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LGBT supporter Jimmy Carter says Jesus never discriminated against gays

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:35

LGBT supporter Jimmy Carter says Jesus never discriminated against gaysWashington, Sept 25 - Former United States President Jimmy Carter voiced his views about Gay rights saying that no word or action of Jesus Christ discriminates against any individual.

Carter gave a speech at Michigan's Grand Rapids Community College talking about his Christian theology in relation to human rights.

He compared discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation to prejudice against a person's skin colour, economic class or nationality, reported the Huffington Post.

The former U.S. President also said that discrimination against anyone is a violation of the American constitution.


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Marine Corps 'ok' with Obama's much maligned 'latte salute'

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:31

Marine Corps 'ok' with Obama's much maligned 'latte salute'Washington, Sep 25 - A marine official recently said that the President of the United States can do a proper salute, a latte salute or no salute at all and they are fine with it, stating his take on President Barack Obama's latest " coffee cup salute."

According to the marine, there's no salute etiquette when it comes to the Commander in Chief, TMZ.com.

However, he also added that President's conduct, while walking out of an aircraft was sufficient. (ANI)


Tremendous demand for tickets for PM Modi's address at Madison Square Garden

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:54

Tremendous demand for tickets for PM Modi's address at Madison Square GardenNew York, Sept 25 - Indian Americans have been queuing up to buy the tickets for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at Madison Square Garden on September 28, which will be one of the highlights of his five-day bilateral visit to U.S.

Organizers say that due to the tremendous demand for tickets they had to restrict almost 450 associations that became 'welcoming partners'.


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Paper plane launched from 96,563 foot altitude sets new Guinness World Record

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:45

Paper plane launched from 96,563 foot altitude sets new Guinness World RecordWashington, Sep 25 - Fox Valley Composite Squadron, the local unit of the Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol (CAP), recently set the new Guinness World Record for the "highest paper airplane flight from a high altitude balloon," which they launched from a 96,563 foot altitude from a balloon.

It was mentioned that the paper airplane was launched from Kankakee, Illinois and was released from the balloon from a dizzying altitude of 96,563 feet (18.3 miles straight up into the Stratosphere), breaking the prior record of 89,591 feet, then safely landed, 82 miles away, Southwest of Rochester, Indiana.


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Double your pleasure at 'Hot Bun' joint that sells sex toys with burgers!

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:43

Double your pleasure at 'Hot Bun' joint that sells sex toys with burgers!Washington, Sept 25 - A Denmark-based burger joint, Hot Buns, is selling sex toys, like dildos, vibrators, whips and other sex-oriented products, with hamburgers.

Owner Mathias Kaer said that on Friday and Saturday nights there are only two things most people want, sex and food, so they are combining them both, the Huffington Post reported.

Kaer added that the sex toys will only be available in evening hours at the restaurant, which opened in March and has an all-female staff that wears tank top and hot pants.


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NSA whistleblower Snowden honoured with Sweden's 'alternative Nobel prize'

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:21

NSA whistleblower Snowden honoured with Sweden's 'alternative Nobel prize'Washington, Sep 25 - Former US spy agency contractor, Edward Snowden, has been declared one of the winners of a Swedish human rights award-also known as the "alternative Nobel"- for exposing top secret state surveillance programs.

According to Politico, Snowden shared the 2014 Right Livelihood Honorary Award with Alan Rusbridger, editor of British newspaper The Guardian, which has published a series of articles on government surveillance based on documents leaked by Snowden.


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US, allies pound 12 ISIS mobile oil refineries in Syria to cripple finances

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:10

John KirbyWashington, Sep 25 - The United States and coalition planes targeted mobile oil refineries, used by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to raise funds for its operations, in the recent round of attacks in Eastern Syria, said Pentagon.

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, said that the latest round of airstrikes took place on Wednesday and was aimed at cutting off the flow of money to the militant group which makes up to two million dollars a day from the oil produced in these refineries, reported the CNN.

Fighter jets from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates flew alongside the U. S. aircraft and pounded 12 ISIS locations during the operation, Kirby said.


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Indian scientists 'more religious' than UK counterparts

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:59

Indian scientists 'more religious' than UK counterpartsWashington, Sept 25 - A new study has indicated that Indian scientists are significantly more religious than UK scientists .

The first cross-national study of religion and spirituality among scientists showed that while 65 percent of U.K. scientists identify as nonreligious, only 6 percent of Indian scientists identify as nonreligious.


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China's richest man Alibaba's Jack Ma's biopic in work?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:55

China's richest man Alibaba's Jack Ma's biopic in work?Washington, Sept 25 - A biopic may be made on the founder of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, it has been revealed.

According to Hollywood Reporter, producer Janet Yang and writer Bruce Feirstein are assembling a film based on the 49-year-old business tycoon, who recently became the richest man in China with an estimated fortune of 25 billion dollars
(2014 Hurun Rich List).

Ma's group of Internet-based e-commerce businesses raised a record-breaking initial public offering (IPO) of 21.8 billion dollars on its very first day of trading and so Yang is looking to set up an international co-production focusing on Ma and his life. (ANI)


Water vapor detected on Neptune-size exoplanet for 1st time ever

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:55

Water vapor detected on Neptune-size exoplanet for 1st time everWashington, Sep 25 - Astronomers recently observed water vapor and clear skies on the Neptune-size exoplanet called as HAT-P-11b for the first time using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Kepler Space Telescope.

The planet would be about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest exoplanet ever on which water vapor has been detected.

