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US using DNA testing in effort to reunite families it separated

The US government, under court order to quickly reunify parents and children who were separated after crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico, has expanded its use of DNA tests to establish paternity in immigration matters. The government says DNA testing is a faster means of confirming parentage than relying on assembling documents such as birth certificates. Under President Barack Obama, DNA testing of unauthorized border-crossers was rare, former administration officials said, but one said it was…

Uber tests First of its kind Flying taxi service

Los Angeles: Uber today has given the first look at design models for its new air taxi, which it hopes to fly by 2020. They will be on display at the Uber Elevate Summit in Los Angeles. The design looks a bit like a drone, with multiple propellers and stacked rotors to allow for vertical takeoff and landing. The body of this air taxi is reminiscent of the fuselage of a plane, rather than a helicopter. The aircraft will run on electricity, rather than fuel, so it will be quieter, more efficient and less expensive…

Pence warns Iran against testing Trump’s resolve

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Mike Pence in an interview airing Sunday warned Iran "not to test the resolve" of the Donald Trump administration, days after Washington slapped new sanctions on Tehran following a ballistic missile test launch. Relations between the two sides have deteriorated sharply since Trump took office last month promising a tough line on what he sees as Iranian belligerence toward US interests. "Iran would do well to look at the calendar and realize there's a new president in the Oval Office. And…

CAA clears one grounded ATR jet after inspection

ISLAMABAD: One of the 10 ATR jets of Pakistan International Airlines has been cleared for flights by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after inspection, ARY News reported on Friday. According to PIA spokesman, one ATR-42 aircraft was cleared in shakedown test. He added that flights from Islamabad to Gilgit & Chitral will be made operational following the clearance. Good News: One ATR-42 aircraft has been cleared in shakedown test. Flights from Islamabad to Gilgit & Chitral would now be made operational — Danyal…

Novartis backs off from 2016 date for testing Google autofocus lens

NEW YORK: Novartis has abandoned a 2016 goal to start testing its autofocus contact lens on people, though it said the groundbreaking product it is making with internet giant Google is "progressing steadily." "It is too early to say when exactly human clinical trials for these lenses will begin," a spokeswoman for the Basel-based drugmaker said in an email on Friday. "This is a very technically complex process and both sides are learning as we go along. We will provide updates at the appropriate time," she said.…

Govt decides DNA testing of ‘dangerous prisoners’ in KP jails

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtonkhwa government has decided to get Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test of prisoners conducted, who are currently languishing in KP jails, ARY News reported Sunday. The KP government is collecting details of families of prisoners in jails. In this regard, government has decided to get DNA tests conducted of inmates. Sources told that medical teams had been formed for DNA test and conducting blood tests of prisoners. In the first phase, as many as 1000 prisoners will go through DNA tests while in…