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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.

Obama assassination ''plotters'' will not face charges

Barack ObamaWashington, Aug. 28 : The three white supremacists with a sniper rifle and high on drugs who were arrested near the Democratic convention in Denver will not face charges even though officials believe that they wanted to assassinate Barack Obama.

The FBI and the US Secret Service carried out an “intensive” investigation into the plot — in which the supremacists talked of shooting Obama as he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in an open-air sports stadium on Thursday night — but found insufficient evidence of a “true threat”.

War between US State Dept, White House comes to the fore with Boucher’s mail leak

Zalmay KhalilzadWashington, Aug 28 : After the leakage of the email from US State Department Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Affairs Richard Boucher to US ambassador in London Zalmay Khalilzad questioning him over his telephonic talks with Pakistan presidential hopeful Asif Ali Zardari, the long-running turf war between the State Department’s South Asia bureaucracy and those with links to the White House and the US Vice-President’s Office has come out in the open.