ANKARA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned that his country would boycott electronic goods from the US, after Washington imposed punitive sanctions on Ankara over the latter's refusal to extradite a jailed American pastor. Tensions between the two countries have escalated over US pastor Andrew Brunson, who was arrested in Turkey nearly two years ago over terrorism allegations.
WASHINGTON - NASA is all set to launch its historic small car-size probe to "touch the Sun" from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3.33 am EDT (1 pm India time) on Saturday. The probe is named after Eugene Parker, a solar physicist who in 1958 first predicted the existence of the solar wind, the stream of charged particles and magnetic fields that flow continuously from the Sun.
SAN FRANCISCO - As Google is trying to make a comeback in China with censored apps, its biggest rival in the country, Baidu, said it was prepared to take on the US tech giant and defeat it, the media reported. According to a report in The Verge on Tuesday, Baidu CEO Robin Li wrote on his verified WeChat account that if "Google decides to return to China, we are very confident we can just PK and win again."
ABU DHABI - An Indian expat on Friday hit a jackpot by winning 10 million dirhams in a raffle draw at Abu Dhabi International Airport. "This is great. Since this is for real I am very happy," said Vazhappallil Yohannan Simon, who first thought it to be a prank. There was one Syrian -- Taisir Nasr Sabih -- in the top 10 winners list, rest all were from India. Sabih won 70,000 dirhams, the Khaleej Times reported.
NEW YORK - The United States has expressed concern over the participation of terrorist-affiliated people in Pakistan's elections but commended the voters for rejecting them. In a statement on Friday afternoon, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert also noted with concern the the "flaws in the pre-voting electoral process". "The US also has deep reservations over the participation of terrorist-affiliated individuals...
NEW JERSEY - Continuing its quest for the best speller in the community, the 2018 South Asian Spelling Bee (www.SouthAsianSpellingBee.com) traveled to Texas and New Jersey this past weekend with stops in Dallas and New Brunswick. With a huge turnout this year, the Bee attracted some top talent as well as young and new spellers that competed for the coveted prizes and titles. At the Dallas Regional, current Scripps National Champion...
SAN FRANCISCO - Google-owned YouTube has announced several new updates to the platform including the new "Premieres" feature that would allow creators to debut pre-recorded videos as a live moment. Premieres are starting to roll out to creators today and will be available broadly soon, Neal Mohan, YouTube's Chief Product Officer, said in a blog post on Thursday. "When creators choose to release a Premiere,
BRUSSELS - The EU will launch a raft of retaliatory tariffs against the US exports on June 22 in response to American tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminium earlier this month, a top official said. American exports such as blue jeans, motorbikes and bourbon whiskey will be targeted, said EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. However, she said the bloc "did not want to be in this position", the BBC reported.
MADRID - Rupert Stadler, the Chief Executive of German carmaker Audi, was arrested on Monday in connection with an investigation into the diesel emissions scandal. German prosecutors named Stadler and one other Audi executive as suspects for fraud and false advertisement in the car maker's continuing emissions scandal, Efe news reported. Nicolai Laude, a spokesperson for Audi's parent company Volkswagen,
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. "The love of football unites the world in one team, independent of language or ideology," the Russian president stated during his speech, as reported by Sputnik news agency. Putin said he hoped fans, players and officials enjoy their stay in Russia during the World Cup,