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Rihanna cancels Grammy performance – Here’s why

US News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 15:15
Rihanna cancels Grammy performance – Here’s why

Los Angeles - Singer Rihanna, who was slated to perform at the 58th annual Grammy Awards here, has cancelled her appearance.

The ‘Umbrella’ hitmaker singer arrived at the Staples Centre here on Monday, but did not walk the red carpet. She went to rehearsals and left.

According to sources, Rihanna has been struggling with bronchitis and is on medication, reports tmz. com

A doctor reportedly warned the singer that performing could permanently damage her vocal chords.

She was going to sing ‘Kiss Me Better’. She even rehearsed twice but in the end the show just could not go on. (IANS)


Obama starts summit talks with ASEAN leaders

US News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 14:34
Obama starts summit talks with ASEAN leaders

Washington - US President Barack Obama has started a meeting with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) countries, looking to deepen what he called a "strong and enduring partnership", the media reported on Tuesday.

During the opening session of the summit in Rancho Mirage, in Sunnylands, California, on Monday, Obama stressed his "personal commitment" to build a "strong and long-lasting" alliance in the region.

Leaders of the 10 -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam -- Asean countries are attending the sumit, the first summit between the US and Asean held on the American soilEFE news reported.

The US is now the largest investor in Asean and its fourth largest trading partner.


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Bold slits, bright shades shine at 2016 Grammys red carpet

US News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 13:23
Bold slits, bright shades shine at 2016 Grammys red carpet

Los Angeles: From Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga to Demi Lovato and Bella Hadid, female stars raised the hotness quotient at the 58th Grammys with long slit dresses in shades of red and pink, which was otherwise dominated by safe black-and-white ensembles.

Swift went bold with a two-piece dress, combining an orange bandeu with pink skirt, marked by a high slit. In a striking similarity to Swift's outfit was singer Kimberly Schlapman's red-and-pink off-shoulder long gown.

Gaga, who went modest with her ensemble at Golden Globes, seemed to have gone back to her old flamboyant ways with a deep blue, bejeweled dress that slit up to her thigh. The look was highlighted by her flaming reddish- orange hair.


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Fans blame sound issues for Adele's Grammy performance

US News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 13:06
Fans blame sound issues for Adele's Grammy performance

Los Angeles - Adele's performance on her song 'All I Ask' at the Grammy Awards was a little off-colour and angry fans took to Twitter to blame sound issues at the stage.

The 27-year-old singer, dressed in a floor-length red gown, took the stage to perform her song 'All I Ask' from her album 25 but there seemed a glitch in the sound. While the fans praised Adele's performance, they put the blame on sound problems.

"Some sound guy's getting fired," tweeted an user. "All of the sound guys in the building better be fired immediately. #adele #Grammys2016," said another. "The sound guy just messed up the sound during Adele's performance so everyone get your damn pitchforks," a fan wrote.


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US,Pak strategic dialogue to be held on 29 Feb in Washigton D.C

US News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 12:26
US,Pak strategic dialogue to be held on 29 Feb in Washigton D.C

Washington, Feb. 16 : The United States and Pakistan will hold the sixth ministerial level strategic dialogue in Washigton D. C on Feb 29.

Advisor to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and United States Secretary of State John Kerry will lead their sides at these talks.

The dialogue process began in 2010 and the two countries held three ministerial meetings but the process was interrupted in 2011 when a US midnight raid in Abbottabad killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The dialogue will focus on Pakistan's economic growth, trade and energy cooperation, regional stability, and countering extremism and terrorism, reports Dawn.


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UN: Atleast 50 civilians killed in Syria by airstrikes on hospitals,schools

US News - Tue, 02/16/2016 - 12:04
 Atleast 50 civilians killed in Syria by airstrikes on hospitals,schools

Washington D. C, Feb. 16 : Nearly 50 civilians has been killed in missile strikes on hospitals and two schools in northern Syria on Monday, the United Nations said, deepening the country's humanitarian crisis despite plans for a temporary cease-fire later this week.

The hospital airstrikes came a day after US President Barack Obama urged Moscow to halt its bombing campaign, illustrating the lack of leverage western powers have over peace negotiations aimed at ending a war that has killed nearly a third of a million people, reports Washington Post.

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian President, made a televised address on Monday saying that any ceasefire did not mean each side had to stop using weapons.


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Microsoft's new app can identify your dog's breed

US News - Mon, 02/15/2016 - 13:15
Microsoft's new app can identify your dog's breed

New York - US-based technology giant Microsoft has launched a new image recognition app that looks at photos of dogs to identify its breed or at least tell the percentage of the closest match in case it cannot make an exact match.

