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Nobel Prize in Physics goes to 'black hole telescope' trio

  

Pns: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for their detection of gravitational waves, a development scientists believe could give vital clues to the origins of the universe. The three American physicists "made decisive contributions" to LIGO, an observatory instrument that enabled scientists to physically detect the waves, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of relativity.Gravitational waves are...

Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump

  

Pns: WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned Sunday that negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time, after it emerged that Washington has channels of contact with Pyongyang, reports AFP. Only hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that US officials are in exploratory contact with their North Korean counterparts, Trump appeared to undercut his top diplomat by declaring on Twitter that any talks would be futile."I told Rex...

Las Vegas shooting: 50 killed in Mandalay Bay attack

  

Pns: At least 50 people have been killed and another 200 have been injured in a mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. A gunman, named as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel toward an open-air music festival.Police said a suspect identified as a local resident was shot and killed by officers.They said they were looking for a companion travelling with the suspect as a "person of interest".Sheriff Joe Lombardo said police...

Catalan referendum: Voting begins amid police crackdown

  

Pns: Catalonia's independence referendum has begun in chaotic fashion, with police attempting to prevent the vote from taking place. The Spanish government has pledged to stop a vote that was declared illegal by the country's constitutional court.The interior ministry says police officers began seizing ballot papers and boxes as the polls opened.Riot police blocked potential voters from entering a polling station in the regional capital Barcelona.How is the day...

Erdogan says Iraqi Kurds risk ‘ethnic war’ ,threatens military response to vote

  

Pns: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the referendum on support for independence for Iraqi Kurdistan next door risks sparking an "ethnic war" in the region. In a speech at the presidential palace in Ankara on Tuesday, Mr Erdogan reiterated that all options, including the military, are on the table to protect Turkey's security.He also repeated his Monday threat to cut off the pipeline which exports the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq's...

Fear of epidemic disaster as disease stalks Rohingya camps

  

Pns: Rashida Begum steers clear of the water pump near the reeking latrine shared by more than 100 families in a grim corner of Bangladesh that has grown into one of the world's largest refugee settlements in just weeks. "The pump works, but the water stinks, so we don't drink it," the Rohingya woman said in the squalid camp where her family of 11 has lived since fleeing Myanmar a fortnight ago.The UN has warned of a humanitarian "nightmare" unfolding in Bangladesh's refugee...

Oxford University college removes Suu Kyi's portrait

  

Pns: An Oxford University college has removed a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi amid allegations Myanmar has been carrying out ethnic cleansing. Ms Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, is an alumna of St Hugh's College and has previously been awarded an honorary degree.But the leader has come under mounting criticism over her handling of the Rohingya crisis which has seen more than 400,000 Muslims flee the country.Earlier this month the United Nations accused the state of ethnic...

Senators urge US sanctions over Myanmar ‘atrocities’

  

Pns: Members of Congress are sharpening their criticism of Myanmar’s crackdown that has forced a half-million Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. Republicans and Democrats said yesterday they want the Trump administration to consider sanctions against the perpetrators and to re-evaluate US policy toward the Southeast Asian nation, reports AP from Washington. Twenty-one senators said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that there’s a risk of genocide against the...

Myanmar cancels UN visit to Rakhine: Report

  

Pns: The United Nations said a visit to Myanmar's Rakhine state which was due to take place today (September 28) had been cancelled by the authorities, the BBC reported. The visit was to have been the first time representatives of UN agencies would have been allowed to visit the area.The UN has been demanding access since its humanitarian organisations were forced to pull out of Rakhine when Myanmar's military launched operations against Rohingya rebels in late August, causing...

Thai ex-PM Yingluck sentenced to 5 years jail

  

Pns: Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been found guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced in absentia to five years in prison. The supreme court convicted her of mishandling a rice subsidy scheme which allegedly cost Thailand at least $8bn. Ousted in 2014, weeks before a military coup, and later impeached, Ms Yingluck denies all charges and fled before the verdict, reportedly to Dubai. Public opinion is divided. She remains popular with rural and poor...

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