According to sources thirteen years since its launch, in 2017, Amazon shipped more than five billion items with Prime worldwide, and more new members joined Prime than in any previous year both worldwide and in the US, he said in a letter to Amazon’s shareholders. Meanwhile this holds significance as this is reportedly the first time Bezos has shared any numbers regarding Prime.
Washington sources added that Starbucks announced that it will close all its company-owned stores in the US for the afternoon on May 29 to train employees how to prevent racial discrimination in their stores. Meanwhile in the wake of outrage over the arrest of two African-American men at one of its coffee shops last week, more than 8,000 stores will be closed and training will be provided to nearly 175,000 employees and incorporated into company training going forward.
Washington sources reported that US Secretary of State nominee and CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over the Easter weekend and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss a planned summit with US President Donald Trump. Meanwhile the US officials said Pompeo’s trip made him the most senior US official ever known to have met with Kim to become the first serving US president ever to meet a North Korean leader.
According to sources Global chip-maker Intel had launched silicon-level cyber threat detection technology to protect customers' data without compromising the performance and minimizing the power consumption. Meanwhile the company launched "Intel Threat Detection Technology (Intel TDT)", which is a set of silicon-level capabilities that will help the ecosystem detect new classes of threats, and "Intel Security Essentials", a framework that standardizes built-in security features across Intel chip
According to sources Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world's first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease. Meanwhile the Engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed the basic technology to detect breast or colon cancer from urine samples two years ago.
According to report from New York, documents were seized on April 9 from Michael Cohen's office and from his New York hotel room, as part of a series of investigations examining some of his actions. Meanwhile at first, the documents had been linked to the payment of $130,000 by Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels Stephanie Clifford in exchange for her keeping silent about the affair she allegedly had with Trump in 2006.
According to sources the New York Times and The New Yorker have jointly won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for public service for their reporting on exposing powerful and wealthy sexual predators, including allegations against Hollywood movie maker Harvey Weinstein. Meanwhile recently Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy announced the winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes at the Columbia University Monday in New York City.
In the WhatsApp application for Android mobiles, a new feature has been added. With this newly added feature, the users can download even the removed/ deleted media files. Previously, the users had no options to retrieve the deleted media from WhatsApp chats, like images, videos and other documents.
Washington sources made a statement that according to media report Chinese exporters of goods from electronics to motorcycle parts are scrambling to insulate themselves from US President Donald Trump's proposed tariff hike. Meanwhile presently they are weighing plans to rush shipments to American customers ahead of the increase, raise prices or find other markets. Moreover some are looking at shipping goods through other countries to hide their Chinese origin.
According to sources Flipkart plans to revise the seller fees on orders of value Rs 500 and below so that sellers feel no inhibition in putting up such goods on its site and pass on the price benefit to the customers. Meanwhile presently it is learnt that these include items such as books and clothes and even phone covers.
Vatican City sources reported that Pope Francis told the faithful in St. Peter's Square that he is "deeply disturbed" by the international community's failure to come up with a common response to the crisis in Syria and other parts of the world. Pope told a crowd of 30,000 after his traditional blessing that "Despite the tools available to the international community, it is difficult to agree on a common action toward peace in Syria or other regions of the world".
The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment Act of 1951 allows State Governments and politicians to take over thousands of Hindu Temples and maintain complete control over them and their properties. It is claimed that they can sell the temple assets and properties and use the money in any way they choose.
A charge has been made not by any Temple authority
According to sources the fund was announced by Theresa May ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London next week. Meanwhile the Prime Minister is due to ask all the 52 leaders at the meeting to sign up to the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance set up to help developing Commonwealth countries research and improve waste management. Moreover so far four Commonwealth countries, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Ghana, have joined the UK in the alliance.
United Nations sources reported that the US is "locked and loaded" if Syria uses chemical weapons again, America's UN envoy Nikki Haley said the US and its allies France and Britain launched air strikes, targeting sites associated with Syria's chemical weapons capabilities. Earlier the joint operation was in response to a suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma last week.
According to sources South Africa will lay to rest anti-apartheid icon and Nelson Mandela's former wife Winnie Mandela with full state honors at a stadium funeral in Soweto on Saturday. Meanwhile the ceremony will conclude 10 days of national mourning during which time thousands of South Africans have paid tribute to the "Mother of the Nation" at her Soweto home and elsewhere.
San Francisco sources stated that after facing employee fury over a US Defense Department project, Google is drafting new ethical standards to guide the company's use of technology and products. Meanwhile the move comes after more than 3,000 employees of Google signed a letter to the company's CEO Sundar Pichai, demanding that the company scrap the Defense Department project for analyzing drone footage using Artificial Intelligence
Beirut sources reported that loud explosions rocked Syria's capital and filled the sky with heavy smoke early after US President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons. Syrian air defenses responded to the joint strikes by the United States, France and Britain. Meanwhile Associated Press reporters saw smoke rising from east Damascus and the sky turned orange.
Washington sources reported that US President Donald Trump had slammed former FBI Director James Comey as a "weak and untruthful slime ball" and a "proven leaker and liar". Meanwhile as per report Comey's book "A Higher Loyalty" details his conversations with the President, compares Trump to a "mob boss", and slams the "forest fire that is the Trump presidency".
Washington sources have made a statement that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned that India should take necessary steps while implementing universal identification programs like Aadhaar to ensure privacy and security controls.
Washington sources reported that the United States has extended greetings to Sri Lankans living across the globe for Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The acting Secretary of State John J Sullivan said in an official statement that “On behalf of President Trump and the American people, he wishes a joyous New Year to all the Sri Lankan people.
According to sources Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey in 2017 declined for the third straight year any salary. Meanwhile he did not take a single penny for running the micro-blogging platform. A proxy statement that Twitter filed with the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) said "As a testament to his commitment to and belief in Twitter's long-term value creation potential, our CEO, Jack Dorsey, declined all compensation for 2017".
London sources stated that in a country where guns illegal and in a city where 90% of police officers don't carry firearms, knife crime has soared this year in London. According to sources more than 35 people have been fatally stabbed through early April this year compared with a total of 79 such deaths during 2017.
Washington sources reported that Facebook is committed to ensure the integrity of elections in countries like India, Pakistan and the US, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said as he was questioned for nearly five hours by senators over the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has shaken the social media giant.
Algeria sources reported that at least 100 people were killed when a military plane crashed soon after takeoff in a farm field in northern Algeria yesterday. The officials said according to a Defense Ministry statement the cause of the crash was unclear, and an investigation has been opened, Emergency services converged on the area near the Boufarik military base after the crash.
New York sources have reported that the FBI has raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen and seized documents related to porn star Stormy Daniels along with other bank records, the media reported. Meanwhile Cohen is a longtime ally of the President, and admitted earlier this year to setting up a limited liability company in 2016 to pay Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 that the White House has denied.
Rome sources reported that an earthquake measuring 4.7 magnitude on Tuesday hit an area of central Italy that was devastated by a major quake in 2016. Meanwhile as per early reports the Tuesday quake caused some minor damage but no serious injuries.
Kuala Lumpur sources stated that the Election Commission (EC) announced on Tuesday the 14th general election on May 9. Meanwhile the EC chairman Mohd Hashim bin Abdullah, in a broadcasted announcement, said that nominations for the 222 parliamentary and 587 state seats have been set for April 28.