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    ‘No mercy’ for CPEC enemies, warns Pakistan

    Two days after Balochistan was rocked by terrorist incidents, the Prime Minister Office on Friday reiterated its commitment to “foil the nefarious designs of enemies” and exhaust all its options.

    South Asia
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    Saudi King Salman to hand over crown to his son next week

    The 81-year-old king will continue as a ceremonial figurehead, handing over official leadership of the country to his son — often referred to as MBS, the Daily Mail quoted royal sources as saying.

    West Asia
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    What’s behind Paris invitation for Hariri?

    France says President Emmanuel Macron has “invited” Saad Hariri, along with his family, to Paris, days after the Lebanese premier announced his surprise resignation in Saudi Arabia, where he is said.

    West Asia
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    Russia starts T-90 battle tank deliveries to Iraq

    Russia’s main battle tank manufacturer, Uralvagonzavod, has started delivering advanced T-90 battle tanks to the Iraqi army under a major deal struck between Moscow and Baghdad earlier this year.

    West Asia
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    Hate crimes against Muslims, S. Asians rise in US

    There has been a 58 per cent increase in hate crimes against South Asians and a 19pc increase in hate-motivated attacks on Muslims, a South Asian advocacy group reported on Wednesday.

    World
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    Zimbabwe in ‘bloodless transition’ away from Mugabe

    Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF, says the series of military activities underway in the country mark a “bloodless transition” of power from long-time President Robert Mugabe.

    World
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    Trump urges China's Xi to work 'hard' and fast on N. Korea

    Donald Trump urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to work “hard” and act fast to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis, during their meeting in Beijing on Thursday, warning that “time is quickly running out”.

    World
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    Women must wait 217 years to earn the same as men, index says

    Women will have to wait 217 years before they earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace, research said, revealing the widest gap in almost a decade.

    World

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    President Assad Will Outlast Trump Presidency: Envoy

    Trans Asia News spoke to Dr. Riad Abbas, Ambassador of Syrian Arab Republic to India on topics ranging from ongoing Astana negotiations to future American role and the reconstruction of the war ravaged country.

    Interview
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    Jinnah did not want Partition: Ayesha Jalal

    When [people at American universities] think of South Asia, they primarily think of India and that has been a problem. One had to fight with this limitation. I have never taught a course on Pakistan.

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    The Qatar Blockade Could Cause A Regional Recession

    Five months into the Gulf’s blockade against Qatar, and neither side looks ready to budge. But the repercussions of the ongoing spat—and Kuwait’s failure to end the dispute—could deliver a huge blow to the Gulf economy.

    View Point
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    The Many, Many Things We Don’t Know About Baba Ramdev

    Ram Kisan Yadav, aka Baba Ramdev, has been one of the most public figures in India since he started revolving his stomach on Sanskar TV in 2002. As Priyanka Pathak-Narain notes in her closely-researched book.

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    Actor Tom Alter dies of skin cancer at 67

    Veteran film, television and theatre actor and Padma Shri Tom Alter has died aged 67. The renowned actor and one-time sports writer and author had been battling stage four skin cancer.

    Art and Culture
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    Film hated by Israel culture minister gets nominated for Oscars

    Israeli film "Foxtrot," which Culture Minister Miri Regev has castigated as an insult to the military, has won the country's best film award, making it a candidate for the Oscars.

    Art and Culture
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    1,800-year-old dot is first ‘zero’, say researchers

    A black dot on a third-century manuscript has been identified by Oxford University as the first recorded use of the mathematical symbol for ‘zero’, 500 years earlier than previously thought.

    Art and Culture
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    Afghanistan's 7,000 lost films, hidden from the Taliban, go digital

    The Taliban, who banned popular entertainment including cinema and music during their brutal 1996-2001, raided Afghanistan's state-run film company and burned several movie reels -- but thousands

    Art and Culture
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    More than a 'kebab' nation: Turkey's chefs show world what's really cooking

    Turkey - Just before 6pm on a blustery autumn Saturday, Maksut Askar, head chef at Istanbul’s acclaimed Neolokal restaurant, is taking a break before dinner service begins. He has a busy few hours ahead of him.

    Lifestyle
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    Sleeping on back for pregnant women in last trimester could cause stillbirth

    A new study finds that pregnant women should sleep on their sides in their last trimester. According to researchers, sleeping on their back could cause stillbirth.

    Lifestyle
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    Google can now help you assess whether or not you have depression

    Google is now in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, USA, to help users gauge whether they are victims of depression or not, reported Huffington Post.

    Lifestyle
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    Turkey plans new wedding law: Will it end happily ever after?

    The Turkish government has announced its intention to propose a draft law that would grant muftis the right to register marriage contracts, a privilege that has so far been restricted to authorised municipality official.

    Lifestyle

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    Afghanistan temporarily bans WhatsApp over ‘security concerns’

    In a move that can curb “freedom of expression”, the Afghanistan government has asked several private telecommunication companies to suspend WhatsApp and Telegram instant messaging services in the country.

    Technology
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    Indian seminary issues fatwa banning Muslims from posting pictures on social media

    The Darul Uloom Deoband in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur has issued a fatwa prohibiting Muslim men and women from posting their or their families’ photographs on social media sites.

    Technology
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    Worn down by censors, Iran's Facebook shuts down

    The Iran's oldest social media network announced on Monday it is shutting down after years of battling censors, saying they had allowed foreign sites such as Instagram to take over.

    Technology
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    Email users at highest risk of cyber threats

    Email users are more than twice as likely to encounter cyber threats through emails than any other malware, a new report said on Wednesday.One out of every nine users would have received.

    Technology

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    Neaw Delhi Pollution Issue Dominates Social Media Conversations This Week

    Voted as one of the most populated cities in the world for several consecutive years, New Delhi, India’s bustling capital, is facing some serious health risks too. Due to over-population.

    Science
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    Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating US

    Syria told the UN climate talks in Bonn on Tuesday that it would join the Paris Agreement, leaving the United States as the only nation in the world opting to stay outside the landmark treaty.

    Science
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    2017 set to be hottest year: United Nations

    The year 2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Nino phenomena, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Monday.

    Science
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    Indoor pollution killed over 1.24 lakh across India in 2015, says Lancet report

    Indoor air pollution was linked to over 1.24 lakh deaths across India in 2015, a report published in Lancet – a noted medical journal – has stated. This count was higher than deaths caused by pollution.

    Science
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    US Navy crew grounded after pilot draws penis in the sky

    The incident took place in skies over Okanogan County in Washington state on Thursday, when a Navy E/A-18 Growler warplane flew the unusual air pattern.

    Off Track
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    Indian city bans begging ahead of Ivanka Trump's visit

    The daughter of the US president will join India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad later this month.

    Off Track
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    Indian teenager kills schoolmate to get exams postponed

    India arrested a teenager on Wednesday for allegedly slitting the throat of a seven-year-old schoolmate in hopes the murder would lead to an exam being postponed, federal investigators said.

    Off Track
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    Raping women in ripped jeans is a 'national duty': Egyptian lawyer

    An Egyptian lawyer has sparked outrage after claiming that raping and sexually harassing women in revealing clothing is a "national duty".Nabih al-Wahsh, a well-known conservative lawyer, made the remarks.

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