Indian-American among math, science teachers honoured by Obama By Arun Kumar

Washington : Darshan Jain, an Indian American teacher is one of the 108 teachers named by President Barack Obama as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Jain, who has taught mathematics at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois for eight years where he currently serves as the director of mathematics, and other winners will receive a $10,000 award each from the National Science Foundation.

The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event later this summer.

Justice denied over human rights violations in Kashmir: Amnesty

New Delhi: Justice is being denied in cases of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, Amnesty International India said on Wednesday.

Twenty five years after the introduction of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir, the state continues to enjoy impunity, said the report "Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir".

Over 48,000 Indians acquired EU citizenship in 2013

Brussels : In 2013, round 985,000 people acquired citizenship of a European Union (EU) member-state, among them 48,300 Indians, three-quarters of whom acquired British citizenship.

The EU's statistical office, Eurostat, on Wednesday said that of the total number of people obtaining the citizenship of one of the 28 EU member-states in 2013, 89 percent were citizens of non-EU countries.

US, Cuba to reopen embassies on July 20

Havana/Washington : Cuba's foreign ministry on Wednesday said it has received a message from the United States which confirms the restoration of bilateral diplomatic ties and the reopening of embassies as of July 20.

Cuba's Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelino Medina received a letter from US President Barack Obama, addressed to his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.

The letter was delivered at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry by the head of the US Interests Section in Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis.


2 North Africans arrested in Italy for plotting terror attacks

Rome : Italian police on Wednesday arrested two North Africans on suspicion of planning Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist attacks in Italy and the Maghreb. A third suspect is already in custody for alleged terrorism in Morocco.

The cell was allegedly plotting terror attacks in Italy and North Africa -- besides one at the Moroccan capital Rabat's annual Mawazine music festival in 2012 which was thwarted by Italian and Moroccan authorities.

Police did not say where in Italy the two suspects were arrested but said warrants were issued by prosecutors in the Italian capital, Rome.

Greek government reveals latest debt proposal

Athens : The Greek government on Wednesday revealed its latest proposal for a debt deal with creditors to stave off a default and Grexit -- exit from the eurozone -- in coming weeks.

It dismissed media reports claiming that the government fully accepted lenders' offer ahead of a crucial Eurogroup teleconference rescheduled for Wednesday evening, Xinhua news agency reported.

No one can say I am corrupt: FIFA chief Blatter

Zurich : Amidst allegations of corruption and money laundering against FIFA, its president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday challenged those who claim he is corrupt to prove it.

The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) indicted over nine FIFA officials just before the elections in May, accusing them of serious financial crimes, including money laundering and racketeering, by the United States justice system.

Netanyahu was smuggled into hospital during polls

London : Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was smuggled into hospital twice during the country's elections earlier this year for secret cancer checks, it has been claimed.

The 65-year-old leader was apparently bundled inside a pita bread delivery truck for one set of tests, then taken in a pet control van for the second, with guards dressed up as exterminators, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

Netanyahu was taken to an "out of the way" medical centre in the Bnei Brak suburb of the capital Tel Aviv for checks on an enlarged prostate, it was reported.


IS affiliate claims responsibility for Egypt's Sinai attacks

Cairo : Islamic State-affiliated Wilayat Sina (Sinai Province) jihadi group claimed responsibility for a series of suicide attacks and bombings on Wednesday against several security checkpoints in the Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, leaving dozens dead or wounded.

"The caliphate lions attacked simultaneously over 15 positions of the apostate army," Wilayat Sina said in a statement on the internet.

Japanese bullet train suicide by fire being probed

Tokyo: Japanese police launched an investigation on Wednesday to probe Tuesday's Shinkansen (bullet train) incident when a man set himself on fire, killing himself and another passenger and injuring 26 others, Efe news agency reported.

These are the first deaths to have occurred on the Shinkansen, otherwise known for their safety and punctuality.

The incident shocked the Japanese society though suicides are not uncommon in the country.