Over 30 killed in Nigeria attacks

Lagos: More than 30 people have been confirmed dead following fresh attacks by unidentified gunmen in Birnin-Magaji area of northwest Nigeria's Zamfara state, officials and police said.

Muhammad Gusami, the local government chairman, who confirmed the incident on Sunday to reporters in Gusua, the state capital, said the attacks took place in Kokeya and Chigama villages, Xinhua news agency reported.

Gusami said the gunmen on motorcycles invaded Kokeya village and killed two people, set some houses ablaze and carted away animals, mostly cows.

Multiple antibiotic courses harmful to children

New York: Multiple courses of commonly used antibiotics may have a significant impact on children's development, shows a study.

The study found that female mice treated with two classes of widely used childhood antibiotics gained more weight and developed larger bones than untreated mice.

However, at the same time both of the antibiotics also disrupted the gut microbiome, the trillions of microbes that inhabit the intestinal tract.

For the study, the mice were given three short courses of amoxicillin (a broad-spectrum antibiotic), tylosin or a mixture of both drugs.

Greek finance minister resigns

Athens: Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Monday announced his resignation in a statement issued after his compatriots voted "No" in a referendum on bailout conditions, media reported.

It comes hours after Greece overwhelmingly rejected the European Union's (EU) bailout offer with stringent conditions. The bloc had urged the Greek government to make "meaningful" and "possible" proposals for renegotiation, Xinhua news agency reported.


Over 180 children suffer food poisoning in Pakistan

Islamabad: Over 180 children at a home for orphans here took ill after consuming "substandard" food, media reported.

The children were taken to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Sunday when they complained of stomach pain soon after having breakfast. Some of them fell unconscious while some started vomiting, Daily Times reported on Monday.

"The children were fed substandard meals which led to food poisoning," said Ayesha Esani, a doctor.

PIMS spokesperson Waseem Khwaja said: "The children were suffering from gastro diseases."

Glitch over, Pluto-bound spacecraft on its way

Washington : A software glitch that triggered communication loss with NASA's New Horizon spacecraft has been rectified and the probe is on way for a Pluto fly-by on July 14, the US space agency has said.

The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter “safe mode” last weekend has concluded that no hardware or software fault occurred on the spacecraft.

The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby.

Indian-American physcians launch research foundation

New York : The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic association of medical professionals in the US, has launched a Scientific, Academic Research Foundation (SARF) for supporting key academic research initiatives.

The pioneering initiative was launched during a solemn ceremony, attended by physicians, community leaders and international media personnel at the Indian Consulate in New York on Friday, according to an AAPI release.

US beat Japan 5-2 to win World Cup

Vancouver : Carli Lloyd scored three goals in the first 16 minutes as the US beat Japan 5-2 in the Women's World Cup final on Sunday.

Lloyd's flash of genius devastated Japan in a re-match of last World Cup final where Japan beat the American side in shootout, reports Xinhua.

Inspired Lloyd drew the first blood with only three minutes into game when she dashed onto a corner kick and drove the ball past Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori.

Two minutes later, she received a back-heel pass from teammate Julie Johnston and tapped the ball in to make it 2-0.

Pope urges dialogue, participation in Ecuador

Quito : Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador, the first leg of his three-nation South American tour, and urged Ecuadorians to foster dialogue and participation without exclusion in a speech at the Quito airport.

After citing several of the country's saints, Francis on Sunday urged Ecuador "to confront the current challenges, valuing differences, fostering dialogue and participation without exclusion so that the achievements in progress and development that are being (made) may guarantee a better future for all."


Make quick 'possible' proposals for renegotiation: EU

Brussels : The European Union urged the Greek government to make "meaningful" and "possible" proposals in coming hours for renegotiation, following early results which have shown that Greece overwhelmingly rejected the bloc's bailout offer.

"The NO side has won the referendum with notable majority, we have to respect the vote of Greek people," European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

BSF trooper killed in Pakistan firing on LoC in Kashmir

Srinagar : A BSF trooper was killed overnight in Pakistan firing on the line of control (LoC) in North Kashmir's Kupwara district.

"A BSF trooper identified as Abhijeet Nanday of 119 battalion was killed in Pakistan firing on the LoC in Leepa Valley of Nowgam sector late last night, a senior police officer told IANS here on Monday.

"Indian troops retaliated effectively and firing exchanges in the area continued for several hours," he added.