large tabs at luxury restaurants while the official residence employed a full-time chef between the years 2010 and 2013. The settlement saw her admit to a more minor charge of "intentionally exploiting the mistake of someone else," specifically by misleading officials who didn't realise she benefited from chefs on government payroll. Under the terms of the bargain, Sara agreed to pay $2,800 in fin..
                 

Donald Trump refutes newspaper's claim of US ramping up cyber attacks on Russia

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Washington DC: United States President Donald Trump has refuted the claims made by The New York Times that the US was ramping up cyber attacks on Russia's electric power grid as a sign of warning to the country's President Vladimir Putin. In a couple of tweets on Saturday, Trump deemed the newspaper article "a virtual act of Treason" written without "the slightest thought of consequence". "Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country," Trump wrote on Twitter. Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country..... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTru..
                 

Man goes on Hawaii vacation, finds a snake in backpack

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A 20-year-old man travelling from Florida to Hawaii experienced a terrifying moment when a small snake slithered out of his backpack after arriving his destination. The incident occurred when the man reached a Maui vacation rental in Pukalani from Virginia and put down his backpack on the floor. However, the snake was captured immediately, the owner of the rental informed the visitor that snakes are illegal in Hawaii. Soon Maui police were informed about the incident and the officials contacted a doctor. Thereafter, the snake was detained the same night and it was delivered to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA). A small snake apparently hitchhiked to Maui in a visitor's backpack Monday night. Fortunately, it was captured and turned in. See news release: https://t.co/ct9G0RtVS9 pic.twitter.com/K9gg2UKNUE — Hawaii Dept of Ag (@hdoapio) June 12, 2019 HDOA released a press release about the incident. In the press release, it was revealed that the snake, identified as a non..
                 

Body of seven-year-old Indian girl found near US-Mexico border

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Houston: The body of a seven-year-old girl, believed to be Indian, has been found near a remote and deserted US-Mexico border area with authorities in Arizona saying she was a victim of human smuggling. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said on Thursday the girl was part of a group trying to get into the US after human smugglers dropped them off near the Mexico border. Temperatures in the rugged wilderness where agents found her remains Wednesday hovered around 108 degrees. The girl was found dead 27 kilometres west of Lukeville in Arizona state by the US border patrol agents. "Our sympathies are with this little girl and her family. This is a senseless death driven by cartels who are profiting from putting lives at risk," said Roy Villareal, Tucson Chief Patrol Agent. The girl was travelling with four other persons and dropped near the border by human smugglers who ordered the group to cross in the dangerous and austere location. The patrol agents got the information a..
                 

Sarah Sanders a 'battle-tested warrior': Kellyanne Conway

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Washington: Soon after the US President Donald Trump announced that Sarah Sanders will step down as White House spokesperson, White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway praised Sanders by calling her a "battle-tested warrior". "Sarah Sanders is a tremendous talent and battle-tested warrior who has devoted countless hours to the service of our nation. Grateful for our 3 years together and excited to see what her future holds! Her first and best job=MOM," Conway tweeted. Sanders, who will step down from her position at the end of the month, took to Twitter and said that she is "blessed and forever grateful" to President Trump for the opportunity. "I am blessed and forever grateful to @realDonaldTrump for the opportunity to serve and proud of everything he's accomplished. I love the President and my job. The most important job I'll ever have is being a mom to my kids and it's time for us to go home. Thank you Mr. President," Sanders tweeted. President Trump had announced on Thursday that San..
                 

Donald Trump defends secret talks with foreign governments

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Washington: President Donald Trump scrambled Thursday to throw off critics homing in on his insistence that he has the right to use dirt dug up on political opponents by foreign governments. Trump's comment in an interview aired late Wednesday by ABC News television reignited controversy swirling since his 2016 election, when his campaign accepted offers of opposition research from Russia on his rival Hillary Clinton. "I think you might want to listen..., there's nothing wrong with listening," Trump said when asked what he would do if a country such as Russia or China offered him assistance. On Thursday, Trump hit back at a torrent of criticism by arguing that he talks with foreign figures "every day." "Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again," he tweeted. But Trump referred to conversations with allies like the leaders of France and Britain, and even Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. ....call the FBI about these cal..
                 