Fetch -- an iPhone app -- is the latest in a series of fun projects that are meant to highlight machine learning's potential.

The app uses a machine learning technique called deep neural networks, the technology website Tech Crunch reported.


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Leonardo DiCaprio felt 'Revenant' set was colder than 'Titanic' scene

US News - Mon, 02/15/2016 - 12:54
Leonardo DiCaprio felt 'Revenant' set was colder than 'Titanic' scene

Los Angeles - Leonardo DiCaprio says shooting 'The Revenant' was colder than being submerged in icy waters in the final scenes of 'Titanic'.

DiCaprio won the best actor Bafta award while the film bagged four other trophies at the ceremony last night.

The actor and the crew of the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's film had a tough time capturing the survival drama in harsh weather conditions as the director insisted on shooting only in natural light.

DiCaprio, 41, however, does not regret the discomforts of playing Hugh Glass, a role that saw him sleeping in a horse carcass and eating raw bison liver, as he feels they have a great movie to show at the end of it, reported People magazine.


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Obama calls up Putin, asks him to stop Russian jets bombing Syria

US News - Mon, 02/15/2016 - 09:41
Obama calls up Putin, asks him to stop Russian jets bombing Syria

Washington D. C., Feb. 15 : A day after Russia said that relations between Moscow and Washington were sinking fast, US President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the air raids against Syrian opposition forces during a phone call.

According the CNN, the White House said that Obama stressed on the "the importance of rapidly implementing humanitarian access to besieged areas of Syria and initiating a nationwide cessation of hostilities."

"President Obama emphasized the importance now of Russia playing a constructive role by ceasing its air campaign against moderate opposition forces in Syria," the White House said in a statement.


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We maybe closing in on dark matter

US News - Sun, 02/14/2016 - 10:36
We maybe closing in on dark matter

Washington D.C, Feb 14 - A new research suggests that dark matter scientists are on the brink of discovering the elusive particles.

Researchers are using analysis of deep space observations together with experiments far underground to hunt for dark matter, an elusive material which, together with dark energy, is thought to account for about 95 per cent of the universe.

Scientists will tell a public symposium in Washington, DC how current theories and experiment point to the existence of dark matter, but how it is little understood by scientists.

Its discovery would be a fundamental development in understanding the physical universe, a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will hear.


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When US missile was wrongly shipped to Cuba

US News - Sun, 02/14/2016 - 10:05
When US missile was wrongly shipped to Cuba

Washington : Cuba has returned a dummy US Hellfire missile that was mistakenly shipped there from Europe in 2014, American and Cuban officials have said.

The Hellfire is a laser-guided, air-to-surface missile that weighs about 45 kilogrammes. Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, it can be deployed from an attack helicopter like the Apache or an unmanned drone like the Predator.

The weapon returned by Cuba was an inert training missile that was inadvertently sent to the island from Europe, where it was used in a NATO training exercise.


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Majority of Silicon Valley employees not US-born?

US News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 17:16
Majority of Silicon Valley employees not US-born?

Washington - Silicon Valley has a significantly higher number of foreign-born employees with nearly three fourth of the workers in the field of computer and mathematics non-US citizens, a new report has said.

Thirty-seven percent of tech hub's population are non-US citizens who entered the country to fill a specific job in the tech industry, compare that to California's 27 percent of the population that is from another country and a 13 percent national average, according to the annual report of the Joint Venture Silicon Valley.

This population share increases to 50 percent for the employed, core working age population (ages 25-44), and even higher for certain occupational groups.


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Politics has become worse; but still believe in hope,says Barack Obama

US News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 17:08
Politics has become worse; but still believe in hope,says Barack Obama

Washington - Nine years after he announced his decision to run for the highest office in the country, US President Barack Obama today said that the politics of the country has become worse, but he is still hopeful.

"I will be the first to admit that the tone of our politics hasn't gotten better, but worse," Obama said in his weekly radio and web address to the nation from Illinois State Senate where he had announced his presidential bid nine years ago with the message of hope.

"Too many people feel like the system is rigged, and their voices don't matter. And when good people are pushed away from participating in our public life, more powerful and extreme voices will fill the void," he said.


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Filmaker Trisha Ray directs Mahie Gill in 'Orphan Train'

US News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:42
Filmaker Trisha Ray directs Mahie Gill in 'Orphan Train'

Houston - Mahie Gill stars in award winning filmmaker Trisha Ray's next venture 'Orphan Train' and the actress says working on the thriller was a memorable experience.

