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Bill Gates donates $40 million to create ‘Supercow’
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is planning to invest $40 million to breed a "super cow" that will have more milk producing ability. The tech tycoon aims at infusing the genes of the British cattle with the DNA of African breeds and create a cow that can survive in any environment and produces more milk. The milk production by British Holstein-Friesians on an average is 40 pints per day, whereas the African breeds produce just three and a half pints, but they can survive on lesser food and even survive extreme heat. "Livestock is magical. You can sell the output and that's money for school fees. You can keep the output and that's diet diversification," Gates stated, as quoted by New York Post. "For more than a billion people living in the poorest countries, agriculture and livestock are a lifeline out of poverty. The science and research being led by the great minds here in Edinburgh are making huge strides in improving the health and productivity of livestock," he added. Facebook/ Bill Gates A software will be used by the researchers at Edinburgh University to develop medicines to protect the diseased cows in tropical areas that are in research partly financed by the Department for International Development. "The impact per dollar is super-high in this area," Bill stated, as reported by Mirror. "You can have a cow that is four times as productive with the same survivability. We could justify this on economic or health impacts — but we get both," he added. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates set up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help reduce the poverty from the developing world. [...]
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Manchester ‘hero’ Chris Parker jailed for stealing from terror victims
The homeless "hero" of the Manchester terror attack has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for stealing from victims. Chris Parker was told he was "not the hero" he pretended to be but "just a common thief", as he was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday. The 33-year-old had previously admitted stealing a purse and a mobile phone from two victims of the Manchester Arena bombing on 22 May last year. At the time of the atrocity, which killed 22 and left more than 500 injured, Parker initially claimed he had been tending to those injured. Parker even spoke of how one woman died in his arms, after attacker Salman Abedi exploded a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb in the foyer of the concert venue, as fans left an Ariana Grande gig. His purported actions prompted members of the public to raise more than £50,000 for the rough sleeper; but he will no longer receive the money, from an online GoFundMe appeal, now the truth has emerged. Instead, Parker will serve four years and three months in jail for two counts of theft and one count of fraud Sentencing Parker, Judge David Hernandez told him: "You were not the hero you pretended to be, you were just a common thief. "It is hard to contemplate a more reprehensible set of circumstances." Speaking after the sentencing, Supt. Chris Hill, from Greater Manchester Police, said: "No matter what personal circumstances you might find yourself in, to steal from injured and terrified innocent people is deplorable. "Parker exploited these people when they were at their most vulnerable and needed the help of those around them. "I cannot begin to imagine what they have been through and I want to thank them for their courage." At a hearing earlier this month, Parker admitted taking the purse of Pauline Healey as her granddaughter, Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, lay dying yards away. He also admitted another count of theft, for taking the mobile phone of a teenager, and one count of fraud, after using Mrs Healey's bank cards in McDonald's on the night of the attack. Prosecutors said Parker had provided "some comfort and assistance" to victims, but also took the opportunity to steal from those hurt. Ben Southam, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "His actions added to the immense distress the victims and their families have suffered and our thoughts remain with them." Mrs Healey had travelled to Manchester Arena with her daughter and granddaughter to meet someone, but they had not attended the concert themselves. [...]
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Naruhito, in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne, shares father Akihito’s quiet demeanour
Like his father, the son, Naruhito, is a soft-spoken and smiling man. A bit stocky at 56, he's married to a Harvard-educated former diplomat, Masako, who has been ill for more than a decade and seldom appears in public. The post Naruhito, in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne, shares father Akihito’s quiet demeanour appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Thailand junta uneasy about Pokémon Go craze: Use it wisely, PM warns youngsters
Pokemon Go's debut in Thailand has alarmed the country's generals, prompting the kingdom's junta chief to warn youngsters against playing too much and the army to ban the game from barracks. The post Thailand junta uneasy about Pokémon Go craze: Use it wisely, PM warns youngsters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Pakistan blast: Explosion in Quetta hospital kills 25, 35 injured
At least 25 people were today killed and 35 others injured when a bomb ripped through a hospital in Quetta in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province followed by gunfire. The post Pakistan blast: Explosion in Quetta hospital kills 25, 35 injured appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Stiglitz quits Panama Papers committee over transparency row
Nobel-winning US economist Joseph Stiglitz and Swiss anti-corruption expert Mark Pieth has said that a dispute over transparency had prompted them to quit a panel on reforming Panama's finance sector. The post Stiglitz quits Panama Papers committee over transparency row appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Six dead in Mexico due to landslides caused by tropical storm Earl
Six people died in landslides in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz as what had been Tropical Storm Earl dumped heavy rains on the region, authorities said Saturday. The post Six dead in Mexico due to landslides caused by tropical storm Earl appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Thailand votes on new Constitution that could dilute democracy, gives more teeth to military
Thailand on Saturday voted in a referendum on a new constitution that critics say is tailor-made for the military government to stay in control for several years and entrench a new, quasi-democratic system that gives vast powers to appointed officials. The post Thailand votes on new Constitution that could dilute democracy, gives more teeth to military appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Portuguese ex-PM, Antonio Gueterres lead the race for UN chief
But he also received two negative votes in this round of voting and could be out of the running if one of them was from a permanent UN member. The post Portuguese ex-PM, Antonio Gueterres lead the race for UN chief appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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UN rejects allegations on Ban Ki-moon’s ‘vow of silence’ over Kashmir
The UN has strongly rejected assertion that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has a "vow of silence" on the issue of Kashmir The post UN rejects allegations on Ban Ki-moon’s ‘vow of silence’ over Kashmir appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Rajnath Singh at Saarc meet in Pakistan: ‘Strongest’ action needed against terrorism