Mike Pompeo: India 'perfect partner', great place to figure out how to grow economies

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Washington: India is a perfect partner and great place for the US to figure out how to grow the economies of the two countries and get win-win solutions, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said as he pushed for the further liberalisation of the Indian economy. The Trump administration is trying to take down financial barriers and non-tariff barriers, and create open markets consistent with the central ideas that they hold here in the United States, he said. The United States and #India have a unique opportunity to move forward together -- for the good of our peoples, the Indo-Pacific region, and the world. It was my pleasure join @USIBC today to outline this opportunity as I head to India in a few weeks’ time. #IndiaIdeasSummit pic.twitter.com/CuFfBq1YAz — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 12, 2019 "But we remain open to dialogue and hope our Indian friends will drop their trade barriers and trust in the competitiveness of their exporters and private-sector companies,..
                 

Adani wins final approval to begin work on coal mine project in Australia

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Melbourne: Indian energy giant Adani on Thursday cleared the last regulatory hurdle to commence the work on its controversial carmichael coal mine project in Australia with the Queensland state authorities approving its groundwater management plan. The final and last approval for the Adani Group's long-delayed billion dollar mega coal mine project came weeks after a surprise election win of Australia's pro-coal ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. On May 31, Adani won the first approval from the Queensland state government to protect the endangered black-throated finch bird population as part of its crucial environmental plan at the site of its mine project. The mining company is now expected to start construction at the site within days. The State Department of Environment and Science said in a statement that it has approved the most recent version of the plan, which Adani submitted just a day ago. "Adani submitted its most recent version of the plan, addressing the ..
                 

65 Rohingyas found shipwrecked in Thailand

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Bangkok: A group of 65 Rohingya Muslims have been found on a shipwrecked boat off the coast of southern Thailand, Navy officials said Wednesday as authorities investigated whether they had been trafficked. The boat was discovered early Tuesday in the Tarutao Marine National Park in southern Thailand, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the border of Myanmar. Some 740,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a brutal military crackdown in 2017 against the stateless minority in the Buddhist-majority country. Most have escaped into overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh, while others have fallen prey to human trafficking rings as they seek better lives in Malaysia or Thailand. A Thai Navy spokesman said there were 31 women and five children among the Rohingya on the shipwrecked boat. One Thai man and five Burmese citizens were also in the group. The men said they were fishing in the area and had no link to the Rohingyas. The six men "were detained for questioning because of their suspicious..
                 

Woman on flight opens emergency exit door mistaking it for toilet

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While on a flight, things are pretty easy to navigate and you always have the cabin crew to always help when needed. Despite all this help, there are some passengers who manage to pull off the weirdest and random stunts, one such act was performed by a woman who mistook a flight's emergency exit for the toilet door. A woman passenger onboard Pakistan International Airlines pushed open the emergency exit thinking it was the toilet door. Fortunately, this took place when the plane was on the runway, ready to take off. “The PIA flight, PK 702, from Manchester to Islamabad was delayed by seven hours. The departure was delayed when a passenger erroneously opened the emergency exit causing the emergency chute to activate,” a PIA spokesperson told the press. According to India Times, the passengers had to be offloaded from the plane with their luggage was removed too. They were given hotels to stay in, as the flight was delayed for seven hours. All because this woman couldn't read..
                 

Helicopter crashes into roof of New York skyscraper; pilot dies

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A helicopter crashed on the roof of a rain-shrouded midtown Manhattan skyscraper, killing the pilot and briefly triggering memories of 9/11, after an erratic trip across some of the nation's most restricted airspace. Authorities said they did not suspect terrorism. The crash near Times Square and Trump Tower on Monday shook the 750-foot (229-meter) AXA Equitable building, sparked a fire, and forced office workers to flee on elevators and down stairs, witnesses and officials said. The pilot was the only person aboard, and there were no other reports of injuries, authorities said.It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, or why the Agusta A109E was flying in a driving downpour with low cloud cover and in the tightly controlled airspace of midtown Manhattan.A flight restriction in effect since President Donald Trump took office bans aircraft from flying below 3,000 feet (914 meters) within a 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) radius of Trump Tower, which is less than a half-mile (0.8 kilome..
                 

Crane collapses during storm in Dallas, killing one woman

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Dallas: A construction crane buffeted by high winds during a storm collapsed on a Dallas apartment building, killing one woman in the building and injuring at least six more people, two of them critically, a fire official said. Crews searching the Elan City Lights building on Sunday found the body of a woman inside after the crane toppled and ripped a large gash into the side of the five-story structure, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said during a press briefing. Evans said it is too early to say whether there may be more people hurt, killed or missing. "The building itself has suffered multiple collapses in different areas of the building to include residential spaces and the parking garage," Evans said. Of those injured, two were listed in critical condition, three had suffered serious injuries and one suffered minor injuries and was later discharged from a hospital, Evans said. Crews were called to the site of the collapse just before 2 p.m., after the National Weather Se..
                 

