13 militants die in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad, July 23 : At least 13 militants were killed Wednesday during air strikes carried out in Pakistan's North Waziristan region.

Stoke City sign Bojan from Barcelona

London, July 23 : English Premier League club Stoke City has announced that the team has signed Spanish striker Bojan Krkic, known as simply "Bojan", from Barcelona.

Six African teams for Nairobi World Hockey League

Nairobi, July 23 : Six teams have confirmed participation in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Hockey League Series in Nairobi from Sep 2-7.

Israel airport safe, says minister

Jerusalem, July 23 : Israel's Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said that the country's airport is safe for landings and take-offs, despite the fact that a rocket fired from Gaza had landed near the airport.

Investigators to probe MH17 black boxes

Kuala Lumpur, July 23 : Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai Wednesday said that crashed Malaysia Airline flight MH17's black boxes would be handed over to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) for forensic analysis.

Scottish minister sees CWG as inspirational

Glasgow, July 23 : Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has expressed confidence that the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games will be "an inspiration" to cities in Scotland which have the ability to manage the international event well.

New Brazil coach Dunga promises organisation, planning

Rio de Janeiro, July 23 : Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga has vowed to instil "organisation and planning" in the country's national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time.

Rodriguez Real Madrid's third most expensive signing

Madrid, July 23 : Colombian international James Rodriguez has agreed to a six-year-contract which will see him earn around six million euros a year and keep him at Real Madrid until 2020.

Kerry, Abbas discuss Gaza ceasefire

Ramallah, July 23 : US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed the possibilities of reaching a ceasefire to end the on-going violence in the Gaza Strip.

UEFA Champions League qualifying results

London, July 23 : Following are the results from the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round, second leg, according to Xinhua:

Lady Gaga joins water conservation campaign

Los Angeles, July 23 : Singer Lady Gaga has joined a campaign urging the people of California to conserve water.

Jada Pinkett Smith stands up against sexual assault

Los Angeles, July 23 : Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has taken on cause of sexual assault after a family incident.

US approves probes against Chinese tires

Washington, July 23 : The US International Trade Commission (USITC) Tuesday approved the anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations against imports of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires from China.

Eddie Murphy's namesake drops defamation lawsuit

Los Angeles, July 23 : Actor Eddie Murphy gets a clean chit after a comedian, who shares his last name, dropped a defamation lawsuit against the star.

Fighting in Gaza will end 'in very near future': UN chief

United Nations, July 23 : UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that he believed his talks with world leaders will lead to an end to the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas "in the very near future".

Nigeria poverty level drops: Report

Lagos, July 23 : Poverty rate in Nigeria has dropped from 35.2 percent to 33.1 percent in 2013, a latest World Bank report said Tuesday.

UN agencies call for actions against polio in Syria

Geneva, July 23 : The World Health Organisation and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund Tuesday said in a report that actions are needed to protect children against polio in Syria as polio cases resurfaced in the conflict-stricken country.

Kevin Spacey offered donation to turn vegetarian

Los Angeles, July 23 : Actor Kevin Spacey has been offered a donation of $6,000 to his theatre company by animal rights campaigners if he switches meat for vegetarian food at an upcoming fundraising barbecue.

22 killed in Baghdad bomb attack

Baghdad, July 23 : At least 22 people were killed and 45 were wounded in a car bomb explosion in the capital Baghdad Tuesday, a source from the interior ministry said.

Katie Price still loves cheating husband

London, July 23 : Former model Katie Price wanted to "throttle" her cheating husband Kieran Hayler, but that doesn't stop her from loving him.

Iceland donates humanitarian relief funds to Palestinians

Rekjavik, July 23 : Icelan's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson announced here Tuesday that his country will donate $104,000 to the Palestinians suffering from the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Cher Lloyd wants to confront Louis Walsh

Los Angeles, July 23 : Singer Cher Lloyd recently expressed her desire to confront Louis Walsh, who judges "The X Factor", after the latter called her "a spoilt child" sparking a war of words between the two.

