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Google April Fool Gmail button sparks backlash


The Gmail button sent recipients an animated picture gif featuring a Minion character literally "dropping the mic" Photo taken from BBC. BBC Online Google has removed an April Fool's Gmail button, which sent a comical animation to recipients, after reports of people getting into trouble at work. The button appeared beside Gmail's normal send button and allowed users to shut ... Read More »

North Korea nuclear tests: US and China to co-operate


China and the United States will work together to try and prevent further missile tests by North Korea, US President Barack Obama says. In recent weeks, North Korea has carried out a hydrogen bomb test and has repeatedly test-fired missiles while making threats to the West. Obama met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a nuclear summit in ... Read More »

14 killed, many trapped in overpass collapse in Kolkata,India


KOLKATA, India: Rescuers in Kolkata dug through large chunks of debris from an overpass that collapsed while under construction Thursday, killing at least 14 people and injuring scores of others, officials said. A section of the overpass in the busy Bara Bazaar residential and shopping area in central Kolkata fell on vehicles and people moving underneath, trapping scores in their ... Read More »

India overpass collapse kills 14, with scores feared trapped


An overpass under construction in the bustling Indian city of Kolkata collapsed on to moving traffic below, killing at least 14 people with as many as 150 people feared trapped, police said. Residents were using their bare hands to try to rescue people pinned under a 100-metre (110-yard) length of metal and cement that snapped off at one end and ... Read More »

Oil price jumps on Wall Street rally, weak dollar 


NEW YORK: Oil futures rose 3 percent Wednesday, rallying in tandem with share prices on Wall Street and in reaction to a weaker dollar, ahead of US government data likely to show a smaller build in crude inventories in the latest week. The International Energy Agency’s remarks downplaying expectations for a deluge of Iranian oil also soothed concerns that a ... Read More »

Trump attempts to demonize Pakistan


NEW YORK: America’s Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump has labeled a nuclear-armed Pakistan as “a very, very vital problem.” “Pakistan is a very, very vital problem and really vital country for us because they have a thing called nuclear weapons. They have to get a hold of their situation,” said the American billionaire businessman and politician, known for brash statements.  ... Read More »

Exposed: Iranian attempts to foment trouble


ADEN: French naval forces have seized a large weapons cache headed toward Somalia on March 20, a CNN report said on Wednesday. It is the second large weapons seizure in the region this month, and both may have been headed to Yemen from Iran. The arms recently seized originated in Iran, and their likely destination was Yemen, said Cmdr. Kevin ... Read More »

Pakistan releases video of ‘Indian spy’ 


ISLAMABAD: Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief, while addressing a joint press conference alongside Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid on Tuesday termed the arrest of “Indian spy” and former Indian Navy officer Kulbushan Yadav a “big achievement.” According to Dawn, Bajwa said Yadav was directly handled by the RAW chief, the Indian national security adviser and the ... Read More »

Aviation security under scanner


LARNACA: An Egyptian wearing a fake explosives belt who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and forced it to land in Cyprus on Tuesday surrendered and was taken into custody after releasing all passengers and crew unharmed following an hours-long standoff. Officials said early on that the hijacking was not an act of terrorism, and later that the man appeared to ... Read More »

Philippines businessman to return BB $10.8m


Businessman Kim Wong admitted during a Senate hearing today that US$81 million of the funds allegedly stolen from the Bank of Bangladesh went to his company but said he is willing to return half of the amount. “Yung P1 billion, nasa Eastern Hawaii casino, nandoon po, at may P550 million natitira po,” Wong said when he testified at the Senate ... Read More »

EgyptAir plane hijacked to Cyprus, most passengers freed


LARNACA: A man thought to be strapped with explosives hijacked an Egyptian plane on a flight between Alexandria and Cairo on Tuesday and forced it to land in Cyprus, Egyptian officials said. After the EgyptAir plane landed at Larnaca airport, the hijacker released all the people onboard except five foreign passengers and the crew, EgyptAir said. About 60 people, including ... Read More »

‘Very doubtful’ Palmyra can be restored: Expert 


PARIS: A Syrian expert for the UN’s cultural body said Monday she was “very doubtful” the destruction caused to Palmyra’s ancient monuments during its occupation by the Daesh group can be repaired. “Everyone is excited because Palmyra has been ‘liberated’, but we should not forget everything that has been destroyed,” said Annie Sartre-Fauriat, who belongs to a group of experts ... Read More »

More than 5,000 Kurdish militants ‘killed since July’


DIYARBAKIR: Turkish security forces have killed more than 5,000 militants belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) since its cease-fire with the Turkish state collapsed last July, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. The figure would suggest a major blow to an organization that has waged its armed campaign for autonomy in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast region since 1984. ... Read More »

Taliban offshoot claims bombing that killed 70; Pakistan on hunt for militants


Pakistani authorities hunted on Monday for breakaway Taliban militants who once declared loyalty to Islamic State after the group claimed responsibility for an Easter suicide bomb targeting Christians, that killed at least 70 people. The attack on Sunday evening in a busy park in the eastern city of Lahore, the powerbase of prime minister Nawaz Sharif, killed mostly women and ... Read More »

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