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Is this the new face of Saudi Arabia for the rest of the world?

RIYADH: A new advertisement by the government of Saudi Arabia is doing the rounds in which apparently the kingdom is showcasing a new face to the rest of the world.  In the short video message, a group of young men and women wish the world a Happy New Year and describe themselves as people who…

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Street protests hit Iran for third straight day as pro-government rallies held

Anti-government protests broke out in Iran for the third day running on Saturday as separate state-sponsored rallies were staged to mark the end of unrest that shook the country in 2009, according to Iranian news agencies and state media.  State television showed a rally in the capital Tehran as well as marchers carrying banners in…

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Selfitis–the compulsive need to post selfies is a mental disorder

If you post countless selfies throughout the day on social media–you may be affected with a mental disorder known as ‘Selfitis’ according to experts.  This finding was obtained after  Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management carried out a research to determine whether the mental disorder ‘Selfitis’ existed or not. Turns out it does. Dr Mark Griffiths,…

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Uber dealt blow by EU court ruling that it is transport service

LUXEMBOURG: Ride-hailing app Uber provides a transport service and can be regulated like traditional taxis, the European Union’s top court said on Wednesday in a landmark ruling that will determine the rules Uber and peers have to respect in Europe. “The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ opens with galactic $450 million box office

LOS ANGELES: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” burst into theaters with a staggering $450 million in global ticket sales in its opening weekend, confirming that the celebrated space adventure franchise remained a powerful force at the box office. The eighth movie in the “Star Wars” saga created by George Lucas in 1977 collected $220 million…

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All you need to know about Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem move

For centuries now, Jerusalem has been at the heart of many conflicts and wars. The city holds special importance and is revered by the three most important religions in the world–Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Which is exactly why Trump’s hasty decision to declare Jerusalem (all of it) as Israel’s capital and his announcement to shift…

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Trump campaign aide met Russian officials in 2016: NY Times

WASHINGTON D.C.: A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign met Russian government officials last year, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing testimony he gave this week to a U.S. congressional committee. In numerous media interviews in recent months, the adviser, Carter Page, has either denied meeting Russian government officials during a…

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EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress

LUXEMBOURG: The European Union on Monday reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Trump defied both U.S. allies and adversaries on Friday by refusing to formally certify that…

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Twitterati pay homage to educators on World Teacher’s Day

As the world recognises the hard work, dedication and efforts of teachers around the world, Pakistanis on Twitter also paid homage to their mentors on the micro-blogging site. Here are some of the tweets that were trending in Pakistan using the hashtag #WorldTeachersDay. Respect your teachers.later, if you dont want to cry ! #WorldTeachersDay —…

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Trump threatens North Korea, says ‘all options on the table’

PYONGYANG: North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea on Tuesday, prompting a warning from U.S. President Donald Trump that “all options are on the table” as the United States considers its response. The test, one of the most provocative ever from the reclusive state, came as U.S. and…

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Nervous Japanese hold drill in case North Korea fires missiles over them

KOTOURA, JAPAN: Residents of a town on the Japanese coast held evacuation drills on Saturday to prepare for any launch of North Korean missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, that would fly over their homes. As sirens blared from speakers in the town of Kotoura, children playing soccer outside ran to take shelter…

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Philippines’ Duterte says will never visit ‘lousy’ United States

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit back on Friday at U.S. lawmakers opposed to the prospect of his visiting the White House, saying he would never go to the United States, which he called a “lousy” country. Duterte was responding to remarks by Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern, who told a hearing of the Tom Lantos…

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Video: Mexican Mayor weds a crocodile, here’s why…

SAN PEDRO HUAMELULA: The Mayor of a Mexican city married a crocodile on Tuesday in an age-old ritual to bring good luck and prosperity to the community’s fishermen.  In a very bizarre and strange ceremony, the Mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, Victor Aguilar tied the knot with a crocodile in the town hall. Before the…

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Islamic State cornered in Mosul as Iraq prepares victory celebrations

MOSUL: Islamic State fighters were battling to hold on to the last few streets under their control in the Old City of Mosul on Monday, in what looked like a hopeless last stand in their former stronghold. In fierce fighting, Iraqi army units forced the insurgents back, cornering them in a shrinking rectangle no more…

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Messi’s star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

BUENOS AIRES: Football and showbiz stars gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo. Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi’s spokespeople as well as media reports and local people close to…

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Qatar says it faces campaign of lies, denies interfering

DOHA: Qatar said on Monday it was facing a campaign of lies and fabrications aimed at putting the Gulf Arab state under guardianship, after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with it. “The campaign of incitement is based on lies that had reached the level of complete fabrications,” the Qatari…

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Video: Trump scolds European leaders who react by snickering

BRUSSELS: Donald Trump’s address to NATO leaders in Brussels a couple of days ago went viral on the internet after it was seen that the European leaders were snickering among themselves as the US President urged them to contribute more to the alliance.  Donald Trump’s first foreign visit as the President of the United States…

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Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday. Kushner is being investigated because of his meetings in December and other possible interactions with the Russian ambassador and a banker…

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Court maintains block on Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON: A US federal appeals court on Thursday dealt a fresh setback to President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban, upholding a lower court’s decision to block the measure targeting travelers from six Muslim majority countries. The decision — the latest in a series of stinging judicial defeats for the Republican billionaire, who took office in…

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UK police make 7th arrest in Manchester terror probe

British police arrested a seventh person Wednesday in connection with the massacre at a Manchester pop concert that left 22 people dead. The arrest was made following searches at an address in the town of Nuneaton in central England, and is the first outside the Manchester area. “This evening we have been carrying out searches…

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Video: A mother’s heart-breaking appeal for lost child in Manchester blast

MANCHESTER: The video of a mother whose child went missing after the Manchester concert bomb blast took place, is doing the rounds on social media and going viral.  In the video, the mother can be seen clutching a framed photograph of her 15-year-old daughter who had gone to Ariana Grande’s ill-fated concert. The mother states…

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