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U.S. Ranks Near Bottom on Commitment to Development September 18, 2018 16:29

The United States, the world's most developed country, ranks near the bottom of an index which ranks 27 of the world's richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit people living in the poorer nations. The poor performance by the U.S. which was ranked 23rd in the Commitment to Development Index (CDI) was driven by low scores on foreign aid, finance, and environmental policies, according to the annual report released on Tuesday by Washington-based Center for Global Development (CGD). The CDI, published yearly by the CGD, ranks 27 of the world's affluent countries on their dedication to policies that benefit people living in hapless nations. Sweden tops this year's CDI, followed by Denmark. Germany ascents to the dais and shares third place with Finland said the annual report released by the CGD. In the survey, the U.S. remained in the 23rd place out of 27 rich countries, the report said. "Good development policy is about much more than foreign aid," said Masood Ahmed, the president of CGD. "While aid is important, U.S. policymakers need to assess all the ways their choices, from refugee policies to tariffs, help or hinder developing countries," he said. The U.S. scored well on security and trade, though new duties could drag down the U.S.'s ranking in the forthcoming. European countries, meanwhile, took the top 12 spots in this year's ranking. "It's clear that European countries are taking the lead on global development, while the U.S. takes a big step back," said Anita Kappeli, a researcher at the Center for Global Development and an author of the study. "New tariffs and the U.S.'s impending exit from the Paris climate pact are only going to exacerbate this trend," she added. Only Poland, Greece, South Korea, and Japan were rated lower than the U.S. According to the report, while the U.S. is the sizable aid donor in absolute value, in 2017 it provided just 0.18 percent of its GNI (Gross National Income) - for development assistance, far below the international commitment of 0.7 percent GNI and below average for the CDI countries. It as well executes poorly on technology. The government, in 2016 provided 0.58 percent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for Research and Development (R&D) (weighted), below average for CDI countries. The U.S. could better its score by shifting the R&D from defense to more development-friendly areas, it said. By Sowmya Sangam

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Nannu Dochukunduvate Telugu Movie September 18, 2018 15:04

Nannu Dochukunduvate is an upcoming Tollywood film directed by R.S. Naidu and produced by Sudheer Babu. The film stars Sudheer Babu, Nabha Natesh, Rajsekhar Aningi, Nassar in the leading roles. For more previews, stay tuned....

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Former U.S. NSA Michael Flynn to be Sentenced in Nov. September 18, 2018 12:18

Former United States National Security Adviser (NSA) Michael Flynn will be sentenced by the end of November, after it had been delayed four times since he pleaded guilty to lying to investigators last December, according to his defenseteam. The announcement, indicated in a court filing on Monday, suggests that Flynn's cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's current Russia investigation will end soon, CNN reported. Until three days ago, Flynn was the highest-ranking Trump associate cooperating with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections and its aftermath. On September 14, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to two federal charges. He also agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller as well. Flynn confessed to lying about his communications with the Russian ambassador during Trump's presidential transition. Related content: Manafort Pleads Guilty, to Cooperate With Mueller He as well said he had lied to the Justice Department in 2017 about doing consulting work for the Republic of Turkey, according to his court filings. Flynn was as well expected to confirm details for investigators regarding other Trump campaign officials' involvement in Russian policy pushes during the campaign and transition. According to a statement filed in court, Flynn conducted several calls with senior officials on the Trump transition team about his discussions with then-ambassador Sergey Kislyak related to the U.S. sanctions of Russia. Since earlier this year December 1, Flynn was needed to cooperate with Mueller's office "fully, truthfully, completely and forthrightly", including speaking to law enforcement officials about what he knows and testifying ahead any grand juries and trials if required. By Sowmya Sangam

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Trump has 'Insecurity of a Teenage Girl': John Kerry September 18, 2018 11:29

