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Cuba’s Raul Castro To Visit Paris In February: French government

Cuban President Raul Castro to visit Paris in February. (AFP) PARIS:  Cuban President Raul Castro will make an official visit to Paris in February, the French government said today. “Raul Castro will be in Paris in February,” French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll. French President Francois Hollande visited Cuba in May where he met Castro and his brother, Fidel, who ... Read More »

Frenchmen’ With Possible Paris Attacks Links Held In Austria

VIENNA:  Austrian police have arrested two people with suspected links to the Paris attacks, prosecutors said today, with an Austrian newspaper reporting the two are French citizens posing as refugees. “Two people coming from the Middle East were arrested at the weekend,” Robert Holzleitner, a spokesman for prosecutors in the western city of Salzburg, told AFP. “Indications of a possible ... Read More »

President Mukherjee To Visit Karnataka From December 22

BENGALURU:  President Pranab Mukherjee will be on a two-day visit to Karnataka from December 22 for official engagements, a statement said today. According to his itinerary, President Mukherjee will fly to Bidar in the state’s northern region on December 22 and proceed to Kalaburgi, about 650 km from in Bengaluru, to participate in the second annual convocation of the Central ... Read More »

Donald Trump Remarks ‘Divisive, Stupid And Wrong’: British PM David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron said Donald Trump’s remarks on Muslims were ‘divisive, stupid and wrong’. (AFP) LONDON:  Remarks by US presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Muslims were “divisive, stupid and wrong”, British Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament today. “I think his remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong and I think if he came to visit our country, he would ... Read More »

India Enters Guinness Records For ‘World’s Largest Practical Science Lesson’

As many as 2000 students from various schools across the city, came together at IIT Delhi and successfully conducted two simple chemistry experiments. NEW DELHI:  India has earned a place in the coveted Guinness Book of World Records by conducting the ‘worlds largest practical science lesson’. On December 7, as many as 2000 students from various schools across the city, ... Read More »

Nepal’s Parliament Approves Laws For Earthquake Reconstruction

KATHMANDU, NEPAL:  Nepal’s parliament has approved new laws that would allow the government to spend billions of dollars pledged by foreign donors on reconstruction for hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes during a devastating earthquake earlier this year. The laws approved today allow the formation of the National Reconstruction Authority, which will collect and spend money from ... Read More »

Switzerland Publishes List Of 2,600 Dormant Bank Accounts , 4 Names From India

The list includes accounts which had a minimum balance of 500 Swiss franc and have been dormant for minimum 50 years. ZURICH:  At least four Indians figured in the list of unclaimed bank accounts made public by Switzerland today, which contains over 2,600 accounts and 80 safe deposit boxes. The total holding in these accounts is estimated at about 44 ... Read More »

Turkey Accuses Russia Of Playing Up Military Threat After Downed Jet

A war plane crashing in flames in a mountainous area in northern Syria after it was shot down by Turkish fighter jets near the Turkish-Syrian border. ANKARA:  Turkey accused Russia today of playing up a military threat from Ankara that does not exist, comments likely to further strain tensions between the two after the downing of a jet over Syria ... Read More »

First Serotonin Neurons Made From Human Stem Cells

The researchers showed that the neurons responded to some US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs that regulate depression and anxiety through the serotonin pathway. (Representational Image) WASHINGTON:  For the first time, researchers have used stem cells to create a specialised nerve cell that makes serotonin, a signalling chemical with a broad role in the brain. Serotonin affects emotions, sleep, ... Read More »

Angela Merkel to UK: European Union Integration Accomplishments ‘Not Up For Debate’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a session of the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on December 16, 2015. (AFP Photo) BERLIN:  Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday ahead of an EU summit that Germany would not give in to Britain’s demands for EU reform if it meant sacrificing achievements made by the bloc on integration. “On the one hand, ... Read More »