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Macron names new French prime minister: Who is Elisabeth Borne?

The French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne had earlier held the post of transport minister and minister of ecological transition under Macron. Borne was appointed after Jean Castex resigned.

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New York supermarket shooter: Suspect livestreamed killing, who is Payton Gendron?

The accused Payton Gendron reportedly drove to Buffalo which was hours away from his house in Conklin near the Pennsylvania border to specifically target the store.

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Explainer: What is egg freezing that South Korean women are opting for?   

Egg freezing is the process of freezing unfertilised eggs of women for future use. It is also called oocyte cryopreservation. It is a type of fertility preservation. In this procedure, the eggs…

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What is 'cerebral aneurysm' that Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly suffers from?

A cerebral or intracranial aneurysm is a condition where a blood vessel in the brain weakens, leading to ballooning and getting filled with blood. This usually occurs between the base of the skull…

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Mental health matters: What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Contrary to popular belief, it is not essential for a person to have experienced a terrible incident for PTSD to emerge; merely seeing such an event can "mess you up"

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Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2022: Here are the best known works of the 'Indian polymath'

He’s also the man who composed national anthems for three countries: Jana Gana Mana for India, Amar Sonar Bangla for Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka Mata for Sri Lanka

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World Thalassemia Day 2022: What is thalassaemia and why is it observed annually?

The day honours the life of individuals who are living with this disease while also dealing with the social stigma attached. It also honours the efforts of doctors and medical professionals to…

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Explainer: What is quantum technology that US is looking to develop?   

The quantum computers can work millions of times faster than today's advanced supercomputers. The difference is that a classic computer performs one calculation at a time while a quantum one can…

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What is Salmonellosis, the bacterial disease affecting Europe, US?

Salmonellosis causes fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. The symptoms are visible 6-72 hours after digestion of contaminated food and water.

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Digital Services Act: What it means & and how EU will regulate tech giants

Under the Digital Services Act (DSA) regulation, websites would have to quickly remove harmful and illegal content and social networking sites would have to ban users who repeatedly publish…

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WION explains: The ultimate, yet hard to prove war crime called 'genocide'

According to the 1948 Genocide Convention, it is defined as crimes done with the goal to eliminate, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group

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Explainer: WHO warns about new Omicron hybrid XE: Is it more transmissible?

According to UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), there are two combinations of Delta and BA.1 - XD and XF.

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Explainer: Iodine tablets for nuclear risk. Why is Europe rushing to buy this tablet?

Iodine tablets containing stable, non-radioactive iodine prevent the thyroid gland from concentrating radioactive iodine

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Explainer: Xenotransplantation - Will animal-to-human organ transplant succeed in the near future?

In January, doctors in the US successfully transplanted a genetically-modified pig heart into 57-year-old David Bennett, who suffered from terminal heart disease

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Ukraine war: Explainer - Is Russia using 'dumb bombs'?

Reports say Russian forces have been bombarding Ukranian cities while targeting civilian areas.

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Mission to Moon: How US and Japan plan to once again send humans to the lunar surface

As the allies increase their cooperation on space initiatives, Japan and the US said Monday that they plan to send the first Japanese astronaut to…

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Anthony Albanese claims election victory: All you need to know about Australia's incoming prime minister

Anthony Albanese has promised to end "climate wars" and cut carbon emissions by 43 per cent by 2030. The new government has promised to boost renewables and electric cars including solar power and…

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Macron names new French prime minister: Who is Elisabeth Borne?

The French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne had earlier held the post of transport minister and minister of ecological transition under Macron. Borne was appointed after Jean Castex resigned.

Read Article

New York supermarket shooter: Suspect livestreamed killing, who is Payton Gendron?

The accused Payton Gendron reportedly drove to Buffalo which was hours away from his house in Conklin near the Pennsylvania border to specifically target the store.

Read Article

Explainer: What is egg freezing that South Korean women are opting for?   

Egg freezing is the process of freezing unfertilised eggs of women for future use. It is also called oocyte cryopreservation. It is a type of fertility preservation. In this procedure, the eggs…

Read Article

What is 'cerebral aneurysm' that Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly suffers from?

A cerebral or intracranial aneurysm is a condition where a blood vessel in the brain weakens, leading to ballooning and getting filled with blood. This usually occurs between the base of the skull…

Read Article

Mental health matters: What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Contrary to popular belief, it is not essential for a person to have experienced a terrible incident for PTSD to emerge; merely seeing such an event can "mess you up"

Read Article

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2022: Here are the best known works of the 'Indian polymath'

He’s also the man who composed national anthems for three countries: Jana Gana Mana for India, Amar Sonar Bangla for Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka Mata for Sri Lanka

Read Article

World Thalassemia Day 2022: What is thalassaemia and why is it observed annually?

The day honours the life of individuals who are living with this disease while also dealing with the social stigma attached. It also honours the efforts of doctors and medical professionals to…

Read Article

Explainer: What is quantum technology that US is looking to develop?   

