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Trump says he’s stepping out of his business empire

President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation’s 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting from the private sector. “I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus …

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Ukraine moves giant new safety dome over Chernobyl

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan cannot have bullet trains, even though this was one of the ruling party’s election promises, Khawaja Saad Rafique told the National Assembly on Tuesday. “When we asked the Chinese about it, they laughed at us. We should consider the 160kmph train under CPEC as a bullet train. We …

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China dismisses report of military patrols in Afghanistan

China’s Defence Ministry on Wednesday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, after an Indian media outlet said Chinese security forces were making regular patrols there. India’s news outlet this month published pictures on its website showing what it said were likely Chinese security forces patrolling in Afghanistan’s …

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IAF helicopter crash kills three Indian officers

Three Indian Army officers were killed Wednesday after their five-seater Cheetah helicopter crashed while landing in eastern India, a defence official said. Another officer was seriously injured in the crash that occurred in a military camp in West Bengal’s Sukna district, a spokeswoman of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command said. …

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Time for women to drive,’ urges Saudi prince

An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince wants an “urgent” end to his country’s ban on women driving, saying overturning the law was a matter of women’s rights and economic necessity. “Stop the debate: Time for women to drive,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on his official Twitter account, @Alwaleed_Talal. Alwaleed is …

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Dronejacking’ may be the next big cyber threat

A big rise in drone use is likely to lead to a new wave of “dronejackings” by cyber criminals, security experts warned Tuesday. A report by Intel’s McAfee Labs said hackers are expected to start targeting drones used for deliveries, law enforcement or camera crews, in addition to hobbyists. “Drones …

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Hardliners push agenda as ‘blasphemy case’ ignites Indonesia

When Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama had some of the capital’s sprawling slums levelled this spring, Muslim groups including the hardline ‘Islamic Defenders Front’ (FPI) moved in quickly to help some of the city’s poorest residents. The offer of food, shelter, clothes and money was a lifeline to the struggling …

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Fire in Turkish dormitory kills 12, including 11 teenage girls: officials

Twelve people, including eleven teenagers, were killed when a fire swept through a girls dormitory in the southern Turkish province of Adana on Tuesday, officials said. The fire, which broke out in a dormitory housing middle and high school students, may have been caused by an electrical fault, Omer Celik, …

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Hindu citizens speak against opposition to bill criminalising forced conversions

ISLAMABAD: Members of the Hindu community have criticised religious political parties for opposing the Minorities Bill 2015, which was recently approved in Sindh and which criminalises forced conversions. Talking to the media outside the parliament on Tuesday, PML-N MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar commended the PPP government in Sindh for setting …

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Carter asks Obama to recognise Palestine before leaving office

NEW YORK: Former US president Jimmy Carter has called upon the outgoing President Barack Obama to take steps towards recognising a Palestinian state before leaving office in January. The 39th US president made the call in op-ed published on Monday in The New York Times under the title “America Must …

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