PM Narendra Modi visits terror attack hit church

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Colombo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pledged India's solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as he visited the St Anthony's church, one of the sites of the horrific Easter Sunday attacks, and paid tributes to the victims of the deadly terror strikes that killed 258 people, including 11 Indians. Prime Minister Modi's entourage made a detour to the Catholic church in Colombo on their way to the Presidential Secretariat for official engagements. "I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka," said Modi, the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the Easter attacks on April 21. "My heart goes out to the families of the victims and the injured," Modi added. Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and anothe..
                 

Dubai bus crash: Bodies of 11 Indians flown home

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Dubai: The mortal remains of 11 Indians killed in a horrific road accident in Dubai were repatriated on Sunday while the body of a 22-year-old Indian was cremated here in the Gulf emirate, an official said. Twelve Indians were among 17 people killed in Dubai Thursday when a bus, mostly with Eid vacationers coming from Oman, entered a restricted lane and rammed into a low-clearance sign. The repatriation of 11 Indians was complete when the last three bodies were flown to Mumbai on an Air India flight, the official who was making arrangements for the flights was quoted as saying by the Gulf News. The flight departed at 3.39am Sunday. "All mortal remains were moved as scheduled. The procedures were completed by 11.45pm," he said. Meanwhile, Roshni Moolchandani, the youngest Indian victim killed in the crash, was cremated here on Saturday at the Jebel Ali crematorium. Her final rites were completed by her family who came over from India, said a social worker, who was assisting the family. ..
                 

Girl converts AirPods into earrings to avoid losing them; hack goes viral

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Apple products are high in demand but are really expensive and difficult to maintain. Losing or damaging an Apple product will give you a run for money to get the thing repaired or purchase something new. So, this girl came up with a mind-blowing way to save you some bucks by amplifying your fashion game. This is a shout out to all the AirPods users as you might want to take a cue from this genius who turned AirPods into earrings and called them Airings! I made airpod earrings lmaoooo i didnt want to post this till i had better pics but whatever here it is pic.twitter.com/4pHnc8wvfv — pop (@bloodorgy) January 26, 2019 This woman turned AirPods into earrings so she wouldn’t lose them and called them Airings https://t.co/HrFAbfgVCp pic.twitter.com/xCf8Kd6PJA — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) January 29, 2019 Gabrielle Reilly (22) from Virginia turned her AirPods into earrings to avoid losing them. Gabrielle also took to the social media platform, Twitter and posted a ..
                 

Viral video: 108-year old World War 2 survivor playing piano every single day will melt your heart

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Age is just a number if you have passion. Poland-based Wanda Zarzycka is a testament to the statement. Despite being 108-years old, she plays the piano effortlessly and every single day. Another surprising thing is that Wanda had broken her hands when she was 80 and was told by doctors that she'll never be able to play again. But her passion drove her throughout. Wanda was a dancer and she developed her interest in music as a young girl, after which she graduated from Ukraine's Lviv music conservatory in 1931. After World War 2, she could not continue playing the piano. Wanda's family moved from Lviv after which her piano was brought to Krakow, Poland in 1944. The piano is special as Wanda inherited it from her mother as her wedding gift. Top news stories of the day Mumbai doctor's suicide: Dr Payal Tadvi had no friends in her own department, say batchmates Gadchiroli blasts: Elderly parents worry about the future, as slain sons' wives get compensation Mulund society secretary booked..
                 

Sudan doctors claim 100 deaths, military says 'only 46 died'

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Khartoum: The doctors in Sudan claimed as many as 108 people died in the military crackdown, however, Sudanese authorities claimed that "no more than 46" peopled died in Khartoum. Members of the Rapid Support Forces, who rights groups say have their origins in the Janjaweed militias of Darfur, were on the streets of Khartoum on Thursday in pick-up trucks mounted with machine guns and rocket launchers, witnesses said. It follows a raid by security forces on Monday on a long-running sit-in outside the army headquarters that marked the start of a brutal crackdown on demonstrators demanding civilian rule. The Central Committee for Sudanese Doctors said Wednesday that 40 bodies had been pulled from the Nile, sending the death toll soaring to at least 108. The committee, which is close to protesters and relies on doctors on the ground for its information, warned the figure could rise. It has said it holds the "militias" of the military council responsible for the deaths. Some life had return..
                 

