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  • Misuse of Article 370 led to its revocation: S Jaishankar
    by Sridhar Kumaraswami on September 17, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    In response to a question, he said, beyond a point, don’t worry too much about what people will say on Kashmir.

  • Odisha girl in race for International kids peace prize
    by Akshaya Kumar Sahoo on September 17, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    The girl is among a select number of nominated children from across among the world.

  • Bihar: 4 held for ‘rape’ of shelter home ex-inmate
    by nayear azad on September 17, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    The girl was rescued from the Muzaffarpur shelter home where around 44 girls were sexually assaulted by officials and employees of the facility.

  • ED attaches assets worth Rs 278 crore in Ponzi scam
    on September 17, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    At present, Pawan Malhan and his son Hitik are under custody of the Telangana Police in the case, said the ED.

  • Migrant mothers and children sue U.S. over asylum ban
    on September 17, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    More than 125 migrant mothers and children have sued the U.S. government, claiming the Trump administration has violated the rights of asylum-seekers through the arbitrary and capricious implementation of a virtual asylum ban at the southern border.

  • Israeli Exit Polls Show Netanyahu’s Election-Redo Gambit Failed
    on September 17, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    (Bloomberg) — Israel’s election do-over looked set to produce a dramatic deadlock, exit polls showed, with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor former military chief Benny Gantz winning enough votes to easily form a government.The lack of a decisive victory would be a stunning setback for Israel’s longest-serving leader, who gambled on a revote to strengthen his political hand — and possibly keep himself out of jail — after a poor result in April. It may thrust Israel into further political turmoil and drag out policy paralysis at a time when diplomatic and regional security challenges are mounting.Netanyahu’s nationalist Likud and Gantz’s centrist Blue and White are running neck and neck, the exit polls indicated. They also show a close race between competing blocs aligned with the two big parties, with neither securing a majority of 61 of parliament’s 120 seats.While the exit surveys suggest the legally embattled Netanyahu, popularly known as Bibi, may lose his grip on power, it’s too early to say Gantz won.“The results here are less good for him than in April; and in April he didn’t make a government,” Simon Davies, a pollster and political consultant for Number 10 Strategies, said of Netanyahu. “Whichever way you look at it — if the exit polls are right — Bibi is not in a great position. Bibi is a consummate politician, though, and you’d never put it past him to get out of any situation.”The exit polls position former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, a onetime Netanyahu ally, to become this election’s kingmaker. Liberman’s objection to military draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men led to the collapse of coalition talks after the April 9 election, propelling Netanyahu to engineer a revote rather than let a rival try to put together a government.In other worrisome news for Netanyahu, the Joint List of Arab parties is poised to become parliament’s third-largest faction, increasing its representation and eating into the bloc allied with the prime minister.The Central Elections Committee said it won’t begin publishing meaningful results for hours. After a near-final tally is released on Thursday, President Reuven Rivlin will consult with the various parties to see who they recommend be tapped to form the next government.Gamble BackfiredWith his political survival at stake, Netanyahu launched a nasty campaign in which he appealed to his nationalist base by making pledges dear to their hearts, such as vowing to annex West Bank territory claimed by Palestinians, and painting the liberal left and non-Zionist, Israeli Arab leaders as bogeymen. That continued on voting day, when he convened what was billed as an emergency party meeting amid reports of high turnout in Arab and leftist areas of the country.“Voters of the right, have you lost your minds?” Netanyahu said on Twitter. “Go out now and vote Likud in order to stop a left-wing government with the Arab parties.”The prime minister entered the race badly weakened by what he says are baseless graft allegations cooked up by left-wing opponents. Before coalition talks collapsed in May, he was promoting new legislation that would grant him immunity from prosecution as long as he’s in office.In early October, he’s scheduled to plead his case before Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit, who will then decide whether to go ahead with planned bribery and fraud charges. Netanyahu is accused of accepting about $200,000 in gifts from wealthy friends and trying to win sympathetic press coverage by shaping rules to benefit media moguls.The political uncertainty dovetails with renewed confrontations with Iran and its proxies in Syria, Lebanon and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, and serious questions over the fate of the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan. Israel’s political paralysis has already held up its presentation.U.S. President Donald Trump has been one of Netanyahu’s most fervent allies. In the run-up to the April election, he presented Netanyahu with political gifts that included moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, withholding funds from the Palestinians, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and declaring that Israel had sovereignty over disputed land in the Golan Heights. That still wasn’t enough to help Netanyahu over the top this time.Political newcomer Gantz ran a clean-hands campaign that while lackluster, resonated with voters desperate for an alternative to Israel’s longest-serving leader.Exit polls show a surge in support for Liberman, whose tough stand against sweeping military draft exemptions for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men resonated among voters on both left and right in a country where the military draft is compulsory and many resent the concession. After the exit polls were revealed on Tuesday, he repeated his call for a national unity government that would include his party, Blue and White and Likud, while freezing out the ultra-Orthodox.Blue and White has said it won’t join a coalition with Netanyahu, so such a secular, broad-based coalition plan might not come to pass unless Likud pushes the prime minister out.“Assuming the numbers are correct, we are witnessing quite a dramatic outcome for a first time after a decade. There is a very high likelihood that Mr. Netanyahu will not serve as prime minister of Israel,” said Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute research center.“It looks like Mr. Netanyahu’s path to 61 is blocked, while Mr. Gantz has greater options,” Plesner said. “We might also see change within the Likud, where a new chairman of the Likud might be able to form a new unity government with Blue and White.”Netanyahu has led Israel for a total of 13 years in which he scored unprecedented diplomatic achievements for his country, including the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, while seeing prospects for peacemaking with the Palestinians retreat.He also dismantled much of the socialist legacy of the country’s founders, with the broad economy and trade links flourishing even as a large income inequality gap makes it difficult for many to make ends meet.(Updates with Arab party eating into Netanyahu bloc in seventh paragraph.)\–With assistance from Yaacov Benmeleh.To contact the reporter on this story: Amy Teibel in Jerusalem at ateibel@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lin Noueihed at lnoueihed@bloomberg.net, Amy Teibel, Benjamin HarveyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • This deadly fungal disease could use climate change to mobilize
    by Nicole Wetsman on September 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    As the climate changes, temperatures will increase and rain patterns will change—and along with those changes, by 2100, the fungus’s range will expand causing the number of Valley fever cases to increase by 50 percent, according to a new model published in the journal, GeoHealth.

