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Philippine government signs peace pact with Muslim rebels

Philippine government signs peace pact with Muslim rebels

Bangkok, March 28 (IANS/EFE) The Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim guerrilla group signed an accord Thursday that aims to end decades of armed conflict. President Benigno Aquino and the leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Al Haj Ebrahim Murad, put their signatures to the document in a ceremony at Manila’s Malacañang palace. The […]

Paul Walker’s mom in legal battle with Rebecca

Paul Walker’s mom in legal battle with Rebecca

Los Angeles, March 28 (IANS) Paul Walker’s mother Cheryl and his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Soteros will reportedly fight a legal battle over the custody of the late actor’s 15-year-old daughter. Meadow, who is Paul and Rebecca’s daughter, had been living with Cheryl Walker since August, three months before Paul died. After Paul’s death, Rebecca flew from Hawaii […]

Crimea’s war dolphins now in hands of Russian navy

Crimea’s war dolphins now in hands of Russian navy

Moscow, March 28 (IANS/EFE) The dolphins and sea lions trained by the Ukrainian navy in Crimea for military operations are now in the hands of the Russian navy following the peninsula’s absorption by Russia. The Ukrainian navy resumed the programme, which was scrapped just before the collapse of the Soviet Union, in 2012 at one of […]

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, […]

Latin America’s largest solar power plant goes online

Latin America’s largest solar power plant goes online

Mexico City, March 28 (IANS/EFE) Latin America’s largest solar power plant, a facility with 39 MW of generating capacity, has gone online in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The Aura Solar I photovoltaic power plant was inaugurated by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Wednesday and will supply electricity to the city of La […]

Suseenthiran to float new production house

Suseenthiran to float new production house

Chennai, March 27 (IANS) Filmmaker Suseenthiran, known for movies such as “Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer”, will soon float a new production house in association with cinematographer Madhie and art director Rajeevan. “Suseenthiran, Madhie and Rajeevan who have worked together for films such as ‘Naan Mahan Alla’ and ‘Pandiya Naadu’ have decided to take their friendship to new […]

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 […]

Cuckoo’ makers gift SUV to film’s director

Cuckoo’ makers gift SUV to film’s director

Chennai, March 27 (IANS) Buoyed by the overwhelming response to the recently released Tamil romantic drama “Cuckoo”, its makers Fox Star Studios and The Next Big Film presented the film’s director Raju Murugan with a Renault Duster SUV as a token of appreciation. “A gesture of appreciation from Fox Star Studios and The Next Big Film […]

Crows are as clever as your seven-year-old!

Crows are as clever as your seven-year-old!

Auckland, March 27 (IANS) Aesop’s fable that told us how smart the thirsty crow was. Scientists have now discovered that crows are as intelligent as a seven-year-old child. Their abilities to make tools, such as prodding sticks and hooks which they use to pick up out grubs from logs and branches, have been counted for their […]

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 […]

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