Eight Indians among 17 killed in Dubai bus accident

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On June 6, 2019, Eight Indians were among the 17 people who were killed when a tourist bus from Oman rammed into a signboard in Dubai, the Consulate General of India (CGI) here said on Friday. 8 Indians were among the 17 people who were killed when a #Tourist bus from #Oman rammed into a signboard in #Dubai, the Consulate General of #India said.Photo: IANS pic.twitter.com/a0FypQuagP — IANS Tweets (@ians_india) June 7, 2019 CGI Dubai has informed that 8 Indians have passed away in Dubai bus accident. Details are awaited. Indian Embassy Muscat may be contacted on toll free number 80071234, if required, for assistance in Oman. — India in Oman (Embassy of India, Muscat) (@Indemb_Muscat) June 7, 2019 "We are sorry to inform that as per local authorities and relatives it is so far confirmed that eight Indians have passed away in Dubai bus accident. Consulate is in touch with relatives of some of the deceased and awaits further details for others to inform their families," the..
                 

President Donald Trump says relations with Emmanuel Macron 'outstanding'

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Caen (France): US President Donald Trump admitted that there had been past difficulties in his relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, but said, "right now it's outstanding". "It's been good sometimes and sometimes it hasn't been, but right now it's outstanding. So the relationship that we've had together has been really terrific and I appreciate it very much," Trump told Macron as they met for talks in northern France. Earlier Thursday, they led a ceremony to pay tribute to veterans of the D-Day landings in northern France on the 75th anniversary of the invasion that began the liberation of France and shaped the outcome of World War II. "We've had great success working together too," Trump added at the start of a working lunch with Macron, referring to joint US and French military actions against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. "Your military is excellent. My people report back, they say it's absolutely excellent. They work very well together," the U..
                 

Viral Video: Human mouth coin purse is uncomfortably realistic

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The Internet is a crazy place and tweeple share bizarre posts on social media that often goes viral. Sometimes the internet is too much to handle. Recently, a Twitter user posted a video of a realistic human mouth coin purse describes that dichotomy perfectly. As per reports, the artist who created the purse is a Japanese music producer and amateur artist. The purse looks like the lower part of a man’s face, which has a stubble, soft pink lips, and realistic teeth and gums. A Twitter user shared the video on June 1 and so far the video has garnered more than 13.7 million views, over 249,000 “likes” and about 105,110 retweets. Here's the video of the realistic human mouth coin purse. 人肉å°ÂéŠ­å…¥ã‚Œä½Âœã‚Šã¾ã—た pic.twitter.com/k6SIDETWD5 — doooo (@44doooo) June 1, 2019 The coin case has attracted a plethora of comments from netizens. ..
                 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan: US President Trump is like 11-year old child

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London: Mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday compared US President Donald Trump with a small child after the President called him a "stone-cold loser" in a series of tweets a day before. CNN quoted Khan as saying that he was "not offended in the slightest" by the remarks, delivered as Trump began his three-day state visit to the United Kingdom on Monday, but added that the US was expected to behave more like a role model. "This is the sort of behavior I would expect from an 11-year-old," Khan said. "But it's for him to decide how he behaves. It's not for me to respond in a like manner. I think it's beneath me to do childish tweets and name-calling," the Mayor added. Minutes before landing at London's Stansted Airport for a three-day state visit to the United Kingdom, Trump on Monday lashed out at the Mayor in a series of tweets, branding him "a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London," and not him. The US President's visit to the UK has been so far marked by pageantry as well as pr..
                 

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Indian-American family found dead in US

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Washington: A 44-year-old Indian-American IT professional killed his wife and two minor sons before committing suicide with a gun inside their home in the US state of Iowa, according to the police. The West Des Moines Police Department, which is probing the case, came to this conclusion after forensic autopsies were conducted on Sunday. The family of four was found dead under mysterious circumstances with gunshot wounds, shocking the community. The bodies of Chandrasekhar Sunkara, Lavanya Sunkara, 41, their 15-year-old and a 10-year-old sons were found in their home on Saturday morning. "The manners of death for Lavanya Sunkara and the two boys are homicide. The manner of death for Chandrasekhar Sunkara is suicide," the police said in a statement. "The State Medical Examiner's Office has determined the causes of death for all four family members to be gunshot wounds," they said. The State Medical Examiner's Office has determined the causes of death for all four family members to be gun..
                 

