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  • 13-Jan-2017
  • President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    President Barack Obama awarded Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, the highest civilian honour, in a surprise tribute at the White House.

  • Norway to become first country to end FM radio.

    Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit.

  • 12-Jan-2017
  • Obama selects 4 Indian American scientists for presidential awards.

    Four Indian-American scientists have been chosen among 102 researchers who will receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) -- the highest honour given by the US government to science and engineering professionals.These are: Pankaj Lal from Montclair State University ( Department of Agriculture); Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University (Department of Defense), Manish Arora, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Department of Health.

  • New species of gibbon discovered in China.

    Scientists have discovered a new species of gibbon living in south-west China's rainforests. Although scientists had been studying the primate for some time, new research has revealed it is in fact a different species. It has been named the Skywalker hoolock gibbon by its discoverers, who are Star Wars fans.

  • 11-Jan-2017
  • Roman Herzog, Germany's President in 1990s, Is Dead.

    Roman Herzog, who as Germany's second president after reunification called for “confidence and joie de vivre” during a time of economic malaise, died.

  • Clare Hollingworth: British war correspondent dies.

    Clare Hollingworth, the veteran British war correspondent who broke the news of the Nazi invasion of Poland, has died in Hong Kong.Hollingworth witnessed the horrors of war in Vietnam, Algeria, the Middle East, India and Pakistan, as well as the Cultural Revolution in China.

  • China launches 1st commercial space mission with new rocket.

    China successfully sent three satellites into space in its first commercial mission using an updated version of the low-cost Kuaizhou-1A rocket, amidst the Communist giant's determined bid to expand its ambitious space programme.

  • Fifa votes to expand World Cup to 48 teams from 2026.

    Fifa approved a 48-team 2026 World Cup with “one hundred per cent unanimity”, An initial stage of 16 groups of three teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 when the change is made for the 2026 tournament.The sport's world governing body voted unanimously in favour of the change at a meeting in Zurich.

  • 10-Jan-2017
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins Best FIFA Men's Player award over Lionel Messi.

    Cristiano Ronaldo said winning FIFA's Best Men's Player for 2016 "shows that people aren't blind" after beating Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to claim the prize in Zurich on Monday.Ronaldo, who picked up his fourth Ballon d'Or in December, also landed the first separate FIFA prize since world football's governing body and France Football announced in September that they would be presenting two separate awards.

  • Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dead.

    Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dead. Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, an influential power broker in the Islamic Republic who advised the country's supreme leader, died Sunday.

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