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Williams edges towards regaining top spot

Serena Williams moved to within two wins of becoming world number one for the first time in two-and-a-half years after reaching the third round of the Qatar Open here on Tuesday. The Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic champion showed no obvious signs of physical discomfort during a 6-2,6-1 win over Daria Gavrilova, the 18-year-old former world number one junior from ... Read More »

UN Security Council slams DPRK’s nuclear test

The UN Security Council on Tuesday strongly condemned the third underground nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying the latest move by Pyongyang “is a grave violation” of relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.   South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan, whose country holds the rotating council presidency for February, speaks during a press ... Read More »

Air pollution increases chances of underweight babies

Air pollution increases 10 percent chances of underweight babies, said a study Wednesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.   llustrative image. (Source: Internet) Mothers who breathe polluted air are significantly likely to give birth to underweight babies than mothers living in areas with good air. “As air pollution increases we can see that more babies are smaller at birth, ... Read More »

Meteorite-hit Russia proposes common space defense system

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin Saturday proposed establishing a common defense system to counter space threats, one day after a meteorite explosion injured some 1,200 people in the Chelyabinsk region in Russia’s Urals region.   Photo taken on Feb. 16, 2013 shows a factory building damaged by the shockwave of the meteorite fall in Russia’s Ural city of Chelyabinsk. ... Read More »

Heat on Nigeria’s petroleum industry as oil execs gather

Major oil industry executives gather in Nigeria’s capital for an annual conference this week with Africa’s largest crude producer under pressure over reports alleging large-scale corruption and mismanagement. The conference kicking off Monday evening in Abuja is expected to see appearances by government ministers and top officials from oil majors Shell, Exxon, Total and Chevron, as well as Nigeria’s state ... Read More »

Yen weakens in Asia after G20 talks

The yen weakened in Asia after G20 finance ministers pledged not to devalue their currencies and avoided targeting Tokyo over the recent plunge in the Japanese unit. Japan’s policy of monetary easing has led to sharp falls in the value of the yen, sparking fears of a global currency war in which rival nations would drive down their currencies to ... Read More »

Oscars to enjoy surround sound for 1st time in new Dolby Theatre

In a week’s time the Academy Awards ceremony will for the first time have 5.1 surround sound effect, said Dolby Laboratories, the new owner of the Oscars venue. “We work with the theater owner as well as the Academy, to make sure that from the sound treatment perspective, the theater itself sounds like nothing before,” Ramzi Haidamus, Dolby’s executive vice ... Read More »