Engineer develops chatbot to reply his girlfriend's WeChat messages

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Girlfriends can be demanding at times with them wanting immediate replies to their text or other messages. However, a Chinese software engineer has found a solution to this problem. A Chinese programmer created a chatbot on WeChat without his girlfriend's knowledge to keep her company. Many on social media hailed his sweet gesture for going through pains to create a chatbot. The Chinese programmer, who created the chatbot, works for an e-commerce platform. The chatbot he created is capable of replying messages 24/7, as per Abacusnews. The alleged news went viral after the programmer Li Kaixiang had posted the incident on Chinese social media platform Weibo. In the post, he revealed that his girlfriend had at least 300 messages with the bot. However, his genius creation landed him into trouble when his girlfriend got suspicious at one point of the conversation. She suspected that Li does not usually reply to her messages this quick. Also Read: 'Israeli' hackers target WhatsApp voice cal..
                 

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Donald Trump stirs up feud with London Mayor

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London: US President Donald Trump has further stirred up his ongoing feud with London Mayor Sadiq Khan by blaming the Pakistani-origin Labour leader a "disaster", blaming him for a recent spate of stabbings and street violence in the UK capital. Trump and Khan have repeatedly clashed ever since the mayor questioned the red carpet being rolled out for the US President by Britain, most recently for a state visit hosted by Queen Elizabeth II earlier this month. Khan has also likened Trump to "20th century fascists" for his divisive views on immigration, with Trump hitting back with social media messages about his "terrible job" as Mayor of London. The US President's latest intervention on Twitter follows in the same vein, demanding that Khan should be replaced. "London needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster - will only get worse," he said, while retweeting a message that highlighted two stabbings and a shooting in London in the last few days. "He is a national disgrace who is destroyi..
                 

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6-year-old girl dies just before her birthday after mom goes in search of water

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In a tragic incident, a six-year-old migrant child from India died of heat stroke, after her mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water. The girl identified as Gurupreet Kaur was found by the US Border Patrol west of Lukeville, Arizona where temperatures are as high as 42 degrees Celsius, U.S. Border Patrol and the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) stated. Unfortunately, he died before celebrating her 7th birthday which was approaching soon. This is not the first fatality of a migrant child this year in Arizona’s southern deserts, Kaur is the second child to have died of heat stroke. According to India Times, Kaur and her mother were part of a group of five Indian nationals who were dropped off by smugglers in a remote border area, 27 kilometres west of Lukeville in Arizona state. After walking some miles, the girl’s mother and another woman went in search of water leaving her daughter behind with some other migrants. Also Read: Bihar..
                 

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PM Imran Khan's advise to Pakistan ahead of clash with India

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Islamabad: Ahead of the highly-anticipated World Cup match with India, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday advised team skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to opt for batting first if they win the toss. In a series of tweets on Sunday, Khan, who led Pakistan to a Cricket world cup victory in 1992, suggested Sarfaraz to pick only specialist bowlers and batsman, in consideration to the intensity of the match "Sarfaraz must go in with specialist batsmen and bowlers because "Raillu Kattas" rarely perform under pressure - especially the intense kind that will be generated today. 2. Unless pitch is damp, Sarfaraz must win the toss & bat," Khan wrote 4/5 1. In order ro have a winning offensive strategy Sarfaraz must go in with specialist batsmen and bowlers because "Raillu Kattas" rarely perform under pressure - especially the intense kind that will be generated today. 2. Unless pitch is damp, Sarfaraz must win the toss & bat — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 16, 2019 The cricket ..
                 

31 test positive for HIV in Pakistan

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Thirty-one of 2,500 persons were found to be HIV positive during a screening programme for the virus conducted in Pakistan's Sindh province, health authorities said. The new cases in Shikarpur district see a surge in cases of HIV in Sindh after 215 positive cases, including 181 children, were reported in Ratodero district of Larkana in May 2019. District Health Officer Shabbir Sheikh said that those that have tested positive were being provided treatment and other amenities according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) regulations. In May, an international team of experts from the WHO arrived in Pakistan to probe the HIV outbreak. The Sindh health department blamed "quacks" or unqualified practitioners for reusing syringes which is one of the major source of HIV spread among the general population, especially children. Those affected have urged the Sindh government to make HIV medicine made readily available at private medical stores apart from government hospitals for easy access. ..
                 

World Blood Donor Day: Twitterati urge people to 'Donate blood, save lives'

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On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day today, celebrities and netizens took to the social networking site Twitter and appealed to people to come out and donate blood in the process, save lives. Netizens requested people to register themselves as a blood donor and help in order to raise awareness of the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care and services. Every year, June 14 is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day in order to raise awareness about blood donation, since its inception in 2005. The World Blood Donor Day event is one of eight global public health campaigns led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and serves to "thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood." Here's how netizens appealed to the citizens to donate blood and help in saving lives: Have you done your good deed for the day? Today is #WorldBloodDonorDay! Donate some blood, you might just save a life ❤️ — Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) June 14, 2019 ..
                 

