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Indian American physicians to focus on giving back to society

Washington: An influential body of Indian American physicians will hold its annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, in June focusing on how to enhance their professional growth and to give back to the society.

Over 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the 32nd annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) from June 25 to 29, according to AAPI pesident Jayesh Shah.

Aimed at continuing with the theme of 'Be Fit and Be Cool', the convention will have a unique health walk from the Sunset Station, he said.

Russia blames NATO of cold war mentality

Moscow: Moscow Tuesday accused the NATO of bearing "cold war" mentality over the latter's decision to limit the access of Russian diplomats to its headquarters.

"We noted that information about the move was posted on the main page of NATO's official website. It looks like access by Russian diplomats to the NATO office is the North Atlantic alliance's number one problem," Xinhua quoted the Russian foreign ministry as saying in a statement.

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Iran's selection of new UN envoy not viable: US

Washington: The US said Tuesday that it has told the Iranian government about its "not viable" selection of a new UN ambassador for his alleged involvement in holding 52 Americans hostage in 1979.

"The US government has informed the government of Iran that this potential selection is not viable," Xinhua quoted White House spokesperson Jay Carney as saying in a regular news briefing.

Obama bypasses Congress to promote equal pay for women

Washington: President Barack Obama resorted Tuesday to an executive order to oblige federal contractors to provide equal pay for women who currently earn less than their male counterparts.

The fact that on average a woman is paid 77 cents for every $1 paid to a man is "wrong" in 2014, Obama said during a White House event.

"And this is not just an issue of fairness. It's also a family issue and an economic issue, because women make up about half of our workforce and they're increasingly the breadwinners for a whole lot of families out there," he said.

17 killed in Mexico violence

Mexico:At least 17 people have been killed in a series of shootouts that started over the weekend in Tampico, a city in Mexican state of Tamaulipas, a joint federal and state agency group said.

The shootouts began around 3.00 p.m. Saturday in the neighbouring city of Madero and spread over to the streets of the port city of Tampico.

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Indian tourist caught smuggling diamonds in Israel

Jerusalem: An Indian national was arrested in Israel for allegedly smuggling diamonds and gold worth hundreds of thousands of dollars hidden in his underwear, media reported Tuesday.

The diamonds were recovered from an Indian tourist by the custom officials, during a routine inspection at the Jordan river border crossing area -- an international border between Israel and Jordan in West Asia, Israel Hayom Hebrew-language daily reported Tuesday.

Government to issue e-Visa to tourists from 180 countries

New Delhi:The government will soon operationalise electronic travel authorization or e-Visa facility to inbound tourists from 180 countries.

According to Tourism Secreatry Parvez Dewan, the government will operationalise the electronic travel authorization within a year.

Dewan was speaking at the inauguration of the first edition of Incredible India Travel Bazaar (IITB), organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in partnership of with the tourism ministry.

British Sikhs fined after attack on fellow Sikh

London: A British court has ordered three Sikh men to pay 500 pounds each ($832) to a fellow Sikh for a vicious attack near a Sikh temple in the British West Midlands county of Warwickshire, media reported Tuesday.

Appearing before the Warwick Crown Court, Gurinderjit Singh, along with his two Sikh accomplices, admitted to battering the victim, Jujhar Singh Flora, in a violent attack of "almost animal ferocity" in August last year in Warwickshire, the Birmingham Mail reported Tuesday.

Kenya's Rudisha hopeful of competing in Commonwealth Games

Nairobi:Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha will return to action during the Doha Diamond League meeting in Qatar May 9 and said he hoped to take part in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July.

"I have returned to full training. My knee has fully healed and I am relishing the challenge at the Diamond League. I will return to Doha, hopefully to extend my winning record there," Rudisha said, reports Xinhua.

Thai caretaker PM concerned over frequent bomb blasts

Bangkok: Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Tuesday expressed concern over recent bomb explosions in the southernmost province of Yala.

A series of bomb blasts occurred in Yala during the last two days, leaving one person dead and at least 28 others injured, reported Xinhua

The attacks, believed to be launched by insurgents, also caused substantial damage to the local economy.

Yingluck said she has instructed military leaders to take measures to protect the public and economic zones in the violence-ridden province.

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