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US building $203mn consulate in Hyderabad
New York, Dec 7 : The US State Department is to start building a $203 million consulate general complex next year in Hyderabad, one of its busiest outposts. Read Full Story

Donald Trump wins 'Time Person of the Year'
London [UK], Dec. 7 (ANI): US President-elect Donald Trump has been named the 2016 Time magazine person of the year. Read Full Story

Donald Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year
Washington, Dec 7 : US President-elect Donald Trump has been named as Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2016, BBC reported on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Sea ice in Arctic and Antarctic hit record lows in November
New York, Dec 7 : Warm temperatures have led to record decline in the extent of sea ice in the Arctic and off the coast of Antarctica in November this year, say scientists. Read Full Story

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover develops drill glitch
Washington, Dec 7 : NASA said its Curiosity Mars rover is not currently using its arm for science as it has detected an issue with a motor that moves the rover's drill. Read Full Story

Trump wants Air Force One order at Boeing cancelled
New York [United States], Dec. 7 (ANI): U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump wants to cancel an order of Air Force One from Boeing which is being built to carry "future presidents" as it is costing more than $4 billion. Read Full Story

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka gives up green card post Trump poll win
New York [United States], Dec. 7 (ANI): Africa's first Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Wole Soyinka, has given up his green card after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential elections. Read Full Story

Tweeting emoji at Google will surprise you
New York, Dec 7 : If you tweet an emoji at Google, it will interpret it and show you relevant results. Read Full Story

Apple launches new tool for logging into TV apps
New York, Dec 7 : Aiming to help you enjoy instant access to video apps that your pay TV subscription includes, Apple has launched a new iOS single sign-on tool to log in to your cable or satellite-TV provider on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV. Read Full Story

NASA building robot to repair, refuel satellites in orbit
Washington, Dec 7 : NASA has awarded a $127 million contract to the California-based satellite company Space Systems/Loral for giving shape to its robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit. Read Full Story

Instagram adds long-requested features
New York, Dec 7 : Instagram has added long-requested features that include giving users more control over comments on any post. Read Full Story

White House defends new Air Force One deal after Trump's attack on expense
Washington, Dec 7 : The White House defended the deal of new Air Force One aircrafts with Boeing company, after President-elect Donald Trump called for cancelling the order claiming the new aircraft too expensive in a Twitter post earlier on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Oil prices drop amid output cut skepticism
New York, Dec 7 : Oil prices dropped on Tuesday, breaking four-session win streak, as market fear record crude output and the reaction of US shale producers may undermine the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)'s output cut deal. Read Full Story

Trump says Air Force One aircraft too expensive
Washington, Dec 7 : US President-elect Donald Trump urged the government to cancel Boeing's new Air Force One plane in a Twitter post, saying it was too expensive. Read Full Story

South Korea blames DPRK for military intranet hack
New York [USA], Dec. 6 : South Korea on Tuesday accused Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) of hacking its military intranet and leaking confidential information. Read Full Story

US groups pay tributes to Jayalalithaa
New York, Dec 6 : The American Tamil Sangam (ATS) and the US Friends of AIADMK (USFAIADMK) have paid tributes to the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. Read Full Story

Won't let Trump ruin nuclear agreement, says Iran President
New York [USA], Dec. 6 : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran will not permit U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to tear up its nuclear deal with the United States. Read Full Story

Japanese cargo ship set to launch for space station on Friday
Washington, Dec 6 : The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is scheduled to launch a cargo spacecraft "Kounotori" on Friday from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan, NASA said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Joe Biden hints at US presidential run in 2020
Washington, Dec 6 : US Vice-President Joe Biden has said that he may run for the post of President in 2020, the media reported. Read Full Story

Looking forward to work with Trump administration: Pakistan
Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 6 : Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi has said that Islamabad is looking forward to work closely with Trump administration to further enhance its bilateral relations with the United States. Read Full Story

Trump meets former U.S. vice president Al Gore over 'climate change'
Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 6 : U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump met former vice president and environmentalist Al Gore on Monday. Read Full Story

Tech giants to create shared database against terrorist content
New York, Dec 6 : With an aim to limit online terrorist content, technology giants Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube said together they would build a shared database that will also help them to weed out content used to recruit people into terrorism. Read Full Story

