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Envelope sent to White House tests positive for cyanide
An envelope sent to the White House mail facility tested positive for cyanide, a media report said on Wednesday.
 
"An envelope containing an unknown milky substance in a container wrapped in a plastic bag, received at the White House Mail Screening Facility, tested positive for cyanide," an internal law enforcement document said.
 
According to the document, the envelope listed a return address for a man who has a record with the Secret Service dating back to 1995, The Intercept news reported.
 
The individual has sent multiple packages over the years, the most recent was received on June 12, 2012, and contained mini alcoholic beverages, the document added.
 
The initial biological examinations conducted on Monday tested negative.
 
On Tuesday, however, the chemical testing returned positive for cyanide.
 
The sample has been send to another facility to confirm the results.
 

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Israeli elections: Dramatic turn as Netanyahu opens up lead
The Israeli elections took a dramatic turn in the early morning hours on Wednesday as official tallies from nearly all precincts indicate that Likud has opened up a significant lead over Zionist Union, a far cry from the virtual dead heat that television exit polls had reported Tuesday evening.
 
With nearly 90% of precincts reporting before dawn on Wednesday, the Likud holds a major edge over Zionist Union in the distribution of Knesset seats, Jerusalem Post reported.
 
According to the official up-to-the-minute tally as of 04.20 a.m., Likud wins 30 seats while Zionist Union comes in second at 24 seats.
 
The parties that follow are Joint Arab List (13); Yesh Atid (11); Kulanu (10); Bayit Yehudi (8); Shas (7); United Torah Judaism (7); Yisrael Beytenu (6); and Meretz (4).
 
Eli Yishai's far-right Yahad party has thus far failed to make the cut, though it has hovered near the minimum threshold throughout. These results are not final since 10 percent of precincts still need to report their results.
 
The first exit polls were released Tuesday at 10 p.m. as voting closed in elections for the 20th Knesset, suggesting a surprisingly good showing for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party versus Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union. While Likud had trailed by as many as five mandates in pre-election polls, Netanyahu's party led the Zionist Union in one exit poll and was tied with Herzog's party in the two others.
 
Channel 2's poll had the Likud with 28 mandates, Zionist Union with 27 mandates, the Joint Arab List with 13 mandates, Yesh Atid with 11 mandates, Kulanu with 10 mandates, Bayit Yehudi with 8 mandates, Shas with 7 mandates, United Torah Judaism with 6 mandates, Meretz with 5 mandates, Yisrael Beytenu with 5 mandates and Yahad failing to pass the electoral threshold.

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Shikhar Dhawan unites flamboyance with aggression
The frowns had been rising with each match over India continuing to persist with him despite a slump in form. But hard-hitting opener Shikhar Dhawan has now silenced his critics with his match-winning performances to emerge the leading run-scorer for the defending champions at his debut cricket World Cup.
 
Coming to the mega event after a disastrous tri-series in Australia, Dhawan has looked a transformed batsman as he scored a scintillating ton against the mighty South Africans and later followed up with another century against Ireland. The dashing opener now has amassed 337 runs from six matches, brightening India's chances of retaining the crown.
 
In his short career, the southpaw has already seen several highs and lows. The man who hit the headlines as early as 2004 when he top scored at the Under-19 World Cup, Dhawan's six-year wait to earn the coveted India jersey culminated in a disaster when he managed just a duck in his maiden One-Day International (ODI) against Australia in 2010.
 
Three years on, he stunned all observers including Australia, by stroking his way to the fastest Test century by a debutant, marking the dawn of a new batting star. His Test debut at Mohali was all the more special as the Delhi lad received his cap from none other than legendary Sachin Tendulkar himself.
 
"We have known you as a gutsy player in domestic cricket, now we hope to see you as a gutsy player in international cricket, so show us some guts," the master blaster had said handing him the cap.
 
Smashing Virender Sehwag's record of the fastest ton on Test debut, Dhawan scored a 85-ball hundred en route to a blazing 187 to catch the imagination of the cricket crazy nation. From there on, he has never looked back.
 
The dasher yet again showed his mettle with the bat becoming the Man-of-the-Tournament as India lifted the 2013 Champions Trophy in England. The big stage brought out the best in him as he top scored with 363 runs including two centuries at an astonishing average of 90.75. The conditions in England demanded someone to step up and Dhawan was the one for India.
 
However, he could not retain the momentum in the Test series in England last year, managing a top score of only 37. Such was his lacklustre show that Dhawan was dropped after the first three matches.
 
He had a better outing in the ODIs that followed the Tests, scoring 155 runs from four innings at an average of 51.66. His inconsistency during the recently concluded tour Down Under led to discussions whether he deserved a place in the World Cup squad.
 
But all those doubts now stand dispelled.
 
Facing South African pace trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel on a fast and bouncy Melbourne track, Dhawan never looked to be in a spot of bother, middling the ball and smashing it to all parts with ease. He plundered 16 fours and two sixes to amass 137 off 146 balls.
 
His ton against Associate member Ireland was even better, though he was lucky not to make an early exit with John Mooney dropping a caught-and-bowled chance. An 85-ball 100 was a treat to watch not only for thousands who turned up in Hamilton but also for millions watching back home.
 
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised the southpaw's impressive run saying it's important to back players and the left-handed batsman kept believing in himself which was important.
 
"He has prepared well and kept believing in himself. It's important to back players and we try to do it to the extent we can. We always believed in him. But the final step that needs to be taken from the individual. It's those 15 minutes that really changes everything and I am glad he got those 15 minutes," Dhoni had said after the Ireland encounter.
 
Dhawan's rock star performance in the World Cup has rightly matched his flamboyance. Sporting his trademark handlebar moustache and tattooed biceps, he has been in the news both on-and-off the field.
 
Not many may know about the India opener's closeness to Australia. Apart from his glamorous wife Ayesha Mukherjee, a Bengali-British by origin and based in Melbourne, Dhawan owns a house in the city.
 
Much like most successful men, the star credits his wife for his successes.
 
"I owe my success to Ayesha. She taught me that failures teach a person a lot more than success," Dhawan had once said.
 

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COMMENTS

Amol Chavan

2 years ago

I completely disagree with this. Look at his one day scores of 10 matches and you will come to know what is inconsistency. If a player cannot score against Zimbabve and Ireland on batting pitches then what do you expect from him? Also RSA did not attack him on his weakness much. Had it been Australia/NZ/England we could have come to know whether he is an improved one or not. Secondly we have to cross Aus/NZ/RSA to win the world cup. Which in more probability will not happen with Shikhar Dhawan in team. India team has taken the strategy of playing slow in first 10 overs and keep the wickets intact and then accelearate ... I think Murli Vijay was best option for that. Rohit Sharma has probably made all his runs in the world cup... this guy can make 260 when team does not need so many and cannot make 26 or stand up for test matches (first test match against Aus). With Jaddu's bowling looking normal ... I think we better had Yuvi instead of Jaddu... Now with normal bowling making no impact at all ... Jaddu's bowling and Yuvi's bowling is of same grade and then we have to ask ourselves whom do you want to see coming as 6 down for India Jadeja (did not score much) or YUVI?

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