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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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US probe finds over 100 civilians killed in Mosul air strike

A Pentagon investigation has concluded that at least 105 civilians died in an anti-IS strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March, officials said Thursday, but they blamed the toll on a secondary explosion of jihadist munitions. A US aircraft delivered a single precision-guided bomb into a building in west Mosul on March 17,…

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ISIS claims responsibility for Manchester Arena terror attack

LONDON: Global terror outfit Islamic State (IS) also known as ISIS and Daesh and  have claimed responsibility for the Manchester Arena terror attack which left 22 people, including children’ killed yesterday. Daesh on its Amaq news agency claimed the Manchester concert bombing, says it was a planted device. Twenty-two people, including children, were killed and…

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Iran has chosen ‘path of engagement with world’: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iranians have chosen the “path of engagement with the world” and rejected extremism, President Hassan Rouhani said following his resounding re-election victory on Saturday. “The message of our people has been very clearly expressed. The Iranian people have chosen the path of engagement with the world, far from extremism,” he said on state television….

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Huge turnout as Iranians deliver verdict on Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iranians poured into polling stations on Friday to deliver their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani and his troubled efforts to rebuild ties with the world and kickstart the struggling economy. There was a festive atmosphere in Tehran where Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, was mobbed…

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World Labour Day being observed today

KARACHI: World Labour Day is being observed today with the renewed pledge to acknowledge and promote the dignity of labourers. Labour wings across the world including Pakistan will take organize events to highlight the significance of the day. President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have said the government is taking measures for the…

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Oil output cuts pressure Mideast economic growth: IMF

DUBAI: Economic growth in Saudi Arabia and most other Arab oil exporters will slow this year following production cuts aimed at propping up energy prices, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday. In its latest World Economic Outlook report, the IMF cut its 2017 growth forecast for the region comprising the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan…

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World’s oldest person, last one of 19th century, dies in Italy at 117

ROME: Emma Morano, who at 117 was believed to be the world’s oldest person and the last surviving child of the 19th century, died on Saturday, swearing to the end on her diet of two raw eggs a day.

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Egypt under emergency rule after church attacks

CAIRO: Hundreds gathered Monday to mourn 45 Egyptian Christians killed in jihadist bombings just a week before Easter, after Cairo declared a state of emergency following the attacks on two churches. The Islamic State group said it was behind the twin bombings that targeted Palm Sunday services at churches in the cities of Tanta and…

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France’s Le Pen criticizes Trump after Syria attack

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to order a missile strike on Syria brought rare criticism on Friday from French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who has until now viewed the American leader as an ideological soulmate. The U.S. strike reverberated through the French presidential election campaign, just two weeks before the first round of voting,…

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World’s best restaurant unveiled

The contemporary New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park was crowned 2017’s winner of the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, only the second US establishment to win the influential if controversial award. Run by Swiss-born chef Daniel Humm in a lavish art deco building in the eye-wateringly expensive Flatiron District, the restaurant beat the 2016…

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Erdogan to Putin: Syria ‘chemical’ attack could endanger peace talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Tuesday condemned a suspected chemical attack in northwestern Syria as an “inhuman” strike that could endanger peace talks based in the Kazakh capital. “President Erdogan said that this kind of inhuman attack was unacceptable and warned it risked wasting all the…

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Meningitis outbreak in Nigeria kills 269 people

ABUJA: An outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria has killed 269 people in recent weeks, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said, as Africa’s most populous country and aid organisations attempt to tackle the surge in infections. As of Monday, 1,828 suspected cases of meningitis were reported with 269 deaths in 15 of the country’s 36…

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WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computers

WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks. In its second release allegedly from the CIA’s arsenal of hacking tools, WikiLeaks also said that it appears the US spy agency…

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Hitler’s bodyguard reveals what happened in dictator’s final minutes

BERLIN: The bodyguard who first saw the corpse of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, has finally revealed what went down in the last minutes of the German dictator. Ever wondered what happened in the final moments before Adolf Hitler, the much feared and abhorred military dictator, committed suicide as the enemy was at the gates? Well,…

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World’s longest-reigning monarchs

Queen Elizabeth II, now aged 90, clocked up 65 years on the British throne on Monday. Here is a list of the world’s longest-reigning national monarchs: – BRITAIN: Queen Elizabeth II, born on April 21, 1926, inherited the throne on February 6, 1952 following the demise of her father, king George VI. She became the…

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