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Higher growth estimate cheers US stock market

Washington (dpa) - Wall Street rallied Thursday as strong exports fueled a sharp upward revision in the government's estimated of second-quarter economic growth.

The broad rally saw five listings gaining value for every stock that lost on the New York Stock Exchange. Nine of the 10 industry groups within the Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose in Thursday trading.

The Commerce Department, revising its initial estimate of 1.9 per cent, announced Thursday that the US gross domestic product expanded in the April-June period at an annualized rate of 3.3 per cent.

Security Council discusses crisis in Georgia

Russia, GeorgiaNew York  - The UN Security Council met behind closed doors Thursday to discuss the crisis in Georgia, the first meeting of the powerful body since Russia recognized the independence of the two breakaway provinces at the heart of the military conflict.

Russia's decision on Tuesday to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, contrary to previsous Security Council resolutions, drew swift condemnation from the United States and European Union.

US growth at 3.3 per cent in second quarter

Washington - The United States economy grew at 3.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2008, the government said Thursday in revised figures that further eased fears of a recession.

Czech, US likely to conclude second radar treaty in September

Prague- Czech and US negotiators are likely to complete talks on
the second missile shield treaty in September, Czech Defence Minister
Vlasta Parkanova said Thursday.

Parkanova said she also expects the center-right cabinet of Prime
Minister Mirek Topolanek to discuss the so-called Status of Forces
Agreement later the same month.

The pact defines conditions for stationing US troops at a radar
base Washington wants to build as part of its planned missile defence
system in a military zone one hour's drive south-west of Prague.

The agreement complements a diplomatic deal signed in the Czech
capital by the top Czech and US diplomats, Karel Schwarzenberg and
Condoleezza Rice, in early July.

How to distinguish a bad mood from depression in teenagers

Washington, Aug 28 : The teenage years are a time of emotional highs and lows, so it is often difficult to distinguish whether a child is in a bad mood or under depression. Now, experts have come up with few ways, which would help in identifying mood swings and depression in adolescents.

Depressive symptoms often start appearing around age 13, and increases between 16 and 24 years of age. Yet depression can be difficult to diagnose in young people, because symptoms seldom involve mood alone.

A new study showed that less than half of teen patients suffered from depressive symptoms and were more likely to experience mood swings including agitation, anxiety, attention difficulties, or defiant behaviors.

Brit schoolgirls turning to boob jobs to save them from bullying!

London, Aug 28 : An increasing number of bullied schoolgirls in Britain are asking for boob jobs to make themselves less prone to bullying.

The girls claim that they need treatment to stop being targeted with playground taunts.

Anti-bullying charities condemned the move and said that they were horrified that youngsters were taking such drastic action.

“Children are very cruel and there’s a lot of stigma attached to appearance,” the Daily Star quoted Douglas McGeorge, president of the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery as saying.

Even parents are allowing their daughters to go under the knife, in an attempt to end their bullying.