Washington: Sathwik Karnik, a 12-year-old son of Indian immigrants, cruised to victory Wednesday in the 2013 National Geographic Bee, nailing questions about obscure island chains, bodies of water, global trade and culture.
Sathwik, of Massachusetts, correctly named Chimborazo as the mountain in Ecuador that represents the farthest point from the Earth’s center – even farther than [...]
London: In a suspected terror attack, a person believed to be a British soldier was on Wednesday beheaded near a barrack here by two reported Islamists who were later shot and wounded by the police.
British police shot and wounded the two assailants, a senior officer said, after reports that a soldier was killed in a [...]
New York: Former Goldman Sachs Group Board of Director Rajat Gupta’s attorneys asked the Judge to reverse his insider-trading conviction, saying wiretap evidence used by the prosecution should not have been introduced at trial stage.
Seth Waxman, lawyer for Gupta, told the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York yesterday that wiretaps played for [...]
Lahore: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday blamed national and international forces for his Pakistan Peoples Party defeat in the May 11 polls while the party’s losing candidates held former premiers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf responsible for the debacle.
In a meeting with PPP ticket-holders of Punjab province at his private residence here, [...]
Washington: A powerful tornado swept through an Oklahoma City suburb on Monday, tearing down blocks of homes, two schools and leaving at least 91 people dead, including 20 children, local officials said.
The state medical examiner’s office released the latest death toll but the number was climbing rapidly, as emergency crews combed through smashed homes and [...]
Washington: A new research has found evidence of a major cosmic event near the end of the Ice Age, which resulted in a climate change that forced many species, including woolly mammoths, to die.
Something – global-scale combustion caused by a comet scraping our planet’s atmosphere or a meteorite slamming into its surface – scorched the [...]
Baghdad: A wave of attacks killed at least 95 people in Shiite and Sunni areas of Iraq on Monday, officials said, pushing the death toll over the past week to more than 240 and extending one of the most sustained bouts of sectarian violence the country has seen in years.
The bloodshed is still far shy [...]
Washington: Former general Thein Sein becomes the first Myanmar President to be welcomed to the White House in almost 47 years, crowning a dramatic diplomatic rehabilitation for his nation after years of international isolation.
But activists are angry about President Barack Obama hosting Thein Sein, and lawmakers are wary. The Myanmar leader has led the shift [...]
Seoul: South Korea on Monday predicted further missile tests by North Korea which fired four short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan at the weekend, drawing criticism from Seoul and UN chief Ban Ki-moon.
“Our military is closely monitoring activities by the North’s military since there is a possibility of additional launches in the future,” Defence [...]
Sittwe, Myanmar: Myanmar’s victims of sectarian strife were spared the full force of Cyclone Mahasen, but many are now returning to flimsy tents in flood-prone camps with the monsoon just weeks away.
Myanmar’s Rakhine state is pockmarked with makeshift settlements for up to 140,000 people – mainly Rohingya Muslims – displaced by sectarian unrest last year [...]
Washington: A Microsoft security expert said that computer viruses are on a rise worldwide once again after years of being less popular amongst computer attackers.
In a report by Fox news, the security expert Tim Rains said that although viruses were less chosen to attack systems by hackers nowadays as they used other forms of threats, [...]
Baghdad: Bombs struck Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding areas on Friday, killing at least 76 people in the deadliest day in Iraq in more than eight months, officials said, as a spike in violence has raised fears the country could be on the path to a new round of sectarian bloodshed.
The attacks in Baghdad [...]
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Cyclone Mahasan weakened by Thursday afternoon into a tropical storm and then dissipated, causing far less damage than had been feared as it passed over Bangladesh and spared Myanmar almost entirely, meteorological officials said.
At least 45 deaths related to Mahasen were reported in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, but officials had prepared [...]
Seoul: North Korea is now thought to have around twice as many mobile missile launchers as previously estimated by Seoul, a report said on Friday, quoting a state-run military analysis unit.
Yonhap news agency said the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA) had revised its figures after seeing a related Pentagon document.
It now estimated that Pyongyang [...]
Washington: US President Barack Obama has said that his country has seen evidence of chemical weapons being used in Syria.
Obama made the revelation after meeting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday. However, the US President insisted it was significant to get more specific details about alleged chemical attacks, reports the BBC.
Earlier, a BBC [...]