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Newly discovered moth species named after Donald Trump

Newly discovered moth species named after Donald Trump

New York [USA], Jan. 19 : Ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has received a unique gift.

A biologist has named a newly discovered species of moth after the next U.S. president.

The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi is a wee little creature found in parts of California and Baja, Mexico, reports the CNN.

The moth sports a very familiar-looking crown of yellowish scales like Trump's golden hairdos.

"With its hair tufts, its presence in US and Mexico, and its fragile habitat that needs conservation, I really did not have any choice with this one other than to name [the moth] after Mr. President-elect himself," said evolutionary biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari.

Nazari said he also chose the name to bring awareness to conservation challenges.

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung's de facto head

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung's de facto head

New York [USA], Jan. 17 : Prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for Samsung's heir apparent over allegations of bribery, perjury and embezzlement in the influence-peddling scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye.

The move against Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong on Monday is part of an investigation into a massive political corruption scandal that has shaken South Korea's political and business elites, reports the CNN.

Lee is set to appear on Wednesday before a judge, who will decide whether the arrest warrant is valid. If it is valid then the man tapped to head South Korea's biggest conglomerate will be taken into detention.

Taiwan deploys fighter jets as Chinese aircraft carrier enters its strait

Taiwan deploys fighter jets as Chinese aircraft carrier enters its strait

New York [USA], Jan. 12 : Taiwan has reportedly deployed fighter jets, a surveillance aircraft and Navy frigates in response to the movement of China's lone aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.

The Liaoning, China's only aircraft carrier, entered the strait, part of Taiwan's air defense identification zone, after training exercises in the South China Sea.

The Chinese vessels moved through waters off Shantou in the southeastern Chinese province of Guangdong early Wednesday morning and continued north, reports the CNN.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, who is on a Central American tour, has been briefed about the situation and requested that officials in Taipei closely monitor the movements of the Chinese vessels.

Trump finally acknowledges Russian involvement in DNC hack

Trump finally acknowledges Russian involvement in DNC hack

New York [USA], Jan. 12 : U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for the first time has acknowledged Russian involvement in the Democratic National Committee (DNC) server hack but refuted intelligence reports that Moscow acted to help him win the presidential race.

"I think it was Russia," the CNN quoted Trump as saying at a news conference in New York on Wednesday.

He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks U.S. targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cyber-security programs.

The news conference opened with his spokesman, Sean Spicer, slamming a "political witch hunt" following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump.

ISIS claims 2 suicide bombings in Baghdad; 16 people killed

ISIS claims 2 suicide bombings in Baghdad; 16 people killed

New York [U.S.], Jan. 9 : ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings at the Baghdad markets on Sunday in which 16 people were killed.

According to CNN, the attacks occurred on the same day as anti-ISIS forces charged on the terrorist outfit's stronghold in Mosul.

The first explosion happened when a driver blew up his explosives-laden vehicle at the Alwat-Jamila market in eastern Baghdad's Sadr City, in which at least 11 people were killed and 25 injured.

In the second attack, a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up at a busy market in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of al-Baladiyat, in the which the police said, that at least five people were killed, and 12 were wounded.

"No weakening of resolve" by US towards NATO under Trump: Obama

"No weakening of resolve" by US towards NATO under Trump: Obama

New York [USA], Nov. 15 : US President Barack Obama has said that Washington would remain the world's "indispensable" power and committed to NATO even under the administration of his newly-elected successor Donald Trump as the latter has assured him about the same.

"In my conversations with the President-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships," Obama said, adding that he had a message from Trump to pass on to world leaders he will meet this week. "One of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and the transatlantic alliance," said the President.

President Obama will be reassuring the same to US allies during his overseas trip this week.

Sushma Swaraj to address UN General Assembly today

New York (U.S.), Sept. 26 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the UN General Assembly in New York today, where she is expected to give a stinging response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's UNGA speech.

Outlining India's focus for the UN General Assembly session, New Delhi's envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said terrorism is the primary concern for India as well as for nations across the world.

He listed reform of the UN Security Council, sustainable development, climate change and peacekeeping as other priorities for India in the current UNGA session.

Obama calls upon international community to reject all forms of fundamentalism

New York [US], Sept. 20 : U.S. President Barack Obama has called upon International Community to reject all forms of fundamentalism, while saying that nations should stop proxy wars.

Delivering his last speech at the United Nations General Assembly on its 71st session, Obama said the international community should reject terrorism and there is need to embrace the tolerance that results from respect for all human beings.

"The world is too small, we are all too packed together to be following the old ways of thinking. We must reject the fundamentalism...instead we need to embrace the tolerance that results from respect for all human beings," Obama said.

New York Gov. Cuomo wants Better Working Conditions for Workers in Nail Salons

New York Gov. Cuomo wants Better Working Conditions for Workers in Nail Salons

On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo came up with a consumer-focused effort to regulate New York’s nail-salon industry.

He wants that customers should be the first line of defense against nail salons that abuse their workers. Cuomo unveiled about a new public-education campaign and its aim will be to encourage customers at nail salons to ask questions about how workers are treated.

As a part of the campaign, state officials will use social media and a new website. These platforms will be used to distribute pocket cards having the ‘Top Five Things to Ask When Entering a Nail Salon’

Pollen Tsunami may worsen Plight for Allergy Sufferers

Pollen Tsunami may worsen Plight for Allergy Sufferers

According to an expert, a ferocious winter and starting of climate change has created a ‘pollen tsunami’ and it’s going to be problem for allergy sufferers in the Northeast.

