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U.S police seize six pounds of marijuana


SPRINGFIELD: Pounds of marijuana and guns were among items seized in an undercover drug investigation. Clark County sheriff’s deputies on Dec. 4 conducted an undercover drug investigation in the area of 700 block of Knickerbocker Avenue when a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle. The vehicle failed to yield to the marked sheriff’s vehicle with lights ... Read More »

China imports decrease reflect manufacturing flaw


BEIJING: Weak demand at home and overseas dented Chinese imports and exports alike last month, reflecting ongoing weakness in the economy. Imports fell 8.7 per cent in US dollar terms in November compared with a year earlier, trimming losses after a 12.6 per cent drop in October, customs data showed on Tuesday. Exports for November fell 6.8 per cent year-on-year, ... Read More »

Jamaica police seize 900 pounds of ganja


ST ANN: The Area Two Narcotics Police are reporting the seizure of nearly 900 pounds of ganja in Maamee Bay, St Ann over the weekend. The seizure has sparked a probe spanning multiple parishes into activities suspected to be related to the guns for drugs trade between Jamaica and Haiti. Reports are that about 6:00 pm on Saturday the lawmen, ... Read More »

China stocks lower at lunch time, Shanghai Composite dips 1.3pc 


SHANGHAI: China stocks ended Tuesday morning sharply lower, as disappointing China trade data and slumping oil prices unnerved investors already cautious ahead of an anticipated U.S. rate hike next week that could trigger more capital outflows. China’s blue-chip CSI300 index fell 1.2 percent, to 3,642.32 points by lunch break, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 1.3 percent, to 3,489.88 points. ... Read More »

Astronomers discover a group of galaxies in distant Universe


HONG KONG: A team of Japanese astronomers has used the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to spot a group of huge, youthful galaxies in the distant Universe. The discovery helps us to understand the formation of such galaxies, and how they evolve into the elliptical galaxies we see today. In comparison to earlier periods in its ... Read More »

UK authorities seize counterfeit goods worth £500,000

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LONDON: More than £500,000 worth of counterfeit goods – including teddy bears, football shirts and illegal condoms – were seized in a pre-Christmas raid in central London. The crackdown targeted 10 stores in and around the famous Trocadero Centre in Piccadilly Circus. Among the haul recovered from traders were fake Minions clothing, condoms emblazoned with an offensive slogan and unlicensed ... Read More »

Serbian police seize 16kg of heroin


SERBIA: Two people were arrested Sunday when Serbian police found more than 16 kilograms of heroin hidden in a truck crossing into the country at its border with Bulgaria. The seizure followed months of investigation. Police say they found 15 packages containing 16.13 kilograms of heroin in hidden compartments. “First analysis results show that the heroin is of great purity, ... Read More »

Yen jumps in Asian trade


LONDON: The yen rose on Tuesday in Asia after an upward revision to the Japanese growth rate lessened speculation for additional easing steps by the Bank of Japan. Broad falls in Asian stocks following sharp drops in crude oil overnight also contributed to gains in the Japanese currency, a perceived safe haven asset. Data released Tuesday showed Japan’s gross domestic ... Read More »

Stanford scientists develop ‘Shazam for earthquakes’


CANADA: An algorithm inspired by a popular song-matching app is helping Stanford scientists find previously overlooked earthquakes in large databases of ground motion measurements. They call their algorithm Fingerprint And Similarity Thresholding, or FAST, and it could transform how seismologists detect microquakes – temblors that don’t pack enough punch to register as earthquakes when analyzed by conventional methods. While microquakes ... Read More »

CO2 increase in atmosphere over the 20th century


HONG KONG: Researchers at Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have discovered that increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have shifted photosynthetic metabolism in plants over the 20th century. This is the first study worldwide that deduces biochemical regulation of plant metabolism from historical specimens. The findings are now published in the leading journal PNAS and ... Read More »

US Customs intercepts 4.9 pounds of ice worth $850,000


NEW YORK: The Division of Customs of the Department of Finance has intercepted another shipment of ice from China, this time weighing 4.9 pounds and worth over $800,000. In a press conference Monday morning, Customs Director Jose Mafnas said the ice was discovered on Dec. 2 in a 40-foot Sunleader container which had multiple consignees, one identified as Cai Shi ... Read More »

Zimbabwe authorities arrest man with 72 diamonds


MUTARE: A man from Chikanga has been caught trying to smuggle 72 diamonds out of the country in his underwear. According to the local Manica Post, the diamonds were worth $14,335. Tapiwa Brian Mhlanga, 29, tried to run away from detectives who wanted to search him at the Forbes Border Post between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the paper reported. However, the ... Read More »

US dollar strengthens against euro, pound and yen

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NEW YORK: The US dollar strengthened against the euro, pound and yen Monday as US Treasury yields pushed higher on rising expectations of a rate rise by the Federal Reserve next week. But the gain was modest, suggesting some calming to trade after the huge swings that hit the market by surprise when the European Central Bank took steps to ... Read More »

Australian, New Zealand dollar fall as oil price down 


WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were nursing heavy losses on Tuesday after a tumble in oil prices hit commodity currencies from Canada to South Africa. The Australian dollar fell to $0.7267, having shed nearly 1 percent overnight. It has skidded more than a full cent since reaching a four-month peak of $0.7386 on Friday. Support was found at ... Read More »

Indian rupee declines by 10 paisa against US dollar


MUMBAI: The Indian rupee was trading lower by 10 paise at 66.83 against the dollar in early trade on sustained foreign fund outflows amid increased demand for the US currency from importers. Moreover, lower opening in domestic equities also weighed on the domestic currency, dealers said. The dollar was weak against major global currencies, capping the rupee losses, they added. ... Read More »

Orbit ATK Cygnus spacecraft successfully lift off towards ISS


MEXICO: The cargo-laden Orbit ATK Cygnus spacecraft successfully lifted off towards the International Space Station on Dec. 6 after four launch attempts were delayed. The ULA Atlas V rocket-powered spacecraft will deliver supplies to the ISS. After its scheduled launch got delayed four times due to bad weather, the cargo-loaded Orbit ATK Cygnus spacecraft finally blasted off towards the International ... Read More »

Researchers used a bioprinter to produce blood vessels


CANADA: A team of researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have used a bioprinter to produce blood vessels that look and feel like the real thing and might be the key to one day creating man-made organs viable for surgical transplants. The advent of 3D printing has been a great aid to the medical community since it was introduced ... Read More »

South Korean stocks surges at start, KOSPI climbs up 3.38pts


SEOUL: South Korean stocks started a tad higher Tuesday led by gains in Samsung Group shares. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 3.38 points, or 0.17 percent, to 1,967.05 in the first 15 minutes of trading. Tech giant Samsung Electronics gained 0.63 percent, and Samsung SDI, its battery-manufacturing unit, advanced 3.38 percent. Samsung Engineering soared 23.66 percent ... Read More »

Australian stocks set to open lower, S&P 200 up 4.1pts


SYDNEY: The Australian market looks set to open lower, following Wall Street’s lead into the red as energy and raw material stocks took a hit with oil prices falling to their lowest in nearly seven years. At 0645 AEDT on Tuesday, the December share price index futures contract was down 16 points at 5,133. Locally, in economic news on Tuesday, ... Read More »

Scientists solve puzzle of why knuckles crack


LONDON: Scientists have finally figured out one of the major mysteries of the human body: why knuckles crack. The human body is host to a number of minute phenomena that seem easy to explain, but are somehow impossible to, from mysteries like why humans itch or why pain even hurts. However, one of these conundrums is a conundrum no more: ... Read More »