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Economic crisis blessing for Cyprus peace deal: UN envoy

Economic crisis blessing for Cyprus peace deal: UN envoy

Nicosia, March 28 (IANS) An outgoing UN envoy in Cyprus said Thursday that the island’s economic crisis may be a blessing in disguise regarding a peace deal eluding Greek and Turkish Cypriots for many decades. Alexander Downer, a former foreign minister of Australia who served as UN secretary general’s personal advisor in Cyprus for seven years, […]

Bacteria may produce high-energy missile fuel

Bacteria may produce high-energy missile fuel

Washington, March 27 (IANS) In a path-breaking discovery, researchers have engineered a bacterium to synthesise pinene – a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels in missiles and other aerospace applications. With improvements in process efficiency, the biofuel could supplement limited supplies of petroleum-based high-energy fuel like ‘JP-10’ and might also facilitate development […]

Giant earth-like planet at outer edge of our solar system!

Giant earth-like planet at outer edge of our solar system!

Washington, March 27 (IANS) Are you aware of the outer edge of our solar system? Astronomers have identified a new most-distant member, bringing the region into the limelight. The distant dwarf planet, called “2012 VP113″, has been found to be beyond the known edge of the solar system. This is likely to be one of thousands […]

Gunmen kidnap two UN employees in Yemen

Gunmen kidnap two UN employees in Yemen

Sanaa, March 26 (IANS) Gunmen believed to be Al Qaeda affiliates kidnapped two westerners working for the UN office in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa Tuesday, police said. The two UN staffers were kidnapped near the presidential palace in Sabeen area southeast of Sanaa, Xinhua quoted police officials as saying. They added that they had no […]

Libya authorities amend law to try Gaddafi’s son

Libya authorities amend law to try Gaddafi’s son

Tripoli, March 26 (IANS) The Libyan General National Congress Tuesday made partial amendments to the country’s criminal law to allow the trial of Gaddafi’s son, a judicial spokesperson said. “The prosecution general, on the judge of security circumstances, required the votes of the General National Congress on amending Criminal Law 241 and 243, to allow the […]

Egypt adjourns mass Brotherhood trial

Egypt adjourns mass Brotherhood trial

Cairo, March 26 (IANS) A court in Egypt Tuesday adjourned until April 28 the second mass trial of 683 alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters who face charges including murder incitement of violence and sabotage, Al Jazeera reported. The proceedings in Minya, south of here, were adjourned a day after the same court handed down death sentences to […]

Eight killed in Nigeria suicide bomb attack

Eight killed in Nigeria suicide bomb attack

Abuja, March 26 (IANS) Police in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state Tuesday said that eight people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at Dalori area of the state. The suspected insurgents in a car threw improvised explosive device (IED) at a police patrol van, killing all the five policemen, Xinhua quoted the police as saying. The […]

Smokers can’t taste bitter taste of caffeine

Smokers can’t taste bitter taste of caffeine

London, March 25 (IANS) Do you smoke or have quit recently? Chances are that you may not taste and appreciate the bitter taste of caffeine in your cup of coffee. According to research, smokers and those who have quit cannot fully appreciate the full flavour of a cup of coffee because many cannot taste the bitterness […]

Tiny wireless pacemaker a game changer

Tiny wireless pacemaker a game changer

Washington, March 25 (IANS) In a significant news for patients who are on pacemakers, a new small, wireless pacemaker appears safe and feasible, a study by an Indian-American researcher shows. This wireless pacemaker is self-contained, lies within the heart and is smaller than a triple-A battery. Although traditional pacemakers pose minimal risk, patients are still vulnerable […]

Indian-American in immigration scam settles with US body

Indian-American in immigration scam settles with US body

Washington, March 25 (IANS) An Indian-American businessman and two Chicago based organisations will pay $15 million to settle charges of raising $158 million dollars from close to 300 investors as part of an immigration scam. The US Securities and Exchange Commission had charged Anshoo R. Sethi, A Chicago Convention Centre, LLC (ACCC) and Intercontinental Regional Centre […]

Three killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan

Three killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan

Kabul, March 24 (IANS) Two policemen and a rebel were killed when Taliban militants ambushed a police patrol in southern Afghan province of Helmand, sources said Monday. “Militants numbering nine to 10 ambushed a police patrol in Dorzu area of Garmsir district late Sunday night, leaving two policemen and one militant dead,” the provincial government spokesman […]

Assad’s cousin killed while fighting with rebels

Assad’s cousin killed while fighting with rebels

Doha, March 24 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s cousin Hilal al-Assad has been killed along with seven of his fighters while fighting against rebels in the border town of Kasab in the country’s Latakia province. Hilal Al-Assad, leader of the pro-government National Defence Force (NDF), was killed Sunday with seven other NDF elements who were with […]

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