Israel to destroy Hamas tunnels before ending offensive

Jerusalem, July 23 : The Israeli army Tuesday said that it will not cease its Gaza offensive before rooting out the "terror tunnels" that Hamas are using to sneak into Israel, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tried to broker a peace between the Jewish state and the Islamist Hamas movement.

One Direction to release concert movie in 50 nations

Los Angeles, July 23 : One Direction band members are planning to release a concert movie in 50 countries in October.

Over 100 candidates to compete for Iraqi presidency

Baghdad, July 23 : More than 100 candidates are vying for the Iraqi presidency as lawmakers prepare to choose the nation 's new leadership, and build an inclusive government while the country is severely divided by sectarian rifts and grappling with an ongoing Islamist insurgency.

Russia ready to join probe into airliner crash

Moscow, July 23 : Russia is ready to join the international investigation led by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) into the crash of the Malaysian Airlines MH17, Moscow said Tuesday.

US airlines cancel flights to Israel

Washington, July 23 : Two major US civil aviation giants, Delta Airlines and US Airways announced Tuesday that they have cancelled flights to Israel due to safety and security concerns.

ICAO in Ukraine to analyse MH17 flight recorders

Donetsk/Kiev, July 23 : A delegation of specialists from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, for further analysis of the flight recorders from the downed Malaysian Airlines MH17, media reports said.

Dream come true for Buttler, surgery time for Prior

London, July 22 : New England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler finally gets the Test status after serving as a One-Day cricketer and this, he says, is a "dream come true".

Twins have low language performance in comparison to single-born kids

Washington, July 22 : A recent study has revealed that the rate of language delay among twins is almost twice as compared to the single-born children.

'Natural cooling fluctuation' masked greenhouse effect during last decade: Study

Washington, July 22 : A new study has revealed that a natural cooling fluctuation between 1998 and 2013 largely masked the warming effects of a continued increase in man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Microbiologists unravel mystery of TB causing microbe

Washington, July 22 : Microbiologists has find the mechanisms by which the aerobic soil microbe Mycobacterium smegmatis is able to persist for extreme lengths of time in the absence, or near-absence, of oxygen which might develop a revolutionary class of antibiotics to tackle TB.

Internet mobile users in China surpass computer ones

Beijing, July 22 : The number of people who use mobile to surf internet in China has surpassed the number of people using computers to go on web, says an industry report by the China Internet Network Information Center.

Court ruling makes me rightful PCB chairman: Najam Sethi

Lahore, July 22 : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi has said that a Supreme Court ruling has established him as the rightful head of the board.

Yahoo set to buy mobile analytics and advertising platform 'Flurry'

Washington, July 22 : Yahoo announced on Monday that it is set to buy Flurry, a company that specializes in mobile analytics and advertising.

Leaked Windows 9 screenshots show return of Start Menu

Washington, July 22 : Microsoft's newly leaked screenshots of 'Windows 9' shows the revamped look of the desktop and gives a closer view of the new 'Start Menu'.

Rory McIlroy's British Open victory takes him to world's No. 2

Johannesburg, July 22 : Rory McIlroy has become the world's number two, jumping six positions, after winning the British Open on Sunday.

At least six top al-Qaeda leaders killed in US drone attack

Islamabad, July 22 : At least six top al-Qaeda leaders have been killed in fresh US drone strikes in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.

Parents don't realize health consequences of kids being overweight

Washington, July 22 : A study revealed that parents of obese children often do not recognize the potentially serious health consequences of childhood weight gain or the importance of daily physical activity that would help their child reach a healthy weight.

Trying harder doesn't help adults learn languages: Study

Washington, July 22 : A new study has revealed that the harder adults try to learn an artificial language, the worse they are at deciphering the language's morphology, the structure and deployment of linguistic units such as root words, suffixes, and prefixes.

