NEW DELHI (AP) — The father of an Indian diplomat accused of underpaying her housekeeper in New York said Friday his daughter treated the woman like family, the latest claim in a case that has sparked a tempest between India and the United States.
The Standard and Poor's ratings agency on Friday downgraded the European Union's long-term credit rating one notch, from "AAA" to "AA+", citing weaker credit worthiness among the bloc. "The downgrade... reflects our view of weaker creditworthiness among the 28 EU member states, including among net creditors to the EU's budget," the agency said.
The world's first robot astronaut has begun chatting to the Japanese commander of the International Space Station, in what was being billed as the first conversation of its kind. Kirobo, a pint-sized android equipped with artificial intelligence and capable of learning how to respond appropriately to humans, even put a marker down for Christmas, telling Koichi Wakata he expected a visit from a certain man bearing gifts. "Santa Claus will come to space," Kirobo, wearing a Santa hat, told Wakata as they drifted in zero gravity hundreds of miles (kilometres) above the Earth. "What will you ask for from Santa Claus, Kirobo?" asked the Japanese astronaut.