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Intl. ratings agencies optimistic about Pakistan’s economic performance: Sartaj Aziz

Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mr. Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday has said that the international ratings agencies are optimistic about Pakistan’s economic performance and are predicting Pakistan to emerge as one of the fast growing economies in the world in the coming years. While addressing in a conference on “Redefining prosperity paths in changing global economy: opportunities and challenges for Pakistan” …

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More than 8 million Yemenis ‘a step away from famine,’ says UN

GENEVA: Warring sides must let more aid get through to 8.4 million people who are “a step away from famine” in Yemen, a senior UN official said on Monday. A Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen’s civil war blockaded ports last month after a missile was fired towards Riyadh. Jamie McGoldrick, the humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, …

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Indonesia vaccinates millions to halt deadly diphtheria outbreak

JAKARTA: Millions of Indonesian children are being vaccinated this week as the country responds to a widespread diphtheria outbreak that has killed dozens, officials said Monday. Some eight million children and teenagers across the Southeast Asian nation will receive the shot to prevent further spread of the disease which is caused by a bacterial infection. It can lead to breathing …

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Seeking music edge, Apple buys song recognition app Shazam

NEW YORK (AFP) – Apple said Monday that it would buy leading song recognition app Shazam in a fresh bid to secure an edge in the intensifying battle of streaming services. Apple, whose streaming service has rapidly grown but still has only half the paid subscribers of Spotify, said that Shazam has consistently been one of the most popular items …

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Tech giant Google follows Trump, updates Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

(Web desk)- On 6th of December this year, biased Trump announced his reckless and impetuous decision of shifting U.S. embassy to Jerusalem without taking into account hazardous repercussions. Soon after Trump’s announcement, widespread condemnation emanated across globe with thousands took to streets in Turkey, Pakistan, Europe, Lebanon, Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia and even in the U.S. Condemning Trump’s announcement, Turkey’s Erdogan …

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Facebook decides to ‘revive’ its Poke feature

(Web Desk) – The simple, but infamous “Poke” feature of Facebook will now be revived as the social media giant has decided to give it a more visible placement on the profiles. Although Facebook never discontinued or removed the Poke option, it had lost its worth with the passage of time and introduction of several other fascinating updates. People used …

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Pregnant and looking for a seat on Tokyo metro? Well, there’s an app for it

(AFP) – Pregnant women struggling to bag a seat on the famously packed Tokyo subway could find their salvation in a new app connecting them with nearby passengers willing to give up their coveted perch. The digital match-making app being trialled this week on the metro aims to overcome two problems especially prevalent in Japan: passengers generally have their nose …

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Female directors snubbed, Plummer surprises at Golden Globe nominations

LOS ANGELES: Women were shut out of the directors race at the 2018 Golden Globe nominations on Monday, while Ridley Scott’s scramble to reshoot “All the Money in the World” led to a surprise nod for actor Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey. Greta Gerwig, who made her solo directorial debut with the warmly reviewed coming-of-age tale “Lady Bird,” was …

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After near decade, Beyonce back on top of US song chart

Beyonce, with little argument one of the top stars in pop music, Monday ended an unlikely drought — nine years since she had a number-one US song. Beyonce hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for her new duet with Ed Sheeran on a remix of the English songwriter s “Perfect,” a tender guitar ballad. The song sold …

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