US gets UK govt nod to extradite Julian Assange

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London: UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed Thursday that he has signed an order following a request from the US government to extradite Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange to face charges of computer hacking before the American courts. The senior Pakistani-origin minister said the decision now lay with the UK courts to analyse if the case meets all the tests required for Assange's extradition to the US. "He's rightly behind bars. There's an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow [Friday] but yesterday [Wednesday] I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow," Javid told the BBC. "It is a decision ultimately for the courts, but there is a very important part of it for the home secretary and I want to see justice done at all times and we've got a legitimate extradition request, so I've signed it, but the final decision is now with the courts," he said. Assange, who faces an 18-count indictment by t..
                 

Donald Trump gets harpooned for 'Prince of Whales' spelling error

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Washington: There he blows again. President Donald Trump's erratic spelling habits on Twitter spouted again Thursday when he wrote about having recently met with the "Prince of Whales." That would be Charles, prince of Wales, whom he met last week at World War II commemorations in Britain. The error prompted a wave of hilarity online, with one Twitter critic asking if the president had made the mistake "on porpoise." Trump, who is an enthusiastic user of social media and has some 61 million Twitter followers, quickly corrected the original tweet. But his new version did not change another inaccurate reference, this time to the "Queen of England." Elizabeth II, who hosted Trump at a state dinner in London, is actually queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of which England is only one part. I meet and talk to “foreign governments” every day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Wales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the Presi..
                 

Foreigner sells bhelpuri on streets in London, video goes viral!

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Indian cuisine is known worldwide and appreciated by people all across the globe. Indian street food like aloo-chat, bhel puri, dosa, sev puri have fans everywhere and one such example was seen in England. Angus Denoon, a chef by profession, is often be seen on the streets of England selling India's favourite snack - bhelpuri and jhalmuri. At Oval yesterday during India v/s Australia Cricket Match.भà¥Â‡à¤² लà¥Â‡ लà¥Â‹ भाà¤Âˆ...😂🌸🌺🌼🌻🌸🌺🌼🌻Please watch it. Enjoy!!!!@SrBachchan Ji. pic.twitter.com/KvgKbo46pR — Jasmine Jani ❤ï¸ÂEF (@JaniJasmine) June 11, 2019 Bhelpuri is a crispy, tangy, sweet and spicy mixture of puffed rice mixed with sev, tomatoes, onions, a..
                 

Boy, five, dies as Ebola outbreak in Congo spreads to Uganda

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Kampala: A five-year-old boy who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official said Wednesday as two of his family members also tested positive for the virus after a visit to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organisation confirmed on Twitter that Uganda has now recorded three cases of Ebola, in the first spread across the country's porous western border with the DRC where more than 2,000 cases of the highly contagious virus have been registered. Uganda's health ministry said on Tuesday that a woman of Congolese origin, who is married to a Ugandan, had gone with her child and four other family members to take care of her father in the DRC, who later died of Ebola. "The boy who tested positive for Ebola in Kasese yesterday passed on last night in the isolation unit," a health ministry official told AFP on condition of anonymity. "The minister for health (Ruth Aceng) will be briefing the country about the death of the boy and arrangeme..
                 

World Day Against Child Labour: Twitterati extends support

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The World Day Against Child Labour is a sanctioned holiday by an International Labour Organization first launched in 2002 which aims to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. This day is held on June 12 annually and intends to foster the worldwide movement against child labour in any of its forms. This day brings governments, workers organizations, employers, civil society, as well as millions of people from around the world together to highlight the plight of child labourers, according to the United Nations. Netizens on social media site, Twitter extended support to create awareness about child labour. It is their age to learn, not to earn...An educated child has the power to change the world. Let’s abolish child labour & provide quality education to every child of our world...#StopChildLabour #childlabour #WorldDayAgainstChildLabour pic.twitter.com/f1RSUyyf5c — Dhiveek Manjunath (@DhiveekM) June 12, 2019 STOP #ChildLabour Save Future...@UNI..
                 

IS expands reach in Afghan, threatening West

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Jalalabad (Afghanistan): The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to US and Afghan security officials. Nearly two decades after the US-led invasion, the extremist group is seen as an even greater threat than the Taliban because of its increasingly sophisticated military capabilities and its strategy of targeting civilians, both in Afghanistan and abroad. Concerns run so deep that many have come to see the Taliban, which has also clashed with IS, as a potential partner in containing it. A US intelligence official based in Afghanistan told The Associated Press that a recent wave of attacks in the capital, Kabul, is "practice runs" for even bigger attacks in Europe and the United States. "This group is the most near-term threat to our homelands from Afghanistan," t..
                 

