Israel snubs warnings against Iran attack

Referring to recent warnings by American and Russian officials about the consequences of attacking Iran, Lieberman said the decision “is not their business.”

“The security of the citizens of Israel, the future of … Israel, this is the Israeli government’s responsibility,” Liberman said on Wednesday in an interview with the regime’s Channel 2 TV News.

Pakistan Acid Attacks: Oscar winner launched campaign

Pakistan’s first Oscar winner launched a campaign on Tuesday, hoping that her documentary about survivors of acid attacks can help eliminate a crime that disfigures hundreds of women each year.

Pictures of 33-year-old Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy collecting her award in the short documentary category were splashed across newspapers as editors fell over themselves to praise the young woman.

White House funding police to spy on Muslims

Two leading US Muslim civil rights groups are calling for full investigation into the alleged White House funding of police programs to spy on Muslim neighborhoods in the United States.

“Widespread warrantless surveillance of minority populations, which we rightly condemn when it is conducted by authoritarian regimes, should not be facilitated using taxpayer funds,” Ibrahim Hooper, National Communications Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said in a letter to President Barack Obama, according to a CAIR statement.

Bhanwari case: Maderna, Malkhan Singh named key accused

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed the second chargesheet in the sensational Bhanwari Devi murder case. The CBI named sacked Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna and Congress MLA Malkhan Singh as the main accused in the chargesheet.

The duo has been accused of abduction and murders in the chargesheet.

MiG 21s to be phased out from 2014: Antony

MiG 21s, which have often been involved in frequent crashes, will start getting phased out from 2014 setting the stage for giving the IAF a “new look” with the induction of modern next generation aircraft.

Ten people killed in fresh wave of violence across Iraq

Three security forces including an army lieutenant colonel were killed and a soldier was wounded in another car bomb in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometers north of Baghdad.

In the central province of Salahudin, a third second car bomb went off near a joint police and Iraqi army patrol, killing two soldiers and a policeman.

In Anbar province, a roadside bomb has hit a civilian vehicle and claimed the life of one person.

Also in Diyala Province, gunmen attacked a checkpoint and killed one person and wounded two others.

UN urges FIFA to allow hijab headscarf

The United Nations has urged FIFA to allow Islamic women to wear a hijab headscarf while playing soccer.

The UN says Wilfried Lemke, sports adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has written to FIFA President Sepp Blatter backing a proposal being considered at a meeting on Saturday.

Lemke writes that “FIFA has the responsibility to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to participate in football.”

FIFA outlawed hijabs for safety reasons in 2007, and allowed a cap which some players object to because it exposes their neck.

‘Facebook must pay licence fee or face action’

Yahoo Inc has threatened action against Facebook if the the social networking giant does not pay licence fee for using technologies which the Internet search major claimed come under its intellectual property rights.

“We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we will be compelled to move forward unilaterally to protect our rights,” Yahoo said in a statement.

Yahoo, however, did not disclose which are the specific technologies, for which Facebook should pay.

Qaeda top gun Saif al-Adel arrested in Cairo

An Egyptian named by the United States Al Qaeda commander Saif al-Adel has been arrested in Cairo, but he has denied the link and says it was a case of mistaken identity.

Security and airport officials say Mohammed Ibrahim Makkawi was arrested on his arrival Wednesday from Pakistan and was taken for questioning.

Speaking to reporters at the airport, Makkawi said he was not the senior al Qaeda leader known as Saif al-Adel and that he had nothing to do with the terror group since 1989.

Asteroid may bombard Earth in 2040

Scientists have identified an asteroid, which has a one in 625 chance of hitting Earth on February 5, 2040.

The width of the space rock, called 2011 AG5, is 460 feet.

The United Nations Action Team on near-Earth object has started their discussions on how to divert the asteroid, amid fears that the probability of a collision could increase over the next few years.

Technology is making science fiction real: Google

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt predicted that rapid advances in technology will soon transform science fiction into reality — meaning people will have driverless cars, small robots at their command and the ability to experience being in another place without leaving home.

Schmidt said the introduction of books available online, Internet translation of languages and voice recognition for computers all happened much faster than anyone envisioned and that technological research into even more previously unheard of advances is progressing at a fast clip.

Kingfisher cannot be closed down because of losses: Ajit

Beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines cannot be closed down just because it is making losses and banks are not helping it out with funds, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said on Wednesday.

“You can’t close down a company because they are making losses or banks are not giving them money. As long as passenger safety is not jeopardised, as long as they keep their schedule, why should we close down any industry,” Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh told reporters here.

