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World’s 26 richest own same as poorest half of humanity: Oxfam

The world´s 26 richest people own the same wealth as the poorest half of humanity, Oxfam said Monday, urging governments to hike taxes on the wealthy to fight soaring inequality. A new report from the charity, published ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, also found that billionaires around the world saw their combined fortunes grow by $2.5 billion...

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Youngest ever conjoined twins separated in Switzerland

Geneva: Swiss doctors have separated eight-day-old conjoined twin sisters fused at the liver and chest - the youngest ever successfully separated, a Swiss paper reported Sunday. Five surgeons, assisted by two nurses and six anaesthesiologists, carried out the successful, five-hour operation last month to separate the tiny identical twins, the Le Matin Dimanche weekly reported. Maya and Lydia were born...

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Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win sixth Australian Open title

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic crushed Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6(3) on Sunday to match Roy Emerson's record of six Australian Open titles and leave the Briton heartbroken again at Melbourne Park. The defending champion was at his ruthless best under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, mauling Murray in the baseline duels and closing out the match in two hours and...

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3rd ODI: New Zealand beat Pakistan to win series

AUCKLAND: New Zealand beat Pakistan by three wickets in the third and last One-Day International (ODI) match on Sunday, with a score of 265/7 at 42.4 overs. Pakistan in the first innings scored 290 for all out, led by the 134-run third wicket partnership of Babar Azam who made 83 and Muhammad Hafeez with 76. Play was disrupted during the...

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Petroleum prices slashed by Rs 5/litre

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on Saturday that petrol and diesel prices have been reduced by Rs5 per litre. “It is my pleasure to announce that petrol and diesel prices have been further reduced by Rs5 per litre,” the premier said while addressing the media. “Inflation rate has also fallen below two per cent,” he added. The government was...

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Ali Zafar, Sean Paul to lead PSL celebrations in UAE

DUBAI: Pakistani singer Ali Zafar and global hip-hop sensation Sean Paul will set the stage alight at the opening ceremony of HBL Pakistan Super League. The T20 tournament from Pakistan will bring top international cricketers to Dubai and Sharjah. The opening game between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will be preceded by a star-studded opening ceremony at the Dubai Cricket...

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Andy Murray beats Milos Raonic to play in Australian Open Final

MELBOURNE: Andy Murray fought back to win a gruelling five-set semi-final against an injury-hampered Milos Raonic to reach the Australian Open final against Novak Djokovic today. The four-time runner-up reached his fifth Australian final after overcoming the gallant Canadian 4-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 in four hours, three minutes on Rod Laver Arena. AFP

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Top US researcher says zika vaccine is years away

MIAMI: The hunt for a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus could take years, a top US health chief said amid a worrying outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness blamed for birth defects. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, which the World Health Organization said is "spreading explosively" through the Americas and may lead to as many as four...

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OGRA recommends Rs 7.56/litre cut in petrol price

ISLAMABAD: Amid sliding prices in the international market, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Thursday recommended a major cut in oil prices, including Rs 7.56/litre reduction in the price of petrol. In its recommendations sent to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Ogra proposed sharper cuts in the prices of petrol, diesel, high-octane blended component (HOBC) and...

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Marry at least two wives or face imprisonment: Eritrean government

ASMARA: The government of Eritrea has reportedly ordered men in the country to marry at least two wives. This is said to be coming in order to ‘help’ the situation of shortage of men caused by enormous casualties suffered during the civil war with Ethiopia. In the statement written in Arabic the government gave the assurance that it will give...

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Pakistan to take on New Zealand in second ODI today

NAPIER: The second One-Day International between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played here today (Thursday). New Zealand lead the three match series 1-0. The match will start at 6 am Pakistan Standard Time. Squads: Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Zafar Gohar, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk),...

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Zika virus found in Danish tourist returning from South America

COPENHAGEN: A Danish tourist returning from Latin America has been diagnosed with the Zika virus, which has been blamed for a surge in birth defects in the region, triggering a major health scare. “A Danish tourist who travelled to Central and South America was diagnosed on his return with the Zika virus,” Aarhus hospital in eastern Denmark said in a...

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Ferry service to Iran will start from March: Federal Minister

ISLAMABAD: According to Federal Minister for Shipping and Ports Kamran Michael, a ferry service to Iran from the country will start from March. According to details, the ferry service will be started from the cities of Karachi and Gwadar to the Iranian city of Chabahar. Kamran Michael was of the view that this ferry service will provide ease and convenience...

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Tea, apples, onions may reduce heart disease risk

Eating a meal rich in compounds called flavonoids that are found in onions, tea and apples reduce some early signs of heart disease, a research mentioned. A research team focused on one of the compounds which is found in tea, onions and apples examined the effect of the compounds produced after quercetin is broken down by the body. They were...

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Pakistan, Iran agree to increase trade to $ 5 bln

QUETTA: Pakistan and Iran have agreed to increase the volume of bilateral trade to five billion dollars. The understanding to this effect came at a meeting between Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri and outgoing Iranian Consul General in Quetta Hassan Yahyavi today. The Chief Miniser said the lifting of sanctions against Iran will help enhance trade between Pakistan and Iran,...

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Foods may help lower cholesterol: Expert

High cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease, but certain foods may help lower cholesterol and protect heart, expert said. Dietician Patricia Bannan, American author of "Eat Right When Time is Tight", believes one of the best foods is strawberries, which contain heart- healthy substances to inhibit cholesterol absorption, Xinhua reported. Lean beef is another food...

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Facebook plans to open its next data centre in Ireland

CLONEE: Facebook will construct a data centre facility at Ireland's Clonee village that will become part of the infrastructure that enables billions of people connect on the social networking platform, Messenger, Instagram and more, the social networking giant announced on Sunday. "Clonee, County Meath, will be the site for our newest data center. The Clonee data center will be our...

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