3-year-old girl chooses 'The Nun' themed birthday party over princesses

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The demon nun Valak from the movie Conjuring is probably one the scariest on-screen ghosts and left people in chills after the movie. But this brave little three-year-old girl wanted her birthday theme to revolve around the menacing Nun. So it was my cousins 3rd birthday and instead of having a normal theme she chose this pic.twitter.com/U3FYpeGKTM — ANDREA (@dreeaaxo_) June 5, 2019 The three-year-old birthday girl, Lucia Trujillo Brown from Monterrey, Mexico is in love with the horror movie Conjuring. Lucia’s grandmother thought the movie would terrify the girl, and asked her throughout the movie if they should turn it off but this brave one enjoyed it till the very end. Lucia for her birthday party can be seen dressed as the demonic nun while holding hands with a nun-themed pinata. In another picture, she can be seen standing next to her scary birthday cake that has the face of the nun iced on the surface. And if anyone was wondering yes her friends also participated i..
                 

No casualties reported in fire at East London flats

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London: No casualties have been reported in the fire that broke out at Samuel Garside House by Riverside Barking in East London on Sunday, London Fire Brigade confirmed. The fire was doused within an hour by firefighters. Fifteen fire engines and around 100 firefighters were present at the scene of the incident to douse the blaze, said London Fire Brigade. The cause of the fire is not yet known. The blaze took hold from the ground to the sixth floor of the building, at around 3:30 pm (local time). Top stories of the day Mumbai: One dead, five injured after car crashes into bus stop at Sewri BMC has got 30 complaints about mosquitoes from south Mumbai Mumbai Rains: Parts of the city witness first showers Video of woman beating elderly mother-in-law goes viral Mumbai: Police sweeper gets home after nine-year struggle Proposed Aarey Zoo in leopard corridor, say locals Mumbai Crime: Bikers who stole Rs 2.7 lakh from businessman held in Goregaon Mumbai: Biker hit by car, falls off Bandra's..
                 

Trade war sparks worries about rare earths

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Phoenix: Rising trade tensions between the US and China have sparked worries about the 17 exotic-sounding rare earth minerals needed for high-tech products like robotics, drones and electric cars. China recently raised tariffs to 25 per cent on rare earth exports to the US and has threatened to halt exports altogether after the US raised tariffs on Chinese products and blacklisted Huawei. With names like europium, scandium and ytterbium, the bulk of rare earth minerals are extracted from mines in China, where lower wages and lax environmental standards make production cheaper and easier. Although the US is among the world's top 10 countries for rare earths production, it's also a major importer of the minerals. China last year produced some 120,000 metric tons of rare earths, while the US produced 15,000 metric tons. But trade experts say no one should panic over China's threats to stop exporting the elements to the US. "The sky is not falling. There are alternatives," said Mary B Teag..
                 

UK police arrest 5th suspect in attack on lesbian couple

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London: Police in London have arrested a fifth suspect on suspicion of punching two women on a bus because they were lesbians. Authorities didn't identify the victims in the May 30 attack. But Melania Geymonat posted an image on her Facebook page showing her bloodied face along with that of her girlfriend's. Geymonat, 28, said she and her girlfriend Chris were left covered in blood after the attack last week. "They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kiss so they could enjoy watching, calling us 'lesbians' and describing sexual positions," she wrote on Facebook. "It was only them and us there. They kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it. The next thing I know is that Chris is in the middle of the bus fighting with them. On an impulse, I went over there only to find her face bleeding and three of them beating her up. The next thing I know is I'm being punched." The women were punched several times before the men ran off. Police sai..
                 

Huge bridge mysteriously disappears overnight, leaves people in shock

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The disappearance of a 56-tonne bridge in Russia has created a stir and prompted the police to start an investigation into the incident. This bizarre incident took place in Russia’s Murmansk region where the bridge, roughly 75 feet in length and weighs over 50 tonnes disappeared overnight. This bridge is located on the Umba river in the Arctic region. A 56-Tonne Bridge Mysteriously Disappeared Overnight In Russia & No One Knows Where It Went! https://t.co/mHb0MQSSmQ — Tapas Padhi (@Tutul_cool) June 7, 2019 According to the Daily Mail, the bridge has disappeared without a trace. A few pictures of the bridge were again shared on VK, which showed that a part of the bridge had broken down and the debris was lying in the water below but a few days later, there was absolutely no sign of the broken bridge and the debris. This strange disappearance triggered a detailed investigation which revealed that the bridge had not sunk to the bottom of the river. 'It was taken away by ..
                 

