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2016 was warmest yet, UN confirms

Last year was Earth’s warmest on record, according to data compiled by the UN, confirming US findings that heat records were broken for a third year in 2016. The study by the World Meteorological Organization found that global average temperatures were about 1.1 degree Celsius (1.98 Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial period, and about 0.07 degrees…

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Zardari meets Senator John McCain in US

WASHINGTON: During his visit to US, former President and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari met US senator John McCain and others senior US senators on Wednesday. John McCain is former Republican presidential nominee and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sources said Pak-US relations and the war against terrorism were discussed…

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Ford recalls 4,500 cars after fires

Pretoria, South Africa: US motor giant Ford on Monday recalled 4,500 1.6-litre Kuga cars in South Africa after nearly 40 incidents in which vehicles were reported to have burst into flames. Over recent years, the SUV model has been the focus of repeated accounts in South Africa of spontaneous fires taking hold while the car…

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At least five dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico’s BPM music festival

MEXICO CITY: At least five people, including four foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico’s Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival, state officials said.

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US, UK have no right to comment on Pakistan’s internal affairs: Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Monday said the statements of US State Department and the British government about recent missing persons in Pakistan were inappropriate. “I understand the statements of the State Department and the British Government about missing persons in Pakistan were extremely inappropriate,” he observed in the House. “It is our internal affairs and…

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US worked to ensure fair Paris Mideast statement: Kerry

PARIS: Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States had negotiated at the Paris Middle East peace conference to prevent Israel being treated unfairly. Kerry thanked France for hosting the international conference and welcomed its final statement in favour of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he said the positive…

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Turkey says US will be invited to fresh Syria talks

BEIRUT: Washington will be invited to fresh Syria peace talks being organised by Moscow and Ankara this month, Turkey’s foreign minister said, but Russia declined to confirm the invitation on Friday.

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French, US astronauts install batteries outside space station

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk Friday, on a mission to help upgrade the power system outside the International Space Station with new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries. Wearing a white spacesuit with the French flag emblazoned on one shoulder, Pesquet and American astronaut Shane Kimbrough switched on their spacesuits’ internal battery power…

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US documentary filmmaker reveals favourite Pakistani food

Freelance American social entrepreneur and documentary film maker Cynthia Ritchie says she wants to open her own Chai shop in Pakistan. Ms Ritchie, a passionate traveler, traveled to Pakistan recently and was stunned by the absolute beauty and the hospitality of Pakistani people. “There is no way to describe in writing the absolute beauty and…

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Trump blames ‘both Democrats and Republicans’ for allegations

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday accused his political opponents, “both Democrats and Republicans,” for putting together a dossier of unverified claims linking him to Russia and said the document was probably released by intelligence agencies. “Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS! Russia says nothing exists,”…

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US concerned by disappearances of Pakistani bloggers, activists

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday voiced concerns over disappearance of several Pakistani bloggers and social media activists known for their leftist views. Salman Haider, Ahmed Waqas Goraya, Ahmed Raza Naseer, Samar Abbas and Asim Saeed were abducted by unknown persons last week. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali confirmed the disappearance of four bloggers and…

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US sanctions 18 over Syrian chemical weapons use: White House

WASHINGTON: The United States announced sanctions Thursday against 18 senior Syrian military officers and officials over the use of chemical weapons. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons,” said National Security Council spokesman Ned Price. Individuals targeted include top intelligence officials and military commanders. –AFP

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Video: Sparrow is thawed after it’s feet froze to a pipe

A sparrow in US is thawed from a frozen pipe by a kind man using his warm breath. The US and Europe is shivering in freezing cold.

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Video: Trump in angry exchange with CNN reporter

In his first news conference in more than six months, Donald Trump refused to take a question from CNN. CNN had reported US intelligence officials had briefed Trump about unverified claims about his relationship with Russia. The the news conference he refused to take a question from CNN. He also criticised BuzzFeed News, which had…

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Trump’s choice for AG says he opposes ban on Muslims

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, promised on Tuesday to stand up to Trump, his close ally and future boss, saying he would oppose a ban on Muslims entering the country and enforce a law against waterboarding even though he voted against the measure. Questioned for 10-1/2 hours by a U.S….

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Oil slides 2 percent on strong dollar, doubts of OPEC output cuts

NEW YORK: Oil prices fell 2 percent on Tuesday to the lowest in nearly a month, extending the previous session’s sell-off as the U.S. dollar strengthened and doubts mounted over whether producing countries would implement of a deal to cut output.

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US blacklists Putin ally, alleged Litvinenko killers

WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday blacklisted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reputed top enforcer and the prime suspects in the murder of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko in London a decade ago.

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U.S. Navy destroyer fires warning shots at Iranian vessels

WASHINGTON: A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots towards four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels on Sunday after they closed in at a high rate of speed in the Strait of Hormuz, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the USS Mahan…

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Global launch by Huawei of new mid-range smartphone

LAS VEGAS: Chinese electronics giant Huawei announced Tuesday a global launch of its mid-range Honor 6x smartphone which includes dual-lens camera technology and is aimed at young consumers. The smartphone, which was launched in China last year, will be available in 13 new markets this month, including the United States, at a price of $249…

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White House ignores Trump’s Gitmo warning

Washington: The White House on Tuesday pledged to move ahead with the transfer of inmates out of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, rejecting President-elect Donald Trump’s demand for a freeze. With President Barack Obama set to leave office on January 20, White House spokesman Josh Earnest put Trump on notice that more inmates would…

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US says Islamic State chief alive, still leading

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said Friday it believes that Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is indeed alive, despite repeated efforts by the US-led coalition to take out the jihadist group leader.

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