Oak and birch trees are appearing at the same time as the seasonal ones such as poplar, alder and ash. Shortly, the grass pollens arrive, according to expert.

“It's a triple whammy. The early and mid-spring tree pollen and the grasses are hitting all at once to create misery and suffering”, said Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York.

Physicist whose work helped world see 1st moon walk dies

Physicist whose work helped world see 1st moon walk dies

Ithaca - A physicist whose career was highlighted by research that helped capture moving images of the first moon walk has died. Ernest Sternglass was 91. Cornell University says Sternglass died Thursday of heart failure in Ithaca, New York.

Sternglass corresponded early in his career with Albert Einstein, who encouraged him to pursue applied physics over theoretical research. Cornell says Sternglass' research helped lead to a sensitive television camera tube that captured low-light lunar action during the 1969 moon landing. He also performed pioneering work in digital X-rays.

He worked on medical imaging for many years at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

NBC suspends 'Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams for 6 months without pay

NBC suspends 'Nightly News' anchor Brian Williams for 6 months without pay

New York, Feb 11 - NBC chiefs have suspended anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay for telling a false war story repeatedly, putting a major blemish on the career of one of America's star newscasters.

NBC News President Deborah Turness said that they have decided today to suspend Brian Williams for six months without pay and is effective immediately and so Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News, the New York Post reported.

Mirach calls off Sahara loan deal, returns fees

Mirach calls off Sahara loan deal, returns fees

New York: Engaged in a war of words with Sahara over a failed syndicate loan deal, US-based Mirach today said it has returned the entire due diligence fees of USD 2.625 million to the Indian group but is willing to make a USD
2.05 billion offer for full buyout of their three iconic hotels.

Mirach Capital, run by Indian origin businessman Saransh Sharma, who had emerged as a white-knight in Sahara's efforts to secure release of its jailed chief Subrata Roy till its USD 2.05 billion financing deal got embroiled in an alleged "forged letter" controversy, maintained that the Indian group remains an "unwilling seller".

Elvis Presley's granddaughter weds fiance

Elvis Presley's granddaughter weds fiance

New York - Elvis Presley's grand daughter Riley Keough has tied the knot with fiance Ben Smith-Peterson in a beautiful and intimate ceremony.

The 25-year-old's representative confirmed their wedding, which took place on February 4, reported the New York Daily News.

"Riley and Ben were married in a small, private afternoon ceremony surrounded by close family and other loved ones. It was a beautiful day and they couldn't be happier," the representative said.

The couple tied the knot just a few months after they announced their engagement in August, when Smith-Petersen posted a photo on his Facebook page that showed the actress and model flashing an engagement ring, along with the caption, "So that happened..."

Elvis Presley's two private jets to go on sale

New York - Singer Elvis Presley's pair of personal jets will be up for auction for a piece of mile-high rock and roll memorabilia.

The jets, named Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II, which Presley designed himself will be offered together to bidders and are expected to fetch between USD 10 million and USD 15 million, the Beverly Hills, California, auction house said, reported the New York Post.

They are no longer airworthy, but have been on view for visitors at Graceland ? Presley's Memphis, Tennessee, estate ? for the past three decades.

'Tomboy' Olivia Munn wasn't interested in 'girly stuff' as a kid

Olivia MunnNew York, Dec 31 : Olivia Munn has revealed that she was tomboy growing up and was never interested in doing makeup or styling her hair like her sisters.

While talking to the Popular Mechanics, the 34-year-old 'Mortdecai' star said that though she has embraced her womanhood now, as a kid, she used to spend time with her brothers making huge fort and string out electricity from inside and build an air-conditioning unit, New York Daily News reported.

In the winters they used to build igloos, and occasionally would also create batteries out of pennies, she added.

Emma Watson goes topless in new drama 'Regression'?

New York - 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson is reportedly going topless in a scene from her upcoming film 'Regression'.

The drama, which co-stars Meryl Streep and Ethan Hawke, tells the story of a father arrested for sexually abusing his daughter (Watson), reported the New York Daily News.

Watson, 24, has recently made some deliberate career choices to move away from her iconic 'Harry Potter' character, including the brainy teen wizard Hermione, the Biblical epic 'Noah' and her upcoming political drama 'Colonia Dignidad'.

The actress made headlines this year when she delivered a widely acclaimed speech about feminism at a United Nations meeting in September. PTI

Hayden Panettiere debuts baby girl

New York - 'Nashville' star Hayden Panettiere has shared a photo of her newborn baby, Kaya Evdokia Klitschko.

Panettiere, 25, welcomed her first child with her boxer fiance, Wladimir Klitschko, 38, on December 9, reported the New York Post.

In the picture, which Klitschko shared on his Instagram page, all three are wearing white, with Panettiere, whose blond locks are tied back in a side braid. PTI

BMW to replace air bags nationwide, joining other automakers

BMW air bagsNew York: BMW has agreed to demands from the government to replace driver's-side air bags across the entire US.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pushing companies to recall older cars with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. They can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least five deaths have been blamed on Takata inflators.

The decision affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series cars made between January 2004 and August 2006. It says no problems with BMW vehicles have been reported.

Earlier this year the company recalled 574,000 cars in the US.

Sofia Vergara will do anything to stay young

Sofia VergaraNew York, Dec 22 : Sofia Vergara has recently admitted that she is afraid of getting old and always wishes to stay young and beautiful.

The American actress said that if anyone told her to apply cement around her eyes to stop wrinkles than she would do it, but didn't want to age, the New York Post reported.

The 42-year-old actress added that she used to take care of fewer things, but youth makes everyone look good. (ANI)



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