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US school doling out condoms to sixth graders

US school doling out condoms to sixth gradersWashington, May 30 - A school in Oregon has allowed some of their teachers to distribute condoms to students in the sixth grade .

Superintendent Rick Hensel has said that he and the school board are concerned about teen pregnancy rates after nine students, including one in middle school, became pregnant in the Oregon County town of Gervais, the Washington Times reported.

It was also revealed in a study by Oregon Health and Science University that 7 percent of high school girls in Gervais had gotten pregnant, with more than 40 percent of students admitting they "never" or only "sometimes" used a condom during sexual intercourse.


Indian-Americans Ansun sujoe, Sriram Hathwar are US Spelling Bee co-champs

Indian-Americans Ansun sujoe, Sriram Hathwar are US Spelling Bee co-champsWashington, May 30 - Two Indian American youngsters made history as Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoen were declared co-champions in the Scripps National Spelling Bee contest for the first time in 52 years.

"Whatever," said Sujoe, 13, a 7th grader from Fort Worth, Texas, as the seconds ticked down at the contest here. He couldn't get the word, "feuilleton," out of his mouth, but he spelled it correctly.

Sujoe shared the trophy and a $30,000 sacholarship with Sriram Hathwar, 14, the lone repeat finalist of Painted Post, New York, His last correct spelling was "stichomythia."


$1 mn US reward for information on criminal network

$1 mn US reward for information on criminal networkWashington, May 30 - The US is offering a reward of up to onr million dollars for information about a criminal network based in Central Asia, the State Department said Thursday.

The network of Kamchybek Kolbayev is allegedly involved in drug trafficking, arms trafficking, human trafficking, extortion, and other crimes, Xinhua quoted the State Department as saying in a statement.

The network is also part of the broader Brothers' Circle transnational criminal organization composed of leaders and members of several Eurasian criminal groups, it added.


Six Indian-Americans vying for Spelling Bee champ

Six Indian-Americans vying for Spelling Bee champWashington, May 30 - Six Indian American youngsters are among 12 finalists vying for victory in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which has been won by one of them for the last six years in a row.

The big shocker in Thursday's semifinals came when top contender Vanya Shivashankar of Olathe, Kansas, was eliminated.

Twelve-year-old Vanya, a three-time finalist whose older sister was the 2009 bee winner, correctly spelled both words onstage but didn't get a high enough score on two computerised spelling and vocabulary tests to advance.


US Secretary of State John Kerry calls on 'fugitive' Snowden to man up, return back

US Secretary of State John Kerry calls on 'fugitive' Snowden to man up, return backLondon, May 29 : US Secretary of State John Kerry has branded intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden a fugitive from justice and said that the former NSA contractor should man up and return back and come back to the nation.

Kerry, while speaking in the wake of an interview with NBC in which Snowden said that he sought asylum in Russia because the US revoked his passport, said that if Snowden believes in America, he should trust the American system of justice.


Honda Accord is the world's most stolen car, yet again!

Honda Accord is the world's most stolen car, yet again!Washington, May 28 : Honda Accord is the world's most stolen car every year according to LoJack and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, a tracking and recovery organization supported by insurance companies.

The car has topped the list for the fifth time in a row of being the most admired by thieves for several years.


Qatar's new campaign 'reflect your respect' prohibits tourists from wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless tops

Qatar's new campaign 'reflect your respect' prohibits tourists from wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless topsWashington, May 28 : Qatar has initiated a new campaign called ' reflect your respect' which encourages tourist to dress 'decently' and preserve Qatar's culture and values.

According to the Washington post, the campaign was started by a group of Qatari women that will officially launch next month.

The campaign includes distributing brochures to tourists, proving details of what attire they should avoid, the report added.

The brochure includes graphic images of people wearing shorts, skirts, and t-shirts and a 'cross' sign signaling prohibition of such attire.


