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US students protest over gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

IRAN DAILY - 3 hours 53 min ago
Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages.

Man kills self after throwing explosive at US embassy in Montenegro

IRAN DAILY - 4 hours 3 min ago
An unknown person threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the United States embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, before blowing himself up, the government said on Thursday.

Leader of Gonabadi Dervishes condemns crimes on north Tehran street

IRAN DAILY - 4 hours 7 min ago
Leader of Gonabadi Dervishes (A Sufi Muslim order) Nour Ali Tabandeh in a statement on Wednesday strongly condemned actions of some rioters which led to the martyrdom of three policemen and two members of Basij (volunteer) forces on Pasdaran street.

86% bank frauds tied to loans, 99% in case of PNB

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:53
From misuse of letters of credit, guarantee or undertakings to diversion and siphoning of funds, a variety of frauds linked to advances haunt the Indian banking system, indicating a lack of hygiene and risk frameworks.

Woman dies after surgery, son billed Rs 17 lakh 

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:43
The son of a 67-year-old woman has filed a police complaint against a city-based private hospital, alleging negligence in a surgery performed on her for which a final bill of Rs 17 lakh was raised. The woman died 18 days after the surgery, this January.

'B'desh influx part of Pak proxy war with China aid'

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:32
A “planned” influx of people from Bangladesh into India’s north-eastern region is underway as part of a proxy war being waged by Pakistan, with support from China, to keep the area disturbed, said General Bipin Rawat.

Delhi CS has injuries on his face: Medical report

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:14
Delhi chief secretary Anshu Prakash’s medical examination, conducted on Tuesday night after an FIR was registered in the case of the alleged assault on him by MLAs at the chief minister’s residence, mentions injuries on his face and elsewhere.

2nd T20I: South Africa draw level in Centurion

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:41
A blistering 30-ball 69 from Heinrich Klaasen and a measured 40-ball 64* from captain JP Duminy helped South Africa hunt down 189 as they beat India by six wickets in Centurion to draw level at 1-1 in the three-match series on Wednesday night.

Assured return offers by realtors and jewellers to be treated as Ponzi

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:13
The proposed law to crack down on Ponzi schemes will bar real estate developers that offer fixed returns till possession as well as schemes from jewellers as the government believes that they are “unregulated deposits”.

'Achhe din' on cards for Congress: Sharad Pawar

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 19:55
Sharad Pawar was replying to a barrage of questions posed by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray during a two-hour marathon public interview held in Pune. He ruled out dealings with the BJP when he said he will prefer an alliance with the Congress.

India gets first woman to fly fighter aircraft solo

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:44
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi made history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. She achieved the distinction on February 19, flying a MiG-21 "Bison", which has virtually the highest landing and take-off speed in the world.

PNB fraud: I-T dept attaches Nirav Modi's assets worth Rs 145 crore

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:55
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday continued raids for the seventh day as it visited 17 locations across the country, including four shell companies in Mumbai, even as the I-T department attached assets worth Rs 145 crore in the alleged Rs 11,400-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud.

'China wanted to split India, Bhutan over Doklam'

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:45
China's political goal was to "split" India and Bhutan over the Doklam standoff, former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said on Wednesday while appreciating the way the government handled the issue.

2nd T20I live: Unchanged SA opt to field vs India

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:38
Follow all the live cricket updates from the 2nd Twenty20 International between India and South Africa in Centurion

Influential US evangelical preacher Billy Graham dies at 99

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:04
US Christian evangelist Billy Graham, one of the most influential Gospel preachers of the 20th Century and a counselor to 12 US presidents, has died aged 99.

Dems win Kentucky GOP stronghold in state House of Representatives

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:04
Democratic lawmakers in the US state of Kentucky have reclaimed a rural district in the state’s legislature that voted heavily for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential elections.

Pakistan's top court rules ousted premier Sharif cannot lead his party

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:03
Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled a disqualified politician cannot lead a political party, ordering the removal of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif as head of the country’s ruling party.

Iran announce bid to create own digital currency

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:55
Iran says it is preparing to launch its own digital currency in a move that many believe can help reduce the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of US-led sanctions.