Trump's deal-making skill to resolve Kashmir issue: Pence
Washington, Dec 6 : US Vice President-elect Mike Pence has stated that Donald Trump could use his "extraordinary deal-making skills" to reduce tensions around the world and resolve problems, including the Kashmir issue. Read Full Story

NASA Saturn mission makes first ring-grazing plunge
Washington, Dec 6 : NASA said its Cassini spacecraft has successfully made the first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on November 30, but did not obtain views of the planet near the time of closest approach. Read Full Story

Facebook uses 'survey' to curb fake news
New York, Dec 6 : In an effort to stop the proliferation of fake news, Facebook has initiated a "Survey" that asks users to what extent they think an article uses misleading language. Read Full Story

Indian-origin man charged with murdering wife
New York, Dec 6 : An Indian-origin man was charged with murdering his wife here on Monday after a street argument, according to a city public prosecutor. Read Full Story

US controversial North Dakota oil pipeline project halted
Washington, Dec 6 : The US Army Corps of Engineers have decided to halt an underwater pipeline project in North Dakota that environmentalists warn may damage local water quality. Read Full Story

Trump, Al Gore hold 'interesting conversation' in New York
New York, Dec 6 : Former US Vice President Al Gore on Monday held an "interesting conversation" in New York with President-elect Donald Trump, but he offered no details about their meeting. Read Full Story

Michigan to move ahead with vote recount
New York [USA], Dec. 5 : U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith on Monday issued an order for Michigan election officials to begin recounting the ballots starting this noon. Read Full Story

You take riskier decisions as the day advances
New York, Dec 5 : Frequent casino goers probably know it already, but a new study has found evidence that our decisions tend to be quicker and less accurate as the day wears on. Read Full Story

Far-right candidate Hofer concedes defeat in Austria's presidential election
New York [United States], Dec.5 : Austria's far-right Freedom Party's presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has conceded his defeat to the Green Party-backed independent Alexander Van der Bellen in the country's presidential election after exit polls showed an clear win for Bellen. Read Full Story

Trump will bring his "extraordinary deal-making skills" to mediate Kashmir issue, hints Pence
New York [U.S.], Dec. 5 : President-elect Donald Trump might serve the role of a mediator in the Kashmir issue by bringing his "extraordinary deal-making skills" to sort the crisis, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said. Read Full Story

Trump considering more than four people for Secretary of State
Washington D.C. [United States], Dec. 5 : U.S. President- Elect Donald Trump's campaign manager and adviser Kellyanne Conway has said that more than four people are being considered by Trump for Secretary of State. Read Full Story

New Zealand PM John Key resigns, says 'ten years at the top is a long time'
New York [U.S.], Dec. 5 : In a shocking move, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who had been in power since 2008, and leader of the ruling National Party since 2006, has offered his resignation. Read Full Story

Humorous ads may hurt brand name
New York, Dec 5 : Advertisements that make people laugh are not always in the best interest of brands and can prove to be harmful, warns a study that has cautioned ad makers. Read Full Story

Trump attacks China after criticism over phone call
Washington, Dec 5 : The US President-elect has attacked China after he was criticised by Beijing over his recent telephone conversation with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, reports said on Monday. Read Full Story

Trump broadens search for US Secretary of State
New York, Dec 5 : President-elect Donald Trump has broadened his search for the post of US Secretary of State, a transition team spokesperson announced. Read Full Story

Stein seeks federal court over Clinton votes recount effort
Washington, Dec 5 : Unites States' Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein's campaign said it would seek a federal court order for a recount of the votes cast in Pennsylvania, which President-elect Donald Trump won narrowly over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Read Full Story

Death toll in US warehouse fire rises to 33
New York, Dec 5 : At least 30 bodies have been found after warehouse fire occurred in Oakland, United States on Friday night, media reports said. Read Full Story

Pence: Taiwan president's call to Trump was just 'courtesy'
Washington, Dec 5 : U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence said that the controversial telephone call between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and President-elect Donald Trump last week was just a "courtesy call", media reports said. Read Full Story

Arab American comedian sits next to Trump's son on flight
Washington D.C. [United States), Dec. 4 : An Arab American stand-up comedian, Mo Amer, who was on his way to a leg of a comedy tour, found himself seating next to Eric Trump, son of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, on a flight to Scotland on Thursday. Read Full Story

