Day: March 3, 2019

China’s Xinhua presents news using robot news anchor

SINGAPORE – China’s Xinhua state news agency on Sunday used a lifelike robotic news anchor that mimics human facial expressions and mannerisms to present a story about delegates attending an annual parliament meeting arriving in Beijing. The artificial intelligence robot named “Xin Xiaomeng” sported a short haircut and […]

Pakistan army chief spoke with top military officials from U.S., UK, Australia

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s army chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, spoke on Friday with top military officials from the United States, Britain and Australia, Pakistan’s military spokesman said, amid a volatile standoff with nuclear-armed neighbour India. Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet that Bajwa had discussed the standoff […]

Pakistan to lodge U.N. complaint against India for ‘eco-terrorism’ forest bombing

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan plans to lodge a complaint against India at the United Nations, accusing it of “eco-terrorism” over air strikes that damaged pine trees and brought the nuclear-armed nations to blows, a government minister said on Friday. India and Pakistan are amidst their biggest stand-off in many […]

North Korea has no economic future if it has nuclear weapons – Trump

WASHINGTON/SEOUL – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that North Korea does not have any economic future with nuclear weapons as the Pentagon confirmed the United States and South Korea had agreed to end joint large scale spring military exercises. “North Korea has an incredible, brilliant economic […]

In call with Pakistan’s Imran Khan, British Prime Minister Theresa May urges action on terrorist groups

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May emphasised the importance of Pakistan taking action against all terrorist groups in a call with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday, May’s office said. India and Pakistan came to the brink of war this week as tensions escalated following a suicide […]

Yannis Behrakis, award-winning Reuters photographer, dies aged 58

LONDON – Yannis Behrakis, one of Reuters’ most decorated and best-loved photographers, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 58. After joining the news wire 30 years ago, Behrakis covered many of the most tumultuous events around the world, including conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya, […]

Saudi cabinet approves tourism visa for foreign travellers: media

DUBAI – Saudi Arabia’s cabinet has approved electronic visas for foreign visitors to attend sporting events and concerts, local media reported, as the world’s top oil exporter tries to diversify its economy and open up its society. The conservative Muslim country has previously restricted visas to resident workers, […]

By invoking Rafale, Narendra Modi himself is questioning Balakot air strikes, says Congress

Asserting that the Prime Minister should himself explain what would have been different with Rafale jets, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari held Mr. Modi responsible for the delay in induction of the French-made jets by “cancelling” earlier negotiations. The Congress on March 3 claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi […]

SpaceX’s new crew capsule aces space station docking

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s sleek, new crew capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, acing its second milestone in just over a day. No one was aboard the Dragon capsule launched Saturday on its first test flight, only an instrumented dummy. But that quickly changed […]

Taxing the rich, an idea gaining ground in the United States

Long out of favor in the United States, the idea of taxing rich individuals and corporations to pay for healthcare or to combat inequality is gaining ground among Democratic politicians. While the United States reveres free enterprise and is home to the world’s largest number of billionaires, such […]