|U.S. Navy Yard shooter's mom apologizes for son's killing spree
9/19/2013 12:33:00 AM
New York, Sept. 19 (ANI): Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis's mother has apologized for her son's killing spree, and said she was glad that he could no longer harm anyone.
Cathleen Alexis read a statement at her Brooklyn home in which she said: His actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on the families of the victims. I don't know why he did what he did, and I'll never be able to ask him why. Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone,
|Manhattan skyscraper secretly owned by Iran to be seized by U.S. for money-laundering
9/18/2013 4:17:00 PM
Washington, Sept. 18 (ANI): The United States has decided to seize a Manhattan skyscraper, which according to the prosecutors is secretly owned and controlled by the Iranian government.
According to the U.S. attorney, Preet Bharara, the seizure and sale of the property would be the government's largest-ever terrorism-related forfeiture, CNN reports.
The 36-story tower located on Fifth Avenue in New York City is home to a number of corporate tenants, the report added.
|Working less can boost health, economy and protect environment
9/18/2013 3:20:00 PM
London, Sept 18 (ANI): A new research suggests that working fewer hours each week can be good for your health, protect the environment and even boost the economy.
A group of economists believes the working week should be reduced from an average of 40 hours to just 30 and cite Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, among others, as examples of countries that have shorter working weeks but no less productivity among workers, the Independent reported.
Anna Coote, head of social policy
|How Republicans hate 'anything' named Obama!
9/18/2013 1:27:00 PM
Washington, Sept. 18 (ANI): Despite being the same thing, Republicans' support for President Barack Obama's healthcare legislation was higher when it was identified as the 'Affordable Care Act' than for 'Obamacare', a new poll has found.
Republicans' support for the 2010 healthcare law jumped eight points to 22 percent from 14 percent when it was referred to by its actual name rather than 'Obamacare', Fox News Poll found.
According to the New York Daily
|Brazil may opt out of US-centric Internet following NSA spying claims
9/18/2013 10:58:00 AM
Sydney, Sept. 18 (ANI): Brazil might opt out of US-centric Internet over Washington's widespread online spying.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security.
The move comes after revelations that the US National Security Agency intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company's network and spied on Brazilians, who entrusted their personal data to Facebook and Google.
|Brazilian President postpones Washington visit amidst US snoop-op revelations
9/18/2013 10:10:00 AM
London, Sept. 18 (ANI): The Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, has reportedly postponed her visit to Washington, citing absence of a timely investigation in the NSA snoop-op revelation matter.
Despite a last-minute call from US President Barack Obama, Rousseff's office released a statement saying the political environment was not amenable for the planned trip on 23 October adding that the state visit can quickly occur if the question about delay in investigation is settled in an adequate
|Brazilian hackers attack NASA website instead of NSA in retaliation for US 'snoop-op'
9/18/2013 9:49:00 AM
Johannesburg, Sept. 18 (ANI): Brazilian hackers mistook the US space agency NASA for the country's spy agency NSA, and hacked it in retaliation of the alleged US 'snoop-op' on Brazil.
Brazilian news portol Uol said that some activists decided to protest the US practice but picked the wrong target and hacked NASA's website with a message that read, 'Stop spying on us' and also called on the US to not attack Syria.
Nasa spokesperson Allard Beutel confirmed the attack
|U.S. says position unchanged on Diaoyu Islands
9/18/2013 12:57:00 AM
Washington, Sept. 18 (ANI): U.S. State Department has said its position on the Diaoyu Islands has not changed.
The Department added that it does not take sides on the ultimate question of sovereignty of these islands.
Answering a question regarding a recent Japanese press report, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the United States position on Diaoyu Islands is 'long standing, and has not changed'.
During a meeting in Washington with Japan's New Komeito Party
|White House confirms Brazilian President's cancellation of visit to U.S. over spying issue
9/18/2013 12:57:00 AM
Washington, Sept. 18 (ANI): The White House has confirmed Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's visit to the United States in late October has been cancelled.
According to a statement released by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, President Barack Obama spoke by telephone with his Brazilian counterpart Monday on the matter.
Obama said he understands and regrets the concerns disclosures of alleged U.S. intelligence activities have generated in Brazil.
The move comes after
|US Navy Yard shooter was 'dumped' by Thai crush two months ago
New York, Sept. 18 (ANI): Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, who massacred a dozen people on Monday, was reportedly dumped by a Thai woman two months ago.
Alexis had worked for three years as a deliveryman and waiter at the Happy Bowl Thai restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas, and paid regular visits to Wat Busaya Dhammavanaram Meditation Center, the New York Post reports.
The owner of the restaurant, Nutpisit Suthamtewakul, said Alexis visited Thailand for about 45 days in 2012 to improve
|Neglecting mental instability report of Navy Yard shooter may have led to ghastly incident
Washington, Sept. 18 (ANI): A Rhode Island cop had reported to the naval station police about the mental instability of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis in August, but the federal agency's negligence towards his behavior may have led to Monday's incident.