Daesh terrorists kill 20 truck drivers on border with Iraq

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:52
Members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have reportedly executed nearly two dozen truck drivers on the border with Iraq’s western province of Anbar as Syrian government forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, are fighting to drive foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants out of the war-ravaged Arab country.

France to unveil tough, controversial immigration law

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:46
The French government is set to unveil a tough new immigration bill that is proving one of the most divisive of Emmanuel Macron's young presidency.

PF deposits to fetch lower interest rate in 2017-18

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:10
The retirement fund body had sold a portion of its investments in the exchange traded funds (ETF) worth Rs 2,886 crore earlier this month.

Kamal Haasan launches his new party 'Makkal Needhi Mayyam'

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:04
Actor Kamal Haasan’s political party will be known as Makkal Needhi Mayyam (People’s Justice Centre). At a grand function at Othakadai in Madurai on Wednesday evening, which was attended by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and others, the actor announced his party’s name.

Philippines wants court to declare communist groups terrorists

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:57
Justice officials have asked a court to formally designate the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army, as terrorist groups in a move that could further damage chances of a resumption of stalled peace talks.

Venezuela launches own digital currency ‘Petro’

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:52
Venezuela has officially launched its own digital currency to become the first country with its own oil-backed cryptocurrency.

Saudi court hands down death sentence to Shia political dissident

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:48
A court in Saudi Arabia has handed down a death penalty to a Shia anti-regime activist as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its brutal clampdown against members of the religious community.

Mine blast kills 2 French troopers in Mali

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:45
Two French soldiers have been killed and another hurt when their armored vehicle struck a mine in Mali, the French presidency says.

Naqash-e Jahan Square: Manifestation of Iran’s oriental allure

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:26
Naqsh-e Jahan Square in the central Iranian city of Isfahan has for centuries embodied the oriental essence of Iran’s art and culture.

Indigenous aircraft Saras completes 2nd test-flight

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:09
The indigenous light transport aircraft (LTA) Saras on Wednesday completed the second of the proposed 20 test flights, commanded by Wing Commander UP Singh, Group Captain RV Panicker and Group Captain KP Bhat of the Aircraft and System Testing Establishment (ASTE).

Kremlin rejects US report blaming Russia for civilian deaths in Syria's East Ghouta

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:57
Moscow has denied a US claim that Russian fighter jets carried out airstrikes in Syria's militant-held Eastern Ghouta and reportedly killed scores of civilians since the start of the week.

US turns focus to Asia over Iran trade after milking European banks

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:48
Authorities in the US said they are turning their focus to Asia to strangle financial transactions with Iran after closing off money flows through European banks.

Charity market held in Japan to help Iran’s quake-hit people

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:45
A charity market was held at the residence of Iran’s ambassador to Tokyo to help victims of earthquake in the province of Kermanshah, western Iran.

First bodies from plane crash transferred down mountain

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:41
(National Desk) Rescue workers transferred the first bodies recovered from the site of the plane crash at a mountain peak in southwestern Iran to the ground as search-and-rescue teams and Army commandos are making efforts to recover all the 66 bodies.

Azerbaijan’s president welcomes closer cooperation with Iran

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:25
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said his government embraces greater collaboration between Tehran and Baku, particularly in defense industries.

Moscow says US-Russia ties will be hard to repair

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:01
Moscow on Wednesday said it would be "very difficult" to improve US-Russia relations, which have plummeted to Cold War lows on accusations of election meddling and crises in Syria and Ukraine.

Iran participates in Muscat book fair

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:00
Iran's pavilion at the 23rd Muscat International Book Fair, which opened on Wednesday, is displaying 500 titles and CDs in Persian, Arabic and English languages.

Abbas calls for Mideast peace confab in rare UN speech

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:56
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday called for an international conference to be held later this year to launch a new, wider Middle East peace process and pave the way to Palestinian statehood.

Turkey: Whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is 'legitimate target'

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:52
Turkey on Wednesday said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.

Ishrat Jahan case: Ex-Gujarat top cop discharged

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:30
A special CBI court on Wednesday discharged former Gujarat in charge DGP PP Pandey in the 2004 alleged fake encounter of Ishrat Jahan and three others, in which he was an accused.

