Washington, Nov. 22 - The United States has denied reports of its drone targeting an Islamic school in Pakistan on Thursday killing six people and injuring five others.
American and Pakistani officials have sharply disagreed on the incident and this has inflamed tensions over the CIA drone campaign, the Washington Times reports.
According to the Pakistani officials, three missiles were fired into a Degree College compound in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which is said to be a rare strike outside the Pakistani tribal areas near the Afghan border. (ANI)
Washington, Nov 22 - US President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday a bill that allows scientists to carry out research into organ donations from one person with HIV to another.
In a statement, Obama said he signed the legislation, called the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, or HOPE Act, to offer the opportunity for HIV-positive person to receive organ donations, Xinhua reported.
For decades HIV organ transplants have been illegal in the US and it was even illegal to study whether they could be safe and effective, the U. S. president said, calling the ban "outdated".
Washington, Nov 22 - Cosmic explosion caused by the death of a star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world after it occurred in April.
The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, has topped the charts as one of the brightest ever seen.
A trio of NASA satellites, working in concert with ground-based robotic telescopes, captured never-before-seen details that challenge current theoretical understandings of how gamma-ray bursts work.
Washington, Nov 21 - While a new Martian probe is set to be launched, a Florida State University scientist has uncovered what may be the first recognized example of ancient Martian crust.
The work of Munir Humayun - a professor in FSU's Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science and a researcher at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) - is based on an analysis of a 4.4 billion-year-old Martian meteorite that was unearthed by Bedouin tribesmen in the Sahara desert.
Washington, Nov 21 - The mystery behind a 4000-year-old Egyptian statue that was caught on camera rotating for no apparent reason has finally been solved.
Curators at Manchester Museum in the UK were confused by the 25cm statue, which was made in about 1800BC, when it began to move without any apparent intervention.
The statue was created as a medium for the soul of an ancient Egyptian man called Neb-Senu. Some enthusiastic observers had even suggested Neb-Senu's spirit was moving the artefact.
But that theory has been trumped by a more scientific explanation.
Washington, Nov. 21 - Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood of having 'stolen' the revolution that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
Speaking at the State Department to leaders of multinational U. S. firms, Kerry said the Islamist group had appropriated the revolt against Mubarak from young people.
Those kids started it in large part through social media in response to what they saw of other mass protests around the Arab world.
According to Fox News, he said the people in Tahrir Square were not motivated by any religion or ideology, but were motivated by what they saw through this interconnected world.
Washington, Nov. 21 - Secretary of State John Kerry has announced he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have reached an agreement on a critical security pact over the presence of U. S. troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
The document will be presented to a meeting of tribal elders for their approval on Thursday.
According to Fox News, Kerry said that he was pleased to announce that after a series of conversations with Karzai they have reached an agreement over bilateral security agreement.
The deal is still not finalized and has to be approval by the traditional council of 3,000 prominent Afghans, known as the Loya Jirga, which is not guaranteed.
Washington, Nov. 21 - Former US President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, in 1963, hid some serious health problems , including Addison's disease, from the public, it has been revealed.
At the age of 43, Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected president.
During his campaign and presidency, the media portrayed him as the epitome of youth and vigor.
However, a review of Kennedy's White House medical records, as well as correspondence from his physicians, reveal that Kennedy had the most complex medical history of any U. S. president.
Washington, Nov 21 - Findings from a DNA study of a young boy's skeletal remains believed to be 24,000 years have claimed that nearly 30 percent of modern Native American's ancestry came from this youngster's gene pool, suggesting that first Americans came directly from Siberia.
New York, Nov 21 - A US federal Court has given Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) time till Dec 3 to file an amended complaint against Congress President Sonia Gandhi in an alleged human rights violation case.
Despite opposition from Gandhi's attorneys, the federal court here Monday granted the Sikh rights body's request for more time to amend its complaint about her role in protecting and shielding Congress party leaders who allegedly participated in the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence.
