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Employees urge Microsoft not to bid for US military project: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: Following Google's exit from a controversial US military Cloud project, an open letter claiming to be from an unspecified number of Microsoft employees has urged the tech giant to also back out of the military project.

800 dietary supplements contained unapproved drug ingredients

NEW YORK: Nearly 800 dietary supplements sold over the counter from 2007 through 2016 contained unapproved drug ingredients, a new analysis of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data found.

Putin probably involved in assassinations but not in US: Trump

WASHINGTON:  US President Donald Trump have claimed that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was "probably" involved in assassinations and poisonings, but "it's not in our country".

Harry, Meghan in Australia for Oceania tour

CANBERRA:  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney on Monday to begin an official visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Prestigious Einstein Prize for Indian American professor Abhay Ashtekar

CHICAGO: Over four decades after he began his scientific engagement with gravitational science, Professor Abhay Ashtekar is set to receive the prestigious Einstein Prize conferred by the American Physical Society (APS).

18 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attacks on military checkpoints

KABUL: At least 18 Afghan army soldiers were killed and 10 others kidnapped in attacks carried out by the Taliban militant group against several military checkpoints in the western province of Farah, officials told Efe on Sunday.

PTI, PML-N wins most seats in Pakistan by-polls

ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) managed to win most of the seats in the by-polls held for 11 National and 24 provincial assembly seats, the media reported on Monday.

Saudi Arabian King calls Turkish President over journalist's disappearance

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, according to media reports.

Saudi Arabia to hit back if US imposes sanctions

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia threatened on Sunday to hit back if the US were to impose sanctions on Riyadh in the wake of the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, according to the state-run SPA news agency.

UK, France, Germany call for probe into missing Saudi journalist

LONDON: The Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom, France and Germany on Sunday expressed serious concerns about the fate of a missing Saudi Arabian journalist and called for an investigation into the case.

Rescue efforts continue in US amid hurricane Michael devastation

MIAMI: Amid the devastation caused by hurricane Michael, rescue operations in the southeastern US have focused on Mexico Beach and Panama City, two Florida towns that were nearly flattened and that could raise the death toll from the storm, which has taken at least 17 lives.

Trump says he'll ask Saudi king about Khashoggi

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he plans to speak with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2

Missing Saudi journalist's Apple Watch may have transmitted death evidence

ANKARA: Missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his own death as he turned on the recording function of his Apple Watch before walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, a Turkish daily reported on Saturday.

India buying Iran oil, Russian weaponry not helpful: US

WASHINGTON: India's plans to continue buying oil from Iran and its purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia is "not helpful" and the US administration "reviews that very carefully", the State Department said, indicating possible action by Washington.

Pakistan sacks High Court judge for accusing ISI of interference

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's President Arif Alvi has sacked a senior judge of the Islamabad High Court, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, for alleging interference by the country's spy agency in the judicial proceedings, especially in the Panamagate case.

Young leaders determined to reform 'corrupt' Afghan Parliament

KABUL: As preparations continued in Afghanistan on Friday for the country's much-awaited general elections, the list of candidates, dominated by young, educated Afghans, signaled an undercurrent of change.

Zero tolerance for sexual harassment of journalists: UNGA President

UNITED: General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa very firmly believes that there should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment of journalists, her spokesperson Monica Grayley has said in answer to a question about the #MeToo movement sweeping across India's media world.

Trump administration touts 33% increase in foreign arms sales

WASHINGTON: US foreign military sales totalled to $55.66 billion in 2018, a 33 per cent increase compared to the nearly $42 billion in weapons sold in 2017, the Defence Cooperation Agency announced.

Inaction makes sexual harassment survivors feel disempowered: Study

SYDNEY: Many young women and girls in Delhi, Kampala, Lima Madrid and Sydney feel unsafe due to increasing incidents of abuse and harassment, a global study has found, that also pointed at society's indifference and inaction which disempowers the survivor.

China seeks India's cooperation amid trade war with US

NEW DELHI: China and India need to deepen their cooperation to fight trade protectionism, the Chinese Embassy here said on Wednesday, as it accused the US of provoking trade disputes by adopting a unilateral approach.

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