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Rubbish-collecting crows a star attraction at French theme park

FRANCE: Visitors to a theme park in western France this week have a new attraction to enjoy: six crows that have been specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish. The birds have been in action since Monday at the Puy du Fou park, picking up litter on the site that features shows and rides themed around different periods...

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Saudi women rev up motorbikes as end to driving ban nears

RIYADH: Even a year ago, it would have been hard to imagine — Saudi women clad in skinny jeans and Harley-Davidson T-shirts, revving motorbikes at a Riyadh sports circuit. But ahead of the historic lifting of a decades-long ban on female drivers on June 24, women gather weekly at the privately owned Bikers Skills Institute, to learn how to ride...

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Pak Army Cadet Mahad Ijaz Wins Shooting Competition In Germany

RAWALPINDI , Jun 11 (APP):Pakistan Army cadet Mahad Ijaz won shooting competition, held at Germany on Sunday, setting a new record. According to a statement issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), as many as 45 countries participated in the event. Cadet Mahad Ijaz has been declared the Best Shooter “König Bundessprachenamt 2018” (King of shooting from Federal School of...

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Tourism keeps Vietnam’s ancient water puppets afloat

In a darkened theatre in central Hanoi, a wooden dragon emerges from a pool to the sound of cymbals crashing in a traditional water puppet show that lures hundreds of tourists daily but is largely shunned by locals. Backstage behind a thin bamboo screen, around 20 puppeteers slosh around waist-deep in rubber overalls wielding the marionettes with long rods. "The...

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Pakistan Railway announces special trains for Eid with discounted fairs

Pakistan Railways (PR) has announced five special trains to facilitate people planning to travel for Eid-ul-Fitr. Passengers will take be able to take advantage of the eight-day operation, starting from June 12, on 30 per cent discounted fares. Additional coaches will also be attached to other trains to accommodate maximum passengers. Daily Passengers Association Chairman Hafiz Abdul Qayum appreciated the...

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Austria to expel up to 60 imams, shut 7 mosques

Austria said Friday it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on "political Islam", triggering fury in Ankara. "The circle of people possibly affected by these measures - the pool that we're talking about - comprises around 60 imams," said Interior Minister Herbert Kickl of the far-right...

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Pakistanis enchanted by 11-year-old motivational coach

Several hundred Pakistani university students sit enraptured as Hammad Safi lectures them on the merits of bettering their diction by watching Barack Obama speeches on YouTube. The elegantly dressed motivational speaker is something of an internet sensation in Pakistan and regularly draws large crowds. But it's not just because of his infectious enthusiasm and engaging smile. It's also because he's...

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Fiction 2018: Pakistani Kamila Shamsie wins Women Prize for ‘Home Fire’

According to the report published in The Guardian, Kamila Shamsie has won the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 for her seventh novel Home Fire. Home Fire is a contemporary re-imagining of the Greek tragedy Antigonethat follows three orphaned siblings, elder sister Isma and twins Aneeka and Parvaiz, as the latter leaves them to work for Isis. When the son of the British-Muslim home...

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Pakistan observes Youm-e-Ali amid tight security

The martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) is being observed with due solemnity today (Wednesday). After majalis, processions across the country will pass through traditional routes and culminate at their destinations. Strict security arrangements have been placed at all sensitive areas of the country, especially the routes of processions, to avert any untoward incident. The police and other law-enforcement agencies...

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Russian cosmonauts plays with Pakistan-made football in space

Pakistani fans, who were overjoyed at the news of footballs made in Sialkot being used in 2018 FIFA World Cup, now have another feat to celebrate! A recent video, released by Russian state space agency Roscosmos and doing rounds on social media, shows two Russian cosmonauts — Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev — engaged in a makeshift game of football in …  ...

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Little known juicy facts about watermelons

Watermelon—sweet, juicy, veggie-fruit, widely believed to be first harvested some 5,000 years ago in Egypt—has become a summer staple in Pakistan. Though it is still an affordable family feast yet it could not attain that much admiration and significance it earns in some other countries such as the United States and Japan. It is Oklahoma’s official state vegetable, whereas, Americans...

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Drummers beat is fading for Pakistan’s Ramazan

Lal Hussain saunters through Rawalpindi’s empty streets at 1:00 am shattering the silence with syncopated drum beats, awakening startled Pakistanis so they can sleepily eat one last meal before the day’s Ramazan fasting begins. "Wake up and eat your morning meal!" he howls along with the Bhangra-inspired beats emanating from his dhol drum. Hussain has been faithfully hitting the streets...

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Death anniversary of actor Rafi Khawar (Nannah)

Famous film,TV actor and comedian Rafi Khawar known as `Nannah’ was remembered on his death anniversary today, Staurday. Rafi Khawar started his career in 1966 featuring in the Urdu film `Watan ka Sipahi.’ He worked in many films and TV dramas notably Naukar in 1975-76,`Tehka Pehlwan’ in 1979 and `Dubai Chalo’ the same year. Nanna was regarded as an outstanding...

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Polluted Environment Causes 12.6 Million Deaths A Year: UN

UNITED NATIONS (APP):Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, the UN announced today. The legal agreement, signed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization(WHO) in Geneva, commits the agencies to protect communities using...

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Japan whale hunt killed 122 pregnant minkes

Japan killed 122 pregnant minke whales during a highly controversial annual whaling expedition that Tokyo defends as scientific research but conservationists call "gruesome and unnecessary". The four-month expedition in the Antarctic ended in March after the fleet killed 333 minke whales, according to a report submitted by Japanese authorities to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) last month. Of those, 122...

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Paraguay all set to have its first woman president

ASUNCION: Paraguay will have a woman president for the first time in its history, at least temporarily, after outgoing leader Horacio Cartes stepped down Monday ahead of schedule. Vice President Alicia Pucheta, 68, will complete Cartes´s mandate after he resigned to become a senator. On August 15, fellow conservative Mario Abdo Benitez, elected in April 22 polls, will begin his...

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Nation celebrates 20th Youm-e-Takbeer today

ISLAMABAD: Youm-e-Takbeer is being observed today, to mark the 20th anniversary of Pakistan's historic nuclear tests. On this day Pakistan became the first nuclear power in the Muslim world and seventh world power by demonstrating its nuclear capabilities regardless of international pressure in response to Indian aggression in the region. Pakistan detonated seven nuclear devices at the hills of Chaghi...

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