Turkey, US start training, equipping Syrian rebels

Ankara: Turkey and the US have started a programme for training and equipping Syrian rebels in Kirsehir province of central Turkey, Turkish daily HaberTurk reported on Tuesday.

"We have started the train-equip programme with a small number (of Syrians). The reason for the delay was logistics, it was about personnel and equipment transferred from the US. Our soldiers and the US soldiers are providing the training," the report quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying.

Indian-origin scientist creates first single-molecule device

Washington: A team of Columbia Engineering researchers led by an Indian-American scientist Latha Venkataraman has created a single-molecule electronic device which has a potential of real-world technological applications for nanoscale devices.

Under the direction of Venkataraman, researchers created a single-molecule diode which performs 50 times better than all prior designs.

Constructing a device where the active element is only a single molecule, has long been a tantalising dream in nanoscience.

South Korea, US, Japan to hold talks on North Korea n-programme

Seoul : Top negotiators of South Korea, the US and Japan plan to meet in Seoul on Tuesday to discuss the North Korea's nuclear programme and ways of resuming the long-stalled six-party talks to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.

Bilateral talks would be held on Tuesday among the three diplomats, who represent their respective countries in the six-party talks, according to South Korea's foreign ministry, Xinhua reported.


Fallen US soldiers "a debt we can never fully repay" says Obama

Washington : The US President Barack Obama called the fallen US soldiers "a debt we can never fully repay" during a visit to the Arlington National Cemetery.

Commemorating the Memorial Day, a day to honor those who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the US military, Obama on Monday laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.


Myanmar to repatriate 200 Bangladeshi boat migrants

Yangon: Myanmar authorities will repatriate 200 Bangladeshi boat people rescued by Myanmar navy under an agreement between the two countries, a media report said on Tuesday.

The 200 migrants out of 208, sheltered at relief camps in Ale Thankyaw village of Maungtaw in Rakhine state, were scrutinised as Bangladeshi citizens from Cox's Bazar, Chittagong and northern Dhaka who had sought to migrate to Thailand and Malaysia for jobs, Xinhua news agency reported.

US vows to help Iraq retake lost territories

Washington: US Vice President Joseph Biden has pledged "full support" for Iraqi efforts to retake territories lost to the Islamic State, as Baghdad bristled at the Pentagon chief's criticism of Iraqi forces over the battle against the extremist group.

In a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday , Biden reiterated "full US support" for Iraqi liberation efforts, including "the expedited provision of US training and equipment" to help combat the Islamic State's use of truck bombs in fighting, Xinhua reported cited White House statment.

One month after quake, Nepal struggles to overcome trauma

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : One month after the April 25 earthquake that killed at least 8,700 people and injured over 70,000 in Nepal, the Himalayan nation is still struggling to overcome the trauma exacerbated by numerous aftershocks and slow relief distribution due to the difficult geographical terrain.

The 7.9-magnitude earthquake rattled 39 of the mountainous nation's 75 districts -- 14 were badly hit with over half a million houses destroyed and over 300,000 houses partially damaged, according to the Red Cross.


Malaysian embassy in Kathmandu reopens

Kuala Lumpur : The embassy of Malaysia in Nepal's capital Kathmandu resumed full-fledged operations from Monday after the office was shifted to a new location last week.

Following the April 25 devastating earthquake in Nepal, the embassy was shifted to a new location in Lalitpur district, the Malaysian Star reported.

"Yes, we have resumed full-fledged work," Charge d'Affairs of the Malaysian embassy in Kathmandu, Fadli Adilah, said.


Ex-Israeli PM gets additional eight months in prison for graft

Tel Aviv : Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday was sentenced to an additional eight months in prison following his recent conviction in a Jerusalem court for corruption.

The new prison term will be added to another one of six years, which Olmert received in another graft case, and is set to start within 45 days, Xinhua reported.

Olmert's lawyers said they would appeal the latest verdict.

Olmert was convicted in the "Talansky Affair" case in March on charges of fraud, breach of trust and aggravated fraud, after the state decided to retry the case.


Andrzej Duda wins presidential election in Poland: exit poll

Warsaw : The preliminary exit poll results of Sunday's second round of presidential elections in Poland indicated that Andrzej Duda from the Law and Justice Party received 53 percent of all votes, thus winning the election.

Incumbent President Bronislaw Komorowski, backed by the Civic Platform party, scored 47 percents of all votes, reports Xinhua.

The turnout of voters was about 56.1 percent.