The 40-year-old actress, best known for her role of Paro in Anurag Kashyap's critically acclaimed film 'Dev D', is playing the lead role in the independent American film.

"I loved the character that I portrayed and Trisha is the funniest and intelligent director, she is superb and I am sure we will work more together soon," Mahie told PTI.

The 'Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster' actress plays the role of an Environmental Protection Agent 'Helen Prost', who is on a mission to investigate the involvement of radioactive isotopes in the deaths of children kidnapped by the local cartel.


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Emma Roberts to return for 'Scream Queens 2'

US News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 16:25
Emma Roberts to return for 'Scream Queens 2'

Los Angeles - Actress Emma Roberts is set to reprise her role as Chanel Oberlin on the second season of TV series 'Scream Queens'.

Following speculations on who's back for the new instalment of the hit FOX horror comedy series, the actress herself has confirmed that she will return, reported E! Online.

"Yeah, Chanel is back!" Roberts, 25, said at the Ralph Lauren Polo presentation at New York Fashion Week. "I'm so excited for season two of Scream Queens because I can only imagine what the writers have in store for Chanel."

Season 2 will be set in a hospital and will reportedly feature four new male characters, who are all doctors.


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Hannibal Buress joins 'Baywatch' movie cast!

US News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 14:20
Hannibal Buress joins 'Baywatch' movie cast!

Los Angeles - Comedian Hannibal Buress has joined the star cast of Paramount's 'Baywatch', a big-screen adaptation of the popular 1990s TV series of the same name.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 33-year-old actor will play one of the locals in the bay community in the film, which also stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Zac Efron and Bollywood star Priyanak Chopra, who plays the villain in the film.

The 'Baywatch' movie is directed by Seth Gordon and will center on the leader of an elite group of lifeguards, played by Johnson, who is forced to team up with Efron's young former Olympian character in order to save the beloved bay.


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Baloch nationalists protest in front of White House

US News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 14:14
Baloch nationalists protest in front of White House

Washington - Demanding an end to Pakistan's "forceful" occupation of Balochistan , hundreds of Baloch- Americans and leaders from this restive Pakistani province held a peaceful protest in front of the White House to seek US intervention and deployment of NATO troops in the region.

"At least 35,000 Baloch are missing. There is a grave violation of human rights on the people of Balochistan and all this is being perpetrated by the Pakistan Army and the ISI," said Mama Abdul Qadir Baloch in an interview to PTI yesterday in front of the White House.


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US approves sale of eight F-16 jets to Pak

US News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 12:54
US approves sale of eight F-16 jets to Pak

Washington, Feb. 13 : The United States Government said that it has approved the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at 699 million dollars.

The Dawn reports that Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency which oversees foreign arms sales said it had notified lawmakers about the possible deal.

The proposed deal will go through a 30-day notification period after which it will be finalized.

The agency said that F-16s would allow Pakistan's Air Force to operate in all weather environments and at night, improving its self- defense capability and bolstering its ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.

India said it was disappointed with decision of US.


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US Congress votes overwhelmingly for tough sanctions on N.Korea

US News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 12:33
US Congress votes overwhelmingly for tough sanctions on N.Korea

Washington D. C, Feb. 13 :The United States House of Representatives has passed legislation to further punish North Korea for its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber crimes.

The legislation would sanction anyone who engages in facilitates or contributes to North Korea's proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, arms-related materials, luxury goods, human rights abuses, activities undermining cyber security and the provision of materials for such activities.

Penalties include seizure of assets, visa bans and denial of government contracts, reports ABC News.

The package includes sanctions targeting North Korea and 'secondary sanctions'against those who do business with it.


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Sixth 'Transformers' movie to be a Bumblebee spin-off

US News - Sat, 02/13/2016 - 12:27
Sixth 'Transformers' movie to be a Bumblebee spin-off

Los Angeles - The sixth instalment in the hit "Transformers" franchise will be a movie about one of its popular characters, Bumblebee.

Paramount and Hasbro have revealed that fans can expect one "Transformers" film a year starting in 2017, with "Transformers 5" scheduled to hit theaters June 23, reported Aceshowbiz.

The Bumblebee film is set for a June 8, 2018, release, with the third of these announced films due out June 28, 2019.

Tom Warner, the "Transformers" franchise leader for Hasbro, further explained the plans.

"This summer we worked closely with a talented team of A-list screenwriters to map out the future of the 'Transformers' cinematic universe, and as Brian announced earlier, things kick off in a major way in


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Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon visit Babulnath temple for the success of film Heropanti
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