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Pompeo slams ex-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in his book, calls him ‘total fraud’ who hampered peace talks with Taliban

WASHINGTON: Ashraf Ghani, the former Afghanistan President who fled the country when the Taliban grabbed power in Kabul, was “a total fraud” solely focused on his own desire to stay in power and a big hurdle in any peace talks, former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said.In his book titled ‘Never Give an […]

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7 killed in California community; suspect arrested

HALF MOON BAY, California: Seven people were killed in two related shootings Monday at a mushroom farm and a trucking firm in a coastal community south of San Francisco, and a suspect was in custody, officials said.San Mateo County Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine says four people were killed at the farm and three […]

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US abortion rights ‘war’ rages on 50 years after now-defunct ruling

WASHINGTON: The fight for abortion rights “isn’t over,” US President Joe Biden said Sunday, 50 years after a landmark Supreme Court ruling had guaranteed that right, before the court reversed itself last June.“Today should’ve been the 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade,” the Democratic president said on Twitter, referring to the original ruling.“Instead, MAGA Republican […]

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US launches new initiative to cut visa wait time

NEW DELHI: With an aim to cut delays in visa processing in India, the US has launched new initiatives, including scheduling special interviews for first time applicants and increasing strength of consular staff.As part of the multi-pronged approach to cut the visa backlog, the US embassy in Delhi and the consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata […]

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Artificial intelligence tools can create new images, but who is the real artist?

NEW YORK: Countless artists have taken inspiration from “The Starry Night” since Vincent Van Gogh painted the swirling scene in 1889.Now artificial intelligence systems are doing the same, training themselves on a vast collection of digitized artworks to produce new images you can conjure in seconds from a smartphone app.The images generated by tools such […]