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iPhone battery smoke forces evacuation at Apple store

Geneva: An overheated and smoking iPhone battery forced the evacuation of about 50 people from an Apple Store in Zurich on Tuesday and left an employee slightly injured, police said. Staff at the store near Zurich’s central train station called police after noticing the smoke and sprinkled the battery with quartz powder, a statement from…

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Mehran Marri detained at Swiss airport, gets banned from entering country

NEWS DESK: Exiled Baloch leader Mehran Marri, son of late nationalist leader Khair Bakhsh Marri, was detained at the Zurich airport as he, along with his wife and four children, was entering the country. The Swiss government imposed a lifetime ban on his entry into the country on the request of the Pakistani government, which handed over…

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Karachi among top 60 safest cities

  ISLAMABAD: A report by The Economist Intelligence Unit has placed Karachi in a list comprising 60 of the world’s safest cities. The Safe Cities Index 2017, comprising of 60 cities, places Tokyo at the top and Karachi at the bottom of the list. Asia and the Middle East and Africa dominate the bottom of…

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Foul-mouthed Messi banned for four Argentina games

ZURICH: Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for swearing at an assistant referee, a ban that will see the striker miss out on decisive qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

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Three hurt in shooting at Muslim prayer hall in Zurich

Three people were injured by gunfire in central Zurich on Monday, police said, with local media reporting the incident occurred in a Muslim prayer hall near the city’s railway station. “I can only confirm that there was a shooting,” a spokeswoman for Zurich police said. Swiss media said the suspected assailant had fled the scene….

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Caffeine Intake – Bad for Your Health

  Written By: Jazib Ali  Caffeine, a mental stimulant drug naturally produced in 60 different plants species. This psychoactive drug, when consumed through drinks can keep a person mentally active for long enough as desired or required. Naturally caffeine can be extracted from 60 different plants, most common of which are coffee beans, kola nut,…

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Switzerland's first driverless car hits Zurich roads

ZURICH: Swiss telephone firm Swisscom on Tuesday unveiled a driverless car that is being tested on the roads of Zurich, a first in the country. The Volkswagen Passat, which began road tests last week that will end on Thursday, has been equipped with sensors, computers and special software. “Swisscom is interested in the digitisation of…

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Several dead in shooting in Switzerland

ZURICH: Several people were killed in a shooting late on Saturday in a town in the Swiss canton of Aargau, local police said on Sunday. Officers responding to reports of shots found several bodies in and around a residential building in Wuerenlingen, a community of some 4,500 people north-west of Zurich, police said in a…

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Swiss launch of Apple Watch hit by patent issue

ZURICH: Apple is not able to launch its new smartwatch in Switzerland until at least the end of this year because of an intellectual property rights issue, Swiss broadcaster RTS reported on its website. The U.S. tech giant cannot use the image of an apple nor the word “apple” to launch its watch within Switzerland,…

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'Threat' causes partial closure of Zurich airport

GENEVA: Zurich airport was partially closed late Monday after a “threat” was received, police said, without giving further details. “The airport is facing a threat,” Carmen Surber, spokeswoman for the local Zurich police, told AFP, declining to specify the nature of the threat. Check-in areas 1 and 2 and arrivals hall 2 were closed but…

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Polanski to fight extradition after Zurich arrest

ZURICH: Film director Roman Polanski, arrested in Zurich over a U.S. charge of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, will fight extradition to the United States, his lawyer was quoted as saying on Monday. Polanski, who fled the United States in 1978, was detained on Saturday after arriving to receive a lifetime achievement…

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Williams scrapes past Ivanovic to reach Zurich final

ZURICH: Venus Williams battled to a thrilling 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over second seed Ana Ivanovic at the Zurich Open on Saturday to reach her first final since winning Wimbledon in July. The third seed squandered a 3-0 lead in the opening set before raising her game to avenge her Australian Open quarter-final defeat by…

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