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Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) As the beheading of a second American journalist by the Islamic State (IS) terror group sent shock waves through the nation, US President Barack Obama authorised 350 additional troops be deployed to Iraq

Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) India-born scientist Dr Thomas John Colacot has won the American Chemical Society's ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry, one of the top honours in the field.

Mumbai, Sep 3 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Wednesday hit record high of 27,144.80 points, surpassing its previous high of 27,082.85 points Sep 2.

Shimla, Sep 3 (IANS) Tabo, an ancient seat of Buddhist religion and culture in picturesque Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh in northern India, will now have an international learning centre.

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) BJP MLA Jitender Singh Shunty was shot at three times here early Wednesday, police said. However, he escaped unhurt as none of the bullets hit him.

Three men on a motorcycle shot at Shunty outside his house in east Delhi around 6 a.m., police said. The assailants then fled from the spot.

Lucknow, Sep 3 (IANS) The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will hold a 10-day conclave here in October, an official said Wednesday.

Los Angeles, Sep 3 (IANS) Miltos Yerolemou, who was seen as swordsman Syrio Forel in TV show "Game of Thrones", joins the cast of "Star Wars Episode VII".

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill return as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker respectively in the latest instalment of the sci-fi saga, which is being directed by J.J. Abrams, reports aceshowbiz.com.
Abrams has resumed shooting after a brief break following Ford's on-set injury. The film will hit US theatres Dec 18, 2015.

Beijing, Sep 3 (IANS) The value of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the yuan, retreated 13 basis points to 6.1697 against the US dollar in its central parity Wednesday, authorities said.

In China's foreign exchange spot market, the yuan is allowed to rise or fall by 2 percent from the central parity rate each trading day, reported Xinhua.
The central parity rate of the yuan against the US dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day.

Baghdad, Sep 3 (IANS/EFE) US warplanes Tuesday dropped thousands of leaflets on the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, urging residents to keep clear of places occupied by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group that overran the city in June.

Geneva, Sep 3 (IANS) The World Health Organisation Tuesday said the outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is "a distinct and independent event", with no relationship to the epidemic in West Africa.

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