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Crazy in love? The Japanese man ‘married’ to a hologram

TOKYO: Akihiko Kondo´s mother refused an invitation to her only son´s wedding in Tokyo this month, but perhaps that isn´t such a surprise: he was marrying a hologram. "For mother, it wasn´t something to celebrate," said the soft-spoken 35-year-old, whose "bride" is a virtual reality singer named Hatsune Miku. In fact, none of Kondo´s relatives attended his wedding to Miku...

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern gives birth to baby girl

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl in an Auckland hospital Thursday, becoming only the second world leader to do so while in office. "I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many...

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Legendary humour writer ‘Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi’ passes away in Karachi

Web Desk: Renowned humour  writer, Urdu satire writer Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after a prolonged  illness. He was 94 years old. Yousufi was suffering from protracted ailment from couple of years and had not been participating in public events. Recently the satirist was shifted to a Karachi hospital for treatment of pneumonia. Yousufi, a leading...

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Rat Attack: Mice chew cash worth Rs1.2 million in Indian ATM

In a bizarre incident, rodents chewed up close to Rs1.2 million in an ATM machine in Assam's Tinsukia district in India. According to reports in The Hindu, the ATM in question had been out of order since May 19, with technicians being called in on Juen 11 to fix the machine. However, when technicians cracked open the machine, they found piles of...

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Stress disorders tied to increased risk of autoimmune diseases

People who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other stress-related psychiatric issues may be more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than individuals who don’t, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers studied 106,464 people diagnosed with stress disorders. 126,652 of their siblings without stress disorders, and more than 1 million other individuals in the Swedish population who didn’t have stress disorders....

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UN refugee boss concerned over US separating children from families

The United Nations refugee agency is very concerned over the United States separating children of asylum seekers from their families, and has raised the issue with Washington, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said. In an interview with Reuters, Grandi said the Donald Trump administration has legitimate concerns over how to manage asylum applications, noting that the United States...

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Mexicans jubilant over special World Cup win against Germany

MEXICO CITY: Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors and throngs danced in the streets after their team scored a surprise victory over World Cup defending champion Germany. Elated fans waved Mexican flags and donned traditional “sombrero” hats at the iconic Angel of Independence monument in downtown Mexico City as they...

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“Eidi Barhao”tehreek getting rise in Pakistan, elders be noted

By: |Syed Tazmeen Javed| KARACHI: As Eid is near the corner, so as the urge by the Pakistani children seeking a rise in the amount of "Eidi" (Cash gift) from their elders. In a lighter mood, a journalist, our colleague from a different news outlet Fahad Ahmed, has come up with a funny video where it can been watched that...

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Paris puts final touches to Eiffel Tower anti-terror walls

Paris is set to unveil thick bulletproof glass walls and metal fences around the Eiffel Tower, designed to protect France's most famous monument from terrorist attacks. The boosted security measures, under construction since last year, come with France still on high alert after a string of jihadist attacks that have killed more than 240 people since 2015. The new walls,...

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Holy rap! ‘Funky’ Japan monk gets grannies in a spin

At a remote temple in Japan cradled by a croissant-shaped mountain range, Akinobu Tatsumi leads a rare double life -- as a Buddhist monk who preaches about DJing. The amateur enthusiast has been dabbling in hip hop since he was a teenager and makes clandestine recordings of his own ambient music while his temple, located in deepest Kyushu, western Japan,...

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UP BJP to prepare ‘cyber sena’ of 2 lakh “social media experts” for 2019 polls

LUCKNOW: The UP BJP has geared up to prepare its "cyber sena" for the 2019 Lok Sabha election, with the party hoping to have around 2 lakh such trained social media experts across the state within the next three months. At a recent meeting of the members and office bearers of the IT cell of UP BJP, vice-president of the saffron party's state...

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Preach! Indonesia’s got Ramazan talent

It's a make or break moment for Indonesian high schooler Puteri Ara and her hijab-clad friends as they rap about religious tolerance to a cheering TV studio audience. Can they beat a rival boy band singing about god's glory or the all-girl group calling on viewers to idolise the prophet Muhammad instead of Korean pop stars? It's all up to...

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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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