Fatal end for 28 in Typhoon disaster

A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 28 dead and 12 missing, and forced thousands to flee their homes, devastating Christmas celebrations in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

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Salih offers to quit after rejecting PM nominee

Iraq’s president refused to designate a prime minister candidate nominated by the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc and offered to resign, plunging the country into further political uncertainty amid nearly three months of unprecedented mass protests. Continue Reading

14 die in Islamic extremists attack

Islamic extremists on motorcycles killed 14 security force members who were escorting election officials in the West African nation of Niger, the first large attack there since 71 soldiers were killed in a massive ambush earlier this month, authorities said. Continue Reading

2 killed in Libya mall attack

An air strike on a shopping area during rush hour near Libya’s capital killed at least two civilians and wounded 20 others, a local official has said. The air strike on the town of Zawiya, 45 kilometres west of Tripoli, hit a pharmacy, a bakery and cars parked on the street, the mayor of the town, Jamal Baher, told AFP. Continue Reading

South Korean court rejects arrest of Former Justice Minister

A South Korean court rejected a request to arrest a key ally of President Moon Jae-in who is being investigated over allegations of corruption and power abuse, saying he was unlikely to flee or destroy evidence. Continue Reading

‘Pachai Vilakku’ audio is out

The audio of Pachai Vilalkku that speaks about road safety is ready for release soon. The movie is directed by Maran, a graduate from a film institute. He has obtained doctorate from a deemed university on his research on road safety. Besides wielding the megaphone, Maran also plays one of the lead roles in the movie.
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UK to raise visa numbers for scientists

Boris Johnson’s government will double the number of visas for scientific research fellowships and speed up the approval process as it seeks to encourage more scientists to move to the UK after it leaves the EU.

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Australian Prime Minister dismisses calls to curb coal

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison rejected calls for ‘reckless’ and ‘job-destroying’ cuts to the country’s vast coal industry in the face of a deadly climate-fuelled bushfire crisis.

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BasicFirst launches online class

Technology-based e-learning platform, BasicFirst announced the launch of its “Live Online Classes” to offer an interactive learning experience for students in India. Chief mentor, BasicFirst, Randhir Kumar Priyadarshi revealed that the service will be available in nine Indian languages within the next three months. Continue Reading

Amazon targets three new echo devices for Indian market

Global e-commerce major Amazon has unveiled eight new Echo devices for the US market, three of which will be available in India for now. Seattle-based Amazon also announced new Alexa features and smart home experiences. Continue Reading