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Indian couple arrested in US, charged with abusing daughter

New York - An Indian couple has been arrested here and charged with subjecting their 12-year-old daughter to "unspeakable physical abuse" for months by starving her and beating her with a metal handle and baseball bat, leaving her severely bruised and hospitalised for surgery.

Rajesh Ranot, 46, and his wife Sheetal Ranot, 31, of Queens were arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and together charged in a criminal complaint with first, second and third degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Sheetal, who is the child's stepmother, is presently being held in jail against USD 60,000 in bail and faces a total of 33 years in prison if convicted.

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Russian cyber crime ring steals billions of Internet passwords

Russian cyber crime ring steals billions of Internet passwordsNew York, Aug 6 - Russian crime ring has gathered a large number of stolen internet credentials that include 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, say security researchers.

A firm Hold Security in Milwaukee discovered the records. It includes confidential matter from 420,000 websites consisting of household names and small Internet sites.

Computer experts, after reviewing the data, said it was authentic, reports The New York Times.

Hold Security is famous for disclosing significant hacks, which include last year's theft of millions of records from Adobe systems.

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Inebriated CNN correspondent invites 2 mln dollars lawsuit after biting two US embassy medics

New York, Aug 05 - After a CNN correspondent bit two medics in an inebriated state at the U. S. Embassy in Baghdad ; the state department of the United States has reportedly launched an investigation into the case.

Foreign correspondent Arwa Damon abused two medics stationed in the embassy and bit them on the forearms while they were trying to treat her on July 19, the New York Post reported. She also threatened them by saying that she was a major reporter with the CNN.

The embassy has filed a two million dollar lawsuit against CNN and the correspondent in Manhattan on Monday, the report said. The suit claims that the mediahouse chose to hire Damon knowing that she had indulged in drunken and abusive behavior in the past and had displayed violence even when sober.

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Sikh man in critical condition after being hit by pickup truck in US

New York - A 29-year old Sikh man is in critical condition after he was hit by a pickup truck here and dragged nearly 30 feet following an argument between him and the driver who allegedly hurled racist slur at him and his friend.

Sandeep Singh, father of two, was with his friend Baldey Singh when he was hit by a pickup truck late Tuesday night. Sandeep is in critical condition at the hospital.

Rights group Sikh Coalition has called for a hate crime investigation into the incident.

Baldey told ABC News that the two men had just finished dinner at a restaurant and were standing on the street when the driver of the truck pulled up near them.

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Indian company creates 'smart shoes' to help guide your way

Indian company creates 'smart shoes' to help guide your wayNew York, July 25 : An Indian startup company Ducere Technologies has come up with the very first 'smart shoe' that will tell people where to go.

The firm, which was started by two Indian engineers in 2011, developed the shoes called 'Lechal' to ease the way for blind people, the New York Post reported.

Krispian Lawrence, co-founder and chief executive officer of the company told WSJ. com that the shoes were a like an extension to the human body which helped in detecting obstacles.

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Bill Clinton has a secret blond mistress called 'Energizer'?

Bill Clinton has a secret blond mistress called 'Energizer'?New York, July 22 - Former US President Bill Clinton allegedly has a mistress, who has been given the unofficial code name of 'Energizer' by his Secret Service.

The revelation was done by Ronald Kessler in his upcoming book 'The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents', which hit the markets in August, the New York Post reported.

Kessler claims in his book that a supervisor said to some new agent that whenever the buxom blond arrives in her SUV, which happens in the absence of Hillary Clinton, the security is given orders never to stop or approach her, and just let her pass.

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UN Secretary General to visit Israel, Gaza to bolster truce efforts

UN Secretary General to visit Israel, Gaza to bolster truce effortsNew York, July 19 : United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon is expected to visit Israel and the Gaza Strip sometime today in an effort to bolster truce efforts between the two sides.

Ban would help Israelis and Palestinians "in coordination with regional and international actors, end the violence and find a way forward," Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was quoted by the Express Tribune, as telling during emergency talks at the Security Council.

Ban Ki Moon's visit comes even as fresh Israeli air strikes killed 11 people in Gaza on Saturday, hiking the death toll above 300.

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Couples with children likelier to cheat

Couples with children likelier to cheatNew York, July 17 : A new study has revealed that married couples with kids cheat more than the childless.

According to the study, parents are nearly twice as likely to cheat as married people without children, the New York Post.

The study of 1,000 18- to 49-year-olds found that 18 percent of parents said they've strayed, compared to only 11 percent of childless married people.

Melissa Lavigne-Delville, the San Francisco-based culture and trend expert who conducted the study, said that many parents are logging onto social networks like Facebook and Instagram for emotional fulfillment.

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What Nixon felt about gays revealed!

What Nixon felt about gays revealed!New York, July 12 : Newly uncovered With House tapes have revealed that Richard Nixon had a relatively progressive attitude towards the gay community.

The 37th president of US admitted in the audio recordings posted by Vanity Fair, that gays are "born that way" but also called being homosexual "a problem", the New York Post reported.

Nixon said that he was the most tolerant person when it came to gay rights but also feared that being too tolerant could mean the fall of civilizations, just like the Romans and Greeks.

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UN urges Pakistan to take immediate steps to improve healthcare in Waziristan

UN urges Pakistan to take immediate steps to improve healthcare in WaziristanNew York, July 11 - Human Rights Watch has said that Pakistan should take immediate steps to improve the healthcare needs of thousands of displaced people in violence-hit North Waziristan province.

Shortage of sanitation facilities, healthcare and potable water in the city of Bannu in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp had increased the risk of communicable diseases, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Pakistan Country Representative.

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NY court OKs USD 1.75 bn award in Iran terror cases

New York - A federal appeals court says USD 1.75 billion for terrorism-related judgments against Iran can be distributed to victims of attacks, including a 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon.

Lawyers for several hundred families of victims of the attack on a US Marine barracks in Beirut praised the ruling by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.

The ruling upheld a decision by a lower-court judge last year who rejected claims by lawyers for Bank Markazi, Iran's central bank.

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U.S. not a monarchy, it has a history of political families: Hillary Clinton

Hillary ClintonNew York, July 9 - Former U. S. First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday defended her family and the Bushes against claims that the United States has been indirectly encouraging a monarchical system of governance on the lines of what has existed in the United Kingdom.

When asked in an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel magazine, whether the U. S. is at risk of becoming a monarchy if she or former Florida Governor Jeb Bush wins the presidency in 2016, Clinton replied in the negative, and added that America has a history of political dynasties.

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Gay and lesbian couples have happier children: Study

Gay and lesbian couples have happier children: StudyNew York, July 8 - A new study has found that kids who have two moms or dads are happier than the ones who have a mom and dad as parents.

University of Melbourne researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents, with a total of 500 kids, and found that children of such parents beat the general population by 6 percent in terms of health and family cohesion, the New York Post reported.

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U.S. tightens airline passenger restrictions in view of anticipated terror threat

U.S. tightens airline passenger restrictions in view of anticipated terror threatWashington/New York, July 7 - The Transportation Security Administration in the United States has tightened security restrictions further for passengers taking international flights into the country in view of an anticipated terror strike.

According to a CNN report, passengers will now have to pass their cell phones and other electronic devices through additional inspection before boarding planes.

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HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarily

HRW tells Lanka Govt not to deport Pakistani minorities summarilyNew York, July 3 - At least 142 Pakistanis arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June 2014 are being detained and are at risk of deportation, Human Rights Watch said today.

It further said that the Sri Lankan controller general of immigration should not deport members of Pakistani minority groups until the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has had full access to them and determined their need for international protection.

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