US urges citizens to leave Libya immediately

US urges citizens to leave Libya immediatelyWashington, May 28 - The US Tuesday warned that its citizens leave Libya "immediately" due to "unpredictable and unstable" security situation in the North African nation.

The State Department issued an updated travel warning, advising Americans against all travel to Libya and recommending that those currently in the country "depart immediately", Xinhua reported.


New gurdwara faces opposition in US

New gurdwara faces opposition in USNew York, May 26 : A Sikh temple in the US is facing local opposition because of plans to replace its existing prayer hall with a 12,000-sq-ft building with gold domes in a rural neighbourhood, media reported Monday.

The construction of a new building has been opposed by the people in Sacramento County in California. Gurdwara authorities are questioning the residents whether race has played a role in the opposition, since building a church does not face any such opposition, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The Community Planning Advisory Council is scheduled to hear the Sri Guru Ravidass Gurdwara's proposal Wednesday.


Car chassis, home walls to turn into batteries soon

New York, May 26 - The days when you have to look around for a functioning plug point to charge your phone or laptop may be numbered. Researchers have now developed a material that turn can your phone casings, car chassis or even walls into batteries!

With the new material, you can soon have electric cars or even aircraft powered by energy stored in their chassis or even home where the walls can light up your house.

Called supercapacitor, the small dull grey wafer-shaped materials that the researchers created can store electricity by assembling electrically charged ions on the surface of a porous material, instead of storing it in chemical reactions the way batteries do.


White House accidentally leaks CIA Kabul station chief's identity

White House accidentally leaks CIA Kabul station chief's identityWashington, May 26 - The identity of a top CIA officer in Kabul was mistakenly leaked by the White House during US president Barack Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan.

According to the Washington Times, the name of the spy agency's station chief in Kabul was included on a list provided to news organizations of senior US officials participating in Obama's visit with US troops.

The list was first sent by the White House to reporters travelling to Afghanistan with Obama, followed by a pool report that was distributed among the US and foreign media organizations.


Pope Francis invites Israeli, Palestinian leaders to Vatican for peace talks

Pope FrancisWashington, May 26 - Pope Francis has invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican for a 'peace initiative'.

Pope extended the invitation after earlier calling for a two-state solution to the intractable conflict.

According to CNN, the pontiff's remarks came at the end of an outdoor Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square on the second day of his three-day trip to the Middle East.

Francis said that he was inviting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas along with Israeli President Shimon Peres to the Vatican for peace talks.


British Army Gurkhas refuse to fight alongside women recruits

British Army Gurkhas refuse to fight alongside women recruitsWashington, May 25 : Gurkha soldiers, serving the British Army, have reportedly warned army chiefs against recruiting women to fight among the ranks of the brigade.

According to Daily Star, Nepalese women can already join the British Army but they cannot serve with the Gurkhas who say the presence of females in the regiment would destroy the comradeship.

The opposition came to light after British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond speeded up a review into whether women should be given combat roles.


G.I. Joe's developer Donald Levine dies at 86

G.I. Joe's developer Donald Levine dies at 86Washington, May 25 : The father of world's first action figure G. I. Joe, Donald Levine, has passed away. He was 86.

According to his wife, Levine, who was battling cancer, took his last breath at the Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Fox News reported.

They were about to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, she added.

Levine, who had served in the Army had admitted to have came up with the idea of '111/2-inch articulated figure with 21 moving parts' as a way to honor veterans, and had developed the toy with his team as Hasbro's head of research and development.


US curtails military ties with Thailand after coup

JOHN KIRBYWashington, May 25 - The US announced Saturday that it would curtail military ties with Thailand, including cancelling ongoing military exercises, as part of its efforts to heighten pressure on the Thai military to restore the civilian rule.

In response to the military coup in the Southeast Asian county, Washington has cancelled the ongoing Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2014 and rescinded an invitation to Royal Thai Armed Forces Commander General Thanasak Patimaprakorn to visit US Pacific Command in June, Xinhua quoted Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby as saying in a statement.


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