How the Rs 11,300 crore PNB fraud lasted seven years

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:23
PNB alleges its former employee Gokulnath Shetty provided billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his associates with guarantees to obtain loans from abroad. Between 2011 and early 2017, guarantees worth Rs 6,500 crore were issued without any collateral.

Euro area consumer confidence slips for first time since July

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:33
Eurozone consumers’ confidence is wavering. While the European Commission’s confidence indicator is still close to its highest level in seventeen years, a flash estimate pointed to a sharper fall this month than any analyst polled by Thomson Reuters predicted.

The world's fourth largest iron ore producer wants to drive production costs even lower

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:31
After its production costs hit a record low in the last quarter, Fortescue Metals wants to drive costs even lower this financial year, according to the CEO of the Australian iron ore producer.

BoJ will struggle to raise rates this year

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:29
The new Bank of Japan leadership won't be able to raise interest rates this year as the central bank missed the best opportunity to do so in 2017, former BoJ board member Sayuri Shirai said on Wednesday.

Armenia, Russia see trade turnover growth

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:27
Trade turnover between Armenia and Russia has increased by over 26 percent in 2017, Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan announced on Tuesday.

Pakistani parliament prays for Iranian plane crash victims

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:16
The National Assembly of Pakistan prayed for the Iranian plane crash victims in its public session on Wednesday.

Zarif's diplomatic acumen, Establishment's support annul UN resolutions: Diplomat

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:00
Diplomatic capabilities of Foreign Minister Mohammed-Javad Zarif and his team, and the support from Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani led to the lifting of UN sanction resolutions on Iran, said Iran's former envoy in London.

Two Qatari boats seized in Iran's waters

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:56
Two Qatari fishing boats that had entered Iran's territorial waters were seized, a senior Iranian military official said on Wednesday.

President Rouhani slams recent riots in northern Tehran

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:50
President Hassan Rouhani strongly condemned violent acts committed by any group, saying that his government won't tolerate this kind of behavior and insulting the police which protect security and order in society in any way.

Amritsar more key than New Delhi for Canadian PMs

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:49
Amritsar is more important than New Delhi for Canada's politicians, and since 2003, every Canadian Prime Minister, bar one, has paid obeisance at the Sikh holy city when on a state visit to India. Why? By percentage of population, the number of Sikhs in Canada is almost the same as that of Sikhs in India.

Yemen's architectural connection to Islam at risk: ICRC

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:21
As fighting along Yemen’s Red Sea coast continues, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is urging all parties to the conflict to protect and respect the city of Zabid, a World Heritage Site that has the highest concentration of mosques in Yemen.

Southeast US is getting colder instead of warmer

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:42
Counter to what most expected in a globally warming planet, the Southeast of the US has been getting colder during winter and spring months instead of warmer. New research shines a light on the long noticed trend of cooling in the Southeast US during winter and spring months compared to the rest of the continental US.

Azeri president, Iranian defense minister discuss issues of interest

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:38
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami, currently visiting Baku, Azerbaijan, conferred with President Ilham Aliyev on Wednesday.

Myanmar, Germany to jointly conserve cultural heritage

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:37
Myanmar and Germany have agreed to jointly conserve the cultural heritage of Bagan in northern Mandalay region, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported, Xinhua wrote.

Climate change, evolution, and what happens when researchers are also friends

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:35
Illustration of an eco-evolutionary feedback loop perpetuated by evolution of carbon cycling traits, in response to climate change.

Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:32
Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 meters (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said.

Japan’s Cabinet adopts bill to reduce global warming damage

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:28
The Japanese Cabinet has approved a bill designed to boost efforts to reduce the negative effects of global warming.

Children and gun violence: Solutions to reducing the epidemic

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:24
Another mass shooting affecting children in school. The large number of dead and wounded attracts headlines and the usual prayers, platitudes and condolences from politicians.

Food insecurity in Africa is ‘very strongly related to climate change’

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:19
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN has warned that hunger in Africa is being made worse by the impacts of climate change.