The quantum computers can work millions of times faster than today's advanced supercomputers. The difference is that a classic computer performs one calculation at a time while a quantum one can…

Read Article

Explainer-A guide to the Philippines election this year

The Philippines holds an election on Monday to decide thousands of positions across the archipelago, including who will take over from Rodrigo…

Read Article

What is a heatwave, how is it declared, and what are the many types of alerts in India?

May has arrived, after April scorched large parts of India, setting a 122-year record. The country is experiencing a heatwave, with numerous states…

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What is Salmonellosis, the bacterial disease affecting Europe, US?

Salmonellosis causes fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. The symptoms are visible 6-72 hours after digestion of contaminated food and water.

Read Article

Digital Services Act: What it means & and how EU will regulate tech giants

Under the Digital Services Act (DSA) regulation, websites would have to quickly remove harmful and illegal content and social networking sites would have to ban users who repeatedly publish…

Read Article

WION explains: The ultimate, yet hard to prove war crime called 'genocide'

According to the 1948 Genocide Convention, it is defined as crimes done with the goal to eliminate, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group

Read Article

WION explains | The Elon Musk-Twitter saga; from hostile bid to the actual takeover

Up until April 2022, institutional shareholders held the maximum number of shares of Twitter, and then Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that he has…

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Pink Moon 2022: Where to watch and what it means!

The pink moon will shine during the weekend through early Monday and may be visible in most parts of the world.  

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Explainer: WHO warns about new Omicron hybrid XE: Is it more transmissible?

According to UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), there are two combinations of Delta and BA.1 - XD and XF.

Read Article

Russia using phosphorus bombs in Ukraine? incendiary weapons & its use

World War I saw the first widespread use of incendiary weapons, just as the air force  began to play a significant military role.  

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Ukraine to get US Stingers, Javelin, anti-armour systems; is it a gamechanger?

The US package includes 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 2,000 Javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems.

Read Article

Anthony Albanese claims election victory: All you need to know about Australia's incoming prime minister

Anthony Albanese has promised to end "climate wars" and cut carbon emissions by 43 per cent by 2030. The new government has promised to boost renewables and electric cars including solar power and…

Read Article

Macron names new French prime minister: Who is Elisabeth Borne?

The French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne had earlier held the post of transport minister and minister of ecological transition under Macron. Borne was appointed after Jean Castex resigned.

Read Article

New York supermarket shooter: Suspect livestreamed killing, who is Payton Gendron?

The accused Payton Gendron reportedly drove to Buffalo which was hours away from his house in Conklin near the Pennsylvania border to specifically target the store.

Read Article

Explainer: What is egg freezing that South Korean women are opting for?   

Egg freezing is the process of freezing unfertilised eggs of women for future use. It is also called oocyte cryopreservation. It is a type of fertility preservation. In this procedure, the eggs…

Read Article

What is 'cerebral aneurysm' that Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly suffers from?

A cerebral or intracranial aneurysm is a condition where a blood vessel in the brain weakens, leading to ballooning and getting filled with blood. This usually occurs between the base of the skull…

Read Article

Mental health matters: What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Contrary to popular belief, it is not essential for a person to have experienced a terrible incident for PTSD to emerge; merely seeing such an event can "mess you up"

Read Article

Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti 2022: Here are the best known works of the 'Indian polymath'

He’s also the man who composed national anthems for three countries: Jana Gana Mana for India, Amar Sonar Bangla for Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka Mata for Sri Lanka

Read Article

World Thalassemia Day 2022: What is thalassaemia and why is it observed annually?

The day honours the life of individuals who are living with this disease while also dealing with the social stigma attached. It also honours the efforts of doctors and medical professionals to…

Read Article

Explainer: What is quantum technology that US is looking to develop?   

The quantum computers can work millions of times faster than today's advanced supercomputers. The difference is that a classic computer performs one calculation at a time while a quantum one can…

Read Article

What is Salmonellosis, the bacterial disease affecting Europe, US?

Salmonellosis causes fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. The symptoms are visible 6-72 hours after digestion of contaminated food and water.

Read Article

Digital Services Act: What it means & and how EU will regulate tech giants

Under the Digital Services Act (DSA) regulation, websites would have to quickly remove harmful and illegal content and social networking sites would have to ban users who repeatedly publish…

Read Article

WION explains: The ultimate, yet hard to prove war crime called 'genocide'

According to the 1948 Genocide Convention, it is defined as crimes done with the goal to eliminate, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group

Read Article

Explainer: WHO warns about new Omicron hybrid XE: Is it more transmissible?

According to UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), there are two combinations of Delta and BA.1 - XD and XF.

Read Article

Explainer: Iodine tablets for nuclear risk. Why is Europe rushing to buy this tablet?

Iodine tablets containing stable, non-radioactive iodine prevent the thyroid gland from concentrating radioactive iodine

Read Article

Explainer: Xenotransplantation - Will animal-to-human organ transplant succeed in the near future?

