Venezuelan presidential election marked by empty precincts, irregularities (18 minutes ago)
Caracas, May 21 (IANS) The Venezuelan presidential election was marked by a lack of voters at many polling places and reports of irregularities by the main adversaries of President Nicolas Maduro, who is running for re-election.

Chinese yuan weakens to against US dollar (18 minutes ago)
Beijing, May 21 (IANS) The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, weakened 89 basis points to 6.3852 against the US dollar on Monday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.

Britain to outlaw 'wild west' practices on internet (18 minutes ago)
London, May 21 (IANS) British Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has said Britain is to introduce new laws to make social media safer by outlawing "wild west" elements of the internet.

Trump seeks probe into FBI election campaign 'infiltration'; inquiry ordered (28 minutes ago)
Washington, May 21 (IANS) Under pressure from President Donald Trump, the US Justice Department has asked its inspector general to assess whether political motivation tainted the FBI investigation into ties between Russia and Trump's campaign.

Cuba identifies 20 victims of plane crash (07:48)
Havana, May 21 (IANS) Twenty of 110 victims of last Friday's fatal plane crash in Cuba have been identified and the bodies were sent to their families for burial, an official said.

Berlin celebrates cultural diversity with carnival (07:40)
Berlin, May 21 (IANS) Over 4,000 carnival actors in 68 groups have showcased the rich cultural diversity in Berlin with a street parade, drawing tens of thousands of spectators.

First baby in 12 years born on remote Brazil island (07:32)
Brasilia, May 21 (IANS) A remote Brazilian island with a ban on childbirth has celebrated the first baby born there in 12 years.

Crane collapses in Grand Mosque in Mecca (07:22)
Riyadh, May 21 (IANS) A mobile crane lever has fallen inside Mecca's Grand Mosque, injuring one worker.

China launches satellite to explore Moon's far side (07:10)
Beijing, May 21 (IANS) China launched a relay satellite on Monday to set up a communication link between Earth and the planned Chang'e-4 lunar probe that will explore the mysterious far side of Moon, which can not be seen from the Earth.

US temporarily suspends tariffs on Chinese products (Lead) (06:32)
Washington, May 21 (IANS) US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the US was temporarily suspending tariffs on Chinese goods after an agreement was reached to reduce the bilateral trade deficit.

'US, China reach important framework deal on trade' (02:48)
Washington, May 21 (IANS) US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the US and China have reached a deal on a "very important" framework concerning their economic and trade ties, and the two sides have agreed to put a possible trade war on hold.

Iran urges more 'practical steps' by Europe to protect n-deal (00:30)
Tehran, May 21 (IANS) Political sympathy from Europe with Iran's nuclear deal is "not enough" and they should take more "practical steps" to guarantee Iran's economic interests from the deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here on Sunday.

UK, Windsor back to normal after Royal Wedding (22:28)
London, May 20 (IANS) The town of Windsor and Britain as a whole slowly began to return to normal on Sunday as the Royal Family thanked the tens of thousands of well-wishers who had thronged its streets and parks to cheer the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.

Pakistan to hold expo on agricultural products in Lahore (21:06)
Islamabad, May 20 (IANS) The agriculture department of Pakistan's Punjab province will hold a two-day Agri Expo 2018 at the Expo Centre in the eastern city of Lahore on June 23.

Bangladesh plans floating rate bonds (17:30)
Dhaka, May 20 (IANS) Bangladesh has planned to issue floating rate bonds, the first of its kind in the country.

Blood type influences severity of diarrhoea (17:26)
New York, May 20 (IANS) A bacteria associated with travellers' diarrhoea and children in underdeveloped areas of the world causes more severe disease in people with blood type A but not blood type O or B, finds a study.

400 mn-year-old marine animal fossil found in China (17:10)
Beijing, May 20 (IANS) Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have recently found a fossilised body piece of an extinct class of marine animal known as Cystoidea or cystoids in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

3 killed, over 8,000 hit by severe weather in Sri Lanka (17:08)
Colombo, May 20 (IANS) Three people were killed and over 8,000 affected as heavy rains and strong winds lashed across Sri Lanka, prompting disaster management officials to be on alert for possible evacuations, the Disaster Management Centre said on Sunday.

Apple sued over alleged keyboard problem in MacBooks (16:50)
San Francisco, May 20 (IANS) A law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple alleging that MacBook and MacBook Pro's "butterfly" keyboard design is "prone to fail".

Bacteria in placenta responsible for preterm births: Study (16:26)
London, May 20 (IANS) Scientists have found a higher number of pathogenic bacteria in placentas from women who delivered prematurely, supporting the presumption that maternal infection may cause preterm birth -- less than 37 weeks gestation.

Expert warns of irrevocable biodiversity damage with rising temperature (16:22)IANS Photo Service
Cape Town, May 20 (IANS) A 3.2 degree Celsius increase in the Earth's temperature could see 47 per cent of insect species, 26 per cent of vertebrate and 16 per cent of plant species lose at least half of their geographic ranges, an expert on global change has said.

Yemen's Houthis fire missile at Saudi radar camp (15:42)
Sanaa, May 20 (IANS) Yemen's Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile towards a military radar camp in Saudi Arabia's southern border city of Khamis Mushait, the media reported.

Now find Vitamin B12 in plants too (14:56)
London, May 20 (IANS) If you are a hardcore vegetarian but deficient in Vitamin B12, then there is a good news for you as scientists have discovered ways to increase the levels of Vitamin B12 in an ayurveda herb used in making soups and sandwiches.

Scientists convert plant matter into chemicals (14:08)
San Francisco, May 20 (IANS) A team led by an Indian-origin scientist from Sandia National Laboratories in California has demonstrated a new technology based on bio-engineered bacteria that can make it economically feasible to produce chemicals from renewable plant sources.

This royal wedding stood for change, hope: Priyanka (13:12)IANS Photo Service
London, May 20 (IANS) Internationally acclaimed Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who made heads turn with her chic lilac dress suit at actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding on Saturday, says the day will be remembered as it stood for change and hope.

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