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Facebook to prioritize ‘trustworthy’ news based on surveys

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc will prioritize “trustworthy” news in its feed of social media posts, using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets and fight sensationalism and misinformation, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday, reported Reuters. The company, which has more than 2 billion monthly users, said its members, not experts or Facebook executives, would…

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Facebook to emphasize friends, not news, in series of changes

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON: Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Thursday began to change the way it filters posts and videos on its centerpiece News Feed, the start of what Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said would be a series of changes in the design of the world’s largest social network, reported Reuters. Zuckerberg, in a sweeping post on Facebook,…

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6 things to look forward to in 2018…

The dawn of a new year is always exciting as with it comes hope, anticipation and excitement of fresh things to come. The calendar is lined up with interesting events, competitions and entertainment-related stuff (both nationally and internationally) so you better gear up to have some fun! 1. Pakistan Super League 3 Come February, Peshawar…

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These twins were born minutes apart in different years

NEWS DESK: A pair of Californian twins have made the news by being born in different years despite being delivered mere minutes apart, reported The Independent. Anyone who’s a younger twin can understand the frustration of being born only a few minutes after their sibling, with the elder of two lording over the fact for…

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Video: Muslim teenage girl assaulted in Florida park

A video clip of a Muslim teenage girl in Florida being assaulted by three other girls went viral over the internet on Saturday.  The video clearly shows how the girl, who is reportedly Muslim and was subjected to the hate crime, being dragged to the ground by her hair by another girl who repeatedly hits…

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Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia: A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with…

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Rishi Kapoor loses his cool, threatens to slap reporter over Mahira Khan question

MUMBAI: Bollywood superstar Rishi Kapoor recently lost his cool during a press meet when reporters asked him questions pertaining to Mahira Khan-Ranbir Kapoor’s viral pictures.  Trust Rishi Kapoor never to keep his cool, especially when dealing with media. The Bollywood legend, who is known for not mincing his words and igniting controversies in a moment,…

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Google looking to help news outlets win subscribers

Google is seeking ways to help publishers win paying subscribers for news stories, a person close to the matter told AFP. To this end, the US internet giant is collaborating with NewsCorp, the Financial Times, and the New York Times, according to the source. Google was said to be ramping up its support for subscription…

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Rohingya villages targets of ‘systematic burnings’ by Myanmar army: Amnesty

Amnesty International has released fresh satellite images of burnt villages in Rakhine state, alleging Myanmar’s security forces have led “systematic” clearances of Rohingya Muslim settlements over the last three weeks. At least 26 villages had been hit by arson attacks in the Rohingya majority region, the rights group said, with patches of grey ash picked…

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SAMAA TV launches “Naya Din”

SAMAA TV launched a news show named “Naya Din”. It will be a morning show which will also bring you the latest news and happenings from across the world.

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Man arrested for dangling baby outside of window for Facebook ‘likes’

ALGIERS: A man was arrested in Algeria on Sunday for dangerously dangling his baby outside of a high-rise building. The caption on the post read, “1,000 likes or I will drop him.” Needless to say, the post earned quite the wrath on social media as users demanded the arrest of the man for endangering the…

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If you can’t grant authority to PEMRA, shut it down: Absar Alam

ISLAMABAD: PEMRA chairman Absar Alam said on Monday that the federal institution’s employees were being threatened and its authority was being undermined. He said that if powers could not be granted to PEMRA, then the institution should be shut down. Addressing a press conference, chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Medua Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Absar Alam…

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How can Nawaz claim victory? He has lost the case 110 percent: Iftikhar Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had lost the Panama leaks case, keeping in mind the verdict. In an exclusive interview with anchor Nadeem Malik for his current affairs show Nadeem Malik Live, Justice (r) Iftikhar Chaudhry said this in response to a question…

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Why has this video gone viral?

If you thought washing your hair without taking a shower was impossible, you need to think again. In this video, a man washes his hair with a water bottle taped to his back. Source: China Xinhua News

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FBI director to testify on Russia ties, alleged wiretap

WASHINGTON: The directors of the FBI and NSA are to give keenly awaited testimony before Congress on Monday on what ties President Donald Trump may have with Russia and his explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security…

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BBC News stands by story on Park Lane flats

LONDON: British Broadcaster BBC News has rejected claims that it has launched an internal investigation into its story regarding Park Lane properties of the ruling Sharif family. “We stand by our journalism and are satisfied that this story meets our editorial standards including accuracy and impartiality,” said BBC News in a statement on Twitter. “There…

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Salman Khan continues to work despite ligament injury

MUMBAI: Superstar Salman Khan reportedly suffered a ligament injury on his leg and the actor has been continuing to work despite the injury. It is being said that the actor is often spotted limping on the sets because of the injury but he has been trying to control the same by popping in painkillers. Salman…

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Repeatedly hearing fake events may push people into believing them

London: Repeatedly hearing fake events of the past such as taking a hot air balloon ride, playing a prank on a teacher or creating havoc at a family wedding during childhood, may push people into imagining them and believing that which never happened, researchers say. In a study conducted on false memories, more than 400…

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Social networks key for news; Facebook leading: study

WASHINGTON: Social networks are an increasingly important news source for many Americans, with Facebook leading the pack, a study showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center survey showed 62 percent of US adults get news on social media, and 18 percent do so often. That shows a growing role for social media as a news source….

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Panama Leaks: A story that causes ripples around world

  By Naumann Ansaari When the Hollywood movie, ‘Spotlight’ won the best picture award at the 88th Oscar gala; I was the only one who predicted its winning almost a month before while my colleagues predicted Revenant for the best Oscar picture. I was the only one who was completely content in the selection of…

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