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Talks with Cameron: Suu Kyi lies over Rohingyas’ identity

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, during her conversation with former British prime minister David Cameron, claimed that Rohingyas are not from her country but are Bangladeshis, reports Newsweek. Cameron unveiled a new book on Thursday about his time in office between 2010 and 2016. The book, titled ‘For the Record’, recounts his meeting with Suu Kyi where she ... Read More »

Tibetan vocabulary takes over 1,500 new words, expressions

More than 1,500 new words and expressions have been added to Tibetan vocabulary since 2018, authorities from southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region said. The list includes frequently used expressions in politics, finance, the internet, over 500 terms related to electric power and 150-plus terms involving Tibetan Opera and traditional Tibetan dances, according to the regional committee on the standardization of ... Read More »

9-year-old boy has built over 30 mobile games

Seated in a stylish living room of a home in a suburb of Nigeria’s commercial center, Lagos, Basil Okpara Jr. is tapping away on his laptop keyboard. The 9-year-old is building a hide and seek game, using a free programming application called Scratch 2. Scratch 2 allows users to create games, animations, and stories online or offline. So far, Basil ... Read More »

Privacy watchdogs warn Facebook over Libra currency

Global privacy regulators joined forces Tuesday to demand guarantees from Facebook on how it will protect users’ financial data when it launches its planned cryptocurrency, Libra. The watchdogs from Australia, the US, EU, Britain, Canada and other countries issued an open letter calling on Facebook to respond to more than a dozen concerns over how it will handle sensitive personal ... Read More »

Privacy missteps cast cloud over digital assistants

A series of privacy missteps in recent months has raised fresh concerns over the future of voice-controlled digital assistants, a growing market seen by some as the next frontier in computing. Recent incidents involving Google, Apple and Amazon devices underscore that despite strong growth in the market for smart speakers and devices, more work is needed to reassure consumers that ... Read More »

Boris Johnson takes over as UK PM

London, Jul 24 (AP/UNB) — Boris Johnson became Britain’s new prime minister Wednesday, vowing to lead the U.K. out of the European Union, “no ifs, ands or buts.” Standing outside the shiny black door of 10 Downing St., Johnson said that “after three years of unfounded self-doubt, it is time to change the record.” Read More »

Experts sound alarm over drug-resistant malaria strain

Multidrug-resistant forms of malaria-causing parasites are spreading across southeast Asia leading to “alarmingly high” treatment failure rates of widely used frontline medication, researchers warned Tuesday. In twin studies published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, they revealed that in parts of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia up to 80 percent of the most common malaria parasite were now resistant to the ... Read More »

Locals demand Minni’s arrest over Rifat Sharif murder

Barguna, July 14 (UNB) – Alleging that she had a part to the gruesome murder of her husband Rifat Sharif who was hacked to death in front of her, locals here on Sunday demanded the arrest of Aysha Siddika Minni. The demand was made from a human chain formed on the Barguna Press Club premises in the morning. However, Minni ... Read More »

US deciding how to punish ally Turkey over Russian arms deal

Washington, July 12 (AP/UNB) — The U.S. edged closer to crisis Friday with NATO ally Turkey, which began receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration warnings that the deal would mean economic sanctions and no access to America’s most advanced fighter jet. The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced it received the first shipment of ... Read More »

Oscar Winner Malek sought reassurances over Bond film role

Oscar winner US actor Rami Malek has revealed he thought twice before signing up to play the lead villain in the latest long-awaited James Bond film opposite Daniel Craig. The actor, who won the Oscar this year for his performance as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”, said he feared his Egyptian ancestry could lead to the part being a caricature ... Read More »

Countries differ over review of achievements under UNFCCC

Bonn, 26 June (TWN) – Disagreements between developed and developing countries arose over the need to review the progress on achievements under the UNFCCC, at the Bonn climate talks. The talks which began on 17 June, are scheduled to end on 27 June. Developing countries, led by the G77 and China wanted a review of the overall progress and implementation ... Read More »