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Far-right extremists march in Sofia to honor pro-Nazi general

SOFIA (Reuters) - Hundreds of far-right extremists marched through the center of Sofia on Saturday to honor a Bulgarian general who led a pro-Nazi organization in the 1930s and 1940s. The march, which has raised concern in local media about the rise of the right wing in the Balkan state, went ahead despite international condemnation. It included a torchlight procession...

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Saudi women attend football game for the first time

Saudi Arabia allowed women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a match Friday, as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases strict decades-old rules separating the sexes. The new measure comes after Riyadh, long known for imposing harsh restrictions on women, announced it was lifting a ban prohibiting them from driving, as well as reopening cinemas. Women supporters,...

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#JusticeForZainab: Celebrities show their support

The abduction and molestation of 8 years old Zainab has jolted the collective conscience of our nation. People are using every available medium to raise their voices and are demanding arrest of the perpetrator of this heinous act. On Twitter #JusticeforZainab has become the top trend with thousands of people tweeting and expressing their sadness as well as anger over...

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Trump orders mental health aid for military veterans to prevent suicide

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing government departments to try to prevent suicide among military veterans by treating mental health problems before they become more serious. Trump´s order directs the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to ensure all uniformed service members have access to mental health treatment and suicide prevention resources in...

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Saudi women to attend official soccer matches for first time

Women in Saudi Arabia will be able to attend official soccer matches for the first time this year, as the kingdom relaxes rules on entertainment. Women can attend three matches this month, after the General Sports Authority said in October that three stadiums will no longer be male-only. The facilities in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam will be “prepared to be...

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BBC editor quits China post over pay discrimination

BEIJING: Carrie Gracie, the China editor for Britain’s public broadcaster, the BBC, has resigned from her post in Beijing due to pay disparities with her male colleagues, according to an open letter she wrote. The BBC has come under fire recently for paying male employees more and has pledged to close the gender gap by 2020. In July, it revealed...

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Shaheed Aitizaz Hassan – the boy who was too big for a bomb.

His friend use to joke ‘’ you’re too big for a bomb. There is little that a bomb can do to hurt you,” they would tease him. They talked about suicide bombers all the time. But, little do they know, when death would come knocking at their doors, it would be this Aitizaz Hassan who would stand in the way...

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Funeral Prayers Of Zubaida Tariq offered in Karachi

KARACHI: Funeral prayers of Zubaida Tariq famously known as Zubaida Aapa were offered after Friday prayers, according to NewsOne. Zubaida Tariq's funeral prayer was offered at Sultan Masjid, Defense (DHA). AirWaves Media Group Chairman Tahir.A.Khan and CEO Seema Tahir, expressed their grief over the demise of Pakistan's famous celebrity Zubaida Tariq. Both have prayed for her higher stature in the...

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Arundhati Roy: the literary canary in India´s coalmine

NEW DELHI: She may have returned to publishing fiction after a two decade hiatus, but Indian writer Arundhati Roy says she has no plans to sheath her polemical sword anytime soon in a world where the vulnerable are still being "smashed". Sitting in a cafe in the bowels of Old Delhi´s labyrinthine streets on a chilly winter´s afternoon, the 56-year-old...

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No more chocolate in the near future

Scientists have warned that the cocoa plant could go extinct within 32 years as the threat of rising temperatures might ruin the necessary conditions for the plant to thrive. Climate change has jeopardized the very existence of chocolate: according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a temperature rise of 2.1 degrees centigrade could leave humanity without chocolate by...

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US military to accept transgender recruits on Monday: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: Transgender people will be allowed for the first time to enlist in the US military starting on Monday as ordered by federal courts, the Pentagon said on Friday, after President Donald Trump’s administration decided not to appeal rulings that blocked his transgender ban. Two federal appeals courts, one in Washington and one in Virginia, last week rejected the administration’s...

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Pakistani personalities that dominated Wikipedia searches in 2017

The Pakistan affiliate of The Wikimedia Foundation recently released a list of the most searched Pakistanis on Wikipedia from January 1, 2017 to December 20, 2017. The following celebrities from Pakistan made it to the top 10: Malala Yousafzai Activist for female education and the world’s youngest Nobel laureate topped the list of the most searched Pakistanis on Wikipedia in...

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Revellers welcome 2018 across the world

PARIS: Countless revellers switched into party mode Sunday across the world to ring in 2018 after Sydney and Hong Kong earlier welcomed New Year on the other side of the globe with dazzling firework displays. Revellers danced to Auld Lang Syne in Hong Kong as the city staged a stunning pyrotechnics display over its famous Victoria Harbour and thousands watched...

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Pakistan’s girl cadets dream of taking power

MARDAN: At a revolutionary school in Pakistan, Durkhanay Banuri dreams of becoming military chief, once a mission impossible for girls in a patriarchal country where the powerful army has a severe problem with gender equity. Thirteen-year-old Durkhanay, a student at Pakistan's first ever Girls' Cadet College, established earlier this year in the deeply conservative northwest, brims with enthusiasm and confidence...

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Hitler’s Nazi-parade Mercedes limo set for US auction

WASHINGTON DC: A 1939 luxury Mercedes limousine used to carry Adolf Hitler around Germany will be auctioned in the US state of Arizona next month – one of only four such models ever built. Powered by a 7.7-liter supercharged engine capable of exceeding 100 mph (160 kph), the Mercedes-Benz 770K Grosser – known to the world as the “Super Mercedes”...

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Google commemorates the life and works of Mirza Ghalib with a Doodle

Google has maintained a tradition of revering famous and know personalities on their birthdays as well as on their death anniversaries by changing the Google doodle. These personalities include people from all walks of life. Today, Google changed its doodle on the occasion of the birthday of famous Urdu language poet Mirza Ghalib. Today is his 220th birthday. He was...

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Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali Jinnah: Quaid-e-Azam the leader of leaders, values

On the 141 Birthday of the founder of the nation Quaid-e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah let us remember the principles he stood for. He stood for justice, for freedom, for equal rights, for the rule of people, for an open society and for a noble Pakistan. Through ‘Unity, Faith and Discipline’ he turned the Muslim nation into a dynamic force...

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