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Rights groups accuse Facebook of 'racially biased censorships' (10 minutes ago)
New York, Jan 19 (IANS) Accusing Facebook of racial bias in hate speech censorships, 77 advocacy groups have written a letter to the social media giant asking it to be more transparent about its censorship decisions.

Tripartite nations to reward successful private hunt for MH370 (11:02)
Kuala Lumpur, Jan 19 (IANS) Malaysia, China and Australia, the three countries involved in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing in 2014, plans to reward any private groups that can find the remains of the aircraft.

Google acquires Twitter's mobile app developers platform (10:44)
New York, Jan 19 (IANS) In a bid to help developers build better apps and grow their business, Google has acquired Twitter's mobile app developer platform Fabric.

Facebook inbox on desktop gets revamped with Messenger (10:34)
New York, Jan 19 (IANS) Facebook is integrating the Messenger app into its desktop version, giving an all new messaging experience to the desktop users.

Obama calls Modi to review US-India ties (10:12)
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two reviewed the significant progress in India-US relationship, an official statement said.

Obama holds final press conference as President (10:00)
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) Barack Obama held his last press conference as the President of the US to offer an assured outlook for a country governed by Donald Trump who is slated to take charge on Friday, a media report said.

Mike Pence dismisses Trump's historically low approval (09:28)
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) US Vice President-elect Mike Pence has dismissed a new poll found that only 32 per cent of Americans have a favourable opinion of Donald Trump, a historical low for a President-elect.

Trump nominee defends access to healthcare (09:20)
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) US President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services has defended creating a system that allows "access" to health insurance for everyone.

Man accused of online threat to kill Trump (08:52)
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) A Florida man faces criminal charges for using his Twitter account to make a threat to kill US President-elect Donald Trump, according to police.

Cuba, US agree cooperation in sea, air search and rescue (08:50)
Havana, Jan 19 (IANS) Cuba and the US on Wednesday signed an agreement that will allow greater bilateral cooperation in air and maritime search and rescue operations, officials said.

US economy continues modest expansion: Survey (08:30)
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) US economic activity continued to expand at a modest pace from late November through the end of last year, a new survey released by the Federal Reserve showed.

Export ban for Clive of India's rare jewelled flask (08:30)
London, Jan 19 (IANS) An extremely rare jewelled flask given to Clive of India after the Battle of Plassey in 1757, now has a temporary export bar placed on it by the British government.

Manchester United hires its own anti-terrorism chief (08:30)
London, Jan 19 (IANS) Manchester United has become the first football club in Britain to appoint its own counter-terrorism chief.

Samsung shares recover after arrest warrant for heir rejected (08:10)
Seoul, Jan 19 (IANS) Shares of the Samsung group on Thursday began to recover after a South Korean court rejected a request by prosecutors to arrest the tech giant's president Lee Jae-yong despite alleged charges of bribery, perjury and embezzlement.

Trump's Budget nominee admits to not paying taxes for employee (07:54)
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) President-elect Donald Trumps White House budget director nominee failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee, media reports said.

Indian-American jailed for $1 mn insider trading scheme (07:50)
New York, Jan 19 (IANS) An Indian-American man has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for a $1 million insider trading scheme involving the failed Apollo Tyres bid to takeover Cooper Tire, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Syria rejects Saudi Arabia, Qatar participation in Astana talks (07:24)
Beirut, Jan 19 (IANS) Damascus expressed its rejection of Saudi Arabia and Qatar participating in the peace talks on Syria scheduled for January 23 in Astana, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad said.

Date set for Brexit case result in Britain's Supreme Court (07:24)
London, Jan 19 (IANS) Judges in the British Supreme Court will deliver their ruling on January 24 over who should decide on Britain's Brexit measures.

Trump says he doesn't like tweeting (06:52)
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) President-elect Donald Trump said that while he doesn't like Twitter, he will continue to use it from the White House because is the only way he can "counteract dishonest press", media reports said.

Chinese man begs to be hit to raise money for son's operation (06:24)
Beijing, Jan 19 (IANS) A Chinese man begged strangers to hit him for a fee in order to raise money to treat his son who is going blind, media reports said.

School shooting in Mexico injures 5 (05:52)
Mexico City, Jan 19 (IANS) ­ At least five people, including four teenagers and a teacher, were critically injured, after a student opened fire in a classroom at a private school in the northern city of Monterrey in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon.

Paris estimates 700 citizens in IS ranks in Syria, Iraq (05:10)
Paris, Jan 19 (IANS) French anti-terrorist services estimate that there are about 700 French residents in the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

S.Korean court frees Samsung heir for bribery charge (04:44)
Seoul, Jan 19 (IANS) A South Korean court on Thursday rejected a request from prosecutors to detain the Samsung Group heir apparent, despite alleged charges of bribery, perjury and embezzlement.

George H.W. Bush, wife hospitalized (04:14)
Washington, Jan 19 (IANS) Former US President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, have both been hospitalized, media reports said.

Putin, Merkel, Hollande discuss Astana talks, Ukraine (03:42)
Moscow, Jan 19 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande about steps being taken to organise the Syrian settlement talks due to start on January 23 in Astana.

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