Morgan Freeman accused of sexual harassment by 8 women

Legendary actor Morgan Freeman, 80, has been accused of sexual harassment by eight women. He has denied it saying he has never intended to make anyone uncomfortable. A CNN report has quoted multiple women, including journalists, describing troubling incidents throughout the Oscar winning actor’s career that spans nearly five decades. In all, 16 people spoke …

Trump cancels N. Korea talks; set back for personal diplomacy (Roundup)

United States President Donald Trump’s cancellation of his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a set back to his personal diplomacy and to the denuclearisation process in East Asia, even as Pyongyang showed it was destroying its nuclear test site. Hours before Trump’s dramatic announcement, North Korea destroyed the site where it …

Klopp names Liverpool’s 24-man squad for Champions League final

Liverpool’s head coach Jürgen Klopp on Thursday named the 24-man team traveling to the Ukrainian capital Kiev to take on Spanish giant Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final. There were few surprises on the team sheet which featured stalwart Anfield fixtures such as Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, James Milner and Emre …

India, Netherlands agree to boost trade, cooperate across multiple sectors (Roundup)

India and The Netherlands on Thursday agreed to boost bilateral trade and investment and strengthen cooperation across multiple sectors, including agriculture and food processing, water management and science and technology, following a bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. Jointly addressing the media with Rutte after attending an India-Netherlands …

Atletico Madrid sign Hernandez from Villarreal

Atletico Madrid have signed a five-year contract with Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez, both La Liga sides said on Thursday. Atletico Madrid reached an agreement with Villarreal months ago to sign Hernandez, reports EFE news agency. “Our club has reached an agreement with Villarreal over the transfer of Rodri. The midfielder will be an Atletico …

N. Korea threatens to reconsider US summit, calls Pence ‘dummy’ (Second Lead)

North Korea on Thursday threatened to reconsider Kim Jong Un’s participation in a summit with US President Donald Trump in June, saying it is up to Washington to decide whether it wants to “meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown”. In a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News …

New tool to rapidly, noninvasively detect Zika virus in mosquitoes

Researchers have developed a cheap and effective tool that could rapidly as well as noninvasively save lives by helping health authorities target mosquitoes infected with Zika virus. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause abnormalities in unborn babies and is linked to the rare paralysing condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). While the accelerating global …

Israel plans to build 2,500 houses in West Bank settlements

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that he would request approval from a planning committee for the construction of 2,500 new housing units in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank. “The 2,500 new units we’ll approve in the planning committee next week are for immediate construction in 2018,” Lieberman …

Australian woman sentenced to death for drug smuggling

A 54-year-old Australian woman has been sentenced to death by hanging after a Malaysian court unanimously overturned a 2017 acquittal of drug smuggling charges. Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto’s lawyers said a three-judge panel unanimously threw out the previous ruling. “An appeal will be filed in the Federal Court — the final appeal,” Exposto’s lawyer Muhamed …

New Twitter tool to mark real candidates in US midterm poll

In line with its efforts to help users identify original sources and authentic information on Twitter, the microblogging site plans to add new labels to the campaign accounts of political candidates, starting with those running in the 2018 US midterm general election. The legitimate accounts of the candidates will be clearly identifiable with a small …

Instagram’s new feature to allow users to ‘mute’ other accounts

Facebook-owned Instagram has rolled out a new feature that allows users to mute some accounts so that they can continue following them without having to stumble upon their posts repeatedly. “Muted accounts will not be made aware that they’ve been muted and users can unmute accounts at any time. Users can still see posts on …

Martin Luther King’s daughter debunks claim about Trump

The daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King has debunked a claim that her father would have been “proud of” US President Donald Trump. Bernice King’s comments came after Trump’s former top strategist Stephen Bannon said in an interview on Wednesday that he believed that King “would have approved of the US President’s economic …

How 3-year olds can understand concept of ownership

Does your three-year-old child gets grumpy when someone else plays with his or her toys’ It is because children’s judgements are more in line with adults, and can instinctively understand the ownership, say researchers. The researchers suggested that even very small children can understand ownership of an object based on its location, and can sense …

Strenuous exercise in teenage may prevent height loss post menopause

Girls please take note, strenuous exercise regularly at least thrice a week may ward off marked height loss of more than one inch post menopause, according to researchers. Declining estrogen levels during perimenopause and menopause can cause loss of bone mass. Postmenopause bone breakdown outpaces the building of new bone in women. Thus height loss, …

China fines Japanese retailer for listing Taiwan as country

China has fined Japanese retail chain Muji 200,000 yuan ($31,300) for listing Taiwan as a “country of origin” on some of its packaging, the media reported on Thursday. This year, Muji had imported clothes hangers in packaging marking Taiwan as the “country of origin”, the BBC quoted Shanghai’s administration for industry and commerce as saying. …