MEXICO CITY - At least 100 Central American migrants illegally tried to cross into the US through the Playas de Tijuana zone after dark on New Year's Eve but were unable to do so, human rights entities reported. The officials said the crossing attempt sparked an intense mobilization of US Border Patrol agents, who fired at least two tear gas grenades to repel the migrants, EFE news reported. According to a report, on Monday night, the migrants gathered on one side of the wall separating...
JAKARTA - Indonesian authorities on Wednesday raised to 430 the death toll in the devastating tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption in Sunda Strait, while nearly 22,000 people were displaced. Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho also raised the number of missing persons to 159 due to the disaster on Saturday night that also left 1,495 injured. In the worst-hit area of Pandeglang, in the west coast of Jawa island, 290 were killed,
JAKARTA - A popular Indonesian rock band performing near the beach was swept away when a tsunami hit the Sunda Strait in Indonesia on Saturday. Footage shared on social media showed a large wave crashing into a tent in the resort, in which the rock band, Seventeen, was performing. Members of the band were seen being swept away as the wave destroyed the stage, BBC reported. In a tearful Instagram video, singer Riefian Fajarsyah, said the band's bassist and road manager had died,
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook has elevated its senior Indian-origin executive Karandeep Anand to head Workplace -- the company's two-year-old enterprise communication tool now being used by over 30,000 organisations globally including in India. Anand, who was earlier Head of Product for Facebook Marketplace and Payments services, would handle the product team and work closely with Julien Codorniou, current Vice President of Workplace, a Facebook spokesperson told IANS on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - China and the US are set to take action against each other as tensions escalate over trade, cyber hacking and espionage as senior American law enforcement officials identified Beijing as the most serious threat to Washington's national security, officials said. China's methods of non-traditional espionage, including their use of ordinary Chinese expatriates instead of spies at universities and businesses, and intellectual property theft, were explained by the officials from the FBI and...
NEW YORK - Marriott International said on Friday that its guest reservation system has been hacked, potentially exposing the personal information of approximately 500 million guests. The hotel chain said the hack affected its Starwood reservation database, a group of hotels it bought in 2016 that included the St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels, Le Méridien and Four Points by Sheraton, CNN reported. For roughly two-thirds of the guests who were possibly affected,
“Meet the Drapers” Season 1 debuted the world’s first crowdfunding-based startup reality show in 2017-2018, featuring the Drapers -- Silicon Valley’s legendary VC family – and was an immediate success in the Americas. Startups in Season 1 raised a staggering 2.2 million dollars through the show, with Pigeonly being chosen as the winning startup that claimed the Grand Prize funding investment by Tim Draper. All in all, the top 6 finalists received over $400,000 in funding from Tim Draper during the Season 1 final episode.
NEW DELHI - Aiming to boost sales in the wake of weaker-than-expected demand for new iPhone models, Apple has sealed a deal with retail giant Amazon to sell its range of products which is a win-win game for both the tech titans, market research firm Counterpoint Research has said. According to Counterpoint, the move would allow the Cupertino-based giant to better manage pricing, warranties and the overall customer experience. Third party vendors who are selling on Amazon's platform will be...
NEW DELHI - Three US tech giants - Google, Facebook and Twitter - on Monday promised to do more to fight news in India, while refusing to provide any definite timeline for bringing tougher actions that could eliminate the menace of fake news from their platform. Participating in a panel discussion hosted by BBC's Matthew Amroliwala at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, the representatives of the three top technology companies outlined the actions...
SAN FRANCISCO - Some 30,000 people were evacuated after a wildfire broke out in California and engulfed houses and public buildings such as churches and schools in the town of Paradise. The blaze named "Camp Fire" has burnt more than 8,000 hectares in less than 24 hours since it began on Thursday morning and continues to grow because of the dryness of the terrain and strong winds in the area,