- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani wins second term(27 minutes ago)
Kabul, Feb 19 (IANS) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has secured a second term as President of Afghanistan, the country's independent election commission has announced, more than four months after polls closed.
- Saliva can predict excess body fat in teenagers(10:41)
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 19 (IANS) In addition to keeping the mouth moist and protecting us against germs, saliva can also be used for early detection of the risk of developing diseases associated with surplus body fat, a new study suggests.
- Walmart paid $12bn worth dividends in 2019, Amazon paid $0(10:37)
San Francisco, Feb 19 (IANS) Retail giant Walmart spent $11.8 billion in 2019 on dividends and bought back shares of stock from its shareholders while its closest competitor Jeff Bezos-owned Amazon paid nothing to Wall Street investors, despite generating $13 billion more than Walmart in cash.
- Democratic party's electoral lineup changes with Bloomberg's poll surge(09:44)
By Arul Louis
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) Democratic Party's electoral calculus is set for a recalibration on Wednesday night when the controversial billionaire Michael Bloomberg steps on to the stage for the first time to debate the other candidates vying for the nomination to challenge US President Donald Trump in the November election.
- Trump hints trade deal unlikely during India trip(08:49)
By Arul Louis
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has indicated that a full-fledged trade agreement with India was unlikely during his visit there next week -- or even this year -- but a "very big one" was in the offing.
- Egypt foils smuggling of 3,900-kg illicit drugs(07:11)
Cairo, Feb 19 (IANS) Egyptian authorities thwarted on Tuesday an attempt to smuggle a large number of illegal drugs into the country, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said in a statement.
- When Trump and Modi meet, 'gold standard' trade deal not essential for success: Experts(00:09)
By Nikhila Natarajan
New York, Feb 19 (IANS) If US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi can announce even a limited scope trade agreement from the big stage during Trump's India visit later this month, it would count as a victory although businesses may be left "scratching their heads", US-India strategic experts previewing the upcoming visit are saying.
- Russia key to 'constructive' Libya talks, says Italy(00:04)
Rome, Feb 19 (IANS/AKI) Russia is a key player in efforts to end Libya's protracted conflict and is seeking to foster dialogue between the oil-rich country's warring sides, Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday.
- Remove Zuckerberg and Sandberg from Facebook: Soros(22:24)
San Francisco, Feb 18 (IANS) Billionaire philanthropist George Soros on Tuesday called for the removal of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Shreyl Sandberg over the company's policy on political ads in the US presidential election year.
- Bloomberg surges in polls winning place in Democratic debate(22:03)
By Arul Louis
New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Controversial mega-billionaire Michael Bloomberg has surged ahead in opinion polls to become one of the top challengers for the Democrats' nomination for the presidential elections, upsetting the electoral calculus and has qualified for the party's debate on Wednesday.
- Zyfra installs 9,000 machine monitoring systems globally(19:53)
Moscow, Feb 18 (IANS) Finnish-Russian digital solutions provider Zyfra said on Tuesday that it has connected 9,000 computerised numerical control (CNC) machines worldwide, including in India, to its MDCplus real-time machine monitoring and manufacturing data collection systems.
- 54% higher rates of COPD in women with HIV: Study(19:09)
Toronto, Feb 18 (IANS) Researchers have found that the rate of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among women living with HIV was 54 per cent higher than that of HIV-negative women.
- Mortality risk higher in IVF babies before 1 yr of age(18:40)
London, Feb 18 (IANS) Researchers have found that the children conceived through assisted reproductive techniques including IVF (in vitro fertilisation) had a 45 per cent higher risk of death before 1 year of age than children conceived naturally.
- 'Uighur Muslims land in detention camps for having beard, veil'(17:49)
Beijing, Feb 18 (IANS) A document which delineates the lives of hundreds of Uighur Muslims currrently in internment camps across China, was allegedly leaked by a source inside Xinjiang showing how members of the community are detained for having beards, wearing veils and using the internet.