Ukrainian military jet may have shot down Malaysian aircraft MH17, says senior Russian officer

London, July 22 : A senior Russian officer has said that a Ukrainian military jet may have attacked the MH17 aircraft that had been flying only a few kilometers away from the Malaysian Airlines MH17 before it crashed down.

Transiting exoplanet with 'longest known year' discovered

Washington, July 22 : Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet, Kepler-421b, which has the longest known year.

Dwarf galaxies dancing around larger ones question universe formation theories

Washington, July 22 : Several dwarf galaxies that 'dance' throughout the universe in arranged disc-shaped orbits around larger ones makes it more difficult to understand how the universe was formed and evolved, according to a new study.

How high-fat diet could inhibit sense of smell revealed

Washington, July 22 : A new animal study has revealed the link between a bad diet and a loss of smell for the first time.

Saudi private sector sees twofold increase in number of women employees from last year

Dubai, July 22 : A report has revealed that the total number of Saudi women working in the private sector has almost doubled to 400,000 from last year.

Is Ronnie Wood 'up' for being a dad at 67?

London, July 22 : Ronnie Wood's third wife Sally Humphreys recently confessed that she wanted to have his baby, regardless of his age.

'Right' fat can keep your heart healthy

Washington, July 22 : a new study claims that though excess of fat is not good for your heart, the right type of fat will help keeping it healthy.

Ian Poulter skims head of beer pint with one swing

London, July 22 : Ian Poulter showed his party boy skills recently when he carved the foam off the top of a beer pint with a single swing, while entertaining a bunch of people.

Catch some sleep to avoid errors in memory

Washington, July 22 : A new study has revealed that people who get less sleep might be hurting their memory.

Ronnie Wood shatters the 'sex, drugs and rock'n'roll' image of 'The Rolling Stone'

London, July 22 : Ronnie Wood wrecked the 'sex, drugs and rock'n'roll' image of the renowned band 'The Rolling Stones' with his recent revelation that the band members spent much of their backstage time watching murder mysteries.

Girlfriend inherits Philip Seymour Hoffman's entire 21m pound fortune

London, July 22 : Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's has left his entire 21 million pound fortune in the name of his long term partner, Mimi O'Donnell instead of his children.

Kenya's military Twitter account hacked by group claiming to be 'Anonymous'

Johannesburg, July 22 : The Kenyan military's Twitter account was reportedly breached by hackers claiming to be from the international activist collective Anonymous.

Moral victories help spare losses next time on

Washington, July 22 : A new study has revealed that moral victories may spare one from losing next time.

Ronaldo's girlfriend Irina Shayk wasn't 'nervous' about stripping for Hercules

London, July 22 : Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Irina Shayk has admitted that she wasn't nervous while stripping off for her first acting role in the movie 'Hercules'.

Snowden plans to launch anti-surveillance technology

Washington, July 22 : Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, proposes to launch an anti-surveillance technology to curb government spying.

Matt Prior to miss rest of summer over 'fitness problems'

London, July 22 : England wicketkeeper Matt Prior will stay off the fields this summer due to several fitness problems, a report has revealed.

Myopia increases with higher education: Study

Washington, July 22 : A new study has revealed that that attaining a higher level of education and spending more years in school are two factors associated with a greater prevalence and severity of nearsightedness, or myopia.

Thai princess a big fan of Tagore

Kolkata, July 22 : Thailand Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Tuesday went around the Rabindra Bharati University named after Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and disclosed she had a childhood wish to study at Santiniketan under his tutelage.

EU sanctions more Syrian entities

Brussels, July 22 : The European Union (EU) Tuesday expanded sanctions against Syria over the government's "violent repression" of its civilian population.

UN Security Council slams IS for persecuting minorities in Iraq

United Nations, July 22 : The UN Security Council Tuesday condemned the persecution of minorities in Iraq by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) and warned that such acts may constitute a crime against humanity.