Growing up in poverty weakens later health

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:16
Poverty remains a widespread problem. In the UK, 30 percent of children are growing up in poverty. More than half of these children are in working households, and poverty is on the rise even for children whose parents work in government-funded jobs.

Smoking rates remain alarming for several groups in US

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 06:13
Tobacco control measures have reduced overall smoking rates in the US from 42 percent in 1965 to 15 percent by the middle of this decade, but a new American Cancer Society report said several vulnerable subpopulations continue to smoke at high rates.

Madrid after expansion of economic cooperation with Tehran: Spanish FM

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 05:57
Madrid is willing to widen economic relations with Tehran and extend political consultations between the two countries, the visiting Spanish foreign minister said on Tuesday evening.

11 civilians killed, 55 injured in attacks by armed groups on Damascus

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:53
Nine civilians were killed and 49 others were injured on Tuesday as armed groups in the Eastern Ghouta area continued their breach of the de-escalation zones agreement, targeting residential areas and public facilities in Damascus and its countryside with rocket shells.

Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:40
The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way.

Rotating night shifts a path to diabetes

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:37
Working the night shift may play havoc with your blood sugar levels, a new study found.

SNSC head to meet with Spanish, Dutch FMs

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:18
Foreign ministers of Spain and the Netherlands who are on an official visit to Iran will meet and talk with the Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council (SNSC) later today.

‘China deploys warships to East Indian Ocean’ amid rivalry with India

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:05
A Chinese news portal said 11 Chinese warships have entered the East Indian Ocean this month, in what seems to have been a show of strength amid a rivalry in the region with India and a crisis in the Maldives.

Live: PM inaugurates UP Investors' Summit

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:02
Aimed at attracting investments into Uttar Pradesh and increasing employment, the mega event will be attended by around 8,000 delegates. Stay with TOI for all the live updates:

Cancer drugs could treat rare blood-vessel disorder

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:54
Researchers have found the genetic cause of a blood-vessel disorder that can cause deadly bleeds and stroke.

Explosion kills three tribal elders in east Afghanistan

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:42
A blast at a hotel in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad has killed at least three tribal elders and injured two others, although the exact cause of the explosion remains unclear.

Live: I am your worker, not leader, Haasan says

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:33
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan began his political journey on Wednesday as he launched his party Makkal Needhi Maiam. Check all the latest updates on his political entry on The Times of India.

Pakistan claims reprieve on terror tag

TIMES OF INDIA - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:16
"Our efforts paid, FATF Paris 20 Feb meeting conclusion on US led motion to put Pakistan on watch list -- No consensus for nominating Pakistan," Pakistan’s foreign minister Khwaja Asif tweeted on Tuesday evening.

New phagocytosis model predicts which cells can eat other cells

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:16
Scientists have designed a new model to identify which organisms are capable of consuming other cells through a process called phagocytosis.

Using a laser to wirelessly charge a smartphone safely across a room

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:14
Although mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones let us communicate, work and access information wirelessly, their batteries must still be charged by plugging them in to an outlet.

Study reveals 15 genes that influence face shape

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:13
Scientists have identified 15 new genes that influence the development of a person's facial features.

Bigelow shows off bold plan that's out of this world

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:12
The latest space-piercing concept launching from Earth: A commercial, one-rocket space station that could carry astronauts to low-earth orbit, the Moon and even Mars.

Newer MRI may be more accurate, easier for detection of breast cancer

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 03:11
A new type of MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, scan that doesn't use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what's really cancer and what's likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report.

Corbyn to support customs union with EU after Brexit

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:50
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party will campaign to keep the United Kingdom inside a customs union with the European Union (EU) after Brexit, describing the move as necessary for trade and the prevention of a hard border in Northern Ireland.

UN voices worries of declining humanitarian situation in Gaza

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:37
The UN's Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov has slammed the expansion of Israeli settlements on Palestinian territories.

Pence’s secret meeting with N Koreans cancelled at Olympics: Report

IRAN DAILY - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 02:32
An official report said US Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to hold a secret meeting with North Korean officials during his visit to South Korea for the Winter Olympics but the North Koreans canceled.

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