|Obama's approval rating unchanged despite various scandals, finds poll
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Washington, May 20 (ANI): President Barack Obama's approval rating has not been hurt by recent scandals, a new poll has shown.
The poll conducted by CNN and ORC International found that 53 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as compared to 45 percent who disapprove.
The number remains virtually unchanged from polls taken before the scandals hit.
According to the Huffington Post, a CNN poll taken in early April showed Obama's approval rating to be 51
|Obama discusses racism, fatherhood with black college grads
5/20/2013 3:33:00 PM
Washington, May 20 (ANI): In a commencement address at Morehouse College, President Barack Obama said that he feels motivated that he is not in prison, and making young male graduates understand the racial issues and their responsibilities.
The president in his second commencement address of the university's graduation season asked the graduates to inspire others and help people in need as he could feel the pain of others being a black himself, ABC News reports.
Obama said he
|Obama to reveal Guantanamo Bay plans, drones strategy on Thursday
5/20/2013 3:33:00 PM
Washington, May 20 (ANI): President Barack Obama will be speaking on his administration's evolving counterterrorism policies on Thursday, a White House official has said.
The official told POLITICO that the president will also be discussing the administration's controversial use of drones and renewed plans to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Obama will discuss the country's broad counterterrorism policy, including military, diplomatic, intelligence and legal
|India-US Homeland Security dialogue to begin today
5/20/2013 10:45:00 AM
Washington, May 20 (ANI): The four-day India-US Homeland Security dialogue between Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and his American counterpart Janet Napolitano will begin here today.
Threats from terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and al-Qaeda, illicit financing and transnational crimes are high on their agenda.
Both the sides are expected to take stock of the existing mechanisms such as the Joint Working Group on Counter-terrorism and the Counter-terrorism Cooperation Initiative
|Pope Francis launches app Missio as Vatican Church embraces smartphone era
5/19/2013 4:09:00 PM
New York, May 17 (ANI): Pope Francis and the US Pontifical Mission Societies have joined the smartphone league by launching a new mobile application called Missio featuring latest news and video about the Catholic Church.
Marking a unique connection between the digital and the religious, the application is designed to give Catholic perspectives on world news and also moral discourses by the Pope, New York Daily News reports.
According to the report, around 1140 people from 27 different
|Pentagon planning to claim lowest-ever annual Afghan war costs since 2005
5/19/2013 4:09:00 PM
Washington, May 17 (ANI): The Pentagon is planning to request the lowest-ever annual supplemental budget from the government, about 79.5 billion dollars, which is the lowest cost for anti-terror war ongoing since 2005.
The drop in budget comes as US troops and war equipments deployed in Afghanistan are returning to their homeland, Washington Times reports.
According to the report, President Barack Obama's administration has seen decline in the appropriations as he plans to drive
|Senator warns US 'lack of foreign policies' may lead to 'modern-day Hitler invasion'
5/19/2013 4:09:00 PM
Washington, May 19 (ANI): A senior US Senator has posted on Twitter that the country is not working on its foreign policies as of now, remembering that last time when the country had no foreign policies Hitler had started the World War II.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa is known for his unusual Twitter feeds referring history, the Huffington Post reports.
Grassley has warned that a modern-day Hitler invasion is imminent if America does not work on its foreign policies.
|Michelle Obama jokes about hubby's failures
5/19/2013 3:07:00 PM
Washington, May 19 (ANI): Michelle Obama made light of the failures that her husband, Barack, faced in his life.
The First Lady said at the graduation ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School that when something doesn't go a person's way, they just have to adjust.
The 49-year-old said that a person has to dig deep and work like crazy.
She asserted that talk show host Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her first job as a news anchor and then talking
|Teenage Indian hacker gets paid by US organization for dropping off college
5/19/2013 1:19:00 PM
Washington, May 19 (ANI): An Indian immigrant is set to become the most accomplished hacker in US as he is being paid for dropping college studies and engaging himself in Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial environment.
Diwank Singh Tomer, 19 has enrolled himself with the Facebook's first investor and the co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, Peter Thiel, who is paying 100,000 dollars to 20 teenagers to launch a business of their own, ABC News reports.
Tomer, who is designing an
|Suspected U.S. drone attack in Yemen kills 4 Al Qaeda militants
5/19/2013 11:00:00 AM
Washington, May 19 (ANI): A suspected American drone attack has reportedly killed four Al Qaeda militants in the southern province of Yemen according to security officials.
A fight between Yemeni forces and Al Qaeda in Abyan province last year had drove away militants from several cities that the outfit had ruled over for a brief period in 2011, Fox News reports.