Twitter won't help to build Muslim registry in US
New York, Dec 4 : Of the nine major tech giants, including Facebook, Apple and Google, only Twitter has declined to help if US President-elect Donald Trump seeks to create a national Muslim registry, a media report said. Read Full Story

Use of privacy controls on Facebook depends on user: Study
New York, Dec 4 : Even though the online social platforms are offering several privacy controls to users, it depends on the user how to use them making privacy a debatable issue, a new study has found. Read Full Story

Sharif likely to visit US early next year
Islamabad, Dec 4 : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to visit the US in the first quarter of next year when a meeting with incoming President Donald Trump would be included in his Washington engagements, media reports here said on Sunday. Read Full Story

Now Apple working on self-driving car
New York, Dec 4 : A month after Volvo got an order of 100 self-driving cars from Uber, Apple has hinted that it will enter the driverless cars market where bigwigs like Tesla and Google have already made deep inroads, a media report said. Read Full Story

9 killed in overnight fire in US
Washington, Dec 4 : An overnight fire killed at least 9 people on Saturday while another 25 people were missing in Oakland in United States, media reports said. Read Full Story

Senate vote to extend sanctions shows US unreliability: Iran
New Delhi, Dec 3 : Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday slammed the US Senate's vote to extend anti-Tehran sanctions and said that "it is a sign of Washington's unreliability". Read Full Story

US reaffirms one-China stance after Trump talks to Taiwan leader
Washington, Dec 3 : The White House on Friday reaffirmed backing its long standing one-China policy and the three China-US joint communiques, after President-elect Donald Trump received a call from Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen. Read Full Story

Obama blocks Chinese firms' takeover of Aixtron's US business
Washington, Dec 3 : In a move which could spark tension between President-elect Donald Trump and the Chinese government in the near future, US President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company's purchase of the US business of German chip equipment maker Aixtron. Read Full Story

Pak PM Sharif's special envoy to meet Trump's team
Washington [USA], Dec. 3 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special assistant for foreign affairs, Tariq Fatemi, will meet with officials of the US President-elect Donald Trump's transition team in the United States this weekend. Read Full Story

Trump supporters oppose election recount across three states
London [UK], Dec. 3 (ANI): US President-elect Donald Trump's supporters have asked the courts to stop recounting of votes in the states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan where the Republic candidate narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton. Read Full Story

US House of Representatives passes $611 bn defence bill
Washington, Dec 3 : The US House of Representatives has authorised a $611 billion defence budget for 2017. Read Full Story

Facebook working on Snapchat-like Discover feature
New York, Dec 3 : In yet another attempt to take on photo sharing mobile service Snapchat, Facebook is working on a new feature which will showcase lists of curated content from publishers directly in the News Feed. Read Full Story

Trump transition: From Brexit to Calexit (Washington Diary)
Washington, Dec 3 : Hillary Clinton polled over 2.5 million more votes than Donald Trump, yet come January 20, the Manhattan mogul would become POTUS - President of the United States. That's not cricket! Read Full Story

Check, you may miss whatsapp in 2017
New York, Dec 3 : Popular messaging app WhatsApp will stop working on millions of smartphones by the end of 2016 unless they are upgraded, media reports said. Read Full Story

Pakistan PM's special assistant to meet team Trump
Washington, Dec 3 : Pakistan has decided to send the Prime Ministers special assistant for foreign affairs to the US to meet officials of the Trump transition team. Read Full Story

China angry over Trump's phone call to Taiwan
Washington, Dec 3 : A telephonic conversation between US President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, has angered China, reports said on Saturday. Read Full Story

Washington Monument to remain closed till 2019
Washington, Dec 3 : The iconic Washington Monument will remain closed for at least the next two and a half years, the US National Park Service has said. Read Full Story

Biden hopes for strong US-Colombia ties under Trump
Bogota, Dec 3 : Wrapping up a two-day visit to Colombia, US Vice President Joe Biden expressed hope that bilateral relations between the two nations will not be weakened after President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. Read Full Story

Trump's holds telephone conversation with Taiwan president
Washington, Dec 3 : US President-elect Donald Trump had a telephone conversation with Taiwanese Head of State Tsai Ing-wen, media reports said. Read Full Story

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