In January, doctors in the US successfully transplanted a genetically-modified pig heart into 57-year-old David Bennett, who suffered from terminal heart disease

Read Article

Ukraine war: Explainer - Is Russia using 'dumb bombs'?

Reports say Russian forces have been bombarding Ukranian cities while targeting civilian areas.

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Ukraine-Russia war: Who are the 'Wagner' mercenaries?

Reports claimed earlier hundreds of mercenary soldiers from the so called Wagner group were being sent to Ukraine's capital to assassinate President Zelensky.

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Weekend Special: Who is a Russian oligarch? Here's what you need to know

The word ‘oligarchy’ has Greek origins. It is a combination of the word ‘olígos’, meaning ‘few’, and ‘arkho’, meaning ‘to rule or to command’. It means a type of societal power structure where the…

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What are ‘vacuum’ and cluster bombs and is Russia using them against Ukraine?

Thermobaric munition is said to be more powerful than any other conventional weapon, and many regard it as the 'father of all bombs'

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Putin's pick for next Ukraine president: Who is ​​​​​​​Viktor Yanukovych?

Former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych had come to power in 2010 but was overthrown after violent protests hit the country in 2014.

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Mission to Moon: How US and Japan plan to once again send humans to the lunar surface

As the allies increase their cooperation on space initiatives, Japan and the US said Monday that they plan to send the first Japanese astronaut to the Moon.

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Explainer-A guide to the Philippines election this year

The Philippines holds an election on Monday to decide thousands of positions across the archipelago, including who will take over from Rodrigo Duterte and become its president for the next six year

Read Article

What is a heatwave, how is it declared, and what are the many types of alerts in India?

May has arrived, after April scorched large parts of India, setting a 122-year record. The country is experiencing a heatwave, with numerous states issuing orange alerts.

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WION explains | The Elon Musk-Twitter saga; from hostile bid to the actual takeover

Up until April 2022, institutional shareholders held the maximum number of shares of Twitter, and then Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that he has purchased a 9.2 per cent stake in the social media g

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Pink Moon 2022: Where to watch and what it means!

The pink moon will shine during the weekend through early Monday and may be visible in most parts of the world.

 

Read Article

Russia using phosphorus bombs in Ukraine? incendiary weapons & its use

World War I saw the first widespread use of incendiary weapons, just as the air force  began to play a significant military role.
 

Read Article

Ukraine to get US Stingers, Javelin, anti-armour systems; is it a gamechanger?

The US package includes 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 2,000 Javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems.

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Ukraine claims to capture Russia's Pantsir-S1 missile system; is it a rich catch?

The Ukrainian forces said it had captured a "special’ trophy" in the form of the anti-aircraft missile system.

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Battle analysis: Russian tank armada vs Ukraine - who will win?

Ukraine uses the T-64 battle tank with a crew of three which entered into service in 2005 with a range of 385km.

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How Russia's Sarmat Intercontinental ballistic missile can change battlefield dynamic

Russian Strategic Missile Forces will start replacing Voyevoda intercontinental ballistic missiles currently in service with the new Sarmat missiles this year.

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Ukraine unleashes Turkey's Bayraktar TB2 drones on Russia: Is it a gamechanger?

Turkey's TB2 Bayraktar drones is 6.5 metres long and half the weight of its US counterpart, the Reaper, carrying four laser-guided munitions. 

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320 missiles in a day: Russia targets short-range ballistic missiles at Ukraine; what is the result?

According to experts, in the initial hours of the Russian onslaught last week included more than 100 missiles launched from land and sea.

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Ukraine war: Russia's hunt for 'drone-killer UAV concept' revealed

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had brushed aside Western criticism of Kyiv using a Turkish-made drone in its conflict with pro-Moscow rebels.

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Arrow 3, Iron Dome: What's next in Israel's missile interception strategy?

Israel successfully test-fired the US-built Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system this week which it said achieved a number of 'breakthrough' capabilities.

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How China's ASAT technology can derail America's space power

According to a report, China is prepared to conduct prompt operations to dislocate US and allied space power advantages.

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Why the BrahMos missile deal matters to India

DRDO recently tested the naval variant of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from INS Visakhapatnam.

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How are hypersonic missiles different, is it the new 'wonder weapon'?

Hypersonics are the new frontier in missile technology because they fly lower and so are harder to detect than ballistic missiles

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How North Korea graduated from Russian Scud-B to hypersonic missiles

North Korea said it has conducted a second hypersonic missile test, a sophisticated technology it is pursuing as a top priority for its arsenal.

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In dogfight over Himalayas between India's Rafale vs China's J-20 stealth fighter, who wins?

"The induction of Rafale is a strong message for the world and especially for those who challenge India's sovereignty," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, without mentioning China directly.

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5G vs airlines: Do 5G telecoms pose a threat to airline safety?

The US telecom industry and the airline industry have been arguing over the potential impact of 5G wireless services on aircrafts. This is in stark contrast to the rollout of new-generation services elsewhere. Read Article