  • Rare 10 million-year-old fossil unearths new view of human evolution
    on September 17, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Near an old mining town in Central Europe, known for its picturesque turquoise-blue quarry water, lay Rudapithecus. For 10 million years, the fossilized ape waited in Rudabánya, Hungary, to add its story to the origins of how humans evolved. What Rudabánya yielded was a pelvis — among the most informative bones of a skeleton, but one that is rarely preserved.

  • Scientists are scrambling to take more photos of this seemingly alien comet
    by Rachel Feltman on September 17, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Astronomers have snapped a shot of what could be a comet visiting us from another solar system—only the second interstellar object we’ve ever spotted in our own cosmic neighborhood. The fact that it showed up so hot on the tail of ‘Oumuamua, an infamous (and still largely mysterious) cigar-shaped rock first seen in late 2017, suggests these alien interlopers might actually be pretty common.

  • New piece of Alzheimer’s puzzle found
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Scientists found two short peptides, or strings of amino acids, that when injected into mice with Alzheimer’s disease daily for five weeks, significantly improved the mice’s memory. The treatment also reduced some of the harmful physical changes in the brain that are associated with the disease.

  • North Atlantic haddock use magnetic compass to guide them
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    A new study found that the larvae of haddock, a commercially important type of cod, have a magnetic compass to find their way at sea. The findings showed that haddock larvae orient toward the northwest using Earth’s magnetic field.

  • Study changes guidelines for sepsis management
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    A researcher ends the debate among physicians regarding sepsis management.

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