Vishal Sikka joins Oracle's board of directors

Washington, Dec 10 (PTI) Former Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka, who recently launched his AI startup Vianai Systems, has been nominated to the board of directors of global technology major Oracle.

Sikka, 52, is among the world's leading experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning and would be helping Oracle in the business value and adapt to change, the company said in a statement.

Trump to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Washington, Dec 10 (PTI) US President Donald Trump will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House on Tuesday, over two years after his previous controversial visit to the country.

Lavrov last visited the US in May 2017 when Trump had just fired the then FBI director James Comey, who was probing Russia's meddling in the US polls at the time.

There were no immediate details available of the Trump-Lavrov meeting.

UN leaders highlight young people’s role in promoting human rights

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 10 (APP): Highlighting the role of young people in leading the way to a better future for all, United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said they are the ones who are `bringing human rights to life’.

In a message marking this year’s observance of Human Rights Day, celebrated on Tuesday, he noted that young people are “marching for their right to a future of peace, justice and equal opportunities.”

Pakistan ranks 152nd in UN’s Human Development Index

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (APP): Pakistan was ranked at 152nd position among 189 countries in U.N.’s 2019 Human Development Index (HDI)’s annual rankings that is measured by combining indicators of life expectancy, educational attainment and income.

The HDI forms part of the Human Development Report (HDR) 2019, a flagship study produced annually by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which was released Monday.

Pompeo meets with Egyptian FM over regional issues, bilateral ties

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry here on Monday over bilateral ties and regional issues.

Pompeo and Shoukry discussed "the importance of the strong strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt" and exchanged views on regional issues, including the situation in Libya, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

They also talked about human rights and Americans detained in Egypt, according to the statement.

Report: US misled public on progress in Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government across three White House administrations misled the public about failures in the Afghanistan war, often suggesting success where it didn’t exist, according to thousands of pages of documents obtained by The Washington Post.

The documents reveal deep frustrations about America’s conduct of the Afghanistan war, including the ever-changing U.S. strategy, the struggles to develop an effective Afghan fighting force and persistent failures to defeat the Taliban and combat corruption throughout the government.

FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia, fed watchdog says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been the target of a “witch hunt.”

Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles vs. Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — with an announcement expected early Tuesday.

Democratic leaders are pushing ahead with formal charges saying the president put U.S. elections and national security at risk by asking Ukraine to investigate his rivals, including Joe Biden, while withholding military aid for an ally trying to counter hostile Russia neighbors. They warn Trump could do it again if left unchecked.

Corruption thwarts attempts to build a better world, ‘must be fought by all, for all’: UN

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (APP): The UN anti-crime chief said Sunday that stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promoting good governance is “essential… to deliver on our global pledge to leave no one behind”.

“Corruption affects people in their daily lives”, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said in his statement marking International Anti-Corruption Day, which is commemorated annually on December 9.

Pompeo to meet with Lavrov on December 10

WASHINGTON DC, December 9. / TASS /: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on December 10 in Washington DC, the U.S. State Department said in its schedule distributed on Sunday.

After the negotiations, which will begin at 10:30 local time (18:30 Moscow time), and communication in the format of a working lunch, the ministers will also hold a joint press conference, which is scheduled for 13:15 local time (21:15 Moscow time).

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