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BRICS leaders to look at global economy, political situation in Goa today

The Eighth BRICS Summit that kicked off with an informal dinner of leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in Goa on 15 October; would resume on Sunday, where the leaders will look at global economy, political situation and the challenge posed by terror outfits.

As many as 115 events have been planned for the summit, the theme of which is 'BRICS - Building Responsive, Inclusive and Collective Solutions'. The focus is on giving a fillip to people-to-people contact. The events include two parliamentary meetings, 15 ministerial-level meetings, 56 senior officials' meeting of working groups and expert groups, 27 workshops, three track-two events and five events along business pillars. Summit leaders will also look at BRICS cooperation with other emerging economies, issues of climate change, sustainable development goals (SDGs), financing for development and how to increase people-to-people contact. In this connection, India hosted the first ever tourism convention of all BRICS countries.

Trump says, India & US would be 'best friends' if he is elected

Terming India as a "key strategic ally", Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has promised that if voted to power India and the US would become "best friends" and have a "phenomenal future" together.

"Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends, in fact I would take the term better out and we would be best friends," Trump, 70, told a cheering crowd of Indian-Americans at a charity event organised by the Republican Hindu Coalition yesterday.

"We are going to have a phenomenal future together," Trump said as he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking India on a fast track growth with a series of economic reforms and reforming the bureaucracy, which he said is required in the US too.

"I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi," he said, adding that the Indian leader is very energetic.

Hillary Clinton is the most experienced candidate in American history: Expert

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has greater experience than any other candidate in American history but it is "ironical" that she could win the election more due to the "weakness" of her rival Donald Trump, an expert has said.

"No previous female or male presidential candidate in American history has ever put together this particular set of experiences than Clinton," Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire Ellen Fitzpatrick said at a session on 'Gender Politics and the 2016 Elections'.

"It is ironic that in vaulting over the hurdles that all of her previous predecessors were felled by, Clinton's successes have been construed as liabilities by her critics in the current race," she said.

Fitzpatrick noted that Clinton benefited from the challenges that civil rights activists and feminists posed to the rules of the Democratic Party.

Miners uncover giant jade stone

Miners in Myanmar have uncovered the second largest jade stone ever. Weighing a whopping 175 tonnes and measuring 18 feet in length, the rock is second only to the giant carved statue at China's Jade Buddha Palace which weights 260 tonnes.

The rock is estimated to be worth $170 million and will be sent to China where it will be carved into ornaments and trinkets. Myanmar is the world's largest producer of jade and The jade trade makes up half the country's GDP.

Scientists reverse Alzheimer's in mice

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have manage a huge breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's. The team at the university managed to reverse the memory loss aspect of the disease in mice. The finding means that we are potentially on the verge of finding a cure to the devastating disease.

The scientists found an enzyme that seems to attack neurons in the brain. By focusing their efforts on this enzyme, Caspase-2, the team was able to reverse memory deficits.

Israeli rights group demands UN Security Council intervene...against Israel

At an informal meeting of the UN Security Council titled "Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and the Two-State Solution", Israeli rights groups slammed Israel for its ongoing activities in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem.

"Israel will not cease being an oppressor simply by waking up one day and realizing the brutality of its policies," said Hagai El-Ad, the executive director of the rights group B'Tselem. He called upon the Security Council to take moral responsibility and intervene to end the occupation.

Israel, meanwhile, accused the organisation of waging a "diplomatic war" against the country.

Doctors Without Borders refuse Pfizer vaccine donation

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) just took a pretty massive stand against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer's policies. MSF have refused Pfizer's donation of 1 million doses of a pneumonia vaccine - Prevnar 13, a donation that would have greatly helped the NGO since pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children worldwide.

MSF refused the donations due to Pfizer's pricing policies which generally keeps the vaccine out of reach for both MSF as well as patients in poorer countries. Pfizer's revenue from the vaccine in the past year was over $6 billion