• India seeks first cut in LNG imports under Qatar deal - source

    Reuters - 14 minutes ago

    By Nidhi Verma NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is in talks with Qatar to import at least 10 percent less liquefied natural gas (LNG) under a long-term deal after a slide in spot prices has cut demand by local buyers, an Indian government source with knowledge of the negotiations said. New Delhi would for the first time use a 10 percent reduction permissible under a 25-year contract with Qatar's RasGas to import up to 7.5 million tonnes a year of the super cooled fuel, said the source. "We want to lift as little volume as possible under the contract," the source told Reuters, adding that India intended to use a tolerance limit of 10 percent in 2015. Telephone calls to Qatar's LNG producer RasGas seeking comment were not immediately answered. More »India seeks first cut in LNG imports under Qatar deal - source

  • Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

    Associated Press - 30 minutes ago

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday. More »Thailand seizes 3 tons of elephant tusks smuggled from Kenya

  • Nokia dismisses rumours that it's reentering mobile market

    ANI - 50 minutes ago

    Washington, April 27 (ANI): Week after reports claimed that Nokia was planning to make a comeback to the consumer mobile market as early as next year, the Finnish company has stepped up to dismiss those claims publically. More »Nokia dismisses rumours that it's reentering mobile market

  • Hawaii telescope website taken down in apparent cyberattack

    Associated Press - 1 hour 9 minutes ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — An apparent cyberattack Sunday temporarily disrupted the main website of Thirty Meter Telescope, the organization trying to construct one of the world's largest telescopes near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. More »Hawaii telescope website taken down in apparent cyberattack

  • ASEAN draft statement says South China Sea land reclamation risks security

    Reuters - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    By Manuel Mogato and Praveen Menon KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - ASEAN host Malaysia is set to give in to pressure from some neighbours and address the sensitive issue of land reclamations in the South China Sea with a draft summit statement saying such action may undermine peace, security and stability. The statement to be issued after the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Kuala Lumpur on Monday will raise the "serious concerns" of some leaders over the land reclamations, according to the draft statement seen by Reuters. The statement says that reclamations have "eroded trust and confidence and may undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea". "We reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security and freedom of navigation in and over-flight over the South China Sea," it said. More »ASEAN draft statement says South China Sea land reclamation risks security

  • Global shifts leave India's exporters exposed to lofty rupee

    Reuters - 1 hour 35 minutes ago

    By Patturaja Murugaboopathy BENGALURU (Reuters) - The rupee has climbed to heights seen only once before in the past decade, as measured against the currencies of the country's trading partners. Unlike past periods of strength, it has exporters reeling. The rupee's real effective exchange rate (REER) - calculated on a trade-weighted basis against a basket of 36 currencies and adjusted for inflation - rose to 113.2 in March, according to the Reserve Bank of India. This year is only the second time the rupee's REER has exceeded 112, in data going back to 2004. More »Global shifts leave India's exporters exposed to lofty rupee

  • Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

    Reuters - 1 hour 40 minutes ago

    By P.J. Huffstutter and Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.     To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans. It is already aware of $60 million in indemnity claims that will be made by poultry farmers seeking compensation for culled flocks.     Meanwhile, in Minnesota, state officials say the virus is being discovered on three to four new poultry farms each day.     HUNT FOR ANSWERS     Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, has seen the largest number of affected birds to date: The strain was identified in an egg-laying facility with 3.8 million hens earlier this month.     Wisconsin, which has to cull hundreds of thousands of birds because of the outbreak, declared a state of emergency last week. More »Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

  • Quake warnings of minutes, not hours, are possible, but pricey

    Reuters - 3 hours ago

    The area around Kathmandu suffered damaging quakes in 1934 and 1988, but when disaster experts met in Nepal's capital earlier this month, all they could forecast was that the next one would probably come in the next couple of decades. More »Quake warnings of minutes, not hours, are possible, but pricey

  • Fighting escalates across Yemen, air strikes on capital Sanaa

    Reuters - 13 hours ago

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari ADEN/CAIRO (Reuters) - Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized large tracts of the country. There were at least five air strikes on military positions and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday, while warships pounded an area near the port of the southern city of Aden, residents said. The strikes on Sanaa were the first since the Saudi-led coalition said last week it was scaling back a campaign against the Houthis. Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and arch Sunni Muslim regional adversary of Shi'ite Muslim Iran, feels menaced by the Shi'ite Houthi advance across Yemen since last September, when the rebels captured the capital. More »Fighting escalates across Yemen, air strikes on capital Sanaa

  • 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3': 5 ways it's different

    Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — "Call of Duty: Black Ops 3" is enlisting a few new recruits. More »'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3': 5 ways it's different

  • Late spring complicates already perilous amphibian migration

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Northern New England's annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter. More »Late spring complicates already perilous amphibian migration