Former United States secretary of state John Kerry has lacerated into U.S. President Donald Trump for accusing him of holding "illegal" meetings with Iran, saying Trump has the maturity of an "eight-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl". Kerry's attack came in response to Trump's tweet accusing the former secretary of state of holding "illegal meetings" with the Iranian government that was "to the detriment of the American people". "He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!" Trump tweeted. John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2018 Reacting to the accusation on Friday on a late-night talk show to promote his new memoir 'Every Day is Extra', Kerry said, "He's the first President who spends more time reading his Twitter likes than his briefing books or the Constitution of the United States". "Unfortunately, we have a President, literally, for whom 'the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth' are three different things. And you don't even know what they are," Kerry was quoted as saying by 'The Washington Post'. "He really is the rare combination of an 8-year-old boy - he's got the maturity of an 8-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl. It's just who he is," he said. Kerry's remarks received a mixed response online. While some lauded the comparison as "absolutely priceless" and a "mic drop" moment, many expressed disappointment for his "condescending" and "inaccurate" generalization of young women. By Sowmya Sangam

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Ravi Teja's Amar Akbar Anthony Release Date September 18, 2018 11:12

Srinu Vaitla and Ravi Teja will have a litmus test with their next film Amar Akbar Anthony. 90% of the film's shoot has been wrapped up recently and Ravi Teja is currently dubbing for his role. Though the makers initially wanted to release the film on October 4th but considering the mad rush of films in the next couple of weeks, they decided to postpone the film's release and find a comfortable date. Top production house Mythri Movie Makers bankrolled Amar Akbar Anthony and the film will now release on December 25th on the eve of Christmas. Ileana D'Cruz is the female lead and SS Thaman is the music composer. Two songs are yet to be shot and the songs will be canned next month. Ravi Teja essays a role which has three different layers. He suffers with split personality disorder in the film.  

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Dozens Protest Against Jailing of Reuters Reporters September 17, 2018 16:30

About 100 Myanmar youth activists and journalists called for the release of two jailed Reuters journalists on Sunday, warning that the seven-year prison terms handed to the pair this month threaten the public's right to information. In the heart of Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, demonstrators including high-school students gathered peacefully held signs and chanted slogans denouncing the guilty verdict against the two journalists. A small gathering of police looked on as the protesters released black balloons printed with the words "Free Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo". The 32-year-old Wa Lone and 28-year-old Kyaw Soe Oo, who are reporters were convicted on September 3 under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act in a case that was seen as a test of democratic freedoms in Myanmar. Related content: U.S. Joins in Outcry against Myanmar's Jailing of 2 Reporters A journalist involved in organizing the protest, Thar Lun Zaung Htet said the verdict against reporters who were "just doing their job" would stifle reporting in Myanmar. "Losing press freedom means our democratic transition is going backward," he said. The verdict drew calls from senior United Nations officials, political figures including the United States Vice President Mike Pence and human rights advocates around the world for their immediate release. Last week, the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi said at a forum in Hanoi that the case had nothing to do with freedom of expression. The Nobel laureate said the reporters had been sentenced for handling official secrets and "were not jailed because they were journalists". A rare statement was published from groups within the country on Friday by six Myanmar journalist organizations criticizing the country's leader, saying they were "disappointed" with her comments. The reporters, who pleaded not guilty, said they were handed rolled papers by police shortly before they were detained last December, and a police witness testified in court that they had been set up. The reporters had been probing the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys by security forces and local Buddhists amid a military response to insurgent attacks past August. About 7,00,000 Rohingya crossed from Myanmar into Bangladesh fleeing the suppression, which United Nations-mandated investigators said earlier this month was launched by senior Myanmar generals with "genocidal intent". Signs held by the protesters on Sunday included the messages "Murder is not a state secret" and "revealing the truth is not a crime". By Sowmya Sangam

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One in 7 U.S. Residents Foreign-Born, India With 8.3L Migrants in 7Yr. September 17, 2018 15:12