Texas governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

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Austin (US): Texas will allow more teachers to have guns in school and will increase mental health services for students under bills that Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Thursday as major parts of the state's response to a 2018 mass shooting at a high school near Houston. School districts will be allowed to place as many armed teachers or school personnel on campus as they see fit. The new laws also are designed to put more mental health counselors on campus, train teachers to recognize mental health problems and create "threat assessment teams" to help identify potentially dangerous students. "We are proud to have responded to one of the most horrific days in the state of Texas," the Republican governor said of the shooting at Santa Fe High School in which eight students and two teachers were killed. "We can never erase the pain that this tragedy caused, but we can act to make our schools safer." Lawmakers also approved separate measures to "harden" campuses with metal detectors, veh..
                 

Serial killer nurse murdered 85 patients!

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Oldenburg: A German nurse believed to be the most prolific serial killer in the nation's post-war history was handed a life sentence on Thursday for killing 85 patients in his care. The court called Niels Hoegel's murders "incomprehensible" and acknowledged the trial left many families with painful unanswered questions. Hoegel, 42, killed patients selected at random with lethal injections between 2000 and 2005, when he was caught. Hoegel has already spent a decade in prison following a previous life sentence he received for six other murders. The exhumation and autopsy of more than 130 bodies were necessary to build the case for the prosecution. Police suspect that Hoegel's final death toll may be more than 200. But the court was unable to say for sure because of gaps in Hoegel's memory and because many likely victims were cremated before autopsies could be performed. The judge said the number of deaths at Hoegel's hands "surpasses human imagination". He expressed regret that the court..
                 

Woman jokes that her husband only does housework for sex. Here's what happened next

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Social media influencers and bloggers are constantly on the buzz for sharing contents on various platforms. They often fall victims to controversy for sharing content which could be quite sensitive. The most recent to fall victim to this is San Diego-based Instagram influencer Bri Dietz who was criticised for allegedly sharing a post on Instagram featuring her husband Bobby. In the photo, the couple is sat on some stairs and he is holding a sign while Bri kisses his cheek. Bri has over 74,000 followers on the photo-sharing platform and some people have taken issue with a recent image she shared featuring her husband Bobby. The photo which she had shared on the Instagram featuring along with her husband had a message that reads, "Helping with housework so you can get lucky is called choreplay." Alongside this, the wife wrote: "Nothing hotter. Any other 'acts of service' love-language-ers out there? Mine 100%" She added that the quote had been inspired by a fellow Instagrammer called @no..
                 

Donald Trump fist bumps Queen Elizabeth, twitterati is shocked

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US President Donald Trump is on a three-day visit to the UK to strengthen bilateral ties between the two nations. The President met Queen Elizabeth and was greeted by Prince Charles. A video which has gone viral on the internet has left Twitterati shocked. Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump were received by Queen Elizabeth. In an unusual sight, Trump appears to be fist bumping the Queen. Twitterati was shocked and they wondered if it was actually a fist bump or Trump's strange handshake. @realDonaldTrump I know you didn’t want to bow, but a fist bump? I’m not sure Liz was down with that. pic.twitter.com/ymNifxu21r — Andrew Power (@MontyPython1) June 3, 2019 Trump: "Fistbump!"Queen (thinks): "Humour the creep...." #TrumpUKVisit pic.twitter.com/Y2o5Kmkdny — jonestheboat (@jonestheboat) June 3, 2019 Is Donald Trump giving the Queen a fist bump? This guy 🙄 pic.twitter.com/AaAnzmypNT — Marie Dicker (@Margelikescake) June 3, 2019 Lol Donald..
                 

Father punches shark on nose to save daughter from attack

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In a shocking yet heroic incident, a father of a teen fought off a shark that attacked his daughter on the Atlantic beach. The victim identified as Paige Winter (17) was out on the Atlantic Beach when a shark attacked her, however, her father immediately dived into the water to save her from the fatal attack by punching the shark five times. Paige and her father were standing in waist-deep water and chatting when she suddenly got pulled under. When her father realized what was happening, he dived into action and began striking the shark on the nose. Charlie wouldn’t stop until the shark released his daughter. Charlie, the girl's father is a marine, firefighter, and paramedic who has served his community for the last 20 years. While he saved her life from the attack by fighting off the shark, Paige still needed to get her fingers and left leg above the knee amputated. The Atlantic Beach Fire Department described her injuries as "deep lacerations to her leg, pelvis and hand areas"...