New Delhi, Dec 6 (Xinhua/UNB) -- One of the world's oldest Youtubers, a 107-year-old Indian chef granny, has died.
Karre Mastanamma, a toothless granny from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, shot to fame on the Internet for her cooking videos over the past two years. Her Youtube channel, Country Foods, managed by her grandson and his friend, has attracted over 1.2 million subscribers since its launch in 2016.
Mastanamma, who often sat in an open field in a remote village, was famous for her Indian-style old cuisine like her iconic watermelon chicken which gained 11 million views on Youtube.
In the videos, she often used her nails to peel vegetables and served food on traditional Indian banana leaves.
She had probably fallen sick in the past 6 months as her Youtube channel had stopped posting her videos for a while. Her Youtube channel issued a death announcement on Monday.
Together with Mastanamma's death announcement, Country Foods also posted a video called Final Journey of Granny.
Since then, many fans have paid tribute to Mastanamma on social media, leaving messages of Rest In Peace.
Moscow, Dec 6 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Russia's new Peresvet laser weapon systems have been put on combat duty, the Defense Ministry's Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper reported Wednesday.
The Peresvet laser complex entered into combat service on Saturday, said the report. And the ministry also released a video on social media of the weapon complex being deployed.
Russian military personnel operating those systems underwent special training at the Mozhaysky Military Space Academy in St. Petersburg, it added.
The systems are capable of "concealing the areas of deployment of intercontinental ballistic missiles" and will be used in air defense and military defense, a military expert was cited by the newspaper as saying.
During his annual address on March, Russian President Vladimir Putin first announced the development of the systems, saying that "significant progress" was achieved in Russia's laser weaponry program and "there are all reasons to believe that we are one step ahead our rivals in this sphere."
Farah, Dec 6 (Xinhua/UNB) -- At least 19 Taliban militants, including a local Taliban leader, have been killed and seven others wounded after NATO-led coalition forces launched airstrikes in western province of Farah, a local official said Thursday.
In one attack, local Taliban leader Aga Mir Adalat together with 10 subordinates were killed after an airstrike targeted a Taliban hideout in Naidi area of Khaki Safed district late on Wednesday, provincial police spokesman Muhibullah Muhib told Xinhua.
Adalat was leading over 200 militants in the restive district, he said.
In neighboring Bala Buluk district, eight Taliban militants were killed and seven others wounded in separate airstrikes which occurred nearly at the same time, the official added.
Three Taliban defense positions were also destroyed following the raid in Bala Buluk, he said.
The strikes were the latest raids against the Taliban insurgents, their supply lines and Taliban's mid-level command structure.
The Afghan security forces, backed by the U.S.-led NATO coalition troops, have beefed up security operations against militants recently as the Taliban militant group has been attempting to take territory and consolidate its positions ahead of winter in the country.
The militant group has yet to respond to the report.
Tokyo, Dec 6 (AP/UNB) — A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after a midair collision early Thursday, and rescuers found one of the seven crew members in stable condition while searching for the others, officials said.
The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft during regular training after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan.
The crash took place 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the coast.
Japan's Defense Ministry said the aircraft carrying seven crew members in total collided and crashed into the sea south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan.
The Maritime Self-Defense Force, which dispatched aircraft and vessels to join in the search operation, said Japanese rescuers found one of the crew members in stable condition. The Marine Corps said the rescued crew was taken to a hospital at its base in Iwakuni and was being treated, but did not provide any other details.
Japanese officials said two crew members were in the F/A-18, and five others in the KC-130.
The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the U.S. military deployed to and near Japan.
Last month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan's southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued safely. In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk also belonging to the Ronald Reagan crashed off the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors.
More than 50,000 U.S. troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.