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Pound shoots higher as stocks slide

LONDON: The British pound surged Thursday after the Bank of England hinted at an early interest rate hike, while most of the world´s stock markets languished after disappointing Chinese economic data. Asian equities declined on profit-taking, having rebounded earlier this week on easing North Korea tensions and relief that Hurricane Irma had not been as devastating to Florida as feared. …

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Saudis urged to report on fellow citizens via mobile app

DUBAI (AFP) – Saudi authorities have called on the public to supervise and report on the social media activities of fellow citizens, while issuing broad definitions of “terrorist” crimes. “When you notice any account on social media spreading terrorist or extremist ideas, please report it immediately,” a Twitter account under the umbrella of the interior ministry said late Tuesday. It …

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Peace through technology: 26-year-old’s interactive Quran app to tackle terrorism

(Web Desk) – A 26-year-old American Muslim living in London has found a new way to combat radicalisation with a mission to create a “living Quran”. According to Evening Standard, Zeena Qureshi founded Ananas a charitable foundation as a platform to fight against radicalisation. Qureshi, the chief executive of Ananas, explains that through “mapping ideologies” and providing a compass to …

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Google to launch mobile payment service in India: report

(Reuters) – Google plans to introduce a localized digital payment service in India as early as next week, technology website TechCrunch reported, citing a report from news site The Ken. The payment service, called Google ‘Tez’, will offer payment options beyond the existing ones like Google Wallet or Android Pay, the report said. tcrn.ch/2xlXLiO Tez, meaning fast in Hindi, will …

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Google’s next Pixel smartphone expected to roll out on Oct 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Google on Thursday fired off invitations to an October 4 event at which the US tech giant is expected to field a second-generation Pixel as its new champion in the competitive smartphone market. The internet giant behind Android software for powering mobile devices also launched a madebygoogle.com web page that featured a playful animation that asked …

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Key Democrats line up behind Sanders health care bill

WASHINGTON: Former US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will Wednesday introduce a plan for government-sponsored universal health care, a notion long shunned in America that has newly gained traction among rising-star Democrats. But while support for such a scheme has surged among prominent Democrats — including several who may launch presidential bids in 2020 — the party’s leaders are not on …

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A healthy heart can also help keep the mind sharp

Many of the same things people should do for a healthy heart, like exercising, eating well and avoiding cigarettes, can also help protect the brain from cognitive decline and dementia, according to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Both the heart and brain need adequate blood flow. But blood vessels can narrow and harden over time, increasing …

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Happy music linked to creative thinking

Listening to happy music while working may spark the kind of divergent thinking that’s associated with creativity and problem solving, a recent study in the Netherlands suggests. In particular, classical music that ranks highly for positive and energetic qualities, such as pieces composed by Antonio Vivaldi, were most likely to encourage creative thinking, researchers found. “Creativity is one of the …

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hero ‘was black boy’

LONDON: The hero of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book was originally written as a black boy, the author’s widow told the BBC on Wednesday. “The first Charlie that he wrote about was a little black boy, you know, and I’m sure that was influenced by America,” Liccy Dahl told BBC Radio 4. The tale of Charlie Bucket’s …

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Flip-flop glamor at Michael Kors Spring 2018

NEW YORK: For fashion designer Michael Kors, life is a beach even in New York City. The former Project Runway reality television show judge’s Spring 2018 collection reflected this philosophy on Wednesday — the final day of New York Fashion Week. Movie stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Nicole Kidman sat in the front row of Kors’ show as singer Sara Bareilles …

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