Washington, Nov 21 - US President Barack Obama, along with former President Bill Clinton paid tribute to John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, two days before the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
The two were accompanied by their spouses, First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, when they placed the wreath near the eternal flame that marks Kennedy's gravesite, Xinhua reported.
The four had conversations with the Kennedy's family representatives present there.
Washington, Nov 21 - Three people were fatally shot and two were injured at an apartment complex in the US city of Houston, a media report said.
The shooting happened at around 5 p. m. Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, a man shot all the five victims in the head.
Police have launched a manhunt to track down the gunman. The motive of the shooting is not yet known and the identities of the victims were not released. (IANS)
Washington, Nov 21 - US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that he had reached an agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the terms of a security deal that governs future American military presence in the South Asian country.
America's top diplomat rejected reports about an Afghan demand in the negotiations for an apology by President Barack Obama for military mistakes that have hurt the Afghans in the decade-old bloody war, Xinhua reported.
Washington, Nov. 20 - Apple has reportedly got the final nod from the city council for building its latest ' spaceship campus'.
The Cupertino City Council gave the approval to the tech giant to build the 176-acre Campus 2.
According to Cnet, as part of the final 20-year development agreement, Apple plans to begin demolition of office buildings on the former Hewlett-Packard campus by the end of the year, with the first phase of construction expected to be completed by 2016.
Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney expressed favour for the project after the council unanimously approved it.
Washington, Nov. 20 - A new research has claimed that monkeys, like humans, are able to ascertain where objects are located without much more than a sideways glance.
Research led by Lau Andersen of the Aarhus University in Denmark found that monkeys are able to localize stimuli they do not perceive.
Humans are able to locate, and even side-step, objects in their peripheral vision, sometimes before they perceive the object even being present.
Andersen and colleagues therefore wanted to find out if visually guided action and visual perception also occurred independently in other primates.
Washington, Nov. 20 - BlackBerry's flop smartphones seem to have no end, as the sinking company announced its latest P'9982 with Porsche Design which has again proved unsuccessful to strike a chord with consumers and investors alike.
BlackBerry has apparently taken the current Z10 model, released in May, and redesigned it with high-quality materials and a special BBM PIN that will only be recognizable in the exclusive world of Porche Design smartphone owners.
According to ABC News, despite having genuine leather back and stainless steel accents, reviewers have complained of the OS not being as robust as Google's Android or Apple's iOS.
Washington, Nov. 20 - A new study has suggested that Taking aspirin at bedtime instead of in the morning might reduce acute heart events.
Low-dose daily aspirin is recommended for people at high risk of heart disease and for reducing the risk of recurrent heart events. Aspirin thins the blood and makes it less likely to clot. The tendency for platelet activity to be higher peaks in the morning.
In the randomized, open-label study, 290 patients took either 100 mg of aspirin upon waking or at bedtime during two 3-month periods. At the end of each period, blood pressure and platelet activity was measured.
Washington, Nov. 20 - The United States has said that it does not intend to issue an apology to Afghanistan for 'mistakes' and civilian suffering during the 12-year war, for arriving at a security pact that could allow troops to remain in the country post-2014.
National Security Advisor Susan Rice made the U. S. position clear following a statement from the Afghan government assuring to reach a deal on a security pact after receiving an apology letter from President Barack Obama acknowledging past mistakes, Sky News reports.
Washington, Nov 20 - US President Barack Obama called for bipartisan efforts to end self-inflicted fiscal pain in the nation, like the government shutdown that happened in October, and to increase investment in important areas.
The government's budget deficit is declining and the United States should increase investment in key areas, including infrastructure and research, to improve its business environment and bolster economic growth, President Obama here Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
Washington, Nov. 20 - Within the eternal ice of Antarctica, scientists have observed first proof for high-energy neutrinos coming from cosmic accelerators beyond our own solar system.
Between May 2010 and May 2012 the IceCube detector at the South Pole captured a total of 28 neutrinos with energies greater than 30 teraelectronvolts (TeV).
Two of the neutrinos had an energy of more than 1,000 TeV-that's more than the kinetic energy of a fly in flight-compressed into a single elementary particle.