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World's largest plane makes first test flight

Washington, Apr 14: The world's largest airplane - a Stratolaunch behemoth with two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines - has made its first test flight in California.

The mega jet carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave desert on Saturday.

It is designed to carry into...

Guess how much Facebook pays for its CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s security

Facebook Inc more than doubled the money it spent on Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s security in 2018 to $22.6 million, a regulatory filing showed on Friday.

Zuckerberg has drawn a base salary of $1 for the past three years, and his “other” compensation was listed at $22.6 million,...

Internet spreads hate speech like wildfire says UN chief Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that hatred speech has been spreading like wildfire through the Internet, saying attention should be given to “physical aggressions” in the recent attacks against the Jewish, Christian or Muslim centres.

"This situation requires a huge investment, an investment in social cohesion and investment...

Image of crying toddler on US border wins World Press Photo Award

Amsterdam, Apr 12: The haunting image of a little girl crying helplessly as she and her mother are taken into custody by US border officials Thursday won the prestigious World Press Photo Award.

Judges said veteran Getty photographer John Moore’s picture taken after Honduran mother Sandra Sanchez and her...

'Black hole' named ‘Powehi’ by Hawaii professor

Hilo, Apr 12: A language professor has given a Hawaiian name — Powehi — to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian Professor Larry Kimura named the cosmic object.

The world’s first image...

Bomb kills 16, wounds 30 in Pakistan

Karachi, Apr 12: At least 16 people were killed and 30 wounded in a bomb blast Friday at a fruit market in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, officials told news agency.

Mohsin Butt, provincial police chief for Balochistan, gave the death toll and said eight ethnic Shia...

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London after Ecuador revokes asylum

London, April 12: The British police dragged Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy here on Thursday after Ecuador abruptly revoked his seven-year asylum, paving the way for his extradition to the U.S. for involvement in one of the biggest-ever leaks of classified information.

The frail-looking WikiLeaks founder, with...

Heartbreaking as Yemen holds mass funeral for children killed in Sanaa blast

Sanaa, Apr 11: Yemeni rebels have held a mass funeral for children killed in an explosion near two schools in the war-torn country's capital Sanaa.

The explosion in the rebel-held capital killed 14 children and wounded 16 others on Sunday, the UN said. The cause remains unknown. Most of...

Scientists release first-ever picture of a black hole

Washington, Apr 10: Scientists released the much-awaited first direct image of a massive black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a galaxy which is about 54 million light-years away, at the National Press Club here on Wednesday.

The image has been taken by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT),...

Israel's Netanyahu appears headed toward 5th term as PM

Jerusalem, Apr 10: Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel's prime minister on Wednesday, with close-to-complete unofficial election results giving his right-wing Likud and other nationalist and religious parties a solid majority in parliament.

The outcome affirmed Israel's continued tilt to the right...