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Pentagon confirms death of 2 US soldiers in Afghanistan

Washington, Jan 13 (IANS) The Pentagon has confirmed thattwo US soldiers were killed in action in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.Both soldiers were killed on Saturday when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED), Xinhua news agency reported citing the Pentagon as saying in a statement on Sunday. Both soldiers were assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, according to the statement. Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack. The group's spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said…

Trump, Pelosi trade barbs over impeachment

Washington, Jan 13 (IANS) US President Donald Trump traded barbs with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over his impeachment for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by the Democrat-led House of Representatives last month.Trump, in a series of tweets on Sunday, denied any wrongdoings, touted the Republican unity in the impeachment votes, and lashed out at Pelosi and other Democrats, reports Xinhua news agency. "This phony impeachment hoax should not even be allowed to proceed. Did nothing wrong. Just a partisan vote.…

Indian-American prof fired for joke about Iranian bomb list of US sites

New York, Jan. Jan 13 (IANS) An Indian-American professor, who posted a joke on Facebook about Iran choosing 52 US cultural sites to bomb, has been fired by his college.Babson College said Asheen Phansey was fired because the post on his "personal Facebook page does not represent the values and culture of the College", according to WBZ television. He had apologised for the post last week calling it "sloppy humour" that was "read as a threat". His post was a reaction to US President Donald…

Sad people more prone to become chain smokers

New York, Jan 12 (IANS) Sadness, and not all negative emotions, lead people to smoking and turn it into an addictive behaviour, a first-of-its-kind set of four inter-woven studies has revealed.A team of researchers based at Harvard University discovered that sadness plays an especially strong role in triggering addictive behaviour relative to other negative emotions like disgust. "The conventional wisdom in the field was that any type of negative feeling, whether it's anger, disgust, stress, sadness, fear or shame,…

11 killed in US storms

Washington, Jan 12 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed as powerful storms swept across southern parts of the US, with winds, tornadoes and floods.Of the victims, a police officer and a firefighter were killed in Lubbock, Texas on Saturday morning, with another critically injured, after they were hit by a car while responding to a traffic accident, Xinhua news agency reported. A man drowned in Oklahoma after he was swept away by floodwaters while getting out of his stalled truck, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said on…
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