Rajnath Singh said that mere condemnation of terrorism and terrorists was not enough and that there are "no good terrorists or bad terrorists" The post Rajnath Singh at Saarc meet in Pakistan: ‘Strongest’ action needed against terrorism appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Rajnath Singh at Saarc meet in Pakistan, barely shakes hands with counterpart Nisar Ali Khan
The ongoing strain in Indo-Pak relations was evident at the Saarc Interior/Home Ministers' conference, when Home Minister Rajnath Singh came face-to-face with his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan for the first time on Thursday, and the two leaders barely shook hands. The post Rajnath Singh at Saarc meet in Pakistan, barely shakes hands with counterpart Nisar Ali Khan appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Turkish president Erdogan presses US to extradite preacher Fethullah Gulen
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pressed the US in a television interview broadcast on Wednesday to extradite preacher Fethullah Gulen. The post Turkish president Erdogan presses US to extradite preacher Fethullah Gulen appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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China clamps down on govt critics, charges legal activist with subversion
More than a dozen other lawyers and activists remain jailed in China, their legal status uncertain. The post China clamps down on govt critics, charges legal activist with subversion appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Donald Trump’s ‘chicken tweet’ and the picture that speaks two thousand words
Could Donald Trump's 'chicken tweet' be the tweet of the day? Or the week, for that matter. Why limit it to a day? The post Donald Trump’s ‘chicken tweet’ and the picture that speaks two thousand words appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Passenger ferry evacuated in France after an underwater explosion
A passenger ferry docked in the southern French port of Marseille was evacuated after an explosion was felt on board, with authorities investigating if it was caused by an old wartime bomb. The post Passenger ferry evacuated in France after an underwater explosion appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Islamist radicals blow up a 16th century Sufi Mosque in Yemen
Sunni Islamist radicals in Yemen have blown up a 16th century mosque housing the shrine of a revered Sufi scholar in the city of Taez, The post Islamist radicals blow up a 16th century Sufi Mosque in Yemen appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Rio 2016: Before the Summer Olympics, get to know the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ of Brazil
Famous for its samba, football, beaches and now for the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is known as the 'Cidade Maravilhosa' i.e. marvellous city The post Rio 2016: Before the Summer Olympics, get to know the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ of Brazil appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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10,000 unemployed Indians facing ‘food crisis’ in Saudi; Swaraj extends help
Nearly 800 Indian workers are reportedly starving for the last three days in Saudi city of Jeddah after losing their jobs and Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh is traveling to the Gulf nation to sort out the issue. The post 10,000 unemployed Indians facing ‘food crisis’ in Saudi; Swaraj extends help appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Pope Francis to young: Try politics, activism; don’t be couch potato
Pope Francis challenged hundreds of thousands of young people who gathered in a sprawling Polish meadow to reject being a "couch potato" who retreats into video games and computer screens and instead engage in social activism and politics to create a more just world. The post Pope Francis to young: Try politics, activism; don’t be couch potato appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Trump to Clinton: ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy’
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The post Trump to Clinton: ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy’ | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Full text: Hillary Clinton’s Democratic National Convention speech
Building a better tomorrow for our beloved children and our beloved country. When we do, America will be greater than ever. Thank you and may God bless the United States of America! The post Full text: Hillary Clinton’s Democratic National Convention speech appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Democratic Convention: Joe Biden says Donald Trump has ‘no clue’ about needs of middle class
Vice-President Joe Biden told Democratic delegates that Donald Trump "has no clue" about the needs of working-class people The post Democratic Convention: Joe Biden says Donald Trump has ‘no clue’ about needs of middle class appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Donald Trump is a fraud, hypocrite: Democrats unleash barrage on Republican candidate
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a fraud, a liar and a hypocrite, top Democratic leaders and speakers at the party's national convention said on Wednesday as they lashed out at the billionaire from New York. The post Donald Trump is a fraud, hypocrite: Democrats unleash barrage on Republican candidate appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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For transparent Brics, India must push for greater engagement with civil society
However, in the interests of a fair and transparent BRICS, it is better to engage with civil society. And India, with its strong democratic traditions and a robust civil society can play a strong role in ensuring this. The post For transparent Brics, India must push for greater engagement with civil society appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Indonesia’s energy minister to be replaced in cabinet reshuffle – sources
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JAKARTA Indonesia's energy and mining minister Sudirman Said will be replaced as part of a cabinet reshuffle expected to be announced by President Joko Widodo on Wednesday, sources close to the minister told Reuters. The post Indonesia’s energy minister to be replaced in cabinet reshuffle – sources | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Venezuela government aims to sink Maduro recall, opposition protests
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CARACAS Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government sought on Tuesday to scupper a push by the opposition to oust him this year via a referendum, while his opponents called for protests. As the OPEC nation faces an unprecedented economic crisis, both sides are deadlocked over a provision in the constitution allowing a recall referendum halfway through the president's six-year term. Government supporters lodged a complaint at the election board saying the Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition falsified signatures in an initial collection to trigger the process. The post Venezuela government aims to sink Maduro recall, opposition protests | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Clinton makes history with Democratic nomination for president
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PHILADELPHIA Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party's U.S. presidential nomination on Tuesday, coming back from a stinging 2008 defeat in her first White House run and surviving a bitter primary fight to become the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. The post Clinton makes history with Democratic nomination for president | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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