Obama Beats President Trump To Be Named The Most Admired Man In US For The 10th Year In A Row

New Delhi: Donald Trump may be the current president, but in terms of who Americans most admire, his predecessor and the person he beat in the 2016 election; the ‘former President Barack Obama’ despite keeping a relatively low profile since leaving the White House in January,  top the list. 

According to the results of an annual Gallup poll, which polled more than 1,000 American adults from Dec. 4 to 11, “It was a close race.” Seventeen percent (17%) of those surveyed named Obama as the man they most admire, to fourteen percent (14%) for Trump. 


Obama Cautions AgainstSocial Media Dangers In Interview With Prince Harry

New Delhi: Former US President Barack Obama has expressed his concern over social media "corroding civil discourse" during an interview with Britain's Prince Harry.

 "One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities," he told the prince, who was guest editing BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases. Things aren't as simple as they've been portrayed in whatever chat room you've been in," he added.


South Korea Says North Likely To Pursue Talks

New Delhi: South Korea has predicted that North Koreawould look to open negotiations with the United States next year in an optimistic outlook for 2018.

"North Korea will seek negotiation with United States, while continuing to pursue its effort to be recognised as a de facto nuclear-possessing country," South Korea's Unification Ministry said in a report.

The Ministry of Defence said it would assign four units to operate under a new official overseeing North Korea policy, aimed to "deter and respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile threat".


Julian Assange’s Twitter Account Goes Offline, Then Reappears

New Delhi: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's Twitter account bafflingly went offline and reappeared on Monday.

The account reappeared without loss in number of tweets posted but having lost a considerable number of followers. As of 10.45pm IST the restored account was yet to post an explanation of the disappearance, but it posted a tweet soliciting donations, and even retweeted the official WikiLeaks account, @wikileaks.

The account @JulianAssange disappeared late on Christmas eve and fuelled speculation among the followers of the American whistleblower in exile. It was clear that this wasn't a case of suspension as suspended accounts usually carry a message saying "account suspended."


China Conducts Maiden Flight Of Indigenous Amphibious Aircraft

New Delhi: China has successfully conducted the maiden flight of its first indigenous amphibious aircraft, considered to be the world's largest, in southern Guangdong Province.

The aircraft AG600, code named "Kunlong", lifted off from the Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Zhuhai in Guangdong. The flight lasted about one hour.

"The maiden flight makes China among the few countries capable of developing a large amphibious aircraft," said Huang Lingcai, chief designer of AG600.