Instagram’s Snapchat-like feature allows 24-hour-limit posts

By Angela Moon and Supantha Mukherjee Undated,Aug 2 : Users of Instagram, a photo-sharing app owned by Facebook Inc, can now post picture and video slideshows that last 24 hours, a feature similar to the signature function of social media rival Snapchat. Snapchat, which launched in 2011, got its initial boost from millennials, especially teenagers, […]

Czech president says bar refugees to prevent “barbaric attacks”

By Robert Muller Prague, Aug 2 : Czech President Milos Zeman believes his country should refuse to take in refugees to ensure they cannot commit “barbaric attacks”, his spokesman said today. Zeman, whose role is largely ceremonial, is the country’s most vocal opponent of immigration, opposing even the government’s modest plan to take in 80 […]

British-Iranian aid worker appears in Tehran court – family

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Dubai, Aug 2 : A British-Iranian aid worker, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, detained since early April and accused by hardline Revolutionary Guards of trying to overthrow Iran’s government has appeared in court for the first time, her family said today. Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, has dismissed the Revolutionary Guards’ accusation. In a statement, the […]

US Air Force declares first squadron of F-35 jets combat-ready

By Idrees Ali and Andrea Shalal Washington, Aug 2 : The US Air Force today declared an initial squadron of Lockheed Martin Corp F-35A fighter jets ready for combat, marking a major milestone for a program that has faced cost overruns and delays. The move is another achievement for the 379 billion dollars program, the […]

After Saudi uproar, UN chief urges protecting children

By Michelle Nichols United Nations, Aug 2 : United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon warned countries today that if “you want to protect your image, protect children” after diplomats said in June that Saudi Arabia threatened to cut UN funding when its military coalition was blacklisted for killing children in Yemen. Riyadh denied making such threats. […]