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This is how your smartphone can help fight cybercrime

Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 | IANS | New York

Taking cue from tiny variations in the smartphone camera's sensors, a team of researchers has discovered how to identify smartphones by examining just one photo taken by the device. The advancement opens the possibility of using smartphones -- instead of body parts -- as a form of identification to deter cybercrime,...

Landslide in southern Chile leaves 5 dead, 15 missing

Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 | AP | Santiago

A mudslide fuelled by heavy rains has swept over a village in southern Chile, leaving at least five people dead and 15 missing, officials said. Rain caused a river to overflow and the side of a hill to collapse, burying 20 of the 200 houses in Villa Santa Lucia in the...

UN council weighs measure rejecting US Jerusalem decision

Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 | AFP | United Nations

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would affirm that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded, in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital. Egypt circulated the draft text today and diplomats said the...

Google News warns sites not to hide country of origin

Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 | IANS | San Francisco

In an attempt to take on fake news head on, Google News has updated its guidelines to prohibit sites that misrepresent or conceal their country of origin or are directed at users in another country under false premises. "Sites included in Google News must not misrepresent, misstate, or conceal information about...

Shilpa Shetty wins PETA's 'Hero To Animals' Award

Sunday, 17 Dec 2017 | IANS | Mumbai

Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra has been honoured with a 'Hero to Animals' Award by animal rights organisation PETA for speaking out against the cruelty of circuses; signing a petition asking the government to uphold the ban on jallikattu, bull races, and bullfights; and adopting a stray kitten. Shilpa's compassion towards animals...

US may stop spouses of H-1B visa holders from working

Saturday, 16 Dec 2017 | IANS | Washington

US President Donald Trump's administration is set to propose revoking a rule that makes spouses of thousands of H1-B visa holders eligible to work while in the US, potentially complicating a major driver of technology jobs, the media reported. Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B, or high-skilled, visa holders waiting for...

4 Palestinians killed in new wave of violence over US Jerusalem move

Saturday, 16 Dec 2017 | AFP | Gaza City

Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded today in clashes with Israeli forces as tens of thousands demonstrated against Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. President Donald Trump's December 6 announcement that he would break with decades of US policy and move the embassy to Jerusalem has stirred global condemnation,...

German government says it backs 'open and free internet'

Saturday, 16 Dec 2017 | AP | Berlin

The German government says it backs an "open and free internet" following the US decision to repeal net neutrality rules. A spokeswoman for the Economy Ministry said yesterday that Germany had "taken note" of the US move but declined to comment directly on it. However, spokeswoman Beate Baron said the German government...

Toll rises to two dead after Indonesia quake

Saturday, 16 Dec 2017 | AFP | Jakarta

At least two people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said today. The quake struck at a depth of 91 km just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The tremor was felt...

Facebook rolls out 'Snooze' to 'mute' friends

Saturday, 16 Dec 2017 | IANS | San Francisco

Facebook has rolled out "Snooze" feature in News Feed that will give its over two billion users option to temporarily unfollow a person, Page or group for 30 days. The feature will help users take a temporary break from posts by friends, pages or groups without unfriending, unfollowing or leaving them...


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‚ÄėBan entry into Puri temple Garvagriha‚Äô

17 Dec 2017 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

The State Government has recommended to the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to stop entry of devotees into the sanctum sanctorum (Garvagriha) of the shrine. In a letter to the SJTA, the Government has asked for restrictions on darshan of the deities by devotees, including VIPs...

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Police probing from different angles in dead bodies’ case

18 Dec 2017 | PNS | Dehradun

Police are investigating different possibilities in the case of the two men found dead at the Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan on Friday. The bodies of Kamal Ram, a native of Rudraprayag and Sonu Kumar of Dehradun were found at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan near Haridwar Bypass...

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