New biomedically useful 'painless' adhesive can be detached with light (8 minutes ago)
Beijing, Dec 15 (IANS) A novel painless adhesive that works even on wet surfaces can soon make the removal of band-aids a lot less painful, says an international team of researchers.

Neck, back pain? Seek physical therapy to avoid opioid abuse (14:56)
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) Are you suffering from neck, back and shoulder pain? If so, visiting a physical therapist early can reduce the consumption of opioids that can lead to their abuse as well as other health complications, suggests a study.

Sri Lanka's disputed PM Rajapaksa resigns amid crisis (Lead) (14:54) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Dec 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis in the island nation.

6 soldiers killed during anti-terror raid in Pakistan (14:46)
Islamabad, Dec 15 (IANS) At least six security personnel have been killed during an anti-terror operation in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

Google not to offer controversial face recognition technology (14:24) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Dec 15 (IANS) At a time when pressure is mounting on tech companies to utilise facial recognition technology with care to avoid its misuse, Google has said it will not offer the controversial technology for now.

Musk hints at Boring Company's first tunnel launch in US (14:24) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Dec 15 (IANS) Billionaire Elon Musk on Saturday tweeted a photograph with "The Boring Company" and "December 18" on it, indicating that his infrastructure and tunnel construction firm is set to launch its first tunnel under Los Angeles in the US.

Experimental HIV vaccine found effective in monkeys: Study (13:56)
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) Scientists have found that an experimental HIV vaccine strategy could be effective in non-human primates.

US man charged with hate crime for assaulting Indian-origin woman (13:56)
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) A 54-year-old man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin woman on a subway and hurling homophobic slurs at her.

Rocket Lab to launch 10 NASA CubeSats on Sunday (13:12) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) In its first mission for NASA, the American aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab is set to launch 10 small research satellites, or CubeSats, from New Zealand, the US space agency said.

Hyperloop start-up Arrivo to shut down: Report (12:46)
San Francisco, Dec 15 (IANS) A start-up named Arrivo formed by ex-Hyperloop One executives is winding up operations after laying off all employees in November as it sought new funding, The Verge has reported.

Ukraine Orthodox priests to establish independent church (11:56)
Kiev, Dec 15 (IANS) Ukrainian Orthodox priests will hold a historic council here on Saturday to create a new national church, a move condemned as schism by the Russian clergy.

Trump names new acting Chief of Staff (Lead) (11:16) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has named his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as the new acting Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly who is leaving by the end of the year.

Irish watchdog opens inquiry into latest Facebook privacy breach (Lead) (10:32)
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has announced a fresh investigation into Facebook, a day after the social networking giant admitted another security breach where nearly 6.8 million users risked their private photos being exposed to third-party apps.

Apple to update iPhones in China to avoid ban (10:12) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Dec 15 (IANS) Apple has decided to update iPhones in China to avoid a ban after a court ruling banned the sale and import of most iPhone models after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple.

Prada pulls products after accusations of blackface imagery (09:34)
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) Luxury fashion house Prada has withdrawn products after some items displayed at the front of a store here were seen as depicting blackface imagery.

US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional (09:22)
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) A US federal judge has ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare as unconstitutional due to a recent change in federal tax law.

Bring violators of international human rights laws to justice: India (08:50)
By Arul Louis IANS Photo Service
United Nations, Dec 15 (IANS) India has called for international efforts to bring to justice those violating international human rights laws and to ensure protection of humanitarian workers in conflict situations.

Australia to recognise West Jerusalem as Israeli capital (08:32) IANS Photo Service
Canberra, Dec 15 (IANS) Australia will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Saturday.

6.8 million users possibly affected by latest photo bug: Facebook (07:58) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Dec 15 (IANS) US top social media network Facebook admitted that about 6.8 million users may risk their private photos being exposed to third-party apps.

'New rules for marine fuel sulfur limits to impact global oil prices' (07:40)
Houston, Dec 15 (IANS) International regulations limiting sulfur in fuels for ocean-going vessels will increase uncertainty for crude oil and petroleum product price formation in both the short and long term, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.

Trump names Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff (06:48) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Friday named budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting chief of staff, a week after he announced John Kelly's scheduled departure.

Wall Street collapses, S&P 500 ends at lowest since April (05:54) IANS Photo Service
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) US stocks fell sharply on Friday as investors grew concerns over a possible slowdown of the global economy and a slew of corporate news.

UN resolution a key victory for Italian foods says Salvini (04:04) IANS Photo Service
Rome, Dec 15 (IANS/AKI) Italy has scored a "major victory" in a global health and nutrition resolution passed by the United General Assembly that safeguards traditional Italian food products, interior minister and deputy minister Matteo Salvini tweeted on Friday.

Conte discusses Italy's spending plans with Merkel (00:28) IANS Photo Service
Brussels, Dec 15 (IANS/AKI) Italy premier Giuseppe Conte had a breakfast meeting on Friday with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel at a hotel in central Brussels to discuss populist government's expansionary budget, unexpectedly cancelling a planned press briefing to fit in the meeting.

Dassault Aviation welcomes SC decision on Rafale (22:44)
Saint Cloud (France), Dec 14 (IANS) The Dassault Aviation on Friday welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court that dismissed petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the Rs 59,000-crore Rafale fighter jet deal.

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