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India withdraws controversial ‘fake news’ order after backlash

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reversed an order to punish journalists found guilty of reporting “fake news”, after an outcry over a perceived government crackdown on the press. The media sanctions, issued late Monday, stated that the government would withdraw the official accreditation of any journalist responsible for repeated reporting of…

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Israel graft case turns spotlight on Netanyahu family

TEL AVIV: Israeli police accusations this week against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu involving fancy cigars, champagne and jewellery have revived older stories of alleged misbehaviour by the premier and some family members. The accusations were the most serious against Netanyahu during his long tenure in power, but they follow a series of stories about him…

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All you need to know about the amazing Super Blue Blood Moon…

The Super Blood Blue Moon is an amazing phenomenon that has occurred after 152 years and is driving the whole world crazy.  In case you’re a little confused as to what exactly is a Supermoon, or a Blood Moon or a Blue Moon, here’s all you need to know.

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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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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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The Headlines We Make

Every morning I like to pursue world news while having my breakfast. I either read the newspaper or just scroll through headlines on my smartphone while sipping my hot mug of tea. But recently this activity has started making me feel depressed. Whether you read about Kashmir or Palestine, Yemen or Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan,…

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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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Bangladesh restricts movement of 400,000 Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh restricted the movement of Rohingya refugees Saturday, banning them from leaving overcrowded border areas where over 400,000 who have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar are living in squalid conditions. The tough new measures came as Dhaka struggled to cope with the scale of the “unprecedented crisis”, with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina heading for…

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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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Iran warns will hit militant ‘safe havens’ inside Pakistan

TEHRAN: The head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad on Monday that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks. Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants last month. Iran said Jaish al Adl, a militant group, had shot the guards with…

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British police identify parliament attacker as Khalid Masood

LONDON: The man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman in an assault on the heart of British democracy was 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who was born in Kent in southeast England, police said on Thursday. London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Masood was known by “a number of aliases” and had been…

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Twin blasts in Thai resort town kill one, injure 19

Bangkok: Twin blasts in Thailand killed one woman and injured 19 people, including foreigners, late Thursday in the popular seaside resort town of Hua Hin, police said. The two explosions took place thirty minutes apart near bars in the nightlife district of the popular beach town after 10:00 pm (1500 GMT). “One Thai woman was…

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Russian troops join combat in Syria

MOSCOW/BEIRUT: Russian forces have begun participating in military operations in Syria in support of government troops, three Lebanese sources familiar with the political and military situation there have said. The sources, speaking to Reuters on condition they not be identified, gave the most forthright account yet from the region of what the United States fears…

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Pakistan condemns terrorist attack in Tunisia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned the bloody terrorist attack on a hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, which resulted in the loss of many precious lives and injuries to scores of Tunisians and foreign tourists. “Government of Pakistan share the pain and anguish of the people and the Government of Tunisia over the terrorist attack and…

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