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Islamic State linked to gurudwara attack in Germany: Police

The dreaded Islamic State terror group may be linked to the explosion at a gurudwara in Germany's western city of Essen, a media report said today as police arrested two teenagers in connection with t

Republican system is ‘crooked’ and ‘rigged’: Donald Trump

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump today said his party's nomination system is so "crooked" and "rigged" that people like him cannot run for elections and "defend" the nation against cou

North Korea offers to send ‘abducted’ defectors’ parents to South

North Korea today said that it wanted to set up a meeting - in Seoul if necessary - between a dozen recent defectors and their parents to prove Pyongyang's claim that the former were abducted by South

Twitter eyeing Japan for revenue from data for businesses

Twitter says it deals properly with people's privacy concerns, and the way data is used should never surprise Twitter users.

Japan keeps economy assessment unchanged, frets about quake impact

The government said companies have become cautious, which was a downgrade from last month when it said corporate sentiment was more or less flat.

More than 55% of China’s population now lives in urban areas

The National Bureau of Statistics said on its website that 55.88% of the population was urban in 2015, standing at 767.5 million.

China to increase high-speed rail network to 30,000 km by 2020

At present, the backbone of China's high-speed railway network consists of "Four East-West Railways and Four North-South Railways"

China’s Xi Jinping moves to take more direct command over military

Xi's appearance in battle dress with insignia Wednesday emphasized his more direct role in military affairs.

Donald Trump leans toward replacing US Fed chief Janet Yellen if he wins White House

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump would be inclined to replace Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen if he wins the White House despite supporting the U.S. central bank's efforts to keep

At least 8 dead in Houston-area floods, more rain falls

At least eight people have died and some 1,150 homes have been damaged in flooding triggered by torrential downpours in the Houston area this week as more rain fell in the region on Wednesday adding t

Donald Trump tightens grip on US Republican nomination

Front-runner Donald Trump showed signs of tightening his grip on the Republican U.S. presidential nomination on Wednesday when chief rival Ted Cruz acknowledged his own only hope of wresting control i

Climate change brings more pleasant weather to US – for now

Researchers have a message for Americans who like the milder winters and agreeable summers experienced in most of the United States since the 1970s thanks to global climate change: enjoy it while you

Watchdog: Press freedom declines around the world

An international media watchdog says that there's been a ''deep and disturbing decline'' in press freedom around the world due to pressure from governments and businesses.

EU citizens fear Brexit more than the Brits: Survey

European citizens are more concerned about a so-called Brexit than the British people themselves, said a survey published today, two months before Britain votes on whether to leave the European Union.

Sikh-American teen forced to remove turban at airport in US

A Sikh-American teenager, who penned a book about bullying of children from the community, was forced to remove his turban by airport personnel in the US state of California, according to a media repo

Cuba’s Raul Castro keeps top job but leadership changes to come

President Raul Castro will serve a second term as head of Cuba's Communist Party as the island's aging leaders see out a final period in power, amid economic reform and detente with the United States.

Thailand wants foreigners social media, bank account details

Want to live in Thailand? No problem, say Thai authorities. Just be prepared to reveal what your social media habits are, bank account information and the restaurants and night clubs where you hang ou

Sushi alert: Grim outlook for bluefin tuna

The latest scientific assessment paints a likely bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a sushi lovers' favorite whose population has dropped by more than 97 percent from its historic levels.

Rice cookers & luxury toilet seats: China’s bets to pep up its economy

The development plan issued this week strikes a blow for China's consumers, calling for better products to help create an economy driven by domestic consumption.

Donald Trump looks beyond New York; Hillary Clinton seeks big win

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looked beyond an expected primary victory in his home state of New York on Tuesday, sending a top strategist to meet with congressional lawmakers as he c

Ecuador earthquake: 6.2 magnitude quake strikes off Ecuador coast

Earthquake today: A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Ecuador on Wednesday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, just days after a major quake hit the country killing nearly 500 peo

Many Houston schools closed in second day of floods; six dead

Scores of Houston-area schools closed for a second straight day on Tuesday as more rain pelted the fourth most populous U.S. city overnight after a record deluge on Monday, causing floods that left si

Fidel Castro speaks of death in address to Cuba’s Communist Party

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro emerged from seclusion on Tuesday to muse about death and provide encouragement to his followers, in a rare speech at the closing of a Communist Party congress in Hav

Irregularities overshadow US presidential vote in New York City; 125,000 people missing on voter rolls

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump were favored to win their parties' US presidential nominating contests in New York state on Tuesday, but voting was overshadowed by official confir

Smart cities may help fight air pollution, say scientists

Indoor pollution from smoke, spores and building materials kills millions of people each year, say researchers including one of Indian-origin, offering insights into how new smart cities may help comb

Earthquake in Ecuador: Hopes fade of finding survivors from quake as death toll nears 500

Earthquake in Ecuador: Rescuers in Ecuador were losing hope on Tuesday of finding more survivors from an quake that killed nearly 500 people and dealt a shattering blow to the South American OPEC coun

After big New York wins, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton cast themselves as inevitable

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton scored sweeping victories in nominating contests in their home state of New York and immediately cited them in arguing they are all but unstoppable

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