Clouds in the atmospheres of planets could block the view of what lies beneath them. The molecular makeup of these lower regions could reveal important information about the composition and history of a planet.


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Kerry appoints Nancy Powell as Ebola Coordinator

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 10:02

Nancy PowellWashington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed Nancy Powell, the former US Ambassador to India, as Ebola Coordinator at the State Department.

In this new role, announced yesterday, Powell will lead the State Department's outreach to international partners, including foreign governments, to ensure a speedy and truly global response to this crisis.

Obama had last week declared the Ebola outbreak as a "global threat" which demands "a truly global response."

Speaking on September 16 at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, he had outlined the US Government's strategy to address the threat from the worsening Ebola epidemic in West Africa.


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Did Bill Clinton let slip gender of 'grandchild'?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 09:57

Bill ClintonWashington, Sept 25 - Bill Clinton, recently made a statement which hinted that his daughter Chelsea Clinton, might be having a boy .

Though she hadn't revealed the gender of the baby yet, during his interview with ABC News, the 68-year-old former US President was talking about what he wanted to teach his new grandchild most, when he said that he "wanted his grandson..." and after a half continued saying "or his granddaughter."

When asked if he accidentally let slip the gender of the baby, Clinton denied, saying that he was proud of his daughter and her husband for not wanting to know until the child arrived.


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New study provides deeper insight into how feet maintain body's balance

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:30

New study provides deeper insight into how feet maintain body's balanceWashington, Sept 24 : In a new study, scientists have shed light on the role of our feet in maintaining our body's balance.

Researchers at the Ohio State University described a mathematical model that can explain over 80 percent of the apparent randomness in the location of a person's next step, based only on tiny variations in the movement of that person's pelvis.


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People who believe in 'guardian angels' are less likely to take risks

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:14

People who believe in 'guardian angels' are less likely to take risksWashington, Sep 24 : A new study has revealed that people who believe in guardian angels are more cautious and less inclined to take risks.

Researchers David Etkin, Jelena Ivanova, Susan MacGregor, and Alalia found that 68 percent out of those who believe in guardian angels said that this belief affects how they take risks.

While some expressed that the belief in guardian angels might make them more risky, the majority are more averse to taking risks than their non-believing counterparts.


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Now pay through Bitcoin on PayPal

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:55

Now pay through Bitcoin on PayPalWashington, Sep 24 : Online payment service PayPal has reportedly partnered with three leading Bitcoin payment processors, and now it will enable limited support for the digital currency.

North American Merchants selling intangible goods such as music, games, and ringtones may now accept Bitcoin through PayPal Payments Hub, the company's service for digital goods retailers, The Verge reported.


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'Rare' Hermes handbag goes under the hammer for $185,000

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:40

'Rare' Hermes handbag goes under the hammer for $185,000Washington, September 24 : A rare Hermes handbag has been auctioned for a whopping 185,000 dollars, making it the second-highest priced collectors' item.

The diamond and Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin handbag is made from a light-skinned "almost albino" crocodile, which is extraordinarily rare, and has 242 diamonds with a total of 9.84 carats, and 18-karat white-gold hardware, CBS News reported.

Kathleen Guzman, managing director of Heritage Auctions revealed that it took a Hermes designer a full year to create the handbag, which was expected to go for 150,000 dollars. (ANI)


Pentagon warns campaign against IS militants in Iraq, Syria could continue for 'years'

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 15:16

Pentagon warns campaign against IS militants in Iraq, Syria could continue for 'years'Washington, Sep 24 : The Pentagon has warned that the ongoing operation against the Islamic State could continue for years after the U. S. and its Arab allies successfully launched the first airstrike against the IS militants in Syria.

William Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Staff said that the airstrike in Syria marked the beginning of a long campaign that would 'degrade and ultimately destroy' the Islamic State militants.

According to Politico, Mayville confirmed that the length of the campaign would definitely be in terms of years.


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Carbon nanotubes bring flexible electronics closer to reality

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:57

Carbon nanotubes bring flexible electronics closer to realityWashington, Sept 24 - A new study has revealed that a semiconductor material carbon nanotubes (CNT) has brought flexible electronics closer to reality, which will improve the reliability and performance of transistors and circuits based on it.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University examined the effect of a fluoropolymer coating called polyvinyledenedifluoride-tetrafluoroethylene (PVDF-TrFE) on single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) transistors and ring oscillator circuits, and demonstrated that these coatings can substantially improve the performance of single-walled carbon nanotube devices.


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Qaeda terror group Khorasan admits its leader 'The Turk' died in US air strike: Report

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:48

 ReportWashington, Sep 24 - A day after the United States conducted air strikes targeting the Syrian faction of Al Qaeda, the terror group, Khorasan has reportedly released a statement saying that its leader has been killed in the attack.

The Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra front identified its leader as Abu Yousef al-Turki, also known as "The Turk" and posted his photo as a proof of death on Twitter, reported the CNN.

While Al Nusra's claims could not be verified, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the terror group was among those targeted during the airstrikes.


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Obama's 'coffee cup salute' receives criticism

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:31

Obama's 'coffee cup salute' receives criticismWashington, Sep 24 : President Barack Obama has been recently criticized for offering a casual salute with a coffee cup in his raised hand, while walking off Marine One, it has been reported.

US President had just stepped of his helicopter with Michelle Obama in NYC, where he was expected to speak at the U. N, when the half-hearted salute incident occurred, TMZ. com reported.

Some critics quickly pounced on the salute and claimed that it was an un-Presidential break from protocol, while supporters called it meaningless.

President was holding his suit coat together in his left hand.


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