• 1st meeting between Afghan leaders, Taliban cancelled(9 minutes ago)
    Kabul, April 19 (IANS) The first meeting between the Taliban and Afghan government representatives on ending the 18-year-old war in the war-torn country has been cancelled over a delegation dispute, officials said on Friday.
Asian nations sitting on early tobacco epidemic
  • Asian nations sitting on early tobacco epidemic(13 minutes ago)
    New York, April 19 (IANS) Asian countries are in the early stages of a tobacco smoking epidemic with habits mirroring those of the US from past decades -- setting the stage for a spike in future deaths from smoking-related diseases, warn researchers.
  • Adding human avatar to chatbots not enough: Study(15 minutes ago)
    New York, April 19 (IANS) Giving chatbots a human name or adding human like features to it might not be enough to win over a user if the device fails to maintain a conversational back-and-forth with the person, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.
Instagram testing co-watching feature on app
  • Instagram testing co-watching feature on app(13:36)
    San Francisco, April 19 (IANS) Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is testing a new feature that would let users co-watch on-platform video content with friends, while being able to see their reactions on the video via the phone cameras.
China: India's absence at BRI won't affect ties (Lead)
  • China: India's absence at BRI won't affect ties (Lead)(13:30)
    By Gaurav Sharma
    Beijing, April 19 (IANS) China on Friday said that India's absence at the second Belt and Road forum next week will not affect their engagement and both the countries are preparing for a Wuhan-like summit between their leaders this year.
Trump to visit Japan in May, will meet new Emperor
  • Trump to visit Japan in May, will meet new Emperor(11:52)
    Washington/ Tokyo, April 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit Japan from May 25 to 28, making them the first state guests to meet the Asian country's new Emperor, the two governments have confirmed.
Major display-issues bugging Samsung 'Galaxy Fold'
  • Major display-issues bugging Samsung 'Galaxy Fold'(11:28)
    San Francisco, April 19 (IANS) Ahead of its public release scheduled for April 26, US-based tech reviewers who were testing the $2,000 worth "Galaxy Fold" encountered and reported major display and screen-related issues within just two days of using the phone.
India's absence at BRI should not hurt ties: Wang Yi
  • India's absence at BRI should not hurt ties: Wang Yi(11:06)
    By Gaurav Sharma
    Beijing, April 19 (IANS) China on Friday said India's likely absence at the second Belt and Road forum next week should not mar their ties and their differences should not turn into a dispute.
Indian citizen sentenced in US for call centre-linked fraud
US regulators mull holding FB CEO accountable: Report
Apple paid $6bn to settle Qualcomm dispute: Report
  • Apple paid $6bn to settle Qualcomm dispute: Report(10:16)
    San Francisco, April 19 (IANS) Apple may have paid chip-maker Qualcomm somewhere between $5 billion-$6 billion for an agreement to dismiss all ongoing litigations, including with Apple's contract manufacturers, between the two companies worldwide.
Russia probe gives Democrats ammunition for justice obstruction charge (News Analysis)
Microsoft acquires Express Logic to push IoT dream
  • Microsoft acquires Express Logic to push IoT dream(09:44)
    San Francisco, April 19 (IANS) Microsoft has acquired San Diego-based software company Express Logic, that makes software for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, to accelerate IoT development for billions of devices at scale.
Facebook exposed millions of Instagram passwords
  • Facebook exposed millions of Instagram passwords(09:18)
    San Francisco, April 19 (IANS) A day after admitting it "unintentionally" uploaded emails of nearly 1.5 million of new users, Facebook has now revealed that millions of Instagram passwords were stored on its servers in a readable format.
2020 Democratic candidates slam AG over Mueller report
  • 2020 Democratic candidates slam AG over Mueller report(09:06)
    Washington, April 19 (IANS) Democratic presidential candidates have slammed Attorney General William Barr for the way he handled the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, saying that his framing of the probe findings amounted to a partisan attempt to protect President Donald Trump.
Skeleton DNA reveals Crusader soldiers' backgrounds
  • Skeleton DNA reveals Crusader soldiers' backgrounds(08:42)
    London, April 19 (IANS) DNA from 13th century remains buried in a pit in Lebanon is shedding light on the lives of Crusader soldiers and how they mixed with the local population, a new study shows.
N.Korea didn't test ballistic missile: US official
Thousands of Peruvians bid farewell to Alan Garcia
  • Thousands of Peruvians bid farewell to Alan Garcia(07:16)
    Lima, April 19 (IANS) Thousands of Peruvians gathered to say last goodbye to former President Alan Garcia, dead at 69 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, at the headquarters of his party, a site chosen by his family for his wake in lieu of any official honours.
Nigerian president signs minimum wage bill into law
France pays tribute to Notre Dame firefighters
  • France pays tribute to Notre Dame firefighters(01:52)
    Paris, April 19 (IANS) France on Thursday paid a day of tribute to hundreds of firefighters who had put their lives at risk to douse a blaze which devastated Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the country's landmark symbols.
Russia meddling probe says no Putin-Trump conspiracy (Night Lead)
  • Russia meddling probe says no Putin-Trump conspiracy (Night Lead)(00:44)
    By Arul Louis
    New York, April 19 (IANS) Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Moscow's interference in 2016 elections did "not establish that members of the (US President Donald) Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities" but left enough ammunition for Democrats to pursue charges that the president tried to interfered with it.