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Cruel yet popular punishment: Japan’s death penalty

Japan is the only major industrialised democracy other than the United States to carry out capital punishment

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Asian stocks continue positive zone on week last day

Asian markets built on the past week’s gains Friday following another rally on Wall Street as traders welcomed a below-forecast US inflation read that dampened expectations for a sharp lift in interest rates. While geopolitical tensions continue to linger after Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear pact this week, dealers were buoyed by…

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Oil prices soar in Asian markets

Oil prices surged more than two percent in Asia on Wednesday after Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, fuelling fresh geopolitical uncertainty. Both main crude contracts have been rising in recent weeks to reach three-and-half-year highs on expectations the president would withdraw from the 2015 pact, which opened up…

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Oil prices dip in Asian markets ahead of Trump decision on Iran nuclear deal

Oil prices slipped in Asia on Tuesday morning from three-and-a-half-year highs as investors cautiously await Donald Trump’s Iran nuclear decision later in the day. The US president announced in a tweet that he would make an announcement at 1800 GMT on whether or not to tear up the agreement with Tehran and reimpose painful sanctions…

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Dollar strengthens as Asian markets recover

HONG KONG: The dollar extended gains against its main peers and most other currencies Tuesday as rising US bond yields fan speculation of a sharp rise in interest rates, while most of Asia’s major markets edged up after recent losses. While the corporate earnings season is maintaining traders’ attention, the release on Friday of US…

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Most Asia markets close in bearish zone

HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly fell Monday with technology firms extending last week’s sharp losses, following another plunge in Apple as investors fret over the once-lucrative smartphone sector. News Saturday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had called a halt to nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches — ahead of a planned summit with…

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Who am I in the world?

By Zara Maqbool What is my attitude towards the world? I truly feel that people either have a willing or a willful attitude towards the world. We make a choice consciously or unconsciously at some point of time as to how will we see the world. This can be triggered by external factors in our…

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US, European stocks fall on trade war worries

New York: US and European stocks fell Tuesday on growing worries about a trade war as President Donald Trump replaced his secretary of state and was reportedly planning new tariffs on China. US stocks opened higher after benign US inflation data reassured investors the Federal Reserve was not likely to accelerate interest rate hikes this…

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Attack on French embassy, army in Burkina Faso kills eight

OUAGADOUGOU: Attackers in Burkina Faso’s capital killed eight people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated assault on the army headquarters and French embassy that France’s foreign minister said was likely carried out by “terrorist groups”. West Africa’s arid Sahel region is suffering a spike in violence by militant groups, some with links to al…

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Stock markets in Asia open in positive zone

HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly rose on Monday as buyers cautiously returned after last week’s global rout, with confidence boosted by a rally on Wall Street but analysts warning of further volatility. After a stellar 2017 and a January that saw record and multi-year highs around the world, traders are scurrying to the hills this…

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CPEC to link South Asia to world’s major trading hubs: Ahsan Iqbal

WASHINGTON: Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a game-changer and will link South Asia to world’s major trading hubs such as Middle East, Europe and Latin America. Speaking at a function arranged by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on Thursday night to highlight CPEC’s significance,…

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IPL 2018 Auction Live: Chris Gayle, Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill remain unsold

As many as 578 Indian and foreign cricket stars will go under the hammer in a two-day player auction for the 11th season of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL). The auction will be held from April 7 to May 27 in Bengaluru. This is probably the biggest IPL auction ever. with new broadcast deal…

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Watch: Record snowfall in several countries of the world

Heavy snowfall took place in the United States of America and several countries of Europe. The routine life was heavily affected by the rough weather conditions and people were forced to stay inside their homes whereas flights were also cancelled.

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Pakistan stands at 116th place in list of corrupt countries: report

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan stood at 116th spot out in the list of most corrupt countries of the world, according to a report. According to Transparency International, Pakistan stood at No. 53 in 1996, 114th place in 2005 and No. 127 in 2013. In 2016, Pakistan was placed at No. 116 out of 175 countries in the…

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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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‘World’s heaviest woman’ dies

An Egyptian believed to be the world’s heaviest woman died Monday of heart and kidney failure at an Abu Dhabi hospital, following months of treatment to help her lose weight and one day walk again. A team of more than 20 doctors had been caring for the bedridden Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 37, since…

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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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Karachi among world’s most stressful cities, study finds

Karachi is listed among the 10 most stressful cities, according to a new study that reveals the world’s most and least stressful cities of 2017. Stuttgart is the least stressed out city across the globe, the 2017 Global Least and Most Stressful Cities Ranking says, with four of the top 10 relaxing cities situated in…

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Texas storm Harvey breaks historic rainfall record

Hurricane Harvey has set what forecasters believe is a new rainfall record for the continental United States, officials said Tuesday. Harvey, swirling for the past few days off Texas and Louisiana — at times as a hurricane and at times a tropical storm — has dumped more than 49 inches (124.5 centimeters) of rain on…

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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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The worst oil tanker fires around the world

At least 142 people were killed and scores injured in central Pakistan early Sunday when a fire erupted after crowds rushed to collect fuel from an overturned oil tanker. Here are the most serious such incidents around the world over the past decade. In many of the most deadly of these, people were trying to…

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