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Obama seeks authorization for direct military training of Syrian rebels

Obama seeks authorization for direct military training of Syrian rebelsWashington, June 27 - The Obama administration has asked the U. S. Congress to authorize the release of 500 million dollars to allow the U. S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels.

According to the Washington Post, if this amount is sanctioned, it could significantly escalate American involvement in the civil war in Syria.


Experts warn that U.S. drone strikes may create a more unstable and violent world

America Drone StrikeWashington, June 27 - America's drone strike program may create a more unstable and violent world, a group of former military and government officials have said in a report.

According to thw report published in the Verve, these experts have said that the use of relatively low-risk, but increasingly common missile strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could result in an escalation of conflicts and increasing instability as other countries might want to emulate the United States strategy of targeting suspected terrorists even outside official war zones.


US under direct threat from al-qaeda: Report

US under direct threat from al-qaeda: ReportWashington, June 26 : The al Qaeda-linked army is ready to make its Islamic state a launching pad for its next US attack and is invading territory in Iraq and Syria, says a new congressional report.

Four analysts at the Congressional Research Service cited intelligence reports and the words of the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Abu Nakr al-Baghdadi.

Al-Baghdadi threatened US that the US will not benefit from a proxy war in the Levant or Iraq and that they will be in warfare, reports Washington Times.


'Copyright piracy has reached alarming level in China,India'

'Copyright piracy has reached alarming level in China,India'Washington: An influential Congressional caucus in a latest report has expressed concern over alarming level of copyright piracy in four countries China, Russia, Switzerland and India.

It has added India to the 2014 Watch List. The report "2014 International Piracy Watch List," by International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus highlights the high levels of piracy and the lack of legal protections for copyright in China, Russia, Switzerland and India.

"India continues to present a seriously flawed environment for the promotion of copyright and Intellectual Property," the report said.


US negotiating MoU with India on women's issues

US negotiating MoU with India on women's issuesWashington: The US is in the process of negotiating a memorandum of understanding with India on women's issues, a top Obama Administration official has informed lawmakers, saying they are "horrified" at the recent incidents of gang-rape and murder of two girls in UP.

"We are in the process of negotiating an MoU with the Indian government on women's issues and I think that we're fairly optimistic going forward," Ambassador At Large For Global Women's Issues, Catherine M Russell, said yesterday.


US appeals court: Utah can't ban gay marriage

US appeals court: Utah can't ban gay marriageDenver - A US appeals court today ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel in Denver found it "wholly illogical to believe that state recognition of the love and commitment between same-sex couples will alter the most intimate and personal decisions of opposite-sex couples."


Boko Haram abducts 60 more females, 31 boys in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram abducts 60 more females, 31 boys in Northeast NigeriaWashington, June 24 : The Islamist terror group Boko Haram has reportedly abducted 60 girls and women along with 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria.

While security forces have denied reports of kidnapping, a local anti-Boko Haram group member said that the abductions took place on Saturday in an attack in which four villagers were killed, ABC News reported.

The Islamist group, earlier, abducted more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April.

Their abduction triggered international outrage, with people protesting and urging governments across the globe to help rescue the girls.


Investigators eye pilots' actions in Asiana crash

Washington - Nearly a year after Asiana Flight 214 crashed while landing in San Francisco, the National Transportation Safety Board is meeting to determine what went wrong, who's to blame and how to prevent future accidents.

Among the issues raised by the crash of the South Korean airliner are some that long have concerned aviation officials, including hesitancy by some pilots to abort a landing when things go awry or to challenge a captain's actions.

Other issues include an over-reliance on automated controls that perform functions like maintaining airspeed, and the growing complexity of automated systems, which can confuse pilots.


Report "Operation Blue Star" accepted by UNHRC

Report "Operation Blue Star" accepted by UNHRCNew York, June 23 - The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has accepted a report on the 1984 "Operation Bluestar", a code name given by the Indian Army for a security operation to flush out militants from the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar.

The report was tabled during the 26th session of the UNHRC on "Interactive Dialogue On International Solidarity".

The report was submitted by U. S.-based human rights NGOs "International Educational Development" (IED) and "Association of Humanitarian Lawyers" (AHL), and the "Sikhs for Justice" (SFJ) rights group.


US dismisses report on India covertly increasing nukes

US dismisses report on India covertly increasing nukesWashington: The US today dismissed a report suggesting that India is covertly enriching its nuclear weapons capabilities, describing it as "speculative".

"We're not in a position to speculate on its conclusions," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference when asked about a report which alleged India is covertly enhancing its nuclear weapons capabilities.


US lawmaker seeks improvement in visa approval for Indian docs

US lawmaker seeks improvement in visa approval for Indian docsWashington: An influential US lawmaker today asked the State Department to improve the visa approval process for doctors from India and Pakistan.

In a letter to the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, New York Congresswoman Grace Meng said international physicians set to do their residencies at American hospitals have encountered great difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas from their US Embassies, especially those located in India and Pakistan.


'Pak's strategy of supporting terror groups unsustainable'

'Pak's strategy of supporting terror groups unsustainable'Washington: The growth of an indigenous militant threat to Pakistan has made its strategy of supporting terror groups in the past an increasingly costly and ultimately unsustainable strategy, a top Obama Administration official has said.

"In the past, Pakistan has projected influence in Afghanistan by its toleration of and even support for Afghan militants," Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins said during a Congressional hearing.


US special ops to assess situation in Iraq: Hagel

US special ops to assess situation in Iraq: HagelWashington: US special forces operatives will assess the situation on the ground in Iraq to help evaluate gaps in the Iraqi security forces and increase their capacity to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

"These special operators will assess the situation on the ground, help evaluate gaps in Iraqi security forces, and increase their capacity to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," Hagel said.


'Condoleezza Rice brought world's largest and oldest democracies together'

'Condoleezza Rice brought world's largest and oldest democracies together'Washington: Former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, played a key role in bringing the world's largest democracy, India, and the oldest democracy, the US, "together" and reached a civilian nuclear agreement, a top American diplomat has said.

At a portrait unveiling ceremony of Rice at the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry praised his predecessor for her key diplomatic initiatives from January 2005 to January 2009.


Soulful sitar recitals at capital music fest

Washington, June 18 - Researchers have shown the "trophy wife" stereotype is largely a myth fueled by selective observation that reinforces sexist stereotypes and trivializes women's careers.

Using, for the first time, a nationally representative sample of young couples in which both partners were interviewed and rated for physical attractiveness, University of Notre Dame Sociologist Elizabeth McClintock, was able to control for matching on attractiveness. She says prior research in this area has ignored two important factors.

McClintock, who specializes in inequality within romantic partnerships, said she finds that handsome men partner with pretty women and successful men partner with successful women.


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