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The U.S. is one of the world’s laziest countries — and it’s making us fat

Many Americans are downright lazy. And it’s making us fat. That’s among the findings of a study by Stanford University researchers using step-counters installed in most smartphones to track the walking activity of about 700,000 people in 46 countries around the world. Scott Delp, a professor of bioengineering who co-led the research, told the BBC the “study is 1,000 times larger than any ... Read More »

India owes £5 million to London government but refuses to pay it

For the first time, dues owed by the Indian high commission as part of London’s congestion charge – mandatory for all vehicles moving in a zone marked “C” – have crossed £5 million. It is one of a list of foreign mission defaulters topped by the United States embassy. A spokesman for Transport for London (TfL) – the local government body responsible ... Read More »

Russia is now the world’s third largest military spender

Lavrov: Attack damages U.S.-Russia relations Russia is back in the top ranks of military spenders. The country boosted its military spending to $69.2 billion in 2016, according to a new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The 5.9% increase landed Russia behind only the United States and China in the ranking of top spenders. Russian President Vladimir ... Read More »

Around the world in seven years on a bike

Leigh Timmis has been cycling around the world since 2010 – and on Saturday he’s coming home. His seven years in the saddle have seen him confront a mountain lion and sing to a bear, all on a globetrotting budget of £5 ($6.40) a day. As he reaches the final leg of his journey home to Derby, Leigh, 35, thinks ... Read More »

The conservative world revolved around Fox News. Now what?

Washington (CNN)For the better part of the last two decades, the conservative world has revolved around one thing: Fox News Channel. Thanks to the strategic genius of Roger Ailes, Fox became the place where ambitious Republicans went to see and be seen. Politicians desperate to raise their national profiles would court the likes of Ailes and Bill O’Reilly in hopes ... Read More »

Seattle tunnel, among world’s biggest, takes step toward completion

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Bertha, one of the world’s largest tunnel boring machines, emerged north of downtown Seattle on Tuesday shrouded in clouds of dust and chunks of falling concrete, completing the most difficult phase of a plan to build a highway under the heart of the city. The breakthrough of the cylindrical drilling machine marks a major step in one ... Read More »

World Cup 2018: NI manager O’Neill lauds strikers Ward and Washington

Conor Washington scored his third international goal against the Norwegians Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has hailed the impact made by goalscorers Conor Washington and Jamie Ward in Sunday’s 2-0 World Cup Group C qualifier win over Norway in Belfast. Both strikers scored in the first half to secure a vital win at Windsor Park. “They both give you that ... Read More »

Is this the world’s coldest golf course?

Golfers in Russia don’t let the freezing weather stop them enjoying their sport – they play on a massive frozen lake! Fifty people turned up to take part in the ‘ice golf’ tournament which happens every year on the frozen Lake Baikal. The rules are just the same as normal golf, except that the balls are red to show up ... Read More »

Chinese Billionaire’s Son Purchases Eight iPhone 7 Smartphones for His Dog

  In today’s weird news, a Chinese billionaire’s son purchased eight iPhone 7 smartphones. But that’s not the weird part. The iPhone 7 smartphones were purchased for the son’s dog. You may need a moment to digest what you just read, but the story is fantastically true. Wang Sicong is the son of Wang Jialin, a Chinese businessman whose net ... Read More »

Mobile Internet Users to Hit 371 Million by June: IAMAI

Driven by higher adoption in rural India, the number of mobile Internet users in the country is expected to reach 371 million by June 2016, a report said in New Delhi on Wednesday. The report titled “Mobile Internet in India 2015”, was released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International. “There were 306 million mobile ... Read More »