Cold air bad for heart patients

Cold air is bad for heart patients, especially when they are undertaking physical activity, because they are unable to cope with the higher oxygen demanded by the body.

“This study can help us understand why cold air is such a trigger for coronary events,” said Lawrence I. Sinoway, professor of medicine and director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, Penn State College of Medicine.

Lifestyle factors behind most cancers

Lifestyle factors, not exposure to chemicals in food and consumer products, are the most significant causes of cancer, according to the latest evidence.

Bernard Stewart, professor of oncology at the University of New South Wales, said: “Measures known to prevent cancer include smoking cessation, reducing alcohol intake, curbing obesity and avoiding deliberate sun exposure.”

Sahara to give 1.12 crore to triumphant Indian hockey team

Monetary rewards continued to trickle down for the Indian men`s hockey team as Sahara India Pariwar on Tuesday announced a cash incentive of Rs 1.12 crore for the players and support staffs of the side, that emerged winners in the just-concluded London Olympic qualifiers.

India trounced France 8-1 in the final on Sunday to seal a place in the upcoming London Olympics after having missed the Beijing Games four years ago.

And it prompted Sahara, the official sponsor of the national game, to reward the players and team officials for their feat.

Pills as good as stents for some patients: Study

Treating stable heart patients with a handful of pills works just as well as propping open blocked heart arteries with a stent, US researchers said on Monday, adding to evidence that less-invasive, less-costly drug treatment works as well as implanting a medical device in such patients.

Stents, made by companies such as Boston Scientific Corp, Abbott Laboratories and Medtronic Inc, are still the preferred treatment for opening up blocked heart arteries in patients rushed to the hospital with an acute heart attack.

FDA adds diabetes, memory loss warnings to statins

Health regulators are adding warnings to the labels of widely used cholesterol lowering drugs, such as Lipitor, to say they may raise levels of blood sugar and could cause memory loss.

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday the changes to the safety information on the labels of statins such as Pfizer Inc`s Lipitor, AstraZeneca`s Crestor and Merck & Co`s Zocor that are taken by tens of millions of people.

Shehla murder: Accused duo to be produced in court

Two accused, including a city-based architect who allegedly orderd hit on RTI activist Shehla Masood, will be on Wednesday produced in a designated CBI court of Indore.

The CBI yesterday arrested interior designer Zahida Parvez from here while identity of the contract killer allegedly hired by her to execute the crime has not been disclosed.

The duo would be produced in the special CBI court of Judge Shubra Singh, sources said, adding both the accused were taken to Indore by CBI officials this morning.

He slapped Sharad Pawar – now a target himself

Harvinder Singh, the 26-year-old from Delhi who had hogged the limelight after he publicly slapped Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, is now under attack from goons who are thrashing him at will.

A leading newspaper reported today that Harvinder is having a harrowing time as he is being threatened by unnamed goons who have abducted and beaten him up many times – for his ‘social work’.

As per the newspaper, Harvinder had approached the police to file an FIR but they had refused. After the newspaper took up the issue, the police have now agreed to investigate the matter.

India should not support Lanka at UNHRC: Karuna

DMK, a key constituent of the ruling UPA at the Centre on Wednesday said India should not support Sri Lanka, which is facing war crime charges, in the hearings being conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

“India should not back Sri Lanka at any cost when the UNHRC resolution comes up for voting,” DMK President M Karunanidhi said in a statement recalling the party’s resolution adopted at its high-level committee meeting in April, stressing that Sri Lanka should be tried for alleged war crimes.

President Patil says tourism can promote economic growth, employment

Asserting that tourism can be the driver for growth and economic development of the country, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday said tourism has the capacity to generate employment.

President Patil, who gave away National Tourism Awards for the year 2010-11 here today, said volume of tourism has increased phenomenally worldwide over the years, and pointed out that the sector has a huge job potential and can provide work opportunity to both skilled and semi- skilled workers.

President Patil says tourism can promote economic growth, employment

Asserting that tourism can be the driver for growth and economic development of the country, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Wednesday said tourism has the capacity to generate employment.

President Patil, who gave away National Tourism Awards for the year 2010-11 here today, said volume of tourism has increased phenomenally worldwide over the years, and pointed out that the sector has a huge job potential and can provide work opportunity to both skilled and semi- skilled workers.

LeT plan to bomb Delhi foiled: Chidambaram

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) sponsored terror module busted here today had planned to attack a crowded locality with bombs, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

“There was no VVIP on their target,” he told a press conference here hours after central agencies and police forces of three states busted a terror module by arresting two suspected LeT militants.

They were planning to detonate a bomb or more than one bomb in a crowded locality, he said adding more details would come after their detailed questioning.