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Can live without US aid: Pak Foreign Minister

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif reportedly said that they can live without the US' aid but will not compromise on national integrity. Asif also said that relations with Washington were not normal following tirades by US President Donald Trump. Earlier, Trump had ordered for a freeze on aid to Pakistan.

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Floor collapse at Indonesian stock exchange leaves 70 injured

As many as 70 people were injured when a floor of a stock exchange in Indonesia collapsed on to the lobby. Police immediately cordoned off the building and the injured were attended to, say reports. No deaths have been reported. 

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Massive earthquake shakes this country, govt clarifies on tsunami threat

A 7.1 magnitude reportedly hit Peru on Sunday which left two dead and 65 others injured. Reports say, several buildings collapsed causing wide spread causalities. With over 17 people missing, more casualties are feared. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has reportedly ruled out any threat of tsunami in the region.

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Shocking! Women banned from buying alcohol here

Sri Lankan government has reportedly reimposed the ban on women buying liquor. Reports say, the ban which was in place for four decades was recently lifted by the country’s Finance minister who believed it would create ‘gender neutrality.’ However, the decision was criticized by groups saying it encouraged drinking. Following which, the government has prohibited the sale of alcohol to women.

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Sherin Mathews’ foster father may get death sentence

The foster father of the 3-year-old Indian origin girl Sherin Mathews, who was adopted from an Indian orphanage may get a death sentence. The penalty will reportedly be decided and finalised in the coming week by the Texas prosecutors. She was murdered in October 2017 and after postmortem, it was found that she was physically abused.

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Ikea offers discounts if pregnant women pee on their ad

Swedish retailer Ikea has adapted to an innovative advertisement strategy in which the company offers discounts to women who test positive on pregnancy tests. Ikea offers pregnant women a discount on a new crib. In the advertisement published in popular Swedish women’s magazine Amelia, they have embedded the test which uses the same kind of technology used in standard pregnancy-test kits available in pharmacies, say reports.

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Indians among largest consumers of porn

The government might have effectively sought to seek a ban on porn, but if the results of Pornhub's 2017 report is anything to go by, seems like the "hobby", generally viewed with disdain, is a favourite with Indians. As per the latest stats released by the report, Indians are the third largest porn consumers after the United States and the United Kingdom.

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This sport named the most boring by public

The Telegraph reports that the British public has voted golf to be the most boring sport. According to the newspaper, 70 percent of people in the UK who had watched the sport reported that it was "boring", including 52 percent who described it to be "very boring."

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TV anchor protests rape of minor in unique way

A case of a seven-year-old raped and murdered in Pakistan has taken the neighbouring country by storm. To register her protest against the heinous crime, a Pakistani news channel anchor, Samaa TV's Kiran Naz, brought her young daughter to the show and spoke about how she felt threatened and scared as a mother. The emotional video has gone viral on social media.

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Exciting news for techies

A legislation that proposes to increase the allotment of green cards by 45 percent has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. Reports say, if it becomes a law it will increase the allotment of green cards from the present 1,20,000 to 1,75,000 per year and will benefit the Indian techies who come to US through H1-B visa and opt for green cards.

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The world’s richest man of all time

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Wednesday became the world’s richest man of all time as both Bloomberg and Forbes placed Bezos on top of their billionaire lists. Bloomberg said Bezos’ net worth reached $106 billion dollars while Forbes put it at $105 billion. The previous record was held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates with $100 billion in 1999.

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Edward Snowden slams Indian govt over recent Aadhaar controversy

American whistleblower Edward Snowden has slammed the Indian government for filing FIR against The Tribune reporter for exposing the alleged Aadhaar data breach. Snowden in his tweet said that the journalists exposing the Aadhaar breach deserve an award, not an investigation. “If the government were truly concerned for justice, they would be reforming the policies that destroyed the privacy of a billion Indians. Want to arrest those responsible? They are called @UIDAI,” he further added.

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Great news for Indian techies

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has reportedly clarified that they are not considering the proposal which could have resulted in the deportation of 5,00,000 to 7,50,000 Indians in the US. This announcement comes following reports that the Trump administration was considering ending the policy of extending H1-B visa.

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Shocking! Man falls to death while trying this on birthday

A video of a man losing balance and falling off while trying to jump over a wired fence to pose on top a mountain in Southern Turkey has been doing rounds on social media. The entire incident was filmed and shocked the bystanders. Reports say, the incident happened on his birthday and he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to injuries.

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Fire breaks out at Trump Tower in New York

According to reports, a fire broke out on Monday morning on the roof of Trump Tower, located in midtown Manhattan of New York city. Smoke was seen emerging off the top of the 58-storey skyscraper, carrying for several blocks. Firefighters rushed to the spot and quickly knocked the fire back. No injuries were reported. Investigations are going on as to ascertain what caused the fire, say reports.

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H1B Visa: Row over move that could deport lakhs of Indians

The US Chamber of Commerce reportedly opposed the Trump administration’s move to end the extension of H1B visa, which could result in the deportation of 5,00,000 to 7,50,000 Indians in US, on Saturday. Reports say, the US Chamber of Commerce spokesperson called it "bad policy" and said, “It is inconsistent with the goals of a more merit-based immigration system.”

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“Not smart but genius” – Trump praises himself

Following the release of a book written by Michael Wolff titled "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" which reportedly cast aspersions on Trump’s mental health, the American president patted his own back and tweeted in praise of his mental stability.

 

 

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Amul releases poster teasing Trump, Kim Jong-un

Amul has released a poster teasing the recent provocative exchanges of statements between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on their respective nuclear buttons. The poster tweeted by Amul read, “My butter is bigger than yours!” Earlier Trump said that his nuclear button is bigger reacting to Kim’s statement that his own launch button was always ‘on my desk’.

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Boys can marry at 12, girls at 9, says this country’s govt dept

Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, a government department, in an online glossary, said that Islamic Law approved of boys marrying at 12 and girls at 9 as these are the earliest ages for children to reach adolescence. It further said that once the threshold of emotional and physical maturity is crossed, they must be allowed to marry “to save themselves from adultery.” However, the body removed the post after facing criticism.

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Edward Snowden’s shocking statement on Aadhaar

Edward Snowden, a former CIA contractor who exposed the US National Security Agency's internet and phone surveillance a few years ago, re-tweeted a journalist’s response to a report on the breach of the Aadhaar database in India adding that "It is the natural tendency of government to desire perfect records of private lives. History shows that no matter the laws, the result is abuse."

 

 

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