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Obama confirms death of US hostage held by Islamic State WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday confirmed the death of Kayla Jean Mueller, who had been held by the Islamic State in Syria."No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla's captivity and death," he said in a statement.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...

NASA selects tiny research satellites for future missions ISLAMABAD: NASA has selected more than dozen small research satellites that could fit in the palm of your hand to fly in space on future rocket launches.Called CubeSats, these cube-shaped nanosatellites are small but pack an outsized research punch, Zee news reported.They will enable unique technology demonstrations, education research and science missions and will study topics ranging from how the solar system formed to the demonstration of a new radiation-tolerant computer system, the US space ...
Gunmen kill five at Mexico house party CIUDAD JUAREZ: Gunmen stormed a house party in Mexico's Ciudad Juarez early Sunday, killing five people and wounding six, local police said."They came to the party and four men with guns started shooting people who were outside the house," said a local police chief who requested anonymity.There were about 30 people at the party, including women and children, the chief said.Four people were killed in the street and one person was killed inside the home ...
Five people killed in US shooting WASHINGTON: A US gunman opened fire at a house near Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, killing four people and wounding two children including relatives in a domestic dispute before turning the gun on himself.A total of seven people were shot in the case in Douglasville, west of Atlanta, said Lieutenant Glenn Daniel of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office."It was a domestic situation," Daniel told AFP, adding that the shooter was a man, and that the two ...
US refineries strike to widen as walkouts planned at BP plants HOUSTON: A strike by US refinery workers appears set to widen late Saturday night to 11 plants as walkouts have been scheduled at BP Plc refineries in Indiana and Ohio, a BP spokesman said on Friday night, the sixth day of the strike.Stoppages by hourly workers represented by the United Steelworkers union (USW) are scheduled to begin at 11:59 p.m. local time on Saturday at BP's Whiting, Indiana, and Toledo, Ohio, refineries. The Ohio refinery ...
US invites China's Xi, Japan's Abe for state visits WASHINGTON: The United States has invited the leaders of China and Japan for prestigious state visits, President Barack Obama's top security adviser said Friday, signaling a deepening of his "pivot to Asia.""In furtherance of our relationships throughout this vital region, I'm pleased to announce today that we have invited Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe of Japan and President Xi Jinping of China for state visits," said National Security Adviser Susan Rice.Rice also said that President Joko ...
UN threatens warring sides in Mali with sanctions UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Friday urged rebels and pro-government fighters in restive northern Mali to resume peace talks in Algeria "without delay," warning of "targeted sanctions" if hostilities continue. "The Security Council urges the parties to seize the historic opportunity offered by the inter-Malian negotiation process in Algiers, in which all neighboring countries and relevant regional and international partners are involved, to support lasting peace in Mali," the Council said in a ...


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