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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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Global cyber attack slows; search on for hackers

WASHINGTON: The global WannaCry “ransomware” cyber attack slowed on Monday, with no major infections reported, as global law enforcement agencies shifted their attention to finding the hackers who unleashed it.

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Civil rights a major concern on second day of anti-Trump protests

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: Demonstrators took to the streets across the United States for a second day on Thursday to protest against Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, voicing fears that the real estate mogul’s triumph would deal a blow to civil rights. On the East Coast, protests took place in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, while…

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Asia sees changed U.S. relationship, whoever wins

TOKYO/JAKARTA: Win or lose, Donald Trump’s campaign has changed the way countries in Asia view their relationships with Washington. Final polling suggests the most likely outcome is a victory for Hillary Clinton. But even Clinton, an architect of the U.S. strategic pivot to Asia, has some work ahead of her in rebuilding trust, analysts and former…

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Iran denies role in attacks on US navy from Yemen

TEHRAN: Iran denied reports from Washington that it played a part in failed missile attacks on US naval vessels off Yemen, saying on Thursday that the claims were “false and paranoid”. “The vague and contradictory remarks by American officials these past days are false, paranoid and inappropriate,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told the official…

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Exclusive: Hershey CEO Bilbrey prepares to step down – sources

PENNSYLVANIA: The chief executive of Hershey Co, the chocolate company that Oreo cookie-maker Mondelez International Inc tried to acquire earlier this year, is preparing to step down by next summer, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The move comes less than three months after the charitable trust that controls Hershey reached a major…

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Turkey, Israel to exchange ambassadors within 10 days: spokesman

ANKARA/TEL AVIV: Turkey and Israel will complete the process of exchanging ambassadors within one week to 10 days, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday. The move comes as a key step in a process of normalizing ties ruptured six years ago. His comments in a news conference came after the two countries agreed…

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Progress of Samsung Note 7 mass recall

US/SOUTH KOREA: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday it has recovered more than 60 percent of all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea and the United States that have been recalled. In a statement, Samsung said it was focused on replacing all affected devices “as quickly and efficiently” as possible and reiterated…

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US, Russia unable to hold ceasefire in Syria

HANGZHOU: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were unable to strike a deal for a ceasefire in Syria and differences remain, a senior State Department official said after their meeting in China on Monday. Kerry and Lavrov met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the eastern city…

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The play’s the thing: Obama visits Globe on Shakespeare’s 400th

LONDON: Barack Obama on Saturday strutted the stage of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, joining in festivities to mark 400 years since The Bard’s death. The US president was treated to scenes from Hamlet on his early morning visit to the venue, a reconstruction on the banks of the River Thames of a theatre…

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Global Hand Washing Day

Handwashing Day celebrates globally to promote washing hands with soap, and to teach everybody about the significance of hand cleanliness. Children should learn about complete hand hygiene today as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s observance of the eighth annual Global Handwashing Day on October 15.  Students in schools and colleges take part…

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PILDAT lauds Pakistan's lead in Global RTI Ranking

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) has welcomed the highest score that Pakistan's draft Right to Information (RTI) law has been able to obtain in an international assessment of similar laws around the world. The Canada-based Center for Law and Democracy-CLD announced today in a statement that the draft Right to…

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Global oil demand growth to increase in 2016, says OPEC

VIENNA: OPEC on Monday revised upward its forecast for global crude oil demand growth for this year and also predicted a further increase for 2016 as the world economy picks up again. But the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries warned that oil output would also continue to increase this year, which means the current…

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IMF cuts global growth forecast

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund on Thursday trimmed its forecast for global economic growth for this year to take into account the impact of recent weakness in the United States. But the global financial institution said growth prospects for next year remain undimmed, despite Greece's debt crisis and recent volatility in Chinese financial markets. In…

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Iran faces off with global powers in game of brinkmanship

VIENNA: In a game of high-stakes diplomatic brinkmanship, global powers were readying Wednesday for a late-night push to reach a deal curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions and ending a 13-year standoff. With all bets off after ministers missed yet another deadline to seal the accord, US Secretary of State John Kerry was huddling with his team…

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Sugary drinks may cause 184,000 global deaths a year: study

WASHINGTON: Sodas and other sugary drinks may cause up to 184,000 deaths a year worldwide, according to a study published Monday in the journal Circulation. Billed as a first, the report analyzed the global risks of death due to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers linked to the consumption of sugary drinks. Researchers estimated that around…

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Climate debate takes global pulse ahead of Paris summit

MANILA: From the typhoon-ravaged Philippines to the Arizona desert, thousands of people began gathering Saturday in small groups in 79 countries for what was touted as the biggest public debate on climate change Results of the day-long consultations will be submitted to climate change negotiators ahead of a year-end United Nations summit in Paris, where…

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Global study finds early treatment is effective against HIV

WASHINGTON: Early antiretroviral treatment after diagnosis of HIV infection significantly reduces the likelihood of getting AIDS or other serious illnesses, according to results from a large international clinical trial published Wednesday. The study was presented a year earlier than planned after preliminary data showed that people who received treatment from diagnosis were 53 percent less…

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Calls for FIFA's Blatter to quit as global anger builds

ZURICH: FIFA president Sepp Blatter Thursday faced angry demands to step down after US indictments and the dawn arrests of top officials engulfed world football in the biggest crisis yet of his 17-year reign. Stunned by the arrests of senior FIFA figures, top sponsors who pour millions into world football, including Coca-Cola, Adidas, McDonald's and…

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What's hot? Life sciences challenge tech in global innovation

LONDON: The life sciences industry is increasingly taking over from the tech sector in driving global innovation, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of global patents. With more patents applied for or granted in 2014 than in any other year in history, humankind has never been more inventive, whether in designing driverless cars, discovering new…

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Global warming to blame for most heat extremes – study

OSLO: Global warming is to blame for most extreme hot days and almost a fifth of heavy downpours, according to a scientific study on Monday that gives new evidence of how rising man-made greenhouse gases are skewing the weather. “Already today 75 percent of the moderate hot extremes and about 18 percent of the moderate…

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