Obama to decide if Cuba will be taken off terrorism sponsor list

Washington : US President Barack Obama will decide soon on whether or not to remove Cuba from the list of states that sponsor terrorism, a move that would allow Washington to lift a series of sanctions on the island, the White House said.

"Expect a decision in the coming days," spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House daily briefing on Monday.

Cuba demands that it be removed from the list, on which it has appeared every year since 1982 and which includes the imposition of sanctions such as prohibiting weapons sales and economic aid.


India, Australia could push for South China Sea conduct code: Bishop

New Delhi : Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday said her country wants to be the "partner of choice for India's energy security" and, with both countries sharing "similar views" on China's territorial ambitions and on unimpeded maritime rights, they could work together to push the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

Bishop, who is here to hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday, said Australia wants to be "a useful partner for India as it emerges on the world stage".

Over 60 percent of world's population are 'religious': Study

London : A study by leading pollster WIN/Gallup International has found that over 60 percent of the world's population identify themselves as “religious”.

The researchers spoke to more than 63,000 people from 65 countries about religion, The Independent reported on Monday.


WikiLeaks accuses Hillary Clinton to stealing its logo

Washington : International whistleblower organisation Wikileaks has accused former US first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton of stealing its “innovative” Twitter logo design for her 2016 presidential campaign.

The Julian Assange-led organisation tweeted on Sunday accusing Clinton of stealing their insignia for her logo, the Daily Mail reported on Monday.

“Hillary Clinton has stolen our innovative WikiLeaks twitter logo design,” read a WikiLeaks Twitter post.


Modi, Merkel inaugurate India pavilion at Hannover fair

Hannover : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday jointly inaugurated the India pavilion at the Hannover Messe, the world's biggest industrial fair, in which India is the partner country this year.

"India Pavilion at @hannover_messe inaugurated by PM @narendramodi & Chancellor Angela Merkel," external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

"The @hannover_messe is known all over the world. World industry comes here to showcase what they have done," Modi tweeted.

We have re-energised India's growth engine: Modi

Hannover : India is the only emerging economy where the growth rate is rising, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said and added that "we have re-energised the Indian growth engine".

In an Op-Ed piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Monday, Modi said: "We have re-energised the Indian growth engine. The credibility of our economy has been restored. India is once again poised for rapid growth and development. It is the only emerging economy where growth rate is rising. The prospects are even better."

Hillary Clinton enters 2016 presidential race

Washington : Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday launched her long-awaited second presidential bid and promised to be a champion for ordinary American families.

"I'm running for president," Clinton said in a video released on her official campaign website. "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion."

"Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favour of those at the top," Clinton said in her first 2016 campaign video.


Join our national movement of Make in India: Modi

Hannover : Asserting that his "Make in India" campaign is not a mere brand or a slogan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked global businesses to follow its logo, the lion, to the welcoming and stable investment climate in his country and become a part of this new, national movement.

"We will make it easy to do business in India. And, we will always be eager to listen to your feedback," the prime minister said at the opening of Hannover Messe, considered the largest industrial fair in the world, where India is the partner country this year.

Two students arrested a month after video-recorded gang rape on crowded US beach

Phoenix (Arizona): No one intervened while a woman was being gang raped in daylight on a crowded public beach in Florida in March, or reported the assault to police.

Now, about a month after the assault, two college students have been arrested in neighbouring Alabama state and charged in the incident that was like "wild animals preying", a Florida official said Friday.

Authorities said they were looking for a third person seen in the video that authorities stumbled up during a separate shooting investigation.

Abu Dhabi-based NRI girl wins 'MasterChef India 4'

Mumbai: After 11 gruelling weeks of innovative vegetarian cooking and 67 episodes of high-intense drama, 21-year-old Nikita Gandhi, an Indian based in Abu Dhabi, bagged the winner's golden chef coat and Rs.1 crore (Rs.10 million) on "MasterChef India 4" here on Sunday.