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Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientist disgraced

Washington: Nobel laureate James Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA helix and father of the Human Genome Project, has been stripped of honours by his laboratory following “reprehensible” remarks on race and ethnicity. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), the New York facility where Watson worked for nearly four decades and which has a school named after

US Defence Secretary James Mattis resigns after falling out with Trump

Washington: US Defence Secretary James Mattis has resigned after falling out with Donald Trump over the withdrawal of American troops from Syria and Afghanistan, saying in a parting letter that the President deserves someone atop the Pentagon “better aligned” with his views. The retired Marine general’s announcement came on Thursday, a day after the Trump administration

Qatar commits $500 million to UN, signs multi-year agreements

Doha: Qatar announced a series of agreements with the United Nations that is to see $500 million injected into UN programmes over the next few years. Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres signed the agreements during the Doha Forum, a conference

Sundar Pichai denies political bias to Congress

Washington: Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday denied that the tech giant favours the more progressive political currents, in contrast to what some legislators and media outlets have claimed, in his first appearance before the US Congress. “I lead this company without political bias and work to ensure that our products continue to operate that way.

Twitter CEO under fire for Myanmar tweets

San Francisco: Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey, who faces a lawsuit for hurting Hindu sentiments during his visit to India in November, now faces criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country. In a series of tweets, Dorsey said he had travelled to northern Myanmar in

US, Russia block UN panel report on climate change

Katowice (Poland): The US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait have blocked the other 193 assembled countries in this Polish city from “welcoming” the recent IPCC report, even though the report had been requested by the earlier UN climate summit in Paris in 2015. The US had even rejected the science itself, standing alone among all the

Trump backs Saudi Crown Prince over Khashoggi’s murder

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the CIA had not reached a “definitive” conclusion about who ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite press reports saying that the agency has determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the hit. The CIA has “nothing definitive” on the crown prince’s involvement in

Sikh asylum cases see big spurt as Canada acknowledges revival of separatism

Chandigarh: The number of asylum seekers in Canada from India, a majority of them Sikhs, has soared by over 300 per cent in the past two years alone, with the Canadian government agencies acknowledging “renewed support for separatism in the Punjab region”. The ‘Refugee Claims Analysis Report’ (RCAR), compiled by the Intelligence and Analysis section of


Khashoggi died in fight at consulate, admits Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died as a result of a physical altercation inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Arabian official media reported on Friday. Two senior Saudi officials have been fired over the incident. Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 when he entered the consulate to obtain documents he needed to wed his Turkish


Canada revokes Suu Kyi’s honorary citizenship

Ottawa: Canada has formally stripped Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship over her inaction on military violence against the countrys Rohingya Muslims. Canadian Senators on Tuesday unanimously passed a measure revoking her citizenship and declaring the treatment of Rohingyas by Myanmar’s government to be a genocide. The same actions were