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Part of London evacuated after mass panic following ‘gunshot’ report

Following reports of gunshots in Oxford Street and Oxford Circus Tube station, the armed force evacuated a part of Central London, say reports. Earlier people started running after a mass panic broke out, and some even fell on the street, witnesses reportedly said. Three fire engines and 15 firefighters were reportedly deployed at the scene. Police said they have not found evidence of any gunshots or trace of suspects, reports added.

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Dead body found with a rock carved with anti-Padmavati message

According to reports, a dead body of a man was found hanging in Jaipur’s Nahargarh fort on Friday with a rock nearby that suggestively contained messages against ‘Padmavati’ film. The message in the rock reads in Hindi, “Padmavati ka virodh (in opposition to Padmavati).” The dead man is a 40-year-old local jeweller named Chetan Saini who left home on Thursday afternoon. NDTV reported that the graffiti included the warning: “We don't burn effigies, we hang them.” Police reportedly said a probe is on to find if it was a suicide or a murder.

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Egypt mosque attack: Death toll rises to 235

The attack on al-Rawdah mosque during Friday prayers in the North Sinai province has left 235 dead and over 100 injured, reports say. Egypt's presidency has declared three days of mourning. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

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At least 54 dead, 75 injured in Egypt mosque attack

Militants reportedly launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province during Friday prayers. Local police allege that men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers. According to an Egyptian health ministry spokesman, 54 people were killed and 75 people were injured in the terror attack.

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This Indian-American is spearheading the fight against net neutrality

Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by Donald Trump, head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, unveiled plans on Tuesday to repeal a landmark 2015 rule that prohibits internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content, reports Reuters. The move has been billed by many as being negative.

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Twitter tests new feature

Twitter has reportedly started testing a new ‘Save for later’ feature aimed at benefiting 330 million monthly active users. On Thursday, Tina Koyama, a staff producer at the company, tweeted that the feature will be called ‘Bookmarks’.

 

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This country sentenced Child sex trafficker to 472 years in jail

In what is believed to be the longest jail sentence for human trafficking in the US, a 31-year-old man in Colorado will reportedly spend the rest of his life in jail. Brock Franklin was sentenced to 472 years in jail after he was proven guilty in 30 cases including human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a girl child.

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Backstreet Boys band member accused of rape

Melissa Schuman, a member of the girl band Dream has reportedly alleged that Nick Carter, a member of the Backstreet Boys band raped her at his apartment several years ago. She claimed that Carter assaulted and forced her to have sex with him ‘against her will’. However, Nick Carter denied these allegations and clarified that everything that happened between the two of them was ‘consensual’.

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Customer Data Leak: Uber paid this huge amount to hackers

Uber reportedly suffered a major data breach in 2016 which exposed the personal data of almost 57million customers and drivers. Recent reports say, Uber paid the hackers a ransom of $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach a secret.

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YouTube implements new guidelines to protect children

YouTube has reportedly enforced new guidelines for videos aimed at protecting children from adult content. In order to counter content endangering children, YouTube has reportedly removed more than 50 user channels last week and stopped running ads on over 3.5million videos since June. 

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This is the world’s most violent region for women

Latin America and the Caribbean have been reported as the most violent places for women in the world by The United Nations on Wednesday. The Central America and Mexico were also highlighted as dangerous for women. The report stated that the rate of sexual violence against woman outside of relationships is the highest in Latin America, while the rate of sexual violence against woman in a relationship is the second highest here.

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UK to launch driverless cars by 2021

UK finance minister Philip Hammond reportedly announced plans to launch driverless cars in the country by 2021. During his budget speech on Wednesday, Hammond also announced USD 99 million funding for Artificial Intelligence.

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26/11 terror attack mastermind to be released

According to reports, Pakistan’s Punjab Judicial Review Board has ordered the release of Hafiz Saeed, the Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief and the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks. The Board has rejected the government’s plea to extend his house arrest for another three months. Saeed is currently under house arrest and is expected to be released on Thursday.

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Bill Clinton accused of sexual harassment by four women

Former American President Bill Clinton finds himself embroiled in yet another sleazy controversy with four unidentified women accusing him of sexual harassment, British media reports. It is being reported that as many as four lawsuits are likely to be filed against the former prez who is not new to this controversy. His affair with White House staffer Monica Lewinsky hit international headlines and caused quite the flutter.

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe calls it a day

Giving in to pressure, Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe tendered his resignation on Tuesday, thereby ending a 37-year rule. Mugabe, 93, is the world’s oldest head of state and one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. His resignation came shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him.

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57 million cab users' personal information leaked

Popular ride hailing company Uber on Tuesday reportedly revealed that it suffered a major breach in 2016 that exposed personal information of 57 million people including its drivers and customers around the world. The information that includes names, email addresses, and phone numbers, were leaked during the hack. Uber said that it took steps immediately to prevent further access to the information after the major leak.

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Custody of Sherin Mathews' sister transferred to relative

The 4-year-old biological daughter of Wesley and Sini Mathews, adoptive parents of the deceased Sherin Mathews (whose body was recovered from a culvert where her father left her, thinking she had choked to death) was taken away from them by the Texas Child Protection Services. The custody of the girl has now been given to her relative. The parents are currently jailed for their crimes. The next hearing for the custody of their daughter will take place on November 29.

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At least 50 killed in Nigeria mosque suicide bombing

In a suicide bomb attack outside a mosque in Mubi, a town in Nigeria, at least 50 people are killed and scores others were injured on Tuesday, say initial reports. The teenage bomber reportedly detonated the explosives while he was in the crowd of worshippers. While the injured are receiving treatment, the death toll is expected to rise. It is suspected that terrorist outfit Boko Haram could be behind the attack.

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WATCH: Plane flies dangerously close to highway on Sunday

A video clip of plane flying dangerously close to a highway near Pinellas County in Florida has surfaced on social media. The incident reportedly took place on Sunday morning when the plane had ‘engine trouble’ and the pilot attempted to land in an open area. But while attempting to land, the left wing of the plane hit a ‘tree’ and crash landed.

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Tsunami waves expected along these regions

An earthquake of magnitude 7.0 reportedly struck off the coast of Australia near New Caledonia (82kms east of the Loyalty islands) in the South Pacific. Reports say, the quake struck at 9.43am local time (2243 Sunday GMT) at a shallow depth of 10km (six miles). The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that small tsunami waves were detected and hazardous tsunami waves of 0.3m to one metre were possible also the coastlines of New Caledonia and Vanuatu in South Pacific region.

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