  • India starts up 300,000 bpd Paradip refinery - sources

    Reuters - 14 hours ago

    Indian Oil Corp , the country's biggest refiner, on Sunday began crude processing at its 300,000 barrel per day (bpd) Paradip refinery and aims to fully commission the plant in six months, two company sources said, potentially adding to the glut of oil products in the region. Output from the $5.2 billion Paradip refinery will compete with rising supplies of fuels from new and expanded plants in the Middle East and China, putting pressure on the profit margins of Asian refiners. The plant on the east coast was expected to operate at 60 percent capacity between November and March. The state refiner will shut the only crude unit at the plant after 10-15 days of operations for about two months and use the intermediary products for commissioning the secondary units, they said. More »India starts up 300,000 bpd Paradip refinery - sources

  • Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race

    Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — An isolated edge of vast West Texas is home to a highly secretive part of the 21st-century space race, one of two being directed in the Lone Star State by Internet billionaires whose personalities and corporate strategies seem worlds apart. More »Internet billionaires face off in renewed Texas space race

  • In Kathmandu Valley, quake-hit Nepalis fend for themselves

    Reuters - 16 hours ago

    By Ross Adkin DHADING, Nepal (Reuters) - Barely any sign of an organised relief effort was visible outside Nepal's capital on Sunday, as aid agencies struggled to fly and truck relief supplies to a country stricken by its worst earthquake in eight decades. In the lush Dhading farming district 80 km (50 miles) outside Kathmandu, people camped in the open, the hospital was overflowing, the power was off and shops were closed. Many people have died," said English teacher Chandra Lama, whose home village lies two hours' drive further west. "We are waiting to see what the government will do." More than 1,100 people - or half of the total confirmed dead in Nepal - were in the Kathmandu Valley, a crossroads of the ancient civilisations of Asia and economic hub of the Himalayan nation of 28 million. More »In Kathmandu Valley, quake-hit Nepalis fend for themselves

  • Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

    Reuters - 19 hours ago

    The Philippines called on its Southeast Asian neighbours to unite in urging China to halt reclamation of land in the South China Sea, but the call failed to raise widespread support ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas. Its claims overlap with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in filling in land in contested territory in the Spratly islands and in building an airstrip suitable for military use and that it may be planning another. More »Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

  • Telsa's Twitter account, website temporarily taken over by hackers

    ANI - 21 hours ago

    Washington, Apr. 26 (ANI): Telsa's Twitter account and website were temporarily hacked as the hackers posted a phone number on the Twitter handle saying that those who called could get a free car. According to the Verge, a strange tweet popped up on the company's official Twitter account, suggesting the company was no longer in control of what was being posted. The account name of Telsa was changed to "#RIPPRGANG". It is likely that the security flaws were a little more widespread because Tesla's website was compromised like Chipotle's and Twitter employees'. More »Telsa's Twitter account, website temporarily taken over by hackers

  • Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters

    Reuters - 22 hours ago

    The Philippines on Sunday called on neighbouring Southeast Asian nations to push for an immediate halt to China's reclamation in the disputed South China Sea ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas, with overlapping claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the Spratly islands in the South China Sea and may be planning another. In a speech to foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario did not name China directly, but said its "northern neighbour" was quickly advancing with its massive reclamation. More »Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters

  • Here's how our brains make memories

    ANI - 22 hours ago

    Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): A recent study has given new insight into how brain makes memories. Vanderbilt University biologists studied how these connections are formed at the molecular and cellular level. The filaments that make these new connections are called dendritic spines and the researchers report that a specific signaling protein, Asef2, a member of a family of proteins that regulate cell migration and adhesion, plays a critical role in spine formation. Lead researcher Donna Webb said that alterations in dendritic spines are associated with many neurological and developmental disorders, such as autism, Alzheimer's disease and Down Syndrome, but the formation and maintenance of spines is a very complex process that we are just beginning to understand. More »Here's how our brains make memories

  • 'At-risk' teens most likely to benefit from sexual health text message services

    ANI - 22 hours ago

    Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): A new study has revealed that text messaging services are useful for reaching "at-risk" teens about sex. Washington State University's study found that text messaging that connects teens with sexual health educators is effective for delivering sexual health information. Lead author Jessica Willoughby said that they found that teens identified as "at-risk" use this text messaging service at a higher rate that other teens, which is a critical first step in helping prevent negative sexual outcomes such as sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancy. The study looked at more than 2,000 students in six public schools where a statewide text message service that connects teens to sexual health educators was promoted. More »'At-risk' teens most likely to benefit from sexual health text message services

  • Dad's sperm may help predict kid's autism risk

    ANI - 22 hours ago

    Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): A team of researchers has suggested that paternal sperm may hold clues to autism. Johns Hopkins researchers found that DNA from the sperm of men whose children had early signs of autism shows distinct patterns of regulatory tags that could contribute to the condition. Co-lead investigator Daniele Fallin said that if epigenetic changes are being passed from fathers to their kids, they should be able to detect them in sperm. Researchers Andrew Feinberg, Fallin and their team assessed the epigenetic tags on DNA from sperm from 44 dads. More »Dad's sperm may help predict kid's autism risk

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