New Delhi: "The Crew", a dubbed version of the hit Russian film "Ekipazh", will be the first film in that language to hit Indian screens. Promising a movie that will be a "big surprise", the film's co-producer Vadim Vereschagin says it is never "too easy" to pull the crowd to theatres. The film, dubbed in English and brought to India by RG Studios, is slated to release on Friday. In a country where Bollywood clearly dominates, closely followed by Hollywood, would it be easy or difficult to pull Indian crowds into theatres to watch a Russian film?

New Delhi: US President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the two reviewed the significant progress in India-US relationship, an official statement said. "Narendra Modi received a telephone call from US President Barack Obama yesterday (Wednesday) evening," it said.  The two leaders reviewed "with satisfaction the significant all round progress and cooperation in ties between India and the US in the past few years".

Guangzhou: With mechanisation slowly edging into almost every field, the scribe, too, is sought to be replaced by a robot -- in a first, a Chinese newspaper on Wednesday published its first story written by a robot. The article, in Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily, was 300 characters long and focused on the Spring Festival travel rush, China Daily reported. 

New York: US President-elect Donald Trump met with the eldest son of the late civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. amid tensions escalating between the New York magnate and prominent African-American leaders. Martin Luther King III said that he had "a very constructive meeting" with the president-elect and touched on how he hopes to be a "bridge-builder" to help the country "become a greater nation" moving forward, ABC News reported.

Seoul: South Korean prosecutors on Monday requested an arrest warrant for Lee Jae-yong, Samsung Group's de facto leader, on charges of bribery, embezzlement and perjury over a scandal that has led to President Park Geun-hye's impeachment. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., is accused of giving or promising to give some 43 billion won ($36 million) worth of bribes to Park's jailed friend Choi Soon-sil in return for the state-run pension fund's backing of a merger of two Samsung affiliates, the team's spokesman Lee Kyu-chul said.

New York: Arth Patel, an Indian American student at the UCLA School of Dentistry, earned a $5,000 scholarship for his winning essay on how dental health contributes to the well being of children and families. Kool Smiles, a provider of quality dental care in underserved communities in the US, announced the winner of its first annual My Kool Smiles Scholarship Fund essay contest, sponsored by the Benevis Foundation, reported. 

Los Angeles: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a slight change in the method of announcing the Oscar nominations. It has ditched its traditional method of announcing the nominations to a live audience at its headquarters in favour of a more digital disclosure. The Academy Awards nominations have been announced for many years to an assembled audience of media and publicists at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Seoul, Jan 13 (IANS) Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, upon returning to South Korea, has hinted that he would run in the forthcoming presidential election, underlining his past 10 years of experience as the chief official of the international organisation. He also reiterated his denial over the allegations that he received massive kickbacks from a businessman, The Korea Herald reported.

Washington: Despite being excluded from the recently held Trump-tech meeting, Twitter will live-stream US President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration here on January 20. "Twitter and PBS @NewsHour Partner to Live Stream Coverage of Inauguration Day 2017 #golive," @TwitterComms tweeted on Thursday. According to a report in CNET, the six-hour coverage would be anchored by Judy Woodruff and feature several correspondents and analysts commenting on the swearing-in of Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on the steps of the US Capitol. 

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: Expressing concern over continued influx of Rohingya Muslims, Dhaka has asked Naypyidaw to immediately halt the exodus of Rohingyas and repatriate all their nationals staying in Bangladesh for years. Bangladesh has also expressed readiness to engage with Myanmar to discuss the process and modalities of repatriation to ensure a sustainable solution to the problem in the restive state of Rakhine, reports the Daily Times.

Chicago: Barack Obama marked the end of his presidency with the same message of hope that brought him into the White House, asking Americans in his farewell adress here to stay committed to democratic values and persist in their optimism for change. From his adopted hometown of Chicago, the city where the outgoing President found purpose in public life, Obama on Tuesday called on the country to be "anxious, jealous guardians of democracy", CNN reported.

Washington: Outgoing President Barack Obama on Tuesday said goodbye to the US citizens in a dramatic reinterpretation of a presidential farewell address. Obama asked them to reaffirm their faith in their own ability to "bring about the change", ending with his signature: "Yes we can". The 44th US President gave the farewell speech in Chicago, reflecting on his time in office. "By almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place" than it was eight years ago," he said.

Kabul: At least 11 people were killed in an explosion at a provincial government guest house in Kandahar city of Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said. The UAE ambassador, another envoy and Kandahar Governor Hamayun Azizi were among those injured in the explosion, provincial spokesperson Samim Khpolwak, who is himself injured, told TOLOnews. He said at least four Arabs, who were bodyguards, were among those killed. A source told TOLOnews the governor was in a serious condition. 

Beijing: India is fooling itself if it thinks its economy will bloom by siding with the US, an influential Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday. The state-run Global Times warned in an editorial that "overestimating US-India economic ties may mislead India and send it down the wrong path for economic development".  It told New Delhi to work with a "manufacturing powerhouse" like China. 

Washington: Barack Obama ends his eight-year tenure as US President in a couple of weeks but he might not be out of a job for long as the world's leading streaming service Spotify "offered him a job". Spotify advertised an opening for "President of Playlists", and said it was looking for someone with "at least eight years experience running a highly regarded nation", reported CNBC on Tuesday.


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