The Newport officer, whose name was not disclosed, said he was sent to a local hotel on August 7 to check Alexis's claim that three suspicious people were following him from the airport and were sending vibrations into his body
|Navy Yard shooter practiced at Virginia shooting range for two days prior to massacre
Washington, Sept. 18 (ANI): A Virginia shooting range owner has said Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis had practiced for two consecutive days and bought ammunition from their store before going on the rampage killing 12 people on Monday.
An attorney for Sharpshooters Small Arms Range in Lorton, Virginia, J. Michael Slocum, said Alexis had visited the store on Saturday and used a rented rifle and ammunition to practice at the range, ABC News reports.
Later, Alexis purchased a Remington
|New book claims Kate, William did not meet at St. Andrews as believed
Washington, Sept. 18 (ANI): In contrast to the common belief that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met while studying at St. Andrews university, a royal biographer has claimed that the couple had actually met way before through mutual pals.
During an interview with chat show host Katie Couric, Katie Nicholl, journalist and author of the book 'Kate: The Future Queen', revealed that she was chatting with some of Kate Middleton's Marlborough school friends, when they made the new
|Human Rights situation not going to improve under Kim Jong-un: Study
9/17/2013 4:26:00 PM
Berlin, Sept. 17 (ANI): A new study has revealed that there is little chance of human rights improving in North Korea under the rule of Kim Jong-un.
A scholarly evaluation showed that fractional openings in North Korea, such as the reopening of the Kaesong Industrial Zone, will not make a difference.
Dr. Sang-Yi O-Rauch said that state's elaborate control and terror system prevents the formation of any kind of opposition.
Dr. O-Rauch said the tentative convergence of the
|Only 26% Americans believe Assad will surrender chemical weapons: PEW
9/17/2013 4:13:00 PM
Washington, Sept. 17 (ANI): A new poll by the Pew Research Center has found out that only 26 percent Americans believe that the Assad regime will surrender its chemical weapon stockpiles.
According to the poll, 57 percent of the surveyed citizens of the United States said the Assad Government will hold on to the weapons, Politico reports.
Meanwhile, only 37 percent of those polled favored a military strike, compared to 49 percent opposing any kind of military involvement, in case
|Harper Lee wins copyright lawsuit over 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
9/17/2013 2:55:00 PM
Melbourne, Sept 17 (ANI): Harper Lee has finally won the copyright lawsuit for her classic novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
A federal judge in New York City approved the order last week dismissing the case against Samuel L. Pinkus, the son-in-law of Lee's former literary agent, and companies he allegedly created, News.com.au reported.
Filed in early May in US District Court in Manhattan, the suit alleged that Pinkus failed to properly protect the copyright after his father-in-law,
|Top cybersecurity expert hacks NASDAQ in 10 minutes flat!
9/17/2013 1:21:00 PM
Washington, Sept. 17 (ANI): A top cybersecurity expert has revealed that the stock exchange Nasdaq.com's security is so poor that it took him a mere 10 minutes to hack their systems.
Ilia Kolochenko, head of Swiss information security company High-Tech Bridge, said that despite his repeated warnings, the exchange has done nothing to fix the problem.
According to New York Daily News, Kolochenko has claimed that a good hackers can get full access to Nasdaq.com in a couple of days
|Jihadists claim Islamic extremists behind U.S. Navy Yard shooting
9/17/2013 1:21:00 PM
Washington, Sept. 17 (ANI): Several online jihadists have claimed Islamic extremists were involved in the deadly shooting incident at the Naval Sea Systems Command office in Washington on Monday that killed a dozen people and left another dozen injured.
U.S. officials have, meanwhile, ruled out the involvement of any terrorist group in the attack, the Washington Times reports.
Police said that an ex-military officer, who was killed in the gunfight, was behind the attack, but the
|White House locked down over security alert after man throws firecrackers over fence
9/17/2013 11:38:00 AM
Sydney, Sept. 17 (ANI): The White House was reportedly locked down over security alert after a man allegedly threw firecrackers over the outer fence.
This came hours after the Navy Yard shooting in Washington that killed 13 people, and a Secret Service source confirmed that the alleged man set off firecrackers dismissing the earlier reports that gun shots were fired.
According to news.com.au, witnesses testified that Secret Service officers tackled a man outside the gate of the White
|Indian origin Miss America Nina Davuluri brushes off racial comments
9/17/2013 11:07:00 AM
London, Sept 17 (ANI): Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, has brushed off the racist comments about her on Twitter.
Davuluri said that she has to rise above the negativity, as she has always viewed herself first and foremost as an American, the Guardian reported.
The micro-blogging site flooded with racist comments, soon after the 24-year-old pageant winner, who has become the first winner of Indian descent, was crowned.
A user said that one needs to be American to be crowned