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Bomb threat at Paris railway station

Paris : A railway station in French capital Paris was closed and evacuated Friday following a bomb threat, media reports said.

The state railway SNCF said the Gare de l'Est rail station was evacuated at 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) but reopened about an hour later, Xinhua reported without offering details.

The scare came as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris for a visit in the wake of the terrorist attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week.

UNSC reform: Negotiations to begin anew

By Arul Louis,

United Nations : General Assembly President Sam K. Kutesa said Thursday a diplomat appointed by him is working with UN members to produce a document that will be the basis of negotiations on reforming the Security Council and make a "qualitative difference" to the long-delayed process.

Reforming the Council to raise the number of permanent members is a diplomatic priority for India, which striving to win a permanent seat on an expanded Council.

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'Human activity weakened four planetary boundaries for survival'

Washington : The accelerated impact of human activity has started to destabilise our own planetary life support system, driving Earth into a new geological age, reveals a global study.

The team of 18 researchers found that of nine global-scale processes which underpin life on Earth, four have exceeded safe conditions - with two impacted so significantly as to pose serious risks to future human wellbeing.

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Vigil in Sacramento for victims of Paris terror attack

By Ras H Siddiqui for TwoCircles.net,

Sacramento (USA): A ‘Peace Vigil’ was held by the American Muslim Voice (AMV) Foundation (Sacramento Chapter) and assisted by the local CAIR and COSVIO organizations to express a unified outrage against the recent terror strike in Paris at the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Indian-American named to Maryland cabinet

Washington : Maryland State's Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan has named Indian-American businessman Sam Mahotra to head the Department of Human Resources.

Mahotra is founder and chief executive of Subsytem Technologies Inc. in Arlington, Virginia. He becomes the first Indian-American to ever be appointed to a Governor's Cabinet in Maryland.

He previously served in Governor Robert L. Ehrlich's Administration as a volunteeron the Maryland Commission for Asian and Pacific Islander
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Protests against Islamophobia and racism sweep Germany

Berlin : Thousands of people took to the streets of Berlin on Tuesday to say no to Islamophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris, news agencies reported.

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American Congressman Carson becomes first Muslim to serve on the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Washington : U.S Congressman André Carson became on Tuesday the first Muslim to serve on the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, news agencies reported.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly announced the appointment of the representative from Indiana during a weekly caucus meeting.

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Man arrested for planning attack on US Congress

Washington: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Wednesday a US man they say was inspired by the actions of the Islamic State (IS) group to devise a plot to detonate bombs at the US Capitol, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Christopher Lee Cornell of Cincinnati, Ohio, faces charges of attempting to kill a US government official, Xinhua reported.

Cornell allegedly planned to set off pipe bombs in the Capitol and then shoot at lawmakers and others as they sought to flee after the blasts, ABC News report said citing government documents.

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If Mohammad, Jesus can be caricatured, why not Marx, Voltaire, Rousseau?

By Soroor Ahmed, TwoCircles.net,

After the brutal killing of 12 people in an attack on Charlie Hebdo on January 7, it was argued that the magazine not only caricatured Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), but Jesus Christ, Pope and leaders of other religions too. But nobody asked if it ever made any cartoon on the ‘godless’ philosophers such as Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels etc.

Obama names two Indian-Americans to key posts

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : President Barack Obama has nominated two Indian-Americans to key posts of chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) and member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, son of a native American mother and an Indian immigrant father, is currently the acting chairman of the commission responsible for regulating and ensuring the integrity of the more than 420 Indian gaming facilities.

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