According to some security officials, the attack took place around dawn in Deyqa in the Arabian province.
|5 things never to tell your boss revealed
5/19/2013 10:33:00 AM
Washington, May 19 (ANI): Some things are better left unsaid in the case of your boss that stands true.
There are five things that you should avoid talking about with your manager at all costs.
Firstly, an individual should never reveal their side business or a hobby through which they are making profit to their to their boss, the Muse reported.
Secondly, a person should never tell their superiors that they are exhausted after studying late night.
Thirdly, if a person
|US First Lady laments culture of African Americans aspiring to be 'baller or rapper'
5/18/2013 2:45:00 PM
Washington, May 18 (ANI): Michelle Obama urged graduates of Bowie State University to encourage more young African Americans to follow in their footsteps and focus on education.
On Friday, she asked the graduates at commencement ceremonies held at the nearby University of Maryland, College Park, campus, just north of Washington to become an example of excellence to the next generation.
The First Lady said that more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and more than
|Toronto mayor denies video showing him smoking cocaine
5/18/2013 2:01:00 PM
Washington, May 18 (ANI): Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has declined association with video-related clips that show him smoking cocaine.
Someone who tried to sell it to Toronto Star newspaper filmed the footage on a smartphone.
Toronto Star reporters were shown the video by an anonymous tipster in a car park. The newspaper claims that it did not pay money for the video and did not obtain the copy of the same and hence could not verify the authenticity of the footage.
|Obama speaks about fatherless childhood at stop in Baltimore
5/18/2013 1:02:00 PM
Washington, May 18 (ANI): President Barack Obama has spoken of the importance of fathers to their sons on Friday after a young man he met at a community center in Baltimore mentioned wanting to provide for his sons.
Obama, at the Center for Urban Families, which serves fathers and their families, said that one of the biggest challenges he faced growing up was growing without a father.
According to Politico, a man named Marcus Dixon had told him about the center's key role in
|Obama to nominate new U.S. commander in Republic of Korea
5/18/2013 10:44:00 AM
Beijing, May 18 (Xinhua-ANI): President Barack Obama intends to nominate Army Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti to succeed Army Gen. James Thurman as the commander of the U.S. Forces in Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Friday at a Pentagon press conference.
Scaparrotti currently serves as director of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Once he is nominated, the Senate must confirm him for a fourth star and the position.
Thurman, who assumed his post in July 2011 and has served
|At least 20 injured as trains collide north of New York after derailment
5/18/2013 10:44:00 AM
Washington, May 18 (Xinhua-ANI): Two trains collided after one of them derailed during the Friday evening rush hour in Fairfield, the U.S. state of Connecticut, injuring at least 20 people, local authorities said.
The Fairfield police estimated that 20 to 25 people were injured in the accident, but no fatalities had been reported so far, media reports here said.
An New York-bound train from New Haven derailed at around 6 p.m. local time just out of the rail station in Fairfield,
|Venezuelans scrambling to find scarce toilet paper
5/17/2013 3:43:00 PM
New York, May 17 (ANI): Venezuelans scrambled to stock up on toilet paper on Thursday, after fears of a bathroom emergency spread despite the socialist government's promise to import 50 million rolls.
After years of economic dysfunction, the country has gotten used to shortages of medicines and basic food items like milk and sugar but the scarcity of bathroom tissue has caused unusual alarm.
70-year-old Maria Rojas said that she had been looking for toilet paper for two weeks,
|Boston bombings suspect left 'collateral damage' note in boat
5/17/2013 2:16:00 PM
London, May 17 (ANI): Boston marathon bombings suspect wrote a message in a boat where he hid after the blasts, describing victims of the attack as 'collateral damage'.
US media reported that in the note, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev also reportedly also wrote that his brother was a martyr, adding that when one Muslim is attacked, all Muslims are attacked.
The note said that the blasts were retribution for the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the BBC reports.
Tsarnaev was captured
|Obama warns rampant sexual assaults in military harming national security
5/17/2013 1:42:00 PM
Washington, May 17 (ANI): President Barack Obama has warned a spate of sexual assaults in the military is endangering US national security and vowed to do everything possible to fix the problem.
Obama huddled with his top military leaders at the White House to find a way to put an end to the problem.
According to Politico, flanked by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Obama convened the meeting in the Cabinet Room.
|'Ponzi king' Bernie Madoff takes responsibility for son's suicide
5/17/2013 11:34:00 AM
Washington, May 17 (ANI): Bernie Madoff, the American investor accused of ruining countless lives through his bogus pyramid scheme, has said he should be blamed for the suicide of his son in 2010.
Speaking exclusively with CNN Money, Madoff said that he was responsible for Mark's death and that's very, very difficult.
According to the New York Daily News, Mark hanged himself in his trendy Manhattan apartment on the two-year anniversary of his father's arrest.