Statistics released by the United States Census Board earlier this week show that immigrants (both legal and illegal) comprised nearly 14 percent of the U.S. population. In other words, one out of seven U.S. residents is foreign-born. In terms of numbers, the foreign-born population, based on findings of the American Community Survey (2017), rose by almost 8 lakh in 2016 to stand at 44.5 million (or 4.45 crore) in July 2017, which is an increase of 1.8 percent. The United States is touted as a land of immigrants, but this share of immigrants in the entire population is the highest in over a century. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which is viewed an anti-immigration think-tank, terms this as a record increase.  "As recently as 1980, just one out of 16 U.S. residents was foreign-born," CIS points out in its report. CIS has done an extensive analysis of the data. According to its report, the 'sending' countries with the largest numerical increase in immigrants between 2010 and 2017 were India (up by 8.30 lakh), China (up by 6.77 lakh) and the Dominican Republic (up by 2.83 lakh). Related content: 717 Indians Held in U.S., Canada for Illegal Entry The percentage increases for these countries between 2010 and 2017 were 47 percent, 31 percent, and 32 percent. Nepal showed the highest percentage increase in immigrants since 2010. With 1.52 lakh Nepalese in the U.S., as of July 2017, it showed a percentage increase of 120 percent since 2010. Pakistan showed a percentage increase of 31 percent in terms of inflow of migrants to the U.S. to stand at nearly 4 lakh in number.                           (Image source from: Times of India) According to the U.S. Census Board, the term foreign-born refers to individuals who were not U.S. citizens at birth. It includes those immigrants who later obtained U.S. citizenship, green card holders, temporary workers (such as those on H-1B visa) and international students. The report by CIS points out that between 2010 and 2017, 95 lakh new immigrants settled in the U.S. New arrivals are offset by roughly 3 lakh immigrants who return home each year and an annual natural mortality of an equal number.  As a consequence, the immigrant population grew 46 lakh from 2010 to 2017. Recent protectionist measures may, in the coming years, result in a gradual decrease in the number of foreign-born in the U.S., owing to a number of factors, such as increase in denial of work visas or extensions to temporary workers, slowdown in hiring of immigrants, dip in the number of international students and deportation of illegal immigrants. By Sowmya Sangam

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Mattis Condemns Russia for Influence-Peddling in Macedonia September 17, 2018 12:05

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is condemning Russian efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an approaching vote in Macedonia that could pave the way for the country to join NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) - a move Moscow opposes. Mattis tells reporters traveling with him to Skopje that there is "no doubt" that Moscow has been funding pro-Russian groups in order to defeat the referendum on a name change later this month. Macedonians will ballot September 30 on whether to approve the new name of North Macedonia is an effort to placate Greece, which has blocked Macedonia's path to NATO and the European Union. Any progress toward NATO membership by Macedonia is strongly opposed by Russia, which does not want the alliance to spread out to areas formerly under Moscow's influence. By Sowmya Sangam

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Brett Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegation September 17, 2018 11:14

The United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday denied an allegation of sexual misconduct dating back to when he was in high school, and a senior Republican senator said there was no cause to delay his confirmation to the court. In a statement by the White House, Kavanaugh said: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time." Senate Republicans insist Kavanaugh's validation remains on track, but the accusation has inflamed an already intense political clash over President Trump's nominee. It likewise pushes the #MeToo movement into the court fight, not more than two months before congressional elections that have seen an outpouring of female Democratic candidates. The New Yorker magazine reported the alleged incident took place at a party when Kavanaugh, now 53, was attending Georgetown Preparatory School. By Sowmya Sangam

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U Turn Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew September 15, 2018 19:42

Rachana (Samantha) is a bold girl who is a BE but works as a journalist for Times of India. With a passion to turn unique and stand tall, she starts penning an article on RK Nagar flyover. In a shocking move, she collects the information of various people who takes a U Turn on the flyover and all of them pass away on the same day. She gets nabbed by cops and the investigations takes several twists. The rest of U Turn is all about the mystery behind the series of deaths and what happens next. Watch U Turn to know about the entire story.

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